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Kinky Boots – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Harvey Fierstein Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Director: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Dominic Corr Even for those unfamiliar with the original cinematic release, there’s been an immense buzz surrounding the Kinky Boots musical. It doesn’t take much to get involved though, as the production itself has a tongue in cheek attitude with the unique aspects. In particular, yes, they are in ...

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Mouthpiece – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Kieran Hurley Director: Orla O’Loughlin Reviewer: Edie Ranvier The lights come up and we meet the writer. Not playwright Kieran Hurley, but his creation, middle-aged one-time wordsmith Libby (Neve McIntosh). “The opening image,” she declares in her opening line. “This is the beginning of the story, and it’s vital.”… So, begins Mouthpieceand it starts as it means to go on ...

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Wendy and Peter Pan – The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

Adapted by Ella Hickson from the book by J.M Barrie Directed by Elanor Rhode Reviewer: Dominic Corr Fantastical literary classics usually sit in the epicentre of festive cheer. From pantomime to nativities and stage adaptations of the likes of Alice in Wonderland or Narnia. One boy, who chased his shadow through London and back to Neverland flies above the rest. ...

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Nativity! The Musical – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Debbie Isitt Music: Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt Reviewer: Dominic Corr It’s Christmas. Got it? Halloween is over, the nights draw in and whilst it may be tremendously early for some - Christmas has hit Edinburgh. Nativity! The Musical is no school production with not a single tea towel robe in sight, and only a few drunk uncles. ...

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Rambert: Life is a Dream – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Choreography: Kim Brandstrup Music: Witold Lutoslawksi Review: Dominic Corr Control, particularly to any auteur is their entire being. Where our vision cannot, will not and most likely should not collide with our realities. Rambert conveys Life is a Dreamas a narrative work, though in truth it is more akin to pure movement than theatre. An adaption of the 1635 play ...

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Motown: The Musical – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Berry Gordy Director: Charles Randolph-Wright Reviewer: Dominic Corr More than music, Motown was an opportunity. It was family, dedication and an outlet for some of history’s greatest African American performers. The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross all had a part to play in the construction of the record label. Playing such a prominent role in racial integration ...

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