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And Then He Ate Me takes on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood

5 Feb 20154 stars

Vélo Théâtre has fun exploring what happens when the big bad Wolf has an existential crisis

French company Velo Theatre's take on the Little Red Riding Hood tale is formidable – in both the French and English meaning – and a startlingly beautiful surrealist treasure. A louche,very French wolf (Charlot Lemoine) reclaims the spotlight back…

Briefs: The Second Coming (2014)

22 Dec 20145 stars

Brassy yet classy, boylesque troupe Briefs returns to Edinburgh

Their outfits could out-sparkle the Jenners Christmas tree, their banter is filthier than a lump of coal. The Briefs boys are back in Edinburgh bringing, in their words, 'a little bit of butch and a fuckload of camp' to the winter market. Originally…

Interview: Michelle McManus – First and last

11 Dec 2014

On time out from Treasure Island, the Scottish personality talks Chanel, KT Tunsall and calendars

First panto you remember going to see Cinderella. I was six years old and I remember thinking that I wanted to live in pantoland when I grew up. Last New Year’s Resolution you were able to keep Absolutely none. I'm honestly the worst person ever at…

Love 2.0

3 Mar 20153 stars

Andy McGregor observes youthful insecurity in the age of social media with sharp humour

Suzie likes Gary. Gary likes Suzie. Or at least they think they do. Their Facebook profiles are top notch: he’s into poetry and going out with his mates, she’s into Simply Red and bad television programmes. Perhaps not a match made in heaven, but they…

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

26 Feb 20154 stars

Brecht's revolutionary play gets with the beat

Mark Thomson’s direction of Bertolt Brecht’s celebrated The Caucasian Chalk Circle takes the potent script and ramps it up, thanks to the Lyceum’s ability to gather a large cast and capture the dynamic storytelling that drives the clear political message.

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Mulan the Musical: China’s only female percussion group presents new show

24 Feb 2015

From the Red Poppy Percussion Ensemble comes this new telling of the legend

Last seen by Scottish audiences during the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony, the Red Poppy Percussion Ensemble is known for many things – but most notably for being the only female drumming group in China. Founded in 1999, the group regularly…

Theatre review: The Slab Boys

16 Feb 20153 stars

John Byrne's classic play gets a solid revival, marking the Citz's 70th anniversary

Paint festoons the surfaces, murky smudges tint the studio glass: daubings of crisp be-suited devils line one side of the room, with a pencil drawn Rebel Without a Cause James Dean taking pride of place on the other. This is the slab room, so called for…

WhatsOnStage Awards winners announced

16 Feb 2015

Nine gongs for Miss Saigon as well awards for David Tennant, Billie Piper and Vanessa Kirby

Miss Saigon was crowned Best West End Show at last night's WhatsOnStage Awards. Cameron Mackintosh's musical dominated proceedings with a total haul of nine gongs, one for every category in which it was nominated bar one. The awards, now in their 15th…

The Dance of the Magnetic Ballerina

12 Feb 20155 stars

Mesmerising choreography from this darkly erotic routine

Andrea Miltnerova's deconstruction of the limitations imposed on dance seems timely, arriving as part of Manipulate just as cinema has become obsessed with scrutinizing machines imbued with female consciousness (Her, Under The Skin,Ex-Machina) and…

Mark Thomson takes on Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Lyceum

11 Feb 2015

‘I felt that the theatre needed to respond to the times we are in'

Mark Thomson is enthusiastic about directing Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle. Using the strength of the Lyceum’s scale, he is taking on a major work by one of the most important authors of the 20th century, which remains trenchant today. ‘I felt that…

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The Typist tells an emotive tale with flamenco and theatre

10 Feb 2015

The personal and political come together in this story about one of Spain's child refugees

New company Kam-Ri's flamenco production, The Typist, is a powerful testament to the human spirit. Focusing on Esperanza, one of Spain's child refugees Los Ninos de la Guerra of the Civil War, it reveals the scars she bears as an adult 20 years later.

