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Edinburgh News: theatre


Absinthe: The Green Fairy

Visitors to this website of more than a couple of years’ vintage will remember that we used to have a scoring system for reviews that was based on how many drams of whisky you would need to consume in order to get through the show. Sadly, the drams were composed merely of pixels, but even a virtual tot of absinthe would have been appreciated when I went down to catch a glimpse of the Green Fairy the other day.

The Battle of Pots and Pans

The Battle of Pots and Pans is based on a battle that took place in l745 in the southeastern Scottish town of Prestonpans. It heralded the optimistic start of the Jacobite rebellion in which Bonnie Prince Charlie's Catholic Jacobite army defeated King George II's Hanoverian Redcoat troops.

Married to the Sea

A new company, Dragonfly, bring to the Fringe a tender-hearted, if rather predictable, story about family breakdown and the wider consequences of societal change in an ancient Irish coastal community.

Off Her Trolley

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There are surely times, especially these
days, when "care assistants" and even nursing staff wonder where they are - we
kind of know that care of our elderly is in a bit of a mess, and vaguely wonder
what awaits us if we eventually break a bone, become increasingly frail or
begin to forget not merely what we came into the kitchen for, but whether we're
in the right house or street.

Deep Cut

Deep Cut

It could be anyone's living room. Less tidy,
with a layer of dust, it could be this reviewer's. In a theatre, you could be
forgiven for expecting comedy, but this set represents the home of Des and
Doreen James, whose daughter Cheryl died at Deep Cut Barracks, one of four
young people to do so.

1913 or Nude Descending a Staircase

1913 or Nude Descending a Staircase

Maria Tarnowska's case attracted
considerable public attention even among the crowded events of 1913.

Pornography

"There's an awful lot of tech on that set."
First impressions set up expectations which may or may not be disappointed. Pornography is a play in a form the late Osbert Lancaster, had he cartooned theatrical
styles rather than architectural ones, might have described as "Birmingham
fragmented" - a number of story lines concerning one or more characters are
driven toward a central point of encounter in the course of which resolution
occurs.

My Grandfather's Great War

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Historians will tell you what we know of
the past comes largely from lucky finds; Cameron Stewart's re-discovery of his
grandfather's diaries from the First World War and his publication of them in "real time" on the web and on BBC Radio 4 in
the Today programme have made an invaluable contribution to people's
understanding of that conflict and the motives of those who fought in it. No great
surprise, then, to find Baby Belly 1 a nearly full house for Stewart's
presentation of Captain Stewart and his experiences.

Nocturne

Traverse publicity image for Nocturne

I know it’s unworthy, but the first thing I thought when I
walked into the Traverse 2 to see this 100-minute-long one-man show was, "Well,
at least they’ve got rid of those awful foam benches and put in some proper
seats." I can assure you now, though, that even sitting on a cushion made from
six-inch nails, I would still have been eager to see as much as they wanted to
give me of such utterly mesmerising, faultless theatre.

George Orwell's Coming Up for Air

Hal Cruttenden as George Bowling in 'Coming Up for Air'

Not much of a joker, was he, that George Orwell?