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The Arabian Nights

There are one thousand and one ways to reinvent the classic Arabian Nights, and Suhayla El-Bushra has dreamt up a tale perfect for all ages. Despite a worrisome start, this production is a must see this holiday season. Arabian Nights follows the tale of a Scheherazade, small girl who uses her imagination to save her […]

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Love Song to Lavender Menace

Love Song to Lavender Menace is an endearing performance about an LGBT bookshop in 1980s Edinburgh. It tells the story of an LGBT bookshop that has been forced to close due to the oncoming tide of commercialism (and Waterstones). The story focuses on Lewis (owner of the bookshop ‘Lavender Menace’) and his assistant as they […]

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Charlie Sonata

Charlie Sonata, directed by Matthew Lenton, is an unconventional, modern day fairy-tale that follows a man’s descent at the hands of his emerging addiction to alcohol.   Sandy Grierson – already renowned for his portrayal of Faustus with the Royal Shakespeare Company – excels as the protagonist Chick, whose refreshing moments of sincerity (particularly opposite […]

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Hay Fever

Hay Fever is a glorious depiction of the Bliss family, who each invite a guest to their English country home for the weekend. The events that ensue are at times funny and at times terrifying, revealing the Blisses to be far more outrageous than we imagined. From the start, we get a sense of what the […]

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Picnic at Hanging Rock

Image credit: Pia Johnson Picnic at Hanging Rock The Lyceum Until 28th January Matthew Lutton’s eerie interpretation of the 1967 novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock is both thrilling and engaging, yet leaves the audience with a certain degree of frustration. This is no doubt due to the heavily fragmented account of the narrative which tells […]

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Culture Literature

Blackwell’s Presents: An Evening with Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin crosses the stage, looking every inch what you expect of a crime writer. He sits down, takes a sip of whiskey and examines the audience with the same shrewd gaze you can imagine his detective, John Rebus, uses to survey a crime scene. When he speaks, the voice that captures your attention is […]

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Jumpy

Image courtesy of The Lyceum Jumpy The Lyceum Until 12th November In conversation with The Student, director Cora Bissett spoke of the difficulty in directing a comedy: “you just don’t know how funny it will be until the audience is watching”, she laughs. Luckily for Bissett the show was every bit as humorous as planned. […]

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I Am Thomas

Image courtesy of Manuel Harlan. I Am Thomas The Lyceum Until 9th April At the ever impressive Lyceum Theatre, this month’s must see show is I Am Thomas. Based on the original short story by James Robertson about the life and death of the last man in Britain to be executed for blasphemy, Thomas Aikenhead, […]