On-Stage Reviews

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 | 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

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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

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Review | Bonnie and Clyde the Musical, Sweet Grassmarket ⋆⋆⋆

Bonnie and Clyde the Musical centres on the infamous vigilantes: fame-hungry Bonnie Parker (Lucy Hilton); and hell-raising Clyde Barrow (Shaun Hamilton) known for their chain of robberies in depression-age America. Despite having to contend with some technical issues and a sweltering hot room, the young cast of Bonnie and Clyde persisted through. The tuneful score … Continue reading

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Review | Legally Blonde the Musical, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Assembly Rooms ⋆⋆⋆⋆

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland deliver a high-octane production of the preppy musical Legally Blonde, based on the 2001 film with the same. The choreography is tight, the roles are superbly cast and the set is overwhelmingly pink. Although the stakes in this show may be low, the level of fun is consistently high. Elle … Continue reading

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Review | Parakeet, Roundabout @ Summerhall ⋆⋆⋆⋆

In Parakeet, our protagonist (Michelle Tiwo) from Margate is fascinated with birds, parakeets in particular. She is keenly followed by her eccentric neighbour, Dust (Isabel Oliver). Despite bad first impressions, Dust manages to work her way into the bird lover’s life along with Tam, a refugee from Eritrea (Lula Mebrahtu). They initially bond over their … Continue reading