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Comedy Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: Michael Spicer: The Room Next Door Review

Walking out onto the stage wearing his classic red-hoodie black-top combo, Michael Spicer appears as though he’s stepped straight out of our lockdown Twitter feeds. To his right, is a large lecture podium; to his left is an overflowing, mug-laden desk; and behind him, a projector screen. Immediately adopting a droll, on-stage persona, he gives […]

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Culture Edinburgh International Book Festival Literature

EIBF 2022: Ottessa Moshfegh, ‘Power, Cruelty and Savage Faith’

You never want to hear an artist discuss the intricacies of their process too much: an overabundance of detail will detract from the intrigue of the piece and remove some of the capacity the audience has to attach their own views to the work. There is an element of this idea captured in the phrase […]

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Comedy Fringe

Fringe 2022: Sara Barron: Hard Feelings Review

Tackling head-on experiences of ageing, miscarriage, and the occasional joy in being the bitchy ones, this is a hard-hitting but hilariously honest stand-up show.

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Comedy Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: Hamlet: The Play The Panto The Musical

A rip-roaring reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays, Hamlet: The Play The Panto The Musical, is a riotous romp through an age-old story. Wonderfully wacky, and full of charm, this genre-bending musical-mashup is Shakespeare how it should be – dark, witty, and very, very, camp. Written and directed by Hannah McGregor, and with a […]

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Comedy Festival Fringe

Fringe 2022: Mark Thomas – Black and White Review

Mark Thomas’ Black and White is a hilarious critique of the political state of the UK, both past and present. Thomas’ ability to mock the Conservative Party without having to resort to impersonation to create a pure mockery of their personal traits, is what makes Black and White a fantastic watch. The atmosphere at The […]

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Fringe Theatre Variety

Fringe 2022: Cheeky Girls Review

Edinburgh’s much loved, dark-comedy theatre collective, The Counterminers is back on stage with their fourth Fringe production, Cheeky Girls. A nimble ode to all the splendid disarray and fantasy of youth, Cheeky Girls wonderfully captures how the hazy reality of family and life dynamics intercepts with the perceived invincibility of being young, carefree, and just […]

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Comedy Culture Festival Fringe

Fringe 2022: Edward Aczel – Artificial Intellect and Other Ideas Review

Ascend the steps of the double decker bus just off Bristo Square, emerge into its celestial light and you might hear the voice of “perhaps Britain’s greatest-living anti-comedian” (Guardian, 2010) speak to you. “Oh, look. Another one.” Take your seat, and the voice repeats itself to another latecomer. Funny how we are all just ‘another-ones’ […]

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Festival Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: Crossing the Void Review

CW: Mention of suicide. Crossing The Void is a dark, exhilarating glance into the vast chasms created by grief, guilt, and isolation. An impressive Fringe debut for Edinburgh-based theatre company Koi Collective, in collaboration with scriptwriter Sally MacAlister, Crossing the Void is a brave premiere, which profoundly explores the fracturing of old friendships, in a […]