fringe2012

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: Frisky & Mannish: Extra-Curricular Activities, Assembly Hall

*****

Over the last three years, Frisky & Mannish have led us by the hand through school, college and employment. This year, they are back for a limited run at Assembly Hall with what amounts to a ‘greatest hits’ package, pulling sparkling pop nuggets from their rich vein of material. And a great show is what […]

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 – Shakespeare’s Queens: She-wolves and Serpents, C eca

*****

Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and William Shakespeare are brought together in the afterlife to perform for a modern-day audience. With the Bard acting as referee between an uneasy alliance of the monarchs, they decide to race through his works, highlighting the characters and roles of his regal females. Shakesepeare’s Queens is the […]

FRINGE REVIEW – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Assembly George Square

*****

A group of surly teenagers gather in detention. Their punishment: to read aloud Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a chore doled out by puckish teacher ‘Mr Goodfellow’. Stilted lines and stumbled readings follow, but then the teacher begins to weave strange magic as the teenagers find themselves taken over by the spirit of the play. […]

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 – Aunty Myra’s Fun Show, Voodoo Rooms

*****

Rotherham’s finest export since Jive Bunny, Aunty Myra is a children’s entertainer without equal. Fortunately. The conceit of Myra Dubois’ enjoyably caustic hour at the Voodoo Rooms is that she has realised the best way to get regular work is to establish herself as ‘Aunty Myra’ and perform for children’s parties. And whilst her acerbic […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Cabaret Whore: Her Finest Hour, Underbelly

*****

This is a bittersweet production. In the course of an hour, we bid a heartfelt welcome after a two-year absence to three of Sarah-Louise Young’s comedy creations; then a tearful adieu as we learn that this is perhaps the last time we will have the chance to see them for some time, as the performer […]