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‘In terms of chemistry, this cast has it all’: The Closing of a Small and Insignificant Bowling Alley review

A bowling alley is an unlikely setting for a play as funny as The Closing of a Small and Insignificant Bowling Alley. However, within minutes, the audience is laughing at the well-timed jokes and general performance of the actors on stage. Most of the plays put on during Bedfest have been pieced together within a […]

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SISF: The Tempest and the Teller review

Sitting in the corner of the stage with the lights dimmed, Alexander Mackenzie successfully builds an atmosphere of anticipation for his show The Tempest and The Teller, a bold re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic play. Mackenzie pre-warns the audience somewhat nervously about the experimental nature of his show, noting his uncertainty about its success as a […]

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SISF: Open Hearth – New Moon

As the moon wanes, the International Storytelling Festival ends another week with Open Hearth – New Moon, a whimsical culmination of folk tales and comedic short stories that help devise a relaxing ambience for the evening performances. Both the warm lighting and the communal singing help to bring both audience and storyteller together to absorb […]

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SISF: Greyfriars Bobby and his Four-Legged Friends: Amazing Edinburgh Animals! tour review

A tour named Greyfriars Bobby & his Four-Legged Friends is clearly geared towards young children, and yet this sold-out tour is still comprised mostly of adults eager to revisit their childhoods and indulge in an hour of interactive storytelling. Tour leader Fergus McNicol is charming, personable and made an effort to talk to every member […]

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‘The belly aches, the cheeks feel stretched, and the mind ponders’: Men With Coconuts Slamprov review

Slam poetry and improvised comedy both originate from rebellion, symbolising the neglect of structure for the sake of intuitive, artistic chaos. A collision of the two under the guise of ‘Slamprov’, then, is a delightful catastrophe. Cat Hepburn, Glasgow’s very own award-winning writer and spoken word poet, begins the performance, effortlessly executing the role of […]

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‘Finding meaning and identity in the context of modern society’: Farzaneh and the Moon review

Defining one’s own identity, understanding the self and the other, searching for the meaning of life and freedom in the state of society – these are the questions that have challenged our minds over the centuries, from Plato to Kant, from the middle ages to liberalism, from imperialism to democracy. And even today we find […]

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SISF: Corryvreckan: Inspiralled Tales review

With the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in full flow, an evening of tales steeped in Scottish folklore is exactly what the druid healer ordered. The audience is seated to the tune of Sarah McFadyen’s lilting fiddle, shortly joined on stage by the storyteller, Fiona Herbert. She stands regal, replete with flowing gown and sweeping gestures, […]

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‘Untangling the complicated narrative that was Orwell’s life’: Life with my Father, George Orwell review

Richard Blair spent the first six years of his life in the company of one of the world’s most influential writers: his father, George Orwell. In his appearance at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Blair discusses his father, pivoting around the milestones of his life and illustrating them with his own memories and reflections of […]