Arts & Culture

Review | Winter Solstice | The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

“Yet it doesn’t seem to accomplish that here; in fact, it’s a struggle to see what the staging brings to the play other than a few cheap laughs. The cast gamely try to bring their characters to life, and Kirsty Besterman’s Bettina alongside Davin Beames’ Rudolph are particular standouts, skilfully evoking a bitter, wry frustration and an insidious, polite extremism respectively. But the staging is effectively working against them. As the narration describes the house or a character in great detail, all we want to do is see it, to watch it unfold instead of constantly being told what it is. The characters are neither truly believable as individuals or as symbols of some wider concept.” (Read More)

Moyan Brenn, Edinburgh Festival / CC
Arts & Culture

Review: Bill Clinton: Hercules

‘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)

Moyan Brenn, Edinburgh Festival / CC
Arts & Culture

Review: Bloom

‘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)

Moyan Brenn, Edinburgh Festival / CC
Arts & Culture

Review: Naked in Alaska

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)