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Dancing at Lughnasa story of five sisters rural in 1936 Donegal

18 Mar 2011

Citizens run marks 21st anniversary of Brian Friel's hit play

When The Original Theatre Company’s version of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa arrives at the Citizens Theatre in April, it will mark the 21st anniversary of its very first performance. ‘We hope that’s it’s going to really speak to people in Glasgow,…

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…

Six Black Candles revives adaptation of Des Dillon novel

18 Mar 2011

Revenge story from writer of Singin’ I’m No’ a Billy, He’s a Tim

'I see myself as the Bruce Springsteen of Scottish writers,’ says Des Dillon with a smile. ‘I write about a certain class of people – white trash, basically – and I write about them in simple language, using hardly any words to create powerful images.

Contemporary dance festival New Territories 2011

4 Mar 2011

Artistic director Nikki Milican talks us through the highlights

As the New Territories festival continues apace, we asked artistic director Nikki Milican to take us on a whistle-stop tour of the main stage dance productions. First up is a double-bill from Louise Lecavalier, a former dancer with Canadian outfit…

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The best upcoming theatre shows in Scotland for Spring 2011

4 Mar 2011

A guide to the unmissable shows in theatreland til June

Girl X On tour, 4 March–20 April Brilliant Belgian director Pol Heyvaert, who directed Aalst for the National Theatre of Scotland, hooks up with Glasgow actor Robert Softley for a provocative play based on the controversial case of Ashley X, a girl…

New show Caged from Catherine Wheels

4 Mar 2011

Theatre company adapt Beauty and the Beast with a non-Disney outlook

What’s in a name? Seemingly a great deal when it comes to selling a show, as Catherine Wheels theatre company discovered when they started work on their new fairytale adaptation, Caged. ‘We were originally going to call it Beauty and the Beast,…

Northern Ballet production of Cleopatra tours UK

4 Mar 2011

A preview of the new dance production from the acclaimed company

From Peter Pan to Dangerous Liaisons, Northern Ballet (formerly Northern Ballet Theatre) knows how to turn a good book into a great dance. With new production, Cleopatra, however, the company is heading into uncharted territory. For, while the movers…

Magnetic North's Wild Life explores idea of modern day feral child

24 Feb 2011

Playwright Pamela Carter's play inspired by ‘Wild Boy of Aveyron’

From travelling freak shows to Channel 4’s sensationalistic Bodyshock series, voyeurism has long been a part of human nature, and the internet has only increased the opportunities for pointing and staring at those who stand out somehow from what our…

Just Checking charts bride-to-be whose OCD is getting the better of her

16 Feb 2011

Very physical piece from Taggart actor

For an actor, no job is for life. Not even when you’re the star of Britain’s longest running cop show. So when Blythe Duff (aka DI Jackie Reid) found herself in between series of Taggart in 2009, she thought it would be prudent to have another string to…

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice set for Dundee Rep

11 Feb 2011

Classic Ugly Duckling story of a young person overcoming life’s obstacles

It was good news for Helen Darbyshire when she checked in with the voice doctor. Before committing to the part of Little Voice in Jim Cartwright’s play, she wanted to be sure her vocal chords were up to the task. This is a character whose pathological…

Ailey 2 company carries an explosive amount of youthful vigour

11 Feb 2011

American dance company set for King's Theatre, Glasgow

When Alvin Ailey died in 1989, he left behind an incredible legacy. Not only had he created a remarkable body of works, and a company – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – to perform them, but he had also looked to the future. As dancers mature and…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…