FRINGE REVIEW: Dalloway

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“An ordinary day underpinned by hidden woes, troubles and desires” BY EMILY SHEWELL, IMAGES ELTON TOWNEND JONES Elton Townend Jones’ stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel Mrs Dalloway perfectly encapsulates life in the interwar period: the parties, the dreams and the surfacing anxieties in the aftermath of the Great War.  It’s June 1923. The [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Here Comes The Tide, There Goes The Girl

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A “clever and darkly funny” reimagining of Hamlet  BY LEXI CLARE The audience enters to an atmosphere that is relaxed and energised; the cast swig from cans and good-naturedly banter with each other, batting a shuttlecock back and forth across a grass turf (and occasionally into the lighting rig). A rainbow-coloured paddling pool takes centre [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Love Is A Work In Progress with Tara Rankine

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Shrewd, lewd and almost nude BY EMILY SHEWELL Tara Rankine’s comedy combines cabaret and storytelling to retell her embarrassing experiences and the messy realities of past love, sex and relationships.  The audience is invited upon entrance to throw their negativity out of the door as Tara instead inspires self-love and levity when it comes to [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Travis Alabanza – Burgerz

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An unmissable commentary on gender variance and violence BY LIZI TRAFFORD I had been wanting to see Burgerz ever since I heard about the London show – I’d seen Travis earlier this year and they were spectacular. The show is based around the time when Travis was the subject of a transphobic attack when a [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Pits

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Hit the toon with McKenzie and her family – but be prepared for what comes next  BY CARRIE LYELL Billed as “the best Geordie night out you can have (in Edinburgh)”, this outrageous new dramedy written by up and coming north-easterner Louise Barron is full of laughs – and surprises.  Step into the living room [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: The Unfortunate Bisexual

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Five stars for this reviewer’s “Fringe favourite” WORDS EMILY SHEWELL, IMAGE STEVE CROSS Rachel Wheeley and Cerys Bradley’s inimitable stand up show is both slick and quick witted as they individually address their experiences of bisexuality, the silly stereotypes, and why one Olympic swimmer will always have a place in Cerys’ heart.  Their anecdotal tales [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Her

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“It’s like a thing but not a thing” BY EMILY SHEWELL Lauren Ellis Stretch’s Her is a fresh, millennial comedy which explores tensions within familial relationships and uncovers the complexities that surround both sexual and romantic pursuits.  This kitchen may only have one breakfast laid out but it has a large serving of drama to [….]