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Blackbird – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Richard Baron Writer: David Harrower Reviewer: Amy Taylor The abusive sexual relationship between a pre-teen girl and a middle aged man is the subject of Firebrand’s revival of David Harrower’s award-winning 2005 drama, Blackbird. Directed by Richard Baron, this production begins as an unresolved dialogue between the abused and the abuser, but blurs the lines between truth, lies and ...

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Private Lives – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Martin Duncan Writer:NoëlCoward Reviewer: Amy Taylor Relationships are a funny old thing; one minute you can love someone intensely, with a deep, burning, fiery passion and the next minute you could be breaking a vinyl record over their skull. At least, that is, according to Martin Duncan’s revival of Noël Coward’s classic comedy of manners, Private Lives, which tells ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Tony Cownie Reviewer: Amy Taylor A fractured family, living ghosts and themes of addiction and grief lie at the still beating heart of Eugene O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Directed by Tony Cownie, this revival of a classic piece of American drama brings new life to the Lyceum’s stage for the New Year ...

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A Christmas Carol – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Andrew Panton Writer: Charles Dickens Adapted by: Neil Duffield Reviewer: Amy Taylor Charles Dickens’ most famous melancholy miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, makes a welcome return to the Scottish stage in Andrew Panton’s new production ofA Christmas Carol. Adapted by Neil Duffield, and featuring a strong cast, is this latest incarnation of Dickens’ 18thcentury allegory the Christmas story that Scotland needs ...

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NEWS: Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2014 Launches

The annual celebration of physical theatre, puppetry and animation returns to the Traverse for the seventh year running. Following the heady excesses of Christmas and New Year, January and February tend to be quite a dull time of year in the theatre calendar. But since 2008, the Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, under the care of Puppet Animation Scotland’s Artistic Director, ...

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Othello – Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

Director: Max Lewendel Writer: William Shakespeare Reviewer: Amy Taylor [rating:4] Venetian tragedy, racial tension and deadly ambition lie at the heart of Max Lewendel’s revival of his 2009 production ofOthello. A co-production with Icarus Theatre Collective and Kings Theatre, Southsea, this production brings music, energy and unity to this infamous and controversial tragedy. Written in the early 16thcentury, Shakespeare’s classic ...

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Macbeth – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Rachel O’Riordan Writer: William Shakespeare Reviewer: Amy Taylor [rating:4] A refreshingly gory and thought-provoking production ofMacbethawaits audiences at the Tron Theatre this October. Directed by the award-winning leader of Perth Theatre, Rachel O’Riordan, this co-production between the Tron Theatre and Perth Theatre invigorates the well-worn and equally well-known story ofMacbethand brings welcome new, and much-needed life to Shakespeare’s seminal ...

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Victoria – Dundee Rep, Dundee

Director: Philip Howard Writer: David Greig Reviewer: Amy Taylor [rating:3] Scotland through the ages, and ideas of time, identity and nature dominate Philip Howard’s revival ofVictoria, one of David Greig’s earliest plays. Originally commissioned by the RSC, and performed in 2000, the Scottish premiere of this epic, but flawed piece of theatre tries to cram too much into just one ...

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