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Grease The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The first new production in 25 years, and with the promise of a return to the gritty, raw, original 1971 production, the odds would seem stacked in favour of this Leicester Curve production of Grease, one of the world’s most beloved musicals. However, ...

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Civilisation – Underbelly Big Belly, Edinburgh

Director: Jaz Woodcock-Stewart Choreography: Morgann Runacre-Temple and Company Producers: Antler, Eve Alin Design: Charlotte Espiner Lighting: Alex Fernandes Reviewer: Chloe St George We are used to music, when used in film and theatre, which contributes to an atmospheric landscape or ambles neatly alongside some emotional narrative. But Civilisation, the joint creation of Jazz Woodcock-Stewart and Morgann Runacre-Temple, has a beautiful ...

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Die or Run – Greenside at Nicholson Square, Edinburgh

Writers: Hannah Ringham & Glen Neath Directors: Glen Neath, Hannah Ringham & Louise Mari Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Is it a homage to an 80s house party or to the 80s Conservative Party is a question that springs to mind midway through Die or Run as an early drug-fuelled stream of consciousness on all that was good about the decade that ...

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Late Night Lip Service – Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, Edinburgh

Hosted by Gingzilla Reviewer: Dominic Corr Well, my, my, my Miss Gingzilla, had the adoration not been clear before, this evening’s ravenous crowd make it obvious to see our host for Late Night Lip Service is a Goddess of the Fringe. Serving up filth Thursday – Saturday, Late Night Lip Service is where to go if you want what the ...

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Hughie – Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Reviewer: Dominic Corr Al Pacino, Jason Robards, Forest Whitaker, and now, Phil Nichol, one hell of a listing to have one common trait, what is it you may wonder? They’ve all performed the role of loveable rogue Erie Smith in Eugene O’Neill’s short, one-act production of Hughie. Set in midtown New York, as a gambler laments the ...

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Amélie – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Craig Lucas Music: Daniel Messé Lyrics: Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Amélie:The Musical is based on Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 Academy Award-winning movie about eternal altruist Amélie Poulain, whose desire to help others, through a series of simple acts of kindness, prevents her from finding love. Amélie escapes her dysfunctional childhood and unhappy home ...

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Rose McGowan: Planet 9 – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Writer: Rose McGowan Insightfully, this is a wholly different Rose McGowan than perhaps one may envision from the media. Preconceptions about Planet 9 will be rife, this is not an in-depth examination of #MeToo culture, nor a ‘tell-all tale’ which the jackals may pounce towards. Instead, it’s an open, free moving event where McGowan encourages meditation. An accompanying album to ...

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The Happiness Project – Army @ the Fringe, Edinburgh

Writers: Creative Electric Director: Heather Marshall Reviewer: Tom Ralphs The Happiness Project is a curious beast of a show, moving from an almost glee club school drama company take on the problems of the world and social media in particular, to a show with poignant and deeply personal stories about relationships. It can leave you cringing or applauding the courage ...

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