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Edinburgh 2022: Review: STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE GETTING OFF, theSpace PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE GETTING OFF, theSpace
by Fiona Scott - September 1, 2022

What did our critic think of STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE GETTING OFF at theSpace?
EDINBURGH 2022: Review: MARC JENNINGS: ORIGINAL SOUND, Monkey Barrel PhotoEDINBURGH 2022: Review: MARC JENNINGS: ORIGINAL SOUND, Monkey Barrel
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 30, 2022

Scottish Comedian of the Year winner, viral video star and regular panellist on BBC Scotland's Breaking the News, Marc Jennings returns to the Fringe following his sold-out debut in 2019. In this new show Marc tackles the topics dominating our cultural conversation today, shares his experience of an ill-fated lockdown relationship and discusses the difficulties of modern dating.
EDINBURGH 2022: Review: FILLS MONKEY: WE WILL DRUM YOU, Pleasance Courtyard PhotoEDINBURGH 2022: Review: FILLS MONKEY: WE WILL DRUM YOU, Pleasance Courtyard
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 30, 2022

A worldwide sensation from Montreal to Beijing, Fills Monkey return with an exhilarating new show. Blending pure joy and comedy with extraordinary musicianship, these two exceptional drummers fuse musical styles from rock to heavy metal, and Latin to jazz. Creating percussive heaven they also play tribute to their favourite artists: AC/DC, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, U2, Phil Collins and more. Their drumsticks are magic and their irresistible beats go straight to the heart! A fun-packed experience to delight the whole family.
EDINBURGH 2022: Review: MADE IN INDIA/BRITAIN, Pleasance Courtyard PhotoEDINBURGH 2022: Review: MADE IN INDIA/BRITAIN, Pleasance Courtyard
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 29, 2022

Since leaving home in Birmingham, Rinkoo Barpaga has been determined to find somewhere to settle. Along the way he's encountered racism, discrimination and has begun asking himself: 'Where do I belong?' Join him as he delves deep into past experiences in order to discover his true self and a place he can finally call home.
EDINBURGH 2022: Review: GHOSTS OF THE NEAR FUTURE, Summerhall PhotoEDINBURGH 2022: Review: GHOSTS OF THE NEAR FUTURE, Summerhall
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 29, 2022

In Vegas, a magician performs a final disappearing act. The end of the world is a magic trick – are you watching closely? Ghosts of the Near Future is a cowboy-noir fever dream about extinction. Colliding music, storytelling and live micro-cinema, it is a hallucinatory road-trip through a vanishing landscape, a haunting collage of miracles and misdirection. It takes us to the brink of disaster and asks whether we’re ready for what comes next. At high noon, emma + pj present a final encore for a world living one minute to midnight.
EDINBURGH 2022: Review: JACK HARRIS: TEACHING TEACHERS HOW TO TEACH, Just The Tonic PhotoEDINBURGH 2022: Review: JACK HARRIS: TEACHING TEACHERS HOW TO TEACH, Just The Tonic
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 28, 2022

Teacher-by-trade Jack's guide to everything the classroom may throw at you. Difficult questions. Problem pupils. Chairs. A jam-packed hour of gags, multimedia and, of course, teacher training. Writer for BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and BBC Scotland’s Scot Squad.
EDINBURGH 2022: Review: TINTED, Gilded Balloon PhotoEDINBURGH 2022: Review: TINTED, Gilded Balloon
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 27, 2022

'There's no access guide to sex; how to consensually sh*g your blind girlfriend.' Undateable? Laura is funny, creative and sexy. She wishes she could move out of her parents' house occasionally, but being visually impaired is not a flaw, even if some people treat it as one. But when you're disabled, the lines of consent get a bit... tinted. Originally written as a disabled response to #MeToo, Tinted examines bodily autonomy in the group society often leaves behind.
EDINBURGH 2022: Review: FAT CHANCE, Pleasance Dome PhotoEDINBURGH 2022: Review: FAT CHANCE, Pleasance Dome
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 27, 2022

