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  • 27 February 2007

The Unconquered
Torben Betts’ new play, here given an outing by Stellar Quines, is a passionate and visceral political satire with a bleak demeanour. In it a revolution overtakes a western country, and its consequences bring tragedy to a dysfunctional bourgeois family. North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Wed 7 Mar, then touring.

Mrs Warren’s Profession
Shaw’s classic, here brought to the Lyceum in a co-production with Nottingham Playhouse, is a pungent and witty examination of contemporary morals that is as relevant today as a century ago. Tony Cownie’s clever production brings a strong performance from Emma Stansfield as Vivie Warren. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 10 Mar.

The Bevellers
Jeremy Raison’s production of Roddy McMillan’s 70s minor classic opens a window on a past working class life to fascinating effect. Strongly performed and tense, the play tells the story of an increasingly violent and threatening day on a factory floor. Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 3 Mar.

David Greig’s 1994 drama was set around a railway station in a former Eastern Bloc country newly converted to capitalism. There’s a distinctly Eastern European flavour in the narrative, which turns around the persecution of two asylum seekers recently arrived in town.
Dundee Rep, Sat 3-Sat 10 Mar, then Wed 4-Sat 7 Apr.

Australian Dance Theatre
As if the Ashes weren’t enough, more spectacular athleticism from down under with Held, Gary Stewart’s piece featuring multimedia. In it, a series of ‘freeze frames’ are presented by the dancers, exploring concepts of stasis and motion. Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 30-Sat 31 Mar.

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