5⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Follow Suit’ by Silent Faces

5 Stars

My initial vocalisation of my thoughts on this performance immediately afterward was “Bizarre but Brilliant”.  I’ve had a few days since then to mull things over but I think it remains the most concise and accurate way I can describe this show.

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1.5⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Bacchae’ by Flying Pig Theatre Company.

1.5 Star

There’s ways of doing a Greek Tragedy. If you have to compress a Greek Tragedy into an hour, there are ways to compress it. There are ways to do Greek Tragedy as physical theatre. Unfortunately, this company doesn’t seem to know them.

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5⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Education, Education, Education’ by The Wardrobe Ensemble

5 Stars

When I first did the Fringe, back in 2015 (only two years ago but so much has happened since then I feel like at least half a different person) there were three or four shows out of the fourteen I saw that really wowed me, and have stuck with me ever since.

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4.5⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Party’ by Ball Pit Theatre

4.5 Stars

This was a show I opted to see on a whim. I’d been leafing through flyers that morning, and noticed this show was finishing the same day. Given that all the other flyers I had were for shows that with longer runs, I thought ‘why not?’ and hurried off to get my ticket. (The fact that I thought the girl on the flyer was cute has nothing to do with it despite what some people might try to insinuate).

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3.5⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘The Shakespeares: Scenes from a Marriage’ by Story Board Theatre

3.5 Stars

Of the nine shows I’ve seen at this Fringe (at the time of writing), one third have had ‘Shakespeare’ in the title. What can I say, I’m a English Lit graduate with a fondness for theatre, it’d be weird if I didn’t like Shakespeare. This time, however, was slightly different. Instead of another show featuring interpretations of Shakespeare’s work, here we have a show that explores a slightly liberal interpretation of the bard’s own personal life and loves. An ambitious project, and one easy to get wrong, but, for the most part, I think this show gets it right.

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4.5⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Buried: A New Musical’ by Colla Voce Theatre.

4 Stars

Going to see an original musical at the Edinburgh Fringe is always a bit of a coin-toss. As a genre and an art-form, it’s a difficult thing to get right. In this instance, it comes down firmly on the side of fantastic. One thing that often makes a new musical work is a unique and original concept to build around. Buried certainly has that; and utilises it brilliantly.

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3.5⭐ · Fringe Reviews 2017 · Reviews · Theatre Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Death by Shakespeare’ by Hurly Burly

3.5 Stars

If there’s one thing I always particular enjoy at the Fringe, it’s really well executed physical theatre. This company have the physical and aural aspects of their performance pinned down impressively. Opening with an harrowing soundscape of dissonant voices melding together, it immediately immerses the audience, creating an atmosphere of both discomfort and fascination.

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