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Opera review: Gurrelieder, Usher Hall

This is how an Edinburgh International Festival programme ought to end: with a gripping, momentous work of gargantuan proportions, one you rarely hear, and one which represents a pivotal moment in musical history – in this case when Arnold Schoenberg saw behind him the tortured chromaticism of post-Wagnerism, and ahead of him the hunger to mould a radical new language for the 20th century.

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Theatre review: Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity – A Live Action Graphic Novel

Theatre review: Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity – A Live Action Graphic Novel

A multimedia mish-mash of 1940s radio play and live graphic novel, Intergalactic Nemesis is a lot of fun, but boy, does it need an edit.

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Steen Raskopoulos was a 2014 Fringe First nominee

Comedy review: Steen Raskopoulos – You Know The Drill

With some justification, many people are terrified of audience participation in comedy, not least as it means they can never relax.

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Theatre review: Paperclips And Ammunition

Theatre review: Paperclips And Ammunition

Taking the idea of an evil headmaster to new levels, this is a boisterous new three-hander that, beneath the shouting, contains some amusing, if heightened comic moments.

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Ahir Shah: Machines

Comedy review: Ahir Shah: Machines

Ahir Shah is grimly amusing, self-deprecating and depressed

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Theatre review: The Other

Theatre review: The Other

It begins unpromisingly, this 75-minute piece by Breton writer-performer Gael Le Cornec: there’s what seems like an awkwardly-told children’s story presented in shadow play, with Le Cornec providing stereotyped voices both for the child, little Mana, and for her grandmother, who – when war comes, brought by strange men with pumpkin heads – sends her off on a journey.

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Shappi Khorsandi

Comedy review: Shappi Khorsandi: Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey

A decade after her Fringe breakthrough show Asylum Speaker, Shappi Khorsandi delivers an unofficial follow-up, a passionate love letter to the England she calls home.

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Comedy review: 1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet And 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

Comedy review: 1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet And 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

There are serious points to be made about the way academia forces us to choose between the arts and sciences, still more about how women are discouraged from careers in the latter.

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Musicals & Opera Review: Tomorrow, Maybe

Musicals & Opera Review: Tomorrow, Maybe

There is no doubting the strength of the singing voices in this new musical about the comings and goings in a cafe over the course of one day, especially as an ensemble booming around the small space, nor the cast’s ability to pull off quick changes and innumerable slick entrances and exits.

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Cabaret & Variety review: Colin Cloud: Exposé

Cabaret & Variety review: Colin Cloud: Exposé

“This show is all about exposing the human condition,” proclaims Colin Cloud during his latest production demonstrating his skills of persuasion and deduction.

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Cabaret & variety review: Kabakunst

Cabaret & variety review: Kabakunst

“It’s been something of a dynamic year,” note the Creative Martyrs with understatement.

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Musicals & opera review: Ghost Quartet

Musicals & opera review: Ghost Quartet

“I’ve got 1001 stories and every single one of them is a lie,” sings Gelsey Bell in the opening number of Dave Molloy’s darkly atmospheric song cycle.

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Children’s shows review: The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad

Children’s shows review: The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad

Frank has lost his mum and can’t find her anywhere.

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Dance, physical theatre & circus review: In The Wine

Dance, physical theatre & circus review: In The Wine

This new production from New Zealand’s Java Dance Company is more a party than a show – which has its pros and cons.

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Musicals & opera: Paper Hearts the Musical

Musicals & opera: Paper Hearts the Musical

There was a lot of love in the room for this new musical from Moon Rock Productions and it was easy to warm to the ten-strong cast’s ability to turn in a confident-but-not-cloying performance and co-exist harmoniously on a small stage.

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Theatre review: We Are Not Criminals

Theatre review: We Are Not Criminals

The horrific bullying and subsequent death of a child forms the dark heart of Sarah Stirton’s impressive new play, but it’s the “criminals” you come to sympathise with.

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Dance, physical theatre & circus Review: Moscow Boys

Dance, physical theatre & circus Review: Moscow Boys

When we picture a string quartet, it’s usually a fairly static affair.

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Theatre review: In Defence of Hitler!

Theatre review: In Defence of Hitler!

The basic comedy concept here is a sound one; that two friends, debating whether they’d kill Hitler if they could go back in time, actually make the trip to find out.

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Theatre review: The Wives Of Others

Theatre review: The Wives Of Others

The title isn’t the only movie-inspired aspect of Tom Stuchfield’s blood-soaked bullet ballet – this is essentially Reservoir Dogs with an all female cast.

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Comedy review: Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows

Comedy review: Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows

“Where there are points, may we bring prizes.”

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