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Friday, April 23, 2021

Ghosts review – writing the enslaved back into Glasgow’s past by Mark Fisher

Merchant City, GlasgowAdura Onashile’s app-based walking tour, created with the National Theatre of Scotland, explores the city’s historical ties to the slave trade Glasgow’s Merchant …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54PM
Thursday, April 22, 2021

TM review – will you be approved to join an international cult? by Mark Fisher

Available onlineYou are put through a cryptic interview in this ingenious show that tears up theatre’s rulebook to make the spectator the star It’s 2007, I’ve been lured into an Edinbu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

John Byrne: ‘If I don’t laugh when I’m writing, it gets tossed out’ by Mark Fisher

The playwright’s Tennis Elbow is a gender-swapped version of Writer’s Cramp, his uproarious 70s hit about a failed literary figure If you were in Edinburgh during the 1977 festival there…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Distance Remaining review – pandemic drama takes an uplifting turn by Mark Fisher

Available online A volunteer driver, a dog walker and an injured elderly woman fight personal lockdown battles – with playwright Stewart Melton’s welcome addition of the determination to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Sunday, April 11, 2021

Miss Julie review – Strindberg spiked with the politics of empire by Mark Fisher

Available onlinePlaywright Amy Ng adds issues of imperial exploitation and race by moving drama of wealthy woman and servant to Hong Kong in 1948 Miss Julie is standing on top of the kitchen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06PM
Friday, April 2, 2021

Meet Jan Black review – touching tribute to theatre's lost year by Mark Fisher

Available onlineJohnny McKnight’s warm-hearted play, live-streamed from the Gaiety theatre in Ayr, reflects on what we’ve missed most about performance What will audiences want after the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Monday, March 29, 2021

The New Gospel review – a thrilling and unsettling Easter story by Mark Fisher

Available onlineMilo Rau’s film mixes a dramatisation of the crucifixion story with a real-life portrait of exploited migrant workers Milo Rau keeps you on your toes. On stage, the Belgiu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24PM
Friday, March 19, 2021

The Kindling Hour review – Arthurian legend meets Hitchcockian thrills by Mark Fisher

Available onlineAudiences try to stop an ancient artefact from falling into the wrong hands in this interactive production What would a time traveller make of it? Someone arriving from 2019 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36PM
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Band Plays On review – a celebration of songs forged in Sheffield by Mark Fisher

Available onlineChris Bush’s community play uses local music and family histories to explore the city’s resilience, hope and determination It begins, as a show about Sheffield only could…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06PM
Monday, March 1, 2021

The Lucky Ones review – can you unravel this seven-day mystery? by Mark Fisher

Available online A conspiracy unfolds across a week with clues arriving by post, phone and email in an interactive online adventure from Riptide Along with Tik Tok dances and home deliveries…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Earwig review – weightlifting, witches and one high-stakes curry by Mark Fisher

Available onlineA trip to the gym for some metaphysical exercise opens the Tron theatre’s fascinating series of experimental audio dramas Haruki Murakami would have called it What I Talk A…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Sunday, January 31, 2021

Manipulate festival review – visual theatre experiments on a different stage by Mark Fisher

Available online Denied live performance, creators slip its boundaries to explore screen trickery in this stimulating festival of storytelling, puppetry and animation If there’s one festiv…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Panto king Andy Gray was one of Edinburgh's most revered revellers by Mark Fisher

The actor, who has died aged 61, had hangdog charm, a cheery twinkle and the sense of danger that sparks chaotic comedy It was 2010 and the world of Scottish theatre was reeling from the sud…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Sunday, January 17, 2021

Living Record festival review – milk cults, coma patients and homeless ghosts by Mark Fisher

Available online Theodora van der Beek’s film about a lactose-fuelled religion is the highlight of an online compilation that finds British theatre-makers in morose mood What if online th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:33AM
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Rapunzel: A Hairy Tale Adventure review – an exuberant musical box of treats by Mark Fisher

Available onlineNational Theatre of Scotland retell the famous panto in a series of madcap monologues The top theatre shows to watch online this Christmas Did Brian Friel ever write a Christ…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18PM
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Cinderella review – classy panto with a defiant spirit by Mark Fisher

Available onlineCovid quips abound – and the Prince keeps his distance from Cinders – in Nottingham Playhouse’s colourful show “Recently I’ve lost my sense of taste and smell,” s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06PM

Oh Yes We Are! review – thrilling Zoom panto that's full of gusto by Mark Fisher

Available onlineDame and director Barrie Hunter’s tremendous live show, with characters confined in their Covid-era dressing rooms, is a richly ribald delight At this time of year, we shou…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48AM
Monday, December 14, 2020

Zoo Motel review – check in for a wild night of surprises by Mark Fisher

Available onlineAn ordinary hotel room becomes a place of upended perspective and magic in Thaddeus Philips’ connection-themed play The adventure is over, the wizard has been exposed and D…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:32PM
Friday, December 11, 2020

The Emperor’s New Clothes review – leaves little to the imagination by Mark Fisher

Available onlineThis belter of a production is larger than life, with cartoon accents, embellished dialogue and eye-popping outfits King Shirley XII has an awful lot of clothes. His dressing…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03PM
Thursday, December 10, 2020

The Magic of Christmas review – Clare Grogan steps in to help Santa find his way by Mark Fisher

Available online Filmed at Pitlochry when a live show was prevented, Elizabeth Newman’s charming adventure channels star power to rescue festive spirit Elizabeth Newman is the director wh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Lyceum Christmas Tales review – make a date with this Advent anthology by Mark Fisher

Available onlineA melancholic fairytale, African shadow puppetry and a haunted proscenium are among the first five offerings from the Lyceum’s series of Christmas plays How many ways are t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32PM
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

High Man Pen Meander review – gorgeous homage to Edwin Morgan by Mark Fisher

Available onlineIn this exquisite film we go backstage at Glasgow’s Tron to hear and see the poet’s work performed with beguiling theatricality It’s been a long time since we saw the b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Friday, November 20, 2020

Lament for Sheku Bayoh review – a stark critique of Scotland's self-image by Mark Fisher

Available onlineHannah Lavery’s play about the death of a man in police custody in 2015 is both impassioned and poetic ‘It’s not Black Lives Matter,” says one of the characters in Ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03PM
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Journey review – a polished magic show in search of deeper meaning by Mark Fisher

Available onlinePlaying to a live online audience, mind-reader Scott Silven appears to know our thoughts before we do The joy of a magic trick is in the moment. The magician defies the rule…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24PM
Monday, November 16, 2020

Deliverance review – a radiant experience of lockdown me-time by Mark Fisher

You are the solo performer and audience in this quietly transformative piece whose script is delivered to your door One of the things they teach playwrights is character development. If your…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12AM
Sunday, November 15, 2020

Petrichor review – woozy, hallucinogenic hi-tech dystopia by Mark Fisher

Online via Gaiety, AyrThickSkin’s intense, flickering two-hander about automatons in a totalitarian regime makes gripping, immersive VR viewing As if 2020 were not dystopian enough, ThickS…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Monday, November 2, 2020

Dot. Dot. Dot. review – Daniel Kitson's unkempt everyman charts the strangest of years by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh/onlineThe comedian – on a solo tour of UK theatres – finds warm and funny layers of humanity in the small details of everyday lives Daniel Kitson doesn’t strike…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48PM
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

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