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In conversation with Taliah Horner, writer and director of Stained

Taliah Horner, a familiar face from the Bedlam stage, debuts her new absurdist comedy about the perils of capitalism and oppression this week. It does not sound like the cheeriest of subject matters but Horner was clear on her decision to make it a comedy. “Comedy allows you to tackle a lot more, it’s not as […]

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‘Conflicted and uncomfortable: that’s how we like our audience’ ‒ Interview with the directors and cast of The Taming of the Shrew

“I hope no one walks out feeling like they understand, like they’ve made their judgement and they’re fine with it. I hope that they come out feeling conflicted and uncomfortable.”  So director Tilly Botsford describes her ambition for the Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company’s latest production, The Taming of the Shrew. She is met with enthusiastic […]

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Introducing: Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill is not afraid to confront contentious topics. Her work explores power, colonialism, feminism and essentially shines a light on the voices of the oppressed and marginalised. Her genius however, lies in making these difficult discussions enjoyable to watch. She is unarguably one of the great female playwrights of recent history. Having written over […]

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Culture Literature

Cafe Voices: Midlothian Tales

Storytelling events can be a bit hit and miss and this one was definitely not a hit. The evening, overall, suffered from a general lack of flow or structure. Though I was clearly not the target audience, it wasn’t entirely clear who was. When we arrived, a book was passed around where audience members were […]

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Culture Literature

Book Week Scotland: Joy of Spines

Joy of Spines was advertised as a slideshow and found poem by Graeme Hawley comprised of book titles from the National Library’s 120 miles of underground shelves. Intrigued but unsure what to expect, I was ushered into a room in the library along with an audience several decades older than me. The room was packed. […]

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Book Week Scotland: Poetry Slam 2017

Our host promised the evening would be “friendly, joyful and whimsical” – and it certainly was. The four poets, Jenny Lindsay, Harry Giles, Andrew Blair and Katie Ailes all performed three poems, one in each round. This could have made for a competitive or even slightly uncomfortable atmosphere, given the very different subject matter of […]