Stacy

Stacy

Rob keeps reminding us that he was ‘a beautiful child‘. His life has been informed by this fact, he repeats, during his account of a couple of days of upheaval. Rob has managed to sleep with his best friend, Stacy, as well as her flatmate Rhona - though Rob’s funny, intimately detailed account of these events lapse into something unexpectedly chilling... 

Orlando

Orlando

Orlando claims an oak tree trunk is ‘anything to which I could attach my floating heart’, such is the power of his imagination. Cryptic’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s experimental novel demands its audience utilize this sort of imagination too... 

Proper Night

Proper Night

A group of college friends and associated mates head to a festival, expecting a proper night of drink, drugs and dancing. What they experience instead is a deserted camp site, stolen provisions and only one new acquaintance for company - the nice-seeming but actually disturbing Nicky... 

Blue Beard

Blue Beard

Blue Beard is a nasty man with a nasty plan: he cuts the throats of the women he marries. A fair few have already suffered this grisly fate, and are strung up in one deathly room in Blue Beard’s house... 

Evening with Dementia

Evening with Dementia

If you’ve been in Edinburgh for a few weeks, or even days, you will probably have experienced the Evening with Dementia marketing campaign, which consists of actor Trevor T. Smith staggering along the Royal Mile, shaking and gap-toothed, with a large placard for the show strapped to his back... 

Penelope by Enda Walsh

Penelope by Enda Walsh

We are at the bottom of a drained swimming pool in the baking summer heat. Two men stand bathed in orange light. One, the self named “mighty” Quinn (Kari Shiels), in tiny red speedos and yellow loafers, stares at a raw sausage on a broken barbeque... 

Death of the Unicorn

Death of the Unicorn

Death of the Unicorn is a hodge-podge of a play. Existentialism clashes with childish excitement as Wet Concrete Theatre romp their way through a little girl’s active imagination, explore how she grows into a young person conditioned by education and rationality and show how she makes the ultimate sacrifice to regain visionary status... 

Clinical Lies

Clinical Lies

‘Turn your mobiles off and be quiet’ spit two masked characters at the start of Clinical Lies. The obvious reference to our potential to disturb the following action sets the tone well, as most of the production consists of the direct, accusative stares and sardonic, sharp chat of protagonist Amy at the audience, played by the captivating Eva O’Connor... 

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

Let’s face it, when the Liverpudlian narrator of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers’s asks ‘have you ever heard the story of the Johnston twins?’, you probably have. The tale of two twins separated at birth into opposite social classes, but later helplessly bonded by friendship and then tragedy is familiar to millions, due to the musical version’s worldwide success... 

Big Day for the Goldbergs

Big Day for the Goldbergs

‘Same old story,’ remarks Lucille Goldberg as she discusses her family’s past. The phrase somewhat sums up A Big Day for the Goldbergs, which is about a rather ordinary Jewish family from Leeds and which employs many a cliché... 

Under the Blacklight

Under the Blacklight

As crotchety Anne tells her bumbling assistant Jennifer in Nick Moran’s Under the Blacklight, the stage manager’s realm is amongst the ‘ghosts of dead ambition and infinite amounts of black gaffer tape’... 

Beauty is Prison-Time

Beauty is Prison-Time

Lashmela might sound like any ordinary girl. She has one daughter; sews clothes; is jealous of other girls’ looks - especially Marsha’s), and being Siberian, learns one English word every day from a text book... 

Are You There?

Are You There?

Couple Francisco and Anna share their flat with Fergus. The arrangement is stranger than it sounds. Fergus is invisible (though apparently visible to the other characters) and mute... 

Terrible Tales of the Midnight Chorus

Terrible Tales of the Midnight Chorus

Edward Wren cuts a fine macabre master of ceremonies in The River People’s Terrible Tales of the Midnight Chorus. Bearded and bedecked with banjo and accompanied by a folk-cum-indie band of guitars and violin, Wren sings and speaks his way through the show’s narratives with a sparkling sardonic drawl... 

Bluebird

Bluebird

‘How the fuck would you know that feeling?’. It’s probably something we’ve all thought (or said) on being told ‘I can imagine…’ by someone we think clearly can’t understand our plight... 

Beauty and Meaning of Autographs

Beauty and Meaning of Autographs

Deep Dark South’s programme note for The Beauty and Meaning of Autographs is comprehensive and clear. The company express their desire to revive interest in a forgotten master, short story writer Stefan Zweig, through the exploration of his philosophy of the creative process and of psychologies and emotion; theyalso discuss his Jewish connections and suffering under the Nazi regime... 

Wonderland

Wonderland

The late 1890s. We are in Lewis Carroll’s rooms at Oxford complete with piano, chaise longue and massive chandelier (Assembly‘s, but nevertheless), and beautiful blonde haired muse Alice Liddell is visiting him... 

Rabbits, Ladders and Stars in Jars

Rabbits, Ladders and Stars in Jars

The stripy t-shirt wearing, variously lipsticked or mustashioed cast of puppetry show Rabbits, Ladders and Stars in Jars start their piece with five minutes of laughter, grunts and vocal gymnastics - as well as the odd word of French... 

Fastest Woman Alive

Fastest Woman Alive

Jackie Cochran: first female pilot to break the sound barrier; ambitious individual in the face of prejudice and set-backs; woman suffering the nightmarish memory of her first child‘s death and subsequent repeat miscarriages...