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NEWS: Edinburgh International Festival launches 2017 Programme

  One of the world's most iconic arts festival, The Edinburgh Internation Festival, turns 70 this year. John Kennedy reports from Edinburgh on the launch of the anniversary edition programme. The panoramic scene-stealing Church of Scotland Assembly Hall on The Mound was an appropriate venue for the 70th-anniversary launch of Edinburgh's International Festival Programme. The corporate design branding following again ...

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Expensive Shit – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Adura Onashile Director: Adura Onashile Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Two toilets, two stories, twenty years apart. The only things they appear to have in common are the toilet attendant and the objectification of the women who use the toilet. Unfortunately, they also share a failure to take off and make the production come to life. The first story is set in a ...

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Girls Like That – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Evan Placey Director: Rachael Esdale Reviewer: Dominic Corr One day we won't need productions that discuss gender inequality, however, for the time being, we have playwrights such as Evan Placey to help navigate the new generation's struggles with gender inequality and social damage through digital devices. This adaptation of his 2013 piece Girls Like That sees the Lyceum Youth ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

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Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A lot has changed in the few short years since the first national tour of Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong. The award-winning theatre company has catapulted itself from the room upstairs at the Old Red Lion Pub Theatre to Olivier Award-winning success, has two ...

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A Life With The Beatles – The Arts Centre, East Kilbride

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Writer: Davide Verazzani Director: Andy Corelli Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Entering to the strains of Billy J. Kramer’s version of Lennon & McCartney’s Do You Want to Know a Secret; actor Ian Sexon takes the audience on a blisteringly paced account of the life of Neil Aspinall. A man at the very heart of The Beatles' story, a man who shared ...

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Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show 2017 – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The tradition of variety theatre in Scotland is long standing. As a veteran of the scene, Allan Stewart brings his Big Big Variety Show back to Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre to remind us why variety should remain at the heart of Scottish theatre. The all-star lineup includes King’s Theatre stalwart and panto baddie Grant Stott, who plays along ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Alan Janes Director: Adrian Rees Reviewer: Dominic Corr The Day the Music Died was how musician Don McLean commemorated the passing of fifties Rock & Roller Buddy Holly. Jukebox musicals always honour those with considerable talent, Buddy is no different. Writer Alan Janes seeks not to tell an untold story, but merely present the life of an accomplished artist ...

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The Full Monty – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: R G Balgray Given the political mood music of our own troubled times, it might just be worthwhile to remind ourselves of Thatcher’s Britain. A factory hooter at top volume, a few soundbites of Herself, and a stage set representing a shutdown factory, and we’re there: so starts The Full Monty at the ...

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