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Event review: Exposure at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Sight. Spatial awareness. Hearing. My senses are opened to the excitement and intimidation that our natural world offers. Andy Metcalf and Giles Perring’s immersive installation ‘EXPOSURE’ encapsulates the rawness of human expression in parallel to the beastly nature of landscapes.  An interdisciplinary approach offers a surrounding of the Earth’s natural, inviting and intimidating sounds and views. […]

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Brexit Tears at The Storytelling Centre: political photography and poetry to make you weep

For anyone living in the UK, or even beyond, it is common knowledge that Brexit is a very controversial topic. Indeed, it has divided the country to a greater extent than any other initiative, perhaps since the Iraq war in 2003. However, Brexit was nonetheless delivered by the Conservative party on the 31st of January […]

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SISF: My Home Canada and My Home-Home Scotland review

Storyteller Alexandria Patience immediately sets the intimate, conversational tone of My Home Canada & My Home-Home Scotland by removing her shoes and greeting the audience. Although slow to warm up, Patience settles in to the rhythm of her storytelling which blends humour, music and musings on what it means to belong to a community or […]

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‘Renton happily challenges the audience on their perception of her’: Within Sight review

Amidst the modern renaissance of poetry, Ellen Renton’s Within Sight joins a wave of young voices discussing representation of marginalised groups. The show focuses on Renton’s experience living with albinism, her narrowly missing out on being picked for the 400m Paralympic team and her subsequent struggle in coping with failure, pain and daily social interaction. […]

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Fool For Love: The Not So Subtle Art of Medieval French Seduction

On a street where everything is named ‘Scottish’ something, the Scottish Storytelling Centre stands out like a gem. Wednesday night sees the performance of Fool For Love: a collection of stories extracted from a medieval manuscript, stored in the Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow, and converted into a visual and auditory spectacle that […]

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Audacious Women Live!

Attending an event called Audacious Women Live!, we’d all expect to leave a little bit empowered, a little bit inspired, and a little bit offended at the sheer audacity of it all. And while the women who stand before the audience aren’t quite the Caitlin Moran-esque, cheeky, middle-aged feminists the title invokes (at least to […]

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Songs and Stories Remembering Our Earth

Australian native singer-songwriter Susanna Orr Holland joins the American musician KeLan on a freezing February night to bring the audience gathered in the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s auditorium tales of shrinking sea ice juxtaposed with creation myths. It’s an odd and often precarious combination that misses as often as it hits and produces in equal parts […]

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Loud Poets: Life, Uh, Finds a Way

Loud Poets is an Edinburgh-based spoken word collective that takes a craft honed on open mic nights, agonised over in cherished notebooks, and puts it onstage to equal parts side-splitting, confrontational and poignant effect. A balance is struck between the performance and lyrical aspects of this art where the words themselves and their delivery are […]