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The University’s weather forecast

Is it better to have false hope or to not have hope at all? Is it better to indulge yourself in the emotion that empowers you or resign yourself to the statistical reality that grounds you? The recently announced decision to cancel graduation for the class of 2021 reveals the disposition of the university’s higher-ups […]

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“Dirtily delighting and delightfully dirty” ‒ EAST review

“Get thee to a nunnery — in other words, piss off!” It’s no secret that Shakespeare gets smutty. Pleasant fountains, thinking about nothing, and Cs, Us, ‘nd Ts — the Bard clearly had something on the mind. Nor it is an unknown that Cockney slang has more than a pinch of poetry to it — […]

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Looking back at a semester of Theatre

Quality theatre is never hard to find in Edinburgh. Whilst excellent professional productions frequently grace Edinburgh’s many charming stages, our editorial endeavour over the past months has been to nudge our section spotlight to highlight Edinburgh’s vivacious student theatre scene. The process has been a delight; this semester has hosted an eclectic variety of plays […]

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‘The highest calibre’ ‒ Richard Alston Dance Company review

Upon his entrance through the grand Festival Theatre curtains, the loyal crowd’s roaring reception to Sir Richard Alston’s mere presence is enough to incite an earnest anticipation in even the uninitiated. The consensus is clear: the highest calibre of dance is to come.  The audience’s foreshadowing is entirely justified. The ‘Final Edition’ of Richard Alston […]

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Live Review: Stanley Brinks play enjoyable dad tunes at Sneaky Pete’s

A dad gig is like an old friend: old, well yes, but more importantly, familiar and most importantly, fun. Stepping into the Cowgate venue, such familiarity and fun is certainly afoot at Stanley Brinks and the Wave Pictures’ Sneaky Pete’s show. There’s a vibe of indulgence nestled around that oh-so-obstructive pillar, an unspoken declaration that […]

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Solaris review ‒ a well considered modernisation that perplexes and unsettles

The notion of science-fiction on stage is itself slightly alien. The genre conjures notions of a vivid universe born of an imaginatively charged short story, or the mesmerising special effects upon the silver screen. This is in fact the trajectory that Solaris has traversed, taking origin in the 1961 novel by Polish author Stanislaw Lem, […]

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‘An artless modernisation’ ‒ The Duchess (of Malfi) review

The timeless power of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi lies in its language. Poetic couplets bear poignant themes and soaring character arcs, soliloquies reveal rich and real characters who converse in equal parts realism and art. Unfortunately, however, it is not Webster’s play that takes to the Lyceum’s stage, but the ‘radical’ take of […]

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Passion and coffee: a peek behind the curtain of this season’s theatre

Edinburgh is a theatre lover’s wet dream…” divulges Rhiannon Williams, creative director of Bedlam Theatre’s original writing company, Candlewasters. She’s right: it’s been a particularly juicy season for student theatre in Edinburgh, featuring an eclectic variety of especially high quality shows, from sold-out show-choirs and original dramas to Shakespeare and site-specific promenades.  The secret to […]