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Culture Film Reviews

Review: The Lost King

The directing and screenwriting team of Stephen Frears, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, who were behind the heartbreaking and bitingly funny Philomena, return to tell the story of how one woman from Edinburgh persevered to discover a King. Hawkins plays Philippa Langley, a perpetually exhausted lady who feels ground down by life. She is under-appreciated […]

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Comedy Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: Hamlet: The Play The Panto The Musical

A rip-roaring reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays, Hamlet: The Play The Panto The Musical, is a riotous romp through an age-old story. Wonderfully wacky, and full of charm, this genre-bending musical-mashup is Shakespeare how it should be – dark, witty, and very, very, camp. Written and directed by Hannah McGregor, and with a […]

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Culture Film

The Tragedy of Macbeth: Shakespeare done right

Shakespeare adaptations are hard to pull off. The early attempts by Laurence Olivier are very close to theatre – with traditional costume, adherence to the original text, and dramatic acting. In a phrase: theatre on film. Other adaptations try to re-invent the plays, in an effort to make them more ‘relevant’ to present-day audiences. The […]

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Features Lifestyle

Spring, Sun, and Suspicious Pancakes

Two seasons, both alike in dignity, in fair Edi where we lay our scene From ancient civility pursue new harmony Where the presence of the sun leads one to spring clean From forth the tilted axis of the Earth, two friends A pair of year-cross’d seasons move in and out of phase; Whole months, separated […]

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Culture Theatre

‘A fresh viewpoint’: Her Romeo review

Her Romeo, Paprichoo’s latest production for the annual Bedfest, is a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s famous tragic romance that brings a fresh viewpoint to this well-known story. The show opens with the cast of eight actors standing centre stage, when all turn to look at Benvolia (Olivia Thom), the protagonist of this version. The decision […]

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Fringe Theatre

DUCT’s Hamlet review

Packing Shakespeare’s longest play into an hour is an unenviable task. Despite the strong acting performances, what the chief abridgers at Durham University Classical Theatre have ultimately done is ensure a lot of the magic of Hamlet is lost.  Integral scenes such as that at the graveyard – where Hamlet toys with the theme of […]

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Culture Theatre

‘Conflicted and uncomfortable: that’s how we like our audience’ ‒ Interview with the directors and cast of The Taming of the Shrew

“I hope no one walks out feeling like they understand, like they’ve made their judgement and they’re fine with it. I hope that they come out feeling conflicted and uncomfortable.”  So director Tilly Botsford describes her ambition for the Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company’s latest production, The Taming of the Shrew. She is met with enthusiastic […]

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Culture Theatre

Macbeth

Rufus Norris’ adaptation of Macbeth is a somewhat stilted production of the play which seems to champion aesthetics over dialogue. The Shakespearean classic concerns a general who is prophesied to become King of Scotland and, spurred by ambition, murders King Duncan and suffers the resulting madness. The play revolves around a dystopian wasteland. As the […]