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Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Mermaid’s Tongue review – turn detective for this dazzling online gothic thriller by Mark Fisher

Available onlineUntimely deaths, ritual sacrifice, the supernatural ... steel yourself for a 90-minute immersive quest that’s an escape room for the age of social distancing It’s bad for…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon review – survival and enlightenment by Mark Fisher

Available onlineThe imperilled astronauts’ story is retold with a topical slant and a mastery of slow-burn tension What makes this play by Torben Betts gripping is the thrill of a life-and…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03PM
Monday, October 5, 2020

10 Minutes to … Call Home review – loss, regret and pot plants by Mark Fisher

Available onlineLive Theatre’s series of short plays range from the joys and perils of gardening to a howl of rage against a cruel stepmother Anyone remember the olden days? They used to h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12PM
Monday, August 31, 2020

Shades of Tay review – a refreshing stream of magical tales by Mark Fisher

Available onlineThe sacred salmon is the star of Pitlochry Festival theatre’s series of poems and plays inspired by the mysterious River Tay You can’t fault Pitlochry Festival theatre f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Traverse festival review – sense of apocalyptic doom is bang on trend by Mark Fisher

Available onlineTraverse flies the Edinburgh festival flag with audio plays tackling ‘what happens after an earth-shattering event’, doomsday cults and slippery politics This is the tim…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Monday, August 10, 2020

Edinblurb festival: the AI bot creating new fringe shows every hour by Mark Fisher

Edinburgh University’s ImprovBot uses data from eight years of past productions to invent tantalising no-shows You can see how it happens. The company has yet to start devising the show, b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:32PM
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Ghost Light review – a feast of dreams from the National Theatre of Scotland by Mark Fisher

Available onlineHope Dickson Leach’s magical, flickering film of past and postponed works is a dazzling theatrical relay race The test of a good production of Peter Pan is the scene where…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36PM
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Scenes for Survival review – Alan Cumming runs wild in lockdown drama by Mark Fisher

Available onlineCumming, Val McDermid and others explore pandemic life in this series from National Theatre of Scotland and the BBC During the Covid crisis, the Victoria and Albert Museum in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Friday, July 31, 2020

Miraculous review – witty one-hit wonders drama by Mark Fisher

Available onlineThere are a string of cartoonish events and a jangly slice of chart-topping indie pop in this play about missed opportunities Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Coolidge Effect review – the insatiable demand for internet porn by Mark Fisher

Available onlineJack Nurse and Robbie Gordon debate the problems and prudishness surrounding pornography in a lively audio play adapted from the stage Stories to Connect Us is the name given…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Double review – unsettling audio that turns your home into a sci-fi dystopia by Mark Fisher

Available onlineDarkfield’s eerie two-person sound experience is a gothic horror that ingeniously overcomes the usual pitfalls of online theatre ‘This is supposed to be a controlled spac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:32PM
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran review – a world of excess by Mark Fisher

Available onlinePerformed live on YouTube and Instagram, this play’s study of bling, hedonism and vacuous consumption stands in starker relief than ever WhatsApp pings with a message from …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32AM
Friday, June 26, 2020

work_from_home review – audiences become actors in witty Zoom show by Mark Fisher

Available onlineMixing existential soul-searching with wry comedy, this is an adventurous production starring its viewers Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance online The stor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Rockets and Blue Lights review – swirling journey through black history by Mark Fisher

Available onlineWinsome Pinnock’s play, responding to JMW Turner’s Slave Ship painting, is a timely contribution to the Black Lives Matter campaign Hottest front-room seats: the best the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18PM
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Bringing the stage to the airwaves: David Greig's romance for our times by Mark Fisher

The playwright and the director Elizabeth Newman on how they reimagined their new theatre production for radio in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak ‘We never ask the right question of t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Scenes for Survival review – Brian Cox is Inspector Rebus under lockdown by Mark Fisher

Available onlineIan Rankin’s stalwart detective struggles with self-isolation in one of six quarantine-themed short films from the National Theatre of Scotland Hottest front-room seats: th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48PM
Sunday, May 10, 2020

