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The Duchess (of Malfi) – Roya Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Original writer: John Webster Writer: Zinnie Harris Director: Zinnie Harris Reviewer: Dominic Corr Unyielding cruelty is at the rotten heart of what is perhaps the most notorious tragedy of English Renaissance drama, The Duchess (of Malfi). Widowed, yet defiant to remarry despite her brothers' judgements, the Duchess takes on a husband. At first John Webster’s tragedy is a (twisted) love ...

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Shine – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Kema Sikazwe Director: Graeme Thompson Reviewer: Dominic Corr What defines you? Is it your past, your family? Perhaps more realistically it’s the societal labels attached from unwelcomed comments; immigrant, black, poor or untalented which 'brand' us. I, Daniel Blake actor Kema Sikazwe's Shine gives an account of his own difficulties in finding his ability to not be a product ...

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof – Studio at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Mike Paton Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Tennessee Williams’ story of mendacity, passion and repression in the American South has been seeing its popularity renewed of late, notably with last year’s Young Vic production starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell. This year, Edinburgh theatre company Leitheatre give their own take on the play – and, for this reviewer’s ...

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The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Original Director: Mark Bell with Mischief Theatre Tour Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Dominic Corr Mischief Theatre has capitalised on farce. Following on from the Olivier winning Play That Goes Wrong and the equally successful Peter Pan Goes Wrong, they keep their prized wits but bring their talents to a different setting. As ...

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Let It Be – The SEC Armadillo, Glasgow

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys 2019 marks 50 years since The Beatles walked over that famous crossing on Abbey Road, 50 years since they played on the roof of the Apple Corps. building on Savile Row and 49 years since they released their last album. Seen by over two million people worldwide, Let It Be, continue their celebration of the music of ...

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Keep on Walking Federico – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Lockyer Director: Alice Malin Reviewer: Dominic Corr We will never live to see every truth unearthed. We will never find all which has been buried beneath the grains of sand about our own, our parents and companions lives. No matter how hard we try to uncover these, to ponder them – we just can’t do it. Any familiar ...

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Kinky Boots – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Harvey Fierstein Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Director: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys In 1999, the BBC’s documentary series Trouble at the Top featured Steve Pateman and his century old, struggling shoe manufacturing business in the village of Earls Barton in Northamptonshire. Pateman’s way out of trouble (unfortunately only temporarily) was to create a line of fetish shoes, Divine ...

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The Worst Witch – The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Emma Reeves based on the novel by Jill Murphy Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Dominic Corr Long before the boy who lived, there was a young witch who despite great intentions would always end up face first on the floor or in more trouble than she started. The Worst Witch saw a series of delightful children’s books by writer and ...

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