Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 12th August 2015 B-Orders, from the Palestinian Circus Company in association with Aurora Nova, can legitimately reclaim the term ‘political circus’ for the art form. In a beautifully expressed production, the two performers – Ashtar Muallem and Fadi Zmorrod – evoke the tensions and lack of options available to young adults […]
✭✭✭✭✩ Interactive magic
Young critics scheme review:
Surreal, entertaining and quirky, The Voice Thief performed by Catherine Wheels takes you on an interactive tour of MIEVH, a voice correction facility.
Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 12th August 2015 The Hogwallops is the first touring production from Jackson’s Lane, presented by Lost In Translation Circus, a company that emerged from the then Circus Space in 2008 and is now run by Massimiliano Rossetti and Annabel Carberry. The show is a broad character study of a rambunctious […]
✭✭✭✩✩ Mixed success:
Arkle’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Royal Scots Club overcomes a less than well thought-out central concept to deliver a solid, enjoyable production.
✭✭✭✩✩ Gets under the skin:
Young critics scheme review
After its world debut in the Avignon Festival last year, Cie du Veilieur brings Gustave Akakpo’s exploration of identity to the French Institute for the 2015 Festival Fringe.
Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 11th August 2015 The trademark beards of Cirque Alfonse are back in a new show that seems a world away from the lumberjack theme of previous hit Timber! (which, I’m sad to say, I haven’t seen). The Electro of the title is reflected in the nightclub style set-up, complete with a […]
✭✭✭✭✩ All in the Mind:
When two people meet on a park bench in this late-night, free fringe production, it is apparent from the blood and bruises on the young man that something is awry.
✭✭✭✭✩ Electric energy:
There is real promise – and much that is already very good – in New Celts and Mindframe’s Gagarin Way at theSpace on the Mile.
✭✭✩✩✩ Too limited:
There are some highly promising singers in New Celts and Lost Lock’s all-female musical Hemmed In, who are given real chances to shine in a production that is otherwise hampered by callowness and naïveté.
✭✭✭✭✩ Not just technically funny:
Impressive on many levels, Edinburgh Theatre Arts’ production of Noises Off produces more than its fair share of laughs.
✭✭✭✭✩ Very funny
Junior review by Cora Dibdin
The Last of the Dragons is set in a kingdom where there’s a tradition that on a princess’s 16th birthday she gets married, but first she has to get tied to a rock and then a dragon comes and takes her away but a prince comes and saves her by killing the dragon. (You don’t see the dragons being killed.)
Underbelly George Square, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 10th August 2015 The Close Up perspective we get in Circa‘s latest World Premiere is not, as might be expected, from any unusual proximity to the artists (for that, try Ellie DuBois’ Ringside), but from an exposure to the practical aspects of a circus lifestyle behind the glamour. In contrast to the […]
✭✭✭✩✩ Very mad
Junior review by Cora Dibdin:
This was a play of Alice in Wonderland done by teenagers. I have read the book and I liked it. It was mad.
✭✭✭✭✩ Toe-tapping tunes:
Broadway melodies have broad appeal as one of Edinburgh’s best-known amateur groups struts its stuff.
At 30 minutes long, The Rocking Horse Winner from Bracket Productions might only be a bitesized fringe show, but it definitely has some teeth.
The Mercators are back at the Fringe this year with Austensibility; an engaging dramatised reading celebrating the life and works of Jane Austen.
Kevin McMahon entertains as a magician in his Quantum Magic at the Gilded Balloon, but ultimately there’s an sense of deception that doesn’t come from his tricks.
✭✭✭✩✩ Family Fun:
Young critics scheme review
A cheesy, child-friendly adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Captivate Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Garden: Romantic Romeo” is a fast-paced musical will appeal to all the family.
It breaks your heart, an epic tragedy in miniature: two men, a couple of sacks and a crate, but their plight and their dreams rise before us in pathetic grandeur. Drilling into the heart of the famous John Steinbeck novella, … Continue reading →
Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 9th August 2015 Even without the projected dictionary definitions that start the show, it’s understood that the 360 of the title is all about revolutions of a circular sense; within a very short while, it’s also clear that this Australian show revolutionises the traditional circus form for a youth culture of today, […]