Reviews

Circus Playlist 2018

September 24th, 2018 by

He’s back! Adrian Berry, Artistic Director of Jacksons Lane, returns with the legendary Edinburgh Fringe Circus Playlist Ok, 2018 Edinburgh Fringe – it’s that time once more when I whizz through half a dozen or so circus shows and compare them to a random album from the depths of my mind. Who’s going to be […]

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Gemma Brockis: An Execution (by invitation only)

September 16th, 2018 by

Lights on, lights off. Is Martin Creed in the house? Enigmatic exchanges between nameless prisoner and jailer. Pinter, perhaps? Unexpected explosions into the space of ludicrous objects and strange creatures. Ahoy there, Ionesco! A disembodied mouth groaning and licking its lips expectantly. Oh, we were waiting for you, Beckett. Channelling Artaud to bring us a […]

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The Establishment: Fool Brittania

September 10th, 2018 by

Shortly after the schoolmaster arrives, the flat part of his mortarboard hat falls off and we know we’re in for a very silly ride. ‘Hello children’ he says – and for the next hour we are Year 9 pupils attending classes in History and Physics. With no discernible political or social agenda, it’s an exercise […]

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Death of a Puppet

September 7th, 2018 by

 Matt Rudkin encounters death, dissonance and a mid-life crisis in three key puppet theatre shows seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a parody of a puppetry master class conducted by a middle-aged man coming to terms with the fast-approaching death of his father and […]

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Colombia: Going for Gold

August 25th, 2018 by

Colombia! What do you think of? Cocaine? You surprise me. Miguel Hernando Torres Umba is Colombian, and he has a confession. He has never taken cocaine. His brilliant and beautifully performed one-man show, Stardust, is his response to ‘the painful stigma left by the narco history of his country’. And he takes no prisoners. We […]

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