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Interview: Slava’s Snow Show creator Slava Polunin

13 Nov 2014

'I wanted to try to get into those areas where clowning was not too often – tragic comedy, drama'

Why do you think the Snow Show has captivated audiences? I think it’s because we ‘talk’ in this show about those things which are very important for every single person, wherever he or she lives. Every person on earth understands what is love…

Theatre Uncut set for Glasgow and Edinburgh performances

12 Nov 2014

Company are touring with latest round of newscripts written in response to current affairs

The resurgence of political theatre has been galvanised in Scotland by the referendum: Theatre Uncut arrived a little earlier, in response to government cuts in public spending. After providing plays for free performance, 2014 is the first year that the…

Juliette Binoche confirmed for Edinburgh International Festival 2015

12 Nov 2014

French actress will star in stage version of Antigone translated by Anne Carson

Celebrated French actress Juliette Binoche will appear at the 68th annual Edinburgh International Festival, which takes place from 7-31 August 2015. New festival director Fergus Linehan, former director of the Sydney Festival and the Dublin Theatre…

Interview: Station Stories creator Sven Warner explains his latest installation storytelling project

11 Nov 2014

Transportative peep shows to take place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen's train stations

In recent programmes for arthouse Cryptic, Sven Warner has become a local hero. Working in the space between film, installation and theatre – and in a distinctive studio above a fish market – Warner has created events that are witty and experimental.

Preview: children's theatre show Glimmer comes to Glasgow

11 Nov 2014

'A personal story to explore universal themes of family, companionship and sharing memories'

Christmas, as the glossy TV adverts will confirm, is all about how much stuff you can purchase, money you can spend and gifts you can receive. On the off-chance you’d rather buy into a different approach, Glas(s) Performance’s new show, Glimmer is…

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Stick Man to show as part of Edinburgh's Christmas 2014 celebrations

11 Nov 2014

Scamp Theatre have adapted Julia Donaldson's book for the stage in St Andrew Square

They may be the perfect bedtime companion, but Julia Donaldson’s picture books have also proved to be ripe for adaptation. While Tall Stories have taken on The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom, Scamp Theatre have done an equally fine…

Preview: Edward Scissorhands

7 Nov 2014

Narrative dance show based on Tim Burton's classic film comes to Glasgow

Sit in a production meeting with Lez Brotherston, and chances are you’ll hear the word ‘why’ on more than one occasion. ‘My training is to question everything,’ says the set and costume designer, ‘it’s just the way I think.’ In 2005, when Brotherston…

Interview: Slope creators Stewart Laing and Pamela Carter discuss 2014 revival

6 Nov 2014

The pair explain how they brought new lease of life to production of the 19th century love triangle

Untitled Projects' first production of Slope used Tramway's distinctive scale to create a work that used Stewart Laing's design skills to encase the torrid tale of French poets Rimbaud and Verlaine in a custom-built set. Reviving it eight years later…

Theatre Royal Ghost Tour

5 Nov 20143 stars

Explore Glasgow's old opera house after dark on this late night tour

As one of Scotland's oldest venues, The Theatre Royal has inevitably gathered strange tales of unexplained noises and ghostly smells. This late night tour serves as both an access-all-areas guide to the labyrinthine backstage passages and a collection…

Best of BE Festival comes to Edinburgh – Sat 8 Nov 2014

21 Oct 2014

Top acts from Birmingham's annual festival of challenging theatre will perform at the Traverse

With three performances from across Europe ranging from ballroom-inspired solos to a multimedia meditation on waiting, BE Festival arrives at the Traverse for an autumnal burst of energy. Radioballet dance through thoughts on beauty, Mokhallad Rasem…

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Preview: Edinburgh Choreographic Project

21 Oct 2014

Company will tour Scotland with mixed repertoire programme of Royston Maldoom's work

When your back catalogue spans over 40 years, choosing what to include in a retrospective isn’t easy. Especially if, like Royston Maldoom, you like to see more than one choreographic voice in a show. ‘I prefer mixed repertoire programmes to those…

Interview: Grant Smeaton, director of Cardinal Sinne

14 Oct 2014

Religious romp through moral labyrinth of Catholicism comes to the Tron Threatre

Raymond Burke's audacious new comedy, directed by Glasgay! favourite Grant Smeaton, is an outrageous romp through a moral labyrinth of Catholicism, covert sexuality, abuse and hypocrisy. When the titular cardinal is nabbed by a journalist due to his…

Preview of Ron Athey's Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains

14 Oct 2014

Celebrated body performance artist brings controversial show back to Glasgow

In the past 20 years, Ron Athey has become one of the most celebrated performance artists in the world. His provocative performances, which focus on his body and evoke, in their extremity, an almost medieval vision of ecstasy, question the place of the…

