Yasmin Sulaiman

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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…

CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell brings semi-autobiographical show to 2013 Edinburgh Fringe

15 Jul 2013

The Magical Playroom charts girl who loves dancing but rejects prosthetic arm she’s forced to wear

She’s most famous as a presenter on CBeebies, but Cerrie Burnell also has an extensive acting background. Burnell – whose visible disability attracted ludicrous complaints from some parents when she joined the BBC’s flagship early-years channel in 2009…

Damon Galgut - Arctic Summer

28 Mar 20144 stars

An absorbing fictional biography of EM Forster, set around the time of A Passage to India

It's been 90 years since EM Forster – the author of classics A Room with a View and Howards End – published his final novel. Yet he remains one of the most influential and best-loved writers in the English language. Damon Galgut's new novel looks at the…

The Play That Goes Wrong set for 2014 UK tour

25 Feb 2014

Edinburgh Fringe hit tours to Glasgow, Cambridge, Nottingham, York and more

In 2013, Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong opened at London's Old Red Lion to just 12 people. A year later, the comedy played to an audience of over 1100 and is now embarking on an extensive UK tour.

Ben Marcus - Leaving the Sea

21 Feb 20144 stars

Absorbing short story collection marks out author as eclectic and valuable talent

2012’s critically acclaimed The Flame Alphabet may have established Ben Marcus as a novel writer of note, but this new short story collection reminds us that he’s still one of the most innovative writers of the concise form around. Leaving the Sea (his…

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Peter Swanson - The Girl with a Clock for a Heart

29 Jan 20143 stars

A cinematic American noir that's often visceral and compelling, but feels like a lead-up to a sequel

Its title may feel like an opportunistic echo of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, but Peter Swanson's debut novel is much more American noir than Scandi thriller. There are flecks of LA Confidential in its sensuousness, and shades of Vertigo in its…

Kieran Hurley's Rantin explores Scottish identity through '21st-century ceilidh play'

22 Jan 2014

Drawing on Scottish folk traditions and current events to make part-gig, part-theatre

After a successful stint at The Arches’ Behaviour Festival last year, Kieran Hurley’s Rantin' embarks on an extensive Scottish tour, thanks to the National Theatre of Scotland. Like Hurley’s past successes, Hitch and Beats, music is at the core of…

Natalie Young - Season to Taste; or How to Eat Your Husband

12 Dec 20133 stars

A macabre tale with a gruesome sense of humour but lack of pace

Natalie Young reveals an appetite for the grotesque in her new novel, a darkly comic tale about a disillusioned fiftysomething who kills her husband – then gradually cooks and eats him to hide the evidence. The murdering wife, Lizzie Prain, isn’t the…

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…

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…

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Shit-faced Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing performed with one actor drunk

29 Jul 2013

Shakespeare after one tankard too many at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

At first glance, the Shit-faced Shakespeare premise might seem a tad gimmicky. Each night, in an otherwise straight-played Shakespeare production, one actor is required to perform their role drunk, yet somehow it turns out to be an unexpectedly…

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…

Playground politics take centre stage in kids' theatre production Hush

29 Jul 2013

The first work from Moon Mission Theatre Company will play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

The first play from Moon Mission Theatre Company, Hush is a tale that all children can relate to. ‘The story is about playground politics,’ says Flemish writer and director Anne Stoffels. ‘It explores how a playground can be a great imaginative setting…

If These Spasms Could Speak is a touching account of everyday life as a disabled person

29 Jul 2013

The play, a big hit at the Arches in 2012, is coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

‘At its simplest, the show looks at how disabled people see their own bodies,’ says Robert Softley of If These Spasms Could Speak, a big hit at The Arches last year that returns for a full Fringe run as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase. ‘It does…

Surge festival brings strand of Catalonian street theatre to Glasgow

11 Jul 2013

Catalonian street theatre companies Kamchatcka and Fadunito take part in SURGE 2013

This year’s SURGE festival brings an exciting strand of Catalonian street theatre to Glasgow. Over the last weekend of July, five shows by acclaimed Catalan theatre groups will make their way through the Merchant City. One of them is Kamchatka, in which…

