Theatre

Bomb Happy D-Day 75 (2019), Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall, Review Angela Milton Wed, 21 Aug '19 4.20am

A powerful and emotionally charged play, Bomb Happy is a fine example of the strength of verbatim theatre. With simple but clear direction, Helena Fox has produced a fitting tribute to those who were part of the D-Day landings.

Lest You Forget (2019), Greenside @ Royal Terrace, Review Angela Milton Wed, 21 Aug '19 2.49am

Set at the end of WWII, Lest You Forget is a touching play from this young theatre company. Looking at the impact of war on those involved in the fighting, it explores how relationships are affected and the choices made because of this.

The actors work well together as an ensemble, with several lovely moments where there are choreographed sections of movement, during dance routines and storytelling segments. In addition, a couple of the cast members perform songs that showcase their voices well.

35,000 (2019), C South, Review Angela Milton Tue, 20 Aug '19 5.58pm

This young theatre company takes an interesting look at the number of decisions we human beings make each day. Using verbatim text, they create a narrative that looks at both the serious – and far less serious – decisions that can change what will happen next.

Nightshifter, Zoo Southside, Review Kenneth Scott Tue, 20 Aug '19 12.16pm

There is something very wrong out there in the darkness. 

Through waves of subsonic sound hazmat suited figures emerge, their sickly green headtorches sweeping the auditorium in slow, searching arcs accompanied by a mix of insectoid chittering and Geiger counter tick.

Flo snaps into the present, disorientated and breathing hard as the nightmare visions are replaced by the only slightly less terrible reality. Wearing scrubs, she is treating patients in a camp for displaced persons amidst the buzz of flies and scenes of organised chaos.

Numbers, C Aquila, Review Rhona Mackay Mon, 19 Aug '19 4.23pm

Mercury Theatre is an Oxford based, student run Theatre Company. In their most recent venture, they have decided to tackle male mental health with Numbers. All starts well, the first scene focuses on Jack as he lists what he is proud of. He is speaking to empty chairs set up like a support group. This is the one and only time numbers are truly referenced in the play, as Jack counts how many beers he can down and how many bites it takes for him to swallow a Big Mac.

Myra, Imagination Workshop, Review Rhona Mackay Mon, 19 Aug '19 3.03pm

Myra is just as brutal and gut-punching as you would expect. Lauren Varnfield brings the fundamentally loathed Myra Hindley to the stage. Hindley aided the notorious Ian Brady to torture, rape and kill five children in a murder spree known as the ‘Moor Murders’. This piece is written, directed and performed by Varnfield, in an attempt to look inside the controversial mind. Is she a monster or a victim?

The Canary and the Crow (2019), Summerhall, Review Angela Milton Mon, 19 Aug '19 5.05am

Mixing together hip-hop, grime, and writing that lyrically flows, this show is a great example of gig theatre, with its blend of storytelling, performance and live music. Set in the round, this piece works really well in drawing the audience into the semi-autobiographical story that Daniel Ward nurtures to life.

Unicorns, Almost (2019), Army @ the Fringe in Association with Summerhall, Review Angela Milton Mon, 19 Aug '19 2.38am

An atmospheric glimpse into the war years of poet Keith Douglas, this is a beautifully written and skilfully performed show. With a set and seating that firmly places the audience into the life of Douglas’s war, the scene is established quickly.

Wireless Operator, Pleasance Courtyard, Review Kenneth Scott Sun, 18 Aug '19 4.27pm

Here we go again.  I could do without this, especially as I haven’t slept a wink.  Everything’s changed, everything’s different.

John prepares for a final wartime mission as wireless operator with the crew of Lancaster bomber G for George. They go through their customs to invoke Lady Luck while performing an intercom check and roll call.

Daughterhood, Roundabout @ Summerhall, Review

 “Roundabout” at Summerhall is a magical circus tent with the audience sitting in a circle of tiered benches for the perfect theatre-in the-round stage.

Here we have the ideal empty space (as Peter Brook advocated), not a scrap of a set and dim shadowy lighting. A young woman with long blond hair, rushes in shouting “ Hey, I’m home .. do you have a tenner?”  This is Rachel, arriving back at the family home in a taxi from the station to visit her elder sister Pauline and their sick, elderly father.