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New theatre show The Voice Thief explores female voices for the over-9s

22 Oct 2014

Promenade performance at Summerhall takes audience on an adventure through eight rooms at the venue

Got a troublesome daughter? A wife or girlfriend who speaks her mind a little too freely? A sister who won’t shut up? Venture along to Summerhall this November, and for a small fee the annoying female in your life can be rendered speechless. It’s a…

The best theatre and dance shows – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Including Sunset Song, Three Sisters, Cardinal Sinne, Bondagers, Up Close and Symphony

Sunset Song Scotland's most popular novel is faithfully reproduced for the stage through Alastair Cording's adaptation. A tale of hardship and matriarchal optimism where war destroys live and dreams. King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 21–Sat 25…

The best kids events – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Including Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play, The Voice Thief and Big Ears, Little Ears

Family Arts Day: The Big Draw Join the nationwide celebration of the pencil and get drawing at this event inspired by Roald Dahl’s book, The BFG. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 17 Oct. Charlie And Lola’s Extremely New Play CBeebies…

Company Chordelia's Dance Derby set to tour Scotland

21 Oct 2014

Fascinating insight into how financial depression drove 1930s Americans to gruelling dance marathons

Lack of sleep, physical exhaustion, blisters, the ever-present risk of public humiliation – today they’re the consequences of a drunken night on the town. But in 1930s America, it was a very different kind of dance floor that brought about such…

Preview: Edinburgh Choreographic Project

21 Oct 2014

Company will tour Scotland with mixed repertoire programme of Royston Maldoom's work

When your back catalogue spans over 40 years, choosing what to include in a retrospective isn’t easy. Especially if, like Royston Maldoom, you like to see more than one choreographic voice in a show. ‘I prefer mixed repertoire programmes to those…

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Preview: Scottish Ballet – Up Close

21 Oct 2014

Company to tour Scotland with line-up including Elite Syncopations and choreographer James Cousins

We’re used to big productions on big stages from our national ballet company, but the Up Close tour is a chance for audiences across the country to see what Scottish ballet is really made of. Performed at close quarters, the lineup includes works by…

Best of BE Festival comes to Edinburgh – Sat 8 Nov 2014

21 Oct 2014

Top acts from Birmingham's annual festival of challenging theatre will perform at the Traverse

With three performances from across Europe ranging from ballroom-inspired solos to a multimedia meditation on waiting, BE Festival arrives at the Traverse for an autumnal burst of energy. Radioballet dance through thoughts on beauty, Mokhallad Rasem…

Opinion: Event Cinema vs live theatre

20 Oct 2014

The List's Theatre editor Garth K Vile looks at the merits of screening dramatic art at cinemas

Event Cinema – the simultaneous broadcast of a live theatre performance into cinemas around the world – has several advantages over traditional performances. The chairs are more comfortable, big shows and stars from London and Moscow can be seen in…

Interview: Lu Kemp, director of Bondagers

14 Oct 2014

Sue Glover's Scottish play following the lives of six women comes to Edinburgh's Lyceum

Lu Kemp is directing Sue Glover’s Bondagers, one of the plays that heralded a resurgence in Scottish playwriting. What attracted you to Bondagers? It’s a brilliant piece of storytelling. The characters are beautifully drawn. It gives lots of room…

Modern revival of Gogol's classic play The Gamblers set to tour Scotland

14 Oct 2014

Based on new translation by Selma Dimitrijevic and Mikhail Durnenkov

‘I really want to put on stage a group of women behaving in ways that they are not supposed to: gambling, drinking, dancing, swearing, farting, cheating, shouting, competing and having a lot of fun.’ Although director Selma Dimitrijevic admits she had…

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Preview of Ron Athey's Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains

14 Oct 2014

Celebrated body performance artist brings controversial show back to Glasgow

In the past 20 years, Ron Athey has become one of the most celebrated performance artists in the world. His provocative performances, which focus on his body and evoke, in their extremity, an almost medieval vision of ecstasy, question the place of the…

Interview: Grant Smeaton, director of Cardinal Sinne

14 Oct 2014

Religious romp through moral labyrinth of Catholicism comes to the Tron Threatre

Raymond Burke's audacious new comedy, directed by Glasgay! favourite Grant Smeaton, is an outrageous romp through a moral labyrinth of Catholicism, covert sexuality, abuse and hypocrisy. When the titular cardinal is nabbed by a journalist due to his…

A Play, a Pie and a Pint: Mrs Barbour's Daughters

10 Oct 20144 stars

AJ Taudevin's play tackles the Suffragette movement in moving sketch of feminist tradition

