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Gut – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Written by Frances Poet Directed by Zinnie Harris Reviewer: Dominic Corr We can reason with our heart, we can rationalise inside our heads. Yet we find it so very difficult to persuade a gut instinct. A visceral, primal stance which has a uniquely tangible feeling when we feel something wrong. It is, however, the blindest feeling we place trust in. ...

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How to Act – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer and director: Graham Eatough Reviewer: Gareth Davies In an age of 'fake news' and #MeToo, the National Theatre of Scotland's exploration of the intersection between narratives of reality and power seems eerily prescient. Under the guise of a masterclass hosted by a world-renowned theatre practitioner Nicholl (Robert Goodale), what transpires is a provocative questioning of the very nature of ...

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The Last Bordello – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Leddy Director: David Leddy Reviewer: Dominic Corr "If you would like a programme, it's just in the bin to your right" before this evening's production commences, already we are on a slight back foot. An innovative theatrical creation has lasting effects outside of its runtime, something synonymous with David Lenny and Fire Exit theatre. Those familiar with his ...

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The Match Box – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Frank McGuinness Director: Richard Baron Reviewer: Emily Hall In ninety minutes acclaimed Irish playwright Frank McGuinness depicts the complete transformation of single Irish mother upon the sudden loss of her twelve year old daughter. Dark and captivating, the Scottish premiere of The Match Box at Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh unsettles as much as it compels. Janet Coulson delivers the ...

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How to Disappear – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

three people in a bedsit

Writer: Morna Pearson Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Gareth Davies It may not seem an obvious scheduling choice for a festive theatre production, but the Traverse Theatre's main stage show this winter is very much in the 'alternative' Christmas tradition. The spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge lingers in the play's themes of social injustice, political heartlessness and in the redemptive ideas of ...

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Letters to Morrissey – HOME, Manchester

man in t-shirt and shirt holding a gladioli

Writer: Gary McNai Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Jay Nuttall "If you don't know who Morrissey is - get out!" It's fair enough if you've come to see a play with the lead singer of The Smiths in the title. But it need not matter whether you are a fan of the man himself. This story is about much more than ...

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Breakfast Plays: Birth – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

syringe, gun, pregnancy test, baby bottle with money inside

Reviewer: Emily Hall This year, Traverse Theatre’s breakfast plays were selected from a collection from The Birth Project, an organisation promoting discussion about global health inequality. Four plays make up B!rth, focusing on motherhood in the UK, the US, Syria and India respectively. This review covers Choices by Stacey Gregg, a poignant reflection on female experiences of birth in the ...

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Expensive Shit – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

cast expensive shit traverse theatre edinburgh

Writer: Adura Onashile Director: Adura Onashile Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Two toilets, two stories, twenty years apart. The only things they appear to have in common are the toilet attendant and the objectification of the women who use the toilet. Unfortunately, they also share a failure to take off and make the production come to life. The first story is set in a ...

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