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REVIEW – The Flood

*****

‘Dead … Blighty … Fixed … Back you go … ‘ In Badac’s The Flood, the men of the First World War are literally treated as pieces of meat, scraped from the battlefield and brought to the attentions of The Nurse, who does her best to save as many as she can. Whilst all the […]

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 […]

FESTIVAL REVIEW – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It)

*****

Any audience member who has heard about Dmitry Krymov’s production, or researched a little on seeing the strange subtitle ‘As You Like It’, would not be expecting Shakespeare’s full play, but its advertising does not make it clear that this response to the bard‘s Dream focuses only on the Mechanicals and their Pyramus and Thisbe […]

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 – 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 […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Love Letters To The Public Transport System, National Theatre of Scotland

*****

Molly Taylor’s heartfelt and ultimately uplifting one-hander shines a headlight on the seemingly insignificant – the everyday acts which some may view as mundane; but to others can take on resonance of heroic proportions. What circumstances brought you to this point in your life? A trail of decisions, coincidences, chance meetings and synchronicity? And, as […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Hand over fist

*****

by Debbie Cannon With an award-winning writer and director, and an actress (Joanna Bending) who’s just been nominated for a Stage Award for Acting Excellence in the Best Solo Performer category for her role, this is a play that has everything going for it, and it doesn’t disappoint. Writer Dave Florez drops us straight into […]