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Grimm Tales – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Adaptation: Carol Ann Duffy Dramatisation: Tim Supple Director: Kevin Lewis Reviewer: Rachel Clark In a world where fairy tales often come bubble wrapped in layers of Disney animation it’s easy to forget that some of our most well-loved tales were originally conceived as violent folk tales that are chilling to young children and equally haunting to adults. Theatr Iolo’sGrimm Talestakes ...

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Beowulf – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Adaptation: Seamus Heaney Director: Lynne Parker Designer: Charlotte Lane Reviewer: Rachel Clark The epic tale ofBeowulfusually conjures images of fire breathing dragons, gruesome monsters and spectacular land battles yet in the Tron Theatre’s Changing House Lynne Parker’s production of the influential text hasstrippedBeowulfto its natural core. Alone, Seamus Heaney’s translation reads with an elegant fluency; paired with the Tron Theatre ...

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Edwin Morgan’s Dreams and Other Nightmares – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Liz Lochhead Director: Andy Arnold Composer: Ross Brown Reviewer: Rachel Clark As the Tron Theatre’s diverse programme showcasing the works of four legendary British poets, the Home Nations Festival celebrates the unique characteristics of each of the four home nations in our United Kingdom, the Tron’s home soil is represented by Liz Lochhead’s fictional account of the final year ...

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News Just In – The Arches, Glasgow

Writer: Johnny McKnight Director: Johnny McKnight Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys In News Just In the rag-bag team at Tartan Tonight take over the Arches for an anarchic commentary on the day's Commonwealth Games events. There's: deluded diva news anchor Delta (Julie Brown); alarmingly tanned co-anchor, sex pest and sectarian Fergus (Jordan Young); gay weatherman in pink shorts-suit and glittery gold trainers ...

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The River – The Briggait, Glasgow

Choreographer: Natasha Gilmore Musical Director: Quee MacArthur Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys With a cast of 150, Barrowland Ballet’s The River takes us on a literal and artistic journey with dance, live music and song, along the banks of the river on which the city of Glasgow is built – the Clyde. Exploring the stories of those who make the city their ...

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Under Milk Wood – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Dylan Thomas Director: Gareth Nicholls Composer: Michael John McCarthy Choreographer: Kelly Lloyd Jones Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys As Welsh as rarebit, leeks and daffodils, Dylan Thomas' 1954 radio drama Under Milk Wood is still 24 hours in the life of the sleepy village of Llareggub (read that backwards) but in this production from the Tron Community Theatre Company staged for ...

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One Man Two Guv’nors – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Richard Bean from The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni Director: Nicholas Hytner Music: Grant Olding Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It is testament to the writing skills of Richard Bean and the supreme talent of the energetic and committed cast that an obscure 18th Century Commedia dell’Arte farce has a packed audience of 21st Century Glaswegians rolling in the ...

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The Addams Family – Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Andrew Goland Reviewer: Dominic Corr Breathing life into the macabre since their 1938 print debut in The New Yorker, The Addams Family has only recently made the transition to stage. This eclectic family created by Charles Addams to lampoon the traditional American one is a cast of gothic ...

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