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Fringe Theatre

The Last of the Pelican Daughters review

‘Confusing yet predictable’ is the perfect way to describe Wardrobe Ensemble’s latest play, The Last of the Pelican Daughters. At the end of the show, everyone in the audience has the same question: couldn’t they just settle for just the one theme? On their late mother’s birthday, the Pelican sisters – Joy, Storm, Sage and […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Seamless and succinct’: Tokyo Rose review

Tokyo Rose is a seamless, succinct sum-up of Asian-American identity and anti-East Asian racism in the West. It gives off Hamilton vibes, telling the story of an American figure through fast, punchy songs. Rather than the Founding Father though, the musical focuses on the overlooked story of Iva Toguri, a Japanese-American woman unjustly imprisoned for […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Bittersweet’: Pink House review

On the surface, Pink House is a simple tale of Shira’s family, home and life. But underlying it is complex themes of Jewishness, family, trauma, and loss, spun deftly through a clever script. The play spans across two timelines (past and present), two countries (France and America), and two families that interrupt each other.  Nonetheless, […]

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Fringe Interview

In conversation with Tim Marriott, writer of Mengele

Trigger warning: Holocaust   In Mengele, a show that ran at the Fringe in 2019 for its second year, Tim Marriott plays Mengele, an SS officer and physician in Auschwitz who experimented on the prisoners. Rather than a celebration of the figure, the play is an attempt to comfort those who have been affected by […]

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Comedy Fringe

Nish Kumar: It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves review

It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves is a well-put together and strikingly political comedy set which has the audience captivated and laughing throughout. Nish Kumar confronts racism with his hilarious sketches about airport security and ‘random checks’. He lays into the audience about racism, causing a slight discomfort around the room that is brilliantly […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘One of the greatest adaptations’: Dalloway review

On stage, Mrs Dalloway says she will buy the flowers herself and so the play begins. There is only one woman on stage, and she gives voice to every character and to their deepest darkest thoughts. It is for this unique performance that Dalloway is perhaps one of the greatest adaptations of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs […]

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Dance Fringe

Limb(e)s review

The circus is given a dark, mournful twist in Limb(e)s, created by and starring Gabrielle Martin and Jeremiah Hughes. Their experimental show combines spell-binding movements with artistic lighting and an evocative soundscape to produce an innovative new mode of storytelling that is both striking and expressive. Martin and Hughes rely on their physical strength as […]

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Comedy Fringe

Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders review

The creative group Cardboard Citizens shares true stories of home homelessness and injustice through theatre.  Their performance of Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders at the Fringe is an entirely immersive and educational experience, directly involving audience members in their play and helping people understand that every homeless person has a unique story.  From the beginning, the audience […]