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Fringe Theatre

Dorian Gray review

Dorian Gray was a much anticipated production by The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre based on the infamous philosophical novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, written by the Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde.  The group had a difficult task of shortening the highly prestigious novel into a short 55-minute performance, but they handle this […]

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Comedy Fringe

‘Balance of talent and disaster’: Late’n’live review

Late’n’live has earned itself quite the reputation. A show that starts at 1am, a booze-soaked crowd are entertained by equally inebriated comics for four hours of chaos. Many a famous comedian has paid their dues here: Russell Brand, Johnny Vegas, Zoe Lyons, Jason Byrne, Russell Howard and Shappi Khorsandi to name a few. The madness […]

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Comedy Fringe

The Understudies review

Magic Door Productions’ The Understudies returns to the Fringe for a third year running, bringing improvised musical comedy based on audience suggestions.  This show has some moments of greatness and is an enjoyable way to spend an hour. Starting with a cardboard-based audience suggestion, a complex web of storylines are built up, with interesting links […]

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Fringe Music

The Johnny Cash Story review

The Johnny Cash Story has a very specific demographic. The audience know what they are getting into, united by a love so strong for ‘The Man In Black’ that they come with song lyrics memorized and at the ready. Singing Cash’s classics such as ‘Ring Of Fire’ and ‘I Walk The Line’, Jamie Rodden is […]

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Fringe Theatre

Play Before Birth Review

Feminism, environment, abortions: Coast to Coast Theatre Company’s Play Before Birth couldn’t tick many more boxes on the ‘woke’ list if it tried. A production that discusses how environmental issues affect women, honing in on the environmental ethics of having children in an increasingly unsustainable world, Play Before Birth’s message combines issues that nobody’s thought […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Poignant, ambitious and experimental’: Fish review

An adaptation of legendary Taiwanese writer Huang Chunming’s short story, Fish is a simple yet profound tale tackling masculinity, familial love and social mobility. Taiwan’s Shinehouse Theatre’s production further impresses by seamlessly integrating British Sign Language and by having the lead character, a young boy named Acha, as a puppet – whose masterful manipulation exaggerates […]

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Art Fringe

Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry review

This is Grayson Perry’s first major solo exhibition in Scotland. The Julie Cope of the title is a fictional ‘every woman’ from Essex, and the exhibition explores the story of her life through four large tapestries.     The Dovecot is a challenging space for this exhibition. The low ceilings in their downstairs gallery mean the tapestries […]

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Comedy Fringe

‘A mixed bag’: AAA Stand-up review

As with any show that is made up of multiple stand-up comedians, AAA Stand-up is quite a mixed bag. The majority of the jokes, provided by Sarah Iles, Will Hall and President Obonjo, land well, but there is a distinct  variation between sets. Although all three dedicate a fair bit of their material to their […]