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A secret seaside location is the setting for Tom Basden's play, which begins in the aftermath of a plane crash on a tropical island.

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My Edinburgh: Mathew Baynton - Why the Fringe is a good place to wear a gimp mask

Yesterday, in Edinburgh, I was walking alongside a lady wearing high heels and a gimp mask. Her, not me. No-one walking past batted an eyelid. She had no flyers in her hand or any evidence of being in a show. I think she’d worked out that Edinburgh in August is a great place to be if you want to dress up oddly and not get funny looks.

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Play of the week: Ciara, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

The Traverse's festival centrepiece is a complex, rewarding dramatic monologue by David Harrower, charting the changing psychological landscape of the streets of Glasgow through the story of a gangster and his journey from ordinary decent crime to drug-dealing.

Poised for greatness: Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova in 'Romeo & Juliet'

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev: a passionate pas de deux - in life and art

They are a dazzling dance partnership on stage, and a couple off it. As they prepare for a guest appearance at the Royal Opera House, Jessica Duchen talks to them about the challenges of living and working together

Jessica Swale, whose new play Blue Stockings opens this month

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Playwright Jessica Swale's new drama about a group of proto-feminists explores a subject close to her heart. Sarah Morrison met her

Play of the week: Titanic, Southwark Playhouse, London SE1

The Titanic may have been "the largest moving object in the world" but this brilliant scaled-down chamber version of Maury Yeston's 1997 musical – with a story and book by Peter Stone – hymns the idea that "small is beautiful".

Morgan Mackintosh whose show Between Empires opens in Edinburgh next week.
Earning her stripes: Hayley Atwell (far right) in rehearsal for 'The Pride' with Harry Hadden-Paton and Mathew Horne

The gay pride that's taking on prejudice - and winning

Same-sex marriage has been legalised in the UK, but homophobia is still rife in other countries. So it's a good time to revive my play, The Pride, exploring gay identity over the past few decades, says Alexi Kaye Campbell

Play of the week: Chimerica, Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1

The mystery at the centre of Lucy Kirkwood's play, transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre after a lauded opening at the Almeida, resides in one of the most evocative photographs of the last century: that of the unidentified Tank Man in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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My Edinburgh: Wardens playwright Darren Richman on why dying is easy, but comedy is hard

The last words of the actor Edmund Kean are alleged to have been “dying is easy, comedy is hard.” He passed away (with relative ease) in 1833, more than a century before the outbreak of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. One can only envy his good fortune and wonder what he’d make of the mayhem that unfolds every August in Scotland’s capital.

Age of industry: director Richard Eyre

Breath of fresh Eyre: Turning 70 hasn't slowed down the director as he takes on six shows in 12 months

Eyre is directing plays at the National and Almeida, along with a new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about the Profumo scandal set to open in December

Howling woof: Terence Blacker

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Independent columnist Terence Blacker makes his Edinburgh Festival debut this week with a show of storytelling and songs. He reveals the pain and pleasure of creating a work for the stage rather than the page

Fantasy stuff: Fflur Wyn as Alice

Alice the opera: Happy to watch her arrive, but sad to see her go

In this final report, Michael Volpe is overjoyed to finally see Alice on stage

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