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Review: Traumboy at Summerhall

Daniel Hellman has been a sex worker for nine years now. It started with a dating profile, a much older match followed ...
5★★★★★

Review: Ali and Alpo at Summerhall

A deeply powerful show, this intimate, melancholy performance by Finnish dancer Alpo Aaltokoski and Iraqi oud player Al...

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Review: Mustard at Summerhall

Eva O’Connor has a fierce presence, as hot, fiery and burning as the mustard of her play. A one-woman show based around...

Edinburgh: A City of Laughter

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Review: Kai Samra – Underclass at Pleasance Courtyard

Kai Samra debuts at the Edinburgh Fringe with a beautifully paced exploration of the U.K. today touching on topics from knife crime and the cookie monster to Tommy Robinson and Dale Winton’s tan. Completely...
4★★★★

Review: Jack Barry: Alien at The Banshee Labyrinth

Jack Barry knows how to make an entrance. Bouncing down the stairs towards a massive projection of his gurning face, dressed head to toe in yellow, there's an instant sense that you're in for a good time, and ...
Rhod Gilbert at Pleasance
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Review: Rhod Gilbert – The Book of John at Pleasance

From two thirds of the way up the auditorium in the EICC I could have been watching any rumpled, skinny bloke running around to a Rhod Gilbert voiceover. I loathe watching comedy in a venue like this, especial...

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4★★★★

Review: Traumboy at Summerhall

Daniel Hellman has been a sex worker for nine years now. It started with a dating profile, a much older match followed by a sloppy blowjob and scrubbing in the shower. Or so he tells us. There is ambiguity in ...
5★★★★★

Review: Kai Samra – Underclass at Pleasance Courtyard

Kai Samra debuts at the Edinburgh Fringe with a beautifully paced exploration of the U.K. today touching on topics from knife crime and the cookie monster to Tommy Robinson and Dale Winton’s tan. Completely...

For Children

Heroes at Udderbelly
2★★

Review: Heroes at Udderbelly

Aerial work and dance moves come together in a family show that takes a playful-but-wannabe-serious look at heroic fantasies - and the realities of being brave, and overcoming your fears. Beverley Grant (All Or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre) and Tony Mills...
Monski Mouse at Assembly George Square Gardens
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Review: Monski Mouse’s Baby Cabaret at Assembly

Those familiar with Monski Mouse will know her Baby Disco show is a total delight and an essential Fringe experience for the under-fives. Now the smiley lady with the retro frock and the Minnie Mouse hair has created a brilliant cabaret for pre-school childre...
Little Top at Pleasance at EICC
3★★★

Review: Little Top at Pleasance at EICC

Circus for babies? As far as Ellie Dubois is concerned, you’re never too young to enjoy the whirligig fun of bravura juggling, or the sight of grown-ups tumbling head over heels in acrobatic partnerships. Her Little Top show for the 0 to 18 months age ra...
Sparkle at Summerhall
3★★★

Review: Sparkle at Summerhall

“Love your sparkles!” is the rallying cry that Annie Cusick Wood weaves into this heart-warming work for young children (ages 3+) that reaches out, tellingly, to their adults as well. Wood’s championing of everyone’s right to be themselves is rooted...
4★★★★

Review: Meddlin’ Kids at Gilded Balloon Teviot

Those pesky, meddlin’ kids and that infamous dog have been ‘solving’ mysteries for decades in the hit kids’ TV show… Meddlin’ Kids. But now, after 25 seasons, it’s game over for the gang, as the network unexpectedly calls time on the franchise. But something’...
2★★

Review: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo at Underbelly

In the McEwan Hall in Bristo Square, hundred of young children gaze excitedly at a succession of beautifully-made dinosaur puppets – from baby dinosaurs to a huge, snapping T-Rex. The puppets are lifelike and entertaining, and the children in the audience are...
5★★★★★

Review: The First Piano on the Moon at Summerhall

Words Christiana Spens My son is four years old and has never been to the Fringe before, and although being very theatrically-inclined, is a little unsure about it all. ‘A woman is wearing seventeen hats! That doesn’t make sense… It’s hilarious…’ He says a...
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