Interview: Lu Kemp, director of Bondagers

14 Oct 2014

Sue Glover's Scottish play following the lives of six women comes to Edinburgh's Lyceum

Lu Kemp is directing Sue Glover’s Bondagers, one of the plays that heralded a resurgence in Scottish playwriting. What attracted you to Bondagers? It’s a brilliant piece of storytelling. The characters are beautifully drawn. It gives lots of room…

Modern revival of Gogol's classic play The Gamblers set to tour Scotland

14 Oct 2014

Based on new translation by Selma Dimitrijevic and Mikhail Durnenkov

‘I really want to put on stage a group of women behaving in ways that they are not supposed to: gambling, drinking, dancing, swearing, farting, cheating, shouting, competing and having a lot of fun.’ Although director Selma Dimitrijevic admits she had…

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Highlights of Edinburgh's Christmas and Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2014 programme

1 Oct 2014

Lily Allen, Al Murray, Briefs and Hot Dub Time Machine set to help city celebrate the festive period

Edinburgh's Christmas 2014/15 tickets are now on sale, with a programme that promises to be bigger and better than ever. Opening on Friday 21 Nov, the attractions span two locations in the heart of the city centre, at St Andrew Square and East…

Edinburgh’s Christmas 2014 celebrations revealed

30 Sep 2014

Programme of festive markets, shows and events will kick off on Fri 21 Nov

Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations for 2014-15 were revealed this morning, at the Assembly Rooms on George Street. Run by Underbelly and Unique Events, this year’s collection of festive markets, attractions and performances will open on Friday 21…

Arches Live! 2014 promises diverse line up of experimental performers

19 Sep 2014

Artists taking part include Rob Jones, Katie Gallagher, FK Alexander and Harry Giles

Arches Live! has become the traditional start of the autumn season in Glasgow. Although running later than usual this year, it still has its perennial mixture of familiar artists and emerging talents. The festival kicks off with Rob Jones' AARG!!!…

Interview: actor Brian Ferguson takes on Dominic Hill's new version of Hamlet

16 Sep 2014

The play, 'about a time of huge change in the country', could reflect post-referendum society

'As an actor I have done a lot of new writing,' explains Brian Ferguson. 'These plays are often about the things that aren't said, more so than the things that are. Shakespeare's characters don't have this problem. They shout and weep and rage and love…

Interview: theatremaker Bruce Downie on The Battle of Calder Street

16 Sep 2014

Verbatim theatre piece about the 2001 Govanhill Baths protest

What inspired the creation of the company? Govanhill Baths is such a beautiful building: I could see the potential right away – I knew we had to start a theatre project here. There are a number of different performance spaces, there's storage space…

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Interview: actor Joe McGann on taking the lead in John Godber's bittersweet April in Paris

27 Aug 2014

'You see wives nudging their husbands and saying, that's you, that is. He writes in a universal way'

'Al and Bet are one of those couples you wouldn't want to be sitting next to on a bus,' says Joe McGann, who plays Al in John Godber’s April in Paris. 'They have been together 27 years and it sounds like constant bickering. And we all know couples like…

Interview: theatremaker Robert Icke on adapting George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

27 Aug 2014

'We looked more to other art forms for inspiration: David Lynch, Breaking Bad, Grand Theft Auto'

Jointly created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, Headlong's adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four has been praised for its energy and finding new ideas in a familiar tale. Applying a contemporary sensitivity, the classic tale of…

Verbatim theatre exploring sensitive issue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

22 Jul 2014

‘It accesses an emotional honesty, an immediacy that is rare in conventional scripted performance'

Max Stafford-Clark, former artistic director of the Traverse and collaborator with writers as diverse as David Hare, Mark Ravenhill and Caryl Churchill, regards verbatim as ‘the last great pulse in theatre’. Often used in a documentary format, it takes…

Random Accomplice present a comedic look at the Commonwealth Games with News Just In

14 Jul 2014

Johnny McKnight promises ‘daft tongue-in-cheek nonsense. It’s fun, unapologetic, brash comedy'

Random Accomplice is able to turn its hand to more serious matters – recent comedy Wendy Hoose made salient points about disability within the fast-flowing gags – but News Just In is playing to the strengths of Julie Brown and Johnny McKnight. ‘This…

Lucy Bailey and Fiery Angel take on Frederick Knott's Dial M For Murder

17 Jun 2014

The murderous play made famous by Alfred Hitchcock stars Christopher Timothy and Kelly Hotten

Having toured the rest of Britain, Fiery Angel's production of Dial M For Murder finally reaches Glasgow. The classic play by Frederick Knott, adapted by Hitchcock into the iconic 1954 film, is now being directed by Lucy Bailey. Bailey has an…