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Review: The Scandal at Mayerling

The Scottish Ballet’s The Scandal at Mayerling is a fascinating blend of history, intrigue, and tragedy. The show is aesthetically stunning with an equally entertaining storyline full of mistresses, political mayhem, and murder. Audiences will undoubtedly find the true story of  Prince Rudolph, the deranged crown prince of Austria-Hungary, to be thought-provoking.  Crown Prince Rudolph […]

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Review: Red Ellen

Bettrys Jones’ fiery portrayal of Ellen Wilkinson in Red Ellen, at the Lyceum this May, presents both the achievements and the failures of the remarkable Labour MP in the 1930s and 40s. Red Ellen manages to perfectly balance its portrayal of Ellen’s political passion and commitment without shying away from her failures and messy personal life.  Ellen […]

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Review: All My Sons

First written all the way back in 1946, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons is a staple in the theatre community, and after multiple revivals on Broadway and around the world, as well as two movie adaptations, it presents a unique challenge to contemporary performers to justify their own unique spin on such well-worn pages. Bedlam’s current roster […]

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Review: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

This musical is based on a children’s picture book by the same title, and I was apprehensive about how it would pan out. The show is lovely; I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did and came away inspired. The messages in the performance are very important for young children to […]

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Review: Orphans

Orphans is poignant and provocative. This musical is about four siblings (Sheila, John, Thomas and Michael) who have just lost their mother. It is the night before the funeral, and they are saying goodbye to the body when they decide to go to the pub. At the pub, everything seems to disintegrate; a fight breaks […]

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Review: Theatre Paradok’s Ondine

All too frequently in theatre, the membrane between stage and auditorium, actor and spectator, is too thick, and enjoyment is a hard-won battle. In Paradok’s production of Ondine, the opposite was true. The membrane was joyously paper-thin. It was into this context that the tragically interwoven trajectories of water nymph Ondine and knight-errant Hans were thrown, […]

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Review: Hipbeat

Hipbeat, produced and directed by Samuel Key Forrest, gives important screen time to the fictitious theory of the gender binary and emphasises the importance of identity exploration.  It is a deeply personal film depicting Angus’ (played by Samuel Key Forrest) journey of self-exploration and acceptance in modern-day Berlin. When Angus was young, his father left […]

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How Political Is Theatre?

This article was originally submitted on the 27th March Does politics have a rightful place in the theatre? Everyone finds it challenging to talk about politics with families and friends. Controversial issues, upon which everyone is expected to have a fully-formed opinion, range from trivial scandals in the House of Commons to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: […]