Nests

Nests

Within a cluttered clearing in some woods that's neither town nor countryside and so somehow feels like nowhere, an unnamed Man (David McKay) sleeps the sleep of the just-finished-a-bottle-of-gut-rot-cider… 

Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths

Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths

“A snake will always find a way in. And he has. We've been sleeping so long that he's had a feast… And this snake has been devouring them all whilst you and I are asleep in the next room... 

Gut

Gut

“In my day, we trusted people. We knew there were some bad apples but we thought most people were good.” So says Morven, grandmother of unseen three-year-old Joshua, in genuine frustration to his mother Maddy who, during the course of Frances Poet’s Gut, becomes increasingly neurotic about even the merest possibility that he was sexually molested by some unknown male stranger that Morven unthinkingly allowed to take Joshua into the supermarket cafe toilets... 

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... 

Showtime from the Frontline

Showtime from the Frontline

Most stand-up comedy these days is based on the lives of the people standing behind the microphone, albeit reshaped to varying degrees to ensure their material matches the “rule of three” defining all the best jokes in the world – essentially a beginning, a middle and the wrong ending... 

Our Fathers

Our Fathers

It’s mildly amusing to see two grown men briefly falling into a childish bragging-match about their fathers—one a retired Church of Scotland minister, the other a former Bishop... 

One Mississippi

One Mississippi

There’s little obvious theatrical artifice on show; just four actors, in casual clothes, sitting or lying on the plain black floor of an empty stage as the audience comes in. Mariem Omari’s script, we read in the programme, is based on verbatim interviews with a diverse range of men across Scotland, which she believes confirms the increasingly held belief that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are among the leading causes of substance abuse, depression and suicide... 

The Coolidge Effect

The Coolidge Effect

During the early years of the British Broadcasting Corporation, its first Director-General Lord Reith established the BBC’s mission as being to “inform, educate and entertain”... 

The Lying Kind

The Lying Kind

“O, what a tangled web we weave,” Sir Walter Scott wrote in his epic poem Marmion, “when first we practise to deceive!” It’s a life lesson we can only hope unfortunate police officers Gobbel and Blunt—newly on the beat, it would seem— remember, given that the play’s Farcical succession of misunderstandings and physical injuries arise from their initial reluctance to quickly inform an elderly couple on Christmas Eve of the death of their daughter... 

Music Is Torture

Music Is Torture

“Keep going,” actor Andy Clark says repeatedly to the musicians behind the glass screen in the unsubtly-named Limbo Studio created on stage, ensuring that we find our seats accompanied by a regular single drum-beat... 

Daphne Oram's Wonderful World of Sound

Daphne Oram's Wonderful World of Sound

In 1983, the BBC published a retrospective about “the first 25 years” of the by-then globally famous BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Written by co-founder Desmond Briscoe, the book was celebratory yet unavoidably biased, not least in how relatively little space was given over in the early chapters to co-founder Daphne Oram... 

Grain in the Blood

Grain in the Blood

For at least some of its audience, it’s enough that Grain in the Blood reunites actors Blythe Duff and John Michie—long-time compatriots on STV’s Taggart. For the rest of us, this generally taut 90 minute tale by playwright Rob Drummond—previously responsible for experimental audience-participation works such as Fidelity and Bullet Catch, as well as the currently touring stage adaptation of iconic D C Thomson’s The Broons—is an engrossing drama successfully combining the deadpan humour of film noir with a whiff of rural folk mythology... 

The Silent Treatment

The Silent Treatment

It has become traditional for Lung Ha Theatre Company – Scotland’s principal theatre group for people with learning disabilities – to present at least one large show every year that gives a role of some importance to every member of the ensemble... 

International Waters

International Waters

David Leddy’s apocalyptic fable International Waters certainly starts as it means to go on; loud and bold, with the memorable image of four gas-masked figures performing a tabletop fight to the death between Barbie dolls... 

