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Daniel Perks

Daniel Perks is the Contributing Editor at WhatsOnStage and a Super Assessor for the OffWestEnd Awards, coordinating the Opera category. At the Edinburgh Festial Fringe, he is the co-director for the Network of Independent Critics and writes regularly for Fest Magazine. As an alumnus of the Eugene O'Neill Center's National Critics Institute, he has previously written for Miro Magazine (Theatre Editor), Exeunt, A Younger Theatre and The Reviews Hub. He started up the blog Culture by Night and has been writing about theatre as a blogger and journalist for the last 8 years.




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EDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: CAMILLE O'SULLIVAN SINGS CAVE, Pleasance Courtyard PhotoEDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: CAMILLE O'SULLIVAN SINGS CAVE, Pleasance Courtyard
Posted: Aug. 14, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: MURDER BALLADS, Greenside @ Nicolson Square PhotoEDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: MURDER BALLADS, Greenside @ Nicolson Square
Posted: Aug. 14, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: BREAKING THE WAVES, King's Theatre PhotoEDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: BREAKING THE WAVES, King's Theatre
Posted: Aug. 22, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: THE INCIDENT ROOM, Pleasance Courtyard PhotoEDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: THE INCIDENT ROOM, Pleasance Courtyard
Posted: Aug. 14, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: THE CANARY AND THE CROW, Summerhall PhotoEDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: THE CANARY AND THE CROW, Summerhall
Posted: Aug. 14, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: THE PROFESSOR, Assembly Rooms PhotoEDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: THE PROFESSOR, Assembly Rooms
Posted: Aug. 23, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: BABY REINDEER, Summerhall PhotoEDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: BABY REINDEER, Summerhall
Posted: Aug. 14, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: ALI AND ALPO, Summerhall
August 26, 2019

Ali Alawad had his visa application rejected two weeks before Ali and Alpo was due to premiere in Finland. Alpo Aaltokoski had to continue alone, with just a projection for company.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: THE DESK, Summerhall
August 26, 2019

Reeta Honkakoski spent time in a cult in the UK. The Desk is an allegory, alluding to that time. It's a hypnotic watch, if intentionally repetitive.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: SERIOUS FACE, Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters
August 23, 2019

Amy Howerska: Serious Face attempts a heightened social commentary of living in a post-feminist society. But with all the technical hitches and audience hostility, it barely gets itself going.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: THE PROFESSOR, Assembly Rooms
August 23, 2019

The Professor is taking his final class, a variety of pop culture subjects to cram as much as possible into this swansong. But despite all the detail, this production has very little to say.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: BREAKING THE WAVES, King's Theatre
August 22, 2019

Lars von Trier's 1996 film Breaking The Waves has no underscore. So, while the subject matter is perfectly apt for yet another opera where a woman debases herself at the whims of a man, composer Missy Mazzoli has little to musically draw inspiration from.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: MURDER BALLADS, Greenside @ Nicolson Square
August 14, 2019

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' 1996 album, Murder Ballads, tells of gruesome deaths born out of love. Gerry Smyth stitches these together into a pleasurable production.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: CAMILLE O'SULLIVAN SINGS CAVE, Pleasance Courtyard
August 14, 2019

Camille O'Sullivan dedicates her latest show entirely to the music of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. She pours all of herself into this production. It pays off with spectacular success.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: THE INCIDENT ROOM, Pleasance Courtyard
August 14, 2019

The Yorkshire Ripper was convicted of killing 13 women in the late 70s and early 80s. Olivia Hirst and David Byrne's The Incident Room opens the door to this five-year-long police investigation.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS, Underbelly Cowgate
August 14, 2019

Mary Anning is just 12 years old when she finds an ichthyosaur skeleton on a Lyme Regis beach. It's the first find of its kind in the 1800s. Helen Eastman tells this forgotten story:

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: THE CANARY AND THE CROW, Summerhall
August 14, 2019

Daniel Ward's The Canary And The Crow narrates his experience of being a black boy in a white, middle class high school. But it's so much more than those teenage years.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW REVIEW: BABY REINDEER, Summerhall
August 14, 2019

An intense, unnerving and magnetic performance by Richard Gadd, as Baby Reindeer takes the audience through a journey of Gadd's long-term stalker.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: SUCH FILTHY F*CKS, Pleasance Dome
August 4, 2019

Oli Forsyth expertly writes and directs Such Filthy F*cks, a show that questions why porn and porn addiction is still taboo.