The Burning

Theatre (physical theatre, devised)

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Good witch. Wicked witch. White queen. Red queen. Maternal. Frigid. Madonna. Whore. The endless female trade-off between goodness and power. Following back-to-back sell-out shows and in their award-winning physical style, Incognito return with a formidable tale of corruption, persecution... and pure, roaring rage. The Burning follows the lives of the women and their witch hunters in an epic story through time, history, capitalism, and the consequences of societal fear when faced with change.

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  • Stairs: 20+
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Sean Davis 98 days ago

The Burning (***)
The cast of four women follow the persecution of women from the time of the witchcraft trials to the 19th century through the letters found by a woman intent on selling her inherited estate. While the mistreatment varied, there was little new here to hold my interest. As an American, the final call to action to save the moors from fire was both confusing, and out of place.

This was the 67th most enjoyable of the 88 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

Oliver Chinyere 105 days ago

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!! Four incredibly talented women absolutely destroy this show. It’s got a bit of everything for everyone: music (original), Stevie Nicks (OG witch), comedy, drama, CHOREOGRAPHY. Taken together, you’ve got all the ingredients for a very interesting story that will make you think about the state of affairs today executed to perfection. Want to feel something? Go see this show.

David Brackenridge 105 days ago

Simply, this is the best fringe show I've seen during 2019 (so far). Talented young actors tell the history of witches through the eyes of a woman who has just inherited her families estate. Moving, funny, clever (the use of a looping mic adds effect), physical theatre, excellent script and dramatically delivered. Absolutely brilliant! Will definitely be watching for what this theatre group do next year. Stunning. Do not miss.

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 86 days ago

This show has both originality and relevance...

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 86 days ago

A highly intelligent and artistic look at forgotten history...

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The List (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

Accomplished storytelling inventively critiques the devastating violence of witch hunts...

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Feminist Fringe (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

The Burning is a radiant piece of theatre that’s historical tales and messages are still far too real in the capitalist world we find ourselves in today. This is not a play you can switch off to, it is moving and thought provoking, requiring intense focus and attention so as not to miss any detail. Yet this is a play everyone should see – no one will escape the reflective thoughts invoked in that final question put to the audience.

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

With the fast paced delivery and considerable movement, there were a few thrown lines or ill-timed interjections - but the promise this show has, especially once it’s had some more time to bed in, means it’s definitely one to go see if you’d like to experience an informative piece that uses hard-studied theatrical devices in spades.

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A Younger Theatre (3/5 stars) 94 days ago

“Our ancestors are calling. Let me take you back!” Four women cry, wrapped in long, dark robes with hoods tied at the neck. Together they strike the past against the present day, sparking one word: witch. The term is meant to galvanise, acting as kindling for the injustices that will...

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 96 days ago

As you enter the Pleasance Upstairs Theatre you are greeted by a howling windy soundscape with misty smoke and blue lights creating an eerie atmosphere that sets the tone for Incognito Theatre Company’s The Burning, superbly directed by Roberta Zuric.It’s a visceral ensemble piece performed with amazing energy and uses...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

If there’s a rule that says that each Fringe must provide at least one feminist critique of the horrific way women were treated as witches in the past, this is this year’s version. ...

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FringeReview 98 days ago

There is a great deal to admire about The Burning. This all female ensemble, with a nearly all female group of creatives, have made an intriguing piece of theatre.  It sets out to tell stories across the centuries of women on the margins – wise women, charmers and midwives – finding...

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Deadline News (4/5 stars) 98 days ago

The Burning is a show which demands a lot from its audience as well as the performers. The fast-paced storytelling means that viewers must pay attention throughout and by the end you will be left wanting to know more about the themes raised within the play.

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Theatre Weekly (3/5 stars) 102 days ago

Incognito Theatre, a company developed out of the Young Pleasance have had a string of successes at The Edinburgh Fringe, with their last production enjoying an extensive tour following it’s Fringe run. Their latest offering, The Burning marks a departure from their usual style and while it makes for an enjoyable piece of theatre it seems lacking in comparison to previous works.

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 102 days ago

“She’s a witch!” The Burning opens with the four performers in a line across the front of the stage lip-synching the famous Monty Python sketch. But this is where the comedy ends. Listen; our ancestors are calling! To understand the present, we need to understand the past. And so we...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 103 days ago

Witch is an old word. An old accusation, a powerful assertion. So many women feel kinship with witches, morbid fascination with the concept. But why? Why would so many be willing to accept the weight of that legacy? What modern day woman would want that, would feel that, a connection...

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