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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

‘You’re always aware of the artifice’: SUNSHINE ON LEITH – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

It’s heartening to see the fine folk of Capital Theatres involved in such a confident show, it’s just a shame this Sunshine on Leith is more concert than theatre.

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Friday, June 10, 2022

‘The hilarity on display is note-perfect’: LAUREL & HARDY – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is a deeply felt element to Laurel & Hardy at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, that enhances the hilarity on display in note-perfect re-creations of classic comedy.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

‘The cast constantly succeeds in keeping the momentum going’: CLUEDO – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The touring Cluedo at the King’s is billed as a ‘brand new play’ and ‘an exciting comedy thriller’. It is certainly possible to quibble with those descriptions as there is little e…

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Friday, May 13, 2022

’It runs like clockwork’: ANYTHING GOES – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

The West End hits central Edinburgh this week, as Cole Porter’s seaborne musical Anything Goes sails into the Festival Theatre for a very limited run until this Sunday.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

‘There is enough heart & brain in the play to keep it going’: RED ELLEN – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Red Ellen, at the Lyceum, co-produced with the Nottingham Playhouse and Northern Stage, suffers from many of the faults that affect biographical drama, and is far too long for its own good. …

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

‘The chemistry of the cast is electric’: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

With a title like Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World, it’s unsurprising that the first night King’s audience for this touring production was mainly female.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

‘Heartfelt and sincere’: A NEW LIFE (A MINI MUSICAL) — Traverse by Thom Dibdin

A New Life (A Mini Musical) at the Traverse every lunchtime this week is certainly not ‘mini’ in its emotional scope or its ambition.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

‘Spine tingling’: CHICAGO – Edinburgh Playhouse (UK Tour) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Chicago’s tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery whispers back into the Edinburgh Playhouse with a thrum of double bass, a twitching off-beat on …

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

’It’s the humanity which counts’: AFTERPARTY – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Packed with expletives and off-colour observations, Afterparty from New Celts Productions and F-Bomb Theatre at theSpace’s Triplex theatre pulls no punches in its humorous but bitter-sweet…

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

‘Crisp, intelligent & thoroughly rewarding’: FEAR OF ROSES – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Fear of Roses, by Black Bat Productions at Assembly Roxy, is a crisp, intelligent and thoroughly rewarding three-hander.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

‘Believably fragile’: SAVING MR ULTIMATE – Edinburgh Fringe by Thom Dibdin

Saving Mr Ultimate, a tale of superheroes, grief and letting go, mixes the serious and the humorous effectively in creating a world that is both believable and ever-so-slightly superhuman.

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Monday, August 16, 2021

‘Bittersweet, nuanced & beautifully written’: WISH LIST – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Wish List is an urgently contemporary piece from New Celts and Bone Struck Theatre, dealing with young carers, mental health and the gig economy in a way that never preaches and is always be…

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

‘Has a theatrical impact that is rare indeed’: MEDICINE – Edinburgh International Festival ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Medicine, Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival’s production for the International Festival at the Traverse, is a troubling, funny, emotionally devastating and brilli…

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Friday, August 13, 2021

‘It is deeply human’: STILL – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Still at the Traverse is in many ways a tough watch, with themes of death and loss offset by excellent performances and perceptive writing.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

‘Wonderfully tuneful affair’: A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING – Edinburgh International Festival by Thom Dibdin

A Grand Night For Singing as part of the Edinburgh International Festival is done with such grace and skill that it is difficult to feel much but warmth towards it.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

‘This has to be counted as a roaring success’: SWEET F.A. – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

History, emotion and righteous anger combine tunefully and humorously in Sweet F.A., This Is My Story Productions’ thoroughly welcome return to Tynecastle Park.

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

‘Tense & suitably disturbing affair’: THE MACBETHS – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow ★★★★ (Online review) by Thom Dibdin

The Macbeths, the Citizens’ concentrated revision of Macbeth, supplies a charge that is so often missing in versions of the play.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

‘Clever & evocative’: ADVENTURES WITH THE PAINTED PEOPLE – Pitlochry Festival Theatre ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

David Greig’s Adventures with the Painted People is a clever and evocative piece of theatre which is only enhanced both by being the first full theatre production in Scotland since lockdow…

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

‘Wildly original piece’: HINDU TIMES – Edinburgh Lyceum / Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Online review) by Thom Dibdin

Hindu Times – the latest audio offering from the Lyceum and Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Sound Stage – is a wildly original piece. Although cumbersome at times, it has a raucous energy…

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

‘Flawed but very funny piece’: TENNIS ELBOW – Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh & Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is little doubt that a tightened-up version of Tennis Elbow would be better, but the sheer pleasure in language displayed here already goes a very long way.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

‘Both extremely topical & utterly timeless’: A SPACE TO BLESS – Queen Jesus Productions (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

A Space to Bless, a series of meditations from Queen Jesus Productions filmed in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, provides much-needed balm for the soul.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

‘Economical & punchy’: SMILE – Dundee Rep (Online review) by Thom Dibdin

Smile, Dundee Rep’s football-themed online offering, transfers to the screen to provide a satisfactory record of 2020’s successful play about the legendary Jim McLean.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

‘Edifying, surprising & deeply human’: DOPPLER: THE STORY SO FAR – Grid Iron (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Doppler: The Story So Far, a portrait of Grid Iron’s 2020 production of Doppler that never was, is an edifying, surprising and deeply human film.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

‘A touching & utterly personal piece of drama’: ANGELA – Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh & Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Online review) ★ by Thom Dibdin

A touching and utterly personal piece of drama, Angela by Mark Ravenhill is a fitting first offering in the Lyceum and Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Sound Stage project in association with …

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

‘Has all the good cheer you could want in a panto’: RAPUNZEL: THE PANTOMIME – Musselburgh (Online review) ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

While a live audience is oxygen to panto performers, recorded Rapunzel at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh is a triumph, and placing the trials of 2020 the heart of this retelling of this we…

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

‘Suffused with goodwill, invention, care & Christmas cheer’: Lyceum Christmas Tales Live – Edinburgh (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Lyceum Christmas Tales may have been born out of necessity, but the whole enterprise has taken on a beauty and importance of its own.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

‘Offers humour, emotion & political impact’: FIBRES – Stellar Quines & Citizens Theatre (Online theatre) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Fibres, the online filmed version of the 2019 Citizens and Stellar Quines co-production, offers humour, emotion and political impact.

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

‘A timeliness & emotional truth’: SHRAPNEL – Production Lines (Online review) by Thom Dibdin

There is a timeliness and emotional truth to Shrapnel, Production Lines’online play by CMFWood, that is enhanced by being presented live.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

‘Much to enjoy & explore’: In Someone Else’s Shoes: Edinburgh’s Unexpected Summer (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Someone Else’s Shoes, the Traverse’s immersive online presentation conceived and directed by Hannah Price, is a thought-provoking and wistful evocation of Edinburgh without its festivals.

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Visual & audio treats from the Traverse Festival by Thom Dibdin

There is some very promising writing talent on show in the Traverse Festival, and it is done justice both by the standard of performance and production from the venue.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

‘A story that needs to be told’: FRAGMENTS OF HOME – Shedinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Fragments of Home works both as a theatrical performance and as a film, with Annie George’s performance striking a delicate balance.

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