The point of a thought-experiment is to provide a way of exploring the consequences of an idea, not through a metaphorical prism, but through a literal imagining of what might happ…
The Rite of Spring lends itself extremely well to jazz interpretations: those wild off-beats and dissonances must be a jazz artist’s wet dream.
In this production of Nikolai Gogol’s satirical masterpiece,
Sedos, ‘The City of London’s premier amateur theatre company,’ have forwarded
the action a hundred years to 1…
Youth Music Theatre Scotland return for another successful year at
the Fringe, this time with a remarkably professional and well-executed
production of West Side Story, perhaps t…
I really hope there wasn’t an adult in charge of this.
Combining an interesting program with an intimate setting and impressive technique, this concert of classical guitar music will be of interest to specialists and those who will enj…
Harry Buckoke’s Occupied is an intelligent and refreshingly light-hearted dissection of the 2011 occupation of Lady Margaret Hall by students of Cambridge University.
There’s nothing I would like to do more than go for a pint with Giacinto Palmieri and discuss Wagner.
Before Phill Jupitus was a panel show staple (but in a good way) he was a performance poet.
Rayner is a real presence, a big guy with a big voice who is very comfortable
with addressing an audience.
Fighting a giggle fit is not what an
audience member should be doing during the first half of Julius Caesar.
was first unfaithful: woman or man? A scientific experiment designed to
recreate the garden of Eden and answer this question “once and for all” is the
premise of this he…
An intense, poetic study of loneliness, cruelty and rural isolation, Kitty in the Lane is a mesmeric continuation of the Irish literary tradition, a reminder that our cousins over …
Plays by leading contemporary playwrights are becoming more common at the Fringe.
Cabaret Nova has
undergone a transformation since last year.
You can sense when an audience is tense even without turning around.
Rachel Stubbings gave me a Maoam.
As a recipient of the Gilded Balloon’s So You Think You’re
Funny? Award Demi Lardner belongs to an elite group of comedy talent.
Oddball alert! A guy wearing headphones sits strangely close to me and asks whether I like “communist romcoms.
Based on David Hare’s knowledge of 1960’s private school politics from the position of a boy attending on a scholarship, South Downs is an excellent play: funny, intelligent an…
Neil LaBute’s 2001 play has big themes: the morality of art; the morality of love.
Ironic isn’t it? A show about a psychopath and it made me want to kill someone.
Someone once wrote of the novel Vernon God Little that it ‘was a work of unutterably tedious nastiness and vulgarity’, and its author DBC (Dirty But Clean) Pierre ‘a man with…
On the first night I tried to go to Vanity the tiny room was completely full: I couldn’t even see past people hanging around at the door.
The Mad Hatter Bum Party confers a false and fairly nauseating dignity on being without a home.
The funniest piece in this collection of performed poems isn’t about the human body.
If the fringe has a competition for ‘the most cool stuff a director can think of and put into a show’, Junk is a shoe-in.
Find Me manages to reveal simultaneously how far we’ve come and how far we have to go in our attitudes to mental illness.
Jamie Hamilton is an energetic and inventive sketch writer, with an unusual ability to take conventions from other genres and spin them until they become surreal.
Watching actors improvise can be the most fun thing ever.
George Galloway arrives on stage chewing gum and wearing a military style jacket.
Events like The Bear Goes Walkabout are premonitions of the future of British classical music.
Ethics and morality aren’t typically seen as trendy when it comes to comedy, poetry and performance; they are often seen as unfun and old-hat.
Ron Butlin is the Edinburgh Makar (poet laureate) and he is a skilled and sensitive writer.
Director Matt Dann writes that his production of Macbeth is ‘informed, not by an imposed concept, but by the texture of the text itself: lean, taut, bristling with muscular tensi…
Who is Duvet Dave? I’m not really allowed to say exactly who, but I can describe him.
Alice Mary Cooper ushers us into a tiny black room, onstage are a cup, saucer and red cork cricket ball resting on a cardboard box.
Our bodies are not challenged in the way our ancestors would have been used to.
Last time someone ‘breathed new life’ into Beckett they were issued an injunction.
Our host Bob Starrett is a cartoonist, writer, trade unionist and political activist heavily involved personally and politically with the history of the Glasgow shipyards.
Watching Americans do sketch comedy can be painful for the British.
It was strange returning from Tejas Verdes.
Some good friends snubbed the opportunity to see this with me: I was made to see my first cabaret all alone.
We really don’t know much about beer.
Though a wayward arachnid hanging from the ceiling threatened to steal Walsh’s show on the night I was there, his genuine reaction to it – ‘HOLY SHIT’ – turned into ten m…
People who have seen Squidboy will be competing to find the best way to describe it.
It can be annoying when someone points out that being schizophrenic has nothing to do with split personalities, but they would be right.
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