Festivals

PHOTOS – Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks Concert 2017

Tonight the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2017 drew to a stunning close with the sky filled with giant walls of silver and golden crackle effect fireworks bursting 225 metres above Edinburgh Castle. Around 250,000 spectators watched the event across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, with visitors to the Scottish capital joining residents to fill Princes Street […]

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REVIEW: Oresteia: This Restless House

*****

By Isabella Fraser Zinnie Harris has written a fierce, sprawling interpretation of Orestia in a marathon piece that pays off in guts, gore and the power of revenge, with the odd song and dance routine thrown in. Playing with elements of Brecht and hints of Tarantino, Dominic Hill’s brilliantly conceived direction challenges the cast to […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Dr Carnesky’s Incredible Bleeding Woman

*****

By Danielle Farrow Dr Carnesky’s Incredible Bleeding Woman is worth seeing simply as an unexpected experience. In a small theatre with a predominantly female audience, a male photographer at work on this occasion, women move boldly with blood (real or otherwise) and their often fully shown bodies, exploring menstruation and associated longings, lackings and judgements. […]

REVIEW: Mars Actually

*****

By Isabella Fraser This three-hander tale of Martians and discovering life on Earth is a sweet, funny show. The naivety of the characters is what wins over the audience; some of us may harbour a wish to explore new worlds and with these Martians, we get the opportunity to see our world through their eyes […]

FRINGE REVIEW – (More) Moira Monologues

*****

    By Danielle Farrow Alan Bissett, with his own short crop and lack of any ‘feminine’ makeup, gives us Moira Bell – a woman fae Falkirk – through invisible cigarettes and weed, swearing, some crude attitude and anger issues that have instilled fear in the neighbourhood, and Moira Bell is beautiful. This show is […]

REVIEW: We’ll Meet Again: Vera Lynn, The Forces Sweetheart

*****

By Isabella Fraser This show does exactly what it says on the tin – it is an homage to Dame Vera Lynn, interspersed with anecdotes about her life and the songs that she was known for. Ably sung by Melanie Gall, it is a light-hearted but entertaining show. Song sheets are provided for the audience […]

REVIEW: Traverse Breakfast Plays: B!rth (So Far As a Century’s Reach)

*****

By Isabella Fraser Simply staged with stands and chairs, the five strong cast delivers an emotive and stirring look at pregnancy and birth stories in the US through the past 100 years. These stories are multi-cultural, representing the diverse make up of the US, and a fascinating glimpse into history, as you can hear and […]

REVIEW: The Nature of Forgetting

*****

By Isabella Fraser A heartfelt, beautifully rendered glimpse into living with the impact of dementia, this physical theatre piece by Theatre Re interprets the lived experience through the eyes of a man with early onset dementia. At first glance, this young team of actors – accompanied by live musicians – seem the wrong fit for […]

REVIEW: Flight

*****

By Isabella Fraser Flight is an intimate and engaging production from Vox Motus, who have found an novel and striking way to allow an audience to experience storytelling that focuses on the challenging area of refugee children. The name of this production is multi-layered: as a ticket holder, you check in to the production, much […]

REVIEW: Krapp’s Last Tape

*****

By Isabella Fraser The setting of the Churchill Theatre as a venue for this play is perfect. Such is the state of seating during the festival, that it is worth saying the Churchill Theatre has very comfortable seats. A traditional, compact theatre space, it sets the atmosphere for what is one of Samuel Beckett’s better […]