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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Patricia Gets Ready (for a Date With the Man That Used to Hit Her) review – bold and brilliant by Mark Fisher

Pleasance at EICC, EdinburghAngelina Chudi gives a powerful performance as she tackles the contradictory, confusing experience of meeting an abuser We’ve all done it. You bump into a signi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Tickbox review – smart one-liners about identity and fitting in by Mark Fisher

Army @ The Fringe, Drill Hall, EdinburghIn this warm and witty solo show, Lubna Kerr, the Scottish daughter of middle-class Pakistani immigrants, recounts a lifetime’s encounters with othe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Hungry review – souring romance with plenty to chew over by Mark Fisher

Harbottle Park, Byker, Newcastle upon TyneThe story of a relationship unfolds as a thoughtful exploration of attitudes to what we eat in Chris Bush’s clever two-hander At first glance, Chr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24AM
Monday, August 16, 2021

Really Big and Really Loud review – fizzy children’s show with a wild twist by Mark Fisher

Harbottle Park, Byker, Newcastle upon TyneChatterbox Charli is on a quest to find her voice and stay free in Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s warm and funny family play “Why does everyone say I’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18PM
Friday, August 13, 2021

Duty | Tour review – friendship under siege in the streets of Edinburgh by Mark Fisher

Army @ The Fringe, EdinburghThe friendship of two female soldiers is the poignant basis of this intense, immersive audio play that takes you on a tour of the local area When you watch news r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24PM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Screen 9 review – vivid verbatim play about Colorado cinema shooting by Mark Fisher

Pleasance at EICC, EdinburghFocusing on four survivors of the massacre at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, this stirs the emotions but doesn’t grapple with the most pressing or diffic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32PM

Doppler review – a midlife crisis in a woodland corner by Mark Fisher

Newhailes House, MusselburghGrid Iron has brilliantly transposed this Norwegian tale, of a man who leaves his family to live in a tent, to the grounds of a National Trust for Scotland proper…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Still review – a tale of constant pain and impending chaos by Mark Fisher

Traverse theatre, EdinburghDementia and grief are among the difficult subjects explored in Frances Poet’s dislocating play I don’t think Frances Poet intends her play to be depressing. S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06PM
Monday, August 9, 2021

Sweet FA review – women’s football saga staged at Tynecastle by Mark Fisher

Tynecastle Park, EdinburghThis musical play about a women’s football league making boots for troops at the Somme is moving and polemical It was a day of celebration. The players from the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM

Still game: Edinburgh’s 2021 fringe is a return to the festival’s roots by Mark Fisher

This August the Scottish capital is much quieter but performers and audiences at this modest jamboree are full of spirit On the wall in my kitchen is a calendar made by Edinburgh theatre cri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:42AM

Knot: A Trilogy review – close your eyes and sit uncomfortably by Mark Fisher

Available onlineA park bench, inside a car and a room in your house are the three settings for Darkfield’s play which lacks a killer payoff Theatre-makers are used to being in control of t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM

Double Drop review – a blast of youthful revolt by Mark Fisher

MultiStory, EdinburghA young singer loves clubbing, which clashes with her hopes of success at the Eisteddfod in Lisa Jên Brown’s exuberant two-hander Globalisation leaves us in a quanda…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Sunday, August 8, 2021

Sex Education Xplorers (SEX) review – a biology lesson for the 21st century by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghMamoru Iriguchi and Afton Moran raid their dressing-up box to give us a cheery guide to the evolutionary history of reproduction, and what it says about gender fluidity …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24PM

Medicine review – Domhnall Gleeson despairs in absurdist institutional limbo by Mark Fisher

Traverse theatre, EdinburghThe Edinburgh festival’s theatre programme begins with Enda Walsh’s flamboyant and funny new play about a man receiving an inappropriate form of drama therapy …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Masks and Faces review – A comedy of infidelity … starring Michael Billington by Mark Fisher

Available onlineThe former Guardian critic, along with Evening Standard scribe Fiona Mountford, take to the limelight in this fruity vintage marital drama Victor Kiam liked his shavers so mu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:48AM
Friday, July 23, 2021

Pride and Prejudice review – bonnets at dawn in a breezy show full of songs and fun by Mark Fisher

Grosvenor Park Open Air theatre, ChesterSuzanne Ahmet turns on the charm as Elizabeth in this outdoor production of Austen’s great love story and wry comedy of manners “If life is not al…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Coppelia: A Mystery review – superb adventure veers from sweet to sinister by Mark Fisher

