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Edinburgh's Hogmanay unveils 'Scot:lands' New Year's Day events programme

12 Nov 2013

FOUND, Lau, Smallpetitklein and Cora Bissett among the artists involved in the New Year's Day events

The Edinburgh's Hogmanay programme was officially launched today, with details of all the festive happenings in the days leading up to the bells and beyond into 2014. As ever, the organisers have provided a great cultural programme as a reward for those…

Interview: theatre maker Chris Goode on verbatim piece Monkey Bars

22 Oct 2013

The show has adults performing kids' testimony on subjects from sweets to domestic violence

‘Something that’s been bugging me for years is that whenever we see children on stage, they’re playing the roles of what adults think children are. I wanted to see what would happen if we just cleared out some space for children themselves to be heard.…

Ansu Kabia and Matthew Kelly star in Ayub Khan-Din's stage adaptation of To Sir, With Love

22 Oct 2013

The play, directed by Mark Babych, promises era-specific honesty as well as warmed hearts all round

The most famous version of To Sir, With Love is Hollywood’s schmaltzy 1967 version, starring Sidney Poitier as a black American teacher trying to bring order to an unruly class of urban schoolkids in Swinging Sixties London. For this adaptation though…

Phillip Breen revives Sam Shepard's True West with actors Eugene O’Hare and Alex Ferns

22 Oct 2013

The play is a story of fraternal rivalry and a meditation on the nature of the creative life

Sam Shepard is, according to director Phillip Breen, ‘arguably our greatest living playwright.’ True West is a powerful, iconic story of fraternal rivalry and a meditation on the nature of the creative life. Breen impressed the Citizens Theatre with his…

Forced Entertainment theatre company present The Coming Storm and Tomorrow’s Parties

23 Sep 2013

The companion pieces contrast 'a huge sense of play' with a chamber piece built on improvisation

Forced Entertainment’s previous performances at Tramway – including Bloody Mess, which communicated an overwhelming message through constant miscommunication – have been inspiring and challenging in equal measure. Although they are rightly heralded as…

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Interview: theatre director Gareth Nicholls on the touring production of Joe Douglas’ Educating Ronnie

23 Sep 2013

The true story of Douglas helping his Ugandan friend receive and education is far from sentimental

Joe Douglas’ Educating Ronnie is a sometimes heart-warming true story of how he helped his Ugandan friend get an education. Unafraid of asking difficult questions about the relationship between charity and friendship, it’s more than a simple celebration…

Tam Dean Burn and Jimmy Chisholm star in Mike Cullen revival The Collection

16 Sep 2013

The new production is directed by Michael Emans, and also stars Pauline Turner and David Tarkenter

The Collection is, sadly, a timely revival. Mike Cullen’s play has shades of Henry Miller’s Death of a Salesman in its study of a man who sees the emptiness of his profession and David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross in the sharp, vulgar banter between men…

Interview: theatre director Rachel O'Riordan discusses her new production of Macbeth

16 Sep 2013

'The themes of the play are quite strongly reflected in the Scottish Independence debate'

‘It’s interesting to be doing Macbeth at a time when people are thinking about the nature of Scottish Independence and the nature of Scottishness itself, because the themes of the play are quite strongly reflected in that,’ says Rachel O‘Riordan…

Aidan Moffat, Cora Bissett and more contribute to Commonwealth Games 2014 arts programme

29 Aug 2013

Kieran Hurley, Janey Godley, Stephen Deazley, Random Accomplice and Paul Fegan also involved

As Glasgow launches its cultural programme for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, we round up a handful of highlights on the starting block

Theatre director Lucy Pitman-Wallace discusses The Shawshank Redemption

31 Jul 2013

Stephen King's novella is heading for the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

The film version of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption initially flopped back in 1994, but since then, the story of Andy Dufresne’s battle for survival in a tough penitentiary has wormed its way into the most revered echelons of pop culture. And now…

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Kubrick³ and Colour Me Kubrick spin two stories around the same man: Kubrick impersonator Alan Conway

31 Jul 2013

The London real estate agent successfully impersonated the director in the early 1990s

Surely the most astounding – and hilarious – true story to be dramatised at the Fringe this year will be Kubrick³. The PIT theatre company production, written and directed by David Byrne (not that one), tells the story of a conman who passed himself off…

Non Nova brings l’Après-midi d’un Foehn to 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2013

Company Non Nova's imaginative use of carrier bags set to the music of Debussy

Many dancers have been described as ‘dancing on air’. But the stars of l’Après-midi d’un Foehn really do. Unlike other dancers, they’ve had no formal training, don’t attend class, never rehearse and wear no costumes or make-up. Largely because they’re…

Little Howard returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his Big Show for Kids

