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17 Aug 20092 stars

Lazy and ill thought out stage version of Voltaire’s Candide

While still at an impressionable age, Candide comes under the influence of a forceful teacher with an inclination to the philosophical, and meanders out into life convinced that ‘Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds’. Whatever…

Theatre Hitlist

12 Aug 2009

As the EIF joins the Fringe, we choose our pick of Festival theatre.

Diaspora, Sea Wall, The Tartuffe, Trilogy, The Hotel, Party, White Tea, Optimism, Faust

Top 20 Festival Shows

12 Aug 2009

Emmanuel Jal There are few people who could even imagine the terrors of being a child made to fight in a war-torn homeland. This guy has lived it and come through the other side. Jen Hadfield In a year of poetry shocks, this Shetlands-based…

Optimism - Things can only get better

8 Aug 2009

Frank Woodley tells Mark Fisher why Optimism is the feelgood hit of the summer

This time last year Frank Woodley was mucking in with the Fringe’s finest as he brought his solo show Possessed to the Assembly Rooms. It was much the same as it had been for the best part of 20 years for the rubber-limbed Australian comic, a Fringe…