Review: You Only Live Forever – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

First published in The Times, Wednesday August 22 2018

Four Stars

The quest for eternal life has long fascinated storytellers. Usually the treatment of immortality has a nasty edge: think of the torment of Swift’s Struldbruggs or Wilde’s Dorian Gray, with the latter’s portrait putrefying while its subject stays physically flawless.

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Review: In Tents and Purposes – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

First published in The Times, Monday August 15 2016

Three Stars

If the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a shop window for new talent, this debut production from Viscera Theatre is offbeat and original enough to encourage jaded passers-by over the threshold and into the store for a browse. The writer, Roxy Dunn (who also performs, alongside Alys Metcalf), dares to keep her audience on its toes. Is this a comedy drama? Is it a meta-theatrical sketch show? Or a blueprint for a radio series – think early evening Radio 4.

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