Arts & Culture

Does Othello epitomise the tragic hero?

05/06/2017 Oliver Murphy

“However, it is clear that Othello really must be the epitome of the tragic hero through his death at the end of the play, generating anagnorisis and reinforcing the noble nature the hero’s status, all defining features of Aristotle’s conventions. As a result of murdering Desdemona, the revealed truth consolidates the emotions of both Othello and the audience, with his character left a state of anguish.” (Read More)

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London Clown Festival – no nose is good nose

18/06/2016 Chris Cresswell

But just as there are more and more new clowns creeping into the arena so it becomes apparent that they need a somewhere to meet and exchange ideas, a common ground, and I’m not talking about the annual Bognor Clown Convention, bless it, these are the new clowns, clowns without faces. So Henry and Dan decided to give all these clowns a space to come together by holding a festival. Brilliant. In London. Excellent! In a tent by a car park in Manor House! Weird! And then onto Edinburgh for the fringe…. wonderful! (Read More)

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Review | Kraken

09/06/2016 Chris Cresswell

A mime talks! Owie! This was a scandalously good show and mime is definitely the new rock n roll, move over clown, this man is leading a silent revolution. I defy anyone to see this and not be converted. (Read More)

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Fall @ [email protected] Infirmary Street

19/11/2015 Christine Lawler

Edinburgh Fringe Festival is never short of Shakespeare adaptations however finding one as captivating and inventive as Fall is rare. Written by Katie Dunstan and Alex Doble, and directed by Jamie Woods, Entita Theatre present a physical theatre production closely based on Macbeth that makes you forget it is based on Shakespeare at all which is highly impressive, especially given how young the cast are. (Read More)

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Edinburgh Festival

Review: The James Plays

13/11/2015 Graham Paterson

The stories that a nation tells to itself begin with gods and kings and heroes. As James I says, ‘I am Scotland’. And if we live in a time of no gods and precious few heroes, perhaps that’s exactly the time to start finding out where we came from. Hence the need for, and grand occasion of, the James Plays. (Read More)

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Review: Dylan Moran ‘Off The Hook’

05/11/2015 Christine Lawler

Dylan Moran brings his unique brand of optimistic pessimism to Glasgow’s Clyde auditorium for a night of serious laughter, and an impressive array of artwork, with Off The Hook. Everyone’s favourite hater of things returns to rail against politics, technology, golf, religion and the current trend of British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing TV programmes. (Read More)

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Cut @ Underbelly, George Square

30/10/2015 Christine Lawler

Site specific show Cut brings something a little bit different to Edinburgh Fringe this year, taken into an airplane style set-up the air hostess gives instructions and provides a safe-word for those who may need to leave creating a foreboding atmosphere before plunging the room into absolute darkness. (Read More)

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Review: Clown Macbeth @ C

28/10/2015 Christine Lawler

While it is not difficult to find an incarnation of a Shakespeare classic at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it is often difficult to find a new way of performing it. Using mime, dance, music, and sound, Clown Macbeth by Ryukyu Cirque have certainly achieved this. (Read More)

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Limbo @ Underbelly Circus Hub

23/10/2015 Christine Lawler

The circus comes to town in spectacular fashion with Limbo at the new Underbelly Circus Hub. Bringing danger and darkness to the Fringe Limbo serves up a wide selection of acts including live music, dance acts, fire eating, sword swallowing, and contortion. (Read More)

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Review: Waiting for Godot

14/10/2015 Graham Paterson

So, that was the effect of seeing Waiting for Godot at the Lyceum in Edinburgh. Life became Beckettized. Works of genius will do that. They reach out beyond their medium. (I picked up Naked Lunch for the first time in years, only to be accosted on the bus the same day by a total stranger, who it turned out had been a dealer: ‘What’s it about? Drugs? Oh-ho…let me tell you about drugs, man.’ And he did.) (Read More)

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Edinburgh Festival

The Glenn Miller Story @ The Kings Theatre Glasgow

22/09/2015 Christine Lawler

Directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright The Glenn Miller Story swings into Glasgow bringing back an era that is often much forgotten. The legendary british entertainer Tommy Steele brings his uniqueness to the role of composer, arranger, musician, and band-leader Glenn Miller, aiding a wonderfully old-fashioned stye of entertainment. (Read More)

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The Cherry Orchard: Beyond the Truth @ C Nova

27/08/2015 Christine Lawler

Directed by Park YeonJoo The Cherry Orchard: Beyond the truth is based on the Chekhov classic though this performance focuses on three of the original list of characters. This physical theatre performance is highly inventive, conveying a lot within the intense physicality in a much more interesting way that dialogue ever could. The dialogue that is used flits between english and korean however it is not necessary to understand both languages to understand the piece. This bilingual aspect brings an added cultural flavour which is important for international companies to retain. (Read More)

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The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy: The Deliverance @ Assembly Roxy

