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Articles by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh: The Final Round Up by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh: The Final Round Up
Typical, I, AmDram & Swim
Edinburgh Reviews: What Girls are Made Of, Trying It On, Hotter, Who Cares & One. by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: What Girls are Made Of, Trying It On, Hotter, Who Cares & One.
Cora Bissett’s 'What Girls are Made Of' is a gorgeous roaring show.
Edinburgh Reviews: Hard to Be Soft, Cotton Fingers & Louder is Not Always Clearer by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: Hard to Be Soft, Cotton Fingers & Louder is Not Always Clearer
I saw a workshop version of Oona Doherty’s show in Belfast over two years. It piqued my interest and it has developed into a richly rewarding dance show which is as tough and meltingly defenceless as its title.
Edinburgh Reviews: Post Popular, Your Sexts Are Shit & Splintered by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: Post Popular, Your Sexts Are Shit & Splintered
I love Lucy McCormick. I love her upfront anarchy. Her controlled chaos. Her unholy doesn’t-give-a fuck-attitude.
Edinburgh Reviews: Wild Swimming & The Last of the Pelicans by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: Wild Swimming & The Last of the Pelicans
As bracing as an early morning dip, Wild Swimming (Pleasance Courtyard) is a brilliantly entertaining, fourth-wall smashing show from new Bristol company FullRogue.
Edinburgh Reviews: This Time, Staged & Rouge by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: This Time, Staged & Rouge
A roundup of Circus, Cabaret & Mime
Edinburgh Reviews: Afflicted & America Is Hard to See by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: Afflicted & America Is Hard to See
One of the best debuts on the fringe this August comes from new Scottish company Groupwork.
Review roundup: Theatre for the End of the World by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Review roundup: Theatre for the End of the World
Featured: The End, Progress, Landscape (1989), 00 and Civilisation
Edinburgh Review: Hearty by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Review: Hearty
Emma Frankland looks the audience in the eye. It feels as if she has each and every one of us in her gaze. “Please don’t hurt me,” she says. The threat she feels is real and imminent.
Edinburgh Reviews: a round up of autobiographical pieces by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: a round up of autobiographical pieces
‘It’s my story and I’ll tell it like I want to’ might be one of the straplines of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Edinburgh Reviews: New Diorama Untapped by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: New Diorama Untapped
The New Diorama/Underbelly Untapped Award is one of the most coveted awards for young companies heading for Edinburgh. It often delivers quality and that is true this year even if all three shows showcase potential rather than something fully formed.
Edinburgh Review: The Shark is Broken by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Review: The Shark is Broken
Producer and director Guy Masterson has been delivering crowd-pleasing shows on the fringe for decades. 'The Shark is Broken' (Assembly George Square) is no exception.
Edinburgh Reviews: The Canary and the Crow & A Table Tennis Play by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: The Canary and the Crow & A Table Tennis Play
Rocking it at Summerhall Roundabout are Middle Child with 'The Canary and the Crow'.
Edinburgh Review: Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum with Ex-Pats by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Review: Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum with Ex-Pats
Sh!t Theatre are on top form. This time, our much loved, seemingly chaotic duo, Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole, are invited by a friend to Malta to make a piece for Valetta European City of Culture. It’s warmer than Hull.
Edinburgh Review: The Incident Room by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Review: The Incident Room
True crime is all around us on the fringe, perhaps reflecting the success of podcasts like Serial and its many spin-offs.
Edinburgh Reviews: STYX & All of Me by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: STYX & All of Me
The Orpheus and Eurydice myth has been a fine source of inspiration for theatre, from Sarah Rhul’s 'Eurydice' to the recent Anais Mitchell/Rachel Chavkin musical, 'Hadestown'.
Edinburgh Review: Are we not drawn onward to new erA by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Review: Are we not drawn onward to new erA
On stage a group of people are wading through a sea of carrier bags. They have already hacked down a tree, sprinkling its leaves all over the stage.
Edinburgh Reviews: Pizza Shop Heroes & How Not To Drown by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: Pizza Shop Heroes & How Not To Drown
I first caught a glimpse of Phosphoros Theatre at the Fringe in 2016.
Edinburgh Reviews: Working on My Night Moves, The Patient Gloria & A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego. by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: Working on My Night Moves, The Patient Gloria & A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego.
“Burn the whole fucking house down,” was the final cry of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia, but in Working on My Night Moves (Summerhall) Julia Croft takes a different approach.
Reviews: 8:8 & Coma by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Reviews: 8:8 & Coma
How long does it take you to form an opinion about someone? A few seconds or longer? Do you judge by their clothes or their shoes? How they talk or what they tell you they do for a job?
Reviews: Until the Flood by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Reviews: Until the Flood
The stage is covered in candles and flowers like a makeshift shrine, and the dead are always in mind in Dael Orlandersmith’s 'Until the Flood' which commands the stage at the Traverse before heading to London’s Arcola theatre next month.
Edinburgh reviews: Daughterhood & Crocodile Fever by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh reviews: Daughterhood & Crocodile Fever
Sisterhood is proving less than sisterly on the fringe.
Edinburgh Review: Baby Reindeer by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Review: Baby Reindeer
Richard Gadd won the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2016 for his show Monkey See Monkey Do.
Edinburgh Reviews: Scottee: Class, E8, Arthur & Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders. by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Reviews: Scottee: Class, E8, Arthur & Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders.
Who cares, and do we care enough? Do we care in a way that genuinely makes a difference? Or do we care in theory but not when it really affects us?
Edinburgh Review Roundup: 5 Aug by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Review Roundup: 5 Aug
Reviews: Sea Sick and Islander
Edinburgh Review Roundup: 2 Aug by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Edinburgh Review Roundup: 2 Aug
Reviews of Collapsible, Knot, and Bobby & Amy
Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Friday by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Friday
With so much to see at Edinburgh each summer, it can be hard to know where to begin.
Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Thursday by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Thursday
With so much to see at Edinburgh each summer, it can be hard to know where to begin.
Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Wednesday by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Wednesday
With so much to see at Edinburgh each summer, it can be hard to know where to begin. Each day this week I'll be releasing ten picks that I think are worth a look.
Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Tuesday by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Tuesday
With so much to see at Edinburgh each summer, it can be hard to know where to begin. Each day this week I'll be releasing ten picks that I think are worth a look.
Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Monday by Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival cover photo
Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Monday
With so much to see at Edinburgh each summer, it can be hard to know where to begin. Each day this week I'll be releasing ten picks that I think are worth a look.