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The Stage / August 10, 2018

The Sauna review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘celebrates and ritualises a woman’s role in giving life’

The idea that your life flashes before your eyes as you die is given a distinctly contemplative air by Finnish company Teatteri Metamorfoosi in this wordless dance piece.

Fest / August 10, 2018

Katie & Pip

Bond between diabetic girl and life-saving dog is more than mutual respect

The List / August 10, 2018

The Political History of Smack and Crack (4 stars)

Angry yet witty political theatre from Manchester

The National / August 10, 2018

Review: Raucous face-off Square Go explores Scottish boyhood

WRITTEN by two of Scotland's most acclaimed writers, Gary McNair and Kieran Hurley, Square Go embodies the best of their work; accessible, highly entertaining and with a resonance far wider than its immediate setting.

Fest Mag / August 9, 2018

Review: Blackthorn by Charley Miles

This debut play is an assured, lyrical look at love, community and change. There’s an ache, a yearning, for things past in this lovely debut by Charley Miles. It comes to Paines Plough’s pop-up Roundabout Theatre after a first showing in 2016, following a writer’s development programme, at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Marbles Mag / August 9, 2018

Fringe review | Daughter | ★★★★

It starts off innocuously enough. A man is discussing his daughter’s birth. A difficult job for his wife, by all accounts, and the man makes it all about him, of course. Typical, etc. The fierce possessiveness he feels at the first sight of his daughter is our first warning sign, though we don’t know that yet.

A Younger Theatre / August 9, 2018

Review: Everything Not Saved, Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

It’s not easy to vandalise the entire history of time in one hour, but Malaprop Theatre have just about achieved it. If it had to be expressed in a single word, Everything Not Saved is a play about memory – or it would be, if it wasn’t such a cacophonous and variegated delight.

The Scotsman / August 9, 2018

Theatre review: Flight, Summerhall

Flight is a tense experience for the audience.

The Skinny / August 9, 2018

Square Go @ Summerhall ★★★★

The heady aroma of fear and Lynx Africa hangs in the air in Square Go, Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair’s hilarious new play concerned with the daily terror of being a teenage boy, all told using the creative insults of high school.

The Guardian / August 9, 2018

After the Cuts review – DIY healthcare in a post-NHS era ★★★★

Gary McNair’s darkly humorous drama asks how far we’d go to save the person we love

TimeOut / August 9, 2018

‘Status’ review: ★★★★

Chris Thorpe explores the meaning of nationality in this surreal allegorical travelogue

The Reviews Hub / August 8, 2018

My Kind of Michael

Nick Cassenbaum charmed the 2016 Edinburgh Festival with Bubble Schmeisis his love letter to a traditional Jewish bath house in the East End of London, not too far from the Bermondsey birthplace of Michael Barrymore, the subject of this new hour-long show.

The Wee Review / August 8, 2018

Blackout

Blackout is the unflinching account of five lives blighted by alcoholism. Pulling no punches, this verbatim piece by playwright/performer and recovering alcoholic Mark Jeary, gives insight into the battle with the bottle. Shocking, heart-breaking, yet brutally funny and entertaining, the play’s staging is simple. It is set within a white square flooring with a lit perimeter, as though it is shining a spotlight on each of the individual’s angst.

The Herald / August 8, 2018

Fringe Theatre reviews: Huff, CanadaHub @ King’s Hall, four stars

Huff begins with a suicide attempt. This sets the tone for Cliff Cardinal’s fearless solo look at the underbelly of Canada’s indigenous community. What emerges through Cardinal’s dynamic and discomforting tale of three brothers is a picture of disenfranchisement, brutalisation, inter-familial abuse and collective dysfunction. This is told through the voice of Wind and his kid brother Huff, feral little punks getting high on anything they can.

Broadway Baby / August 8, 2018

The Flop

It seems that Cardiff-based Hijinx Theatre Company are happy to take risks. Not when it comes to integrating professional actors with learning disabilities in their productions; that's been a successful, creatively fulfilling policy for years. Not when it comes to working with physical theatre comedy ensemble Spymonkey; Hijinx has long worked with the best. No, isn't the big risk here tempting fate by bringing a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe called The Flop?

The Skinny / August 8, 2018

War With the Newts @ Summerhall

An almost absurd satirical sci-fi novel from the 1930s is an unexpectedly perfect lens through which to view our current, turbulent times.

The Stage / August 8, 2018

The Political History of Smack and Crack review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘rollickingly entertaining’

Rollickingly entertaining, deeply moving drama-cum-documentary about heroin use in Manchester

The List / August 8, 2018

Erewhon ★★★★

Sublime critique of colonialism.

The Guardian / August 7, 2018

Square Go review – stage becomes wrestling ring for playful look at male adolescence

Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh. Schoolboy banter and playground scraps expose underlying insecurities in Gary McNair and Kieran Hurley’s play.

What's On Stage / August 7, 2018

Review: Island Town (Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe)

Review: Island Town (Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe)Simon Longman's new play for Paines Plough finds three teenagers stuck in a town that doesn't have much going for it.