Gretel and Hansel

Gretel and Hansel

Fairy tales survive because they can be constantly retold, uncovering new depths and relevancies to the world today. Thus Suzanne Lebeau's reimagining of Hänsel und Gretel – the story of two young children who, abandoned in the forest by impoverished parents, manage to outwit a cannibalistic witch living in a cottage made out of confectionary – finds fresh gold by shifting the narrative focus onto Gretel, and building up her sibling rivalry with The Little Brother... 

Eddie and the Slumber Sisters

Eddie and the Slumber Sisters

Sometimes, when it comes to suspending our disbelief, we just have to go with the flow. In Eddie & The Slumber Sisters, for example, it is never explained why the guardian forces monitoring the dreams of children appear to resemble the Andrews Sisters dressed to entertain the US Air Force during World War Two, nor why they have an unseen superior called Charles; how many of this show's intended audience will have even heard of Charlie’s Angels? Yet, to their credit, the much acclaimed director-and-writer team of Gill Robertson and Anita Vettesse run with this USAF-vibe in both staging and front-of-house staffing, and it works... 

Bingo!

Bingo!

  • Listing
  • Musicals and Opera
  • Scotland
  • Multiple Venues
  • 6th Mar - 21st Apr 2018

Grid Iron Theatre Company and Stellar Quines Theatre Company present Bingo!, a new musical comedy focusing on lives of six characters and one fateful night at the bingo. Bingo! tours Scotland in March and April 2018... 

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

There’s a deliberate cheapness to the temporary, painted proscenium arch erected in the Brunton’s theatre-space, indicative of this local panto’s rough ’n’ ready (and necessarily low-budget) approach that, when it works, nevertheless keeps its audience—on the night of this review, predominantly under the age of 10—genuinely entertained... 

Without a Hitch

Without a Hitch

There’s no doubting the raw energy and physicality of this show, a work of dance theatre that definitely prefers choreography to speech, and uses it—along with some pretty stark staging and a thumping score—to great effect... 

Bambert's Book of Lost Stories

Bambert's Book of Lost Stories

Lambert is an impossibly small man with an enormous love of writing, who one day decides to set his stories' characters free in the hope they'll find a home. Part of the Edinburgh International Children's Festival... 

The Course of True Love

The Course of True Love

Among the gifts bestowed on the world by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the one-hour slot, into which everything—stand-up, spoken word, circus, dance or drama—has become squeezed by market forces... 

Journey's End

Journey's End

R C Sherriff’s Journey’s End, inspired by his own experiences of life in the trenches during the First World War, stands as an authoritative exploration of men “in extremis”... 

Dirty Dusting

Dirty Dusting

I must admit to feeling a tad confused after experiencing Dirty Dusting. Had I just watched a bold, empowering piece of feminist theatre, a searing indictment of ageism in the 21st century, or a comedy which felt like it had been written in the 1970s? Or, indeed, all three? Perhaps my confusion was partly down to the audience; predominantly made up of women aged between 35 and 60, there was a definite Hens’ Night “We’re here to enjoy ourselves, whatever happens” vibe, even before The Cure's “Friday I’m in Love” launched proceedings...