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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

Edinburgh Evening News / August 11, 2014

The Eradication Of Schizophrenia In Western Lapland

Set on a stage split by a wall, with the audience switching sides half-way through, it’s a play that’s difficult to distil, which is part of what makes it special. On one side, a mother looks like she’s in the full throws of psychosis; on the other, a doctor, also apparently the father of her

TV Bomb / August 11, 2014

Made In Ilva

Nicola Pianzola is the solo physical performer of Made in ILVA – The Contemporary Hermit and his exuberant and contorted display is as breath taking as it is passionate. The performer begins with his back to audience, sat on a large metal stool and then the explosive performance begins. The stool elevates Pianzola physically but

TV Bomb / August 11, 2014

Malasombra

Malasombra is the kind of production that young adults love. It is a combination of horror, fairytale, animation, shadow puppetry and storytelling that will keep youngsters gripped and opened mouthed in amazement. There is however enough imagination and delight that will also please adult audiences. Malasombra is described as “an emotionally dark fairytale for adults

TV Bomb / August 11, 2014

Standby For Tape Back-Up

Ross Sutherland is a poet and performer who is as comfortable in experimenting with words as he is with found video footage, and this original combination of both is imaginative and evocative. Standby for Tape Backup is a spoken word performance that is emotional, personal and takes a unique approach at looking at how we

TV Bomb / August 11, 2014

Head In The Clouds: The Peregrinations Of Marie Marvingt

f fun and exciting theatre is what you are after at this years Fringe, then you will not be able to find a performance that hits the mark more succinctly than Head in the Clouds: The Peregrinations of Marie Marvingt. Helen Aldrich is the solo performer who embodies Marie Marvingt and several other amusing characters

The List / August 11, 2014

kennardphillipps: Demo Talk

Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips have been making working in response to the Iraq War since 2002. Over the past twelve years they have developed a provocative and unflinchingly fearless critical practice that confronts war and power across the world. The Financial Times’ pink sheets are scattered across the walls of the exhibition space at

Broadway Baby / August 11, 2014

Sister

This unpretentious production is as unflinchingly fearless as it is heart-warming. Rosana Cade is a lesbian, Amy Cade a sex worker, and together the two sisters take the audience on an exploration of their relationships with their sexualities and each other, whilst completely naked. This feminist, sex-positive piece has a compelling capacity make the audience

Arts Award Magazine / August 11, 2014

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

‘For those of you who have never see me before tonight, you’ll realise that I’m totally insane.’ The one woman show examines truth and sanity in an engaging and interactive performance art style inspired by real conversations with family members. The show starts with maths, adding up the numbers in your date of birth to

The Stage / August 11, 2014

Standby for Tape Back-Up

If ever a show required revisiting and rewatching, it’s Ross Sutherland’s exploration of synchronicity and iteration. Scratched at last year’s Forest Fringe and returning for a full run at Summerhall, the show sees Sutherland entering a kind of conversation with an old VHS cassette given to him by his late grandfather which contains fragments of

Broadway Baby / August 11, 2014

Standby for Tape Back-Up

This is a show about seeing patterns in the random; about time’s ability to change perception; about coming to terms with death and working through depression. It’s surreal and fragmented and strangely hypnotic, even if its ambitious, weighty concepts fail to culminate in anything particularly meaningful. Ross Sutherland gives a mesmerising performance as a man

Broadway Baby / August 11, 2014

Near Gone

“This is a difficult story to tell,” performer Katherina Radeva warns us in Bulgarian through her translator and fellow performer, Alister Lownie, at the start of Near Gone. She is not wrong. Intimately exploring the themes of grief, loss and potential loss, the subject matter of Near Gone is not easy to talk about. However,

The List / August 11, 2014

A Journey Round My Skull

It’s clear from the off that this is not going to be your usual love story. On the way into Summerhall’s Red Lecture Theatre the audience are given headphones, a hint at the auditory intensity to come. A Journey Round My Skull explores the relationship between Julia, a surgeon, and her unnamed patient who discovers

The Flaneur / August 11, 2014

Made in Ilva

An intense performance by Nicola Pianzola is the basis of Made in ILVA – The Contemporary Hermit from experimental theatre group Instabili Vaganti. Directed by Anna Dora Adorno with original music by Riccardo Nanni it is a direct response to an Italian industrial controversy. Pianzola is on stage alone for the entire performance and it

Broadway Baby / August 11, 2014

KlangHaus

With over 3000 shows descending on Edinburgh this month, the city is attempting to squeeze a Fringe venue out of every possible space available. In some cases this results in a gimmicky setting that doesn’t really add to the show’s appeal, but KlangHaus benefits hugely from its unusual choice of venue: the Small Animal Hospital

Fest / August 11, 2014

KlangHaus

The cage doors are open. The animals have gone. Escaped? Or eliminated? These rooms are tiled and lab-like. There are plugholes in the floor. Somewhere, down the corridor, there’s a musical growl: the low snarl of an electric guitar. Then, out of a metallic cell, steps a man with a bass drum. KlangHaus is an