Fringe 2011

FRINGE REVIEW – Winners Wear Crowns, Leith on the Fringe

*****

Jennifer McGregor’s Winners Wear Crowns is an intriguing character study that presents all the horror of that well-known stereotype, the pushy mother obsessed with her daughter’s success within the mother’s desired field. This production presents what looks like an American cliché – about success at beauty pageants – but what stands out is the subtlety […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Cherry Orchard

*****

Although theatre/drama is not particularly this reviewer’s cup of tea, it is clear that Theatre Alba actors’ performance abilities, Jo Clifford’s interpretation of Chekov’s play and the clever outdoor setting is 4-star worthy. The play is performed in Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens. Initially, the prospect of sitting outdoors for a 2 hour 30 minute play […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, Hill Street Theatre

*****

Palindrome Theatre’s production starts with a newly-created soliloquy that floods past with only a few well-worded phrases coming through clearly. It is a confusing beginning, but the staging hints at fine things to come: grand storm sounds, clever use of props, such as a torch for on-stage lighting effects, and set – chairs and tables, and […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Jimeoin: Lovely

*****

You would never have guessed that the Fringe was coming to a close, as tonight’s performance from Jimeoin seemed fresh and inspired. Playing to a packed room in the Spiegeltent, Jimeoin delivered a creative set, as his show, Lovely, had the audience comparing their own experiences against his interpretation of day-to-day, mundane events. Jimeoin’s unique […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Best of the Fest @Assembly

*****

Ordinarily, when you go to see a show at the Fringe, the spotlight is on one person. Best of the Fest at Assembly, goes one step further by showcasing a range of the comedians from across the festival. Each comedian has roughly 15 minutes to dazzle with an excerpt from their own show, whilst you […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Replaying Macbeth, Paradise in The Vault

*****

With any number of Macbeth plays in Fringe 2011, Ray Sutton offers a very different look at this anti-hero of Shakespeare’s creation. Replaying Macbeth takes us through Sutton’s reconstruction of acting styles in the 18th century, focusing on an acting revolution that occurred in the 1740s with the new style of David Garrick and contrasting […]

FRINGE REVIEW – In Your Dreams, Greenside

*****

The Woolton Irregulars present this look at an amateur group, with its share of ‘professionals’, who are working on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Various relationships undergo transformations, echoing action in Shakespeare’s play, but with contemporary spins that bring some of the darker aspects of the fooling about into sharper focus. Despite a rather high-voiced, unsupported […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Macbeth, theSpaces @ Surgeons’ Hall

*****

Milford Haven School’s abridged Macbeth first appeared as part of the fantastic initiative that is the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This charity works to “challenge the preconception that studying Shakespeare is difficult, dry or dull through a combination of teacher training, workshops and student performance” and is enthusiastically enjoyed by teachers and pupils who take part, […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Tearoom, Lauriston Hall

*****

Visit this large gracious room, the pale green and white of its walls reflected in pictures and laden tables, in serviettes and crockery, all pleasantly accented with pink. Choose tea or coffee provided by Frederick Street’s eteaket – there will be more at the interval – and find your table, one of the large ones […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Much Ado About Nothing, theSpaces

*****

N6 Productions do not deliver, as promised, a “sexy rock and roll romp“, nor is it clear from publicity that this is a school production. They do deliver Shakespeare’s Much Ado relatively faithfully and set in the 1950s, with a modernised introduction to the ‘police’ who uncover a plot by Don John for ruining the […]