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Edinburgh Fringe Shows Ranking 2015

All the shows I saw while at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, listed in descending order of quality with links to individual reviews:

  1. ‘Dust Never Settles in Torchlight’ by NakedFeet Physical Theatre. – http://wp.me/p50Twd-2P
  2. ‘1972: The Future of Sex’ by The Wardrobe Ensemble – http://wp.me/p50Twd-3d
  3. ‘Scarlett Lane’ by October Boy Productions – http://wp.me/p50Twd-3g
  4. ‘Staircases’ by Antonym Theatre – http://wp.me/p50Twd-2P
  5. ‘Shakespeare’s Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon’ by Drake’s Drummers Theatre – http://wp.me/p50Twd-3r
  6. ‘Zanna Don’t’ by The MGA Academy – http://wp.me/p50Twd-3t
  7. ‘Forever House’ by Pentagon Theatre – http://wp.me/p50Twd-3y
  8. ‘Storybook Musical’ by Guild Musical Theatre Group – http://wp.me/p50Twd-3A
  9. ‘Tension Square’ by Chameleon Productions – http://wp.me/p50Twd-3E
  10.  ‘Academy of Risk’ by Stargaze – http://wp.me/p50Twd-3H
  11. ‘Dear Cassandra’/ ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll + Mr Hyde’ by Caramba Theatre – http://wp.me/p50Twd-3J
  12. ‘BED’ by Revolving Shed – http://wp.me/p50Twd-4m
  13. ‘Giving up the Ghost’ by Butterfly with a Bomb Productions – http://wp.me/p50Twd-4r
  14. ‘The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden’ by Thread Theatre – http://wp.me/p50Twd-4u
1.5 ⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2015 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden’ by Thread Theatre

1 half star

Who’d have thought that the worst thing I saw at the Fringe would be a supposedly classic Alan Ayckbourn play? I have to admit I wasn’t familiar with any Ayckbourn work before now, and I’m not sure I want to be in future.

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2.5 ⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2015 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Giving up the Ghost’ by Butterfly with a Bomb Productions

2 half star

This is a tough one. When it comes down to it, this play is only okay. That’s its main issue. There’s nothing glaringly wrong with in terms of script, staging, or cast; it’s just that, as a play, it’s only okay.

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REVIEW: ‘Dear Cassandra’ and ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Caramba Theatre Company

3 star

Here we have two single-hander pieces, both relating to classic Nineteenth century literature, they are similar in execution but intrinsically different in style and effect.

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3.5 ⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2015 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Academy of Risk’ by Stargaze

3 and half star

It’s tricky to figure out exactly what I want to say about ‘Academy of Risk’. On the face of it there’s much to like about this piece of theatre. Certain elements are crafted exceptionally well but there’s something missing at the core that lets it down sufficiently to prevent it from being further up my list of favourite shows.

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3.5 ⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2015 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘The Storybook Musical’ by Guild Musical Theatre Group

3 and half star

What would it be like if you took the basic story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream but replaced the four main protagonists with beloved storybook characters?  ‘The Storybook Musical’ sets out to answer this question that somehow no one thought to ask before. The result is a fun fifty minutes of whimsical, musical humour.

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REVIEW: ‘Zanna Don’t’ by MGA Academy

4 stars

‘Zanna Don’t’ has been on the list of musicals I’d like to see for some time. Naturally I when I saw a flyer for a production at the Fringe, I was immediately determined to take it in while I was there. It was a good decision. The MGA Academy handle this musical very capably, and do it appropriate justice.

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