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The Boss of It All, Online – Review

‘We have placed ourselves in the hands of the great God Zoom’. These words, from the tongue-in-cheek webpage introduction to ticketholders for The Boss Of It All, are a reminder of the trust we have in technology. Not only the trust that we’ll be entertained for this performance, but the trust that our jobs, education and even doctor’s appointments or therapy sessions can be moved to virtual rooms. This adaptation of Lars von Trier’s surreal Danish workplace comedy takes the ...

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Anguis, Gilded Balloon Teviot – Review

A script that blends historical periods, throws in some original songs, and is set mid-podcast recording session is pretty bold for a Fringe playwriting debut. However, Anguis is all about strong women, and writer and actress Sheila Atim has created something special on both the page and stage. Her story centres around scientist Dr. Kate Williams (Janet Kumah), a podcast host with a range of important questions to ask. Her guest is none other than Cleopatra (Paksie Vernon) – yes, ...

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The Spider Glass, TheSpace Triplex, Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Review

Pros: A topical issue – men’s mental health and the influence of toxic masculinity – that invites further discussion and suits a one-man play dynamic. Cons: The first 20 minutes feel less tight and less thematic; some sub-plotting could be cut. James is a single man in his mid-thirties, sorting his childhood possessions in the attic of the family home, prompted by his mum’s fresh start with irritating new man Roger. Writer and performer Craig Malpass brings all these characters ...

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