What do the grey stars mean? This year, as an experiment, we're re-publishing selected reviews from earlier runs of the same show – for example, if we reviewed the same production at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. Find out more.

Good Women

2 stars

The vaulted arch, pew-like benches and orders of service provide an immersive setting for Good Women, inviting the audience to form the congregation at an “evangelical dance prayer-athon”. The pre-show period is quite meditative, as the three performers sit in a circle on stage in their white dresses, eyes closed, surrounded by candles and flowers. But, while Good Women does have strong themes of self-reflection, it turns out to be a high-energy, high-emotion piece - which ridicules as much as sympathising with its characters, mostly through the humour of pain.

Review by Annie Percik published on Saturday 9 February | Read more

I Would Like To Get To Know You

3 stars

The play starts strongly. 80’s music sounds out, whilst Katherine Vince - sitting centre-stage, mobile phone in hand - scours the audience anxiously for her partner for the evening. Then George arrives, guitar in hand. And so the date begins…

There follows a series of scenes and musical numbers depicting the stages of a relationship, interspersed with recordings of people talking about what love means to them. We hear about their experiences of dating, being single, falling in love, lusting after another and being alone.

Review by Tig Land published on Saturday 9 February | Read more

Ringmaster

4 stars

This loose adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde follows a circular chain of indulgence and infidelity, tracking the partners in a series of sexual relationships as they meet to enjoy their intimacy. Some of the hook-ups are illicit; some are anything but; some are gay, some are straight, some are casual and some are loving. The only common themes are the sex itself, and the heartbreak it occasionally causes.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Sunday 3 February | Read more

Queens of Sheba

4 stars

Queens of Sheba unfurl their flag early, treating the audience to We Are Family, Respect, and I’m Every Woman before the show even starts. And when it does, these four women certainly don't pull any punches. Nobody escapes their mocking ridicule and biting criticism, as they regale us with anecdotes from all aspects of their lives. "But where are you from from?" is a question they’re often asked, and they answer repeatedly that they are a mix of racism and sexism, making their theme intersectional as well as both hilarious and painful.



Review by Annie Percik published on Saturday 2 February | Read more

Womans (Like Romans But With a W)

4 stars

There’s a fair bit of audience participation in Womans - starting before the show as protagonist Annabella wanders around the auditorium, thanking people for coming and expressing her anxiety that things won’t go well. With a wide grin and obvious desire to please, she makes an immediately appealing character (though I question the use of a West Country accent to denote her not being the brightest bulb in the box).

Review by Annie Percik published on Saturday 2 February | Read more

The 37th Question

4 stars (previous review)

The 37th Question is a unique mixture of storytelling and comedy, a multimedia one-man choose-your-own-adventure show. Rory O’Keeffe weaves together the story of a couple, describing both how they met and where they are now, and – with the help of the audience – where they might go in the future. At certain points throughout the show we asked to choose between a number of options in order for the story to progress.

Review by Elsa Maishman originally published at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 | Read more

Kompromat

4 stars

You probably remember the death of Gareth Williams - the GCHQ mathematician found locked in a holdall in the bathroom of his flat in London. Perhaps he was killed by the Russians; perhaps it was a sex game gone wrong. Or perhaps, as this masterful and engrossing script proposes, the truth is bleaker still.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Saturday 26 January | Read more

Katie & Pip

3 stars

This show - the real-life story of Katie & Pip - delivers a lot in a short space of time, and does it with style. Katie is fifteen years old, and Pip is five - or thirty-five in canine years. Katie has had Type 1 Diabetes since she was two, and Pip is her medical assistance dog. The show is a three-hander (or four if you count Pip’s paw), offering a picture of Katie’s life with diabetes, and her relationship with the border collie she has trained from a puppy to help keep her alive.

Review by Annie Percik published on Friday 25 January | Read more

In Loyal Company

5 stars (previous review)

In Loyal Company tells the story of one Arthur Robinson, writer and actor David William Bryan’s great-uncle, who signed up as a lad and went missing on duty when his ship sank in Singapore… yet did finally return to his family and native Birkenhead. Bryan has pieced together what’s accepted in the family history – Bryan’s dad remembers his uncle – and filled in the gaps from a study of photos and military research.

Review by Catherine Meek originally published at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 | Read more

Séance

4 stars (previous review)

Ever considered sitting in a shipping container, plunging into pitch darkness, and being terrified for 15 minutes with the aid of modern technology? At first I was blasé about the prospect, yet I felt a distinct nervous energy building while waiting to step inside. And it's that irrational fear which this production so skilfully preys on; of course nothing bad is going to happen, of course it's all pretend, yet the experience created is so intense, immediate and startling that it's really quite overwhelming.

Review by Tamarin Fountain originally published at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 | Read more

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