Snails and Ketchup ****

Tales of dysfunction are most often the most darkly entertaining – the tale of a dysfunctional family even more so. Ramesh Meyyappan’s Snails and Ketchup pulls into a world akin to that of a Grimm fairytale as he single-handedly projects his vivid imagination into the New Town Theatre. Mayyappan’s one man tale is about a family of four – a… Read more →

Leo ****

With the option for multimedia spectaculars, MP3-led performances and casts of decadent proportions, it’s a refreshing change to be brought back to basics. One man – Leo, one suitcase and a room turned on its side. Leo (Tobias Wegner) succeeds in taking the principal rule of gravity and our perception of it and blowing it out of all proportion. As he… Read more →

David Leddy’s Untitled Love Story ***

The act of theatre has been around almost as long as the art of story, evolving with the years but remaining essentially the same. As the technological age comes upon us, however, there’s a growing need for theatre-makers to play with the form, adding new elements to keep it fresh for attention spans shortened by television and the instant gratification… Read more →

Blood and Roses @ St George’s West ***

Of all the cities in Scotland, it can’t be denied that Edinburgh’s streets hold some of the richest history in the country. It therefore comes as little surprise that Blood and Roses chooses to take the audience through the city, weaving fairytale with a story of love, culture and distance. Armed with a guide to lead the way, an umbrella and an… Read more →

Spotlight on Zoo

Edinburgh might be famous for its zoo, but during August there’s another Zoo entirely on everyone’s lips. Zoo Venues – spread over 3 sites – are steadfastly marking their name as one of the more alternative and experimental spaces of the festival. This year, they play host to an impressive programme of dance and physical theatre, and an unusual –… Read more →

A Clockwork Orange *****

Anthony Burgess’ cult novel A Clockwork Orange was made infamous by the Kubrick film. Known for its portrayal of ‘ultra-violence’, the pitfalls of an untamed adolescence and the amoral rehabilitation techniques, set to the rousing soundtrack of Beethoven, Kubrick banned his own film in the UK rather than allow it to be the inspiration for any disaffected youths. Displaying violence… Read more →

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