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Derek McLuckie and Pauline Goldsmith bring Jean Genet’s The Maids to stage

8 Oct 2010

All-male version of controversial play set for Glasgay!

‘It’s about play acting and status games,’ says Derek McLuckie of Jean Genet’s The Maids, an all-male version of which the Glaswegian actor will star in and co-direct at this year’s Glasgay! ‘It’s about how you’re never one person, you’re lots of…

Wendy Miller and Rachel Amey collaborate on The Bridge at Glasgay! 2010

8 Oct 2010

New play explores theme of teenage suicide

The creative partnership behind one of the chief commissions at this year’s Glasgay! 2010 is one that the festival was itself instrumental in fostering. Wendy Miller met Rachel Amey last year, after Amey was cast in Miller’s Glasgay! 2009 drama Even…

Anthony Neilson’s Penetrator set for Glasgow performances

11 Feb 2011

New group Boxman Theatre tackle bold work at Tramway

Since its 1993 Traverse debut, Anthony Neilson’s Penetrator has been held up as one of the Scottish playwright’s best works, its aggressive and unsettling atmosphere making it an early classic of what’s become known as ‘in-yer-face theatre’. It’s a bold…

Rob Drummond: Wrestling fuses pro wrestling, short film and theatre

26 Jan 2011

Playwright, actor and director's play about a pacifist who decides to ‘man up’

Those unfamiliar with choke slams and half nelsons may only associate wrestling with spandex, muscly men and the career salvation of Mickey Rourke. Yet playwright, actor and director Rob Drummond hopes to change that with his latest, and most ambitious…

Random Accomplice's Smalltown offers three plays by leading Scottish playwrights

26 Jan 2011

New works by Douglas Maxwell, DC Jackson and Johnny McKnight

Typical. You wait ages for a great new play to arrive and then three come along at once. As luck would have it the trio of plays that make up Random Accomplice’s latest production, Smalltown, have been crafted by three of Scotland’s leading young…

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Rambert Dance Company comes to Edinburgh

26 Jan 2011

Industry leading London troupe to serve up another triple bill this winter

For many dance companies, the triple-bill is almost a guilty pleasure. Brought out once a year, it can’t hope to compete with the pulling power of a full-length narrative. Yet, throughout its history, Rambert Dance Company has served up triple bills as…

The Company Will Overlook a Moment of Madness

26 Jan 2011

Adaptation of Rodolfo Santana's breakthrough play

This Spring’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint season features a cross-city collaboration between Glasgow’s Oran Mor and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Reveal season at the Traverse in Edinburgh. Featuring five new adaptations of Latin American plays, it…

The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart gives a voice to the Borders

26 Jan 2011

The National Theatre of Scotland focuses on traditional Scottish pieces this season

The National Theatre of Scotland’s just-announced season feels even more particularly Scottish than usual this year, with a number of pieces tapping into old traditions. Alongside the exciting looking revivals of classics like Knives in Hens and Men…

The Beckett Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable

14 Jan 2011

The Gare St Lazare Players perform trilogy as 3-hour solo performance

Samuel Beckett may be better-known for iconic plays like Waiting for Godot and Endgame but Irish theatre outfit Gare St Lazare Players have proved over the last 14 years that his lesser-known prose works have as much to offer when performed on stage.

A View from the Bridge set for Lyceum - Liam Brennan interview

3 Jan 2011

Latest Arthur Miller play adapted by John Dove for Edinburgh theatre

Since 2004’s Death of a Salesman, John Dove’s Arthur Miller productions have become something of a regular fixture at the Lyceum. His subsequent versions of All My Sons, The Price and The Man Who Had All the Luck won him plaudits and in January 2011, A…

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Simon Crowther’s new comedy The Ushers aims to capture essence of 1996

3 Jan 2011

Paisley-set production directed by Raindog's Stuart Davids

The phrase ‘period drama’ is more likely to bring to mind a play set in Regency England or 18th century Paris than Paisley in the 1990s. Yet, Simon Crowther’s new comedy The Ushers, which follows a group of young characters as they deal with leaving…

Your Own - Your Very Own - Old Time Music Hall

30 Nov 2010

Strathclyde Theatre Group perform a riotous mix of comedy, send ups and classic music hall standards

The festive season is well underway, but if you’re not a fan of traditional pantos why not check out an altogether different form of Christmas entertainment. Strathclyde Theatre Group are once again donning the mantle of the Celebrated Gaslight Gaieties…

