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What’s in a Name? – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Matthieu Delaporte & Alexandre de la Patellière’s Adapter, Translator & Director: Jeremy Sams Designer: Francis O’Connor Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière’s 2010 play Le Prénom was a hit of such magnitude it spawned not only a big screen French version in 2012 but a German film incarnation in 2018. Jeremy Sam’s translation, What’s in ...

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A Woman of No Importance – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Dominic Dromgoole Reviewer: Dominic Corr Finding itself deep in Wilde’s portfolio of writing, A Woman of No Importance finds itself a lesser-known, though by no mean less accomplished, piece. Dominic Dromgoole’s adaption of Wilde’s satirical take on vice, gender and expectations is an accessible piece, with a razor wit Wilde himself would find pride in. In ...

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Scottish Ballet’s The Crucible – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Based on the play by Arthur Miller Choreographer: Helen Pickett Composer: Peter Salem Artistic Collaborator: James Bonas Set & Costume Design: Emma Kingsbury Set & Lighting Design: David Finn Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys American choreographer Helen Pickett seals her reputation as a masterful creator of narrative ballet in her adaptation of Arthur Miller’s seminal play The Crucible. Teaming up with Scottish ...

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A Taste of Honey, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Written in 1958, A Taste of Honey was a ground-breaking play both in terms of its writer – a young working-class female in a world dominated by middle class men – and its subject matter. Moving away from the angry young man drama of the likes of John Osborne, it depicted people ...

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Eye of the Storm – The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer & Director: Geinor Styles Music & Lyrics: Amy Wadge Reviewer: Dominic Corr There’s fascination over storms, an unparalleled force of nature. Harnessing its capabilities could provide answers to issues of global warming and fossil fuel usage. As Greta Thunberg rallies thousands of strikes, walkouts and peaceful demonstrations across the globe – Geinor Styles’ Eye of the Storm places environmentalism ...

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Black Men Walking – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Testament Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Dominic Corr Every breath of the landscape in this country echoes the lives of thousands across history. Beneath the soil, the lives of the rich, poor, women, men, Romans and black men and women lay forgotten to but a few. On the first Saturday, of every month, Matthew, Richard and Thomas walk these peaks ...

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The Exorcist – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

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

Adaptation: John Pielmeier from the novel by William Peter Blatty Director: Sean Mathias Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It’s a work that’s polarised audiences in both book and film form, and now, almost fifty years after William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel first appeared, the stage version arrives in Glasgow on its first national tour. Is it a horror classic? Is it satanic ...

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Solaris – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Greig Director: Matthew Lutton Reviewer: Gareth Davies It is a cultural truth, universally acknowledged, that in space no one can hear you scream. But in David Greig’s stage adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s 1960s sci-fi classic, you can certainly hear the howl of the existential void. One of the appeals of space dramas are the built-in opportunities to explore ...

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