Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan

‘Eyes that flirt with a tear are common round here, and misery loves company they say.’ Those fabulous Jack Teagarden lyrics filled Queen’s Hall during Mary Coughlan’s recent concert there... 

The  Softening of MAO-A

The Softening of MAO-A

Presented in an actual lecture auditorium, The Softening of MAO-A has the potential to use all the psychological baggage infused in those stiff, wooden fold-up chairs to its advantage... 

The Great Puppet Horn

The Great Puppet Horn

I just saw The Great Puppet Horn and boy do I need to catch my breath. Jeremy Bidgood and Lewis Young present their shadow puppet comedy-satire show at a breakneck speed, something like watching an extremely successful long-form set in fast forward, but with y’know… shadow puppets... 

Drop Me Off in Harlem - James Lambeth Sings Duke Ellington!

Drop Me Off in Harlem - James Lambeth Sings Duke Ellington!

James Lambeth has a gorgeous voice and has selected a good list of Duke Ellington standards for his tribute ‘Drop Me Off in Harlem.’ It’s a lovely tour through some of the finest music of the last century, but the music doesn’t shine as much in live performance as one would hope... 

The Explorers

The Explorers

Usually a quartet, The Explorers were down a sax player for their gigs today, but the remaining trio managed to speak eloquently despite missing their reed instrument. Led by guitarist Tim Rose, the band offers an expansive, roving sound while remaining rooted in the jazz-rock genre... 

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

It certainly is a paradox: is the ball of tissue paper in the magician’s pocket, or is it under the cup? Or is it in both places? Neither? With nods to quantum theories developed well after these ostensibly Victorian Era gentlemen were born, Morgan & West deliver traditional sleight-of-hand and manipulative illusions with world-weary grace and ‘fine facial furniture’... 

The Fairytale Forest

The Fairytale Forest

Sometimes I find myself disco dancing. Sometimes I find myself acting as head nurse to a laughing-gas happy surgeon. Then, of course, there are times when I find myself swimming away from a shark! Somehow I did all three of these things in one night at the bizarre and silly and very funny mime-comedy show brought by the Polish company, Kabaret Mimika... 

Kemsley and Callaghan: Keeping Their Cool

Kemsley and Callaghan: Keeping Their Cool

Harriet Kemsley and Sarah Callaghan may be just starting out, but at least they have each other. In a sweet and well-paced double bill, Kemsley’s shy, fearful-yet-unabashed character pairs well with Callaghan’s tough-girl attitude and the strength of the show comes from their alchemy as a duo... 

Caesarean Section - Essays on Suicide

Caesarean Section - Essays on Suicide

I admit it, with a title like Caesarean Section – Essays on Suicide, I was worried. But the piece that Teatr ZAR has brought to Summerhall is, thankfully, not too gloomy or melancholic, or even shocking... 

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle Trio

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle Trio

‘There’s some room down here if you fancy a dance,’ fiddler John McCusker encouraged vainly during last night’s one-night-only concert of traditional and new Irish music, held at The Assembly Rooms... 

Joseph

Joseph

The internet is a scary place. But it’s also a place where humanity has gone to hide-in-plain-sight its loneliness, its longing, and its desperation to connect with others. In his multi-media movement study billed as Joseph, Italian artist Alessandro Sciarroni understands the emotional charge of the internet’s goal, and uses it to strange and mindful effect... 

Mr Carmen

Mr Carmen

In Mr Carmen, Russian company AKHE delves into Mérimée’s original text (yup… the one Bizet simplified for his opera) and comes up with hands full of papier-mâché and rose petals, smoke, fire, string and knives, blood and vinegar... 

Macbeth: Who is that Bloodied Man?

Macbeth: Who is that Bloodied Man?

The weather’s been good for an outdoor performance. So, that’s something. Other than that there is really not much reason to see Teatr Biuro Podrozy’s Macbeth: Who Is That Bloodied Man?, a soulless, blatant, cursory pantomime of Shakespeare’s classic, told with all the grace and subtlety of a Hollywood blockbuster... 

Ma Biche et Mon Lapin

Ma Biche et Mon Lapin

An annoyed, travel-sized bottle of brandy shuffles over to his new neighbor’s house to ask that she please turn down her television. He rings the bell. A sigh is heard within and the TV shuts off... 

Sulle Labbra Tue Dolcissime (On Your Honey Lips)

Sulle Labbra Tue Dolcissime (On Your Honey Lips)

In a grey, raining world, five dancers flail through space trying to enliven it with their toddler-bright candy-colored clothing. But the attempt is futile. Black and white eventually wins out, and the rain never stops... 

To Become One Flesh

To Become One Flesh

Four young men and women in their underwear lay in a pool of dim light. Another young woman in her skivvies stood holding a microphone. In the temporary structure Greenside has erected as one of their venues, the air was warm and thick... 

Would Be Nice Though...

Would Be Nice Though...

Hi. How are you? Good? Yeah. Me too. Bit of rain today, yeah? Did you get caught in it? I didn’t. Well, I almost did, but then …I had an umbrella. Is this awkward? Is it wrong to talk like this in a theatre review? Should I stop? Do you think? Oh... 

Hinge Presents: Ordinary Things

Hinge Presents: Ordinary Things

The Hill Street venue has a great find in their ‘Master’s Room’ space and Hinge Theatre has installed itself there to present Ordinary Things: a two-actor, four character play about two couples breaking up across time and context... 

Milk and Mucus

Milk and Mucus

In the murky, grey light of dusk, half-filled vintage milk bottles line a sidewalk path. Some of them are covered in clear tape, giving the could-be-cutesy objects a disheveled, broken, almost slimy look... 

From Broadway to Hollywood - A Tribute to George and Ira Gershwin

From Broadway to Hollywood - A Tribute to George and Ira Gershwin

Pam Lawson has a crush. She has a crush on Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, the Gershwins and a soft spot for their era. Her tribute to George and Ira’s excellent songbook includes sixteen tunes, backed up by a jazz quartet of drums, upright bass, keys and, in a lucky (if uncommon) choice, trombone... 

Duplica

Duplica

During the past few sunny days those of us in town have had a chance to notice something often overlooked: our shadow selves. But our shadow is not merely the interaction between sunlight, our bodies, and pavement...