30 Jul 2013

Howard Read combines toilet humour and tech to great effect

The old showbiz chestnut about not working with animals and children might still hold good, but there’s no rule against using material that kids inadvertently offer grown-up entertainers. In Howard Read’s case, his son Sammy provided some lines that…

Playful adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's I Believe in Unicorns explores freedom to read

30 Jul 2013

Theatre director Dani Parr is adapting the book for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

War Horse might be his most famous work, but Michael Morpurgo’s 2005 novel I Believe in Unicorns is just as powerful. In it, a boy called Tomas discovers the joy of reading through a local library storyteller called the Unicorn Lady, before the arrival…

Echolalia show explores Asperger's via clowning at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2013

New-Zealander clown show tackles taboos of autism

‘I don’t know if I would categorically say clowning is the best medium for the subject of Asperger’s,’ says Jen McArthur, performer in New Zealand-based Kallo Collective’s show Echolalia, ‘but I do think it is an excellent medium.’ McArthur developed…

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Big Bite-Size Play Factory’s Family Creatures offers five, family-friendly plays

30 Jul 2013

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 show promises 'not to patronise'

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show has been delighting Fringe audiences for years with short plays in the morning, but in 2013 the group brings its first show for children to Edinburgh: The Big Bite-Size Play Factory’s Family Creatures. ‘Big Bite-Size…

Nirbhaya, Ban This Filth! and The Fanny Hill Project highlight feminism at the Fringe 2013

29 Jul 2013

Theatremakers Yael Farber, Alan Bissett and Tess Seddon tackle the subject from three perspectives

There used to be a time when feminism had to be disguised or excused in order for it to be palatable to the general public. ‘I’m not a feminist, but... ’ became a line used by those who were feminists in all but name, and a reminder that the word still…

Interview: uncategorisable Fringe 2013 performer Red Bastard

29 Jul 2013

Red Bastard is a charming, thrilling, terrifying mix of comedian, performance artist and clown

Caught in the corner of the stage, a stray audience member is pinned down by an impossible logic problem. Another audience member is invited to explore the performer’s costume, discovering hard cash in a soft place. When Red Bastard hit Glasgow as part…

Einstein, Higgs and Feynman provide the scientific basis for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 shows

29 Jul 2013

Andrea Brunello, Jan van den Berg and John Hinto adapt their physics heroes for the stage

For Rob Drummond, award-winning playwright of Quiz Show and the chair of Big Bang Theatre – a panel discussion on the relationship between science and theatre – the connection between the two is simple. ‘Both theatre and science are concerned with the…

The legacy of legendary French mime Jacque Lecoq endures at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

29 Jul 2013

Red Bastard, Clout, Theatre Ad Infinitum and Rhum and Clay all bear marks of his influence

Physical theatre is on the rise: last year, Doctor Brown won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award with a show that displayed his remarkable mime skills, and a generation of graduates from the Lecoq School arrived at the Fringe to reclaim the clown from…

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Theatre of Widdershins bring Rumpelstiltskin and the Wheel of Fortune to Fringe 2013

29 Jul 2013

Widdershins' Andy Lawrence appreciates 'strong sense of darkness that runs through' the fairytale

Stories told in childhood stay with us forever, and there can’t be many parents out there who don’t recall the weaselly wonder of little old Rumpelstiltskin. It’s a tale ripe for theatricality, and if ever there was man to do it, it’s Andy Lawrence. In…

Young Fringe stars Little Bulb explore new territory with Squally Showers

29 Jul 2013

'We’re exploring the world of dance theatre and dance logic' says artistic director Alex Scott

Between 2008’s Crocosmia and 2010’s Operation Greenfield, Little Bulb Theatre have won most of the major theatre awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. This year, they return with the third in their trilogy, Squally Showers. ‘The characters aren’t related at…

Gecko Theatre Company bring childhood memories to life in Missing

29 Jul 2013

The physical theatre show is being staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

For their last visit to the Fringe, Gecko reinvented Gogol’s The Overcoat as an expansive parable about how the quest for material comfort can become a deal with the devil. Missing has an original story – a woman, Lily, feels her soul being eaten away…

Cadre examines the meaning of the fight for freedom

29 Jul 2013

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe production is by South African playwright and actor Omphile Molusi

With the world’s media camped outside Mandela’s hospital, it’s an important time to revisit the history of his nation’s civil rights movement. In his follow-up to 2008’s Fringe First-winning Itsoseng, playwright and actor Omphile Molusi presents an epic…

I’m With the Band tackles Scottish independence from a different angle

29 Jul 2013

Welshman Tim Price's Fringe performance uses inter-band tension as an independence analogy

It’s not the subtlest metaphor: when a Scottish guitarist leaves successful indie-rock band The Union, its remaining members – an Englishman, a Welshman and a Northern Irishman – question their alliance. But with the independence referendum just a year…