City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: theatre

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


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


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.



Terminus is a play for three actors in
rhyming couplets. Not the easiest form, nowadays at least, for dramatist or
actors (or indeed, sometimes, audience).

A California Seagull

You have to spare a thought for poor old Chekhov. There he is, a writer who created a whole genre that inspired artistic descendents of the calibre of George Bernard Shaw and Woody Allen, and then the second he goes out of copyright whole armies of also-rans take it upon themselves to adapt, transpose and generally muck about with his plays in any way they see fit.

The Expert at the Card Table

Expert at the Card Table

As I write this, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics is sprawling across my TV screen, making me reflect on the fact that, as a species, we really do like nothing better than a visual spectacular.