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Underbelly’s Big Brain Tumour Benefit raises £30,000

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Last night at the McEwan Hall Underbelly held a second Big Brain Tumour Benefit. All the ticket income will go to the Brain Tumour Charity and will be matched pound for pound by the...

Decade long partnership has busiest Fringe on record

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A historic city institution is set to host its biggest ever Edinburgh Festival Fringe as it celebrates a decade-long partnership with one of the festival’s leading production companies. Breaking its own record this year, Surgeons'...

Review: Abandoman drives them wild *****

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Abandoman Underbelly 2130 hrsIRISH comedy rapper Abandoman played to a packed audience at the Assembly Underbelly in George Square.The audience was absolutely up for this act and played their part in creating a great atmosphere however...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW – Janis Joplin Full Tilt ****

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The award-winning, sell-out hit by writer Peter Arnott and director Cora Bissett returns.  Angie Darcy's Joplin, backed by a live band, is electric. I was really pleased to see that Janis Joplin Full Tilt was...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW : Twelfth Night or The Ship of Fools***

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In Livewire Theatre’s Twelfth Night or The Ship of Fools, a shipwreck becomes a plane crash, a countess wields a hammer, and a duke’s palace is a funfair – though it’s not always very...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW – Our Boys****

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This has some really funny moments, and some really funny lines. When we saw the really short preview last weekend, it sparked enough interest to tempt me along to see the full play.But if...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW Aye Elvis****

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Don’t go to see Aye Elvis for the music, but do go along for the music. You might not be someone who hates Elvis, but then who doesn’t love Elvis? Such a good looking...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Simon Callow in De Profundis*****

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Playing to the lunchtime crowd is probably not the easiest of gigs, but from the off Simon Callow has not given himself an easy task. The show is Callow on stage alone, talking almost every...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW: Knowing more about Ken****

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Ken Pleasance Dome 1520 hrsALTHOUGH this play focuses on the life of enigmatic and eccentric writer, actor, producer, Ken Campbell, it was, firstly, a pleasure to see writer Terry Johnson on the stage.Johnson has written many...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018: Notes From Shetland to Shanghai

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If you think harps are only played by angels or elderly ladies in ballgowns, think again.Harpist Sophie Rocks is just 23, and although her roots lie in the traditional music of her childhood home...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe REVIEW – Archie Maddocks: Matchstick ***

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Award-winning Archie Maddocks presents an hour of biting, provocative, unflinchingly funny comedy where he explores his deepest and darkest thoughts, exposes his flaws and interrogates his personal connection to Grenfell Tower.  Fresh from a...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Review: The Power of Music – Bernard MacLaverty

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In the midst of all the frenzy that is the Old Town in August, St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church on George Street never fails to provide a space of calm. Its festival...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe REVIEW – Chiaroscuro: A Kindertransport Story***

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Chiaroscuro: A Kindertransport Story Central Hall StudioSir Nicholas Winton, who died in 2015 aged 106, organised the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from Prague on the eve of the Second World War. They were destined for...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018: Brenda’s Got A Baby****

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‘I’ve got two choices; work in a shop for the rest of my life, or have a baby.’Brenda is sixteen. No-one in her family has ever been to university. As she says;‘It belongs to...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW- The Song of Lunch *****

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The Song of Lunch starring Robert Bathurst and Rebecca Johnson, directed by Jason Morell, is a visual and auditory delight. It is a lyrical verse tragi-comedy deftly created by Christopher Reid which follows Bathurst’s stream...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe – get your play delivered to your door

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During this year’s Fringe, your’ doorstep could be transformed into a stage. Deliveroo orders will be manned in the Scottish capital by actors who will perform a Shakespearean inspired monologue - written by Scotland-based actor...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Death, Dating and I Do

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Written and performed by Paige Jennifer Barr and directed by Kira Simring. Presented by Nancy Manocherian’s the cell Cancer killed her husband, she had her first one-night stand & now she’s marrying a British accountant. When life gives you lemons, screw...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW : A Fortunate Man***

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What do we want when we visit a doctor? To be cured, but also – perhaps more importantly – to be listened to, to be understood. Throughout New Perspectives Theatre Company’s interesting ‘guided tour’...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Show Up, Kids!***

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– Show Up, Kids! If the main attraction doesn’t show up, the kids still want to see a comedy show!  So Pete’s gonna make one up and have the kids (and adults) help write, direct, and design it. ...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018: Opera Mouse*****

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Children will love this show. Grown ups will love this show. Opera Mouse is a simple tale simply told – but told with such warmth, skill and speed that the audience is engaged, amused...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Lewis Schaffer: What Have You Heard?**

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Lewis Schaffer: What Have You Heard? Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, until Aug 26 **It's a bit awkward when you're asked to leave a show by a comedian you know who doesn't want you to...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – No Kids****

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No Kids Pleasance Forth, until Aug 27 ****The Bristol-based Ad Infinitum, led by co-artistic directors Nir Paldi and George Mann, aims to create provocative and inspiring sociopolitical theatre and its latest production is deeply personal, focusing...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Triptych****

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Triptych, Sweet Grassmarket, until Aug 26 ****Three young women - friends one minute, enemies the next - unzip the competitive world of man-hunting, and of being inappropriately hunted by a man, in Gal Sabo's cleverly crafted...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – REVIEW – Joanne McNally: Wine Tamer *****

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Dubliner Joanne McNally returns to the Edinburgh Fringe following her sell-out debut Bite Me in 2017 with a new show about life, dating and living with your mum in your 30s.McNally is a natural...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – REVIEW – Viv Groskop: Vivalicious ***

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In Vivalicious writer, broadcaster and comedian Viv Groskop’s attempts to become her best self through the gospel of Oprah Winfrey.Groskop grew up in a house full of self-help books. She was even given a...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW- Freeman ****

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Freeman is a provocative collaboration between the writer Camilla Whitehill and the Strictly Arts theatre company. The performance casts light on six case studies, from different eras and perspectives. Through discussion of the impact...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW- The Approach *****

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The Approach is a play that coaxes the audience in with its intimacy and yet, simultaneously, reveals a set of relationships which are as true as they are isolated. The play, a product of...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW : 3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle****

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‘I became the oldest when I was still the youngest’ Kate is a drama student. She’s good at stuff – she passes exams, gets auditions for drama school, knows how to bake. Alex, her older...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW – Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew***

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Ashley Blaker went the other way from Ari Shaffir. A secular Jewish TV producer, he became Britain's self-styled only strictly Orthodox Jewish comedian, a father of six, who for religious reason cannot shake hands...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – My Land*****

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This is a breathtakingly beautiful, acrobatically stunning show that seeks to explore the links of seven Ukrainian circus artists to their troubled homeland.On a stage covered in shredded cork-cum-earth, the six lithe, muscle-bound males...

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