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On The Exhale, Traverse Theatre (Traverse 2) – Review

Pros: This personal drama stands out for its political message. Cons: Zimmerman’s notes on production indicate that the woman is determined not to be a victim, but during the play we see her entirely losing her clarity of mind with a nearly-irreversible fallout. Working as a teacher in a United States school, a woman (Polly Frame) develops a compulsive fear of falling victim to a shooting. She knows it’s only a matter of time before this happens in her establishment ...

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The Ladies Loo Chronicles, theSpace on North Bridge (Fife Theatre) – Review

Pros: Laugh-out-loud funny. Cons: There are some seriously icky scenes. Best friends Lydia (Evangeline Dickson) and Megan (Flora London) are partying in a club, when the latter realises that her period has suddenly started and she hasn’t got any sanitary products. The toilet attendant Winnie (Savanna Griffiths) wants to charge her £2.50 for a tampon, but the young girls don’t have any cash and the bar’s card reader doesn’t work. The only choice for Megan is to wait inside the ...

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Impact, Pleasance Courtyard (This) – Review

Pros: The final twist is pretty clever. Cons: This show didn’t stand up to its name and made very little impact on me. The narrator of this drama is smartly dressed and has distinct manners. When he walks in, he puts his briefcase on the floor behind his chair, and invites us to pick some envelopes from a rack. These contain victim impact statements, talking about the aftermath of a big tragedy: loss, grief, and the inability to forgive. Then the ...

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The Cloak and Dagger Show, Sweet Grassmarket (Grassmarket 3) – Review

Pros: A great combination of theatre and history. Cons: More polished storytelling required. When it comes down to walking tours I consider myself an expert – this is my favourite way to get to know a city. That’s why I was very excited to join The Cloak and Dagger Show, a first-time Fringe act with a well-established older sibling in London. The company’s mission is to share with their audience the surviving stories from the Jacobean period that revolve around ...

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Can’t Stop Can’t Stop, C Venues – C Royale (Studio 2) – Review

Pros: Painfully autobiographical. Cons: This show is not for those seeking entertainment. Have you ever wondered what happens inside the head of a person diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? How many times have you made jokes about ‘having OCD’ after lining up the pens on your desk or organising your wardrobe in chromatic order? I did this many times, and attending Sam Ross’s devised performance Can’t Stop Can’t Stop gave me a rare insight of how debilitating the actual condition ...

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Dummy, Bourbon Bar – Review

Pros: Candid and resounding. Cons: This show deserves a bigger audience. Anders Lee’s background as a comedian comes across distinctly in Dummy, although this is not quite the show one might expect. The jokes are there, as well as some awkward private revelations and a little interaction with the room. Yet, in his new work, Lee is promoting a socio-political message that is strongly relevant in our evolved civilisation. Diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder as a child, Lee is now a grown-up, ...

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