30: 60: 80

30: 60: 80

Writer-performer Amy Conway’s new piece takes the form of a verbatim performance of three interviews: one with her mother, one with her grandmother, and one with herself. Headphones in her ears, Conway plays the interviews to herself and acts out what she hears out loud for our benefit, moving between three little stage sets whenever she changes character to help distinguish the three different voices... 

The Destroyed Room

The Destroyed Room

With typical modesty (not), Glasgow-based Vanishing Point describe themselves as “Scotland’s foremost artist-led independent theatre company, internationally recognised and acclaimed for its distinctive, ground-breaking and visionary work”... 

Cock

Cock

In the run-up to Mike Bartlett’s play Cock opening at the Tron Theatre, a lot of people – myself included – clearly couldn’t help have some innocent adolescent fun with its potentially rude-sounding title... 

Ghosts

Ghosts

Megan Barker's courageous new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts follows the story of Helen Alving as she attempts to arrange funding for a children's home. The arrival of her son triggers a series of revelations about the conduct of the older generation from which there can be no coming back... 

And The Beat Goes On

And The Beat Goes On

Glasgow based playwright Stef Smith's latest play, The Beat Goes On, ushers us into the lives of Lily and Peter, a couple of Sonny and Cher tribute artists who practice in their garage... 

Fleabag

Fleabag

Unexpected pre-show choice of “Easy Listening” music notwithstanding, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag is an exciting theatrical ride, slipping from laugh-out-loud humour to the scary realities of modern living and of not being in control... 

When The Rain Stops Falling

When The Rain Stops Falling

Those who don't know history, according to the Irish statesman Edmund Burke, are destined to repeat it, while the Bible insists more than once that the sins of the father will be passed on to his sons... 

Cardinal Sinne

Cardinal Sinne

There’s a strong whiff of Farce about Cardinal Sinne from the off; only that particular genre, after all, requires quite so many doors in a set—in this case three interior doors, one curtained-off recess and a pair of glass patio doors giving access to an unseen garden... 

The Gamblers

The Gamblers

Nikoli Gogol's The Gamblers (premiered in 1843) is relatively rarely-performed, at least in comparison with the writer's most famous work, The Government Inspector. Perhaps the latter is more popular because of its broad satirical brushstrokes, and the writer’s decision to ensure his audience is completely in on the deception at its heart... 

In My Father's Words

In My Father's Words

Louis is one of Canada's most respected teachers of classical literature. His particular area of expertise is Homer's The Odyssey, an epic poem he views as being about memory, the home and a son's long search for his father... 

The Pitchfork Disney

The Pitchfork Disney

There’s no doubting that Philip Ridley’s debut play, even now, feels like a strange beast; a modern fairytale of two infantalised and orphaned twins, Presley and Haley, somehow isolated from the world and spending their time sleeping or gorging on chocolate and horror stories... 

This Wide Night

This Wide Night

A common factor in the best sitcoms–and dramas, for that matter–are situations from which the characters can’t escape, most notably from each other: the binds of family (take your pick from Steptoe and Son to Only Fools and Horses and Our Family), the necessities of conflict (Dad’s Army) or perhaps because they’re physically locked up together in a prison cell (Porridge)... 

Otiz Cannelloni: History of Magic – Abridged!

Otiz Cannelloni: History of Magic – Abridged!

A family show about one of the most popular forms of entertainment. – magic. It’s funny, informative and there are plenty of chances to join in.With a light hearted touch Otiz starts from the very first magic illusion and guides us through magic’s chequered story with plenty of tricks up his sleeve... 

James Bannon: Running With The Firm

James Bannon: Running With The Firm

When you go undercover remember one thing, who you are… The film was I.D. The book is Running With the Firm and this is the true story told by the man himself. In 1995 Gary Oldman said to James Bannon: ‘We play at this, you did it for real, no second takes, you f*ck it up and your dead...