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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Pinocchio review – no wooden acting in an action-packed musical voyage by Mark Fisher

Hull TruckEliza Blair plays the puppet-child on an adventure of self-discovery in this slightly muddled yet well-performed version When Ivor MacAskill and Rosana Cade staged The Making of Pi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Monday, November 27, 2023

The Snow Queen review – bold, imaginative and richly musical by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghYoung Gerda is sent on an epic quest across mythical Scotland by steam train, cross-country skis, fishing boat and unicorn in Morna Young’s version When the curtain …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Wednesday, November 22, 2023

A Little Princess review – richly vibrant reverse Cinderella story by Mark Fisher

Theatre by the Lake, KeswickRiches-to-rags tale is set against the backdrop of Indian independence, amplifying the injustice and adding extra texture to this rewarding show ‘I didn’t pro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM
Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Scouse Dick Whittington review – all-singing delight for adults by Mark Fisher

Royal Court, Liverpool Traditional tale is recast as a daft quest across Europe, built on a giddy score powering through hits from Bon Jovi to Kraftwerk The dick jokes are, of course, inevit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32AM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

‘It’s got to be evocative’ … why has a famous Glasgow bar been built at the RSC? by Mark Fisher

She cast an armchair as Mr Bennet in a Pride and Prejudice reboot. Now Isobel McArthur’s been let loose on lusty romp The Fair Maid of the West. So is she worried about outraging mothbally…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:02PM
Thursday, November 9, 2023

Viking procession brings Yorkshire poets’ Beowulf to streets of Huddersfield by Mark Fisher

New version of the Anglo-Saxon epic features a massive cast of singers, actors and members of the community Ian McMillan is contemplating the greats who have gone before him. He is one of fi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Nae Expectations: Andy Arnold on a gallus Dickens, Glasgow’s Tron and ‘catastrophic’ arts cuts by Mark Fisher

As he stages Gary McNair’s twist on the tale of Pip, the director reflects on 16 years of spotting and developing raw talent while running the Tron Andy Arnold is a director with staying p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:49PM
Sunday, October 15, 2023

Beyond Caring review – a low-key meditation on love, loss and care homes by Mark Fisher

Queen’s Hall arts centre, HexhamAn 83-year-old resident rails against the lack of liberty, settling herself on a bench outside and refusing to return despite legal threats and offers of ho…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Friday, September 22, 2023

Boys from the Blackstuff review – powerful portrayals of working-class pride by Mark Fisher

Royal Court, LiverpoolJames Graham’s funny and violent TV adaptation belies a sensitive study of male mental health, as right-wing economics hits a group of road layers’ lives The emotio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:37AM
Thursday, September 21, 2023

The Real & Imagined History of the Elephant Man review – vigorous call for inclusivity by Mark Fisher

Nottingham PlayhouseWith excellent performances, Tom Wright’s play about the man who became a Victorian freakshow attraction is an at times uneasy mix of circus and polemic Entrances don�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:49AM

Metamorphosis review – Lemn Sissay adaptation is more poetic than dramatic by Mark Fisher

Curve, LeicesterThis staging of Kafka’s story is physically exciting, even tireless, but it hits an early peak of terror then has nowhere to go for two hours It is linguistically playful, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33AM
Thursday, September 14, 2023

A View from the Bridge review – a fresh look at an elemental tragedy by Mark Fisher

Octagon theatre, BoltonIn Holly Race Roughan’s thrilling and dynamic production, Arthur Miller’s classic about a Brooklyn longshoreman and his family roils with primal passions If Arthur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:33AM
Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Constant Companions review – Ayckbourn’s sex robots show our need for messy humanity by Mark Fisher

Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughAlan Ayckbourn has fun imagining the hazards of malfunctioning android lovers and misbehaving auto-maids – but there’s a deeper message too about human…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33AM
Friday, September 8, 2023

Dracula: Mina’s Reckoning review – compelling feminist spin unsettles from the shadows by Mark Fisher

His Majesty’s Theatre, AberdeenAll-female production tells Bram Stoker’s story from the perspective of women trying to escape patriarchy – it’s often urgent, but sometimes sucked of …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:43AM
Thursday, September 7, 2023

Macbeth review – zombies, haggis and a little bit of disco by Mark Fisher

Shakespeare North Playhouse, PrescotHorror-movie witches haunt the unhappy couple throughout this touring co-production. It’s one of many interesting ideas that are dropped too soon There …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:33AM
Friday, September 1, 2023

