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REVIEW: Dragon, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre

*****

Young Tommy seems to be coping after the untimely death of his mother. Whilst his sister throws herself into her passion for swimming and his grief-stricken father hides himself away, Tommy carries on with his everyday life. Apart, of course, from those special, secretive times he spends in the company of the Dragon… Directed by […]

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 […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Bullet Catch, Traverse Theatre

*****

A mild-mannered man walks on stage… So begins Arches’ extraordinary and genre-defying Bullet Catch at the Traverse. What starts off as a seemingly simple recount of one of magic’s most dangerous tricks soon turns into a deeply moving and emotional examination of the human condition, with a unique bond being created not only between performer […]

REVIEW – Watching The Detective, Traverse Theatre (A Play, A Pie & A Pint)

*****

This isn’t a whodunnit? – more of a why do we do it? In Paddy Cunneen’s original and gripping Watching The Detective, we are all present at a crime scene presided over by the Detective (a faultless Stuart Bowman). By the end of this hypnotic piece of deconstructed theatre, we’re less silent witnesses than active […]

REVIEW – God Bless Liz Lochhead, Traverse Theatre (A Play, A Pie & A Pint)

*****

God Bless Liz Lochhead is an actor’s play. Set against the challenge of cultural cuts and with a ‘can’t beat ’em‘ approach to the competition from TV, three middle-aged actors reunite after 25 years to stage a three-handed version of Lochhead’s Tartuffe. Andy Gray, Juliet Cadzow and Kate Donnelly all play exaggerated versions of themselves, […]

REVIEW – Juicy Fruits (A Play, A Pie & A Pint), Traverse Theatre

*****

In Leo Butler’s Juicy Fruits, old friends Nina and Lorna are catching up over coffee and cake after not having seen each other for six years. Lorna (Clare Waugh) has a 8-month old baby; Nina (Denise Hoey) is back from animal aid work in Borneo. But as the two women share pleasantries over pastries, it […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Wheel

*****

In the National Theatre of Scotland’s world premiere of Zinnie Harris’ The Wheel at the Traverse, the characters journey through a perpetual and hopeless cycle of conflict, the wheels of war turning with a relentless terror in a thought-provoking and excellently staged production. Beatriz lives with her sister Rosa, whose wedding celebrations are rudely interrupted […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Man Of Valour

*****

Like it’s sweat-drenched star Paul Reid, Man Of Valour by Dublin’s Corn Exchange Theatre at the Traverse doesn’t let up for a second. An impressive 90 minute display of mime and physical theatre, the piece focuses on office worker Farrel’s dreams of escaping the tedium of his day-to-day existence by imagining himself to be action […]

FRINGE REVIEW – What Remains

*****

A journey into the darkened depths of murderous insanity – and the beautifully grand interior of the University of Edinburgh’s Anatomy Department – Grid Iron’s What Remains is a unique and unsettling site-specific work which, despite having little in the way of emotional impact, has enough innovation and power to make a lasting impression. The […]