Fringe shows you need to see: Attrape Moi

The new face of Quebec’s circus, Flip Fabrique, dazzles with the hugely entertaining Attrape Moi. What is it? Attrape Moi translates from French to English as ‘Catch Me’, which could be refer to several features of this show; juggling balls, hula hoops and full-grown men are all caught in this hour of sheer fun, with every circus discipline you …

Syd Barrett play coming to the stage

The chaotic life of Syd Barrett will come to the stage for a new play, as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. One Thinks of It All As a Dream is written by novelist Alan Bissett, whose previous works such as The Incredible Adam Spark, and Death of a Ladies’ Man deal with the inner workings …

Theatre January 29, 2016

Can Hermione Granger be black? Of course she can

Recent news that a black actress, Noma Dumezweni, has been cast to play the adult Hermione Granger in the forthcoming stage version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London has rekindled discussions about colour-blind casting. There have been several comments online from people who disagree wholeheartedly with Hermione being played by a black actress. And on …

Agenda Theatre December 22, 2015

Theatre review: Walking The Tightrope

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Walking The Tightrope , reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ SUBTITLED “the tension between art and politics”, Walking The Tightrope is probably the show on this year’s Fringe that best deserves to be called essential. Put together by the Underbelly in response to last year’s row over the forced …

Theatre review: Walking The Tightrope

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Walking The Tightrope , reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ SUBTITLED “the tension between art and politics”, Walking The Tightrope is probably the show on this year’s Fringe that best deserves to be called essential. Put together by the Underbelly in response to last year’s row over the forced …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Two Sore Legs

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Two Sore Legs, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ This deft one-woman play begins with a funeral. But even the prospect of death doesn’t phase Bridie, irrepressible mother-of-six, who sets off to the undertakers in her fur coat and patent shoes and pays for her coffin with a roll …

Theatre review: Two Sore Legs

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Two Sore Legs, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ This deft one-woman play begins with a funeral. But even the prospect of death doesn’t phase Bridie, irrepressible mother-of-six, who sets off to the undertakers in her fur coat and patent shoes and pays for her coffin with a roll …

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August 26, 2015

Fringe theatre: Every Brilliant Thing | Confirmation | Am I Dead Yet? | Scaramouche Jones

There’s an array of bold, brilliant British writing on display at this year’s Fringe. Here Katrina Conaglen looks at a selection of sure-to-please shows that deftly discuss difficult topics while keeping you laughing throughout Every Brilliant Thing At Summerhall there’s a fantastic programme of new writing and powerful theatre. This one might be already sold out, …

Blog Theatre Shows August 25, 2015

EIF theatre review: Lanark

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Lanark, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★★ IN THE BEGINNING, there is water, or an image of water; light and darkness moving over the face of the deep. We see a man tumbling towards us, like some fallen angel moving through water rather than air; then we see that …

EIF theatre review: Lanark

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Lanark, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★★ IN THE BEGINNING, there is water, or an image of water; light and darkness moving over the face of the deep. We see a man tumbling towards us, like some fallen angel moving through water rather than air; then we see that …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: This Will End Badly

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: This Will End Badly, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ A MAN stands before us, aggressive, confrontational and troubled. Actually he’s three men, all connected to a single woman: one, a chauvinist coldly sizing up women; another, left constipated by the end of his relationship; and another who’s depressed …

Theatre review: This Will End Badly

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: This Will End Badly, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ A MAN stands before us, aggressive, confrontational and troubled. Actually he’s three men, all connected to a single woman: one, a chauvinist coldly sizing up women; another, left constipated by the end of his relationship; and another who’s depressed …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Billy Through The Window

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Billy Through The Window, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ Despite a nagging, underlying earnestness, this sensitive drama about two teenage boys with learning difficulties is crafted with care. Best friends Billy and Joe are “on holiday”. That is: they’ve gone Awol from their care home. The setting for …

Theatre review: Billy Through The Window

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Billy Through The Window, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ Despite a nagging, underlying earnestness, this sensitive drama about two teenage boys with learning difficulties is crafted with care. Best friends Billy and Joe are “on holiday”. That is: they’ve gone Awol from their care home. The setting for …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Much Further Out Than You Thought

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Much Further Out Than You Thought, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett ★★★ “Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?” says the famous First World War propaganda poster. This contemporary monologue set around modern conflicts answers the question to a soldier’s son with brutal honesty, as Lance Corporal …

Theatre review: Much Further Out Than You Thought

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Much Further Out Than You Thought, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett ★★★ “Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?” says the famous First World War propaganda poster. This contemporary monologue set around modern conflicts answers the question to a soldier’s son with brutal honesty, as Lance Corporal …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ Kylie, Lisa Stansfield and Laura Branigan: these are some of the upbeat popsters that artist Lisa Gornick loves listening to and, sitting at her desk with her sketchpad and pot of pens and brushes, lets us listen to …

Theatre review: Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★★ Kylie, Lisa Stansfield and Laura Branigan: these are some of the upbeat popsters that artist Lisa Gornick loves listening to and, sitting at her desk with her sketchpad and pot of pens and brushes, lets us listen to …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Skins and Hoods

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Skins and Hoods, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett ★★★ Gustave Akakpo’s surreally allegorical French drama about racial tensions and diasporic identities is transposed from the banlieues of Paris to the streets of Glasgow in this adaptation by Scottish playwright Katherine Mendelsohn. In a magical realist premise, nine-year-old George reveals …

Theatre review: Skins and Hoods

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Skins and Hoods, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett ★★★ Gustave Akakpo’s surreally allegorical French drama about racial tensions and diasporic identities is transposed from the banlieues of Paris to the streets of Glasgow in this adaptation by Scottish playwright Katherine Mendelsohn. In a magical realist premise, nine-year-old George reveals …

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August 25, 2015
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