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Fringe Theatre

‘Intelligently devised’: If You’re Feeling Sinister review

The 1996 sophomore album from Glasgow-based cult indie-art band Belle and Sebastian, If You’re Feeling Sinister, has been heralded as magnificent by legions of fans since its release. Now, with a minimal plot weaved within it, it has been presented as an unremarkable theatre piece.  Kid (Sarah Swire), a lost youth, and Boss (Alan McHugh), […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Heart-wrenching and equally hopeful’: 50 words review

Combining such rampant hilarity with heartfelt dialogue and intelligently developed characters within just a 50-minute show seems a sizeable challenge; 50 Words not only succeeds but exceeds in this Herculean task. Rehearsed in Alex Zawalnyski’s living room, he and his childhood friend Luke Malone have expertly prepared a low-budget but high-quality minimalistic piece of theatre.   […]

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Comedy Fringe

Paul Foot: Baby Strikes Back!

Deep in the heart of the Cowgate, the repurposed Bongo Club kitted out as a Fringe venue is suddenly doused in darkness. Scarcely any light filters through the cracks under the doors as a caricatured voice booms out of the speakers. As if it weren’t abundantly clear that the voice giving us instructions on how […]

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Comedy Fringe

‘Ever-present wit’: Nina Gilligan – Broad Shoulders review

Nina Gilligan’s story could easily be presented as a sob story, but rather than fall into the ditch of an X-factor-esque, tear-jerking background she presents her life and journey to find her identity as an inspirational one, doused in hilarity and vitalised by very personable and amicable energy. Her tales of her adoption and her […]

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Music

Fontaines D.C. make their presence in the modern post-punk scene known with the excellent Dogrel

Fontaines D.C.’s Dogrel further fuels the freight train of modern post-punk releases with a taste for bleak commentating and abject disdain for staticity. It’s no surprise to see a band which recently toured with Shame and IDLES (separately) go on to release truly explosive and riotous music; however, their aptness for poetic lyricism seems to […]

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Music Singles

LUCIA – ‘Blueheart’ Single Review

Originally a young Buchanan Street busker, Lucia Fontaine has branched out from her original singer-songwriter style into playing a brand of music with a band that clashes sugar-sweet pop and noisy garage rock. On LUCIA’s latest release, ‘Blueheart,’ we see shoegaze and post-punk soundtrack, an address to a boy who has no respect for women. […]