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Brassed Off – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Paul Allen, adapted from the screenplay by Mark Herman Musical Director: Nicholas Eastwood Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Dominic Corr Politics and the arts have an unstable marriage where art usually reflects, parodies or comments upon the other. Striking similarities with productions ThePitmen Painters and Billy Elliot, Brassed Off completes a trifecta of miners being soothed from a political harpooning ...

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Let It Be – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director &Musical Supervisor: John Maher Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys In avoiding the usual pitfalls of the jukebox musical i.e. shoe-horning the greatest hits of a band around an unnecessary narrative, Let It Be emerges triumphant as the perfect example of how to give your audience exactly what it wants. The producers have clearly acknowledged that it’s the music that is key. ...

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Invisible Empire – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Ewan Downie Reviewer: Michelle Haynes It’s not often that a show leaves an audience sitting in silence for two minutes after the cast has left, but this is exactly what Company of Wolves production Invisible Empire has achieved. Ewan Downie’s direction presents the audience with 55 minutes of exhaustive vocal and physical performance that is set to leave the ...

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Factor 9 – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Hamish MacDonald Director: Ben Harrison Reviewer: Lesley J. Russell   Mishap or medical manipulation? Hamish MacDonald, writer for Dogstar Theatre, packs a powerful punch in this world premiere piece. Factor 9 is a political play thatcentres on a Scottish scandal and tells the tale of the suffering of the forgotten haemophiliac victims of the Factor 8 and Factor 9 ...

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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Gregoire Dey Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Scooby-Doo, the world’s most famous Great Dane, is in Edinburgh this weekend on his dog-whistle-stop tour of the UK. The hungry hound and his friends in the Mysteries Inc. gang are on an Egyptian adventure this time, dodging mummies through a pyramid to find the mysterious treasure of the Great King Hapshetsut. (I’m pretty ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Lighting Designer:Rick Fisher Reviewer: Katie Mitchell It’s hard to believe that it was nineteen years ago when MatthewBournechanged the face of ballet through his revamp of the legendary fairy-taleSwan Lake.What was once a famous ballet centred around the iconic Swan Queen has been transformed to portray a darkerstory of a ...

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Scottish Ballet: Romeo and Juliet – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreography: Krzysztof Pastor Design: Tatyana van Walsum Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Often credited as the most inventive full length ballet ever created, Scottish Ballet returns with vibrant re-interpretation of the much-loved classic Romeo and Juliet. From Sergei Prokofiev’s 52-piece score and William Shakespeare'soriginal narrative, Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor and dramaturg Willem Bruls have “pruned discretely” many of the ...

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The Comedy of Errors – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Edie Ranvier The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s Plautian farce about twins and mistaken identity, has been neatly twinned by all-male theatre company Propeller in a matched pair with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in this, their current tour. But these twin shows, unlike the Dromios and Antipholuses who confuse the action of the play, ...

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