A distilled guide to what’s on in Edinburgh: November 2019

November has, so far, been consistently rainy and cold. So here are five shows coming to Edinburgh this month which (unlike Singin’ in the Rain) will keep you warm and dry for a couple of hours – because theatre is a categorically better way to warm up than staying in and having a bath.

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A distilled guide to what’s on in Edinburgh: October 2019

October is a good month for theatre in Edinburgh! I’ve stuck to talking about five shows in this ‘distilled guide’, but picking only five was really difficult. So if, say, there happens to be something going on at the end of the month that you might need a distraction from, theatre is most definitely the answer. Here are my top five distractions recommendations.

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A distilled guide to what’s on in Edinburgh: September 2019

Let’s face it, September is a hard come-down from August’s festivals. Thousands of shows have packed up and abandoned us, it feels way too quiet, and walking across town is usually just… uneventful.

But, before we (and I do mean ‘I’) wallow too much, here are five shows playing in Edinburgh this month which might be able to alleviate some of those post-festival blues.

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Review: YUCK Circus, at Underbelly’s Circus Hub

YUCK Circus is a crude, hilarious, larger-than-life theatrical experience which high-kicks expectations and conformity in the nuts. The show is full of surprises, and highly entertaining all round.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The creatives behind this year’s Fringe: part six (the gothic and the gory)

We’re well and truly into the Fringe now, and I’m realising more and more how many fantastic shows are out there this year. In my last group of interviews, I spoke with writers, producers and artistic directors about five shows which delve into the gothic and the gory.

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The Edinburgh Fringe: how not to review – the performers’ perspective

We’re well into August now and, with new reviews popping up all the time, I was interested to hear what people working on Fringe shows thought reviewers needed to stop doing. And, from Roisin Crowley Linton (Teenage Kicks) telling me that there is “nothing worse” than spotting a reviewer’s brightly coloured ‘PRESS’ lanyard (take it off!) and noticing that they look miserable, to Katie Guicciardi (Fox) suggesting that “a good/fair review tries to understand what the show is aiming to do”, their candid responses have really got me thinking. Here’s what they said.

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The creatives behind this year’s Fringe: part five (the world today)

I think it’s fair to say that we are living in interesting times. Whatever your political persuasions, it does feel like a lot of national and international issues are heating right up, and it makes sense that this year’s Fringe shows reflect that. In this series of interviews, I spoke with four creators and performers about their shows, which all explore the world today.

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