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REVIEW: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company

4 Stars

My last piece of Shakespeare for the 2018 Fringe, and I ended on a pretty damn good’n. This was a wonderful rendering of one of Shakespeare’s funniest works and one that maintained all the awkward charm that play is meant to have.

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REVIEW: ‘Narratively Satisfying’ by Jennifer Lack

4.5 Stars

The last of the three one-person shows I saw this year, Narratively Satisfying was one heck of an emotional journey. It takes a special something to make a one-person show work, and Jennifer Lack has not only that special something but liberal sprinkle of extra special somethings on top of it. 

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4.5-⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2018 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Artificial’ by Split Note Theatre

4.5 Stars

This was one of the most moving theatre experiences I had at the Fringe this year. In terms of straight drama, perhaps the most moving. I’ll have to think about that. What’s certain is that I came out of this production near the point of tears from what I’d seen and heard on that stage.

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REVIEW: ‘The Time Machine’ by Gone Rogue Productions

4 Stars

H.G. Wells’ classic novella has seen many an adaptation in the century or so since it was written, and each adaption has brought its own unique spin to re-imagining the story. Gone Rogue certainly brought their own flavour to it, while thankfully very much keeping the spirit of the original. It drew quite bit, I think, on the 2002 film adaptation for inspiration but still stood very much as its own entity and did enough to carve out its own place as an adaptation. 

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REVIEW: ‘The Quest: A Fantasy Musical’ by Questing Vole Productions

4 Stars

You had me at “fantasy musical”. I love fantasy fiction, I love musicals, it would be difficult for me not to like this show. It helps that this eager group of performers bring all their enthusiasm to bringing that premise to life in a fun-filled loving parody of classic fantasy clichés. It’s easy to tell that the creators of The Quest genuinely love fantasy and rip the genre’s most tired tropes to shreds with nothing but the most honest affection. 

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4.5-⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2018 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Same Old, Same Oldies’ by Queen Mary Theatre Company

 4.5 Stars

It’s always lovely to encounter shows that manage to perfectly balance drama and comedy in such a way that the two compliment and further the effect of each other, rather than conflicting. Getting this right comes down, as so many things naturally do in the theatre, to the combination of writing and acting. If even one of the two is off, then the comedy and drama cannot coexist effectively. In the instance of Same Old Same Oldies, the comedy and drama smoothly orbit one other, each coming to the forefront and then retreating exactly when they should. 

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REVIEW: ‘Deadline’ by Queen Mary Theatre Company

3.5 Stars

The premise of this piece intrigued me, and was enough to convince me to see it the day after I first heard about it. That premise, however, barely seems important after the first few minutes as the narrative gives itself over to something that could conceivably work with any back-story. That said, this is, by no stretch of the imagination, a bad play, and everyone involved has talent worthy of commendation. 

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