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Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well! Live stage shows in Central Scotland, be they Shakespeare or avant-garde.

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Welcome to Night Vale @ Summerhall

This live show is a spin-off of a popular podcast voiced by Cecil Baldwin, which is a spoof of The Twilight Zone and sundry B movies. Fans will probably enjoy it but the bizarre style of humour may leave the uninitiated scratching their heads at times.

Welcome to Night Vale

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: The Turn of the Screw @ Underbelly

Box Tale Soup’s adaptation of Henry James’ 1898 horror novella features a compellingly theatrical performance by Antonia Christophers as well as several creepy, life-size puppets. It's a gripping and well-coordinated production which offers plenty of old-fashioned melodramatic entertainment.

Box Tale Soup's adaptation of The Turn of the Screw

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Lost in Thought @ Underbelly

Kerry Fitzgerald plays a young woman afflicted with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder who has an anxiety attack in a restaurant toilet. This play, based on writer Lucy Danser's own experiences with the condition, is eye-openingly believable but doesn't forget to be entertaining.

Kelly Fitzgerald in Lost in Thought

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Huff @ Summerhall

Native Canadian actor Cliff Cardinal plays three indigenous brothers spiralling into a self-destructive cycle while living with the aftermath of their mother's suicide. This tale of marginalised indigenous young people is a harrowing and uncompromising piece of theatre right from the start.

Cliff Cardinal in Huff

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Valerie @ Summerhall

New Zealand musician and theatre director Robin Kelly explores his family's fraught mental health history through spoken word scientific pieces, flashbacks to his grandmother's remarkable life and a series of powerful cabaret pop songs. Cherie Moore sings and narrates as Valerie.

Robin Kelly explores the mental health issues in his family tree in Valerie

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Famous Puppet Death Scenes @ Summerhall

This puppet show pretty much does what it says on the tin. It is packed with quirky visual invention and has a few brilliant moments. However, some of the sketches either fall flat or go on for too long. One might also add that it isn't really suitable for children!

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Extinguished Things @ Summerhall

Writer and performer Molly Taylor's narrated solo play explores a bygone relationship between a couple via the objects left in their house. It is a subtly absorbing and intimately detailed study, carefully rooted in time and place.

Extinguished Things @ Summerhall

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Flight @ Summerhall

Be prepared for an unsettling philosophical rollercoaster ride, courtesy of Darkfield's half-hour experimental binaural play. Taking place mainly in pitch darkness in a mocked-up air passenger cabin, it riffs on the Schrödinger's cat theory to unnerving effect.

Flight, a binaural play by Darkfield

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Our Country @ Summerhall

This two-hander play, starring Annie Saunders and Max Hersey, cleverly weaves the myths of Antigone and the Wild West into a tale of a deteriorating relationship between siblings. It's an elaborate and layered work which also establishes a true emotional connection with the audience.

Our Country @ Summerhall

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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Chase Scenes @ Summerhall

Sixty different chases and other frenzied nightmare situations are presented in this multimedia production featuring performers Alexandra Elliott, Hilary Crist and Ming Hon. It's an avant-garde yet unpretentiously relatable show which makes for an ideal escape from the usual stand-up comedy.

Chase Scenes @ Edinburgh Fringe 2018

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