INTERVIEW – Helen McNaughton, child singer in Joseph

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight for a short run with Keith Jack taking the lead role.  One of our mini-Spotlight Fringe reviewers is appearing as a singer and we caught up with her ahead of tonight’s first performance.  Let us introduce you to Helen McNaughton. Hi Helen, can […]

Great Scott! – Sir Walter’s Words Around Waverley

From today Edinburgh’s Waverley Station – the only railway station in the world named after a novel – will be awash with the wit and wisdom of the writer of that book, Sir Walter Scott. Scott’s Waverley, regarded as the world’s first historical novel, celebrates its 200th birthday this year and in a collaboration between […]

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FRINGE REVIEW – Up and Over It


By Susan McNaughton and Helen McNaughton Irish dancing… are you thinking: “oh, yes the tappy type where they all have poker faces?” Prepare to have your ideas shattered when you go to see this explosive show. When poring over the Fringe brochure during our decision-making process, the listing for this show stood out as one […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Matt and Ian’s Improv Show


By Helen McNaughton and Susan McNaughton Our quest to find shows suitable to entertain a young teenager continued today when we visited the Sweet venue at the Apex Grassmarket. Our teenage reviewer was delighted to find that she really enjoyed this Improv Show, starring the comedy duo Matt and Ian. Before the show started, we […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk


Review by Alex McNaughton and Susan McNaughton It was the turn of our 10-year old reviewer to have an opportunity to see a show today without the accompaniment of his teenage sister, so a chance to see something which was geared towards a younger audience. The performance selected was billed in the Fringe Programme as […]



By Helen McNaughton and Susan McNaughton Our teenage reviewer went to the Assembly Hall on the Mound today to see Flashmob, and can report that despite a ‘PG’ rating in the Fringe Programme, there was nothing which a family audience would find untoward, although the average age of the audience on the day we visited […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Pineapple Performing Arts – Soldier


By the McNaughton family reviewers Today’s outing for our Junior Review Team was to see Pineapple Performing Arts production of choreographer Dax O’Callaghan’s “Soldier”. Billed as a family show exploring the themes of love, sacrifice and redemption, the team decided to include an additional family member in the review team today – giving us an […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Iain Stirling – Happy to be the Clown


By Susan and Helen McNaughton We were trying out a new experience for our teenage reviewer this evening: the darker reaches of the Udderbelly in a small performance space known as Daisy. On entering the vicinity we received a warning from helpful staff to be sure to vacate the area immediately after the performance as […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Arkle Theatre Co – The Rise and Fall of Little Voice


By Susan and Helen McNaughton When searching the Fringe Programme for suitable material for a mother-and-teenage-daughter night out, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice seemed an appropriate choice, dealing as it does with the central characters’ mother/daughter relationship. The stage at the Royal Scots Club provided an ideal venue for this show – with […]