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Hope and Joy – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Ellie Stewart Director: Caitlin Stewart Reviewer: Dominic Corr Liaisons with a swan, gandering with the geese and partying it up with pigeons, it’s a peculiar premise for Ellie Stewart fantastical comedy-drama Hope and Joy, which centres on the peculiar arrangement of characters after Hope gives birth to a large egg, containing her swan-hybrid son Magnus. During which, she is ...

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Fibres – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Frances Poet Director:  Jemima Levick Reviewer: Dominic Corr Right now, any number of men, women and possibly children are sitting at home with a poison resting inside them. Waiting. The most depraving fact about this? Chances are, their employers, shareholders and managers have an idea that they may have these tiny grey-speckled time bombs, but money has the deciding ...

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The Monstrous Heart – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer:  Oliver Emanuel Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Dominic Corr Choking, claustrophobic, Mag’s cabin exists in an idyllic retreat many would desire, but others would suffocate within its freedom. Where the subject of nature vs. nurture arises, the concept of a monstrous mother is by no means recent. Oliver Emanuel’s The Monstrous Heart entwines nature so integrally with the narrative, as ...

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Build-A-Rocket – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Christopher York Director: Paul Robinson Reviewer: Dominic Corr We’ve all been there, falling for the D.J, or at least mismanaging our time when we should be studying. Taken in by the appeal of the dancefloor, those choice beats and a posh postcode, Yasmin strikes up a relationship of sorts with Danny. It all seems to be going rather well, ...

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The Monstrous Heart – McCarthy Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Oliver Emanuel Director: Gareth Nicholls Designer: Cecile Tremolieres Reviewer: Ron Simpson According to the play text, The Monstrous Heart is “thrilling, chilling, witty and surreal”. It’s all those things, plus challenging, opaque and, at the end, melodramatic. In his acknowledgements Oliver Emanuel expresses gratitude for being encouraged to say what he wanted to in “the way I wanted to ...

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The Panopticon, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Jenni Fagan Director: Debbie Hannan Reviewer: Dominic Corr Panopticon: noun. A historical building, most often a windowed prison turning in on itself, allowing a sense of visual connection. The inhabitants are on view at all times. Never really themselves, their thoughts the only thing kept apart from their keepers. It is also the titular building in which Jenni Fagan’s ...

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The Drift – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Hannah Lavery Director: Eve Nicol Reviewer: Dominic Corr “Tick the box which most applies to you”. We don’t even consider it, do we? Many theatre-goers in Scotland will tick a box without so much as a thought. Often white. Often Scottish, or Irish or British – what though, when you apply to multiple boxes? When you become an inconvenience ...

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Clybourne Park – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Bruce Norris Director: Michael Emans Reviewer: Dominic Corr The world never really changes, does it? The balance of offence, acceptance and hate simply shifts – given time, it will no doubt shift back. In a turbulent time, opinions which lay dormant are now unearthing themselves. Shifting from a culture in which the first black man was sitting in the ...

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