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Cosmic Scallies – Summerhall, Edinburgh

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Writer: Jackie Hagan Director: Amit Sharma Reviewer: Chloe St George Could we really be less tolerant, in cities, than people are out in the sticks? One would assume the opposite; cities tend to be more multicultural, more progressive. Shaun, one character in Jackie Hagan's two-hander Cosmic Scallies, criticises posh old Manchester, where one can't be oneself, compared to at home ...

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Misterman – C Primo, Edinburgh

man in jacket with angel wings

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Kate Gaul Reviewer: Chloe St George  By the time Laura Marling's Devils Spoke rang out at the end of the performance, some audience members' tears were in freefall. "All of this can be broken, hold your devil by his spoke and spin him to the ground." So goes Marling's verse, rather prophetic of Enda Walsh's Misterman ...

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The Sky is Safe – Summerhall, Edinburgh

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Writer: Matthew Zajac Director: Ben Harrison Reviewer: Chloe St George On the face of it, The Sky is Safe is a two-hander: privileged Western male meets guarded, resilient Syrian woman in Istanbul. But Dogstar Theatre are committed to preserving the experiences of individuals caught up in much greater socio-political epochs. As a result, the production beholds the stories of a ...

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The Chess Player – C Primo, Edinburgh

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Writer: Richard McElvain (inspired by the novella by Stefan Zweig)  Reviewer: R. G. Balgray Think chess, and what do you get. Images: two old men; long hot summer afternoons; interminable pauses between moves; and long-brewed silences. This is part, but not all, of Richard McElvain’s subject-matter in his re-working of Stefan Zweig’s The Chess Player at C Primo in Hill ...

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Happy Birthday Jacob – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Michael Marshall Director: Laura Bowler Reviewer: Laura Marriott A well lived in kitchen, with children’s toys and fairy lights under the table dominates the stage with a door either side; one leading to an unseen upstairs, another leading outside. This door is always closed. Soon two brothers enter the stage. Jacob is seventeen and tense. Lucas is ten, in ...

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Breakfast Plays: Birth – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

syringe, gun, pregnancy test, baby bottle with money inside

Reviewer: Emily Hall This year, Traverse Theatre’s breakfast plays were selected from a collection from The Birth Project, an organisation promoting discussion about global health inequality. Four plays make up B!rth, focusing on motherhood in the U.K., the U.S., Syria and India respectively. This review covers Choices by Stacy Gregg, a poignant reflection on female experiences of birth in the ...

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Stand By – Army@TheFringe Summerhall, Edinburgh

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Writer: Adam McNamara Director:  Joe Douglas Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Four police officers sit in a riot van as a domestic dispute turns into a hostage situation that a negotiator is failing to resolve. The officers, and audience, have single-earpiece headphones, through which they’re kept informed about developments. It has all the ingredients for a tense, ticking clock, drama, but in trying ...

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Cathy – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

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Writer: Ali Taylor Director: Adrian Jackson Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Inspired by Ken Loach’s seminal 1966 film Cathy Come Home and reimagined for the present day, Ali Taylor’s Cathy tells the story of a hard-working mum’s descent into destitution and homelessness, and of a system that seems to work against her rather than for her benefit. The eponymous Cathy (Cathy Owens) ...

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