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‘A masterpiece of gothic ballet’ ‒ Beauty and the Beast review

Ambitious yet triumphant, the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company presents a dark, mystical retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Filled with enchanting moments, here is everything required for the perfect fairytale ballet.  Immediately, designer Philip Prowse stuns us with the opening scene: Belle amongst a library of books, reading as the story of the curse comes […]

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Burns & Beyond: the world celebrates a Scottish literary icon

Every year on  25 January, glasses are raised the world over in remembrance of ‘Rabbie’ Burns, the Ploughman Poet. The Bard of Ayrshire holds a special place in the hearts of many, as does his body of work. An icon of the Romantic period, and an inspiration to writers and social revolutionaries alike. His folk […]

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Nativity! The Musical

Never work with children or animals – so goes the old adage, which writer and director Debbie Isitt magnificently upended with the supremely popular Nativity! For those unfamiliar with the film, Nativity! is a warm-hearted tale about a teacher whose fib gets rapidly out of hand to hilarious consequences. All the while, his primary-school class are […]

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

On the penultimate stop of their long 2018 tour, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a well-anticipated breath of fresh air at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. Here, a full house awaits the imaginative performance from the all-male troupe. Now in their 43rd year, ‘The Trocks’ bring legend in their wake, a unique mix of comedic routine, […]

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Supernormal

Written by renowned clinical psychologist Meg Jay, Supernormal is a profound look at the human condition, a stunning take on how childhood adversity can lead to remarkable and resilient people. Jay uses example case studies and stories from her own experience and clinical background to illustrate her point – that adversity is much more common […]

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Interview with: The directors of the EUTC’s Our Country’s Good

The EUTC has a long history of creating ambitious productions with accomplished and mature performances from student actors, and it is likely that much of this expertise will be called into action in their upcoming show. I had the pleasure of sitting down with directors Luke Morley and Jane Prinsley, to ask them how they’ve […]

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Tam O’Shanter: Telling the Big Tale

Just in time for Burn’s Night, I had the pleasure of attending a workshop run by Donald Smith, exploring the dramatic mastery of the Bard’s seminal work: Tam o’Shanter. Those attending had a myriad of interests in Burns; some had experience performing the poem to an audience, whilst others like myself were wary of finding […]

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Legally Blonde

It’s a time-honoured tale. Girl meets boy, they fall in love, boy breaks up with girl and she, with dogged enthusiasm, follows him to Harvard. Unfortunately however, imbibed with as much hot pink and high sucrose energy as any sane individual could be expected to handle, this production of Legally Blonde: The Musical is a […]