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Daphne, and Hellfire – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Writer: Isla Cowan Director: Avigail Tlalim Reviewer: Dominic Corr Some might find familiarity in the tale of Apollo & Daphne, at the very least, a spark of recognition could occur with the idea of a young woman, a nymph, surrendering her flesh into bark, transforming into a tree to avoid Apollo’s amorous assault. Daphne, Or Hellfire is a new script ...

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An Edinburgh Christmas Carol – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens Adaptor: Tony Cowie Director: Tony Cownie Reviewer: Dominic Corr Instilling our most cherished festive tale, with the façade of our fair city, should be a winning combination which sits alongside holly and ivy, wine and mistletoe or the Queen’s Speech. An Edinburgh Christmas Carol places Ebenezer Scrooge, the original curmudgeon, on the cold, ...

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White – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Creator: Andy Manley Director: Gill Robertson Reviewer: Dominic Corr Profoundly simplistic, though magnanimous in spiritual creativity, White may label itself as a show for the youngest theatregoers, but its aesthetics, humour and sharp imagery are of a timeless piece. Pitching itself towards the younger crowd, but refraining from simplicity, cooing or pander. Its narrative follows Cotton and Wrinkle, two chaps who task ...

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Based on the book by Dr Seuss Books and Lyrics: Timothy Mason Music: Mel Marvin Reviewer: Dominic Corr It’s November, we hear you say, so what, who cares? Christmas is on the way. How better to celebrate, than with a children’s classic, so join The Grinch for some Dr Seuss magic. Suffice to say, rhymes may feature throughout – but please, try ...

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Tosca – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Revival Direction: Jonathan Cocker Conductor: Stuart Stratford Reviewer: Dominic Corr Puccini’s melodramatic masterpiece Tosca has it all; corruption, lust, heartbreak and the bureaucracy of history. Shifting the timeframe into the 20th century, there is still a stringent root to Puccini’s origins in 1900. Practically flawless in execution, Tosca moves beyond a ...

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Home – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Devised and Performed by the Active Inquiry Spect-Act network Reviewer: Dominic Corr They say Home is where the heart is, but what happens when your home is the place you fear most? Or you haven’t got one? As we strive for a world in which everyone feels safe and secure, Active Inquiry’s Home comprises three pieces made by various theatre ...

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The Exorcist – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras Clare Louise Connolly as Regan and Peter Bowles as Father Merrin in The Exorcist

Writer: John Pielmeier Author: William Peter Blatty Director: Sean Mathias Reviewer: Tom Ralphs A good horror show is about more than haunted house settings and special effects, it’s how music, lighting, sound effects, stage designs and characterisation combine to create something truly chilling. A good horror show script is never about the words and actions that are playing out in ...

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Cabaret – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Joe Masteroff Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Gareth Davies Possibly still the best known of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s body of musical theatre classics, Cabaret finds drama amongst the lives and loves of characters in and around a seedy Berlin nightclub of the early 1930s. Referencing the rise of Nazism, personal tragedies unfold ...

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