Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Nostalgia is big business. Harking back to some mythical golden age permeates both politics and popular culture just now, but nostalgia is undeniably rose-tinted and glosses over the hardships, struggles and wider picture... 

Cirque Berserk!

Cirque Berserk!

“Not a circus, it’s a Berserkus!” Cirque Berserk! boldly comes with two USPs. Firstly, in the name of “maximum thrills”, all-but-one of the acts perform without safety devices; and, yes, these days this may well raise some ethical concerns around people risking life and limb in the name of entertainment... 

Scottish Ballet Hansel & Gretel

Scottish Ballet Hansel & Gretel

Forget what you know about the traditional Brothers Grimm fairy tale; Christopher Hampson has taken this classic tale and injected it with magic and modern charm, his choreography capturing and telling the story of each individual character with perfection, while making excellent use of the original score by Engelbert Humperdinck—that’s the 19th century German composer, of course, not the 1960s balladeer! Some of the visuals were so mesmerising in the first half of the performance that the second half sometimes lacked this same magical quality... 

The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things

Children are often said to be the most “difficult”—or, to put it another way, most honest—theatre audience performers are ever likely to face: they’re not “adult” enough to hide their boredom or loss of interest... 

Traces

Traces

Traces is a theatre show with no obviously clear-cut beginning or end; if there’s a start at all, it might be when the two principal performers – Marko Werner and Michael Lurse of Berlin-based Helios Theater – walk among the waiting audience of children and adults outside the studio space, gaining our attention with the chime of a bell, then silently interacting with some of the younger children – making small patterns in sand on the table-tops, dropping a trail of small scraps of paper, or drawing chalk outlines round people’s feet on the floor... 

Nederland Dans Theater 2

Nederland Dans Theater 2

Diverse, curious and striking, Nederlands Dans Theater 2’s 2016 Dance Consortium Tour showcases the company’s acclaimed contemporary dance repertoire. Stopping off in Edinburgh en route to Sadler’s Wells, NTD2, the junior division of the Nederlands Dans Theater, performs six pieces from its catalogue... 

1984

1984

Northern Ballet’s 1984 begins with a literary act of rebellion: Tobias Batley’s Winston enters an antique store and buys a blank diary. During this dreamlike opening scene, Chris Davey’s lighting shines a spotlight on the solitary protagonist... 

Footloose

Footloose

Youth-orientated and iconic, warm-hearted and rebellious, Dean Pitchford’s Footloose remains one of the most beloved of ‘80s’ teen films. No mean feat when it stands alongside such contesters as The Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing and Pretty in Pink... 

James III: The True Mirror

James III: The True Mirror

Like the first, the final play in Rona Munro’s James Plays is part family saga, part love story. Yet the atmosphere is quite different; the brutalist set has morphed to something more feminine, with roses and green foliage decorating the back... 

James II: Day of the Innocents

James II: Day of the Innocents

Day of the Innocents takes place on the same set as the first James play, but it feels somewhat different thanks to subtle changes of dressing and lighting. This is apt; this is a tale of friendship and rivalry between cousins and childhood friends James II (Andrew Rothney) and William Douglas (Andrew Still)... 

James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock

James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock

There’s the feel of a gladiatorial arena to the staging of Rona Munro’s trilogy of James Plays, not least because some audience members seated on a raised area above the stage, looking down on a giant sword thrust into the saltire that covers the floor... 

Scottish Ballet: Cinderella

Scottish Ballet: Cinderella

In the opening sequence of the Scottish Ballet’s Cinderella, a young girl plants a single pink rose at her mother’s graveside. As the young girl blossoms and grows, so does the flower, becoming a recurring motif in this enchanting, gorgeous production... 

Rebecca

Rebecca

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” So begins Daphne Du Maurier’s best-selling 1938 gothic romance Rebecca, famed for its heightened atmosphere of foreboding and the omnipresent, never-seen spectre of the eponymous Rebecca, who oversees the proceedings from beyond the grave... 

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

The first thing that strikes you about this new stage adaptation of William Golding’s classic dystopian novel is Jon Bausor’s astounding set: the huge section of a passenger jet, shorn in half and dropped onto a jungle-edged beach that extends right to the front row of the audience... 

Stomp

Stomp

Famed for its stunning drumming and percussion, Luke Cresswall and Steve McNicholas’ Stomp – which first premiered on the 1991 Edinburgh Festival Fringe – combines remarkable dance and movement with plenty of humour, fun and universal appeal... 

Voca People

Voca People

With more than 50 million YouTube hits to their credit and a global live audience of over 1 million, Voca People are a musical comedy sensation with a show that features 80-plus all-time favourite hits from Madonna to Michael Jackson via Mozart. 

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire tells the story of Blanche du Bois, a beautiful Southern Belle whose husband commits suicide after she catches him with another man... 

James III: The True Mirror

James III: The True Mirror

If we’re to believe Rona Munro, the third James Stewart to rule Scotland was the country’s answer to England’s Edward II; a monarch who, while undoubtedly a man of culture and learning, lacked any political sense and too often let his passions rule his head when it came to the men and women who received his grace, favour and loins... 

James II: Day of The Innocents

James II: Day of The Innocents

We don’t see one of the most important events in the life of James II, just its immediate consequences; a hurried, chaotic, almost dream-like explosion of fear and movement following the assassination of his father, James I, and his capture by the new regime... 

James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock

James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock

This trinity of new plays by Scottish playwright Rona Munro are a timely study of nationhood, identity and the consequences of political actions. They’re also surprisingly educational, even to most Scots who know little more about these first three Stewart monarchs than anyone else in the UK... 

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Established in 1959, Dutch dance company Nederlands Dans Theatre strove to break away from the expectations and traditions of ballet. Less than 20 years later, junior division NDT 2 was created to identify and prepare young, talented performer in contemporary dance...