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Theatre review: Callisto: A Queer Epic

‘Epic’ is the right word for this ambitious mix of four stories looking at gay relationships across time and in space, loosely connected by the theme of ‘Callisto’, the third largest moon in the solar system.

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Theatre review: OwlTime

Theatre review: OwlTime

It’s unclear whether some external force has had a negative impact on this production – promised performer Nia Kova is nowhere to be seen – but it seems incredibly under-prepared.

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Theatre review: A Streetcar Named Desire

Theatre review: A Streetcar Named Desire

Take one of the finest theatre cultures in Europe, famous for its rich combination of emotional eloquence and visual beauty; then take the show that was acclaimed as that country’s best production of 2015, featuring a leading performance also garlanded in awards.

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Theatre review: Life by the Throat

Mancunian playwright Eve Steele (Lub You, Should Love Hurt This Much) writes and performs this powerful monologue inspired by “men she’s known, loved and wanted to punch in the face” (a rare example of a Fringe brochure blurb capturing the grit and wit of a show’s personality).

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Theatre review: Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady

Theatre review: Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady

Writer/performer Tim Bell has lucked out with his Fringe venue for this backstage tale from the days of the travelling circus sideshows.

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Theatre review: The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole

Theatre review: The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole

The life of Mary Seacole, the Jamaican-Scottish entrepreneur, Crimean War medic and contemporary of Florence Nightingale, is an undeniably fascinating one, and related with warm charisma by Cleo Sylvestre.

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Theatre review: How Is Uncle John?

Theatre review: How Is Uncle John?

Like a female-driven version of the film Taken, but delivered through a duologue rather than high-octane action, this touching two-hander explores the relationship between a mother and her daughter when the latter becomes sex trafficked by an outwardly respectable new boyfriend.

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Theatre review: Novel Experiments In Living

Theatre review: Novel Experiments In Living

There’s little point in critiquing Rob Paterson’s consistently inventively funny play as it does a pretty good job of doing so itself.

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Theatre review: Irrelevant

Theatre review: Irrelevant

In their Edinburgh flat, three young people –a male couple and their female friend – debate the hot issues.

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Theatre review: Ubu On The Table

Theatre review: Ubu On The Table

Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi is a juvenile parody of Macbeth-style murderous excess.

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Theatre review: Circleville, Circlevalley

Theatre review: Circleville, Circlevalley

There’s a, perhaps unsurprising, “let’s-throw-this-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks” nature to Lamorna Ash’s script for this production by the Experimental Theatre Club.

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Theatre review: The South Afreakins

Theatre review: The South Afreakins

Written and performed by Robyn Paterson, this touching, funny domestic drama follows a middle-class South African couple as they attempt to tackle their approaching old age.

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Theatre review: Rotterz

Theatre review: Rotterz

Rotterz (which might have been called Five Survive the Zombie Apocalypse were it not certain to summon the copyright lawyers) is a rambunctious, fun-filled production that wears its influences proudly on its torn, blood-spattered sleeve.

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Horse McDonald in Careful at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Theatre review: Horse McDonald in Careful

Singer Horse McDonald had always declined invitations to tell her own story, until now, when she had the chance to make a piece of theatre with writer Lynn Ferguson.

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Theatre review: Mr Incredible

Theatre review: Mr Incredible

Adam describes himself as a nice looking, nice smelling bloke.

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Theatre review: Mouse – The Persistence Of An Unlikely Thought

Theatre review: Mouse – The Persistence Of An Unlikely Thought

There’s no end, let’s face it, to the evolving brilliance of Daniel Kitson, who may have started out in stand-up comedy, but is now one of the most remarkable exponents of solo theatre in the UK, if not in Europe.

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Anything That Gives Off Light is a foot-stomping collaboration exploring the tension between self-interest and sacrifice

Theatre review: Anything That Gives Off Light

If you like your Festival theatre neat, tidy and grand-looking, then it might be best to steer clear of this stormy yet subdued new work, co-created by TEAM of New York and the National Theatre of Scotland.

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Theatre review: A Remarkable Person

This three-hander from Norway, written by Pernille Dahl Johnsen, feels like a muddle of ideas pulled together around the subject of identity.

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Theatre review: The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro

Theatre review: The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro

There’s plenty to love about this stately festival co-production between the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Scotland’s woman-led company Stellar Quines, designed as part of this year’s book festival strand dealing with the experience of refugees and migrants.

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Theatre review: Growing Pains

Theatre review: Growing Pains

He’s got a knife, and he’s not afraid to use it.

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