To the Bone review – intimate three-hander about the grip of the past by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry festival theatreIsla Cowan’s quietly intelligent new drama goes inside a three-way relationship and each person’s different attachments to their rural cottage retreat On the fa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:55AM
Thursday, August 31, 2023

Group Portrait in a Summer Landscape review – Chekhovian attempt to capture a political turning point by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry festival theatreAt a dinner party attended by a child ghost and a goading TV pundit warning of apocalypse, a middle-class literati find themselves on the brink of social upheaval P…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:49PM
Thursday, August 24, 2023

Sherlock Holmes at Hogwarts and ‘solve-along’ Murder She Wrote: bizarre fringe parodies by Mark Fisher

On Edinburgh fringe stages, pop is eating itself with a series of pastiches and tributes that riff on TV hits and surreal celebrity reimaginings This review goes out in honour of Gerard Slev…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:13PM
Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Edinburgh fringe musicals: a bedside view of marriage, Covid diaries and Shamilton! by Mark Fisher

The festival’s musicals this year range from theatrical introspection to a rip-roaring improvisation inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit The world’s most popular musicals have o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:33AM
Thursday, August 17, 2023

Blizzard review – Emily Woof’s delightful storm of ideas and feeling by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, Edinburgh This brainy solo show follows Woof’s intuitive thinker, standing in to deliver a lecture for her hyper-rational neuroscientist husband And she starts off chatting to …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:49PM

Miniaturised shows tackle big problems at the Edinburgh festival by Mark Fisher

Two inventive productions, Dimanche and Concerned Others, use puppetry and object-theatre to tackle vast environmental and social subjects Such is the enormity of the problems facing humanit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07AM
Wednesday, August 16, 2023

What Happened to Agnes review – beguiling song cycle tells of family’s loss by Mark Fisher

C Aurora, EdinburghThe long-ago disappearance of a great-aunt is explored in Nishla Smith’s captivating performance, enhanced by hand-painted animations For decades, Nishla Smith’s famil…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:55PM

Leech or saviour? Edinburgh fringe show spotlights theatre’s vexed relationship with critics by Mark Fisher

Attachment: The Leech Show is a merry romp about an influential reviewer and sums up the industry’s paradoxical attitude to theatre criticism Advice has been circulating among fringe compa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:07AM
Monday, August 14, 2023

The Last of the Soviets review – newsreaders navigate brutal truths and propaganda by Mark Fisher

Zoo Playground, EdinburghInspired by the work of Nobel-winning Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich, this is a disturbing but blackly funny piece Every performance of The Last of the So…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:07AM
Saturday, August 12, 2023

As Far as Impossible review – humanitarian aid staff share their extraordinary stories by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghDevastating testimonies from field hospitals, jungles and mountain outposts are performed verbatim-style in Tiago Rodrigues’s disquieting show It feels like an intru…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:13AM

Nova review – female Casanova’s very ordinary escapades by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghObehi Janice’s one-woman show collects her adventures in the dating game but they don’t lead anywhere that interesting Obehi Janice had friends at school who, like…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:04AM

To see or not to see: Edinburgh fringe’s startling plays about perception by Mark Fisher

Two new shows at the festival question senses of hearing and sight in engaging and eccentric ways Seeing is believing, right? That is a phrase used repeatedly by Mamoru Iriguchi and co-star …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:55AM
Friday, August 11, 2023

Edinburgh fringe with the family: five shows for kids by Mark Fisher

Imaginary friends, runaway horses and Roger McGough’s take on the Wind in the Willows are among the treats for younger audiences at the festival Summerhall, 11.30am, until 20 August Contin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:07AM
Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Salty Irina review – pacy tale of infiltrating extremism and everyday resistance by Mark Fisher

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghUpset by racist attacks in their town, a young couple attempt to get to know the culprits in Eve Leigh’s new play Anyone running a far-right festival woul…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:07PM

Adults review – sex comedy gets serious about state of the nation by Mark Fisher

Traverse theatre, EdinburghA high-school English teacher and his former star pupil meet in a brothel in Kieran Hurley’s new play With this uneven three-hander, Kieran Hurley has fielded tw…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:49AM

Andronicus Synecdoche review – Shakespeare as gruesome gothic opera by Mark Fisher

Zoo Southside, EdinburghPolish company Song of the Goat strip Titus Andronicus back to tell a brutal tale of postwar violence, betrayal and revenge If you are going to tell Shakespeare’s t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:49AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards