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Fringe Music

‘Rowdily fun and surprisingly beautiful’: The Dolly Parton Story review

Who doesn’t love Dolly Parton? The Queen of Country is an absolute icon, with numerous hit songs within her decades-long career, her personality simultaneously larger-than-life and down-to-earth, meeting any superficial criticism with wit and humour. The joyous Dolly Parton Story recounts her humble countryside beginnings, her initial Nashville success with Porter Wagoner, and eventual solo […]

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Fringe Theatre

The Canary and the Crow review

Theatre is sometimes a place of escapism, but it can also be a form of self-expression. There’s a tension between slipping into character and standing out as yourself. This dilemma was especially felt by David Ward, who felt his black racial identity was being eroded by the system around him. His semi-autobiographical play The Canary […]

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Fringe Theatre

Chamberlain: Peace in our Time

 WW2 undoubtedly remains one of the most important points in world history. It was a war that changed everything, culturally and politically, in both Britain and abroad. But Chamberlain: Peace in our Time transports you to just moments before then, as Neville Chamberlain (David Leeson) prepares the announcement of Britain’s war against Germany. Chamberlain is […]

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Comedy Fringe

‘Little else like it’: Jamie Loftus: Boss, Whom is Girl review

Respect is tough to acquire, and businesswomen understand this better than most. Traditionally, success within male-dominated fields has required them to compromise their feminine identity, to sacrifice parts of themselves for access to mainstream success. But Jamie Loftus’ hysterical and off-kilter show is here to correct such systemic discrimination, using a keynote address from her […]

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Fringe Theatre

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord review

Despite its long and unwieldy title, the premise of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord is relatively simple. The entire plot consists of these three famous men finding themselves in a locked room together. The playwright Scott Carter leaves them there alone to bump against each other, like […]

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Fringe Theatre

00 Review

Is New Years anything special, or just another day? This is a central question within 00, a messy but pleasant play about two bickering schoolgirl siblings who stumble upon Y2K survivalists as the millennial midnight approaches. The eldest sister believes the new year will be the “start of everything”, while the survivalist couple thinks it […]

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Fringe Spoken Word Theatre

Baby Reindeer Review

“It was just a cup of tea”, laments Richard Gadd. For him, the offer of a free cuppa was a small moment of empathy towards a lonely woman, but it ignited an intense obsession and unrestrained outreach which has haunted him for years. Baby Reindeer is Gadd’s autobiographical account of his stalker, how his act […]

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Film Reviews

Minding The Gap

Alongside this year’s Mid90s and Skate Kitchen, Minding the Gap is another film that focuses on skateboarding, and how its street-life subculture can provide release from claustrophobic, and abusive, homes. As one subject notes, given their chaotic homelife, skating grants them complete control of their movements and terrain. Bing Liu’s poignant documentary primarily follows three […]