The Guardian 9 August

With this uneven three-hander, Kieran Hurley has fielded two plays in one. The first is a sex farce about a middle-aged man paying his first call to an enterprising Edinburgh brothel, his clumsiness compounded by misunderstandings that lead to his dressing in an outre ruffle ruche shirt and knocking over a sideboard display of dildos. A few more slamming doors and it would be Brian Rix.

The second is the kind of play you can imagine David Mamet writing, a serious drama in which a former pupil confronts a once-inspirational teacher about the sorry state of the world he has bequeathed her. [READ MORE]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).