Edinburgh Fringe: Trainspotting review

Edinburgh Fringe: Trainspotting review

In Yer Face Theatre’s stage production of Trainspotting was one of the hottest tickets in town during last year’s Fringe Festival – and for very good reason. Performed in George Square’s graffitied, atmospheric and intimate Underground venue, the 75-minute play immerses the audience from the moment they take their ‘seats’ on the cold, hard floor. What follows is a gritty, fast-paced and fascinating look into Edinburgh’s drug scene in the Eighties – immortalised first by…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Showstoppers’ Kids Show review

Edinburgh Fringe: Showstoppers’ Kids Show review

Whoever said you should never work with children or animals had clearly never been in the audience for a performance of The Showstoppers’ Kids Show. Interactive, fun and completely crazy, the improvised musical gives an audience full of kids the rare opportunity to create the stage musical of their dreams by deciding everything from who the characters are to where the story is set and what happens to them. It’s an interesting concept, and one…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Trash Test Dummies review

Edinburgh Fringe: Trash Test Dummies review

The Trash Test Dummies’ pre-show banter is funnier and more entertaining than a lot of popular kids shows are in their entirety. As the audience enter the venue and struggle to find their seats, the mischievous cast members keep the early birds entertained by energetically climbing up the rows, jokingly telling off cheeky children and rummaging through the backpacks of those unlucky enough to have chosen seats in the front few rows. As funny as…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Tom Allen review

Edinburgh Fringe: Tom Allen review

From a very young age, comedian Tom Allen has always known he was ‘better’ than anyone else. And he is. Better than most other comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe, that is. His latest show, Tom Allen: Indeed, sees the delightfully posh comedian take on the pitfalls of suburban life including competitive neighbours, awkward house parties and the necessity to learn how to drive. Allen is chatty, charming and likeable throughout the show, meaning he has…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Get Your Own Back: Live review

Edinburgh Fringe: Get Your Own Back: Live review

If there’s one Fringe show that’s going leave you with a smile on your face this year, it’s Get Your Own Back: Live. The show is based on the popular TV phenomenon, which aired in the Nineties and gave children the opportunity to seek revenge on their parents by putting them through a series of trying challenges before dunking them in a pool of gunge. Featuring water pistols, silly games, mindless jokes, a gunge chamber…

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Review: Stereophonics, Edinburgh Castle

Review: Stereophonics, Edinburgh Castle

There were two shocks in store for fans at the Stereophonics gig at Edinburgh Castle earlier this week – the band began their set at 8.30pm prompt and there was strictly no alcohol served for the duration of the gig. “If anyone’s still in the pub, you better hurry up!” announced frontman Kelly Jones, before opening with C’est La Vie and I Wanna’ Get Lost With You. The song choices made for a strikingly slow…

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Review, Elton John, Meadowbank Stadium

Review, Elton John, Meadowbank Stadium

Blue skies, Brexit and a back catalogue that would make even the most established recording artists green with envy ensured that Elton John fans in Edinburgh were given a Saturday night that was much, much more than alright. “There are only blue skies because you voted to remain and you’re the only sensible people in the fucking country,” announced Elton, as the sun shone brightly over Meadowbank Stadium. After provoking cheers so loud that they…

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Gig review: Laura Marling, Pleasance Theatre

Gig review: Laura Marling, Pleasance Theatre

A half dozen or so songs into her stripped-back set at the Pleasance Theatre on Friday night, folk darling Laura Marling alluded to an early gig she played at Bannerman’s as a teenager with the boys from Mumford and Sons. Recalling what’s surely the only time a Mercury-nominated artist has played the Cowgate toilet venue, the elfin singer-songwriter added that she was so skint back then she ended up sleeping inside a double bass case in a dusty…

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Cocktails at Juniper

Cocktails at Juniper

It’s located in one of the most sought-after locations in Edinburgh and yet funky cocktail bar Juniper still seems to be one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Sitting directly opposite Waverley Station, inside the Royal British Hotel, the award-winning cocktail bar strikes the perfect balance between being a slick, trendy destination bar and a friendly, relaxed place to meet with friends for a casual drink. Visually, Juniper is a strikingly modern bar which is full…

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Review: Footloose, Festival Theatre

Review: Footloose, Festival Theatre

Uplifting Eighties classics? Check! Celebrity cast? Check! Brilliantly tacky costumes? Check! There’s no denying that the casting of Gareth Gates as the simple but oh-so-loveable Willard in Footloose: The Musical was what guaranteed to show to be a complete sell-out when it arrived at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre earlier this week. However, it was the infectiously energetic dance routines and talented cast that ensured the audience left their seats smiling. Based on the cult 1984 movie…

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