Author Archives: Keith D

REVIEW – The Suppliant Women, The Royal Lyceum Theatre


David Greig reflects modern events across a gulf of time and tradition with the multifaceted mirror of The Suppliant Women, his season opener as new artistic director of The Lyceum. The star of the performance is the manifold feminine might of the twenty-seven strong Choir, which — apart from earnestly powerful lead Gemma May — […]

REVIEW – Sing In The City


By Isabella Fraser Aw Blacks is one of several Sing in the City choirs with members from a range of backgrounds and ages. Accompanied by a 6 piece band, the choir is led by MD and creator Kirsty Baird, a human dynamo who brings a great deal of energy to the evening, helping the 44-strong […]

NEWS – £1.4bn Hotel Development On Cramond Island

In a bid to swell city coffers, Edinburgh Council today revealed they have sold Cramond Island to US hotel developers Los Angeles Principal Resorts. Though it would only be open for check-in at low tide, LAPR plan to use the site to build a luxury 41-floor five-star hotel, taking inspiration from similar structures in Dubai. […]

Artist's impression of the hotel as it will look on Cramond Island (picture courtesy of LAPR inc.)

EXHIBITION – Celts – National Museum of Scotland

Go on a quest through the ages in search of the identity of the Celts, at the latest blockbuster exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. The first major exhibition on the subject for over 40 years, Celts is produced in collaboration with the British Museum and features over 350 objects from both museums’ collections, […]

Celts - National Museum of Scotland

REVIEW – Tipping The Velvet, Lyceum Theatre


Lights, gavel, action. Transporting the audience of The Royal Lyceum back to the building’s Victorian roots, loquacious chairman David Cardy time-travels between the now and then, helping to frame Lyndsey Turner’s innovative and entertaining dramatisation of Sarah Waters’ novel of sexual and class-based liberation. Versatile and watchable newcomer Sally Messham is Nancy Astley, the pivot […]

REVIEW – Hamlet (NTEncore Screening), Edinburgh Festival Theatre


By Isabella Fraser   Director Lyndsey Turner has created a Hamlet that, in moving the storyline around and re-ordering text, brings out a clear story of a man grieving for the loss of his father, the loss of his own youth and ultimately the loss of family. With a set designed by Es Devlin that […]

REVIEW – Rebecca, King’s Theatre


By Isabella Fraser A glorious, riotously madcap version of Rebecca, director and adaptor Emma Rice has brought to life an interpretation unlike any other of this story. With a fantastic, almost-nightmare-ish set that cleverly adapts and twists to allow unusual entrances, staircases that lead to somewhere sometimes and a boat that makes an unexpected entrance, […]

REVIEW – Lord Of The Flies, Edinburgh Festival Theatre


  By Isabella Fraser William Golding’s classic novel has long been a staple in schools and in watching this new stage adaptation by Nigel Williams, expect many a flashback to the days of English lessons. There is a strange mix of modernisation of text – there is an intentionally up-to-date use of a selfie stick […]

Lord of the Flies

REVIEW – The Shawshank Redemption, King’s Theatre


By Isabella Fraser A story of friendship and endurance set in the reality of prison life, The Shawshank Redemption is best known as an Oscar-nominated film. However, this theatre production is based instead on the original novella written by Stephen King relatively early in his career. An impressive walled set shows the edges of the […]

REVIEW – Brave New World, King’s Theatre


By Isabella Fraser A gloriously mesmerizing and unsettling play, Dawn King’s adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is an exciting and intelligent interpretation of the famous novel. Complemented by deliberately sanitized uniformity in both movement and staging from director James Dacre and movement director Eddie Kay, this new production effortlessly presents a glimpse into […]