City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: theatre


Bleu, Blanc, Rouge

As its title suggests, this new play by Bill Dunlop has more than just a soupcon of the French about it. Set squarely amid the chaos of Paris during the Revolution, it filters events through the thoughts and experiences of three lowly seamstresses: Bleu, Blanc and Rouge. In so doing, it gives us a glimpse into what it might be like to live in a place and time where people gave up their lives for a dream, some might say a fantasy, of freedom.

Jidariyya

Jidariyya      Photo: Fima Barablat

There are fine theatrical moments in Jidariyya, from the opening in a hospital emergency room to its close. The
journey of a soul is, of course, a frequent and time-honoured motif in the
literature of all cultures, and Mahmoud Darwish's poetry nods frequently toward
a variety of sources.

Slick

Slick lives up to its name in the perhaps
somewhat restricted space of Traverse 2; essentially a pantomime for adults, the
performance seen bowled along in fine style, taking no prisoners and occasionally
shocking audience members.

The Midnight Court

"Cúirt An Mhéan Oíche" in the original, "The Midnight Court" to those not
blessed with an understanding of the Irish tongue, is a bold jeu d'esprit in
which the language of saints and scholars is booted up the backside with Father
Jack alacrity.

Mr Loveday's Little Outing

A friend, an intellectual property lawyer,
once speculated what music might play in institutional day-rooms when we became
geriatric: 1970's pop, if this adaptation of Mr. Loveday's Little Outing is
anything to go by.

The Feast of Ants

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A Japanese parable of greed, sloth, industrialisation, lust, deception, lies, and stupidity. Not bad for just over 60 minutes of exceptionally good theatre.

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart      Photo:  Jeff Busby

The Tell-Tale Heart is an adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe gothic, dark tale. A gripping monologue, we are from the beginning taken right into the mind of the insane character who has methodically plotted the gruesome murder of an old man who lives in his house.

Ubu Roi

Alfred Jarry's original production of Ubu Roi in 1896 caused riots on its opening night and has since shaped alot of absurdist, Dada and Surrealist arts.

Burn Out Macbeth: A Southern Gothic Tale

Never having been to see anything at the free fringe, I had no idea what to expect.

66a Church Road - A Lament, Made of Memories and Kept in Suitcases

As the man himself admits at the end of the show, the big old barn that is Traverse 1 is really a bit too remote to let the most people get the most out of Daniel Kitson’s intimate lament for a lost home. And yet it’s a testament to his sheer storytelling power that he manages to make it all work so well for so much of the time.

Surviving Spike

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Of all the constituencies who might find themselves drawn to this production, it is undoubtedly the smallest who will be best-served. Michael Barrymore fans will not see much of the manic energy for which they presumably fell way back in his 1980s heyday; Spike Milligan fans will not see much of the zany, left-field originality that characterised the best of the former Goon’s career; but fans of former Strictly Come Dancing star Jill Halfpenny will have no trouble spotting the sparky Northern lass who can turn on a sixpence whilst flashing a winning smile, thank you very much.