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- ALL ABOARD! AT TERMINATION STATION – REVIEW – EDINBURGH FRINGEby Jill JohnsonAll Aboard! At Termination Station, a show designed to de-stigmatizing the conversation around abortion and dedicated to women, is one of the most memorable things I saw at fringe, and definitely the most important. As I sat in anticipation in Bunker One, I listened to the news being played over about the Roe v. Wade decision, which, of course, bums us all out. But not for long – we suddenly hear Lilly Burton’s voice: “Can you imagine if I started the show like that?” In she bursts, dancing, wearing a bright pink set and a sparkly conductor’s hat; she is … More ALL ABOARD! AT TERMINATION STATION – REVIEW – EDINBURGH FRINGE
- DEAR BILLY – REVIEW – KING’S THEATRE GLASGOWby Sonia Hadj SaidDear Billy, you would laugh too. It must be a disgrace to go to a show called Dear Billy without knowing much more about Billy Connolly other than his name, I thought to myself whilst watching old YouTube clips in a hurry before leaving for the show. Arrival at the theatre quickly proves me right – the queues spread throughout the whole street, the excitement at its peak, and the production’s obvious love for the Big Yin mirrored by the gathered audience. Gary McNair introduces the show in a typical banter style which immediately warms up the audience. It’s clear … More DEAR BILLY – REVIEW – KING’S THEATRE GLASGOW
- THE STAMPING GROUND – REVIEW – KINGS THEATRE GLASGOWby Fiona ScottThe Stamping Ground, a new Scottish musical produced by Raw Material and Eden Court Highlands started development in 2018 and a fully-fledged production is now touring around Scotland. Weaving the musical catalogue of the legendary band, Runrig, around an original story set in the highlands, the show frames the climate crisis and its impact on a small but tightly-knit community, in the fictional village of Glenbeag. At the top of the show, we meet Annie (Jenny Hulse), Euan (Ali Watt) and their daughter Fiona (Caitlin Forbes), who are about to make the big move from London back to Glenbeag, where the … More THE STAMPING GROUND – REVIEW – KINGS THEATRE GLASGOW
- CHILDMINDER – REVIEW – TRAVERSE THEATREby Sonia Hadj SaidChildMinder arrives at Traverse Theatre to shake minds and perceptions – enter this show at your own risk of being forced to investigate the darkest depths of your soul. This is a ghost story, only it isn’t; it’s about love, but not exactly. Guilt, redemption, shame, and hope – all these emotions spin across continents and decades masterfully contained to a one-and-a-half-hour show under direction by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir, produced by Michelle McKay with support from Creative Scotland and Traverse Theatre. Without a doubt, ChildMinder is a brave story with the distinctive voice of Iain McClure, whose real-life experience as … More CHILDMINDER – REVIEW – TRAVERSE THEATRE
- PIBROCH – REVIEW – SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTREby Fiona ScottOn 6 July 1988, 120 miles off the coast of Aberdeen, the Piper Alpha oil platform was engulfed in a series of explosions which killed 167 people. Nearly 35 years on, Aberdeen-based artist and poet, John Bolland, retells and reflects on the disaster in Pibroch. Based around the central question “What would you do if you found yourself on a burning platform?”, the parallels between the literal platform of Piper Alpha and the surface of our planet are explored through this multimedia production. Criticism of those in power, be it the health and safety organisations that could have helped prevent the … More PIBROCH – REVIEW – SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTRE
- AN INSPECTOR CALLS – REVIEW – THEATRE ROYAL GLASGOWby Sonia Hadj SaidAn Inspector Calls – and you’ll want to get the door. The timeless classic written by J.B. Priestley is back in this National Theatre production, directed by Stephen Daldry. First performed in the (then) Soviet Union in 1945, Priestley’s play is set in 1912 in the fictional English town of Brumley and follows a story of an upper-middle-class family over the course of one night. Join the Birling family as they face Inspector Goole as well as themselves in this always-relevant thriller. It begins as a rainy night though there are no gloomy clouds in the Birling household as Mr … More AN INSPECTOR CALLS – REVIEW – THEATRE ROYAL GLASGOW
