Edinburgh Festival

Theatre review: The Great Downhill Journey Of Little Tommy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Great Downhill Journey Of Little Tommy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Mark Fisher. ★★★★ It feels like the show has hardly begun and already the band has powered its way through hardcore screamo, sunny Californian pop, stripped-back rap and experimental electronica. By the end of the performance, the four-piece will …

Theatre review: The Great Downhill Journey Of Little Tommy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Great Downhill Journey Of Little Tommy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Mark Fisher. ★★★★ It feels like the show has hardly begun and already the band has powered its way through hardcore screamo, sunny Californian pop, stripped-back rap and experimental electronica. By the end of the performance, the four-piece will …

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August 20, 2015

Theatre review: What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: What I Learned from Johnny Bevan, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Mark Fisher. ★★★★ It’s the middle of the show and Luke Wright has taken on the character of Johnny Bevan. A working-class performance poet, Bevan has been turning heads at the university lit soc with his blend of ferocity and …

Theatre review: What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: What I Learned from Johnny Bevan, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Mark Fisher. ★★★★ It’s the middle of the show and Luke Wright has taken on the character of Johnny Bevan. A working-class performance poet, Bevan has been turning heads at the university lit soc with his blend of ferocity and …

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August 19, 2015

Extreme puppeteers turn their hands to docu-drama

Unlike actors, when puppets talk about fairy tales they sound true, writes Mark Fisher AT THIS special time of year, we should spare a thought for the puppeteers. Not for them the luxury afforded ordinary theatre companies. They have no classics, no tried-and-tested hits, no fall-back position. They can only look on with envy as …

Interviews August 8, 2015

Antigone brings the best out of Juliette Binoche

The French star and director Ivo Van Hove make a formidable pair, writes Mark Fisher When London theatregoers fall into raptures over Ivo Van Hove, I can never decide whether to be smug or irritated. Smug, because here in Scotland, we were enjoying the work of this Belgian-born director as long ago as 1998. Back …

Breakfast Plays: Walter | Pondling | Spine | merry christmas, Ms Meadows | Travesti | Sirens | The Object Lesson | The God That Comes | Notoriously Yours | Donald Robertson Is Not a Stand-Up Comedian

Mark Fisher’s Fringe theatre round-up… [Genevieve Hulme-Beaman as the lonely farm girl in Pondling] One of the city’s most extraordinary sights of the festival has been the queue that forms every morning at the Traverse Theatre for its Breakfast Plays. If there’s any other place in the world where you can attract a packed audience …

Silk Road

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Silk Road at Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17). Reviewed by Mark Fisher The 21st-century criminal operates invisibly. Their tool is the internet, their delivery system the Royal Mail; they could be living next door. In the virtual land of the dark web, where Bitcoins are the currency and …

Pope Head: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Pope Head: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon at Laughing Horse @ Ryrie’s (Venue 136). Review by Mark Fisher He’s a curmudgeonly chap, this Francis Bacon: bitter about his cold-hearted upbringing, angry about his early lack of recognition, contemptuous of anyone who fails to appreciate his genius. He is …

My Obsession

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): My Obsession at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33). Review by Mark Fisher Half an hour before the start of My Obsession, I notice Paul Merton crossing the Pleasance Courtyard looking like a man who doesn’t want to be spotted. One of the hazards of his profession is that anonymity is …

L’Enfant Qui…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (dance, physical theatre & circus): L’Enfant Qui… at Institut français d’Ecosse (Venue 134). Review by Mark Fisher How refreshing to see a circus performance that doesn’t require you to applaud after every act. Rather than use acrobatic skills as an end in themselves, Belgium’s T1J, complete with their own little …

The Fair Intellectual Club

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre):  The Fair Intellectual Club at The Assembly Rooms (Venue 20). Review by Mark Fisher. It was one of the most thrilling times to be alive in Edinburgh. In the 18th century, the Scottish capital was one of the key centres of the age of enlightenment. “We look to Scotland …

Ganesh Versus The Third Reich

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (theatre): Ganesh Versus The Third Reich at Royal Lyceum Theatre. Review by Mark Fisher [Ganesh Verus the Third Reich is a powerful play-within-a-play] It’s possible that we, like some critics of Australia’s Back to Back theatre, may think these actors are incapable of distinguishing between real life and pretence. We may …

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