27/08/2015 Christine Lawler

Stellar Quines Theatre Company present The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Each show can be viewed as stand alone pieces but they are interlinked to create a powerful trilogy. Written by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Stellar Quines, and performed by Maureen Beattie The Deliverance follows the woman trying to fulfill her mothers dying wish of seeing her son one last time. (Read More)

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Perceptual Landscape @ [email protected] Square

26/08/2015 Christine Lawler

Comuna De Pedra present a physical theatre piece that explores the meaning of reality and illusion. Inspired by children with autism, Perceptual Landscapes uses light and sound to great effect creating a rich sensory experience and pushing the boundaries on how light and sound can be used within a performance. (Read More)

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Fiction @ Pleasance Dome

26/08/2015 Christine Lawler

Fiction is a brilliantly unique theatre experience. After a disjointed start of seemingly random scenes on the screen the audience, each wearing their headphones, are plunged into absolute darkness and stay that way for the duration. (Read More)

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The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy: The Carousel @ Assembly Roxy

26/08/2015 Christine Lawler

Stellar Quines Theatre Company present The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Each show can be viewed as stand alone pieces but they are interlinked to create a powerful trilogy. Written by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Stellar Quines, and performed by Maureen Beattie the second installment of the trilogy, The Carousel, follows a woman as she travels across the Canadian landscape to her dying mother’s bedside and through a series of memories as she attempts to better understand her family and herself. (Read More)

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The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy: The List @ Assembly Roxy

26/08/2015 Christine Lawler

Stella Quines Theatre Company present The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Each show can be viewed as stand alone pieces but they are interlinked to create a powerful trilogy. Written by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Stellar Quines, and performed by Maureen Beattie The List examines themes of family, loss, and regret. (Read More)

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The Girl Who Fell in Love with the Moon @ Pleasance Dome

21/08/2015 Christine Lawler

The Girl Who Fell in Love with the Moon is physical theatre with a lot of heart using live music, dance, movement, and a little bit of puppetry. Stranded at night in the woods a group of performers perform their show to the ‘non existent audience’. This show is comprised of shorter shows which all follow a celestial pattern written by Luna, the leader of their troop, played by artistic director Florence O’ Mahony (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: What Would Spock Do? @ Gilded Balloon

18/08/2015 Christine Lawler

This is a show for every geek out there who has ever felt ashamed, embarrassed or isolated within their love of a fandom. Especially Star Trek. Sam Donnelly takes us through his intense love of Star Trek and the bullying he endured because of it, tales of his grandfather’s role in his obsession and his decision to suppress it, through to the love story between him and the girl who has her very own Spock Day. (Read More)

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Review: The Lonely Poet @ Sweet Grassmarket

18/08/2015 Christine Lawler

There are two types of experiences to be had during this performance, one is to view it as an audience member and the other is to be selected to have the entire piece performed to you as if they were the only one there. Both have their perks, and possibly their drawbacks. This is definitely unique in my experience, because it raises the question if you can really break the fourth wall if only for one audience member. Perhaps Tim Honnef has just created a hole in the wall instead. (Read More)

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Review: Bat-Fan @ Pleasance Courtyard

17/08/2015 Christine Lawler

If you love Batman you will love this show. Using songs, musical parodies, and some slightly glitchy graphics to accompany his Bat-lecture James Wilson Taylor has created an outlet for his enthusiasm and frustrations surrounding this popular franchise. (Read More)

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Review: Fever Dream: Southside

20/06/2015 Christine Lawler

Fever Dream: Southside is vivid, imaginative, and well staged. It is also packed with stereotypes and cliches, and does not give the broad representation of the Southside of Glasgow that is expected. Each character is an – often offensive – stereotype, from the smart asian boy to the quirky, attention seeking performance artist, with not much room for any development. The racism wrapped in humour is unnecessary and creates an obviously white, middle class production which is a shame given the setting of the piece. (Read More)

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Review: Woman In Black

09/05/2015 Christine Lawler

Still touring after 25 years The Woman In Black, adapted from the novel by Susan Hill, is a ghost story with sharp shocks and eerie shadows. The show within a show follows Arthur Kipps, the writer of a story he is desperate to tell, and an actor who helps him tell it as they rehearse in an empty theatre. (Read More)

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Review: The Straw Chair

09/05/2015 Christine Lawler

The Straw Chair is based upon the story of a true historical figure of Lady Rachel Grange and her banishment to a secluded island by her husband after their divorce. Lady Grange was ahead of her time and did not act as women were told they should in the 18th century. For this she was left upon an island that drove her half mad with it’s isolation and total contrast to the Edinburgh life she had known. (Read More)

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Review: Lippy

13/04/2015 Christine Lawler

As part of Behaviour Festival, Dead Centre bring ‘Lippy’ to Citizens Theatre. Based upon the true events of four women who seemingly starved themselves to death in County Kildare, Lippy is a confusion of elements lacking any sort of main point that would pull the performance together to create something meaningful. In trying to say so much it fails to say very much at all. (Read More)

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Review: Truth, Lies, Diana

13/02/2015 Charlie Smoothy

‘Truth, Lies Diana is a ‘factional’ drama containing sensational new information about the death of Princess Diana presented in a thrilling unique theatrical format.

