Review: Egg, Fringe 2018

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.

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Review: Rainbow Baby, Fringe 2018

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.

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Review: Richard Holloway – Memento Mori, EIBF 2018

Introducing him as bold and troublesome, James Runcie went on to suggest that Richard Holloway had gone from being Britain’s barmiest bishop to Britain’s brightest, baldest old bugger – words that sounded more like those spoken by Holloway himself. This was clearly going to be a spirited and frank discussion, not only of his latest book, but about the former Bishop of Edinburgh’s personal journey.

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Review: Portraits of 21st Century Africa, EIBF 2018

Edinburgh audiences aren’t well known for their vociferous responses. They applaud and call out ‘bravo’ in clipped Morningside tones, and occasionally let out a delicate whoop. So when Nick Barley challenged the gathered throng in The Spiegeltent to respond to the two women about to perform with similar enthusiasm to that which he experienced when seeing them in Africa, the gauntlet was well and truly thrown.

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Review: I Love You…But, Fringe 2018

Many years ago, when I was writing a play about domestic violence I found a list on the internet titled something like “20 ways to know if you are being psychologically abused.” It was unpleasant reading, mainly because emotional abuse is often subtle and covert, and (for the one on the receiving end) imperceptible at first.

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