Fringe2011

FRINGE REVIEW – The Tragedy of Titus

*****

HeadLock Theatre’s production The Tragedy of Titus shifts Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus into the setting of a modern Romani travelling camp, with bare knuckle fighting the source of honour rather than Roman wars. The original play follows the titular general through his triumph in war to the humiliation, mutilation and destruction of himself and family members […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Another Macbeth

*****

So much effort has gone into Another Macbeth it is painful to state that there is a major problem, but this show is so pedestrian it is soporific, literally: there were people sleeping and it was clear to see why. The publicity says the “Weyward Sisters direct the cast of their travelling show” but only […]

FRINGE REVIEW – PoeZest

*****

PoeZest has a somewhat quirky humour to it, which takes a little getting used to in the beginning but comes into its own and may be hinted at by the punning title – here is Edgar Allan Poe IV with a zest for the works of his ancestor Edgar Allan Poe, the 19th century author […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Card Ninja

*****

As the playing cards fly around the Bosco tent, Javier Jarquin justifies the long, lonely hours he claims to have spent practicing and perfecting his routines – and shows us why he has the right to call himself the Card Ninja. Using an ordinary deck of cards, Jarquin takes the audience through a series of […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Return to the Forbidden Planet

*****

Return to the Forbidden Planet is loosely based on 1956 film Forbidden Planet and so somewhat known for being connected to Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Its book, though, uses many of Shakespeare’s lines from numerous plays and great fun can be had by a Shakespeare buff spotting all the steals. The story itself is one of […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Tempest (Backhand Theatre)

*****

With its aerial circus elements and dark atmosphere, Backhand Theatre’s adaptation of The Tempest soars above many of the Shakespeare performances on the Fringe in a magical and engrossing production. In the haze-filled space of Studio C at C eca, Prospero stands aloof, watching as the storm claims the King of Naples’ ship. This is […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Snow White: The Way Through The Woods

*****

WIth its retelling of the classic fairytale, Two Shades of Blue attempt to enshroud Snow White in a dark and gothic atmosphere. Sadly, with a lack of projection and a confusing plot, the tale ends up lost in the forest. The piece is framed by a little boy’s nightmares, as he finds himself drawn into […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Lady Cariad’s Characters

*****

By the time Lady Cariad – an out-of-work actor with a unique approach to audtions – has finished introducing her ‘guests’, we have witnessed yet another Fringe variety performance – by some of the most inept, socially-retarded acts in Edinburgh this year. Comic characters must be flawed to be effective, and Cariad Lloyd’s motley collection […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Grisly Tales From Tumblewater

*****

Devised from the novel by Bruno Vincent, Teasel Theatre’s rip-roaring production of Grisly Tales From Tumblewater is an exciting and darkly comic delight with a pitch-perfect performance at its core. With little more than a torch and a top hat, Edward Jaspers takes us above and beneath the rain-soaked streets of Tumblewater, a city squeezed […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Thirty Two Teeth

*****

The life of a premature baby hangs in the balance. His teenage brother – a survivor from the same predicament – gathers together two of his friends to enact a desperate plan to save his sibling’s life. With three chairs, a chain suspended from the ceiling and a pair of pliers, the props themselves hint […]