four stars

FRINGE REVIEW – Arcadia

*****

By Veronkia Kallus Arcadia is a multi-layered piece of writing by Tom Stoppard – maybe the most intriguing play of our times by one of the most distinguished playwrights. Published and first performed in 1993, this play combines past and present, poetry and mathematics, and insights to landscape gardening and to academic practises maybe still […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Emilie Autumn

*****

By Veronika Kallus Gorgeous. Beautiful outfits, superb choreography, haunting melodies, all arranged on a stage that could be a pirate ship. Or a wayward asylum, as the lyrics and the storyline suggest. It’s a concert, but it also has a storyline, somehow. A concert like a show, a show like a play, a play like […]

REVIEW – Titus – Sheep Theatre

*****

By Veronika Kallus A bloody awesome production. Blood-less actually – there is not a single drop of blood spilled on stage (which is quite an achievement when staging Shakespeare’s most violent play). And with references to so many movies and scenes that it is hard to keep track of them. Just one example? Tamora, the […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Andrew Lawrence, There Is No Escape

*****

By A MacDonald Those familiar with Andrew Lawrence will know his shtick- he’s the flame haired comedian with the squeaky voice and the bleak outlook on life. All you need to know about the show is in the title- There Is No Escape. This hits the audience approximately 10 minutes in when the realisation hammers […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Shit-faced Shakespeare

*****

By Danielle Farrow So, do you have to be shit-faced yourself to enjoy this Shakespeare? No, actually: though the audience are merry from the start, this production has enough built-in entertainment to be pretty amusing in its own right. Helping out, a ringmistress makes sure everyone understands what is going on re. the drinking rules […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Trash Cuisine

*****

Captured, blinded, force-fed then drowned. The fate of the ortolan, a songbird long revered as a gastronomic delicacy, is a compact example of humanity’s capacity for cruelty in pursuit of a perceived higher goal. It is fitting then that a reenactment of its consumption features in Trash Cuisine, Belarus Free Theatre’s hard-hitting and harrowing ‘cook’s […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Penthesilea

*****

In the early nineteenth century Heinrich von Kleist wrote a play that inverted the killing of Amazon queen Penthesilea by Greek hero Achilles before the walls of Troy. This production of that play is adapted by director Eva Mann from a modern translation by Joel Agee which is bold, passionate and visceral in its language. […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Repertory Theatre

*****

Repertory Theatre, from Israeli company Elephant and the Mouse, actually comes the closest of all the shows seen by this reviewer to gaining 5 stars this Fringe (and that’s not for lack of seeing plays others have given such). The only thing missing here is an ending that fully engages with the story being told […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Vernon God Little

*****

By S Mulvihill Fast paced and colourful, the Italia Conti Ensemble bring an excellent adaptation of DBC Pierre’s novel to the stage. With some brilliant comic performances and highly entertaining set pieces the play captures perfectly the wry, bitter humour in this story of a teenage boy wrongly accused as an accessory to mass murder […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Amazing Bubble Man

*****

By D Cannon It’s no secret that young children love bubbles, and The Amazing Bubble Man has been playing sell-out shows at the Fringe for the past six years. It’s easy to forget just how captivating bubbles can be for children and adults alike, and this show has bubbles of almost every kind you can […]