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FRINGE REVIEW – I’m With The Band

*****

Guitar-based band The Union have been together for ages. Then, struck by financial crisis, relationships start to break down. When Scottish guitarist Barry decides to go his own way, can The Union survive with only the self-obssessed English frontman, indecisive Welsh bassist and volatile Irish drummer? Maybe songs like The Referendum and We’re All In […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Story’s End

*****

By Jen McGregor In Summerhall’s creaking Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Scottish band Dead Man’s Waltz sets out to explore the theme of death – or, as they put it, to undertake a “reconnaissance mission into the no man’s land where death borders with storytelling.” The show opens with a short film made up of gruesome death […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Noodles

*****

By the time Noodles is over, the stage is piled high with the titular foodstuff — some of which has been eaten by the troupe from NoFit State Circus, and most of which has been used in ways you didn’t quite think possible. More accustomed to performing in their own big top, NoFit State’s stage […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Do We Need You After The Apocalypse, The Game Show

*****

By S Mulvihill The premise of Do We Need You After The Apocalypse – The Game Show is fairly self-explanatory: the audience are asked to imagine the world has ended and, naturally, everyone goes to take part in a game show. Three audience members are invited onto stage to lead a team of a third […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth

*****

By Danielle Farrow This ‘re-imagining’ of Macbeth by Jethro Compton (much associated with Belt Up Theatre’s productions of his work) plays with the sequence of Shakespeare’s scenes and is set in a WWI bunker, produced here with detail: corrugated ceiling above with lanterns hanging, wooden slats all round, including on the door by which the […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Tempest in the Firth of Forth

*****

By Danielle Farrow There are some shows you just will to be good, especially when they have such ingredients as The Tempest presented by Hands in the Air in association with Mermaids (a St Andrews University theatre society) and the Demarco European Arts Foundation. This version of Shakespeare’s tale about a wronged Duke using his […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Newton

*****

By Jen McGregor What a confused, confusing piece this is. It gets off to a good start, introducing a selection of disparate characters who each have some connection to or interest in Sir Isaac Newton, before bringing forth the man himself. It has potential as a biographical piece, as an exploration of the ways in […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

*****

By Danielle Farrow This Cymbeline is something of an odd mixture – there are elements that show attention paid to detail, times when each actor shines in some role and movement sequences that are well-wrought. There are also elements that seem unnecessary and occasionally confusing, and times when performances are painfully hammy and lines are […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Joey Page

*****

With a voiceover introduction to his set that could quite easily be left out, Joey Page arrives on stage at the Pleasance Attic wearing a suit that could at best be described as loud and at worse, horrid. While perhaps picked for comedic value, it does him no justice and you’d be forgiven for judging […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Alex Williamson

*****

By S Mulvihill Alex Williamson’s comedic style relies almost solidly on a liberal use of the word c***. And the occasional s***. A ‘YouTube sensation’ (apparently he has over 28 million views on YouTube and 270,000 subscribers) he has a die-hard following, many of who appear to be present in the audience tonight. You can […]