Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Queerer Still

In the broadest sense of the word, the Edinburgh Fringe might be considered unashamedly queer from the very beginning, defining itself separately from the established Edinburgh Festival. Perhaps the very act of making art despite a neo-liberal capitalist consensus – unproductive, wasteful, community-building and self-expressive art – should be celebrated as a radical, queer act. … More Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Queerer Still

Gadzooks! Recommendations from Weeks 1-2 of the Edinburgh Fringe

Hello! It’s me, Verity, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. I am tired but jubilant, like a small child eating a huge slice of cake. You may know that I am keeping up my appalling habit of seeing between five and seven shows a day by writing reviews over here. It’s been a great opportunity to … More Gadzooks! Recommendations from Weeks 1-2 of the Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe 2015: Slightly Less Invisible?

It’s time to release a certain cat from her metaphorical bag: I am not, and never have been, invisible. Much like yourself, my body is not built such that photons travel through me in straight lines. This review blog began anonymously to make honest reviews possible from within the confines of the glorious bubble that … More Edinburgh Fringe 2015: Slightly Less Invisible?

REVIEW: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men @ BT, 7:30pm HT3

“You know what I think the Oxford theatre scene is desperately lacking? More male characters” mumbled No-One Ever to himself as he sat in The Missing Bean, sipping his soy flat white. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men could, of course, have been a blistering examination of modern masculinity. Instead it became, as the hour progressed, more … More REVIEW: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men @ BT, 7:30pm HT3

REVIEW: The Effect @ Keble O’Reilly, 7:30pm, 3rd Week HT15

We must begin with a sizeable disclaimer: I have loved Lucy Prebble’s play The Effect since it opened at the National Theatre in 2012. While it was certainly the darling of the middle class intellectuals who first praised the effortless moulding of The Big Philosophical Issues Of Our Times into intimate, personal moments, the team behind … More REVIEW: The Effect @ Keble O’Reilly, 7:30pm, 3rd Week HT15

REVIEW: The Alchemist, Edinburgh Fringe, Just The Tonic @ The Caves (Venue 88), 17:55

The thrills of trickery and cunning illusion come together in this high energy production of Ben Johnson’s The Alchemist. When his master leaves town to escape the plague, Face, a butler, joins forces with Subtle and Doll to pull off a series of con jobs. Proffering everything from the philosopher’s stone to quarrelling advice, the … More REVIEW: The Alchemist, Edinburgh Fringe, Just The Tonic @ The Caves (Venue 88), 17:55

REVIEW: Grimm, Edinburgh Fringe, C Venues – C too (Venue 4), 8pm

The smell of watermelon surprised me. I did not arrive with the expectation of olfactory engagement, but Grimm’s audiences experiencing the piece will be acutely aware of their bodies throughout. The jarring contrast between the chilling shudders andwarm belly laughs punctuating fast dialogue is a hallmark of this finely crafted piece of new writing. In … More REVIEW: Grimm, Edinburgh Fringe, C Venues – C too (Venue 4), 8pm