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“Pull your tits up”, as Mother Pelican would say” – Last of the Pelican...

Families are never simple, but in the four-daughtered Pelican family, summoned to divide up their late mother’s will, there’s more than most round the table, on the table and swept under it. When everyone...

“Anything but bleak” – All of Me – Summerhall – EdFringe

I am not sure precisely when shows about mental health issues become more common-place in performance, but there has definitely been a surge in recent years. Whilst I am in essence in support of...

“Myth and Magic… Breathtaking” – Islander – Summerhall – EdFringe

“There is a whale...”   When Eilidh finds a beached whale whilst roaming the shoreline of her home in the remote Scottish Isles, she hears it sing and her life is forever changed. Then, stranger still,...

“Post-apocalyptic… but no crashes or bangs” – Landscape (1989) – Zoo – EdFringe

In discussing a play about endings, it feels important I start at the beginning. A brazen blast of the Oregon state song, sung softly at first with increasing fervour. But the pomp and ceremony...

“Arresting and mesmeric” – Metamorphosis – Sweet – EdFringe

Even if you have never read Kafka’s best known literary work, Metamorphosis, the basic premise of man turns into insect is easy enough to understand, if not to fully comprehend. But what of those...

“A pumped-up and energetic ride” – Bi-Cycle – Underbelly – Edfringe

“I’d never been with a maaa… a guuu… an animated Disney Prince before… I had only found love with a Disney Princess!”   Have you ever felt like you’re just living the life you’ve been told...

“A homage to carving your own trail” – My Mum’s a Twat – Summerhall...

“My Mum wasn’t always a twat but some time after my tenth birthday everything changed” Did Anoushka turn into an un-parentable teenage brat? Well, that might be the expected natural order of things but...

“Simple storytelling gold” – Leaf by Niggle – Scottish Storytelling Centre – EdFringe

It’s four o’clock in the afternoon but down in the gorgeous Scottish Storytelling Theatre it feels like it ought to be evening, with our feet up and our slippers on around a roaring fire,...

“Doesn’t just warrant your attention… commands it” – Mustard – Summerhall – Edfringe

We all have our coping mechanisms. Maybe you practice yoga and meditation, have a cup of tea and inhale a packet of biscuits, or you just take some deep calming breathes. When Eva’s feeling...

“Intelligent questions… having some fun with it” – 00 – Pleasance – EdFringe

The end of the world seems to edge a few degrees closer every year (or indeed every morning when you scroll through your newsfeed), but there was a time on the eve of the...