City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: theatre

Review: Copenhagen

This multi award winning play (1998) takes the form of a conversation, based upon real historical figures and actual events, where three people meet once again as ghosts in some kind of afterlife.  The black box stage has a simple set of five chairs and a Chekhovian-style woodland of tall, thin trees, scrawled with text.

Review: Waiting For Godot

Waiting For Godot

It doesn't seem all that long ago that I first picked up a copy of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot.

Review: Be Near Me

Be Near Me scriptwriter Ian McDiarmid

An Oxford-educated Catholic priest, with an affinity to France and a taste for fine food and wine, is assigned to a parish in Dalgarnock, a fictional Ayrshire town with high unemployment
and a strong affinity to the religious divisions of nearby Ireland.

Review: An Apple a Day (A Play A Pie and A Pint)

The background music of the '60s group the Shirelles was presumably to set the time frame for this piece but in fact when the events took place was irrelevant. Some vintage clothes hung over screens and a couple of draped chairs could have been meant to be the changing room of an old shop. However, the profusion of tissues being tidied up by the character She, in laddered stockings, basque and 5 0'clock shadow, belied this.

Review: Lucky Box (A Play, A Pie and A Pint)

Lucky Box by David Harrower (Knives in Hens, Blackbird) is the fourth of the Traverse's five-part lunchtime series of short plays entitled A Play, A Pie and A Pint.

Review: Poem in October (A Play, A Pie and A Pint)

David Walters was a man who had everything. He was belovèd by his mother, had brains and looks and got the girl, Bella of Belle Isle.

Review: Cabaret

Kander and Ebbs 1966 musical Cabaret is based on Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood, his memoirs of Berlin in the early 1930s, later adapted by into a play by John Van Druten, I Am a Camera.  

Edinburgh International Festival Launches Programme

EIF 2009: Mabou Mines, Peter and Wendy

The 18th century Scottish Enlightenment, often harked back to as Edinburgh's golden age of intellectual and scientific accomplishment, is a central theme of this year's Edinburgh International Festival 2009 programme

Review: The Ching Room by Alan Bissett

A Glasgow night club's toilet cubicle (there does appear to be just the one) with its gleaming black lavatory is the unusual setting for the power games played by Darren, the cubicle's very own Sultan of Ching, with Rory the unfulfilled poet who has turned to being a wedding poet as a living.

Review: Curse of the Starving Class

As a social satire, Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class (1978) combines a profound, semi autobiographical commentary on 1950s American rural life with a surreal black farce. The plot follows the dysfunctional, malnourished Tate family as their aspirations and ambitions disintegrate with the bricks and mortar of their farmhouse and the myth of the America dream.

Review of Kyoto (A Play, A Pie, and A Pint)

After 5 successful years of producing their innovative lunchtime theatre programme, A Play, A Pie and A Pint