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Henry Box Brown review

Based on a true story from the early 1800s, Henry Box Brown follows the journey of a slave’s pursuit of freedom. The story begins in Virginia, with the main character Henry Brown setting the context of what life is for a slave. Separated from his family and sold as a child, the musical is dramatic […]

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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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Fringe Theatre

‘Brilliant political sacrilege’: Trump The Musical

Brash, bonkers, brutish, Trump The Musical is not for the faint-hearted. Though the puckered-lipped, comically squinting Don should appear to be a melodramatic caricature, the characterisation of the world’s leaders in this production are sadly, not too far from the truth. But who can be downtrodden when there’s a musical love triangle between Trump, Putin, […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘A head-scratcher’: Anguis review

Anguis is difficult to get your head around. Sheila Atim’s first foray into playwriting consists of a desert-island-discs-type radio show/podcast, conducted with Cleopatra (Paksie Vernon). Except, in this version, the songs are sung by ‘Cleo’ herself and the interviewer, Dr Kate Williams (Janet Kumah), has a dramatic storyline of her own. Brilliant acting and beautiful […]

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Comedy Fringe

Neil Delamere: End of Watch

Irish comedy superstar Neil Delamere returns to Edinburgh this Fringe to tell the spectacular story of the time he went to go buy a new watch. As he narrates his encounters in aeroplane duty-free stores, rural pubs, and hard to reach Irish beaches, Delamere proves himself to not only be a riot but a masterful and […]

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Comedy Fringe

‘Rip-roaringly funny’: FootDarks Review

Tall, dark, handsome (according to Ricky Gervais), and rip-roaringly funny; how else can one describe FootDarks, the triple threat of Cambridge stand-ups Hasan Al-Habib, Patrick Sylla, and Danny Baalbaki?  There’s been an uptick in what one might call “racial humour” in recent years, where comedians will exploit their ethnicity to score a couple of cheap […]

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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 […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Sacrifices visual impact’: Edinburgh University Footlights RENT review

RENT is a demanding musical in terms of vocal ability and subject matter, and the Edinburgh University Footlights rise to the challenge with consistently strong vocals that encapsulate the humour and tragedy of the story. The Footlights front-focus their musical prowess by positioning their live band onstage, immersing the audience in the musical world of […]