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Endgame

Image courtesy of Phoebe Campbell-Harris. Endgame Bedlam Theatre Run Ended Not everyone enjoys Beckett, and for a student theatre group to put on a play like Endgame is always ambitious. The comic success of Beckett’s dark humour very much comes down to the way the script is performed. The production, by the Edinburgh University Theatre […]

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Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

Image courtesy of anaxila/Flickr. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime at Bedlam Theatre. Run Ended. An adaptation of one of Oscar Wilde’s most haunting short stories, Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller’s play was a joyous romp through the world of dark comedy. The play tells the story of a self fulfilling prophecy involving the sceptic protagonist Arthur and the mysterious […]

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Pines

Image courtesy of Rebecca Yallop. Pines at Bedlam Theatre. Run Ended. William Byam Shaw and Katrina Woolley’s original play, Pines follows the arc of an adolescent girl (Elsa) struggling with social anxiety through the clever conceit of a forest. This forest is pervasive – the audience are privy to the conceit and see onstage the […]

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The Hen Party

Image courtesy of Callum Pope. The Hen Party at Bedlam Theatre. Run Ended. The Hen Party is a thoroughly entertaining short play that features six female characters from various Shakespeare plays: Juliette (Romeo and Juliette), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Sylvia (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Bianca and Catherine (The Taming of the Shrew) and Portia (The Merchant […]

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Fringe Theatre

As Is

Theatre, Bedlam Theatre, Venue 49, 11:30 until August 5th-16th, 18th-30th. As Is is a play which premiered in 1985 during the peak hysteria surrounding the emergence of HIV in the gay community, something which was in the press ignorantly called the ‘gay plague’. Although a subject which  at first glance niche and aged, like Madonna; […]

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Stepping Out

A clash of personalities, Richard Harris’s Stepping Out is a comedy that isn’t afraid to treat its characters seriously. The characters are both well written and also brilliantly realised. Each lady and Geoffrey – the cast constituting only a single male role in a total of eight onstage characters – has an impressively consistent repertoire […]

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Tissue

Cancer. A word that frighten us to the core. A word that we try our best not to use, despite its unstinting pervasiveness in our lives. When we do use it, we talk of it in terms of battles to be won and struggles to be overcome. We euphemise, and we evade. Rarely do we discuss the realities of cancer, or express our deepest fears. In this touching performance, Cancer Out Loud’s Tissue tackles breast cancer head on, and encourages its audience to do the same.

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Moving on up: student theatre at the Fringe

Along with budding young comedians, school groups and experimental dance companies, student theatre groups are one of the largest sub-sections of performers at the Fringe. Time at the Fringe pays off, but is very much a learning curve for young theatre-makers for whom theatre is a hobby, rather than a day job. Each year Edinburgh […]