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Edinburgh News: theatre

Women Experience Continued Struggle in Theatre in Scotland

The role of Women in Theatre in Scotland was the topic of discussion for the marking of the 2014 International Women’s Day held at the Traverse.

Gym Party, Traverse Theatre, Review

Gym Party trio

This party at the gym turned out to be no picnic. For one thing, the fighting started early – and for another, it didn’t stop.

Singin' in the Rain, EFT 2014, Review

Finale from Singin'  in the Rain

Premiered in 1952, “Singin’ in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor is still rated as one of the greatest musical movies of all time.

Dark Vanilla Jungle, Traverse Theatre, Review

Dark Vanilla Jungle production image

Dark Vanilla Jungle is an hour and twenty minute monologue. Detailing the journey of an underprivileged young woman’s life it touches on themes such as abandonment and female objectification.

Blackbird, Summerhall, Review

Blackbird - theatre production

A disturbing exposé of illicit desire, David Harrower’s highly acclaimed two-hander tackles the taboo subject of sex between an adult and a minor.

Private Lives, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Review

John Hopkins and Kirsty Bestgerman as Elyot and Amanda

Written in just four days in Tokyo, 1929, Noel Coward created the free spirited character of Amanda in Private Lives specifically for his darling friend, Gertrude Lawrence.

Blink, Traverse Theatre, Review

Blink by Soho Theatre

Love is whatever you feel it to be, and sometimes ‘love’ might simply be two rather strange people feeling that they meet each others’ unusual needs at a particular moment in time.

Dial M for Murder, King's Theatre, Feb 2014, Review

Kelly Hotten, Philip Cairns and Daniel Betts in Dial M for Murder

Alfred Hitchcock's movie adaptation of Dial M for Murder (1954) remains a stylish period classic by the Master of Suspense.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, King's Theatre, Feb 2014, Review

Buddy Clearlake (Dean Elliott and company)

Buddy rides high on the crest of a giant nostalgia wave. Now in its 25th year, this highly successful show was the springboard for the juke-box musicals like Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You.

Go!, manipulate Festival 2014, Review


A gentle light shone on a life as it shrinks to smallness.

Hotel de Rive, manipulate Festival 2014, Review

Hotel de Rive

In placing experimental work at the heart of its programme, particularly performances combining hybrids of form, the Manipulate Festival is always strongly flavoured with the strange and unusual.

Rantin, Summerhall, Review

A version of ‘Both Sides of Tweed’, Dick Gaughan’s song of mutual English-Scottish respect prefaced ‘Rantin’, thus promising well for this piece, self-identified as ‘ceilidh-theatre’, deliberately set

Scrapyard and Unhinged Double Bill, manipulate Festival 2014, Review

Paper Doll Militia

Manipulate is already at the mid-point of its Edinburgh run and the Traverse is buzzing and enjoying a packed house for this Double Bill.

Torn, manipulate Festival 2014, Review

Torn - at manipulate 2014

A brand new take on an age old theme.

Seas of Organillo, manipulate Festival 2014, Review

Seas of Organillo with Stephen Mottram

The annual manipulate Festival of puppetry and animation aims "to entertain, intrigue and inspire” and certainly Seas of Organillo did just that.

Bestiaires, manipulate Festival 2014, Review

Bestiaires - a scene

It’s a somewhat down-at-heel and down-in-the-mouth Cupid (Mart Müürisepp?) - the reason for uncertainty arises from the recent practice of listing company members without specifying role) on whom the

Evita, Edinburgh Playhouse, Jan 2014, Review

Evita 2014

Evita is a musical with a mighty reputation.

1933: Eine Nacht im Kabarett, Summerhall, Review

Tight Laced Kabarett

Tightlaced steps loosely round a pivotal piece of history. Susanna Mulvihill has again undertaken an ambitious piece of work with her latest production, 1933: Eine Nacht im Kabarett.

Long Day's Journey into Night, Royal Lyceum, Review

The Tyrone Family (Paul Shelley, Diana Kent, Adam Best, Timothy N. Evers)

The British premiere of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize play, “Long Day’s Journey into Night” was staged at the Royal Lyceum in the Edinburgh Festival 1958.

War Horse, EFT, Review

Scene from War Horse

From fragile foal to stalwart steed, War Horse takes us on a moving journey showing the bond of love and loyalty between a boy and his horse.

National Theatre of Scotland 2014 Programme

This year is set to be a historically important one for Scotland and the National Theatre of Scotland’s 2014 Programme season holds promise to match the political theatre ahead.

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