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FRINGE REVIEW – Boom Boom Club

*****

By Jen McGregor According to its brochure entry, Boom Boom Club is a “three-room immersive extravaganza”. The poster promises an opulent, decadent treat. If only it had lived up to any of these promises. Instead, we found ourselves shepherded into the distinctively unatmospheric Belly Laugh, where a woman in clown make-up and stockings appeared to […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Merry Wives of Osaka

*****

By Danielle Farrow Japanese theatre company Akagumi presents this tale based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor – a comedy that sees a fat knight attempting to woo two wives in order to gain money. The wives are not overly thrilled by his attentions and set about playing tricks on him and making sure […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Taming of the Shrew

*****

By Danielle Farrow Cygnet Theatre students present their own, student-directed, production of this Shakespeare play, focusing on domestic abuse and how this is not restricted to violence against women. Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew involves a marriage where Petruchio sets about re-structuring his out-of-control bride’s behaviour and then proves to those who held her in […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Flyaway Theatre, The Rabbit and the Rose

*****

By Debbie Cannon There’s the germ of something magical about The Rabbit and the Rose by Flyaway Productions at Sweet Grassmarket, but you can’t help feeling that not enough effort has gone into making any part of it develop. It’s not all the company’s fault. Their black box performance space is very small, and this […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Macbeth, C

*****

By Danielle Farrow “I ‘gin to be aweary” says Macbeth at one point and sadly that was all too apt for this production, where fairly young performers have had their life force drilled out of them. Repeated ’wicked’ laughter every time a witch, in whatever guise, leaves the stage becomes tedious, while main signs of […]

FRINGE REVIEW – World War Wonderful, Karin Muiznieks Presents

*****

By Susanna Mulvihill The Wonderful Sisters are a three-girl USO act who are anything but Wonderful. As characters they are in turn despotic, idiotic and neurotic, as additions to the stage they are a mistake. This show from the outset suffers from technical flaws, a terminal script and clichéd banality. Apparently confused as to period […]

FRINGE REVIEW – D’You Hear About Todd?, Will Pickvance and Johnathan Hartley

*****

By Susanna Mulvihill You might be forgiven for missing the Spoken Word section in this year’s Fringe Programme, given how few pages it comprises. However there are a few very interesting sounding shows in there, including this Free Fringe offering from Will Pickvance and Jonny Hartley. Best described as a dialogue with musical accompaniment, it […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Icarus: a Story of Flight, Backhand Theatre, C eca

*****

Backhand Theatre imagine a continuation of the Icarus myth with this physical theatre and circus performance. And whilst it is billed as a family show which should appeal to children and adults, it at times can’t seem to make up its mind between which camp it should flit: sometimes veering close to pantomime, before swooping […]

FRINGE REVIEW – A One Man Hamlet

*****

By Danielle Farrow A black box and notebook, a dagger and sword and a series of outer garments augment Will Bligh’s plain black-trousered and white-shirted One Man Hamlet, while occasional classical music, tight lighting moments and apt sound effects help shift a scene here and there. These simple production choices acknowledge the fact that, for […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Peculius Stage, Hearts on Fire

*****

This is a strange, underdeveloped piece. Based on real events, Hearts on Fire is the story of a spiritual retreat which goes badly wrong, leading to the deaths of three participants. The publicity material sets up the expectation of something quite intense and harrowing, but unfortunately the storytelling just isn’t strong enough to have that […]