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Æ Review – Burke

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Andrew Hainey as William Burke in Caroline Dunford’s Burke from Siege Perilous. Photo: Gary Daniell Photography

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By Thom Dibdin

Darkly brooding, Caroline Dunford’s new play about Edinburgh’s serial murders, Burke and Hare, is given an atmospheric production by Siege Perilous, in association with West Port Productions.

Set in the prison cell from which Burke was to be taken to his death, Andrew Hainey creates him as a man possessed by the enormity of his own deeds. His gaoler, one Captain Rose who is there to stop Burke from taking his own life, has become equally obsessed in trying to understand Burke’s motives.

In a nearby cell, Hare is waiting to find out when he will be released after turning King’s evidence. Gregor Firth is quick to give him a rather more vicious, self-serving appearance than Hainey gives the complex, shifting Burke. … Continue reading Æ Review – Burke

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Theatre Review – The Dress Affair

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Andrew Henry as The Man, Danielle Farrow as The Woman in Tightlaced Theatre's The Dress Affair

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By Thom Dibdin

A sparkling and erotically-charged piece of new writing from Tightlaced Theatre at the GRV until Saturday reminds that while the Fringe might have left town, fringe theatre in Edinburgh is very much on the up.

Written by the company’s Rob David and based on a Brazilian poem, the thought-provoking two-hander has an air of magical realism to it.

Danielle Farrow is excellent as The Woman against a rather underwhelming Andrew Henry, who really needs to stamp some sort of authority on his role of The Man. But the star of the show is a deep red dress with gold lace trims and highlights.

Farrow’s success is that she makes you believe that this is the sort of dress which transforms the person who puts it on. They don’t so much wear it, as it is the dress which wears them – a skin that has its own entity and just needs flesh and bones over which to settle. … Continue reading Theatre Review – The Dress Affair

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Review: In Transit

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Review by Thom Dibdin

Strong writing and interesting characters make the first outing from the Actors Kitchen something of an unexpected treat, to be found until Saturday in the small theatre of the GRV on Guthrie Street.

Unified by the theme of waiting for a delayed flight in an airport lounge, the fifteen scenes of In Transit share five writers and nine performers. Chance encounters, hostile departures and wistful, end-of-holiday longings add up to a thought-provoking hour and a half. … Continue reading Review: In Transit