Stage musical The Secret Garden stars Siobhan Redmond

23 Nov 2010

Cross-generational appeal of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel makes for ideal festive show

It’s a century since the publication of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, but this seminal work of children’s literature has only grown in stature through time. The tale of Mary, an orphaned girl who seeks refuge in a blooming hidden garden…

National Theatre hit The Habit of Art set for Glasgow Theatre Royal

15 Nov 2010

Alan Bennett’s play explores artistic relationship between WH Auden and Benjamin Britten

From Picasso’s vaguely prurient late work, to Yeats’ references to tits and bums in his later poems, great artists have often taken great pleasure in alarming their audiences by entering into a second childhood with alarming sexual references. In Alan…

Dadafest International Scotland showcases work by deaf and disabled practitioners

15 Nov 2010

The changing attitudes towards deaf and disabled arts companies

Disability is perhaps the last remaining taboo when it comes to positive representation in the arts, and it’s only in recent years that disability and deaf arts practitioners have been recognised for the rich contribution they make to the UK’s cultural…

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Simon Starling’s Project for a Masquerade

3 Nov 2010

Complex sculptural meditation features a star-studded cast

The pan-global plot of Simon Starling’s latest work is as labyrinthine as a Cold War spy thriller. The quiet elegance of the GSA-trained 2005 Turner Prize winner’s Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima) / Mirror Room similarly references both real and…

Lucy Prebble's play Enron deals with financial crisis

3 Nov 2010

Celebrated play on UK tour, including run at King's Theatre, Edinburgh

At last year’s Edinburgh Festival, only the National Theatre of Scotland’s Caledonia, an enjoyable if not completely successful production based around the Darien misadventure of the late 17th century, addressed the current financial crisis. The reason…

Out of the Strong is latest work by Richard Alston Dance Company

3 Nov 2010

Abstract contemporary dance, now with characterisation and Prokofiev

For decades, Richard Alston has been one of Britain’s finest exponents of abstract contemporary dance. Now, however, it would seem he’s also rather good at telling a story. Alston first dipped his toe in narrative waters in 2009, with Scottish…

Third Person: Bonnie and Clyde Redux

3 Nov 2010

Proto-type Theatre's newest work told through two actors and an overhead projector.

This might be their first full-length show in Scotland but Proto-type Theatre are no strangers to Glasgow. The company, founded in 1997 in New York City, enjoyed a brief residency at the CCA before establishing its current home in Lancaster in 2006.

Dance show Disgo blurs between audience and performer

3 Nov 2010

Traverse play relies heavily on audience participation

What do you think about when you’re on the dancefloor? Be it in a dimly lit nightclub or at a family wedding, chances are something’s running through your mind. That’s the question Fleur Darkin asked hundreds of people when researching her company’s…

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Why Frank Wedekind's seminal play Spring Awakening still resonates

27 Oct 2010

Grid Iron unleash new production at Traverse, Edinburgh

Frank Wedekind’s seminal drama Spring Awakening has experienced a renaissance in recent years. The often banned 1891 play, which portrays 14-year-olds grappling with ideas of sexuality, death and religion in the prohibitive climate of late 19th century…

New Lyceum production of The Importance of Being Earnest

27 Oct 2010

Production follows on from Romeo and Juliet

The Importance of Being Earnest arrives hot on the heels of the Lyceum’s recent production of Romeo and Juliet, and is employing virtually the same cast and the same set. Director Mark Thomson is excited at the prospect of getting his teeth into Wilde’s…

Zoë Strachan and Louise Welsh collaborate on Panic Patterns at Glasgay! 2010

8 Oct 2010

First collaboration from writing pair

Award-winning writers Zoë Strachan and Louise Welsh live together and are in a long-term relationship, but until recently they’d never collaborated. Glasgay! director Steven Thomson asked if they’d be prepared to change that by co-penning a play for…

Jeremy Raison's production of A Clockwork Orange

29 Sep 2010

Swansong show from Citizens Theatre director

Jeremy Raison says one of his favourite films is Brazil. Terry Gilliam’s masterpiece is part of a sub-genre known as ‘retro-futurism’, as if someone in the 1940s had predicted what the 1980s would be like. For Raison, who is directing A Clockwork…

Sea and Land and Sky

29 Sep 2010

New play from Abigail Docherty at Tron Theatre

Almost exactly a year ago Abigail Docherty picked up a flyer in the foyer of the Tron Theatre. Already a playwright with showings of her work at Mayfesto, New Works New Worlds and Imaginate festivals in the pipeline, Docherty was attracted to the…