City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: theatre

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.


There are times, as a reviewer, when I find myself making a mental note to check afterwards how much the people who paid for their ticket had to part with.



This is the second visit to Edinburgh for Lynn Manning’s engrossing one-man show, which tells the story of his life from his disrupted Los Angeles childhood through to his being blinded in a bar-room shooting and his subsequent emergence as an independent poet, playwright and actor.

Absinthe: The Green Fairy

Visitors to this website of more than a couple of years’ vintage will remember that we used to have a scoring system for reviews that was based on how many drams of whisky you would need to consume in order to get through the show. Sadly, the drams were composed merely of pixels, but even a virtual tot of absinthe would have been appreciated when I went down to catch a glimpse of the Green Fairy the other day.

The Battle of Pots and Pans

The Battle of Pots and Pans is based on a battle that took place in l745 in the southeastern Scottish town of Prestonpans. It heralded the optimistic start of the Jacobite rebellion in which Bonnie Prince Charlie's Catholic Jacobite army defeated King George II's Hanoverian Redcoat troops.

Married to the Sea

A new company, Dragonfly, bring to the Fringe a tender-hearted, if rather predictable, story about family breakdown and the wider consequences of societal change in an ancient Irish coastal community.