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Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Show Rankings

Nearly four months have passed since the end of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, and I have only now (for a variety of reasons but largely my own shortcomings) finished the last of my reviews.

That done, I have finally been able to compile my official list of all thirty-eight shows I saw, ranked in descending order of what I, purely in my own personal view, considered the best:

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4.5⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Elegy for an Echo’ by Gin & Chronic Theatre Company

*Note: The following review was written over two months after the fact due to writer’s block and my being a disaster of a person.*

4.5 Stars

The premise of this show is original and intriguing; a pill that allows a person to interact with a deceased loved one, recreated from their sensory memories. It may have similarities to existing sci-fi films, books, etc, but I have never seen exactly this concept done before, and its done pretty damn excellently. Continue reading “REVIEW: ‘Elegy for an Echo’ by Gin & Chronic Theatre Company”

5⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Lord Dismiss Us’ by Boys of the Empire Productions

*Note: The following review was written over two months after the fact due to writer’s block and my being a disaster of a person.*

5 Stars

After having been told from many different sources, since the first days of the festival, that this a pretty damn brilliant show, I was finally able to make time to see it on my third-to-last day in the city. 

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4⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews · Uncategorized

REVIEW: ‘Adulting’ by Spilt Milk

*Note: The following review was written over two months after the fact due to writer’s block and my being a disaster of a person.*

4 Stars

Of all the show’s I saw at the 2017 Fringe, this one probably had to most relaxed and casual atmosphere. It essentially comprised an hour of four young friends musing on what it means to be an adult.

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4⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘The Writers’ Room’ by Degrees of Error

*Note: The following review was written over a month after the fact due to writer’s block and my being a disaster of a person.*

4 Stars

Brought to us by the ever-talented Degrees of Error, creators of Murder She Didn’t Write, The Writers’ Room provides a new and creative set-up for an improv show. It’s very much a ‘what it says on the tin’ kind of show; a group of screenwriters pick through crumpled suggestions in a wastepaper bin trying to find something with which they can create the next big blockbuster. 

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5⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘The Gun Show’ by CoHo Productions

5 Stars

Sometimes, at Fringe, you wander into a show with little to no idea of what you’re about to see. This is one of my favourite ways to do Fringe; researching shows before hand is great, getting handed a flyer on the Mile is great too, but every now and then there is really something to be said for just strolling into the nearest venue and getting a ticket for whatever’s on next. This is how my friend and I spent our last couple of days at Fringe, as using our Space performer passes gave us the luxury of not needing to worry over wasting money and take gambles on shows we might otherwise take more time to consider. 

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3⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘#Vile: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star’ by Wound Up Theatre

3 Stars

I believe I saw three one-person shows this year. Of those three, #Vile was the only one that fell into the genre of outright comic. Standups aren’t usually my thing at Fringe but character-driven, narrative, comic monologues very much are.

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4.5⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘#Instalove’ by Catherine Duquette

4.5 Stars

I’ve described a lot of shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe as “unique”. It might seem that using the word so often devalues and diminishes the meaning but that’s not the case. The fact is that every particularly “unique” show I have seen has been unique in it’s own…well…unique manner.

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