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Am-dram, thank you ma'am: the rise of good-bad theatre

Current shows The Importance of Being Earnest and The Play That Goes Wrong use the conceit of provincial players biting off more than they can chew.

Am-dram, thank you ma'am: the rise of good-bad theatre

Current shows The Importance of Being Earnest and The Play That Goes Wrong use the conceit of provincial players biting off more than they can chew.

Edinburgh festival 2014 review: Will Adamsdale  subtle, self-deprecating and smart

Underbelly, EdinburghCarefully concealing his masterful control of the show, the former Perrier winner explores the interzone between comedy, theatre and spoken wordThe title Borders is a knowing one: former Perrier winner Will Adamsdales new show opera

Edinburgh 2014 review: Luke McQueen takes standup to desperate new levels

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMcQueen recasts his show as an aggressive confessional, railing against his disapproving dad and even smoking out the Guardian critic, to leave the room crackling with lifeThe comedy of rage and anti-audience hostility has a

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters review satire meets costume drama

Waters' pastiche on the domestic novel explores a female perspective on postwar Britain.

The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East by Juan Cole review

Was Facebook responsible for the Arab spring? Lawrence Rosen on the transformative power of the young generation.

Kimbra: Golden Echo review a masterclass in sheer pop joy

Golden Echo is less of a sophomoric follow-up and more of a bona fide pop classic from the Melbourne-based singer.

Unsuk Chin: Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto; Šu review reimagining the concerto form

It was a concerto, her 2001 work for violin, that won Unsuk Chin the high-profile Grawemeyer award for music three years later.

Edinburgh 2014 review: Alex Edelman accomplished and poised

Boasting technical flair and a precocious authority, Edelman's comedy manages to capture the voice of Generation Y.

Edinburgh festival 2014 review: Wonders of the Universe/The Cut Tuk Show dance can be funny too

Comedy on the fringe may be dominated by individual standup shows, but this joyously absurd double-bill proves that dance too can be funny, surreal and rude.