New Vic theatre, Newcastle-under-LymeThis delightful promenade show uses pretty-as-a-picture design, undercut with creepy asides, to bring ETA Hoffmann’s famous tale alive Who knew there w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil review – love, loss and lower-league footie by Mark Fisher

Available onlineIn Gary McNair’s jovial audio play, a woman rediscovers a connection with her home town and her dead father by following a Scottish football team for a season Who doesn’t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32PM
Friday, July 16, 2021

Home, I’m Darling review – a retro rebrand reveals ruffles not frills by Mark Fisher

Stephen Joseph theatre, Scarborough In Laura Wade’s clever play, her heroine becomes a 50s housewife but 21st-century gender politics lurk under the Formica surface In the row behind me, a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Monday, July 12, 2021

Enda Walsh: ‘All my plays are about people who haven’t been loved or looked after’ by Mark Fisher

The Irish playwright is known both for feverishly claustrophobic plays – including his latest, Medicine – and big commercial hits. If a project doesn’t feel right, he fires himself Loc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Sunday, July 11, 2021

Twelfth Night review – love’s a costume change away in backstage-set version by Mark Fisher

Bard in the Botanics, GlasgowShakespeare’s play on the unreliability of appearances works well in the wings of a theatre, but this 90-minute streamlining perhaps cuts too much You can see …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42PM
Friday, July 9, 2021

The Wind in the Willows review – Grahame classic restaged as fable for our times by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry Festival theatreLockdown loneliness, eco-crisis and land ownership are explored with varying degrees of subtlety in an uplifting show The National Trust should see about hiring Col…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42PM

White Nights review – masterly staging of Dostoevsky’s unrequited love story by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry Festival theatreBrian Ferguson performs with mesmerising verve in this poignant, desperately funny portrait of existential misery ‘I am alone,” says the narrator of Dostoevsky…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Sunday, July 4, 2021

Talent review – Victoria Wood drama tackles the squalid side of celebrity by Mark Fisher

Crucible, SheffieldWood’s 1978 play about a young woman’s quest to win a local talent show handles weighty issues, including sexual exploitation, breezily It is a world of mirror balls …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54PM
Monday, June 28, 2021

Beyond These Walls review – Tennessee Williams cools down in Boston Spa by Mark Fisher

Crucible, SheffieldDrifters and deadbeats populate four lesser-known Williams shorts in this un-sultry Northern Broadsides anthology Northern Broadsides has a history of putting a northern E…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54AM
Friday, June 25, 2021

Outlier review – the spirit of Kerouac reaches the West Country in superb drama by Mark Fisher

Bristol Old Vic and onlineMalaika Kegode embraces audiences with her warm, honest poetry, backed by musicians Jakabol – but her true-life tale quickly takes a dark turn A sense of homeline…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM
Friday, June 18, 2021

Y’MAM: Young Man’s Angry Movements review – one-man show gets a grip on toxic masculinity by Mark Fisher

Liverpool EverymanMajid Mehdizadeh (AKA Luke Jerdy from Hollyoaks) explores modern-day manhood and the contagion of everyday violence Male violence is like a virus. That is how it comes acro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Sunday, June 13, 2021

Adventures With the Painted People review – romantic revenge on a roamin’ Roman by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry Festival theatreA Caledonian witch holds a Roman officer captive in David Greig’s drama of attraction and philosophical opposites Pitlochry Festival theatre already has a claim …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18PM
Friday, June 11, 2021

The Girl Next Door review – Ayckbourn casts history’s lens on lockdown Britain by Mark Fisher

Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughThe prolific playwright is on fine form with an uncanny story that smartly contrasts national crises past and present Domestic life was quiet during lockdo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Monday, May 31, 2021

Edinburgh international children’s festival review – a riot of colour and emotion by Mark Fisher

Available onlineAnimation and street dancing power Mixed Up, a film about validating feelings, while The Super Special Disability Roadshow gives voice to a young audience There’s a video f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06AM
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Hindu Times review – a divine night out in Dundee by Mark Fisher

Available onlineGods Vishnu, Lakshmi and Brahma become street-smart hedonists in Jaimini Jethwa’s ribald and swaggering audio play Body-swap comedies are big in the cinema. From the mother…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18PM