Jaclyn Arndt

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Lady GoGo Goch

14 Aug 20144 stars

Frankie Fox combines music and theatrics to explore her Welsh heritage at the Edinburgh Fringe

Performed mainly in Welsh and a smattering of English, Lady GoGo Goch blends traditional and contemporary song with theatrical performance and live instrumentation to create a fluid, intense, and ultimately trippy exploration of Welsh culture. Funny…

Night Bus

14 Aug 20142 stars

Linda Marlowe & Sarah-Louise Young examine the life of a night bus at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Taking the world of late-night transit as their petri dish of humankind, Linda Marlowe and Sarah-Louise Young examine the ragtag lot who take a London bus on any given night through a series of vignettes, using a minimal set and only a handful of props.

EastEnd Cabaret: Sexual Tension

4 Aug 20144 stars

Uppended gender norms and licked foreheads abound in exhilarating Edinburgh Fringe show

There was a time when one could safely assume that by avoiding the front row, one wouldn’t be dragged into dreaded audience participation bits. As the man in the centre of aisle six who got his forehead licked learned, those days are gone. Turning…

Ennio Marchetto: The Living Paper Cartoon

3 Aug 20143 stars

A deceptively nuanced, family-friendly hour of Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy

It’s rather apparent that the Italian quick-change artist (that’s changing costume quickly, not ripping people off à la Paper Moon) has been doing this gig for a long time. And indeed he has: 20 years or so. His ‘living cartoon’ show runs seamlessly…

Glasgow International 2014: programme highlights

25 Mar 2014

Featuring Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne, Henrik Pätzke, Sue Tompkins, Hudinilson Jr and more

Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne: Love The once abandoned Govanhill Baths continues its new lease of life as an arts venue, this time hosting Hamilton and Byrne’s inflatable sculptures, first installed at London’s Poplar Baths during the 2012…

Beth Dynowski: New States

6 Nov 20134 stars

Artist's first solo show ia a three-part installation that prods and pokes at perception

The first solo show from Beth Dynowski comprises a curious set of objects, which extend across Market Gallery’s three exhibition spaces. The ceramic, metal and found items that litter the galleries’ floors hold their own aesthetic fascination…

Living with War: Artists on War and Conflict

6 Nov 20133 stars

Group show exploring human-made atrocity includes work by Goya and Jenny Holzer

Taking a turn from the conceptual exhibitions that often fill GOMA’s Gallery 1, Living with War: Artists on War and Conflict covers 200 years of artists’ responses to human-made atrocity, from Goya’s ‘The Disasters of War’ etchings (1810–20) to one of…

MOBOs and Martin Luther King factor into Black History Month Glasgow

14 Oct 2013

The month of events also includes an insight into the city's history with slavery

October is not just for dressing up like Walter White and cramming your face full of sweets: it’s for making yourself a more rounded human being. ‘Black history is everyone’s history,’ says Carol Young of the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights.

An Evening with David Sedaris

29 Aug 20134 stars

Trademark real-life anecdotes and personal overshare stories

If there was any doubt as to the This American Life favourite's popularity in the UK, it was swiftly put down by the snaking queue that went from the EICC's front entrance to its back and right outside again. A mixed audience age-wise – half hipstery…

Gabriel Orozco: thinking in circles

16 Aug 20134 stars

Not a show of results but rather a show of exercise

Unlike that of the equally dot-obsessed Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama, this career-encompassing display of Orozco's circle-based fascination veers far away from pop art and firmly into the pedantic, discursive and other unattractive terms. Not a display…

The Bunker Trilogy: Morgana

6 Aug 20134 stars

Claustrophobic drama of three friends trapped in a bunker

All the elements fall into place in the first of The Bunker Trilogy. The recreation WWI bunker that provides the series’ tiny stage is used to full effect, its claustrophobic confines reflected in the story of three school chums who find themselves…

Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth

5 Aug 20133 stars

Challenging adaptation of The Scottish Play set in World War 1

That the set is the centerpiece of The Bunker Trilogy is far from hidden: it’s where the trio of plays gets its name. Rows of benches two deep line the walls, creating a miniscule in-the-round stage with audience and cast sheltered inside a recreation…

The Thinking Drinker’s Guide to Alcohol

5 Aug 20133 stars

Learn about booze, laugh and drink!

Opening your set by handing out full bottles of beer seems a sure fire way to end up with an audience chockablock with Polo-shirted bros. It also seems a good way to grow audience favour – and it is. But Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham manage to keep…

The Bunker Trilogy: Agamemnon

5 Aug 20133 stars

Unexpected perspective on a wartime relationship

For the second chapter of The Bunker Trilogy, it’s the ancient Greek legend of Agamemnon that gets translated to a first world war setting, putting the titular character overseas in Germany while his wife, Clytemnestra, languishes at home in England.

Lost Voice Guy

5 Aug 20132 stars

Fatty script yields slim pickings

Struck with cerebral palsy at the age of six months, losing muscle strength and his voice, Lee Ridley turned to stand-up as a way to recover what had been taken from him. His prosthetic digital voice, courtesy of an iPad, delivers a pre-programmed show…

Five ways to take a walking tour during the Edinburgh Festival 2013

31 Jul 2013

From artist-led wanders to midnight meanders, the city has a tour to suit you

1 Explore every close and cobble Get to know Edinburgh through a blend of history and storytelling on Saints & Sinners’ Tale of Two Towns tour, offering a look under the skirts of both the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town. Or let the…

Mary, Queen of Scots

29 Jul 20133 stars

Exhibition of mixed artefacts fleshes out the story of the enigmatic Queen

Mentioned most often in the same breath as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Stewart’s notoriety comes, of course, from the fixed eye she kept on the English throne – the obsession that got her head chopped off. Though it doesn’t ignore this…

Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2013 - highlights

7 Jun 2013

Fourth edition of the Festival features Paul Wilson, Luke Jermay and Morgan & West

Edinburgh International Magic Festival pops up at the end of June for the fourth time, aiming to pull magic off the telly and put it back where it belongs: on stage. Spanning close-up magic, stage illusion and mentalism, the eight-day programme…