… and the pick of the Fes­ti­val Fringe

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Black Moun­tain This psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller by up-and­com­ing play­wright Brad Birch keeps you guess­ing right to the end, said Ann Tren­e­man in The Times. Su­perb per­for­mances, and sure di­rec­tion from James Grieve, mean we are never quite cer­tain whose side we’re on. The show is “a step above much of the Fringe. After Ed­in­burgh, it goes on tour. Do catch it if you can.” Round­about at Sum­mer­hall, un­til 26 Au­gust; then tours to Sal­ford, Ken­dal, Mar­gate, Lin­coln, Dar­ling­ton, Poole, Stoke-on-Trent and Rich­mond (www.paine­s­plough.com).

Nas­sim There are many shows on this year’s Fringe deal­ing with xeno­pho­bia and racism, said Joyce McMil­lan in The Scots­man. “I doubt whether any of the writ­ers in­volved ap­proach the sub­ject more gen­tly, or with more qui­etly trans­for­ma­tive ef­fect, than the Ira­nian writer Nas­sim Soleiman­pour.” His bril­liant show in­volves a new ac­tor at each per­for­mance to help tell the story of a lit­tle boy, Nas­sim. Tra­verse The­atre, un­til 27 Au­gust.

Salt Slav­ery, racism and “the pit-of-the-stom­ach churn these sub­jects in­duce are tack­led on stage shame­fully sel­dom”, said Maxie Szal­win­ska in The Sun­day Times. This piece from writer­per­former Selina Thomp­son, which re­traces the slave tri­an­gle from Bri­tain to Ghana to Ja­maica, is “as emo­tion­ally gen­er­ous as it is sting­ing. It shows us an un­healed wound and a touch of grace.” North­ern Stage at Sum­mer­hall, un­til 26 Au­gust.

Let­ters to Mor­ris­sey In Gary McNair’s “nicely judged, just the right side of nos­tal­gic solo show”, we get a touch­ing ac­count of grow­ing up in ur­ban Scot­land, and a “rev­er­en­tial (but not hu­mour­lessly so) trib­ute” to the Smiths front­man, said Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Tele­graph. Tra­verse The­atre, un­til 27 Au­gust.

Adam There are sev­eral shows at this year’s Fringe with trans­gen­der themes, in­clud­ing You’ve Changed at North­ern Stage at Sum­mer­hall, and Testos­terone at Plea­sance Court­yard. The pick of them, in terms of the­atri­cal so­phis­ti­ca­tion, is Adam at the Tra­verse, said Lyn Gard­ner in The Guardian. It’s a “sen­si­tive and clever craft­ing” by Frances Poet of the true story of Adam Kash­miry, who “not only had to jour­ney across the bor­der con­trols erected around gen­der, but also the borders of coun­tries”. This is a jour­ney from Egypt to Glas­gow. Tra­verse The­atre, un­til 27 Au­gust.

Gary McNair’s show Let­ters to Mor­ris­sey: “nicely judged”

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