Karla Black: There Is No Hierarchy In Materials

Inside the newly refurbished Fruitmarket gallery the wall of text introducing Karla Black’s ‘sculptures (2001 – 2021): details for a retrospective’ tells us that the artist is searching for a paint that never dries and a sculptural material that never hardens.I carry this beautiful sentiment with me as I ponder the works in the Lower... Continue Reading →

Poise and Power On The BLM Mural Trail

“I am not your magical negress,” states the text, “I am my own light and I will be magical on my own account.” These are the words of Saoirse Anis - artist, curator and occasional Artificial Womb contributor - rendered large and definitive on poster boards in the courtyard of Jupiter Artland sculpture garden. The... Continue Reading →

An Evening With Amanda F*cking Palmer

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Isn’t it amazing how we can never tell who’s in identical hell,” sings Amanda Palmer, late in her solo concert at The Queen’s Hall on Clerk Street in Edinburgh on August 9. It’s true, with her heart-breaking songs, interspersed with stories of miscarriage, abortion, and death, ‘An Evening With Amanda F*cking Palmer’ is... Continue Reading →

Pussy Riot: Riot Days

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “When the cops got us, we told them we were drama students,” so reads the English translation of a line from Maria “Masha” Alyokhina’s memoir Riot Days, displayed behind her during Pussy Riot’s punk concert at Summerhall in Edinburgh. The theatrical nature of the protest group is evidenced in the show, which mixes Masha’s... Continue Reading →

I Have Always Been A Storm

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What if you could bring forth a weather phenomenon where flowers bloomed at your command? Or created clouds with shapes so clear there would be no debate about whether you could see a car or a robot? What if you could make whatever weather you wanted? Watching children actively imagining is incredible fun.... Continue Reading →

Kemah Bob: Bob and Buds

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Former Texan (now Londoner) Kemah Bob brings a mix of deadpan humour and socio-political comedy to her show Kemah Bob: Bob and Buds. Special guest Sameena Zehra is funny and engaging, talking about her relationship to her step-children, her parents, and how she plans her husband’s funeral whenever she’s angry with him. She... Continue Reading →

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The thing about poets is that they are quite fragile souls. Pretty much anyone who gets up is going to have something to plug,” says host Fay Roberts - up from Cambridgeshire to promote her show The Selkie and provide a showcase for the ‘other voices’ of this show’s title. She runs through... Continue Reading →

Frieda Loves Ya!

  Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Opening strongly with ‘Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole’ by Martha Wainwright, Frieda Loves Ya! is pretty amazing, but sadly falls apart in the second half. To begin with Frieda, presumably, appears, dancing with a heart-shaped sculpture on her head on a stage decorated with balloons and a big pink sheet with ‘Frieda [kissy... Continue Reading →

Sirens

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This audio-visual performance from production company Zoo Co follows three demi-goddesses from Ancient Greece as they try to navigate the sexist world of modern-day Hastings. The principal characters, sirens who have been cursed to lure any man who hears their voices to his death, are an excellent lens through which to view 21st-century... Continue Reading →

Eat Me

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This one was a little uncomfortable for me to watch, having been hospitalised with anorexia last summer. The play follows three young people whose lives have been altered by anorexia – here portrayed as an overbearing maternal figure hell-bent on isolating all who meet her from their friends, families, and support networks. Suzanna... Continue Reading →

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