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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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Under the Mulberry Tree – The Studio at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Timothy Jones Director: Hannah Eidinow Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Edinburgh is labouring under a glut of plays, written by men, about how infertility turns women into psychopathic harridans.At the Lyceum, Tim Barrow’s Union is busy portraying Queen Anne, on the back of her miscarriages, as an unhinged despot who goes about breast-feeding a swaddled doll, leaving off occasionally to oppress ...

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Sam Halmarack and the Miserablites – The Arches, Glasgow

Reviewer: Mark McCulloch Somewhere between a theatre show and a would-be pop concert, Sam Halmarack and the Miserablites brings songs that will move and inspire, a lightning fast journey that takes the audience from the depths of failure to a collective euphoria in the space of a few songs: as long as you’re willing to join along. An early 90’s ...

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