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Friday, September 17, 2021

The Covid Requiem review – an emotional eulogy for the pandemic’s victims by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry Festival theatreLesley Orr and Jo Clifford’s show about the lives of some who have died in the past 18 months is a necessary act of communal remembrance We’ve read about it in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Glee & Me review –a witty look at life and how we live it by Mark Fisher

Royal Exchange, ManchesterLiv Hill is brilliant as a wise-cracking teenager in Stuart Slade’s play about cancer, sex and the mystery of life For those of us with limited tolerance for pl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Sunny Side Up! review – a tasty serving of class-conscious comedy by Mark Fisher

Theatre Royal, WakefieldSet in a northern seaside B&B, John Godber’s latest has a healthy dollop of political analysis beneath its very funny surface According to John Godber’s lates…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Sunday, September 12, 2021

Shine review – a positively radiant one-man show by Mark Fisher

Live theatre, NewcastleKema Sikazwe – AKA actor and rapper Kema Kay – performs a sunny, charming but vulnerable musical monologue about growing up in the northeast of England Kema Sikazw…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03PM
Friday, September 10, 2021

Wings Around Dundee review – dive into the city’s uncomfortable past by Mark Fisher

Dundee RepJohn McCann’s imaginative play follows its characters’ search for answers to tough questions during lockdown – watched over by a pair of very unusual seagulls For the seagull…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Thursday, August 26, 2021

This Is Paradise review – gender relations tell a mesmeric story of Northern Ireland by Mark Fisher

Traverse theatre, EdinburghActor Amy Molloy delivers an elegant monologue that reveals itself as something greater in this supremely thoughtful show Kate Regan is a woman defined by the men …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06PM
Monday, August 23, 2021

Field: Something for the Future Now review – reclaiming freedom al fresco by Mark Fisher

Holyrood Park, EdinburghThis open-air performance brings together a multi-generational company celebrating release from pandemic confinement When your stage is the size of a football pitch a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM

We Are Each Other review – strangers become friends in interactive comedy by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghTrevor Lock uses audience participation to satisfy our yearning for community in a show that prioritises connection over action What did we miss most during the pandemic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

Lonely House review – noir-shaded selection of Kurt Weill’s hits from exile by Mark Fisher

Old College Quad, EdinburghKatharine Mehrling delivers the German master’s songs in ravishing style, accompanied with restraint by pianist Barrie Kosky We’re nearing the end of a medley …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:18AM

Metamorphosis review – playful spin on Kafka for the Zoom age by Mark Fisher

Available onlineGregor Samsa’s sudden bodily dislocation becomes a means of exploring digital-era dilemmas in Hijinx’s irreverent adaptation A few days before the first lockdown, Glasgow…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Friday, August 20, 2021

Eavesdropping review – a colourful walk in the company of strangers by Mark Fisher

Traverse theatre, EdinburghOn an hour-long circuit guided by headphones, graffiti, sculptures and shops wheedle their way into the dialogue If this were a regular show it would be something …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
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

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