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The Hold – National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Director: Maria Oller Writer: Adrian Osmond Reviewer: Amy Taylor As one of the characters in Lung Ha’s The Hold laments, “The past is always present”, but as Maria Oller’s production of Adrian Osmond’s play reveals, the past, while ever-present and always following us is also furiously unforgiving. Taking place in various rooms and exhibitions in the National Museum of Scotland, ...

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Refugee Boy – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Benjamin Zephaniah Adaptor: Lemin Sissay Director: Gail McIntyre Designer: Emma Williams Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald A play dealing with the issue of immigration may seem relevant in tackling social attitudes in the modern day, Refugee Boy, however, tackles the issue from a different perspective, resulting in an emotionally stirring and hard-hitting piece with a poignancy that few other productions are ...

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The Confessions of Gordon Brown – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Kevin Toolis Director: Kevin Toolis Reviewer: Michelle Haynes Back to Edinburgh after a huge success in the Fringe Festival 2013 and London’s West End, writer and director Kevin Toolis brings us his hilarious satire The Confessions of Gordon Brown. Nearly four years after stepping down as Prime Minister, we get a glimpse into the stresses and strains Brown faced ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer &Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Designer: Nigel Hook Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It would seem that farce is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment. Hot on the heels of the recent national tour of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off and the recent three year run of One Man Two Guv’nors in the West End comes ...

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Some Girl I Used To Know – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writers: Terry Ronald and Denise Van Outen Director: Michael Howcroft Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Denise Van Outen has form in one-woman musicals: at one stage in her multifarious career she starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me On A Sunday, singing and acting solo to much acclaim. So she’s got plenty going for her as she hits Edinburgh with her tour ...

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

Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Since winning a competition at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom at the ripe old age of 10, Allan Stewart has been a variety entertainer: from Sunday Night at the London Palladium to extensive cruise ship entertainment schedules, if anyone is qualified to stage a variety show, it’s Stewart. Still a strong vocal performer with a sharp wit, Stewart opens ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Director: Simon Phillips Choreography: Ross Coleman &Andrew Hallsworth Musical Director: Tom Gearing Reviewer: Katie Mitchell The pink Priscilla tour bus is back in town, equipped with fluffy boas and an endless supply of cocktails and parking up for one week only at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Priscilla Queen of the Desert is jam-packed with classic disco hits, creating the perfect party ...

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Blackbird – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Richard Baron Writer: David Harrower Reviewer: Amy Taylor The abusive sexual relationship between a pre-teen girl and a middle aged man is the subject of Firebrand’s revival of David Harrower’s award-winning 2005 drama, Blackbird. Directed by Richard Baron, this production begins as an unresolved dialogue between the abused and the abuser, but blurs the lines between truth, lies and ...

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