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Freeman, Pleasance Courtyard (Above) – Review

Photo credit: Richard Kiely

Pros: Strictly Arts Theatre’s creative genius translates a heavy topic into a captivating performance. Cons: …not in this one. Police in the United States kill unarmed black people nearly twice per week. In 2015, only 13 of the 104 cases reported resulted in officers being charged with a crime and only 5 of them ended with a conviction – all below 5 years. Taking from these stifling figures, powerhouse Strictly Arts Theatre explores the unspoken link between mental health and ...

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Harpy, Underbelly, Cowgate (White Belly) – Review

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, Underbelly, Su Pollard

Pros: The topic is relevant for a diverse audience. Cons: The venue might have been better suited to the intimate nature of this play. Old age is a scary beast. Scary for those who approach it – as it carries uncertainty – and scary for those who watch it from a distance, because it’s hard to understand. So is Birdie (Su Pollard) scary, because nobody wants to get close to her. They prefer to observe her from a distance, like ...

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3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle, Underbelly, Bristo Square (Jersey) – Review

3 Years, 1 Week and A Lemon Drizzle - courtesy of The Other Richard (1)

Pros: A heartening celebration of sisterhood. Cons: Eating disorders are poorly understood conditions and I wish the play had delved  into it more. It is estimated that in the UK there are between 600,000 and 725,000 people affected by eating disorders, with anorexia having the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, further complicated by its tendency to become chronic. When Alexandra was diagnosed with anorexia, at the age of 19, her sister Kate was only a teenager, being exactly ...

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