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Tag: Greenside @ Infirmary Street

Some Sonnets and a Bit of Bach – Greenside @ Infirmary Street
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Some Sonnets and a Bit of Bach – Greenside @ Infirmary Street

Passionate about William Shakespear and Johann Sebastian Bach, or better yet wondered what these two historical figures have in common? Then you are in for a treat. Performed by the enthusiastic Sebastian Michael, performing his first spoken word solo at the Edinburgh Fringe. This spoken word program will take you back to the past delving into the lives of Bach and Shakespear. Michael not only discusses Bach and Shakespear but adds a personal touch to the performance where he talks about his own artistic journey and how he encountered his love of these two artistic legends. The simplistic staging and clear color theme (since everything is in the color black) all eyes are on Michael, making the performance all the more intimate. Michael’s passion shines through in the moments when h...
Macbeth – Greenside @ Infirmary Street
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Macbeth – Greenside @ Infirmary Street

Gosh! Where to start on this highly unpleasant Macbeth mash-up. This is my 3rd instalment of my Macbeth marathon of the Fringe and an undoubted low point. Comparison is a wonderful tool! But at least you got one star! That’s for your Macbeth, the undoubted star of this particular show, who shone with hope and ambition in a sea of troubles. Unfortunately, there is no possibility to name-check said star because you didn’t care enough to provide that information! A show which shows no hand of a director, and the barest story and which has actors crossing each other, talking in unintelligible whispers with their back to the audience, and generally running around like headless chickens. A show which shows scant respect for their paying audience or for the craft of acting. Adding t...
Baby Belle: Young, Dumb and full of Autism – Greenside @ Infirmary Street
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Baby Belle: Young, Dumb and full of Autism – Greenside @ Infirmary Street

Jax Braithwaite is at the Edinburgh Fringe to tell a personal story. It’s about a slow awakening to personal identity. A one-person show, Jax took a last-minute opening at the Fringe and put this piece together because it matters. The show is funny and warm and aimed at both the neurodivergent and as an edutainment piece, where those who fit the norm might better appreciate that autism is as nuanced and individual as each individual on this planet. It’s a tale of how they discovered their autism as an adult. As an aging linguistics graduate, I wonder if, over time, he and she will disappear altogether. If so, what will the French do? But I digress. Jax’s story is told through song and direct address. It is very relatable. And it makes me think. As an older person, I wonder if...
Did You Eat? – Greenside @ Infirmary Street
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Did You Eat? – Greenside @ Infirmary Street

Hi, did you eat? You didn’t? Would you like a snack?’ Opening a show by giving out sweets to the audience is never a bad idea, and Zoë Kim, writer and performer of ‘Did you eat?’, does it with such an infectious smile and warmth that you immediately feel drawn to her. She then dives into the story of her childhood, generational trauma and differences in love languages specifically between mothers and daughters. While exploring her own Korean American identity and how it separates her from the people around her, she always comes back to food being an essential love language in Korean culture. After having six sold-out previews in NYC, and having its world premiere on the Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Did you eat?’ is a show not to be missed! The play tackles many heavy topics, such as an...
Rosaline and Juliet – Greenside @ Infirmary Street
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Rosaline and Juliet – Greenside @ Infirmary Street

What can you do in 20 minutes? Write a grocery list. Meditate. Take a walk around your neighbourhood. Or…  Watch Tale Blazers’ creative and highly entertaining ‘Rosaline and Juliet’. As in Shakespeare’s famous ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Rosaline is Juliet’s cousin (never seen in that play) and the reason Romeo Montague turns up at enemy-family Capulet’s ball where he meets Juliet. Why? Because he was courting Rosaline. Yep, romantic Romeo swaps one cousin for another - and here we see those cousins deal with that, with wit, with real talk and with love. Created and performed by Lara Lawman and Lily Roberts, Ju and Ros are brought to modern life, despite their 16th century setting within Juliet’s bedchamber. Two screens serve to create her window, famous for ‘the balcony scene’ ...