Seanmhair is a totally immersive piece of performance
CommonSpace theatre critic Tara Fitzpatrick gives her take on a "highly intense" effort from Hywel John
SEANMHAIR, from Welsh writer Hywel John, is a wonderfully acted, highly intense piece of theatre which expertly shifts between characters and timescales.
Jenny, a well-spoken, upper-class Edinburgh girl falls in love with Tommy MacLeish, a cheeky, working-class lad from Leith.
The story is told by older Jenny, looking at an older and mentally frail Tommy and remembering their first meeting.
The North! The North! is a truly dark experience - not for the faint hearted
CommonSpace theatre critic Tara Fitzpatrick says there were a few nervous looks for the exit during this Christopher Harrisson effort
THE North! The North!, created and performed by Christopher Harrisson, is a dark, uncomfortable fable unlikely to be enjoyed by the faint-hearted.
Show Me The Money tackles the financial struggles of those in the creative industries
CommonSpace theatre critic Tara Fitzpatrick reviews Paula Varjack's take on the thorny issue of trying to finance making a living in the arts
SHOW ME THE MONEY is a performance and personal discussion by writer and theatre maker Paula Varjack about working in a creative industry and the value we place upon it.
Specifically, the play is about money, or rather the lack of it within creative fields and the struggles this presents for people who try to make a living in the arts.
The plot twist in 'Heather' makes for an electrifying experience
Our Edinburgh Fringe reviewer Tara Fitzpatrick says 'Heather' contains an explosive, revealing turning point
HEATHER is a play with a twist. The programme has asked that when discussing the play we keep the secret so, in that spirit, this is my formal warning that my review contains spoilers.
Those looking to see Heather during the Edinburgh Fringe’s final week or catch it during touring, you have been warned.
'Adam' is spectacular in scope and brings a vital real life perspective on trans issues
CommonSpace theatre critic Tara Fitzpatrick says 'Adam' should be seen by as wide an audience as possible
GENDER is everywhere. It fuels our identity politics and governs our life choices and behaviour. The distinctions of gender are so entrenched that they even permeate our everyday language.
Adam Kashmiry identifies this in his opening monologue to Adam, the National Theatre of Scotland’s (NTS) new production based on the story of his own transgender experience.
Letters to Morrisey is a classic coming-of-age story, especially for all the world's outsiders
Our Edinburgh Fringe reviewer Tara Fitzpatrick says Letters To Morrisey will speak to anyone who's ever fallen in love with The Smiths
GARY MCNAIR’S fictionalised monologue of a teenager writing to his musical hero is touching and hilarious.
The hour-long performance follows a doe-eyed fan as he looks to The Smiths frontman for life advice.
Alan Bissett's Moira Bell is a breath of working class fresh air at the Edinburgh Fringe
Our Fringe reviewer Tara Fitzpatrick doesn't think we've seen the last of the Moira Monologues
ALAN BISSETT returns with his feisty, loud-mouthed Moira Bell, "the hardest woman in Falkirk" for a second round of sassy monologues.
The Moira Monologues premiered in 2009 and, looking to update the popular character, Bissett has written six new scenes for the cleaner and single-mother tackling (among other things) sexual escapades, neighbourhood gossip and Scottish independence, all told by Moira to her (off-stage) best pal Babs.
Scribble is an inventive take on mental ill health, but it's still a work in progress
Our Edinburgh Fringe reviewer Tara Fitzpatrick found 'Scribble' enjoyable, although at times a little disconcerting
SCRIBBLE, written by Andy Edwards and Amy Gilmartin, explores one character and their coping mechanisms with mental health.
Ross is studying a PhD in cosmology, he suffers obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety. He explains his views about the universe, his long-distance relationship with his girlfriend Fiona and how Bran Flakes help to organise his life.
Tara Fitzpatrick: Adulting is inventive, heartfelt, endearing and leaves a smile
Our Edinburgh Fringe reviewer, Tara Fitzpatrick, gives her take on 'Adulting'
THE FRINGE debut from Spilt Milk theatre company is more of an informal chat than a play.
The four cast members - Catherine Ward-Stoddart, Grant McDonald, Jacqueline Thain and Anthony Byrne - divulge personal secrets and intimate stories throughout the hour-long performance, with each scene forming a new creative way to engage the audience in their own devising process.
A clear and uncompromising take on Europe's refugee crisis
Theatre critic Tara Fitzpatrick reviews The Sky is Safe, Dogstar Theatre Company, Summerhall’s main stage, 4– 27 August (then touring Scotland)
THE Sky is Safe, Dogstar Theatre Company’s fifth Edinburgh Fringe show, is a play with a clear and uncompromising take on the misery and injustice of Europe’s Refugee Crisis.