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Fancy something a bit different from the norm? Something immersive, or something taking place in a caravan perhaps? Here you’ll find reviews of some of the most interesting and unique shows that we’ve seen.

Boar, Pleasance Courtyard (Below) – Review

I am a real sucker for the human voice. Usually though it’s when it’s being used as an instrument and not to make the most incredible array of sound effects heard from the mouth of Lewis Doherty. Because Doherty is a one-man beatboxing sound machine. Boar, on the face of it, isn’t a show that would have cross section appeal. Its basis is very much in the fantasy realms of Game Of Thrones and Lord of The Rings. The story ...

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STYX, Zoo Southside (Main House) – Review

The brain is a wonderful machine. Able to store incredible amounts of information and produce a huge range of feelings and emotions. But what happens when it stops working properly? How can we salvage those precious moments, the knowledge and memories built over a lifetime? Led by Max Barton, the seven-strong band Second Body addresses this matter in an emotional musical journey. Interspersed with poetry, verbatim and a live score, it tells the story of how Max’s grandparents met and ...

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The Empathy Experiment, Banshee Labyrinth Banquet Hall, Review

Billed as a spoken word performance, it’s a slight surprise when our host begins proceedings as a presentation, and not in the flowing proses you would normally expect; another example of the scope of this oft misunderstood genre. As she slips on her white lab coat, for this is a properly conducted experiment after all, Rose Condo explains what she is attempting to do; to survive 24 hours without her smartphone in an effort to reconnect with the world, to ...

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Blood and Gold, Scottish Storytelling Centre – Review

A young woman is entrusted by her dying mother with a wooden box containing all the stories and words she knows. But not prepared to listen to them again, the bereaved daughter hides the box under her bed, wanting to forget about it. As the years go past, she grows lonely and misunderstood, gradually giving in to the Shadow Man – a sly creature who lingers around her and whispers demeaning messages into her ear. An impending sense of unworthiness ...

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Little Death Club, Underbelly – Review

Black clad, sparkly and glamorous, Bernie Dieter is the suitably bawdy host to the Little Death Club, inspired by the Kabarett Club of the Weimar republic.  Following the lifting of censorship laws the Weimar club performances were dominated by two main themes, sex and politics.  This updated version is light on the politics, choosing instead to be a celebration of difference and urging everyone to be what they want to be.  You are treated to non-stop cabaret acts; comedy, singing, ...

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