✮✮✮ 1/2 Daniel Hallissey's In the Shadow of the Black Dog Brighton Fringe | Brighton directed by Conor Neaves Daniel Hallissey’s semi-autobiographical one-man show on grief and masculinity offers a lot of soul searching on what it's like to be a man in the twenty-first century.
“Where do men go to grieve?” is the question posed by Alquist, the protagonist of All The Pigs’ production of In the Shadow of the Black Dog. A question that also serves as the show’s thesis as we de
✮✮✮ 1/2 Cora Bissett's Glasgow Girls Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Edinburgh directed by Cora Bissett In 2005, a group of seven schoolgirls from Glasgow launched a campaign against the treatment of asylum seekers in their city after the detention of one of their school friends. They specifically targeted issues of child detention, dawn raids and sudden deportation, which affected many of their neighbours and peers. Cora Bissett, director of Glasgow Girls came up with the idea t
✮✮ Bonita Brisker's Bonita & Billie Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Edinburgh The show begins with a series of photographs of Billie Holiday projected onto a screen, Bonita Brisker lying on sheets of black satin with white flowers in her hair. Then she wakes up. Late for her concert she dashes around her dressing room preparing to go onstage. She is breathing heavily, seemingly confused – a scene which is far too long and becomes a little uncomfortable. She then appears in concer
✮✮✮✮ Charlotte Josephine's Blush Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Edinburgh directed by Ed Stambollouian A circle of red carpet in the middle of the stage, lit up with large square lamps. On each side, a desk, one for the male performer, one for the female. It feels like a boxing ring or a red carpet: a place of exposure, competition and fame. But these things aren’t always glamorous. Sometimes they are heavy with shame. Written by Charlotte Josephine, the play that unfolds is a s
✮✮✮✮ 1/2 Camilla Whitehill's Mr Incredible Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Edinburgh directed by Sarah Meadows Mr Incredible follows a man who thinks he is just that – incredible. Adam wanted Holly and he got her. Why shouldn’t he? He’s got a decent job and a flat. He’s good looking – he’s an all round nice guy. He deserves her. Doesn’t he? Camilla Whitehill’s script builds like a wave, slowly but inevitably pushing the play towards its grisly conclusion, when all our preconcepti
✮✮✮✮ Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie Edinburgh International Festival | Edinburgh directed by John Tiffany Director John Tiffany is quickly gaining more widespread fame, thanks to his role in the long-anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Whilst that continues to stir up flurries of attention in London, his no less magical, 2013 production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie gets its European premiere up at the Edinburgh International Festival. The act
✮✮✮ In Your Face Theatre's Trainspotting Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Edinburgh directed by Greg Esplin & Adam Spreadbury-Maher Trainspotting is one of the few cases where I believe the film does justice to the book, transformed into a cult sensation at the hands of Danny Boyle. But what of this interactive theatre version, co-produced by In Your Face and the King’s Head Theatre? Bright lights flash, aggressive beats thud; smoke seeps its way out of a room packed with bodies.
✮✮✮ Abi Zakarian's Fabric Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Edinburgh directed by Tom O'Brien Leah loves fabric, whether that’s her special silk red dress, fine tweed or the material of her wedding dress. She works in a posh clothes shop, selling bespoke suits to rich men. This is how she meets her husband Ben, showing him a swatch book of all the best fabrics. His mother doesn’t trust her, but her family tells her not to ‘mess this one up’. Leah wryly observes that: ‘no-one is goo
✮✮✮ 1/2 Stacey Gregg's Scorch Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Edinburgh directed by Emma Jordan Stacey Gregg’s powerful new play explores the treatment of gender-curious young people in the eyes of the law. Amy McAllister plays Kes – a young woman who has always thought of herself as more like a boy. She likes playing video games and in those, you’re free to be whoever you want to be and Kes is always a dude. She doesn’t fancy Ryan Gosling – she wants to be him – and so when she
✮✮✮✮ 1/2 Katie Bonna's All The Things I Lied About Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Edinburgh Why do we all strive for absolute truth, and like to think of ourselves as ‘honest’ people? Would the world really be a better place if we were all honest? This is what Katie Bonna covers in her TED talk. Except TED haven’t asked her to do one because you have to be ‘an expert or something’ and she isn’t… is she? The Fringe is full of people telling their own real-life stories, but very f