Written and performed by Rachel Stockdale. Meet Rachel – a Northern, 20-something actress whose funny, celebratory and politically powerful one-woman play explores her true-life experience of weight gain from size 8 to 18. From audition nerves and throwaway comments to literally breaking a leg, this unconventional play is for: Anyone who's put on or lost weight; Anyone who had free school meals; Anyone who's tried to have it all.
Edinburgh 2022: Review: HIYA DOLLY! at TheSpace @ Surgeon's Hall PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: HIYA DOLLY! at TheSpace @ Surgeon's Hall
by Fiona Scott - August 25, 2022

What did our critic think of HIYA DOLLY! at TheSpace @ Surgeon's Hall?
Review: BOY FRIENDS FOREVER, Edinburgh International Book Festival PhotoReview: BOY FRIENDS FOREVER, Edinburgh International Book Festival
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 25, 2022

Are friendships the greatest love affairs of our lives? Join us to celebrate the publication of Michael Pedersen’s much-anticipated prose debut and intimate memoir Boy Friends. Along with two pioneering artists, Shirley Manson and Charlotte Church, Pedersen explores friendship, grief, love and the realms beyond. An evening of readings, performance and exuberance, this is an artists’ conversation not to be missed.
Edinburgh 2022: Review: THE DEAD DUCKS, Just The Tonic At The Caves PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: THE DEAD DUCKS, Just The Tonic At The Caves
by Mark Carnochan - August 24, 2022

The Dead Ducks return to the Fringe and Edinburgh is all the better for it.
Edinburgh 2022: Review: CERYS BRADLEY: SPORTSPERSON, Gilded Balloon PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: CERYS BRADLEY: SPORTSPERSON, Gilded Balloon
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 24, 2022

Sportsperson is written and performed by Cerys Bradley (Soho Theatre Young Company, Amused Moose semi-finalist, 2020). It's a show about playing sport and fitting in and how Cerys is quite bad at both of those things. It's also a show about being non-binary, embarrassed about wearing lycra and how spending your childhood in a car whilst your parents watch your brother play football (and rugby and tennis and cricket) definitely doesn't leave you with a massive chip on your shoulder.
Edinburgh 2022: Review: BROTIPO, Assembly Gardens PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: BROTIPO, Assembly Gardens
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 24, 2022

Crazy Canadian circus for the young, premiering in Edinburgh after visiting 16 countries! The art of giving each other a chance and collaborating when the right time comes is what the Brotipos will have to learn! Two clowns touch the hearts of the audience and make them laugh through their quarrels, their acrobatics and their lonely moments. A show filled with handstands, diabolo and a hand-to-hand act that will make you sing and dance with them! Hilarious and comical, that's Brotipo. For the young and old! Winner of eight public choice awards!
Edinburgh 2022: Review: DAVE CHAWNER: MENTAL, Cabaret Voltaire PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: DAVE CHAWNER: MENTAL, Cabaret Voltaire
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 24, 2022

A show about mental health, not just mental illness. From number-one, best-selling author, award-winning comedian and presenter Dave Chawner.
Edinburgh 2022: Review: JULIE JAY: OOPS, THIS IS TOXIC, Gilded Balloon PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: JULIE JAY: OOPS, THIS IS TOXIC, Gilded Balloon
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 23, 2022

This dark-comedy love letter to Britney Spears is a nostalgia-fest for anyone who has ever dropped to that Hit Me Baby One More Time beat and for anyone who came of age against the pernicious backdrop of 90s/00s misogyny.
Review: MY LOVER WAS A SALMON IN THE CLIMATE APOCALYPSE, Pleasance Courtyard PhotoReview: MY LOVER WAS A SALMON IN THE CLIMATE APOCALYPSE, Pleasance Courtyard
by Bryony Rae Taylor - August 22, 2022

