Best of Fest

here's what The Skinny had to say on the handful of plays that received our five-star mark

Feature by (no author) | 13 Sep 2006
While festival madness may be over for another year, August's best productions are still hot topics of conversation around Edinburgh and beyond. Don't be left out: here's what The Skinny had to say on the handful of plays that received our five-star mark.

Black Watch: "Historically informed, politically relevant and brilliantly executed: and one of the most well-rounded, topically insightful and wonderfully paced pieces of theatre ever seen." [National Theatre of Scotland]

Particularly in the Heartland: "What makes this play so engrossing is not only its comedic take on millennialism, but as we are utterly absorbed, we beg to ask just one question: what in the name of Christ is going on?" [the TEAM]

The Receipt: "Many plays at the Fringe are funny, moving or clever. Very few manage to cram all three into one hour." [Will Adamsdale and Chris Branch]

Dr Ledbetter's Experiment: "This is clearly what the Fringe was meant for: experimental theatre that continuously pushes back the boundaries of dramatic art." [The Performance Corporation]

Unprotected: "It's rare in its accurate representation of a marginalised demographic, and although it can be hard to bear in parts, its true stories of Liverpool's sex workers deserve to be heard." [Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse]

C-90: "The strength of the story allows Daniel Kitson the storyteller to give his brand of bittersweet humour free and adorable rein." [Daniel Kitson]

Best of the rest: Hugh Hughes' 'Floating' provided laughs a plenty; Anthony Neilson's 'Realism' confounded but triumphed, and Mel Smith overcame the furore surrounding his threat to smoke on stage in Mary Kennedy's 'Allegiance', and delivered a stunning performance.