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REVIEW – Ernest and the Pale Moon

*****

Ernest and the Pale Moon is a welcome return to the Fringe of one of Les Enfants Terribles’ most evocative works: a wonderfully expressed and macabre tale of obsession, murder and madness. Ernest scratches out a solitary existence in his thirteenth floor apartment, living only for his nightly ritual, when the beautiful white-haired girl who […]

REVIEW – LIMBO, Edinburgh’s Christmas

*****

Edinburgh’s Christmas has been sparkly and magic many times before — but one thing it has perhaps never been is sexy. That changes this year with the appearance of the fiery, feisty and flirtatious LIMBO, a physical circus spectacular running in the Paradiso Spiegeltent in St Andrew Square. Step into the tent and you could […]

REVIEW: Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked, Usher Hall

*****

It’s all about the layers. The two screens between which the musicians are sandwiched, used to project images which interact and play with dimensions. The slices of Joy Division’s songs, deconstructed and reassembled into new sonic shapes. And the complementary and frequently mesmerising interplay between the music and the visuals, which seamlessly slip together to […]

FESTIVAL REVIEW – Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir

*****

by Danielle Farrow Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir translates as The Castaways of Mad Hope. This connects to the layers of the play as a motley crew from the Fol Espoir dance hall, charismatic owner down to lowest worker, are led by a pair of film-makers to tell of a shipwreck in Patagonia in 1894. […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Mr B’s Chap-Hop Hoorah, Voodoo Rooms

*****

By and large, performers at the Fringe are a terribly ill-mannered, slovenly lot. Not so Mr B, the gentleman rhymer. Back in Edinburgh to educate and elucidate the masses with the scintillating sound of Chap-Hop, his solo show at the Voodoo Rooms is therefore one of the most enlightening – and hilarious – you will […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Up and Over It

*****

By Susan McNaughton and Helen McNaughton Irish dancing… are you thinking: “oh, yes the tappy type where they all have poker faces?” Prepare to have your ideas shattered when you go to see this explosive show. When poring over the Fringe brochure during our decision-making process, the listing for this show stood out as one […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Nick Pynn with Kate Daisy Grant

*****

By Susanna Mulvihill After ringing a buzzer to get into Venue 40 on Shandwick Place then climbing three flights of stairs to the sounds of Hitler shouting for Goebbels it feels disarming to enter a small room half filled with instruments. A violin, cello, bouzouki, banjo, dulcimer and guitar hang from stands, a digital piano, […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Shona Reppe, The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean

*****

This show is, quite simply, wonderful. It’s the brainchild of writer and performer Shona Reppe, who greets us in the character of Patricia Baker, a doctor of ‘scrapology’ – in other words, she studies other people’s scrapbooks and uncovers the stories behind them. She’s a marvellous, fascinating creation – eccentric, romantic, clever, and full of […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Trench, Pleasance

*****

The Great War has been used as a metaphor for futility and sacrifice many times, but seldom with as powerful and mythic a poignancy as in Les Enfants Terribles’ The Trench. Bert (Oliver Lansley) serves beneath the front, inching towards enemy lines as he digs out tunnels below the carnage raging above. Befriending young recruit […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Boris & Sergey’s Vaudevillian Adventure

*****

By Jen McGregor Boris and Sergey are amazing. You should get tickets if you possibly can. This could be quite a short review, because words are inadequate to describe the ingenuity and hilarity of this show – but bear with me, I’ll try… These ‘Balkan bad boys’ are a pair of diminutive puppets. They don’t […]