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

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, Walrus @ Roundabout @ Summerhall

Lemons x5 has become one of those legendary fringe plays. Kind of like a cult thing. It’s probably one of those things where everyone has already said all the clever things it’s possible to say about it. So I haven’t read anyone else’s reviews and am just going to write down what I thought about… Continue reading Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, Walrus @ Roundabout @ Summerhall

Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here, Barrel Organ @ Zoo

I’ve been wrestling with what on earth this play is about. (PLOT: one woman drives her friend to her old house; she has left something there she needs to get back. They play games in the car, the thing is no longer in the house, we get lost in a nightmarish dream world where the… Continue reading Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here, Barrel Organ @ Zoo

The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town, Intrepid Fools @ theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

So. This show is really special and a lovely lovely break from all the really fucking depressing shows at the Fringe. It’s almost a kid’s show but not really: kind of like a kids show for adults. A kids show with murder. The whole aesthetic reminds me weirdly of Daisy Ashford’s The Young Visiters. But… Continue reading The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town, Intrepid Fools @ theSpace @ Surgeons Hall