PREVIEW – Dragon, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre

A co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland, Vox Motus and the Tianjin People’s Arts Theatre from China, Dragon tells the wordless tale of young Tommy, who feels alone and disconnected from the world following the death of his mother. Until one day, when opening his bedroom curtains, he’s greeted with a most extraordinary sight. […]

REVIEW – Crime & Punishment, Lyceum Theatre


Seldom has inner conflict been so visibly portrayed than in Dominic Hill’s production of Dostoyevsky’s Crime & Punishment at the Lyceum Theatre. A co-production with Glasgow’s Citizens and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatre, the piece crackles with an intensity which keeps a stranglehold on the audience’s attention, from its first foreshadowing of murder, through […]

Horrible Histories: The Terrible Tudors, King’s Theatre


The Horrible Histories books are proving popular in performance, both on television and touring theatres. Based on Terry Deary’s books, this production – in rep at the King’s with Vile Victorians – offers plenty of juicy details about the Tudor monarchs, from Henry VII to Elizabeth I. Within a framework created by Dr Dee’s troupe […]

REVIEW – Takin’ Over The Asylum, Lyceum Theatre


By giving the inmates of the fictional St Jude’s psychiatric hospital an opportunity to have their voices heard, Donna Franceschild’s Takin’ Over The Asylum broadcasts not only the plight of those in care, but also airs the humour to be found in what some might think to be the bleakest of situations. A co-production with […]

REVIEW – Driving Miss Daisy, King’s Theatre Edinburgh


By Danielle Farrow Director David Esbjornson here revives Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy in a production that is beautifully designed and allows incidences in the lives of a Jewish woman and an African American man in Georgia to shine with their own frictions and connections without over-sentimentality or hard hammering-home of weighty concerns. Those concerns […]

REVIEW – Cinderella, Lyceum Theatre


With its reality TV star prince and TOWIE(dinburgh)-style ugly sisters, there is no doubt that Johnny McKnight’s take on the classic fairytale is a thoroughly modern Cinders. However, Mark Thomson’s production ensures there is enough humour and charm – plus a little bit of magic – to ensure this Cinderella is a treat for young […]

REVIEW – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lyceum Theatre


As he shields himself from a magical blizzard with his umbrella, it feels like Bottom has strayed into an arctic Narnia, rather than the warmth of an Athenian summer. And though the snowy setting is the most obvious change in Matthew Lenton’s visually striking production, other smaller casting, scripting and design choices sprinkle A Midsummer […]

REVIEW – My Shrinking Life, Traverse Theatre


In a cathartic 100 minutes, Alison Peebles presents an unflinching and unapologetic theatrical response to her condition in National Theatre of Scotland’s My Shrinking Life. Diagnosed with MS in 2006, Peebles uses the piece to examine her own feelings, as well as those of her friends, family, colleagues and critics. Directed in impressionistic style by […]

REVIEW – The Guid Sisters, Lyceum Theatre


In the land of bingo & newspaper competitions, the woman with a million Green Shield Stamps is queen. A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland, Quebec director Serge Denoncourt commands an impressive ensemble of Scottish theatrical talent in Martin Bowman & Bill Findlay’s translation of Michel Tremblay’s social comedy Les Belles-Souers. Kathryn Howden and […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Hand-Me-Down People, C Nova


A collection of toys live a meager existence on a dusty shelf, forgotten and ignored by the children who used to love them. With personalities created by the stories their owners devised for them, the figurines try to come to terms with their fate: re-enacting and clinging to their tales, whist the precipice of the […]