International Climbing Arena, Ratho; Royal Lyceum; King’s, EdinburghTechnology has been the watchword at Edinburgh, with varying fortunes for a large-scale sci-fi adventure, a hi-tech Hamlet – and one man dressed as Kafka’s bugThe theme of this year’s festival is “the way technology seizes and shifts our perceptions”. I wish it weren’t. It’s a notion that has a glazing effect. Subtle artists begin behaving like six-year-olds in front of a PlayStation.Look what has happened to the important company Grid Iron, which on the fringe lit up so much of the city by staging dramas in unexpected places. Three years ago they were looking for ideas for a large-scale new venture. They considered Finn Family Moomintroll, as well as a Scandi thriller and a piece by George Monbiot about the wasting of the Earth’s resources.They settled on the most rousing notion, the last, and from it writer-directors Catrin Evans and Lewis Hetherington spun Leaving Planet Earth, a sci-fi adventure of escape. There has been a third world war and a mighty fire; the UN has been disbanded, hope has more or less died, but there is a chance for some people to exit to a morally and physically unpolluted planet. We – …read more

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