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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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