The Fabulous Chopin Boys

The Fabulous Chopin Boys

This show marks the 164th anniversary of the visit Chopin made, beleaguered by illness, to Edinburgh in 1848. Not much of an anniversary you might think? Well, you’d be right. However, this is what the show is built on - a passion for Chopin and a drive to bring that as well as some of the pair’s disparate talents to the Edinburgh stage... 

Princess Pyunggang

Princess Pyunggang

This production looks wonderful: a funeral casket, flanked by beautifully painted Korean drums, sits centre stage. Standing behind it, a wailing woman, whose voice is captured by a singer at the back who is simultaneously beating out an intoxicating beat on the drum... 

Mr B's Chap-Hop Hoorah!

Mr B's Chap-Hop Hoorah!

There were clearly some diehard fans in this audience - they began to mime along and dance as soon as Mr B, heralded by his butler, graced the Ballroom stage of the Voodoo Rooms with his breeding, rhyming and class... 

The Lost Child

The Lost Child

This production began with a cute song that went on for a little too long with an inartistic, uninteresting cartoon world displayed on a huge screen at the back of the stage. There were also several awkward moments when video props transformed into stage props through the ineffective use of a curtain underneath the screen... 

Monsters Got Talent

Monsters Got Talent

First things first, every ticket for this show costs a fiver, which is far better value than so many other children’s productions on in Edinburgh during August and for this £5, Toby Mitchell, has crafted a standout show... 

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

This production of Wuthering Heights, adapted from the original novel by Emily Brontë, started well. The full cast were assembled onstage, flanked by a simple and pracitcal set, and developed a soundscape of the wind-brushed moors with particular effect... 

Call Me!

Call Me!

The show is based on a simple concept: three women leave horrendously awkward voicemails on the phones of their male love interests, with potentially disastrous consequences. A number of scenes between an arguing, dysfunctional couple do not really seem to serve a particular purpose and, as a result, do not really fit in with the general concept... 

The Submarine Show

The Submarine Show

Fifty minutes of pure immersion. During The Submarine Show, the audience is fully submerged in a world beyond the ocean. The fairly simple plot revolves around two sailors in a submarine that breaks down... 

Flamenco for Kids

Flamenco for Kids

Families lined up outside C ECA’s Main Theatre seemed very excited to go to see this show, one girl was even dressed in a flamenco dress already. We filed in, found our seats and sat down to enjoy the show... 

Newland

Newland

From the start it was clear that this show was going to be a very professional one. The actors came on stage, poised and ready for their parts, most of which they performed admirably... 

Back to School's Disco

Back to School's Disco

The concept behind this production was brilliant and ingenious: Take one group of 20-somethings and send them back to school. This production is a three-hour disco at the Braidwood Centre, which has been wonderfully transformed into a school... 

Chris Difford and Norman Lovett: It's All About Me!

Chris Difford and Norman Lovett: It's All About Me!

It always helps a performance when the audience is packed, in tune with the performers and ready for a good laugh. It’s All About Me! was therefore destined for hilarity from the start... 

The Barwell Prophecy

The Barwell Prophecy

This show has a strong concept from the outset, but the performance lets this concept down by rendering it uninteresting. In a post 9/11 world – eleven years on, in fact – a play about ‘the new prophecy’ (garbled Book of Revelation-sounding messages; audio files that suggest a working knowledge of the lives of the workers at a USA home security office) should do very well... 

This is Who I Am!

This is Who I Am!

The lights go up on a simple but effective set - a mirror, two chairs, and a coat-stand in the corner - a sparseness that serves to foreground the characters and their idiosyncratic emotional journey... 

Pool of Blood

Pool of Blood

Presented at first by a set of large barrels and some odds and ends - a keyboard player, percussionist, and bass guitarist, as well as some well made-up actors - it was easy to make the mistake of thinking that this was going to be an adequate production of a horror story set in 1911... 

Machinal

Machinal

Late 20s America. An office. Helen (a wonderfully captivating performance by Nouran Koriem) enters late and is summoned to be reprimanded at the hand of her moustachioed boss. So begins a haunting and brilliant performance of this expressionist piece that ably negotiates both the more abstract and realistic domestic scenes between Helen and her mother... 

The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen

The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen

The pseudo-auditorium boxes in the theatre immediately made sure that there was a distinct ‘stage show’ feel to the performance, meaning that the audience knew from the start that this was perhaps going to be a less naturalistic production...