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EDINBURGH 2017: A Day At The Fringe: Sam Goodburn EDINBURGH 2017: A Day At The Fringe: Sam Goodburn
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 21, 2017

Edinburgh Festival Fringe performer Sam Goodburn blogs for BWW about a typical day at the Fringe.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: DARIUS DAVIES: ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA, Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: DARIUS DAVIES: ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA, Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters
by Amy Hanson - August 20, 2017

Stemming from a childhood wish to emulate Hulk Hogan, comedian Darius Davies takes us on a journey into pursuing his dream of becoming a professional wrestler, and how it all went wrong.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: PIXEL DUST, Assembly Roxy EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: PIXEL DUST, Assembly Roxy
by Amy Hanson - August 20, 2017

A monologue on the themes of technology and identity, Pixel Dust features teenager Daniella, always online in some fashion, vlogging her hopes and dreams into cyberspace.  An outcast at her new school, she escapes into the internet, taking on different identities even as she seeks to discover her ow... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: MARIA SHEHATA, Just The Tonic EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: MARIA SHEHATA, Just The Tonic
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2017

Having moved 5,437 miles for love, award-winning Egyptian-American comedian Maria Shehata presents her debut hour of playfully sardonic stand-up. Charmingly conversational and brutally honest, Maria divulges the realities of giving up a glamorous LA lifestyle to discover that saying 'I moved here fo... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: RHYS NICHOLSON, Underbelly EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: RHYS NICHOLSON, Underbelly
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2017

So, last year went pretty OK. People came to my show, reviews were good and it was nominated for a respected award. Why not come and watch me desperately try and back that up this year? C'mon. Why wouldn't you? Even if it's not good, hating on something is super fun. No refunds.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, Roundabout @ Summerhall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, Roundabout @ Summerhall
by Amy Hanson - August 18, 2017

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is a rocking rollercoaster ride through the last thirty years in Britain, from the Thatcherite late 80s, through Cool Britannia, to Brexit Britain.  Focusing on two working-class kids from Hull, Leah and Chris, it portrays their unfulfilled dreams and increasing neu... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: MORALE IS HIGH (SINCE WE GAVE UP HOPE), Northern Stage at Summerhall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: MORALE IS HIGH (SINCE WE GAVE UP HOPE), Northern Stage at Summerhall
by Amy Hanson - August 18, 2017

Things really are rotten right now, aren't they?   We've got resurgent racism, the Welfare State's continual erosion, a terrible economy and climate change.   But will any of this get better in the next few years?  Luckily, Ross McCaffrey has travelled to the future, and as part of this show he expl... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE NORTH! THE NORTH!, Summerhall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE NORTH! THE NORTH!, Summerhall
by Amy Hanson - August 18, 2017

In the 1980s, the era of Thatcher, managed decline and "the enemy within", a crack formed between the northern and southern parts of England, splitting them apart physically as well as socially.  This is the backdrop to The North! The North!, written and performed by Christopher Harrisson, a twisted... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: FOREIGN RADICAL, CanadaHub @ King's Hall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: FOREIGN RADICAL, CanadaHub @ King's Hall
by Amy Hanson - August 18, 2017

Foreign Radical is a piece of interactive theatre focusing on surveillance and suspicion in an age of prominent terrorist threat.  At its heart, it is about our complicity in a system that condemns people without evidence, presented in the style of a twisted gameshow. ... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: NOTHING, Summerhall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: NOTHING, Summerhall
by Amy Hanson - August 18, 2017

Adapted by Pelle Koppel from the controversial young adult novel by Janne Teller, Nothing tells the story of a class of young people searching for the meaning of life.  On the first day of school, classmate Pierre-Anthon announces that life has no meaning and nothing at all matters.  To persuade him... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: SEYMOUR MACE, The Stand EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: SEYMOUR MACE, The Stand
by BWW News Desk - August 17, 2017

This bit's called the blurb whatever the f*ck that means. Anyway, I'm an idiot and I like being stupid so if that sounds like your kind of thing then get down to Stand 3 and laugh at me without feeling bad about it... or don't... it's up to you really...... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: FUNZ AND GAMEZ, Just The Tonic EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: FUNZ AND GAMEZ, Just The Tonic
by BWW News Desk - August 17, 2017

They're back! Why? Money. After a failed BBC pilot and numerous non-appearances on TV and radio, Phil's resurrected the Edinburgh award-winning (Panel Prize still counts) cult hit Funz and Gamez in a last ditched attempt to get on TV. Join Bonzo, Jim the Elf, and Uncle Mick in a brand-new format tha... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: RACHEL PARRIS- KEYNOTE, Pleasance Dome EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: RACHEL PARRIS- KEYNOTE, Pleasance Dome
by BWW News Desk - August 17, 2017