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Rawi Hage - Carnival

11 Jul 20134 stars

Violently Chaotic yet warm and funny novel by award winning Lebanese-Canadian author

With his IMPAC Award-winning debut, De Niro’s Game, Rawi Hage was marked as one of Canada’s most exciting new writers. His third novel, Carnival, is just as thrilling. Fly, the narrator, is a bibliophile taxi driver who’s prone to grand delusions. In…

Bard in the Botanics 2013 revists Othello in original setting

10 Jun 2013

This year's season also features takes on Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing

Bard in the Botanics first tackled Othello six years ago. But for Gordon Barr, artistic director of Glasgow's annual outdoor Shakespeare programme, the depth found in the Bard's classic tragedy in which a Moorish general in Venice is driven to murderous…

Hector MacMillan’s 40-year-old play The Sash remains relevant

15 May 20133 stars

Scottish revival of MacMillan's play reminds us that sectarianism still survives

This revival of Hector MacMillan’s 40-year-old play feels bittersweet. While most playwrights might revel in the enduring appeal of their work, MacMillan has recently commented that he’d be happier if the sectarianism portrayed in The Sash was no longer…

Let the Right One In re-written for stage by Dundee Rep

10 May 2013

John Tiffany and Steven Hoggett adapt Swedish vampire romance

Their screen-to-stage adaptation of Once won eight Tony Awards in 2012. Now, John Tiffany and Steven Hoggett are giving another cult film a theatrical makeover: Swedish vampire romance Let the Right One In. Adapted by John Ajvide Lindqvist from his own…

Theatremakers Damir Todorovic and Kirsty Housley discuss Mayfesto 2013

17 Apr 2013

The political theatre fest will also feature plays from Jenna Watt, Daniel Bye and the Tron Studio

Mayfesto, the Tron’s annual festival of political theatre, takes truth and identity as its focus in 2013. Programme highlights include Flâneurs, Jenna Watt’s Fringe First-winning look at urban violence; The Price of Everything, Daniel Bye’s performance…

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Zinnie Harris' update of Ibsen's A Doll House puts fresh political spin on a proto-feminist classic

17 Apr 2013

'It’s all about how we look at the political couple behind the doors'

In 2009, playwright Zinnie Harris gave Henrik Ibsen’s masterful 19th century dissection of corruption and power a timely update. The acclaimed writer of The Wheel and Further than the Furthest Thing transposed the action from Norway’s financial world in…

Theatremaker Amanda Monfrooe on the award-winning Poke and Wuthering Heights double bill

17 Apr 2013

The Platform 18 double bill partners Poke with the all-male Wuthering Heights, by Peter McMaster

With its prize of a fully-funded production at the Arches and the Traverse, the Arches Platform 18 Award is one of Scottish theatre’s most coveted accolades. Former recipients include Nic Green and Cora Bissett, and 2012 winners Amanda Monfrooe and…

Stage production of Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong tours UK

18 Mar 2013

Rachel Wagstaff’s stage adaptation of celebrated novel

It’s twenty years since the release of Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks’ most celebrated novel. Now, the Original Theatre Company have revived playwright Rachel Wagstaff’s stage adaptation of the book, though it’s been substantially restructured from its 2010…

Production of April in Paris from Perth Theatre and the Tron

18 Mar 2013

John Godber's bittersweet comedy was written 21 years ago

It’s been 21 years since acclaimed playwright John Godber wrote April in Paris, his bittersweet comedy about Bet and Al, a frustrated married couple from Hull who win a trip to the French capital. But the play still feels relevant today. ‘I got a real…

JB Priestley’s Time and the Conways revived by Royal Lyceum and Dundee Rep

20 Feb 2013

The play, directed by Jemima Levick, depicts a Yorkshire family at two points in the 20th century

An Inspector Calls may be JB Priestley’s most performed work but Time and the Conways is widely regarded as his best -- and this year, it’s been revived in a co-production between the Royal Lyceum and Dundee Rep. One of Priestley’s ‘time plays’, it…