On-Stage Reviews

Review | Blue Tights, Red Knickers and an ‘S’ on her Vest ⋆⋆⋆⋆

In this one-woman show, Joanna (Laura Shoebottom), wears a superwoman outfit; the universal symbol for heroism. Like most superheroes, she faces her fair share of battles. However, hers are uniquely much smaller in scale and slightly more complex in nature. Joanna battles against an endless heap of paperwork; her self-centred work colleagues; and her mother, … Continue reading

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Review | Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical, Assembly George Square Gardens ⋆⋆⋆⋆

“Can I take my new car for a ride?” “Kathryn, the only thing you’ll be riding is me” In the summer lull before school starts, what else is there for the wealthy teens in Manhattan to do but engage in sexual debauchery and manipulate others? In this musical adaptation of the 90s film with the … Continue reading

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Review | Climb: The Live Album, Underbelly, Bristo Square ⋆⋆⋆

In a festival where many artists are fighting to be the next big ‘something’, creator/performer Duane Forrest doesn't claw for your attention but asks you to sit back and unwind to some soothing melodies which blend jazz, reggae and soul. Duane from Toronto, Canada has got a winning smile and a gentle spirit. As he … Continue reading

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Review | Vulvarine: A New Musical, Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose – ⋆⋆⋆⋆

In recent years, Hollywood has been milking the Superhero franchise for all its worth as we've had the umpteenth version of Spiderman and all those other Avengers movies. Yes, Superheroes have been done to death in films but not so much in musicals and none come close to the extravaganza that is the quirky new … Continue reading

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Review | Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Pleasance Courtyard – The Grand ⋆⋆⋆

Some may say that musicals are hard to write, but that hasn’t deterred Showstopper! The Musical from creating a brand new one during each show. The troupe of musical comedy performers and the talented on-stage band are set the daunting task of improvising a musical based on suggestions from the audience. During Tuesday’s performance, the … Continue reading

On-Stage Reviews

Review | Sister Act, Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre – ⋆⋆⋆

This year, audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe have the choice of not one, but two separate productions of Sister Act the Musical. Thankfully they are not running at the same time, so there’s no risk of going to the wrong venue by mistake. For clarity, this review is for the first of the two productions … Continue reading