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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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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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