With two characters as well-kennt to the Charlotte Square village as Stuart Kelly and Richard Holloway, this meeting of minds was guaranteed to be entertaining and thought-provoking.Read More
My usual practice when reviewing theatre or film is to read as little as possible about the work beforehand, and I take little heed of ‘content warnings’ – after all, art is supposed to disturb the comfortable, and comfort the disturbed. Since my choice of Fringe performances came exclusively from Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award long-list, I knew that most would be of good quality, but also, potentially tough material. Huff was no exception.Read More
Richard Holloway’s book On Forgiveness ends by relating Winston Churchill’s reaction at the end of World War 1, which was to propose rushing a dozen ships crammed with provisions to aid the fallen foe. This proposal was coldly rejected. Holloway goes on to describe the reaction of a German soldier who, appalled at the lack of mercy shown to his broken country, resolved to go into politics.Read More
Since all my Fringe reviews are taken from Amnesty’s Freedom of Expression Award long-list, I observed Egg (and to a lesser extent, Rainbow Baby) wondering how the show’s themes matched those of Amnesty International. The ‘right to bear children’ is a curious notion in an over-populated world. Yet with IVF-treatment still in relative infancy (excuse the pun) the last forty years have thrown up many ethical questions.Read More
When a young, married couple decide to document their attempt to have children on Youtube, they are making themselves highly vulnerable… not least because it is a very personal subject, but also, because they are both women. They have decided use private sperm donation, and have chosen which of them is to be the biological mother.Read More
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