Reviews

A & E comedy: Enter the Dragons

August 22nd, 2018 by

It’s turning out to be a festival of funny feminist theatre for me. This one is a highly engaging show built upon an excellent script that tells the mythological tale of an ageing protagonist’s quest to confront the mighty Kronos, God of time. It combines snappy dialogue full of smart and pertinent jokes, a medley […]

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Dance, Dance, Dance

August 21st, 2018 by

Dorothy Max Prior sees four shows presented at Dance Base for Ed Fringe 2018 There is most definitely a different vibe at the year-round Edinburgh venues – go to The Traverse or to the Scottish Storytelling Centre or to Dance Base, and you feel you’ve arrived somewhere welcoming; somewhere with a sense of itself, somewhere […]

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V/DA & MHz: Void

August 21st, 2018 by

‘Marooned on a traffic island we can tyrannise ourselves, test our strengths and weaknesses, perhaps come to terms with aspects of our characters to which we have always closed our eyes.’ JG Ballard The set is a white dance floor – a rectangle, not the whole space – and attached to it, an upright wire […]

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Chaliwate Company/Focus Company: Backup

August 21st, 2018 by

The North Pole. 4am. A van is travelling across the tundra. We see this enacted in an exquisite sequence of object manipulation. A human body forms the snowy landscape and the little van pops up on the undersole of a foot and travels along the body. Tiny lights and miniature houses complete the scene. Switch. […]

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Bastiaan Vandendriessche: De Fuut

August 21st, 2018 by

In this intimate and unnerving performance, Bastiaan Vandendriessche performs his own monologue, playing the part of a scout leader with paedophilic desires. The character is disconcertingly matter-of-fact and at times gleeful, without a hint of contrition or even awareness that his beliefs and behaviours may be controversial. We, the audience, seem to play several roles; […]

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