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Israeli theatre company Incubator perform silent protest show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

11 Aug 2014

The show, which receives public state funding, attracted attention from pro-Palestine protesters

A ‘silent’ protest performance by Jerusalem-based Incubator Theatre was itself the focus of pro-Palestinian protests in Bristo Square on Saturday. Hip hop opera The City had been cancelled by Underbelly following noisy protests outside the McEwan Hall…

Dr. Longitude's Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie

13 Aug 20144 stars

Magnificent family show channelling carnival, puppets and a hallucinogenic toad

Ever wanted to run away with the circus? Les Enfants Terribles have created something special here: a magnificent carny sideshow, with cool puppets for the little 'uns, bawdy gags for adults and an appealing, colourful set design for both. A fantastic…

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

13 Aug 20143 stars

Cheerful evocation of Cervantes’s crazy, crazy knight at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Taking on the thousand page novel by Cervantes might seem like a Quixotic attempt for a theatre company: the Little Soldier company may be tilting at windmills in their one-hour production, but emerge with a cheerfully and creatively shambolic…

Invisible Walls

13 Aug 20143 stars

Serious theatre exploring isolation and surveillance performed outdoors

Performed outdoors, Teatri Oda of Kosovo's show takes its small audience through a whirlwind 35 minutes of warm hospitality, music and song, fear of surveillance, terror of conflict and prejudice in exile. It is rooted, no doubt, in the experience of…

Return to the voice

12 Aug 20143 stars

High-impact musical theatre fraught with raw emotional honesty at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Return to the Voice by Wroclaw-based music / theatre company Song of the Goat was always going to have a lot to live up to. Following the universal eulogising of the company’s remarkable Songs of Lear back in 2012, this new work was specially…

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The Capone Trilogy: Loki

12 Aug 20144 stars

Romp with the gender swap Norse god in the windy city, staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Given Jethro Compton's commitment to serious theatre with a conceptual foundation, it is a delightful surprise to discover that he is capable of directing fast-paced comedy. Loki is the first of his Capone Trilogy and it is a stand-alone whirlwind of…

The Object Lesson

12 Aug 20145 stars

Genius absurdist theatre by American performance artist Geoff Sobelle at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

In our society of hyper-consumption and digitisation it can be easy to lose the emotional connection which human beings have always had with the objects they have made, chosen or been given. In American performance artist Geoff Sobelle's delightful…

FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out

12 Aug 20143 stars

Plot gets lost in this enjoyable exploration of Internet age sensation at the Edinburgh Festival Fri

FOMO is the name for the Internet age sensation of looking at all the fun and success your friends are having on social media and feeling like you’re missing out. Zoe McDonald (a name shared by both the character and the actress who plays her) is in a…

The Zulu

12 Aug 20143 stars

Storytelling from South Africa with mixed results at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Zulus were a warrior nation who ruled over much of Southern Africa before the colonial armies arrived in the early 20th century. In The Zulu, Grammy-award winning actor and theatre director Mbongeni Ngema uses the storytelling tradition of the Zulu…

Theatre on a Long Thin Wire

12 Aug 20143 stars

An experiment in form and function exploring mediation of modern life through technology

Based on the conceptual composition of Alvin Lucier, Theatre on a Long Thin Wire dispenses with that hoary old theatrical conceit – the performer – and replaces them with a mobile phone. As Lucier was concerned with challenging what could be described…

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12 Aug 20144 stars

Dyad Productions present a powerful rendering of Woolf’s novel at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The war is over, London swells with the bubbling heat of summer, the squeals of omnibuses, and the chatter of the socially ambitious. Such is the world of Woolf’s novel and the spirit evoked in Dalloway by Dyad Productions. This solo performance by…

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

12 Aug 20143 stars

Modernist experiment by theare company Ridiculusmus splits Edinburgh Festival Fringe audience

This piece, by acclaimed theatre company Ridiculusmus, employs a theatrical form which will recalls the heyday of Dadaism, the avant-garde and absurdist art movement of the early twentieth century which inspired much of the last century's performance…


11 Aug 20142 stars

Toothless satire on post-independence Scotland

Undecided voters rolling up up to John McCann’s play about the birth-pains of post-independence Scotland need not worry about their opinions being swayed: they’re likely to be more undecided than ever when the fifty minutes are up. Directed by the…


