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Ulster American – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: David Ireland Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy An Englishman, an Ulster Unionist, and an Irish-American try to put on a play. This is not the opening line to a poorly delivered joke, but it is the premise of a poorly written play. David Ireland's Ulster American split the critics in 2018 during its Edinburgh run. It's hard to ...

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Ulster American – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Ireland Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Dominic Corr Recently, the act of being offended has become blasé. People are offended by movie remakes, television programmes – hell quite often a social media post about cake toppings can cause riots. The term ‘offended’ however, has a place in Ulster American which returns to the Traverse after a sell-out run during ...

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Ulster American – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Ireland Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Stephen Bates Have you heard the one about the Englishman, the Irish woman and the American? Yes, any jokes beginning similarly have long been branded politically incorrect, but all the rules of PC are put through the shredder in David Ireland’s brutal, excoriating and blisteringly funny black comedy. The Englishman is theatre director ...

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Rhinoceros – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Eugene Ionesco Adapter: Zinnie Harris Director: Murat Daltaban Reviewer: Gareth Davies There is much in the modern world that we might reasonably describe as absurd. But not the fun kind of absurd, like the charmingly harmless nonsense of Alice in Wonderland, where animals talk gobbledegook and logic is inverted to wry effect. There is a darker kind of absurdity ...

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Chick Whittington – Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

Director: Johnny McKnight Writer: Johnny McKnight Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald In the year the University of Stirling turns 50, it’s apt that its in-house arts centre’s pantomime this season takes its audience on a time-travel trip to 1967, where tunes are groovy, love is free and fashion is questionable. Chick Whittington is Johnny McKnight’s fresh take on the classic panto tale ...

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The Little Mermaid – Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

Johnny Mcknight in The Little Mermaid

Writer: Hans Christian Andersen Adapter: Johnny McKnight Choreographer: Karen Martin Director: Johnny McKnight Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald   The Macrobert Arts Centre take us on a trip under the sea to the magical world of The Little Mermaid. Written, directed and starring panto royalty Johnny McKnight, this year's pantomime takes a familiar tale, gives it a cheeky twist, and makes it ...

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All My Sons – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Emans Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Legendary playwright Arthur Miller has one of his most famous works played out at Edinburgh's King's Theatre this week. Brought to the stage by Rapture Theatre, All My Sons is Miller's heartfelt tale of family, love and loss in post-war America. The Keller's lost their son, Larry, in the bloodshed of ...

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