What did our critic think of MY LOVER WAS A SALMON IN THE CLIMATE APOCALYPSE at Pleasance Courtyard?
Review: SHE WOLF, Assembly Roxy PhotoReview: SHE WOLF, Assembly Roxy
by Bryony Rae Taylor - August 22, 2022

What did our critic think of SHE WOLF at Assemly Roxy?
Edinburgh 2022: Review: THE VAMPYRE, The Space PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: THE VAMPYRE, The Space
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 22, 2022

It is 1871 and the seductive Vampyre Carmilla has chosen her next victim, the gentle and innocent Laura. Can the love of the young doctor and her father be enough to save Laura from Carmilla's clutches? And will anyone listen to the fears and predictions of villager Susan when she encounters her in the marketplace, for this is not the first time Carmilla has walked this earth?
Edinburgh 2022: Review: RACHEL JACKSON: ALMOST FAMOUS, The Stand PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: RACHEL JACKSON: ALMOST FAMOUS, The Stand
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 22, 2022

Rachel Jackson is an award-winning, Scottish comedian with TV credits such as The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV) and Edinburgh Unlocked (BBC). Almost Famous is about all the times she thought she was so damn close… The Rock tweeted her three times ffs! Also deals with her debilitating illness, OCD, but this show doesn’t have a sad bit and is wet-your-pants funny.
Edinburgh 2022: Review: SAM MORRISON: SUGAR DADDY, Gilded Balloon Teviot - Balcony PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: SAM MORRISON: SUGAR DADDY, Gilded Balloon Teviot - Balcony
by Stefanie Lyons - August 22, 2022

Nothing I can write will truly describe the brilliance of this stand-up show. There simply isn't enough hyperbole. 
Edinburgh 2022: Review: BRITANICK, Assembly PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: BRITANICK, Assembly
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 23, 2022

Best Sketch Show (Time Out New York). BriTANicK is the comedy duo of Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney. They have written for Saturday Night Live and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, were named Variety's Top 10 Comics To Watch and spent six years as the official voices of Cartoon Network. Their online videos have amassed over 50 million views and they regularly perform to sold-out crowds in New York and Los Angeles.
Edinburgh 2022: Review: JESSICA FOSTEKEW: WENCH, Monkey Barrel PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: JESSICA FOSTEKEW: WENCH, Monkey Barrel
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 22, 2022

A new show about private things, public things and trying to wrap your big sexy arms around time to keep it still. You’ve seen Jessica on Live at the Apollo and QI, amongst other telly shows.
Edinburgh 2022: Review: SVENGALI, Pleasance Courtyard PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: SVENGALI, Pleasance Courtyard
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 22, 2022

Success demands sacrifice. So does Svengali. Gripping, intimate monologue exposing the dark heart of a dynamic of power, desire, and control. A promising young woman rises to supernatural heights on the tennis circuit under the hypnotic thrall of a master coach. Mentor and protégé battle for dominance – on the courts and off. Channels sports stories and 1980s erotic thrillers to reimagine a classic character for the #MeToo era.
Edinburgh 2022: Review: THE GIRL WHO WAS VERY GOOD AT LYING, Summerhall PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: THE GIRL WHO WAS VERY GOOD AT LYING, Summerhall
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 22, 2022

Catriona has a history of making stuff up. But she’s getting better. When an attractive American tourist arrives, she decides to show him around her Northern Irish town. And she might blur the line between fact and fiction, just a little... Soon she's telling him about cannibal peasants, human roosters, and the largest orgy ever held on consecrated ground.
Edinburgh 2022: Review: BILLY KIRKWOOD: ENERGETIC, The Beehive Inn PhotoEdinburgh 2022: Review: BILLY KIRKWOOD: ENERGETIC, The Beehive Inn
by Mark Carnochan - August 22, 2022

Billy Kirkwood: Energetic does exactly what it says on the tin and more.

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