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British Theatre Guide / August 22, 2013

The List

The List produced by Stellar Quines returns to this year’s Fringe following its award-winning run last year. It is translated from a French language play by Jennifer Tremblay and is set in Quebec. Maureen Beattie is outstanding as the woman who is trying to bring order into her new rural life. She has moved to the countryside

Broadway Baby / August 21, 2013

Our Glass House

Wester Hailes, a suburb of Edinburgh, is about as much of a potential tourist destination as the moon. Off the beaten track, yet only a thirty-minute bus ride out of the city centre, Wester Hailes is the setting for Common Wealth’s site-specific drama concerning domestic abuse. Constructed around a series of verbatim accounts from male

Three Weeks / August 21, 2013

Titus (Macrobert)

Titus has plenty of stories to tell and this poetic new translation is played beautifully by Joseph Arkely. His performance is full of humour, energy and precision; through the elasticity of his face and the command of his voice you will meet myriad other characters including Titus’ dad and doctor. The venue is stark, perfect

TV Bomb / August 21, 2013

For Their Own Good

There can be few better marriages between production and venue than that of the Untied Artists‘ For Their Own Good and the old veterinary demonstration room at Summerhall. The production uses expressive, spectacular puppets and fine performances from Jake Oldershaw as a knackerman and Jack Trow as his young apprentice to tell a deeply human

Exeunt Magazine / August 21, 2013

Our Glass House

There’s a sign that reads ‘YOU ARE HERE AS A WITNESS’, picked out in white lettering against a brick wall in Wester Hails. When you first see it you could easily mistake it for the signage of some obscure Baptist church. The next time you see it, through the bedroom window of an unassuming semi,

The Guardian / August 21, 2013

Our Glass House - Edinburgh festival 2013 review

“You are here as a witness,” declares a sign on a wall in the back garden. A child’s football lies abandoned in the long grass. Inside the house, a pregnant woman frantically cleans, her list of chores pinned up on a washing line across her kitchen, like penances. A child wanders from room to room

The List / August 21, 2013

The Loveboat Big Band Summer Love-In

An 11-piece brass band in sailor suits, a glittering mermaid twirling seductively from a ceiling hung hoop and Australian musical troupe Flap! making an exuberant cameo: welcome to the sights and sounds of The Loveboat Big Band’s Fringe voyage. Playing one of four Friday night shows at this year’s festival, the Edinburgh entertainers began atop

Three Weeks / August 21, 2013

Fantasy No.10 - The Beauty of Life

The company are clear about their aims for this production, handing out a manifesto before the play so you can prepare yourself for what’s to come. The aim is for ‘middleness’; to explore the space in between polarities in a world where nothing is definite, through a series of half-characters, to prevent the automatic association

Three Weeks / August 20, 2013

Parkin'Son

I am not ashamed to say that ‘Parkin’Son’ had me in tears by the end as, looking around the theatre, I was by no means the only one. A very expressive and heat-felt piece of choreography by Giulio D’Anna; he and his father manage to portray their closeness as well as their distance with astounding

The Skinny / August 20, 2013

Don Quijote @ Summerhall

Don Quijote is a brave and funny performance that recontextualises and reclaims the importance of Cervantes’ book. Although there is obviously a great deal of thought behind it, the way it is performed has a certain DIY quality – as if it was made in someone’s backyard. The narrative and its core message are unravelled

Edinburgh Spotlight / August 20, 2013

Sonica Presents Robbie Thomson’s Ecstatic Arc

If you ever have nightmares about a dystopian future in which the machines have taken over and are hunting for you, the last surviving human, the chances are you will find Ecstatic Arc utterly terrifying. Go and see it anyway. This installation piece, created by Robbie Thomson, is a thrilling opportunity to let your imagination

The Edinburgh Reporter / August 19, 2013

The Tin Ring

The Tin Ring at Summerhall is a remarkable and refreshing live theatre experience, with none of the usual Edinburgh bangs and whistles. Performed by Jane Arnfield this meticulous, economical, accomplished and utterly convincing actor tells the story of Zdenka Fantlova, a holocaust survivor. Zdenka’s life memoir, originally called My Lucky Star, has been adapted for

TV Bomb / August 19, 2013

Cinderella

There are three separate companies presenting five different children’s shows in the yurt at Summerhall, but you’d be hard pressed to find another children’s show in any venue that could top this collaboration between theatre company Factory Compagnia Transadriatica and dance company Elektra. It is impossible to fault this production. From the detailed costumes to

Time Out / August 19, 2013

Our Fathers

This debut show from theatre company Babakas starts with a very modern fatherhood dilemma. But over the course of a bright, funny, moving hour, it becomes an exploration of the timeless question of what it means to be a dad. Mike Tweddle is gay and in a relationship with Bert Roman. Mike wants a child,

TV Bomb / August 17, 2013

L’Après-Midi d’un Foehn - Version 1

Most of the cast in one of this year’s biggest hits are rubbish. In the literal sense. In truth, the performances the sole human coaxes from a handful of plastic bags are truly astonishing. In this perfectly compact 25-minute performance, the audience are treated to a full range of emotions from joy and wonder to

Ed Fest Mag TV / August 17, 2013

Mediterraneo

This one-off event was a not-to-be-missed event of the Fringe, with three fantastically talented Mediterranean bands and over thirty musicians lined up to showcase the versatility, variety and sheer excitement of European folk music. First on stage was Pellizco Flamenco, an Edinburgh based flamenco group, and an excellent example of the genre. Not only are

All Edinburgh Theatre / August 17, 2013

The List

“Unmissable Performance” Stellar Quines’ mesmerising production of The List at Summerhall features a shattering performance by Maureen Beattie. She plays an unnamed woman whose compulsive list-making is an attempt to impose some kind of order on her isolated life following a move to the countryside. After befriending a woman called Caroline, she discovers that there

Broadway Baby / August 17, 2013

Story's End

“Death Becomes Them” Even on paper, this ‘reconnaissance mission into the no-man’s land where death borders storytelling’ has the potential to be either really good or a recipe for self-indulgence; a multimedia combination of live music, film and spoken word on the subject of death. Thankfully, the creative forces involved, while coming from quite distinct

Broadway Baby / August 16, 2013


The Scotsman / August 16, 2013

The Loveboat 
Big Band Summer Love-In

It’s unlikely that the founding fathers of the former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (now Summerhall) ever envisaged their lofty Dissection Room hosting a burlesque bevy of aerialist dancers, costumed as bathing beauties and strutting their stuff mid-air, set off by superbly dramatic lighting, and accompanied by an 11-piece all-star swing band. In fact,