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Comedy Fringe

‘Hysterical, historical and hallucinogenic’: Desiree Burch: Desiree’s Coming Early review

Desiree Burch of Live at the Apollo and Netflix’s ‘Flinch’, yet again brings her boundless energy and exquisite storytelling back to the Fringe. Mixing hard-hitting truths, hilariously mad post-truths and plenty of nudity, Burch is bursting through the stage with all the intensity of a double-dose acid trip. Part personal account of institutionalised racism, part […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Fearless, immersive, swaggering and loud’: Trainspotting Live review

There’s in-yer-face theatre, and then there’s Trainspotting Live. Instead of tickets, audience members are handed glow stick bracelets upon entering the venue. As they walk in they are greeted by pounding ‘90s club music; actors bouncing up and down, screaming, hugging, kissing the crowd. Over the course of the first half-hour, cast members, both male […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Darkly entertaining’: 21 Futures review

In a darkly entertaining contradiction to the light-hearted escape usually offered by children’s theatre, Olly Hawes’s 21 Futures not only lets in the outside world but places its problems at the feet of the parents of the new generations. The incisive writing, dripping with sarcasm, is passionately performed by the young cast of 16- to […]

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Fringe Theatre

Berlin Girl review

Berlin Girl is described as a story of love and rebellion which follows 16-year-old Berlin school girl Miranda as she gets caught up in the totalitarian regime of East Berlin in the 1960s. The subject matter is fairly  intriguing, especially considering the questionable choice to perform it in the rock musical genre. However, the strange […]

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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

Ciarán Dowd: Padre Rodolfo Review

After winning last year’s best newcomer prize in Edinburgh comedy awards, Ciarán Dowd is back, and yes, Don Rodolfo is back with him. But there are radical changes in his life this time. Don Rodolfo Martini Toyota, the legendary 17th-century swordsman and devoted cheese-lover, found God. Since trying to find vengeance for his father’s death, […]

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Fringe Theatre

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch review

A flawless production from start to finish, Unfortunate is a feminist retelling of family-favourite Disney film The Little Mermaid from the point of view of the original villain, Ursula.  From love to sex, puppets and wordplay, the musical has a tremendous element of fun and breathes new life into the classic fairytale by discussing important […]

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Fringe Interview

In conversation with Konstantin Kisin

Konstantin Kisin, once himself a student at the University of Edinburgh, sat down for a chat with The Student as he reflected on his debut Fringe show, Orwell That Ends Well, and the implications of the messages he is spreading.  The comedian made national news in December 2018 for refusing to sign a behavioural agreement […]