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Site specific theatre highlights at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

Conventional theatre spaces too run-of-the-mill? How about a boxing gym, a beach, bed or bus?

Out of Water. Live art clashes with music and rubs up against theatre in probably the earliest show at the Fringe. Stories of endeavour are interwoven with haunting music, lifeguard drills, calls for help and struggles for breath featuring a score by…

The New Zealand shows at the 2014 Edinburgh Festivals

15 Jul 2014

Including Generation of Z, Mau: I am, Witi Ihimaera, Black Grace anf The Troubles

The Generation of Z hurls you head first into a world ravaged by the undead. Fight for your future as you journey through a battle against extinction. Set within a maze-like security containment depot swarming with terrifying zombies, you're in the…

Shows inspired by key women in history at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

Shows based on Jane Fonda, Margaret Thatcher, Bette Davis, Janis Joplin and Zelda Fitzgerald

Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho. You’d think there might have been a section of the Fringe programme solely dedicated to the Iron Lady by now. But until then, the true blues can go purple with fury at Matt Tedford’s interpretation of Lady Mags as a…

Female muslim boxers challenge stereotypes in No Guts, No Heart, No Glory at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

Common Wealth theatre company return to the Fringe with a play to be performed at Sandy's Boxing Gym

The inspiration for what would eventually become No Guts, No Heart, No Glory reached Common Wealth theatre company co-founder Evie Manning from an unlikely source: her next-door neighbour, a 35-year-old Muslim and mother-of-nine. ‘She said to me that…

Oliver Postgate’s classic Noggin the Nog comes to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog brings viking from vintage children's TV programme to stage

Some years ago, in an innocent time before the Game of Thrones hegemony, there was a converted cowshed in leafy Englandshire. Therein, two men created an animated fantasy adventure set in the craggy Northlands, starring a simple, kindly Norse prince…

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New Zealand dance and theatre company MAU visit 2014 Edinburgh International Festival with I AM

15 Jul 2014

Choreographer Lemi Ponifasio on the creative influences behind his new show I AM

‘Inspired by’ is a loose term for many creators, but when Samoan-born choreographer Lemi Ponifasio talks about his influences, it’s best not to expect a literal representation. Ponifasio’s New Zealand-based collective MAU was last seen at the Edinburgh…

The unique reworkings of Shakespeare lined up for 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

Shows include Billy's Birthday Bash: Let's Party Like Its 1564, Blind Hamlet and Et Tu Elvie

‘It’s hard to separate the existence of British theatre from the fact of Shakespeare. After all, there isn’t another culture that can boast not only the world’s greatest playwright but one of the greatest writers ever to have lived,’ says Ramin Gray…

South African play Ubu and the Truth Commission set for 2014 Edinburgh International Festival

15 Jul 2014

Team behind War Horse revive play to commemorate twenty years of post-Apartheid South Africa

The trial of Oscar Pistorius may go down as one of the biggest media spectacles in South African history. But 18 years ago – before 24-hour news and social media – the Truth and Reconciliation Commission created its own fair share of journalistic…

New musical Sound to Sea set for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games programme

15 Jul 2014

Collaboration between Cryptic theatre company and the Royal Navy promises a unique show on the Clyde

Although the precise details of Sound to Sea have been guarded with an almost military secrecy, Cryptic’s entry for Glasgow 2014’s cultural programme promises a stunning fusion of music (from opera to rock), spectacle (aerialists All or Nothing will be…

National Theatre of Scotland's The Tin Forest set for 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games cultural programmme

15 Jul 2014

The South Rotunda hosts the play inspired by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson's children's book

It’s one of the forgotten treasures of Victorian Glasgow, a roundhouse in brickwork and tiling that has sat boarded up on the banks of the Clyde for more than 25 years. Now the South Rotunda is being brought back to life as the focal point for The Tin…

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Interview: Chris Goode on bringing his urban hymn Men in the Cities to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

The writer, director and actor on the volatile writing process behind his new show

‘I’m in the kind of mood where I’m lobbing a brick through the window and running off, and I’m interested in what people do with the mess I’ve left behind.’ It’s hardly the kind of wanton act of violence we might expect from writer, director and actor…

Opinion: What legacy will the Commonwealth Games cultural programme leave?

