Fringe 2012

FRINGE REVIEW – Ryan van Winkle, Red Like Our Room Used to Feel


Deep in the basement level of Summerhall lies one of the most tranquil experiences of the Fringe. It’s a room with deep red walls, decorated with a wonderfully eclectic mix of photos, posters, and assorted paraphernalia. There are no windows, which sounds claustrophobic. It’s not. Instead it feels like being protected from any intrusion from […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Trailblaze Theatre, A Dirty Martini

Trailblaze Theatre are everything that a young company bringing a show to Edinburgh should be. They’re bright, sparky, enthusiastic and attractive, and if A Dirty Martini is anything to go by, they’re full of potential. Some of that potential is realised. Some of it is not. A Dirty Martini works like a Choose Your Own […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Italia Conti Ensemble 2012, Oh, What A Lovely War


by Debbie Cannon Devised by Joan Littlewood’s populist Theatre Workshop Company and first performed in 1963, Oh, What A Lovely Way comprises a series of scenes depicting the people’s experience of World War I, with an emphatically left-wing, anti-establishment agenda. Add in the fact that the original script has these scenes presented by a seaside […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Berlin Cabaret


Girls performing risqué numbers in corsets has become a familiar sight in the past few years so it’s refreshing to see a company actually attempting to recreate a true early 20th century German cabaret rather than the watered down version we’re more commonly offered. From the moment you enter the theatre the dancing girls greet […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Boom Boom Club


By Jen McGregor According to its brochure entry, Boom Boom Club is a “three-room immersive extravaganza”. The poster promises an opulent, decadent treat. If only it had lived up to any of these promises. Instead, we found ourselves shepherded into the distinctively unatmospheric Belly Laugh, where a woman in clown make-up and stockings appeared to […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Alan Bissett: The Red Hourglass


If you’re afraid of spiders, this show might give you nightmares. Even if you’re not it will make your flesh crawl from time to time, such is the subtle power of Alan Bissett’s writing and performance. Bissett plays a variety of arachnids held captive in a tank at a research facility. Expect no embarrassing attempts […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Romeo & Juliet, JGM Theatre Company


Our teenage reviewer is going to be studying Romeo and Juliet this coming year at school, so it seemed a good opportunity to select one of the six possible Fringe productions of Shakespeare’s play in to our review schedule. The idea was that we would go to see two different productions, then compare and contrast […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Songs of Lear


By Danielle Farrow Shakespeare’s King Lear is the springboard for Songs of Lear, with the company focusing on Cordelia’s story and themes of rejection and loss, including – as they call it – a dying nation. Few characters appear, what lines are included are often played with chronologically and covered by song, and how much […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Theatre Objektiv, Wojtek the Bear


by Debbie Cannon Many people are familiar with at least part of the story of Wojtek the ‘soldier bear’, which inspires this piece by Theatre Objektiv at Hill Street Theatre. Bought as a cub by Polish soldiers in 1942, Wojtek’s journey carried him through Iraq, Palestine, and Egypt into Italy, where he was enlisted as […]