[Fringe] ‘Ubu Roi’ & ‘Tommy Tiernan’

The King usurped, the usurper’s friends rejected, and then there’s a war. “It’s basically Macbeth”. Led by the Luden’s Ensemble, the vast world of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi is brought to life through more mediums and techniques than actors alone. From projection and shadow puppetry, to interactive live-streaming and an endless supply of props, you…

[Fringe] ‘Hyprov’ & ‘Debauchery’

Improv. Hypnosis. Action! For the skeptics, the premise of improvisation under hypnosis will already sound dubious, so expectations on the delivery will be low. For the believers, particularly those living in the murky depths of the show’s audience reviews, disappointment seems a guarantee. So the lowdown: Asad Mecci, hypnotist, asks for volunteers to fill the…

[Fringe] ‘Driftwood’ & ‘Pastor Jambus’

Innocent, playful, and just a little bit special. Situated in the Paris de Variete tent, the five-strong Casus Circus are drawn to centre-stage, gathering around a low hanging light like incredibly lean and toned moths to a flame. What follows is a compact hour of dance, physical theatre and circus arts – ground and aerial…

[EIF] ‘Rhinoceros’ & ‘The Divide 1/2’

Eccentric suits. Minimalist set. And everyone keeps turning into rhinos. Adapted by Zinnie Harris and directed by Murat Daltaban, this co-production between Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre and the DOT Theatre of Istanbul has no sense of its usual French surroundings. Each piece of set, prop, and even down to the last drop of globular paint to…

‘Hamlet’, Harold Pinter Theatre

There’s a heatwave in London, and Hamlet’s not coping. Here’s the rundown: the palace is more penthouse, with a multi-purpose conservatory-like structure – sometimes a hallway, wardrobe, but mainly a recurring memory of Claudius and Gertrude’s wedding on the patio. Hamlet and Ophelia are an item, and Hamlet is drowning in a grief-stricken psychosis over…