Paul Higgins

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Interview: Kate Dickie – ‘You can’t just close characters off or box them in’

4 Apr 2016

The Game of Thrones and The Witch star chats about her latest intense role

Since Kate Dickie found fame as a closed-circuit camera operator in Andrea Arnold’s Red Road in 2006, the East Kilbride actress has played key roles in an Irvine Welsh adaptation, Filth, and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. 2016 looks like being Dickie’s…

Theatre review: Blackbird

29 Feb 20164 stars

Harrower's moral provocations make for a hugely rewarding production

In the corner of a litter-strewn, nondescript room, two stacks of chairs, one large and one small, lie beside one another. In the centre, 56-year-old Peter and 27-year-old Una behold one other for the first time in 15 years. David Harrower's Blackbird…

Couple in a Hole

24 Feb 20164 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Kate Dickie and Paul Higgins shine as the titular twosome

With a premise as advertised, Belgian writer-director Tom Geens’ second feature (following 2009’s Menteur) finds a displaced couple living in the bowels of a French forest. There’s a mystery here that’s satisfactorily resolved, but it’s not the film’s…

The Hot 100 2015: 70–61

4 Nov 2015

Val McDermid, Kevin Bridges and Comic Con among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2015

Since 2003, we’ve been compiling our annual list of Scotland’s most influential figures in arts and culture. Typically, this year’s Hot 100 list is a fine showcase of local talent – from film and TV stars to emerging comedians and theatremakers. Meet…

Theatre review: The Choir

3 Nov 20153 stars

Paul Higgins, Ricky Ross and Dominic Hill present energetic musical about a community choir

Choirs seem to be having something of a moment, with recent successes Glee and Gareth Malone's a cappella contest The Naked Choir. Now playwright Paul Higgins, known to many for his acting role in TV satire The Thick Of It, has collaborated with Deacon…

Utopia TV series released on DVD

21 Feb 20133 stars

Peculiarly British modern-day conspiracy thriller

‘What do I have to do to convince you people I’m on your fucking side?’ For anyone who has yet to see the finale of Utopia, it would be unfair to reveal the identity of the person who utters those words, but it does nutshell the last episode’s winding…

King Lear

26 Apr 20124 stars

David Hayman heads an impressive ensemble cast in a gripping production of Shakespeare's play

Incredibly, it’s 33 years since David Hayman appeared in a Shakespeare play at the Citz, and his casting here, as the Bard’s aged monarch, raging against the dying of the light, provides a link to that spell in the 1970s-1990s when the Glasgow…

Caledonia

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…

Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us

27 Nov 20083 stars

NEW PLAY It’s hard to shake off the feeling that this final production in the National Theatre of Scotland’s series of Traverse Debuts is set in a bygone era. The story of a young man returning home from the seminary, disillusioned with Catholicism…

Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us

13 Nov 2008

BLACK COMEDY There’s been a verdant field ploughed by dramatists over the last century about the loss of religious faith. We’ve spent quarter centuries at a time replacing it with other things, from violent nationalistic jingoism to the more…

No Holds Bard - Mocumentary to honour Robert Burns

19 Jun 2008

Ugly Betty and Extras actress Ashley Jensen is just one of many Scottish celebrities set to star in No Holds Bard, a 60-minute comedy mocumentary, due to begin filming next week. Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Jensen…