EFF 2019: comedy picks

Last year I wanted to go to at least one stand-up comedy show each day I was at the Fringe; I ended up just going to one (though it was the brilliant Harry & Chris Save the World, so a top choice). I’ve managed to rectify that mistake this time round, seeing the prescribed one […]

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Friendsical

It may have been 15 years since Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Joey, Ross and Rachel last graced the screen together as TV’s Friends, but the hit US comedy has maintained its popularity – and continues to gain new fans, particularly since all 10 series of the show were added to Netflix last year. It couldn’t be a […]

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Elton John: Rocket Man Live!

Earlier this year saw the long-anticipated release of the “musical fantasy” Rocketman, a biopic with a difference that stars Taron Egerton as Elton John – plus a couple of weeks ago the man himself marked 29 years of sobriety. His own farewell tour is still ongoing, however Liquid Lunch Productions have come up with the […]

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Electrolyte

One of the breakout hits of last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Wildcard Theatre return in 2019 for a new run of their acclaimed show Electrolyte at Pleasance Forth. Written by James Meteyard, it features music and lyrics from Maimuna Memon. Electrolyte is a perfect example of the still emerging genre that is ‘gig theatre’; slightly […]

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Birth

Three years ago I took a bit of a chance on Theatre Re’s Blind Man’s Song, then last year it was the turn of The Nature of Forgetting – so it was only natural that I headed to Pleasance Beyond to see their new show, Birth at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Once again it has been […]

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Parakeet

“This is not about us”, says Brigitte Aphrodite as she introduces the audience to Parakeet – a new piece of gig theatre for which she has written the words, and Quiet Boy has provided the music. It’s running at Summerhall’s ROUNDABOUT performance space and (with the Extinction Rebellion banner still hanging proudly outside the main building) there’s […]

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HoneyBee

With her list of ways that she tries to be “enough” (including being thrifty and more environmentally friendly), you might think Kate has got things sussed – but in actual fact she’s doing her best not to show the world that she’s struggling. Part spoken word, part physical theatre, and part group therapy session by […]

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Phoenix

If you’ve always wanted to see a one-man band, then look no further than Andrew Gallo in Richard Marsh’s new play Phoenix. Onstage he is surrounded by quite the selection of instruments: drum machine, keyboard, acoustic & electric guitars, plus an array of pedals. Using these and his vocal cords, Gallo weaves a story of […]

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