Anthony Neilson

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17 Aug 20172 stars

An updated adaptation of Anthony Neilson's 1994 dark look at urban masculinity, performed by Glasgow's Fear No Colours

Despite being 25 years since it was first performed at the Traverse, the issues explored in Anthony Neilson's Penetrator are still relevant today; as the piece takes a brutal look at men in their early 20s and their attitudes towards women…

Tron artistic director Andy Arnold on The Lying Kind

20 Jun 2017

Tron presents Anthony Neilson's black comedy about two coppers who lose control of the situation

'Great joy, laughter, surprise, and shock', are just some of the emotions Tron artistic director Andy Arnold is promising audiences with his staging of Anthony Neilson's black comedy The Lying Kind.

Anthony Neilson’s Penetrator set for Glasgow performances

11 Feb 2011

New group Boxman Theatre tackle bold work at Tramway

Since its 1993 Traverse debut, Anthony Neilson’s Penetrator has been held up as one of the Scottish playwright’s best works, its aggressive and unsettling atmosphere making it an early classic of what’s become known as ‘in-yer-face theatre’. It’s a bold…


23 Aug 20104 stars

History repeating itself

There is a moment in Alistair Beaton’s new play that creates a collective audible intake of breath from its audience. It is the point where Paul Higgins’ deluded huckster of a banker announces that his private corporation is now bigger than the state…

EIF show Caledonia discusses banking and Scottish nationalism

11 Aug 2010

Darien colony tale retold at Edinburgh International Festival

The last time the National Theatre of Scotland was on an Edinburgh International Festival stage they told, in 365, small, beautiful half-stories about teenagers, played by unknown actors - living in the forgotten corners of public life. That was in…

John Adams and Lee Breuer among Edinburgh International Festival 2010 highlights

22 Mar 2010

As the programme is launched for this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, we cast an eye over the highlights

Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness

5 Mar 2009

There’s a sensitivity and warmth to writer Anthony Neilson that a cursory glance at his plays would not make immediately apparent. Works such as Normal, a story based on the exploits of a serial killer, and Penetrator, which features an army veteran…

The Wonderful World of Dossocia

13 Mar 20075 stars

Seen at Tron Theatre, Glasgow, run ended. Now tour

REVIVAL As children we’re enthralled by adventures to far off lands with tin men, talking animals or witches and wizards, where good overcomes evil. Anthony Neilson’s play appeals to both our childhood imaginings and our adult sensibilities. Lisa…

Wonderful World of Dissocia, The

12 Feb 2007

Gut instinct

Back in 2004, the Edinburgh International Festival debuted a play at the Lyceum that would subsequently win five of the ten categories in the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Anthony Neilson’s The Wonderful World of Dissocia was an astonishing…

CATS Awards

3 Jan 2007

AWARDS ROUND UP We’re about at half term for the awards season, with the CATS Awards occurring in early June this year. So far, the chatter among the critics has covered a great variety of work, from grand scale projects to more modest pieces. It’s a…

Stage Whispers - theatre news

3 Jan 2007

Stage Whispers

There’s plenty to look forward to in the year ahead for theatregoers, but perhaps a personal highlight for Whispers would be the revival by the NTS of Anthony Neilson’s The Wonderful World of Dissocia. This, along with such hits as Black Watch and Tutti…