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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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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Edie Ranvier All-male Shakespeare company Propeller has come to Edinburgh with a brace of the Bard’s earliest comedies: the less-performed Comedy of Errors, and the well-known and well-loved A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a story of love, fairies and chaos. You may know the Dream, but you probably won’t have seen it quite like ...

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Theology – The Pearce Institute, Glasgow

Writer &Director: Martin O’Connor Reviewer: Mark McCulloch Theology is a theatrical performance in two parts which explores the place of religion in Glasgow today. The piece is inspired by the dialect, faith and people of Glasgow. Part one is a reinterpretation of the Catholic Mass performed in the Glaswegian dialect. Part two; entitled A Govan of the Mind is based ...

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Job Seekers Anonymous- The Arches, Glasgow

Writers: Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit Reviewer: Mark McCulloch Job Seekers Anonymous is a unique and humorous piece exploring the unemployment situation in the UK through song, story, satire and silliness. More cabaret piece with sketch show elements rather than all-out theatrical work, the duo of Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit examine their own and other’s experiences of unemployment, being ...

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