With meticulous forensic research, revelations from previously silent sources and access to Police witness statements and court transcripts, the nine handed performance uses the actual words spoken by a cast of characters including James Hewitt, Piers Morgan, Paul Burrell, Mohammed Al Fayed, members of MI6, witnesses to Diana’s crash, and the British Royal Family.’ (Read More)

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Review: Bill Clinton: Hercules

13/08/2014 Alastair Stewart

‘Come and meet the 42nd President as he cuts loose and shoots straight from the hip in his own fantasy TED talk! From the Trojan Wars to the future of democracy, his dreams, regrets, hopes and passions, Occupy, Hillary and Monica… Beloved stained icon and reviled Slick Willy. A life epic in its own right, but what will be Bubba’s final act? Can the Comeback Kid come back? Kansas City’s Bob Paisley is directed by Fringe legend and Olivier winner Guy Masterson (Morecambe, Animal Farm, Scaramouche Jones, 12 Angry Men) in the ultimate tell-all by Rachel Mariner.’ (Read More)

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Review: Rik Carranza: Charming

12/08/2014 Alastair Stewart

‘During the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, Rik was described as ‘charming’ by both Broadway Baby and reviewing guru Kate Copstick. Rik test that description out with an hour of jokes, stories, songs and dinosaurs.’ (Read More)

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Review: Bloom

11/08/2014 Alastair Stewart

‘Two men shelter in a soup kitchen on a bitter Scottish evening. As the darkness looms, they face up to a past they cannot escape. In this gripping new work, Glasgow based Vocal Point (Splintered, The Brains of the Family) present powerful true stories uncovered through conversations with regulars at the Glasgow City Mission soup kitchen. Using technologies in its visual storytelling, Bloom reinstates the tales of two fascinating individuals and their plight.’ (Read More)

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Review: Character Limit

11/08/2014 Alastair Stewart

‘Character Limit documents the changing fortunes of four citizens of the internet. They navigate a terrain of bloggers, vloggers, trolls, arseholes, attention-seekers and egotists that populate the virtual realm in which we all now spend half of our lives. We meet Jenny, a feminist vlogger who receives a misogynist backlash; Cameron, a straight ally who sets up a popular but mysterious campaign called #SaveSergei; and Natalie, a teenager who airs her dirty laundry online.’ (Read More)

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Review: Naked in Alaska

10/08/2014 Alastair Stewart

A remarkable solo drama charting the story of a 21-year-old, now sober, evicted young woman who embarks on a career in the pole-dancing business, from Tijuana to Alaska. From the dizzying highs to the devastating lows (and back again), Valerie Hager gives a candid exploration of the empowerment her profession brings and impact it has on the relationships in her life. (Read More)

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Review: The Confessions of Gordon Brown

24/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

“In a candid portrait of life inside Downing Street, Gordon at last reveals what it takes to knife your way to the top and rule a nation. And how his dream of power all went wrong. Brand new one-man play by acclaimed Scots Emmy-nominated writer and director Kevin Toolis in a Many Rivers production.” (Read More)

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Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

24/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

“Oscar Wilde’s tale of passion and obsession retold by a vibrant young cast. A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. Classic gothic fiction with strong Faustian themes, this once controversial piece of writing examines themes of hedonism and morality in Victorian society.” (Read More)

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Review: The Shawshank Redemption

18/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

“Inside Shawshank you have two options – get busy living or get busy dying. This witty and poignant new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic tale of death and life in a men’s prison is set to be the theatre highlight of this year’s Fringe. Omid Djalili heads a powerful cast in a timeless story of hope and triumph over adversity. Written by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns. Directed by Lucy Pitman-Wallace.” (Read More)

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Review: Burton’s Last Call

08/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

“An informal audience with legendary Richard Burton as he chats about his famous friends, career, turbulent love life and his rise from the humblest of beginnings to worldwide superstardom. All with his customary irrepressible twinkle, despite his constant demons.” (Read More)

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Review: Pip Utton – Adolf

06/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

It would be wrong to judge a book by its cover, but this performance did come with a bit of infamy. Adolf is seen with the tagline that people walked out of some performances and were vocally offended before the end of the it (performance is the key word). (Read More)

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Review: Pip Utton: Churchill

05/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

“Once-a-year the chimes of Big Ben strike thirteen and Sir Winston Churchill’s statue reanimates to indulge the three great passions of his namesake: scotch, cigars and listening to himself speak. Written and performed by Pip Utton, this enchanted hour moves swiftly beyond caricature and becomes an enthralling exploration of the life and character of a capricious historical giant.” (Read More)