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Damascus David Greig’s new play about a man on a first time business visit to the eponymous city is full of humour, tragedy and political insight. Traverse, 228 1404, until 26 Aug, times vary, £16 (£5–£11).

Venus as a Boy Tam Dean Burn is towering as a dying rent boy in London, recalling his life from his Orkney boyhood to the present day, while author Luke Sutherland’s music adds real power. Traverse, 228 1404, until 26 Aug, times vary, £14 (£5–£10).

Mabou Mines DollHouse
This adventurous new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House sees very tall women cast against very small men. And it’s not just a gimmick, if reviews from around the world are anything to judge by. King’s Theatre, 473 2000, 24–28 Aug, 7.30pm, £10–£25.

Game? The classic suburban dinner party play is re-explored here as a dark and surrealistic journey into the inner psyche. Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, until 26 Aug, 4pm, £9–£10 (£7–£9).

Subway Vanishing Point’s new piece is a dystopian thriller set in a revolution-bound Leith of the future. For the splendid music alone, this piece will reward audiences. Traverse 3, University of Edinburgh Drill Hall, 228 1404, until 26 Aug, times vary, £16 (£5–£11).

Fuerzabruta Combining acrobatics, dance, theatre and a pumping club soundtrack, this spectacular show is an assault on the senses. A hot Fringe ticket which will stay in your memory long after the show ends. The Black Tent, 0870 169 0100, until 1 Sep (not 28), times vary, £25 (£17.50).

This article is from 2007.

Mabou Mines Dollhouse

A new take on Ibsen's 'A Doll's House', set inside a doll's house and featuring a cast of tall women and men under five feet. The performance contains nudity and adult content. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Festival'

Fuerzabruta

  • 4 stars

A mix of acrobatics, dance, theatre and club where worlds collide and senses are overloaded. All rows will get wet and dirty. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

Subway

  • 4 stars

This new show from Vanishing Point, told to the tune of a seven-piece band, is an epic tale of a man's reconciliation with his father in a world they no longer recognise. This is a smart, stylish production, benefitting from excellent, nuanced performances and a great use of live music.

Damascus

  • 4 stars

David Greig's sixth collaboration with outgoing Traverse director Philip Howard follows a Scottish salesman round the eponymous city, touching on the British man's fear of the Middle East. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

Subway

This new show from Vanishing Point, told to the tune of a seven-piece band, is an epic tale of a man's reconciliation with his father in a world they no longer recognise.

Venus as a Boy

  • 4 stars

Intriguing and highly emotional adaptation of Luke Sutherland's award winning novel about a dying rent boy who claims he is turning to gold. The play's mix of earthy and everyday language is masterfully delivered, with entire departures from the real into a world of Blakean angels and visions of gnosticism. Over 16s.

Game?

  • 5 stars

The neighbours are unable to keep their hands off each other, and the seemingly perfect couple next door are trying to throw a dinner party, in this new play by Tangled Feet. A refreshing and dynamic fusion of comedy theatre and physical performance which offers a sharp, surreal insight into the hypocrisy and mediocrity…

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