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REVIEW: ‘The Last Sesh’ by Ball Pit Theatre

4.5 Stars

I went into this performance with my expectations up. Having seen this group perform Tom Basden’s Party last year, and absolutely smash it, I had high hopes for what they would bring this year. I was, I admit, just a little trepidatious. This was the first time I’d seen this group perform original writing, so I was nervous as how it might compare. 

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REVIEW: ‘Anything You Want’ by Warwick Improv

4 Stars

I do think Improv shows are at their best when they have a specific gimmick or quirk that makes them unique amongst Improv shows. 

Anything You Want has that. An existing improv technique yes but the first time I’ve seen it done, and the only one, so far as I know, at the Fringe this year. The interconnecting circle of characters and narratives that stem from a single-word suggestion is a beautiful device and, at least on the occasion I was there, creates a truly memorable and engaging show.

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REVIEW: ‘Face 2 Face’ by Two Stones One Bird

2.5 Stars

“Technology is bad, m’kay”.  That seems to be essentially what this show boiled down to. It was heavy handed and shallow with a very tired message that  I’m kind of sick to death of seeing media use. The entire thing has an unpleasant air of shallow smugness, determined to paint anyone the slightest bit appreciative of modern tech as rude, unpleasant, and unlikable. It’s not just the message isn’t even a good one, it’s also just how heavy-handedly the play forces that message down your throat. It’s unrelenting and poorly handled with the characters you’re meant to like and root for coming across as insufferably self-righteous.

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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”

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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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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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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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