Shows Stuck in my Head: Edinburgh 2017 Edition

I’m subtitling this ‘Edinburgh 2017 edition’ because I might do a general version of this in the future where I talk about shows I saw years ago that I’m still obsessed by and can’t stop thinking about. This is a list of all the shows I loved/had thoughts on that I saw in Edinburgh that… Continue reading Shows Stuck in my Head: Edinburgh 2017 Edition

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist, YESYESNONO Theatre @ ZOO

I’ve been putting off writing this for a couple of days. It’s tempting to write nothing. I’m going to write something. I’d like to be clear that I think this show is exceptionally well-crafted. To quote Celebration, this is one of the most ‘dramaturgically rigorous’ shows I have ever seen. It’s a show about sex… Continue reading Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist, YESYESNONO Theatre @ ZOO

Help!, Viki Browne at ZOO

This is one of the loveliest shows I’ve ever seen. It’s difficult to imagine this story being told in a lovely way. But it is. Cringey simile, but this show is like getting a soft warm hug. Viki Browne fosters the nicest, most communal-feeling audience I’ve ever experienced. I normally hate audience interaction but this… Continue reading Help!, Viki Browne at ZOO

Education Education Education, The Wardrobe Ensemble @ Pleasance Dome

Maybe I’m too young to get it. This play is set on 2 May 1997; I was born the day before. There’s some stuff that I get. Jokes about PE teachers covering French lessons. Teachers reminding you to wear sensible clothes on school trips. Potato smileys for lunch. Half the school being in temporary cabins… Continue reading Education Education Education, The Wardrobe Ensemble @ Pleasance Dome

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Middle Child @ Roundabout @ Summerhall

I think the best way to describe All We Ever Wanted is as a nightclub fairytale. That’s a good phrase I might use a lot in this review. All We Ever Wanted finds its meaning via skating over four decades of history (Thatcher! Blair! Brexit!) to then double down on itself and peel back the… Continue reading All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Middle Child @ Roundabout @ Summerhall

Black Mountain, Paines Plough’s Roundabout @ Summerhall

I don’t want to not like stuff. I’d love to love everything I saw. But sometimes you just can’t sugarcoat stuff. Am going to try and be honest and nice at the same time. (If this was at a cheaper Fringe venue, I’d probably forgive it more of its faults. But in my head the… Continue reading Black Mountain, Paines Plough’s Roundabout @ Summerhall