Cluedo

Cluedo

Maybe it was the ‘sold out’ sign at the box office, or the massive queue, which I waited at the end of, anticipation intensifying with the perceived popularity of the production... 

2011: A Space Oddity

2011: A Space Oddity

Normally when someone is not laughing, and everyone else is, it is because they don’t get the joke. I like to think, however, that I have just as much science-fiction experience as the next high-school geek, and it was more their misfortune to have a reviewer who doesn’t laugh at bad comedy... 

The End

The End

Very occasionally we might have an original idea, and when we do we like to tell others about it; however nothing can be compared to the smugness of Michael Pinchbeck and Ollie Smith in The End... 

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

What I have always loved about Gilbert and Sullivan musicals is the tongue-in-cheek, ‘taking the mick’ style that is elemental to their popularity. Happy Go Lucky G&S fulfilled the task excellently to deliver a jovial and fresh production of the Pirates of Penzance... 

Broken Wing

Broken Wing

On entering Venue 13 I am blown away by the inspired set pieces. Hanging from the ceiling were carpets with the patterns cut out, the excess fabric scattered around the stage. There are rose petals covering the floor, and the minor-key notes of a seductive tune begin to flood the room as a woman appears in the hooded light, her body pulsing to the beat... 

Mah Hunt

Mah Hunt

As their sinuous bodies glided and writhed over the stage, stirring to the wailing undertones of the soundtrack, I was mesmerised. This astounding and inspiring piece of physical theatre truly does break the boundaries of anything that I have seen before... 

Fit for Purpose

Fit for Purpose

Having interned in an NGO’s office this summer, I found this narrative of two asylum seekers caught in the complexities of the UK Border Agency’s claims system incredibly accurate... 

A Stone's Throw

A Stone's Throw

There is something about small performance spaces - their cosiness, their character - but most of all I enjoy how up-close and personal the actors can be in such venues. A Stone’s Throw from Student Theatre at Glasgow (STaG) utilizes their Zoo Roxy setting perfectly to create a truly magical children’s theatre production... 

Tin Girl Story

Tin Girl Story

Tin Girl Story is an interesting production but I am unsure as to whether 29 Shoes Theatre Company chose the appropriate setting, or listing for their creation. This is not a play. The show merits three stars only because of the language of the text and the extraordinary playing of the double-bassist, Michael Cretu... 

A Hero Of Our Time

A Hero Of Our Time

I was thrilled to experience a piece of theatre performed in its traditional style but with a fair number of contemporary tweaks to keep the audience on its toes. A Hero of our Time is an excellent adaptation of the Lermontov novella by the Kingston University group... 

The Just So Stories

The Just So Stories

After my initial panic at being stuck in a room where the mean age of the audience was about four, I began to relax to the dulcet tones of the performing quartet. They had a strength of character in their storytelling which resonated throughout the iglu-shaped blow-up tent, and entranced their viewers, young and old alike... 

A Timetraveller's Guide to Surviving Childhood

A Timetraveller's Guide to Surviving Childhood

This was a hilarious, fun and candy-full show. The self-awareness of the Swan Picnic group is part of the very charm of their performance. The Time Travellers Guide to Surviving Childhood is rough around the edges, and basic in its formula, with smatterings of improv to keep the adults entertained as well... 

Hitler Alone

Hitler Alone

There tends to be controversy around plays, and films, that resurrect the character of Hitler for the sake of performance. I must admit I had my own reservations as I bustled up and down Shandwick Place, unable to find the venue, panicking about arriving late to a one-man show about Hitler... 

Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner, armed with a guitar and a flask of tea, saunters on stage, chatting to the audience as he sets up. He has a peculiar brand of limp British humour, establishing himself as ‘your friend’s boyfriend with ginger dreads’... 

Look Back in Anger

Look Back in Anger

From the moment I sat down, I knew this was a quality production. The characters were already onstage, the audience in eager anticipation; the aura oozed professionalism. However, what a classic play needs when it comes to the fringe is a strong rejuvenation, and this production was executed well, but without any particular innovation... 

Kalagora

Kalagora

This play is stunning in its simplicity and endeavour. A beautifully-worded monologue about the clash of civilisations, the changing sands of time and one man’s place in it all. Kalagora is a thoroughly original, ingenious one-man production embodying the art forms and human diversity of the contemporary age... 

An Imaginary History of Tango

An Imaginary History of Tango

I have very mixed feelings about this multi-genre one-woman play. It has elements of comedy, dance, mime, puppetry, film and tragedy all suffusing the story. You might think this sprawling combination would be overbearing, but I cannot imagine how the story could have been so beautifully told without each of these elements in turn... 

Blues!

Blues!

The hour-long musical and cultural immersion created by the Blueswater Collective would have received a perfect five stars if they had started as strongly as they finished. There was a feeling of irritation with the time it took the band to get going... 

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

I had anticipated a stunningly original production of Woyzeck by the Theatre Oikos company, considering their level of fringe experience and the quality of their text. However, in reality, I found their performance to be utterly disappointing... 

The Fall Children

The Fall Children

I have always been of the belief that children’s shows require an element of the surreal for both the captivation of the children, and piquing the interest of the parents that pay for them... 

Interno 10/B

Interno 10/B

As the company’s shiny programme will tell you, ten is a very significant number, not least for the total of performers in the production of Interno 10/B. The performance I chanced to see, however, appeared to have only nine dancers on stage... 

Qing Cheng

Qing Cheng

I give this production four stars with some trepidation, as I am not entirely sure whether it is just my sense of Western artistic norms that is holding me back, or if in fact Qing Cheng was just a little clichéd...