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Anita and Me – Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Meera Syal Adaptation: Tanika Gupta Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Anita and Me is the story of the friendship between the well-educated daughter of an Indian family and a troubled white girl who can’t wait to leave school. It’s also a story about being the only Indian family in a white community, and growing up in a West ...

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My Country: A Work in Progress – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

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Writer:  Carol Ann Duffy Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer:  R. G. Balgray Once the brouhaha about Brexit dies down – if it ever does – it is to be hoped that a special place can be found for My Country: A Work in Progress from the National Theatre Company, currently beginning its national tour at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. For ...

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Casanova – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

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Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Original Scenario: Kenneth Tindall & Ian Kelly Reviewer: Dominic Corr Decadence and debauchery: terms that readily come to mind when thoughts turn to Giacomo Casanova. For many, this image is synonymous with adultery, womanising and sexual deviance. Instead, Kenneth Tindall’s adaptation for the Northern Ballet company’s production of Casanova offers a look at the passion, pain and grandiose ...

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NEWS: Edinburgh International Festival launches 2017 Programme

  One of the world's most iconic arts festival, The Edinburgh Internation Festival, turns 70 this year. John Kennedy reports from Edinburgh on the launch of the anniversary edition programme. The panoramic scene-stealing Church of Scotland Assembly Hall on The Mound was an appropriate venue for the 70th-anniversary launch of Edinburgh's International Festival Programme. The corporate design branding following again ...

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Expensive Shit – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Adura Onashile Director: Adura Onashile Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Two toilets, two stories, twenty years apart. The only things they appear to have in common are the toilet attendant and the objectification of the women who use the toilet. Unfortunately, they also share a failure to take off and make the production come to life. The first story is set in a ...

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Girls Like That – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Evan Placey Director: Rachael Esdale Reviewer: Dominic Corr One day we won't need productions that discuss gender inequality, however, for the time being, we have playwrights such as Evan Placey to help navigate the new generation's struggles with gender inequality and social damage through digital devices. This adaptation of his 2013 piece Girls Like That sees the Lyceum Youth ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

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Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A lot has changed in the few short years since the first national tour of Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong. The award-winning theatre company has catapulted itself from the room upstairs at the Old Red Lion Pub Theatre to Olivier Award-winning success, has two ...

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A Life With The Beatles – The Arts Centre, East Kilbride

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Writer: Davide Verazzani Director: Andy Corelli Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Entering to the strains of Billy J. Kramer’s version of Lennon & McCartney’s Do You Want to Know a Secret; actor Ian Sexon takes the audience on a blisteringly paced account of the life of Neil Aspinall. A man at the very heart of The Beatles' story, a man who shared ...

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