Three Weeks / August 11, 2014

The Eradication Of Schizophrenia In Western Lapland

It might be impossible to truthfully convey the experience of psychosis, but that shouldn’t stop people trying. Ridiculusmus make a great effort in this appropriately schizophrenic play which stages two scenes simultaneously on either side of a partition. If it’s bewildering at times, it’s meant to be, but heartfelt performances ensure there’s more to this

A Younger Theatre / August 11, 2014

Standby For Tape Back-Up

“All of our brains are programmed to see patterns”, Ross Sutherland tells us in Standby for Tape Back-Up, “even when no patterns exist”. They say that after a break-up, it’s as if every song on the radio sounds like it’s being sung just about you. For Sutherland, it wasn’t songs on the radio, but the

Time Out / August 11, 2014

Standby For Tape Back-Up

I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to suggest that poet and performer Ross Sutherland’s ‘Stand By for Tape Back-Up’ probably features the most profound use of the opening credits of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ in theatre history. Toss in some extracts from ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘The Crystal Maze’, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video and

Edinburgh Guide / August 11, 2014

Maria Addolorata

Carlo Massari and Chiara Taviani are the two dancers in Maria Addolorata which in English is ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’. And this tightly packed, considered piece explores the moments of suffering which is an inherent part of being human. It was Henry David Thoreau who wrote that we all live lives of quiet desperation. Well

Telegraph / August 11, 2014

Lands Of Glass

A strange and haunting chamber musical adaptation of Alessandro Baricco’s sprawling novel about the fantasy town of Quinnipak and its inhabitants, particularly the mysterious Mr Rail and the glassworks he owns. The most remarkable thing about this production is the sound: the stage is completely filled with a stunning live glass orchestra, emerging magically from

The Mumble / August 11, 2014


“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


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,