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The Wee Review / August 8, 2017

Séance review

Séance can be found in a container in the yard in front of Summerhall. I sit on the sceptical side of the fence when it comes to the life after but some part of me would like to be convinced. Having said this, the idea of a séance makes my skin crawl slightly. What if

Reviews Hub / August 8, 2017

Palmyra – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca have returned to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe following the success of Eurohouse last year. That production explored the making and unmaking of the European Union in the wake of austerity and the fracturing of the European project. This year their performance is no less ambitious as they turn their attention

The Stage / August 8, 2017

£¥€$ (Lies) review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘engaging and beautifully presented’

There are few constants in the work of Ontroerend Goed. Enter the auditorium for one of their shows and you could be in for an hour of apocalyptic prose in near dark (last year’s World Without Us) or they might rip out your soul and share the pieces with strangers like souvenirs (most of their

The List / August 7, 2017

Heather review

New writing examining authorship presents a captivating blend of light and dark This new work by Thomas Eccleshare, adapted from his short play Helen, follows the complex relationship between a debut author and their publisher. Heather Eames has written a children’s book about a young witch named Greta that becomes wildly successful, spawning a series

Whats On Stage / August 7, 2017

Edinburgh review: Palmyra (Summerhall)

Can abuse be an art-form? If so, then Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas might rank alongside the Old Masters. If not, well, we should probably call some sort of helpline. There were moments in Palmyra when I wasn’t sure whether to review them or report them. It’s rare to see emerging artists with such a

The Guardian / August 7, 2017

The Shape of the Pain review – kaleidoscopic exercise in empathy

Is it possible for us to understand someone else’s pain, to really feel how they do? Director Rachel Bagshaw tries to do just that in this unique, disconcerting and always compelling show. Put together with care and intelligence by Bagshaw and writer Chris Thorpe, it becomes an unexpected thing of beauty. There are times when

Three Weeks / August 7, 2017

Eggs Collective Get A Round (Eggs Collective)

Three glitzed up ladies and a lot of booze – they’re out on the lash, and on a mission to have the ‘ultimate’ night out in Edinburgh. And we literally get to join in on their drunken antics, as they offer us shots of Caribbean Twist. I say offer, but these women “don’t take no

The Herald / August 7, 2017

Thus Spoke...review

In the spotlight, a man in a waistcoat stares the audience in the eye and tells us how lucky we are to be here, watching Thus Spoke...

Fest / August 7, 2017

Lists for the End of the World

“Things I want to do before I die.” It is the first of many lists in this show; it is also the last. Taken verbatim from over 300 people, each one engages with its audience – we exclaim and agree, we cringe and sigh, we cry and reminisce. Because we are weird and wonderful; we

The Independent / August 7, 2017

The Believers Are But Brothers, Northern Stage at Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival, review

In a Syrian square, a young girl is playing and being filmed on a cameraphone at the precise moment an explosive device falls from the air. Around the world, three men watch the footage, and their reactions inspire very different results

The Stage / August 7, 2017

Start Swimming review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘uniformly terrific cast’

“What are you doing here?” is the question posed to the young people in Start Swimming, and the reply goes, “standing on the grass”: a minor transgression which becomes a statement of political revolt.

London City Nights / August 7, 2017

'Amy Conway's Super Awesome World' at Summerhall, 4th August 2017

For decades we've been told that playing video games will turn us into bloodthirsty, violent monsters with the attention span of a gnat. But what if video games were actually, genuinely, good for you. This is the core of Amy Conway's Super Awesome World, which makes a convincing case that those hours spent blowing away the forces of hell, descending into dark dungeons and repeatedly rescuing princesses might not have been wasted.

The Guardian / August 5, 2017

Salt review – one-woman show retraces the transatlantic slave route

Tim Etchells of the experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment once wrote a superb essay on the risks that come when an artist is genuinely invested in what they are doing on stage – how it exposes them and how the audience recognises this and is laid bare, too.

The Stage / August 5, 2017

The Believers Are But Brothers review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘bold and gut-twisting’

You'll need WhatsApp to fully appreciate The Believers Are But Brothers. Writer, performer and co-director Javaad Alipoor uses a live group chat, into which the audience has been added pre-show, to augment this ambitious, drama-infused lecture about radicalisation in the age of the meme.

Vogue / August 3, 2017

What To See At The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

Celebrating its 70th year, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is upon us once more and, with its enormous and eccentric arts programme, there’s certainly no shortage of things to see. From performances that will make you laugh to those that make you cry, and the ones that get your toes tapping (or maybe even all three), here’s what to catch in the Scottish capital this summer.

The List / August 1, 2017

Journey's End: Shows that place a focus on migration at this year's Fringe

Although the refugee crisis may have slipped from TV screens and rolling news coverage in recent months, the movement of people between countries is still a major theme within the Fringe, with a number of companies shining a spotlight on marginalised voices affected by migration

What's On Stage / July 16, 2017

Edinburgh Festival top ten: Matt Trueman's picks

salt. Northern Stage @ Summerhall, 14.30 It’s three years since Selina Thompson announced herself with a startlingly frank show about binge eating and beauty. Since then, she’s developed into one of the most promising young performance artists around, and salt. is her most ambitious project to date. Last year, Thompson boarded a cargo ship to

The List / July 15, 2017

Edinburgh Comedy Award winners Gadd and Gibson are back at the Fringe with different goals this time around

For Richard Gadd, August 2016 was the best month of his life. Not just professionally – having scooped the Edinburgh Comedy Award, the biggest prize in live comedy, for his show Monkey See Monkey Do – but personally, too. ‘The show’s been life-changing,’ says Gadd, when we meet in London ahead of his return to

The Reviews Hub / July 15, 2017

FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with Rachel Mars on Our Carnal Hearts

It’s that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s. Here, Rachel Mars talks about her show Our Carnal Hearts. In one sentence tell us about your show. It’s a furious and funny ode to our competitive, unequal and grubby times with live surround-sound singing. What made you decide to

The List / July 15, 2017

A look at the trans shows of this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Adam, Eve, You’ve Changed and Testosterone explore the complexity of gender Genitals do not equal gender. Boys are not always born with penises and girls do not always have vaginas, just as life is not black and white, pink and blue, gay and straight. The notion of gender is far more complex, and speaks to