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Interview: Edinburgh University Footlights Show Choir

This article was originally submitted on the 27th March The Edinburgh Footlights is a student-run musical theatre company founded in 1989. Its Showchoir is a performance group founded in 2011, which performs several events within and outside the University, beyond genre boundaries, shows, or periods.  The Student sat down with assistant musical director Emily Paterson, […]

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Review: The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code was adapted to the stage by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel and directed by Luke Sheppard. This novel is possibly the most difficult conceivable choice of literature to translate to theatre because of its many settings and illusive, introspective plot. However, dedication and skill on the part of the […]

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Review: The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance by The Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society is fascinating. It begins with a long musical introduction characteristic of opera. Light and dainty music accompany a silhouetted pirates ship cast on the curtains–an effect that hasn’t changed since the show was first premiered (and this is at ‘The Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Societies’ […]

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Review: Welcome To The Carbaret!

Edinburgh Footlights’ Welcome To The Cabaret! by its Showchoir is a welcome, blissful two-hour escape from the realities of life. Energetic numbers are astutely intertwined with evocative character developments under the creative direction of Amy Stinton. We get snippets of the characters’ lives as they deal with their overbearing producer (Ruby Loftus). The clever use of characters […]

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Review: Six The Musical

Six celebrates the six wives of Henry VIII in the most bombastic, dazzling fashion imaginable. The show deserves every bit of acclaim that it has earned and any audience member will surely see why this smash hit has taken the nation by storm.  Firstly, the all-female cast of the six singers and the four ladies-in-waiting in […]

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Review: The Scent of Roses by Zinnie Harris

Zinnie Harris’ Scent of Roses may be the most dispiriting play I have ever seen. Don’t be fooled by the fragrant title. In scorching Scottish summer, birds die and fall to the ground while five miserable Edinburgh residents navigate their bleak lives at each other’s expense. The set is a modest but tastefully decorated bedroom. […]

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Review: Edinburgh University ShakeSoc’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Have you ever thought of Shakespeare as a funny, timeless, and relatable playwright? If not, the Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will undoubtedly change your mind.  Right from the first scene, it is clear that this production is not periodic. The actors wear shirts and blazers; one holds a cigarette, giving the […]

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Review: Edinburgh Footlight’s The Wedding Singer

As the audience settles into the old-fashioned wooden benches of the Rose Theatre, a loudspeaker announcement warns of the “slightly ridiculous number of weddings” that the audience is about to experience. The Wedding Singer is a musical produced by The Edinburgh University Footlights based on the 1998 romantic comedy that premiered on Broadway in 2006. […]