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The Arabian Nights

Christmas: Children. Stories. Magic. Farting Dogs. Chess Playing Monkeys. The Arabian Nights has it all, and it's a delightful, beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable bit of theatre for all the family. The staging and scenery (and even some of the magical scenery changes) are quite spectacular, and the dialogue is fast, funny and spellbinding. It has all the classic elements of a Christmas Pantomime, but it's really a cut above the genre, and [...]

By | December 1st, 2017|5-star, General, Theatre|0 Comments

La traviata – Scottish Opera

From the rambunctious drinking songs to the pathos of its tragic arias, the staging, costumes and pure flair of the performers in Verdi's classic La traviata are a treat for the eyes and ears. This is a stunning, vibrant and gloriously staged performance that had Edinburgh's opening night audience at the Festival Theatre in rapture throughout, and earned sustained applause at its conclusion. The set was dressed beautifully as a [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|4-star, Music, Opera|0 Comments

Preview: Talk Show – Cockpit

Lyceum Theatre - Saturday 28th October 2017, 5pm Free Entry with Donations welcomed Book Tickets Here Talk Show is an exciting new addition to The Lyceum programme, in which artists, authors, and thinkers are invited to come and watch a performance before taking to the stage themselves to share their response to the themes of the play with the audience. Expect ideas, insight and stimulation through short talks, song, music, [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|Preview, Spoken Word, Theatre|0 Comments

Love Song to Lavender Menace

The 1980s were definitely analogue. A bulky cassette player is prominent on the sparse but inventive set, and from time to time cassettes are thrown in, and we hit the play button. The story that unfolds is about the birth, life and ultimate death of a bookshop in the 1980s. On paper, it may sound mundane, but the stories and performances that illuminate this period in time are anything but [...]

By | October 14th, 2017|4-star, Theatre|0 Comments


Walking across the stage to get to my seat, I pass a man holding his shaven head in his hands, who appears unwell. Sitting down to look at an unfamiliar view of the Lyceum - the auditorium slowly filling up seen from onstage, there are ladders leading off stage and up to the circle, and large hand-painted banners with edgy instructions such as 'No Knives longer than 3 inches' 'No [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|4-star, Theatre|1 Comment

(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, Performance, Theatre|0 Comments

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, Comedy|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, Theatre|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, Theatre|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, Theatre|0 Comments