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"The Importance of Being Earnest" Review - Edinburgh University Theatre Company

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Credit: Bronwen Jones and Georgie Carey

This review was originally written by me, Lewis Forman, for LOAF Magazine.

I was not expecting "The Importance of Being Earnest" to be my type of play, but I was blown out of the water by this farcical comedy. With a script heavily relying on dramatic irony, it makes for good laughs, but the true strengths of this play lie in the perfect casting and expert direction by Kirsten Millar.

Fergus Head plays a very strong lead as Algernon, taking control of the scene whenever he is on stage. Both of the main characters tell a lot of lies, but there is something about Head's performance that makes you giggle so much as he tells all of these lies and pulls off his tricks. His facial expressions are also a highlight, as he reacts on the verge of cartoonishly, to the events happening onstage.

Gordon Stackhouse is at his best when he is making jokes. As Jack, his comic timing is impeccable, and every movement he makes and word he says is so perf…

"Mosquitoes" Review - Edinburgh University Theatre Company

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Photography: Dominika Ucar, Design: Michael Zwiauer
Walking into "Mosquitoes," I did not have high hopes. I had been exposed to only one other Kirkwood play before, and I quite frankly hated the writing, and expected to do so here as well. I must have caught her on a bad day before, because this play is so incredibly good.
The play has a runtime of nearly 3 hours including the interval, but this flashes by in a heartbeat. Lead by Tilly Botsford and Megan Burns, with Charlie Woolley, Rory McKeon and a stunning supporting cast of seven, every moment in Mosquitoes feels authentic and delicate. 
Both Burns and Botsford are expertly cast, and the chemistry between them is electric (they play sisters). Every loving moment, every argument invoked tears from the audience, and whilst both actors, individually have some stunning moments and extreme amounts of talent, the play is at its best when these two characters are interacting. 
Charlie Woolley is simply incredible as Luke, and d…