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“Superb angst and comical corruption”: The Garden Party review

Though many theatre doors across the country have closed, the virtual doors of the arts have remained open. And, with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe sadly announcing its cancellation for this coming August, theatre production companies have had to adapt to online platforms also. One such company is Big Mind Theatre which, on three consecutive nights, […]

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“Some funny moments”: Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti review

The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Citizens Theatre take on a Brecht comedy classic with Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti, adapted from Brecht’s original by Scottish crime writer Denise Mina. Directed by DOT Theatre Istanbul’s Murat Daltaban, the play attends to drunkenness and class conflict. Mrs Puntila (Elaine C. Smith) is a rich lady of […]

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“A marathon display of dedication from its solo performer”: Antigone, Interrupted review

Scottish Dance Theatre’s production Antigone, Interrupted is a marathon display of dedication from its solo performer. Conceived, directed and choreographed by the SDA’s Artistic Director Joan Clevillé and starring Solène Weinachter, this production is all about perspectival shifts and who is looking at whom. The first surprise that this show delivers is the stage set-up. […]

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Compartmentalisation 101 review

Edinburgh University Theatre Company’s production Compartmentalisation 101 covers a lot of thematic ground in an hour and a half. Written by Ally Shilson, its ambition is admirable, although some fine-tuning would bring out its full conceptual potential. The play centres around Cal (Megan Wrigglesworth) and her girlfriend Nat (Khanyiso Mtwana) who take a trip to […]

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Wonderland

Wonderland Edinburgh Playhouse Run-Ended One of the first productions to hit the Playhouse this year is Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland, a musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.   The curtain opens on Alice, a downtrodden divorcee, having the worst day of her life – getting fired, learning her ex […]

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Beyond the Barricade

Image courtesy of Edinburgh Playhouse Beyond the Barricade Edinburgh Playhouse Run Ended Beyond the Barricade is a musical theatre concert which has been playing for over a decade, indicating the production’s popularity and success. The audience are treated to songs from a wide variety of musicals, from Phantom of the Opera to Spamalot and, of […]

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Music New Sounds

Weezer – ‘I Love The USA’

Weezer’s ‘I Love The USA’ goes back to the band’s more placid days (think self-titled album Weezer) of East Coast kicking back and relaxing. It gives a sense of a problem-free world while slyly making you question if something is wrong. In a time of American presidential turmoil, the relaxing music contrasts with the almost […]

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The Suppliant Women

We arguably owe all theatre to the Greeks. Drama, satire, comedy – all exports from a culture that existed some two-thousand five hundred years ago. You might then assume that an opportunity to watch a play written at the dawn of theatre would offer a reminder of some timeless format. This is not the case. […]