Theatre - List picks

  • The List
  • 17 July 2008
  • Scratch Night
    Performers, writers and dancers are given ten minutes to try out their latest ideas on a live audience, who offer their feedback later on. See preview, left. Arches, Glasgow, Tue 22 Jul.
  • Much Ado About Nothing
    The second instalment in this year’s Bard in the Botanics season is a colourful promenade production, with Glasgow’s Botanics providing the perfect backdrop to Beatrice and Benedick’s verbal sparring. Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, Fri 18 Jul–Sat 2 Aug. Preview Thu 17 Jul.
  • Fall (Previews)
    The third part of Zinnie Harris’ trilogy about the effects of war on ordinary lives focuses on the aftermath of a conflict and the attempt of a country and culture to move forward. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 24–Sat 26 Jul.
  • Pornography (Previews)
    The UK premiere of Simon Stephens’ new play, in which pornography is seen as a symbol of our disaffection, and isolation from others. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Mon 28 Jul & Sat 2 Aug.
  • The Tailor of Inverness
    Dogstar presents Matthew Zajac’s one-man play, which charts the eponymous Polish-born tailor’s life, from the horrors of World War II to old age in the Highland capital. Arches, Glasgow, Tue 29 & Wed 30 Jul.
  • New Electric Ballroom (Previews)
    Dublin-born playwright Enda Walsh follows up last year’s award-winning success, The Walworth Farce, with this tale of three ageing sisters in a remote fishing village, still trapped by romantic memories of their halcyon days at the titular night spot. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 30 Jul & Sat 2 Aug.

Scratch Night

Join well-known and up-and-coming performers as they get ten minutes each to try out new ideas in front of an audience and seek feedback. The theme for the next session is determined at each event.

Much Ado About Nothing

Outdoor production of Shakespeare's romp, set in the grounds of one of the country's most attractive heritage sites.


  • 3 stars

Writer Zinnie Harris presents stark reflections upon the battle fought for civilisation against the barbaric impulses created by late capitalism. The huge vision and ambition of this work make it necessary and important Festival viewing.'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.


  • 4 stars

Simon Stephens' play, set just before the 7/7 bombings, explores urban alienation with a beautiful blend of optimism and despair.'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

The Tailor of Inverness

In this previous Fringe First award winner, writer Matthew Zajac spins an affectionate tribute to his Eastern European father while exploring how history moulds us.

The New Electric Ballroom

Edna focuses on three sisters who have effectively locked themselves away from their tiny fishing village and from any sort of progress, and now exist in gaudy, festering stasis.

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