11 Aug 20144 stars

Stunning space-age exploration drama goes to infinity and beyond in style

At first glance, the story of Pioneer would lend itself better to a blockbuster film; set in outer-space, under the Pacific Ocean, and on a deserted Siberian road, the reference points seem cinematic rather than theatrical, with visionary/bonkers…

He Had Hairy Hands

11 Aug 20144 stars

Kill the Beast's 1970s werewolf horror comedy is just shy of perfection at the Edinburgh Fringe

I let out a giddy gasp of relief when He Had Hairy Hands experienced a small lull in the second act – up until that point, it was headed for a perfect rating, and who would have credited that? ‘Five stars for a silly retro horror comedy about…

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Beowulf: The Blockbuster

11 Aug 20145 stars

Fusion of Irish storytelling and 80s blockbusters strikes at the core of what it is to be mortal

A masterclass in both physical theatre and the grand tradition of Irish storytelling, Beowulf: The Blockbuster examines the awkward father/son dynamic, put to the ultimate test when cancer comes into the equation. Swapping a proscenium arch for a neon…

Prelude to a Number

11 Aug 20144 stars

A heady mixture of poetry, patterns and musical wonder from Geddes Loom at Edinburgh Fringe

Despite its fascination with the mathematical phenomena of the ‘ Golden ratio ’ and Phi, patterns said by some to run throughout the mainstream conceptions of beauty, Prelude to a Number is an unmistakably human show. In an introductory address the…

Torsten The Bareback Saint

11 Aug 20144 stars

Beautiful vocals and theatrical songs ensure heady romanticism of Andy Bell music collaboration

Who is Torsten? He is diva, cherub and drunk, teetering in four inch spike heels through the detritus of broken Britain's dreams. Performance artist/writer Barney Ashton and singer Andy Bell have collaborated together on this song cycle, which is at…


11 Aug 20143 stars

FellSwoop Theatre perform deft but needless adap of Patrick deWitt's novel at the Edinburgh Fringe

Ablutions, adapted from the novel of the same name by Booker-nominated author Patrick DeWitt, has a straightforward, unflashy premise: a nameless barman reflects on his dead-end life, recounting the tales of his own alcoholic excesses and those of the…

Red Jungle Fowl

11 Aug 20142 stars

A school-trip to Brazil goes wrong in this disappointingly low-brow farce

A group of posh, sex-starved British teenagers and their uppity, vain teachers head over to Brazil during the 2014 World Cup to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream with impoverished favela children in this unlikely comedy drama from the Tea For Ten…

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Little On The Inside

11 Aug 20143 stars

Dynamic production and intense snapshot into life in a women's prison

Performed in the appropriately bleak environs of the Anatomy Theatre of Summerhall, this two-hander from Clean Break productions is a vigorous exploration of the relationship between two imprisoned women, A (Estella Daniels) and B (Sandra Reid). Written…

Goodbye Gunther

10 Aug 20144 stars

A hilarious and intelligent take on impending mortality at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Like the best clowns, Frank Wurzinger does not wear a red nose or big shoes. Instead, he evokes the pathos of human life through a self-conscious vulnerability, a mastery of characterisation and the occasional pratfall. Following the last hours of the…

Interview: Lior Kalfo of Voca People on how he survives the Edinburgh festivals

10 Aug 2014

Director of Voca People show talks about the highs and lows of August in the capital

Can you sum up your show in five words? Kalfo: Out-of-this-world musical experience For anyone still on the fence, what’s a surefire selling point? Kalfo: The best music this earth has to offer in an innovative comical-theatrical framework.

A Split Decision

10 Aug 20143 stars

Referendum debate as divorce comedy best taken as the bit of fun it’s meant to be

With so many commentators discussing the forthcoming independence referendum as a marriage in crisis, comedian Keir McAllister’s decision to stage the debate in a Relate consulting room makes a lot of sense. Inspired by Stanley Odd’s song, Marriage…

Race by David Mamet

10 Aug 20144 stars

Mamet makes everyone uncomfortable at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Although the South African theatre at the Fringe in recent years has been acclaimed for its ability to give familiar Western plays an African twist, Race does not escape its American preoccupations with the conflict between black and white. Set in a law…