EdFringe: “Wicked humour to the core” – Cat’s Mother – Underbelly

What do elderly cats and elderly mothers have in common? They piss wherever and whenever they please, are unexpectedly strong, can be vicious without provocation and they both showed up uninvited at Ciara’s London...

EdFringe: “Pressingly immediate” – Electrolyte – Pleasance Queen Dome

Trying to condense my feelings about Electrolyte is like trying to keep a lid on a pan of boiling water. The bubbles keep popping to the surface and much as I try to keep...

EdFringe: “Gender-bending, time-melding, quick-stepping” – Grace – Gilded Ballon

Wrapped up in a cocoon of characters like a theatrical Russian doll, we discover the enigma that is Grace. Grace is not comedy, not cabaret, not theatre, it is all of these components, threaded...

“More to this play, than laughs” – A Funny Thing Happened… – The Finborough

Behind the sickly green medical curtain, two older women lie. Dosed up on painkillers, they are seemingly dead to their surroundings, but their hearts are still beating. The Oncology ward is a suffocating shade...

EdFringe: “Bringing those darker moments to light” – Blackout – Summerhall

How can you be sure of who you are, when you can’t remember what you’ve done? Blackout brings those darker moments to light. From the shared experience of the blackout, Blackout from New Room Theatre...

EdFringe: “Sometimes joyful, sometimes sobering” – Curio – The Space@ Surgeons Hall

A new play, about old things, Curio (A Cabinet of Curiosities) is well worth considering. Edinburgh is a city filled with surprise and wonder all year round, and cultural curiosity can be satisfied not just in...

Feeling Blue: A Reflection on Light in ‘Hedda Gabler’

It is usual for theatre criticism to pay a great deal of attention to lighting design in the context of a theatre review. It could be argued that this if often because there is...

EdFringe: “Sometimes… it’s all about good timing” – You Only Live Forever – Assembly...

For Immy, finding eternal life, and love, was all about good timing. Sitting at the right Las Vegas roulette table and meeting the guy from the late-night science documentary carrying the elixir made of...

EdFringe: “Questions without easy answers” – Pomona – The Space Triplex

An exceptional performance of an extraordinary, topical, urban play. From the moment you enter the semi-dark studio to find an actor with an octopus instead of a face waiting for you in the car, Pomona...

“Vintage theatre magic” – Red Peppers – The Space@ The Mile

In the face of the relentlessly paced Edinburgh festival, Blue Fire (who feature some familiar faces to Mark Aspen readers, from their sold-out run at Hampton Hill Theatre earlier this year) are still able...