British Theatre Guide / August 8, 2017

Pike St

Nilaja Sun, who brought the epic No Child to Edinburgh around five years ago, is a highly talented writer and character actress who magically conjures up whole worlds from the ether. Pike St., first produced at Barrow Street Theatre in New York, follows events as Hurricane Gloria threatens New York’s Lower East Side and its

Theatre Bubble / August 8, 2017

EdFringe 2017 – Ramy: In The Frontline at Summerhall

While it is incredibly callous to give ‘Ramy – In the frontline’ anything as reductive as a star rating, the nature of this industry forces me to do so, and I honestly couldn’t give it anything less than a full rating. This piece (a round-the-world effort, the excellent company From Start to Finnish backing Ramy

Exeunt Magazine / August 8, 2017

The Shape of Pain

The Shape of the Pain by Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe uses sound, colour and movement to communicate a bodily experience typically understood to be ‘beyond language’. To create the show, the words of Bagshaw have been interpreted by composer Melanie Wilson into an amorphous fluctuating soundscape of distorted fizzes and hums. In turn, video

Broadway Baby / August 8, 2017

The Crossing Place – Romantika

The Crossing Place – Romantika has an absurdly joyous opening, which is unexpected considering that the show is marketed as a study of loneliness, anxiety and desire. But the course of the performance proves this to be the perfect tone-setter; dark and vicious yet fun and playful, The Crossing Place is just that – absurd

Broadway Baby / August 8, 2017

£¥€$ (LIES) – Ontroerend Goed

What is money? For Belgian theatre group Ontroerend Goed, money isn’t actually metal coins or pieces of paper with numbers printed on them, no, money is so much more than a physical object. Money is trust. And the more you invest in trust then the more you get back. This is the simple (yet dangerous)

Broadway Baby / August 8, 2017

No Show

No Show is perhaps the perfect show: one that claims to be nothing at all.

Broadway Baby / August 8, 2017

Sasquatch: The Opera

I’m not sure where to begin in dissecting Sasquatch: the Opera. It defies dissection just as it defies categorisation. The show bends genre, form and technique in a way that, even in the context of the Fringe, makes it unique and one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen.

The To Do List / August 8, 2017


A thrilling tightrope walk of a show – tense yet cathartic, angry yet thoughtful.

The To Do List / August 8, 2017

On Ice

Irrestistable offbeat comedy and heartfelt storytelling combine in this one-woman epic about buying an ice rink (or is it?)

The To Do List / August 8, 2017

A Hundred Different Words for Love

Deceptively simple yet profoundly moving – a story about love as charming as it is beautiful.

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


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