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Ballet Hispánico: Carmen – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Artistic Director – Eduardo Vilaro Reviewer: Dominic Corr Priding itself with a connection to its roots, the Ballet Hispánico company stitches the grandeur of ballet with the accessibility of Latin movement. Exploring Latino culture, seeking to educate whilst also entertain, Ballet Hispánico talents lie not just in dance, but in identity and awareness. From the beginning, there is little question ...

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Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald King’s Theatre favourite Allan Stewart is back to host his Big Big Variety Show for a fifth year with a packed line up featuring some of his best showbiz pals. This isn't a rerun of previous incarnations, the 2018 Big Big Variety Show is fit to bursting with a new lease of life. Gone are the tired ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Set Designer: Nigel Hook Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society have finally done it. They’ve found the perfect play that can be cast without adapting the whole show. Not only that, they’ve hit the big time and are about to embark on a national tour to some of ...

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The Wandering Hearts – Broadcast, Glasgow

Having spent weeks at the top of the Country Artist Album chart, the talent and quality of London-based 'country, folk-pop' group The Wandering Hearts won't be confined to intimate venues like Glasgow's Broadcast for long. Thirty minutes after uploading two demos to SoundCloud, the group, then called The Paper Hearts, caught the attention of Decca Records, who invited them to ...

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The Last Bordello – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Leddy Director: David Leddy Reviewer: Dominic Corr "If you would like a programme, it's just in the bin to your right" before this evening's production commences, already we are on a slight back foot. An innovative theatrical creation has lasting effects outside of its runtime, something synonymous with David Lenny and Fire Exit theatre. Those familiar with his ...

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The Match Box – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Richard Baron Writer: Frank McGuinness  Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Frank McGuinness is oft-cited as one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists. In his 90-minute, one-act, one-woman monologue The Match Box, McGuinness offers a running commentary in the headspace of a woman on the verge. The barren set is a metaphor for McGuinness’ protagonist. Sal has little joy in her world. Her story ...

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The Weir – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Connor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Just as there are some bands who seem born to perform in stadiums and others whose natural home will forever be small, sweaty venues, there are some plays that demand a large theatre and others best appreciated in more intimate surroundings. The Weir falls into the latter category. Set in a ...

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Cirque Berserk – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Martin Burton Creative Director: Julius Green Set Designer: Sean Cavanagh Lighting Designer: Mike Robertson Sound Designer: Matthew Bugg Costume Designer: Dianne Kelly Reviewer: S.E. Webster If you’ve ever wanted to learn the art of contortion, aerial ballet or foot juggling then step away from the gymnasium and into your local theatre. Currently touring the UK, Cirque Berserk offers all ...

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