Coriolanus review – orgiastic frenzy in a modern-day setting by Mark Fisher

Available onlineAndré Sills dominates the stage as a leader hungry for battle in Robert Lepage’s up-to-date take on Shakespeare’s tragedy Hottest front-room seats: best theatre and danc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32AM
Sunday, April 19, 2020

Five from Inside review – the inner workings of the mind in isolation by Mark Fisher

Available onlineFrom a violent prisoner to a haunted children’s entertainer, these up-close-and-personal new monologues by Rona Munro show us characters in retreat from the outside world …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Monday, April 13, 2020

Lockdown panto in your living room? At Easter? Oh yes it is! by Mark Fisher

Available onlineMercury Theatre Colchester and St Helens Theatre Royal have both launched online pantomimes for isolated audiences Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to wa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32AM
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Edinburgh festival's cancellation will be felt not just around the city but the world by Mark Fisher

The world’s biggest arts festival is loved for its camaraderie and inspiration. This feels like cancelling Christmas – but performers will respond creatively The story used to be about h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Sunday, March 29, 2020

L'École des femmes review – MeToo times add bite to Molière comedy by Mark Fisher

Available online A controlling fool in love comes across more like a sexual predator in this engagingly perceptive Stéphane Braunschweig production for France’s Théâtre de l’Odéon Fr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Thursday, March 19, 2020

All the world's a page: the joy of scripts during theatre's shutdown by Mark Fisher

As venues close due to Covid-19, there’s a world of published drama to savour, from text that falls off the page to Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘undirectable’ collage Coronavirus and culture …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42PM
Monday, March 16, 2020

Barefoot in the Park review – Neil Simon's newlyweds in a riveting ritual by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry Festival theatreJessica Hardwick and Olivier Huband are compelling as a young couple facing harsh realities once their honeymoon ends It’s the second half of Neil Simon’s comed…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Metamorphosis review – Kafka classic becomes metaphor for pandemic by Mark Fisher

Tron, GlasgowKafka’s story is given a chilling update that chimes with our times, referencing the migrant crisis, the gig economy and fear of the unknown Of all the shows to have been affe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32PM
Friday, March 6, 2020

Smile Club review – twists, turns and feminist rage in dystopian solo show by Mark Fisher

Leeds PlayhouseAfter being told one too many times to ‘cheer up, love’, Andrea Heaton’s Lisa lashes out and is sent to a finishing school to suppress ideas of resistance We’re basica…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM

The Glee Club review – Yorkshire miners soar through song by Mark Fisher

Cast, DoncasterCompassion triumphs over prejudice in Richard Cameron’s play about pit workers who form a close-harmony combo One of the stipulations of the Bechdel test, designed to measur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Oliver Twist review – artful new take on Dickens is stunning by Mark Fisher

Leeds Playhouse The Victorian orphan is given an even greater sense of exclusion in Amy Leach’s excellent production for Ramps on the Moon Brooklyn Melvin’s Oliver has a ferocious roar b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42PM
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti review – Denise Mina's Scottish Brecht falls flat by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghThis update with Elaine C Smith focuses on Scotland’s landowning class but struggles to make the satire funny There are sad drunks and there are happy drunks. Elaine…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Friday, February 21, 2020

Smile review – Dundee United's 'football pervert' brought to hilarious grimacing life by Mark Fisher

Dundee RepTitle-winning coach Jim McLean is played with raging mastery by Barrie Hunter in a two-hander that pulls some punches He was the manager described by one player as a “football pe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Quality Street review – JM Barrie's bittersweet romcom is a treat by Mark Fisher

Viaduct theatre, HalifaxShakespeare meets Richard Curtis in the play that gave its name to the chocolates, carried by boisterous performances and sweet-wrapper chic As the new artistic direc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Secret Garden review – grunts and gags in lush retelling by Mark Fisher

Byre theatre, St AndrewsThis imaginative adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s gothic fable amps up the physical storytelling with comic results When my daughter was very young she devel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54PM