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Manpower – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Devised and Performed by Alister Lownie and Katerina Radeva Reviewer: Dominic Corr You see it quite often; social media tags on how men are no longer real men. The crass knuckle dragging nature of toxic masculinity would have us believe that men have been castrated, pushed into offices and coffee bars. Created and performed by Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva, ...

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Still Alice – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Adaptation: Christine Mary Dunford from the book by Lisa Genova Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Dominic Corr Faithfully capturing Lisa Genova’s novel, Christine Mary Dunford’s adaptation of Still Alice continues to show the comprehensive empathy surrounding early on-set Alzheimer’s. A serial narrative, flowing through the discoveries of diagnosis, to the eventual succumbing to fractured memories. Strung together with a dual-performance from ...

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Twelfth Night – The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

Director: Wils Wilson Designer: Ana Inés Jabares-Pita Reviewer: Dominic Corr Devoid of constraints, Shakespeare for his faults, is a master in weaving a timeless narrative. His creations serve both as triumphs of art but also templates. Templates which may have a set structure or character but are completely adaptable. Once lacking in diversity, Shakespeare’s text is pushed by Wils Wilson ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Douglas Day Stewart & Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Kate Prince Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Another day, yet another iconic 80s movie is adapted as a stage musical. This adaptation of An Officer and a Gentleman by Douglas Day Stewart (with Sharleen Cooper Cohen) of his own original 1982 screenplay, is a cheesy, overblown but ultimately likeable production ...

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Liquid Sky – Platform, Glasgow

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It's rare that five minutes into a show you're begging for an escape route from the auditorium and ever rarer when the show does nothing to persuade you from fleeing to the exit for the entirety of its running time. Unfortunately, Liquid Sky is such a show. Influenced by Doris Lessing's feminist science fiction novel The Marriages ...

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The Prisoner – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne Reviewer: S.E. Webster Peter Brook, a titan of British theatre, has collaborated once again with Marie-Hélène Estienne to create The Prisoner, which first premiered in Paris earlier this year. With support from the Institut Français and a strong cast, it is disappointing to find that the drama falls flat and far below ...

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Falkland – The War the World Forgot – Greenside Nicholson Square, Edinburgh

Writers & Directors: Luke Tudball and Heather Bagnall Reviewer: Tom Ralphs The very large stage of the Emerald Studio, at Greenside’s Nicholson Square venue, makes the minimal set of Falkland – The War the World Forgot look incredibly small, making the stage seem empty. This may be exactly what Tasty Monster Productions wanted as it illustrates how insignificant the Falkland ...

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Maz and Bricks – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Emma Plotkin Pro-choice protester Maz, is ready to march for the referendum; rowdy Bricks is picking up his kid and going to the zoo. Destinations set, their meetcute is an adrenalin filled journey from hen party to hospital. Slapdash Bricks and forth-write Maz are the proverbial odd couple. The characters are in a near constant state of confession and ...

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