Scottish Opera take on Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice

10 Feb 2015

1762 opera tells the tale of Orpheus in song and dance

It’s a well-known tale. And one especially so in the world of opera, as the great myth of Orpheus and his determination to rescue his beloved wife from the underworld is one which inspired what is generally regarded as the first great opera…

Revival of John Byrne's The Slab Boys marks the Citizens Theatre's 70th anniversary

9 Feb 2015

John Byrne on why his 1957 tale is as relevant now as it was in the height of punk

The revival of John Byrne’s 1978 masterpiece The Slab Boys is an appropriate choice for the Citizens’ 70th birthday. Eventually expanded into a trilogy – with a fourth play added in the 21st century – it has become one of Scotland’s most influential…

Preview: Return to the Forbidden Planet

6 Feb 2015

Bob Carlton returns to direct 25th anniversary restaging of sci-fi, jukebox musical

As writer and director Bob Carlton remembers, the creation of Return to the Forbidden Planet was a gradual process. He was the artistic director of Bubble, ‘a fringe company for people who didn't usually see theatre.’ When the company added theatrical…

A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Butterfly

29 Jan 20154 stars

Anne Hogg's debut for PPP Butterfly focuses on desperation in double denim, in the shape of young Jamie (Paul James Corrigan) who has just been made redundant from the Caterpillar Factory, and is standing on top of a very precarious water…

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First Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 tickets on sale

29 Jan 2015

Fringe-goers can already buy tickets for Daniel Sloss, Jimeoin, Dick Gaughan and Janis Joplin

The first batch of tickets for this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe has gone on sale today. The annually-anticipated printed programme launches on Thu 4 Jun, but a selection of acts and tickets are already available to buy on the organisation's…

Preview: manipulate festival's aerial programme

28 Jan 2015

The visual theatre festival takes flight with a host of aerial performances

Amongst the bustle of this year's programme, manipulate 2015 boasts a particularly impressive selection of work committed to using the full height and scale of the Traverse Theatre: aerial dance theatre. Born from the fusion of circus skills and…

Introducing manipulate, Scotland’s annual festival of visual theatre

26 Jan 2015

Gareth K Vile, manipulate’s critic in residence, tells us what 2015’s festival has to offer

Manipulate’s vision to raise the profile and appreciation of visual theatre within Scotland extends beyond the stage: for the third year, I am taking up the position of ‘critic in residence’, responsible for engaging in the wider discussion of the…

Review: Scottish Ballet – The Nutcracker

19 Dec 20144 stars

It’s an odd little story, The Nutcracker ballet. On Christmas Eve, Clara is given the gift of a wooden man who comes to life after midnight to lead her into a strange land. Some choreographers use it as a springboard to explore Freud, some to riff on…

2015 Highlights: Stage

17 Dec 2014

Featuring: Manipulate, Slab Boys, Coppelia, Cirkopolis, Kevin Bridges and Glasgow Comedy Festival

Weaving together puppetry, visual theatre and dance, Manipulate's vision is international, experimental and accessible. Kicking off with Edinburgh Festival hit Maria Addolorata, which examines the limits of physical pain and ecstatic joy, through dance…

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War on Christmas: interview with Gary McNair

16 Dec 2014

Comedian joyrides the festive season through the Arches by declaring War on Christmas

Enjoy your season, but rather more than that. Enjoy your life, find a way to get happiness every single day, instead of being forced into someone else’s preconceived notion of happiness for a rather stressful period in December. Let Christmas go, relax…

Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker

12 Dec 2014

Scottish Ballet revives Peter Darrell's legendary production

He’s the man who started it all. The founder, the visionary, the choreographer and, until his untimely death in 1987, the artistic director of Scottish Ballet. As such, Peter Darrell is in receipt of no small amount of posthumous respect. So when…

The Hot 100 2014: Glasgow mourns some of its inventive theatremakers

11 Dec 2014

The year we lost theatre-makers David MacLennan, Adrian Howells and Ian Smith

Between that referendum and controversial omissions from the funding awards, 2014 has been a dynamic year for theatre. Sadly, it is also marked by the deaths of three of Scotland’s most popular and inventive artists: David MacLennan, Adrian Howells and…

Llandyll Gove talks Saturday Night Fever

10 Dec 2014

Actor and co-star talks disco and the latest stage remake of 1970s classic

Llandyll Gove, playing Double J – the one in Tony Manero’s gang ‘most likely to join the mafia,’ Gove reflects – promises that this Saturday Night Fever is no sentimental remake. ‘The great thing is that the charcaters are so well written you are always…


5 Dec 2014

Catherine Wheels' award winning show White is a hit with pre-school children and adults alike

For something so simple, it can be awfully hard to get right. Creating theatre for a pre-school audience is a fine balance of ‘suddenlys’ (moments where things change and recharge a child’s focus) and gentleness. Get it wrong, and you’ll have a room…