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

EIF theatre review: Paul Bright’s Confessions Of A Justified Sinner

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Paul Bright’s Confessions Of A Justified Sinner, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Some walked out, but many stayed – for this astonishing 2013 show by cutting-edge Scottish company Untitled Projects, now revived for an Edinburgh Festival run, is a strange and alluring hybrid beast, part exhibition and installation, …

EIF theatre review: Paul Bright’s Confessions Of A Justified Sinner

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Paul Bright’s Confessions Of A Justified Sinner, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Some walked out, but many stayed – for this astonishing 2013 show by cutting-edge Scottish company Untitled Projects, now revived for an Edinburgh Festival run, is a strange and alluring hybrid beast, part exhibition and installation, …

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August 24, 2015

EIF theatre review: Dragon

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Dragon, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Without fanfare – but with a terrific recorded musical score by composer Tim Phillips – Friday’s opening performance of Dragon at the Lyceum Theatre marked a significant turning-point in the relationship between Scottish theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival, as new director …

EIF theatre review: Dragon

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Dragon, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ Without fanfare – but with a terrific recorded musical score by composer Tim Phillips – Friday’s opening performance of Dragon at the Lyceum Theatre marked a significant turning-point in the relationship between Scottish theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival, as new director …

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August 17, 2015

EIF theatre review: 887

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: 887, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ THE great Canadian theatre-maker Robert Lepage was born in Quebec City in 1957. So his childhood coincided almost exactly with the “quiet revolution” that swept through the Canadian province in the 1960s, as its French-speaking people – mainly working and lower-middle class …

EIF theatre review: 887

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: 887, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★ THE great Canadian theatre-maker Robert Lepage was born in Quebec City in 1957. So his childhood coincided almost exactly with the “quiet revolution” that swept through the Canadian province in the 1960s, as its French-speaking people – mainly working and lower-middle class …

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August 17, 2015

EIF theatre review: Antigone

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Antigone, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ It’s a desert place, the Thebes that is conjured up in Ivo van Hove’s impressive new international production of Antigone, which forms the centrepiece of this year’s Edinburgh Festival theatre programme. Jan Versweyveld’s wide, open set conjures up a dry, barren landscape …

EIF theatre review: Antigone

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: Antigone, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ It’s a desert place, the Thebes that is conjured up in Ivo van Hove’s impressive new international production of Antigone, which forms the centrepiece of this year’s Edinburgh Festival theatre programme. Jan Versweyveld’s wide, open set conjures up a dry, barren landscape …

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August 11, 2015

EIF theatre review: The Last Hotel

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: The Last Hotel, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ One of the great challenges facing contemporary opera is not to lose sight of what the genre historically exists for – the ultimate marriage of theatre and music – while casting that partnership in a context relevant to modern audiences. …

EIF theatre review: The Last Hotel

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: The Last Hotel, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ken Walton. ★★★★ One of the great challenges facing contemporary opera is not to lose sight of what the genre historically exists for – the ultimate marriage of theatre and music – while casting that partnership in a context relevant to modern audiences. …

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August 10, 2015

EIF theatre review: The Encounter

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: The Encounter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★★ It’s a classic Edinburgh occasion, this first world premiere of the Edinburgh International Festival’s 2015 theatre season. On stage at the EICC stands a man in jeans and a baseball cap whose life as an artist took some of its vital …

EIF theatre review: The Encounter

Edinburgh International Festival theatre review: The Encounter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★★★ It’s a classic Edinburgh occasion, this first world premiere of the Edinburgh International Festival’s 2015 theatre season. On stage at the EICC stands a man in jeans and a baseball cap whose life as an artist took some of its vital …

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August 10, 2015

Delusion Of The Fury

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (theatre): Delusion Of The Fury at the King’s Theatre. Reviewed by Joyce McMillan The stage has an extraordinary look, part set-up for a reunion of some ageing rock super-group, part installation sculpture, part archetypal mountain landscape, in Arizona or New Mexico; a river runs through it, rippling down to a …

Ubu And The Truth Commission

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (theatre): Ubu And The Truth Commission at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh. Reviewed by Joyce McMillan It may be a masterpiece of absurdist drama, but Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, first seen in Paris in 1896, is never an easy show to present. Its central image – of the relentlessly boorish tyrant …

Helen Lawrence

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (theatre): Helen Lawrence at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh. Review by Joyce McMillan There is nothing like 1940s film noir; the genre has style, class, intelligence, hard-won cynicism and lingering romance, all delivered in a form that’s instantly recognisable yet infinitely flexible. Stan Douglas’s Helen Lawrence, created by the Canadian Stage company of …