15 Jul 2014

'The aftermath of the Commonwealth Games arts programme will define its worth'

Before accepting his honorary doctorate from Edinburgh University this month, Eugenio Barba offered a few thoughts on the purpose of theatre. 'It is,' he said, in his lilting accent, accentuating his words with florid hand gestures, 'about making the…

Family activities during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

A series of interactive workshops planned including the Big Big BIG Sing and Get Scotland Dancing

With music, theatre, art, dance and more all crammed into Glasgow’s Commonwealth cultural celebrations, it’s tempting to sit back, observe and absorb as a passive spectator. But get out there and get involved as an active participant, and you’ll be sure…

Interview: theatremaker Robert Softley on new show Tell Me What Giving Up Looks Like

15 Jul 2014

The creator of If These Spasms Could Speak tackles disability in both arts and sport

Robert Softley has created some of the most exciting work from Scotland in the past few years – from the deeply personal If These Spasms Could Speak through to Random Accomplice/Birds of Paradise’s recent team-up Wendy Hoose. As part of Culture 2014…

Random Accomplice present a comedic look at the Commonwealth Games with News Just In

14 Jul 2014

Johnny McKnight promises ‘daft tongue-in-cheek nonsense. It’s fun, unapologetic, brash comedy'

Random Accomplice is able to turn its hand to more serious matters – recent comedy Wendy Hoose made salient points about disability within the fast-flowing gags – but News Just In is playing to the strengths of Julie Brown and Johnny McKnight. ‘This…

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Outdoor theatre festival Surge is the antidote to dour ideas of performance art

14 Jul 2014

The 2014 programme features children's games, cabaret, cavemen and 'a carnival of falling & flying'

The Surge Festival has become an essential part of Glasgow's cultural calendar – it introduced Scotland to Red Bastard and Cantabile 2 as well as supporting local artists like Ali Maloney and Alex Rigg – and is an internationally respected carnival of…

Mini-festival Home Nations celebrates theatrical language from the UK

14 Jul 2014

Works by Seamus Heaney, Dylan Thomas, Carol Anne Duffy and Liz Lochhead will be performed

The idea for this mini-festival of plays from around the Home Nations began with Edwin Morgan’s Dreams and Other Nightmares by Liz Lochhead, says the Tron’s artistic director, Andy Arnold, with its ‘brilliance’ demanding he show it with the eyes of the…

Nzinga: Warrior Queen – a combination of 'powerful visual imagery, storytelling theatre and live African music'

14 Jul 2014

Justine Atkinson of Africa in Motion film festival recommends Toto Tales' Edinburgh Fringe show

This August, the amazing, talented Scottish-Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies and her company Toto Tales present Nzinga – Warrior Queen, as part of the Just Festival. Through powerful visual imagery, storytelling theatre and live African music, they bring…

Merchant City Festival boosted to 11 days for Commonwealth Games

11 Jul 2014

The multi-arts fest incorporates several smaller festivals, including Surge and Get Scotland Dancing

An established fixture of Glasgow’s summer for some years now, the Merchant City Festival is set to expand dramatically this year thanks to its official association with the Commonwealth Games as one of four Live Zones across the city. For one year only…

20 unmissable events during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

With so much going on during the Commonwealth Games, we round up the highlights to sprint along to

Queen’s Baton Relay Various locations across Scotland, until Tue 22 Jul Look out for additional cultural and sporting events taking place along the route to ensure everyone is part of the build-up to the Games. The Marathon Storytelling Cycling…

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Performers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: Send us your bribes!

9 Jul 2014

Send us free stuff and get valuable exposure for your show

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, and as a result, individual shows or performers can sometimes struggle to make themselves heard. In an ideal world, it'd be great if every show could achieve a decent level of…

The Pokey Hat

8 Jul 20144 stars

Delightful site-specific kids' production incorporating ice cream and excruciating puns

Ice cream. If there is a more suitable subject for a theatrical performance on a sunny Saturday afternoon, in a park in the east end of Glasgow, in front of a three-generation audience, I can’t think what it is. Grinagog’s delightful show shoehorns…

Bard in the Botanics 2014 revives Comedy of Errors and Henry V for outdoor Shakespeare season

19 Jun 2014

Both plays will highlight Scottish angles, focusing on Independence and WWI respectively

Bard in the Botanics has become a venerable tradition in Glasgow's West End. 'It's year thirteen,' laughs artistic director Gordon Barr, 'but we are going to take that as lucky!' Running from the West End Festival and then into August, it is an annual…

Richard Bean’s blockbuster comedy One Man, Two Guvnors heads back on the road

19 Jun 2014

The touring production features Gavin Spokes, Barry Williamson and Jasmyn Banks

With the West End version coming to an end after a three-year run in March of this year, it’s with a certain inevitability that Richard Bean’s blockbuster comedy adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 1743 commedia dell’arte play Servant of Two Masters returns…

Lucy Bailey and Fiery Angel take on Frederick Knott's Dial M For Murder

17 Jun 2014

The murderous play made famous by Alfred Hitchcock stars Christopher Timothy and Kelly Hotten

Having toured the rest of Britain, Fiery Angel's production of Dial M For Murder finally reaches Glasgow. The classic play by Frederick Knott, adapted by Hitchcock into the iconic 1954 film, is now being directed by Lucy Bailey. Bailey has an…