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Burn review – Alan Cumming is extraordinary as Scotland’s rockstar poet
Cumming’s daring evocation in movement of the life of Robert Burns goes way beyond the biscuit-tin

Mark Fisher

07, Aug, 2022 @10:26 AM

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The week in theatre: Closer, The Tempest, The Darkest Part of the Night – review
Patrick Marber’s four-way passion play still adds up; Sean Holmes takes enjoyable liberties with his party island Tempest; and the heartfelt vies with the spelled out in Zodwa Nyoni’s new work

Kate Kellaway

07, Aug, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Frankie Thompson review – all the feline feels with a magnetic performer
Leaving no cat-related reference unlicked, Thompson’s show is artfully clownish and funny

Rachael Healy

07, Aug, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Troy Hawke review – TikTok’s raffish fop puzzles out modernity
Milo McCabe’s matinee-idol character initially feels at odds with his material, but it’s hard not to be won over by his enthusiasm

Brian Logan

06, Aug, 2022 @9:00 PM

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Ania Magliano review – skilled off-key laughs from affable rising star
A properly fresh take on quarter-century living, Magliano’s is a charismatic debut moving through divorce, sexuality and cat-buying with ease

Rachael Healy

06, Aug, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Leo Reich review – uproarious Gen-Z narcissist blazes through
Reich’s flouncing, self-obsessed comedy is a brittle skewering of irony and anxiety – and a must-see

Brian Logan

06, Aug, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Black Sheep review – circus-song memoir of Black experience
Livia Kojo Alour’s compellingly performed map of her life is part-poetry, part-musical, part-circus, but it doesn’t hang together

Anya Ryan

06, Aug, 2022 @4:00 PM

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New musical tells the story of wartime hero Alan Turing
Edinburgh Fringe show sets out to tell the tale of the code-breaker whose crucial work on German cyphers helped win the second world war

Vanessa Thorpe

06, Aug, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Svengali review – absorbing gender-swap power play
Chloe-Ann Tylor is excellent as a monstrous male tennis coach in Eve Nicol’s drama examining control and manipulation

Mark Fisher

06, Aug, 2022 @2:30 PM

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Ballet Freedom review – slapstick, generic dance cabaret
Unfortunately, the Ukrainian dance company’s attempts to be sexy and interesting end up incoherent and crude

Róisín O'Brien

06, Aug, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Happy Meal review – romance blooms online and IRL
Tabby Lamb’s delightful two-hander is both a sweet comedy and an astute exploration of digital relationships and gender identity

Mark Fisher

06, Aug, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Tall stories: performers on their wildest Edinburgh moments
Standup in a swimming pool, naked tractor driving, heart attacks, heckles, walkouts, rain and an onstage marriage proposal – as the fringe turns 75, this year’s performers on the memories that make the festival unique

Tim Key, Sindhu Vee, Jayde Adams, Flo & Joan, Arthur Smith, Reginald D Hunter, Paul Foot, Tim Crouch, Nina Conti, Simon Munnery, Bilal Zafar, Lou Sanders, Matt Forde, Fascinating Aïda, La Clique

06, Aug, 2022 @8:00 AM

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