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Theatre review: The Soft Subject (A Love Story)

Theatre review: The Soft Subject (A Love Story)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Our genial host Chris Woodley taught drama – “the soft subject” they say – before going back into acting, so this autobiographical play is structured like a drama lesson; intro, starter, main task, evaluation, etc, with signposted dramatic techniques throughout.

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Comedy review: Dominic Holland Eclipsed - Free

Comedy review: Dominic Holland Eclipsed - Free

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Dominic Holland was always a really good stand up – he was Perrier Best Newcomer in 1993 – but it has, as they say, been a while.

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Comedy review: Matt Price: The Weed Fairy

Comedy review: Matt Price: The Weed Fairy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: If you are a bit down, go and see this show. Matt Price has a way with a story that makes you feel like you’ve found a friend.

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Theatre review: Woman on Fire

Theatre review: Woman on Fire

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Should we break the law to make the law better? This is the question at the centre of this inspirational one-woman show in which Claire Moore plays Lancashire suffragette Edith Rigby, a woman with deep convictions and impressive levels of determination to see them through.

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Comedy review: Bobby Mair: Loudly Insecure

Comedy review: Bobby Mair: Loudly Insecure

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: It is such a relief to get into a Bobby Mair hour and hear a real expert at the venting game.

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Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus review: Parlour Games

Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus review: Parlour Games

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: There are fine performances in Tooth + Nail’s touching story about a man returning home from World War Two, imagining the friendships and games of his childhood.

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Theatre review: Shame

Theatre review: Shame

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: A bright, articulate teenager vlogs from her bedroom. Keira is carefree and opinionated but an alcohol-fuelled error of judgment leads to Twitter bullying and she ­disappears from class.

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MacBlair. Picture: Contributed.

Theatre review: Macblair

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Everyone loves Tony Blair – or at least they love plays about him, if this packed house is anything to go by.

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Comedy review: Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

Comedy review: Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Fogg has thrown it all at this one: dead dad, dramatic tech moment, pre-show party, big screen, and excruciating puns.

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Comedy review: Goose: Amphetawaltz

Comedy review: Goose: Amphetawaltz

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Since bursting on to the Fringe in 2014 with their chaotic and peerlessly energetic style, the extremely giddy Goose – livewire Adam Drake under the direction of Ben Rowse –have grown increasingly ambitious with their ideas and staging.

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Comedy review: Trygve vs a Baby

Comedy review: Trygve vs a Baby

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Any cynicism you might have about this charmingly beguiling show, in which Kiwi mime Trygve Wakenshaw shares the stage with 13-month-old son Phineas, immediately melts when you witness the loving dynamic between them and the warm laughs they ­generate.

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Comedy review: Josh Glanc: Manfül

Comedy review: Josh Glanc: Manfül

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: In the guise of his grotesque alter-ego Dickie Rosenthal, Josh Glanc’s Fringe debut is a memorable one.

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Comedy review: Athena Kugblenu: KMT

Comedy review: Athena Kugblenu: KMT

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Athena Kugblenu’s confrontational stance is established with her show title, which stands for the Caribbean expression “kiss mi teeth”, indicating displeasure.

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Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus review: Perhaps, Perhaps, Quizás

Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus review: Perhaps, Perhaps, Quizás

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Gabriela Muñoz is a delightful clown, able to express a myriad of emotions without saying a word.

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Frank Carson - A Rebel Without a Pause.

Theatre review: Frank Carson – A Rebel Without a Pause

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Spike Milligan once quipped: “What’s the difference between Frank Carson and the M1? You can turn off the M1.”

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Theatre review: Hear All About It

Theatre review: Hear All About It

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Two earnest young men, clear-voiced and fresh-faced tell us the facts: a suicidal teenager known only as X is in danger of taking her own life if a hospital bed can’t be found for her.

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Theatre review: Cannonball

Theatre review: Cannonball

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Three good performances and effectively naturalistic dialogue can’t save Ned ­Caderni’s new play from being unedifyingly grim.

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Theatre review: My Name Is Irrelevant

Theatre review: My Name Is Irrelevant

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Showing the workings of someone’s mind on stage is no easy task and, going on the strength of this curious show, doing it with performance poetry doesn’t make it any easier.

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