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  • Sarah Keyworth review – one of comedy's most engaging new voices August 19, 2019
    Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh In a thoughtful sophomore fringe show, the standup reflects on her relationship with a fellow comicSarah Keyworth’s 2018 fringe show – which secured her a best newcomer nomination – fretted at the signification of the words “boy” and “girl”. A big subject, and one she clearly hasn’t exhausted, given that its follow-up, […]
    Brian Logan
  • Jack Tucker review – washed-up standup pans for comedy gold August 19, 2019
    Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghSounds and samples are tailored to the hack comic’s every comment, punchline and flirtatious wink in this fun character showThe hack comic is such a mainstay of drama and caricature – from Osborne’s Entertainer via Neil Hamburger to Zoe Coombs Marr’s Dave – the concept is practically hack itself. You need something to […]
    Brian Logan
  • Green Man festival review – mesmerising and otherworldly August 19, 2019
    Glanusk estate, Brecon BeaconsShaking off its folky roots, artists such as Four Tet, Yo La Tengo and Father John Misty transform the Black mountains into a mega-partyAt Green Man, the bucolic grounds unfurl to reveal a multisensory playground of literature, visual art and performance. You can find eclectic delights in every corner, and BBC Radio […]
    Sophie Williams
  • We Out Here festival review – a new jazz generation is born August 19, 2019
    Abbots Ripton, CambridgeshireSaxophonist Gary Bartz, Joe Armon-Jones and Binker Golding were some of the big names at this festival curated by Gilles PetersonA festival curated by DJ Gilles Peterson, named after the UK jazz compilation his label Brownswood Recordings released in 2018, and featuring almost all of the artists on their roster, might seem like […]
    Ammar Kalia
  • The End review – beautiful duet asks what happens when it's all over August 19, 2019
    Summerhall, EdinburghBert and Nasi’s ramshackle duet explores the end of the world and of their relationship in tender, silly, heart-rending styleAs doomsday draws near, this impossibly beautiful duet sees ramshackle dance duo Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas, known as Bert and Nasi, imagine a future without each other. As soon as it’s over, I want […]
    Kate Wyver
  • Game of Thrones' Daniel Portman: 'People expect Podrick – that's not what they get' August 19, 2019
    Renowned as the squire and surprise Casanova in Thrones, the star is now wrestling with audiences in Edinburgh. He talks about his meteoric rise to fame and why he won’t be going back to schoolDaniel Portman is soaked in sweat and locked in battle. There is an epic swell of music as he lunges at […]
    Chris Wiegand
  • Scene and heard: the Edinburgh shows fusing music and landscape August 19, 2019
    Drawing from folk music, Celtic myth – and a drunken night out, three plays are imbued with a deep sense of terrainKarine Polwart’s Wind Resistance, which makes a welcome return to Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum next year after beguiling the Edinburgh international festival in 2016, is a poetic homage to the landscape of the singer’s Midlothian […]
    Mark Fisher
  • Since U Been Gone review – life-affirming study of grief, gender and friendship August 18, 2019
    Assembly Roxy, EdinburghTeddy Lamb untangles the difficulties of relationships in a bold monologue that is bursting with loveThe ache of lost time is contained in this delicate monologue grappling with grief and gender. With simple stagecraft and raw storytelling, Teddy Lamb’s Since U Been Gone is about the people who make us, and how they […]
    Kate Wyver
  • Before the Revolution review – a beguiling anatomy of Egypt's uprising August 18, 2019
    Summerhall, EdinburghAhmed El Attar’s bruising two-hander dives into the long lead-up to 2011 in an attempt to determine what causes mass revoltWhat causes a people to rise up? Is it a simple trigger or a complex web of reasons? Where news reports prefer an easy cause-and-effect narrative, the reality is less straightforward.That’s the thinking behind […]
    Mark Fisher
  • Jonny Pelham review – darkest of subjects brings compassion and hilarity August 18, 2019
    The Caves, EdinburghThe comic turns his childhood trauma into a warm and deeply reflective show laced with jet-back humourAn iron law of Edinburgh shows is that your trauma is your big reveal. So it’s a jolt in more ways than one when Jonny Pelham tells us, right up top, that he was sexually assaulted at […]
    Brian Logan