Theatre, David Pollock

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Tradfest explores ‘Revival and Renaissance’ in the year of Scottish Homecoming and the independence referendum

23 Apr 2014

Owen Jones, Wounded Knee, David Torrance, Gerry Hassan & Alexander Moffat are among the fest guests

Only in its second year, Tradfest returns to Edinburgh for a fortnight celebrating Celtic arts and Scottish cultural traditions this month, presenting a programme busy with talks, tours, music, art, theatre and puppetry, among many other elements. It…

The Hidden Door festival aims to instil Edinburgh with a new DIY events ethos

21 Mar 2014

'We can do things like this if we want; we don’t have to wait for permission'

‘Edinburgh suffers from what you might call institutional repetition,’ says David Martin, creative director of the Hidden Door Festival, a defiantly DIY agent of change on the capital’s cultural landscape. ‘What we wanted to do was something a bit…

Interview: filmmaker Tim Barrow on his debut play, Union

18 Mar 2014

The drama tackles the theme of Scottish Independence from a historical angle

This debut play by filmmaker Tim Barrow takes the honour of being the first major stage work of 2014 to tackle the year’s big political story, although its roots go back to 2008 when Barrow was touring The Inheritance, his debut feature as a writer and…

Noel Coward's Private Lives set to return to Edinburgh, the city of its premiere

18 Feb 2014

Director Martin Duncan: 'It’s a rollercoaster of a play: funny, absurd, excruciating and tragic'

Regularly revived, most recently through the Chichester Festival and the Gielgud Theatre in London, Noel Coward’s Private Lives becomes particularly resonant when it returns to Edinburgh. After all, it was in this city’s King’s Theatre in August 1930…

New revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night created for Edinburgh's Lyceum Theatre

22 Jan 2014

Eugene O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical work about addiction and family dysfunction

’It’s so painfully honest,’ says director Tony Cownie when asked about the key to the importance of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, a new revival of which he’s created for the Lyceum. ‘It’s very interesting that O’Neill didn’t want the…

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Rod Stewart musical Tonight’s the Night set for 2014 UK tour

22 Jan 2014

Touring version of Ben Elton's 2003 musical hits Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and more

Having sold out almost the entire opening week of the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow last autumn, public affection for Rod Stewart and his music isn’t likely to abate soon, especially not in Scotland. This touring version of the 2003 Ben Elton musical…

Preview of 2014: 10 cultural events you won't want to miss

17 Dec 2013

Featuring the Commonwealth Games, Drake, Dark Behaviour and Only Lovers Left Alive

The big hitters Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Even if you were the ‘forget your PE kit’ sort when you were at school, there’s little chance you’ll be able to avoid getting swept up by Commonwealth fever when it hits Glasgow at the height of…

Hot 100 2013: 100-90

11 Dec 2013

Kieran Hurley, Fern Brady and Peter Doig among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 79-70

11 Dec 2013

Peggy Hughes, Freya Mavor and Dominic Hill among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 59-50

11 Dec 2013

Young Fathers, LuckyMe and Rally & Broad among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Hot 100 2013: 39-30

11 Dec 2013

Blythe Duff, Mark Millar and Numbers among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 29-20

11 Dec 2013

Electric Frog, Peter Capaldi and Summerhall among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

The Selfish Giant

9 Dec 20133 stars

Andy Cannon and Iain Johnstone's stage adaptation is a taut, family-friendly morality tale

It may sometimes feel as if Scotland only has one season, but this theatrical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story, The Selfish Giant, reminds us that spring does actually exist. It tells of a giant who lives in a castle in the Scottish Highlands…

Interview: Blythe Duff, star of David Harrower's crime monologue Ciara

5 Dec 2013

'When Ciara receives that information it just makes her all the more powerful'

’I often think that reviewers should come back and see a show on the last night,’ laughs Blythe Duff on a break from rehearsals for Ciara’s quick return to the Traverse. ‘Of course, I know they’re bright enough to realise that plays evolve, but it can…

A Christmas Carol

5 Dec 20134 stars

Christopher Fairbank excels as Ebeneezer Scrooge in Andrew Panton and Neil Duffield's stage adap

Director Andrew Panton’s joyously faithful version of Dickens’ Christmas classic could be used as a definition of the word ‘timeless’. That’s sad to note, though, if the message of this show is that greed endures just as much as charity. It’s difficult…

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Interview: Rona Munro discusses her new play, Guilty, starring Louise Ludgate and Lesley Hart

18 Nov 2013

'It gave me an opportunity to write something specifically for two of my favourite actors'

With Ian Rankin recently having made his playwriting debut, why shouldn’t dramatists get in on the crime thriller scene? A new miniature two-hander from Rona Munro, one of Scotland’s most prolific writers for the stage, promises more than just a…

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…

Interview: Olivier Award-winning playwright Stef Smith on Glasgay! commission, Cured

14 Oct 2013

The play tackles the issue of the American camps which claim to 'cure' homosexuality

This brand new Glasgay! commission from Olivier Award-winning (for Roadkill) playwright Stef Smith and Ros Philips, her directorial partner on the 2011 transgender drama Falling/Flying, pulls together two themes. First, the predominantly American…

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…

Birdhouse

20 Aug 20133 stars

A comedic take on Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds by physical theatre company Jammy Voo

In the half-light live four elderly women, old-fashioned spectacles casting shadows across their faces, birds’ eggs nestled in their hair and white splashes of bird excrement running down their shoulders. Around them are clumps of bird feathers and, in…

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Paul Vickers presents Ivor Cutlerian nonsense in Twonkey’s Blue Cadabra

6 Aug 2013

Vickers' adsurdist comic creation returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Tell us, Mr Twonkey, what’s a Blue Cadabra? ‘It’s an enchanted cloth and known aphrodisiac from Casablanca.’ And what’s its story? ‘First we learn about a planet populated entirely by jockeys, which leads to a horse race and some high jinx. Next up we…

The value of art in society is under fire in Banksy: The Room in the Elephant

29 Jul 2013

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 show is inspired by a true story

For their tale based on a real-life event, the team behind Banksy: The Room in the Elephant – director Emma Callander (of Theatre Uncut), writer Tom Wainwright and actor and former Eastenders star Gary Beadle – have lucked out with a story that provides…

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…

Tortoise in a Nutshell returns with Feral, a play animating the Trumpton Riots

29 Jul 2013

The performance, which is part puppetry, part film, will be staged at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Even leaving aside the subject matter, there can be few more potentially stunning Fringe plays in the pipeline than Tortoise in a Nutshell’s Feral. A co-production with Cumbernauld Theatre after the previous success of Grit and The Last Miner, Feral is…

Bard in the Botanics - Much Ado About Nothing

11 Jul 2013

Outdoor theatre group interpret Benedick and Beatrice as modern gay couple

For the tenth anniversary of Gordon Barr’s reign as artistic director of Glasgow’s popular outdoor Shakespeare season Bard in the Botanics, there’s a real sense of renewed confidence in the choice of works being performed and the space in which the…