- SEAN AND DARO FLAKE IT ‘TIL THEY MAKE IT – REVIEW – TRAVERSE THEATREby Ella CatherallSean and Daro Flake It ‘Til They Make It is a new play by Laurie Motherwell currently showing at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. The show chronicles the (mis-)adventures of Sean and Daro, childhood friends who have drifted apart since the former went off to university. The death of Sean’s mother has brought him back to his hometown, leading to the two reuniting and Daro roping Sean into his plan to run an ice cream van together. It’s undeniable is that the show is hilarious. It’s a great time with a lot of excellent laugh lines, which both Sean Connor … More SEAN AND DARO FLAKE IT ‘TIL THEY MAKE IT – REVIEW – TRAVERSE THEATRE
- KIDNAPPED – REVIEW – THEATRE ROYAL GLASGOWby Fiona ScottThe National Theatre of Scotland has reinvented another classic; following the acclaimed success of Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), Isobel McArthur has joined forces again with Michael John McCarthy to bring a new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. This version of the so-called ‘swashbuckling rom-com adventure’, co-directed by McArthur and Gareth Nicholls, is running at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal before continuing on tour around Scotland and England. The tongue-in-cheek full title of the original novel pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the plot: ‘Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751: … More KIDNAPPED – REVIEW – THEATRE ROYAL GLASGOW
- CYPRUS AVENUE – REVIEW – TRON THEATREby Fiona ScottDavid Ireland’s dark comedy explores the shadows left by The Troubles. Cyprus Avenue debuted in Dublin in 2016. Ireland’s play follows Eric, an elderly man troubled by his inbuilt prejudices from growing up in Belfast, and his family who suffer at the hands of his bias. The fate of Northern Ireland in the ongoing Brexit negotiations recently dominated our headlines once again, making the timing of this production serendipitously apt. Those local to Glasgow know the city has its own fair share of sectarian rivalry, making its presentation at the Tron Theatre all the more appropriate, as well as it being … More CYPRUS AVENUE – REVIEW – TRON THEATRE
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- THE JINKX & DELA HOLIDAY SHOW – REVIEW – LONDON PALLADIUMby Anuli ChangaDrag sensations BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are an iconic duo with reputations which have surpassed their RuPaul’s Drag Race seasons. Jinkx and Dela are known for their holiday shows and the latest rendition is an absolute success! Jinkx and Dela poke immediate fun at all the different Christmas parodies and storylines they’ve already used in previous … More THE JINKX & DELA HOLIDAY SHOW – REVIEW – LONDON PALLADIUM
- TREASON THE MUSICAL – REVIEW – ALEXANDRA PALACEby Amy RyeCreating musical theatre around historic events has become an increasingly popular thing to do within the last few years, following on from the international successes of Hamilton and Six. However, it doesn’t always work, and unfortunately, that is the case with Treason the Musical. Treason began its life as a 5 track EP in 2020, … More TREASON THE MUSICAL – REVIEW – ALEXANDRA PALACE
- ANNIE – REVIEW – NEW WIMBLEDON THEATREby Mailí Ní GhormáinWhen Annie first hit Broadway in 1977, it won a Tony award for Best Musical as well as Best Actress for Dorothy Loudon as Miss Hannigan and has been a staple of the musical theatre canon ever since. Yet perhaps more famous than Loudon is the original young prodigy, Andrea Macardle, whose enormous belt has … More ANNIE – REVIEW – NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE
- HIGH STEAKS – REVIEW – JACKSON’S LANE ARTS CENTREby Amy RyeEloina’s High Steaks is a raw and honest show about the shame some feel about their labia. With the majority of labiaplasties being performed for purely cosmetic reasons in the present day, our schools failing to teach us about the uniqueness of everyone’s vagina, and the media only showing edited or surgically altered versions of … More HIGH STEAKS – REVIEW – JACKSON’S LANE ARTS CENTRE
- SHREK THE MUSICAL – REVIEW – NEW WIMBLEDON THEATREby Amy RyeA solid family favourite since the movie premiered in 2001, the musical adaptation soon followed, premiering on Broadway in 2008. Currently on a tour of the UK, stopping off in Wimbledon this week, whilst this production of Shrek The Musical may transport the younger members of the audience to a land Far Far Away, there’s … More SHREK THE MUSICAL – REVIEW – NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE