Hitlist: Theatre

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  • 15 October 2009
Hitlist: Theatre

The Dark Things
Ursula Rani Sarma’s fascinating exploration of death, art and fame.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 24 Oct.

Glasgay!
The annual celebration of LGBT culture continues with some enticing theatre premieres, including Louise Welsh’s Memory Cells, and boutique theatre pieces such as Wendy Miller’s Even In Another Time and Helen Cuinn’s Here I Am.
Various venues and dates, Glasgow. See listings for further details.

Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Adaptation of James Hogg’s classic ecclesiastical thriller by Mark Thomson.
Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, until Sat 7 Nov.

Topdog / Underdog
Scottish premiere of Suzan Lori-Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play about two brothers’ fight for survival on the street. See picture caption, page ??. Reviewed next issue.
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 7 Nov.

Othello
Guy Hollands’ directs this new version of Shakespeare’s classic tale of jealousy and revenge. Reviewed next issue.
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 7 Nov.

Bounce: Insane in the Brain
Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is given a hip hop dance twist by street dance company Bounce.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Sat 24–Mon 26 Oct.

Bright Black
The latest show from those masters of theatre’s dark arts, Glasgow’s Vox Motus, addresses the theme of death and mourning elegantly and with rich physical detail.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 27–Sat 31 Oct.

Kes
Stage adaptation of the iconic Ken Loach film, in turn based on a novel by Barry Hines, about a lonely young boy who befriends a kestrel chick.
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 27–Sat 31 Oct.

The House of Bernarda Alba
The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Lorca’s final play features a cast of some of the country’s most formidable female acting talent.
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 3–Sat 7 Nov.

We Will Rock You
The Queen musical finally arrives in Scotland. See preview, left.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Wed 4 Nov–Sat 9 Jan.

Confessions of a Justified Sinner

  • 3 stars

Mark Thomson directs his adaptation of the James Hogg novel with a cast including Ryan Fletcher and Iain Robertson.

Othello

  • 3 stars

Shakespeare's dark tale of power, lust and jealousy is brought to the stage in all its green-eyed glory with Guy Hollands directing and Andrew Clark as Iago.

We Will Rock You

A run through all your Queen favourites in this musical penned by Ben Elton and members of Queen.

Glasgay!

Europe's largest queer multi-arts festival takes over Glasgow with comedy, music, film, theatre, visual art, performance art, literature, club nights, educational events and community arts projects.

Kes

40 years since Barry Hines' novel was made into a classic film, director Nikolai Foster presents a new production of 'Kes'. The story of a boy from a family of failures who finds his true passion in the care and training of a kestrel chick, it promises to be a haunting and moving theatrical experience.

The House of Bernarda Alba

  • 4 stars

The National Theatre of Scotland's major new production is a fresh and edgy translation of Federico Lorca's final play, performed by a cast of 12 Scottish women including Jo Freer and Louise Ludgate. The titular Bernarda is a formidable matriarch trying to manage her executed husband's business affairs and the love lives…

Topdog / Underdog

The Scottish premiere of the Pulitzer prize-winning play from African-American playwright Suzan Lori-Parks about two abandoned teens' fight for survival on the streets. Directed by Leann O'Kasi.

The House of Bernarda Alba

  • 4 stars

The National Theatre of Scotland's major new production is a fresh and edgy translation of Federico Lorca's final play, performed by a cast of 12 Scottish women including Jo Freer and Louise Ludgate. The titular Bernarda is a formidable matriarch trying to manage her executed husband's business affairs and the love lives…

Bright Black

  • 4 stars

Brand new physical theatre from Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds, with commissioned music by Michael John McCarthy of Zoey Van Goey fame, brought into being by Glasgow company Vox Motus. The production tells the tale of a young woman's journey into a dark underworld to find and bring back her dead lover.

Hedda Gabler

Icarus Theatre Collective brings to life Isben's classic tale of jealousy, greed and stolen manuscripts.

Bounce: Insane in the Brain

Ken Kesey's story of rebellion in the psychiatric ward, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', is transformed by street-dance theatre company 'Bounce' into a hip hop dance extravaganza, which has enjoyed hit runs in London. Featuring a soundtrack that includes Missy Elliot and Dizzee Rascal, along with laughs, tears and…

The Dark Things

  • 4 stars

Five lost souls collide in Ursula Rani Sarma's new work about art, fame and death.

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