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The Artist as Explorer

When I last met Richard Demarco, he was talking about retiring, stepping back from the gesamtkunstwerk which is his life and persona. He said ‘…there were no more five year plans.’ Of course this was a rueful reflection on his unique contribution, not only to to the arts in Edinburgh, but his advocacy of the arts, the humanities and progressive cultural idealism in Scotland, and by its very definition his [...]

By | August 27th, 2017|5-star|0 Comments

Older Wiser Smarter Meaner

Hilarious, witty and intelligent Jo Caulfield keeps the audience laughing throughout her whole show, with her charismatic sense of humour and priceless stories about friends. This will make you remember all of your friends' annoying habits and personality traits. The show flows so smoothly, without a moment of hesitation, as Jo never fails to make the audience laugh. Time will fly by as Jo swiftly moves from one subject to [...]

By | August 26th, 2017|5-star|0 Comments

(More) Moira Monologues

Ye dinnae huv to be fae Fawkirk to pish your pants at this yin. If you don’t get that sentence, you could struggle with the dialect in this show. But not much. It’s Lowland Scots, Falkirkus Hallglenia Vulgaris variety. But there were Canadians in the audience who, although they admitted it took them a while to get into the groove, joined the rest of the audience in belly-bursting, raucous laughter [...]

By | August 24th, 2017|5-star|0 Comments

Locker Room Talk

[This is a #TwoReviews™ Review - Two different reviews of the same performance] #TwoReviews is a literary creation owned by EdinburghFestival.org Locker Room Talk by Catherine Carnie Locker Room Talk by James O'Brien The slimy, self satisfied and sexually soaked voice of our current President of the Free World - which booms at the beginning of the piece around the space of Locker Room Talk - is the inspiration for [...]

My Audience reviewed by Jo Caulfield

This is a review of the audience watching Jo Caulfield's performance by Jo Caulfield. First impressions are very important in comedy. The accepted wisdom being, the audience have 2 minutes before the comedian makes up their mind about them. With that in mind, this audience lost me in the first 30 seconds. Does no-one dress up for an evening out nowadays? I've seen better dressed wounds. My first thought was [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|5-star|0 Comments

The Darling Monologues

You’re not likely to meet three much more different women in 50 minutes than Lily, Sadie and Ruby, but all are revealed in acute detail and vivid characterisation by Angela Jackson, until now better known as a writer than an actress. The main character of the Darling Monologues is male - Mark Darling. The clever part is the way his story is told through the women’s funny but unsentimental stories, [...]

By | July 30th, 2017|4-star|0 Comments

Glory on Earth

[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] A vibrant, youthful and feisty Mary Stuart duels verbally with a dark, dour and determined John Knox. But when you suddenly realise that the harp playing on stage is actually rendering Party Fears Two, an '80s Associates song,  you realise that this play is here to remind us that history can still deliver a definitively contemporary message. Although born in Scotland, Mary Stuart lived in France for [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|4-star|0 Comments

Hay Fever

L-R: Rosemary Boyle, Susan-Wooldridge, Charlie Archer. Photo credit-Mihaela Bodlovic Noel Coward was, and still is known for his fast wit, and for snappy dialogue in his writing, and Hay Fever is one of his most enduring works. But it’s difficult to follow a conversation when the dialogue is too fast. Unfortunately, that’s what’s taking place on stage right from the start. The actors playing siblings Sorel and Simon [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|3-star|0 Comments

The Winter’s Tale

Photo Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic If ever you wanted to know just how joyous and vibrant Shakespeare can be, come see this production. But don't expect the cast to be leaping around in tights and cod-pieces. The shift of costume is to the 21st century, and to a very Scottish place - it also has a shift of language and attitude that, like the best of Shakespeare's work, makes [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|5-star|0 Comments

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock - Photo: Pia Johnson There’s a volcanic rumbling beneath this deftly staged production, and the stark minimalism of the set design and staging add to the sense of something dark, primal and unstoppable at work. The story at the heart of Picnic at Hanging Rock centres on the unexplained disappearance of three schoolgirls and one of their teachers on Valentine’s Day, 1900, based on [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|4-star|0 Comments