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The Mumble / August 11, 2014

Klip

“Any form of intellectual or mental insight or anything which resembles cohesion is quite unintentional,” so reads the disclaimer on the projection screen which serves as a backdrop to this slice of absurdist chaos. Imagine what a piece of theatre would look like if David Lynch and David Byrne met in a pub then used

Exeunt Magazine / August 11, 2014

Lands Of Glass

Annie Rigby’s appealingly small-scale touring production for Unfolding Theatre takes its cue from the reputedly dreamily exquisite Alessandro Baricco novel upon which it’s based. Given the title Lands of Glass you might expect the show’s abiding tone to be either delicate, or shattering, or both. It’s the former that applies here. What’s more, Rigby and

A Younger Theatre / August 11, 2014

Guinea Pigs On Trial

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a show, like a party bag on arrival or the splendour of an old wooden lecture theatre. Sometimes it’s the big things, like a show that fiercely tackles big pharma’s hypocrisies and underhand methods. Shit Theatre’s Guinea Pigs On Trial has the big and the little, the silly

Broadway Baby / August 11, 2014

Are You Lonesome Tonight

This one-woman show begins with a deluge of diagnoses handed out to the audience members by the performer. We are numbers, personality types rattled off from a list she has acquired and memorised from a mystical astrological black box unknown to us. She goes around telling us: “You are a natural leader … you are

One4Review / August 11, 2014

Chalk About

A beautiful,thought provoking, energetic and sometimes emotional piece, this had us gripped from the moment we sat down. As we were being seated, the two characters were already active on the floor with their chalks. They portrayed their piece with the use of art, both with chalking on the floor and dance along with humour

The List / August 11, 2014

A Walk At The Edge Of The World

Part mindfulness meditation, part painful personal recollection, Edinburgh-based theatre company Magnetic North’s lecture-with-walk is a thoughtful, slow-moving, ultimately quite moving exploration of solitude, freedom and power. He’s just recovered from a hip operation so won’t be able to walk very quickly, solo performer Ian Cameron tells us before leading us on a silent stroll from

TV Bomb / August 11, 2014

Guinea Pigs On Trial

Sh!t Theatre have definitely chosen the wrong name for their company. Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit are two very talented performers and their ability to connect with an audience is what makes Guninea Pigs on Trial such a pleasurable experience. In the past Sh!t Theatre looked at the problems with unemployment, now they are tackling

TV Bomb / August 11, 2014

Near Gone

Tragedy, communication and physical expression are the driving forces behind the exuberant and subtle performance of Near Gone, which is brilliantly performed by Katherine Radeva and Alister Lownie. Radeva delivers her dialogue in Bulgarian and Lownie instantly translates it into English. This could potentially be annoying, having to wait to hear the English translation before

TV Bomb / August 11, 2014

Where The World Is Going, That's Where We Are Going

In a world where concentrations are being eroded by technology, theatre company Big in Belgium are also struggling to stay on track. A man and a woman attempt to deliver a lecture on Denis Diderot’s novel Jacques the fatalist and his Master, but they ‘are having a few problems’; they keep drifting off topic. Delivered

WOW 247 - The Scotsman / August 11, 2014

Britannia Waves The Rules

When I read that I was going to somewhere at Summerhall called “The Roundabout”, I expected to end up in the middle of a road with two lanes of traffic orbiting me. However, it’s actually one of the most beautiful Fringe venues I’ve seen – a modern-day take on a Big Top, designed by Lucy

The Stage / August 11, 2014

Little On The Inside

Alice Birch’s short, searing play – previously performed at Latitude and the Almeida Festival – takes its audience inside the intense friendship that develops between two female prisoners. Written for Clean Break, the company which sets out to make work which explores the experiences of women in the prison system, it’s a delicate yet raw

Three Weeks / August 11, 2014

Anatomy Of The Piano

This was an anatomy lecture in an old veterinary dissection laboratory: the subject was a piano and the lecturer its humorous and engaging player. It was a pleasantly surreal experience, leaning forward in the tiered wooden seats to view the piano, heightened by the clever way the content matched the venue. And Pickvance can play;

The List / August 11, 2014

Factor 9

Prepare to be physically shaken by Factor 9. The show from Inverness’ Dogstar Theatre – which has already toured to rave reviews – alternately elicits tears, nausea and trembling rage that this true story could ever have been allowed to happen. It tells the shamefully under-discussed tale of haemophiliacs in Britain who in the 1970s

The List / August 11, 2014

Viewmaster

Upstairs in an attic-like room, hidden away in a forgotten corner of Summerhall, poet Ryan Van Winkle and musician Dan Gorman have made a den. At the start, each audience member (this is a show for one person at a time) is given a short questionnaire before being taken into this tent-like structure to sit

The List / August 11, 2014

The Flood

Deep in the bowels of Summerhall, we are in the trenches of the First World War. A nurse chops raw liver while a soldier obsessively counts the lice in his uniform. The tiny space smells harsh and metallic, of old bricks and blood. The audience of ten stands around the walls while the two characters,

The List / August 11, 2014

A Walk At The Edge Of The World

Part mindfulness meditation, part painful personal recollection, Edinburgh-based theatre company Magnetic North’s lecture-with-walk is a thoughtful, slow-moving, ultimately quite moving exploration of solitude, freedom and power. He’s just recovered from a hip operation so won’t be able to walk very quickly, solo performer Ian Cameron tells us before leading us on a silent stroll from

The List / August 11, 2014

Biding Time (remix)

A Band Called Quinn’s multimedia meditation on fame, Biding Time (Remix), is best experienced live (rather than in its recorded format). The audience wear silent-disco wraparound headphones, before lead singer, Glasgow’s Louise Quinn, is lowered out of a bin bag by a life-sized furry Rabbit (Lewis Sherlock). She joins the band and they begin to

Arts Award Magazine / August 11, 2014

Hibrow Hour: The Dispute

I wrote a piece about the innovative production of Hibrow’s entire programme a while ago. The execution of the really cerebral nature of the show was oddly complemented by the contrast of minimalist set design and beautiful video projection on the back wall by video designer, Akhila Krishnan. This show followed an experiment conducted to

Fest / August 11, 2014

Near Gone

Radeva’s narrative floods out in rapturous Bulgarian, eulogising the hometown of her childhood, and its preservation in her parents’ country home. She itemises the fruit growing in their garden – apples, kiwis, even bananas. Her co-performer Alister Lownie translates. She comically goads him into replicating her vibrant physicality, while he gets the words for raspberries

Time Out / August 11, 2014

The Eradication Of Schizophrenia In Western Lapland

I’d be impressed if experimental humorists Ridiculusmus could themselves offer a concise explanation of exactly what’s going on in ths magnificently-monikered new show. ‘The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland’ is a knotted black comedy about mental illness that feels like it exists in a way that is more than our minds can take in