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CIRCUS DIARIES at #edfringe: Bedtime Stories by Upswing

In Cabaret, Circus, Edinburgh Festival, Features, Festivals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

The Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows in Edinburgh’s Fringe seems to be the perfect venue for a children’s show. Bright colours surround the two venues (one big top, one Spiegeltent this year), large colourful shapes like giant Lego blocks fill the pasture area, and multi-coloured palettes make up the bar furniture. The whole place feels like a giant kid’s playground.

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Edinburgh Fringe: Queen Lear

In Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

What happened to King Lear’s wife? The woman who birthed the three daughters that he loves so dearly is never mentioned in his title play. Back in the ’80s, the Women’s Theatre Group and Elaine Feinstein created Lear’s Daughters, a flawed, feminist play attempting to reason why Goneril and Regan do what they do by depicting the girls’ upbringing.

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Why doesn’t Shakespeare get more coverage at #edfringe?

In Children's theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Features, Plays, Regional theatre, Scotland by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Whilst there’s plenty of Shakespeare at the fringe, it doesn’t get much coverage. It’s understandable – the Bard doesn’t count as a potential Next Big Thing, and he’s favoured by student and international groups that usually have short runs and are deemed less worthy of critical attention.