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Nina  Conti: In Your Face – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

nina conti in your face edinburgh festival theatre

Reviewer: S.E. Webster One woman. One monkey. One guitar. One black sack. One long clothes rail, hanging from which are a variety of half face masks, all thoroughly grotesque in shape and size. Two chairs. One flipchart. Last, and in this case by no means least, one packed theatre of people hungry for a night of improvised comedy. Cue Nina ...

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Keep Dancing – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Director: Emma Rogers Choreographer: Emma Rogers, Innis Robertson King &Robin Windsor Reviewer: Rachel Watson If any fans of last year’s Strictly Come Dancing winners Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani were asked to name a favourite dance of theirs, it is most likely to be their Pulp Fiction themed Jive in week three of the series. It was quite possibly their ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Writer: Howard Ashman Music &Lyrics: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Reviewer: Rachel Watson It is almost impossible to think that the man behind some of Disney’s biggest successes, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and, more recently, Tangled had his breakthrough with this comedy musical about a giant, blood-thirsty plant. However, Alan Menken’s recognisable style and lyrics ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Image by Darren Bell

Writers: Colin Escott &Floyd Mutrux Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Documenting the now-legendary, one-and-only coming together of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis on December 4, 1956, Million Dollar Quartet is a scintillating, celebratory tale from the dawn of rock 'n' roll. Under the avuncular, or in some ...

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A Tale of Two Cities – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Joseph Timms, Rebecca Birch and Jacob Ifan in A Tale of Of Cities

Writer:  Charles Dickens Adaptation: Mike Poulton Director: James Dacre Reviewer:  R G Balgray A Tale of Two Cities, with its narrative of “the best of times … the worst of times”, might somehow seem appropriate these days. Last night’s touring production (the Touring Consortium Company in collaboration with the Royal &Derngate Northampton) at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, certainly does justice ...

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Variety Night – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: David Greig Reviewer:  R G Balgray Variety – it died some decades ago, right?  Well, no; Saturday night television has demonstrated that the corpse just won’t lie down, and an uncanny ability to morph into different forms, cannibalising other arts along the way. This might have been a starting point for the innovation of Lyceum Variety Nights, collaborating with ...

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The Rivals – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer:  Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer:  R G Balgray Difficulties abound in approaching Georgian drama without preconceptions: those powdered wigs, and convoluted manners, as the age of wit and decorum awaits the tsunami of cultural and social changes brought forth by the 19th Century. And The Rivals is firmly of its age too -  locked in a distant ...

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The Broons: Maggie’s Wedding – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Rob Drummond Director: Andrew Panton Reviewer: S.E. Webster Argumentative, mischievous, fiery, rude, loyal, musically-minded and thoroughly endearing, The Broons are one of Scotland’s national treasures. The comic strip has run since 1936 and in spite of the changing times, it has remained steadfast and unshaken in its popularity. Now in their 80th year, the eccentric family of Scots has ...

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