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How to Disappear – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

three people in a bedsit

Writer: Morna Pearson Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Gareth Davies It may not seem an obvious scheduling choice for a festive theatre production, but the Traverse Theatre's main stage show this winter is very much in the 'alternative' Christmas tradition. The spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge lingers in the play's themes of social injustice, political heartlessness and in the redemptive ideas of ...

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Trainspotting – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

man on sofa

Writer: Irvine Welsh Adapter: Harry Gibson Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Dominic Corr The iconography of Scotland is divided in twain, on one side: Brigadoon, Local Hero and Brave. The folk, historic, mythical and the fantastic. On the other side the gut-wrenchingly visceral realism of Trainspotting. In this, Irvine Welsh birthed something which harps more with Scottish culture than tattie scones, ...

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Letters to Morrissey – HOME, Manchester

man in t-shirt and shirt holding a gladioli

Writer: Gary McNai Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Jay Nuttall "If you don't know who Morrissey is - get out!" It's fair enough if you've come to see a play with the lead singer of The Smiths in the title. But it need not matter whether you are a fan of the man himself. This story is about much more than ...

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Into That Darkness – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Gitta Sereny Adaptor: Robert David MacDonald Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Jennifer Minich Jarring and disorienting, Into That Darkness stays with you long after the curtain falls. Billed as the dramatisation of an interview, itis a complex deconstruction of a high-ranking Nazi’s rationalisation of his part in the Holocaust. Adapted for the stage by Citizens Theatre’s former artistic director Robert ...

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Donald Robertson is Not a Stand-Up Comedian – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Gary McNair Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: John Roberts Gary McNair returns to the Traverse following his acclaimed production of Born to Run in 2012 with a wonderfully enticing story of friendship and stand-up comedy. 15year old Donald Robertson isn’t funny, in fact he is the target of the school bullies, but instead of fighting them head on, he tries ...

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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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Little Earthquake: The Tell-Tale Heart – mac, Birmingham

Writer: Philip Holyman, from the short story by Edgar Allen Poe Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards Edgar Allen Poe’s gothic short story is the inspiration for this fresh adaptation from Little Earthquake. The Tell-Tale Heart describes the events leading up to the imprisonment and sectioning of Simon Flanagan (Laurence Saunders) a private nurse who, with an over-acuteness of ...

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