Rachel (Austentatious, The IT Crowd, Murder in Successville) has been invited to be a guest speaker at her old school, but what kind of a role model is she really? Through stand-up, character and musical comedy, she explores what messed up message she can possibly offer to impressionable young minds... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: SPEAKING IN TONGUES: THE TRUTHS, Pleasance Courtyard EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: SPEAKING IN TONGUES: THE TRUTHS, Pleasance Courtyard
by Amy Hanson - August 17, 2017

Two for one is more commonly applied to tickets at the Fringe rather than the plays themselves. Evidently keen to push against such boundaries, Doughnut Productions have taken a play by Andrew Bovell and separated it into two productions.  Running in tandem with a linked piece Speaking in Tongues: T... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: CREATIVES, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: CREATIVES, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
by Matt Elliot - August 17, 2017

Creatives is a dark comic pop-opera written by Irvine Welsh and Don De Grazia with music by Laurence Mark Wythe. Set in a Chicago song writing class where students get together to create and critique each other's work, former student and now superstar Sean O'Neil returns to judge a song writing cont... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE PATCHWORK ODYSSEY, Assembly Roxy EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE PATCHWORK ODYSSEY, Assembly Roxy
by Amy Hanson - August 16, 2017

The Odyssey is one of the most iconic stories of all time, telling the tale of Odysseus' long and epic journey home from the Trojan War.  This engaging take on it from Dutch company Patchwork Theatre offers the chance to see the Greek tale in several new ways.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: 2016 THE MUSICAL, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: 2016 THE MUSICAL, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall
by Amy Hanson - August 16, 2017

Few years in recent memory have included such a host of dramatic events, so it is perhaps no surprise that the turbulent time that was 2016 has been chosen as the subject of this new musical from Evolution Theatre.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER, Pleasance One EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER, Pleasance One
by Gregor Dickson - August 16, 2017

Based on the 1984 cult movie of the same name and following a successful run at London's Southwark Playhouse, the rock musical comes to the Edinburgh Fringe prior to returning to London for a limited run at the Arts Theatre in autumn 2017.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: A JOKE, theSpace on Niddry Street EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: A JOKE, theSpace on Niddry Street
by Amy Hanson - August 15, 2017

Starring Richard Oliver, Robert Picardo and Sylvester McCoy, A Joke depicts three men meeting in a void and attempting to figure out who they are and what has brought them together.  They swiftly realise that they are apparently the set up for an archetypal joke, and attempt to understand the nature... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: SOMEONE DIES AT THE END, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: SOMEONE DIES AT THE END, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall
by Amy Hanson - August 15, 2017

American theatre company Squeaky Wheelz Productions have brought a new play to Edinburgh set after a nuclear apocalypse has wiped out the United States.  The topic is certainly relevant considering current political rhetoric, though the play does not dwell on events leading up to the cataclysm, focu... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, theSpace @ Venue45 EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, theSpace @ Venue45
by Gregor Dickson - August 15, 2017

'It Shoulda Been You' opened on Broadway in 2015, with a cast including Tyne Daly, Sierra Boggess and Lisa Howard in a production directed by David Hyde Pierce. It receives one of its first UK presentations here from new Edinburgh company Room 29 Theatre, and it's an inspired choice for their Fringe... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: HARRIET KEMSLEY: BAD AT DOING, Just The Tonic EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: HARRIET KEMSLEY: BAD AT DOING, Just The Tonic
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 15, 2017

Multi award-winning stand-up and absolute mess Harriet Kemsley has survived another year and returns with her best show yet.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: JOHN-LUKE ROBERTS, HEROES @ Monkey Barrel EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: JOHN-LUKE ROBERTS, HEROES @ Monkey Barrel
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 15, 2017

The cult-favourite alternative comic humbly invites you to his brand-new, absolutely brilliant hour of extraordinary-absurdist-character-comedy-nonsense-sort-of-stand-up and hubris.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: RHYS JAMES: WISEBOY, Pleasance Courtyard EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: RHYS JAMES: WISEBOY, Pleasance Courtyard
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 15, 2017

Well, well, well. If it isn't Rhys James, the guy who said comedy shows are for losers and blurbs are for idiots. Back here with another comedy show, as explained in this blurb. Unbelievable.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, King's Theatre, Glasgow BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, King's Theatre, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 15, 2017

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain - exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under the suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog, ... (more...)