When much-loved curator, actor, director and playwright David MacLennan passed away in June this year, he left a massive legacy. For over a decade his Oran Mor lunchtime showcase A Play A Pie and A Pint has grown in scope, becoming an international…

Sunset Song

9 Oct 20143 stars

Despite stellar acting Alastair Cording's adaptation of classic novel is difficult to love

Although Sunset Song remains a favourite on the academic syllabus and for theatrical adaptation, the richness of its story and Scots prose can make it a tough journey. While it lacks the pessimism of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex novels, it shares their…

Highlights of Glasgow's LGBT celebration Glasgay 2014

9 Oct 2014

Including Cardinal Sinne, Ron Athey, Vikki Stone, Mouse & Reservoir Ducks and Sara Pascoe

Cardinal Sinne A cardinal has to prove his heterosexuality in this religious comedy. Writer Raymond Burke and director Grant Smeaton have created an awkward situation for those most esteemed of men. Tron Theatre, Wed 22 Oct--Sat 1 Nov. Ron…

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Three Sisters

7 Oct 20143 stars

Powerful cast make John Byrne's adaptation of Chekhov classic

Andy Arnold clearly regards Chekhov as a tragic author. Apart from the senile capering of Dr MacGillivery (Sylvester McCoy), John Byrne's adaptation of Three Sisters brings out the gloomy existential doubt, grinding towards its pessimistic finale. With…

Highlights of Edinburgh's Christmas and Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2014 programme

1 Oct 2014

Lily Allen, Al Murray, Briefs and Hot Dub Time Machine set to help city celebrate the festive period

Edinburgh's Christmas 2014/15 tickets are now on sale, with a programme that promises to be bigger and better than ever. Opening on Friday 21 Nov, the attractions span two locations in the heart of the city centre, at St Andrew Square and East…

Edinburgh’s Christmas 2014 celebrations revealed

30 Sep 2014

Programme of festive markets, shows and events will kick off on Fri 21 Nov

Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations for 2014-15 were revealed this morning, at the Assembly Rooms on George Street. Run by Underbelly and Unique Events, this year’s collection of festive markets, attractions and performances will open on Friday 21…

Alison Jackson: A Story In The Public Domain

25 Sep 20144 stars

Hogarth for the 21st century from acclaimed filmaker at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Filmmaker Alison Jackson's satire using lookalikes Double Take propelled her to fame. In her latest project, aptly subtitled La Trashiata, she turns her attention to opera, of sorts. And what an opera. Jackson leaves no half measures in the bad taste…

Opinion: Should Exhibit B’s Barbican run have been cancelled?

24 Sep 2014

After fierce protests, the show's cancellation has led to renewed questions about censorship

When Brett Bailey's Third World Bunfight company presented Exhibit B as part of the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, the show's 21st century reimagining of colonial era human zoos – when black Africans were shown in front of their white…

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Make or Break hip hop competition set to showcase best of Scottish talent

23 Sep 2014

Dance crews from Edinburgh and Glasgow to compete at event hosted by Tony Thrills

Watching judges preside over dancers is a regular occurrence on TV these days – but seeing it live, and championing your favourites with some vocal appreciation, is a whole different ball game. With competitors from home and abroad squaring up at…

Kill Johnny Glendenning

22 Sep 20144 stars

David Ireland is star of DC Jackson's murderous comedy about Glasgow's dark underworld

On the surface, Kill Johnny Glendenning is an ironic romp that infects gangster comedy with Glaswegian themes: sectarianism, the Big Man of underground legend, the fashionable west end lady and her dubious family connections. David Ireland has fun as…

Interview: Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill - First and last

19 Sep 2014

The Still Game stars talk Neil Diamond, Farrah Fawcett and a shared love of Italian cooking

First record you ever bought Ford: ‘Cars’ by Gary Numan, still a big favourite. Greg: The Police’s ‘So Lonely’. Last extravagant purchase you made Ford: A rowing machine: I'll never use it but it looks good. Greg: A flight to California. First…

Arches Live! 2014 promises diverse line up of experimental performers

19 Sep 2014

Artists taking part include Rob Jones, Katie Gallagher, FK Alexander and Harry Giles

Arches Live! has become the traditional start of the autumn season in Glasgow. Although running later than usual this year, it still has its perennial mixture of familiar artists and emerging talents. The festival kicks off with Rob Jones' AARG!!!…

The Three Sisters given distinct Scottish twist by playwright John Byrne

19 Sep 2014

Chekhov classic directed by Andy Arnold and set in 1960s parochial Dunoon

John Byrne's idiosyncratic vision has always brought mischief to drama, as with perennial favourites The Slab Boys and Tutti Frutti which spoke in a no-nonsense yet nostalgic way of old, tough Glasgow. Following on from his recent, critically acclaimed…