Theatre, Lauren Mayberry

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Interview: Peggy Shaw - Queer theatre icon discusses her new show RUFF

22 Mar 2013

'My shows are a spectacular take on my queerness and uniqueness'

For those who don’t know about your work yet, who is Peggy Shaw? In general, my shows are a spectacular take on my queerness and uniqueness, placed in ‘normal’ society from my own perspective. I write my shows from my body; from all parts of my body…

Davey Anderson's coming-of-age tale The Static mixes superheroes and ADHD

24 Jul 2012

Quirky physical theatre show from Scottish talent developers ThickSkin

ThickSkin Theatre has a hard-earned reputation for developing new Scottish talent. The company returns to this year’s Fringe to showcase the skill of Glasgow-based playwright Davey Anderson before heading off on a UK tour in the autumn. The Static is a…

Theatre show Confessions of a Grindr Addict explores modern age dating

24 Jul 2012

Sex is easy, dating difficult in 2012 edgy Edinburgh Fringe Festival show

What does a guy actually do on a date these days that doesn’t involve sex? This is the question posed by dark but comical one-man show Confessions of a Grindr Addict, written and performed by Australian Gavin Roach. Grindr, for anyone unfamiliar, is a…

The Hot 100 2011: 100-50

16 Dec 2011

The definitive list of Scottish creative talent

100: Gordon Ferris. Kilmarnock crime author makes good. The already packed Scottish crime writing field has finally found a bit of elbow room for another burgeoning talent. Joining the likes of Rankin, Brookmyre, McDermid and co is this Ayrshire-born…

Hot 100 2011 - No. 49 to 1

16 Dec 2011

The definitive list of Scottish creative talent

The Hot 100 is the definitive list of Scottish creative talent. From fashion designers to performance artists, everyone who has made a sizeable splash in 2011 has a place in this countdown. It’s for people who’ve created a buzz, but it’s also about…

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7 Dec 20114 stars

The Arches strike again with imaginative alt.panto starring Ross Allan and Rob Evans

For the last couple of years, The Arches have offered an offbeat alternative to the traditional panto – and this year’s Rudolf is no exception. The classic reindeer tale (red nosed fella, rejected by society, wins out in the end by saving Christmas) is…

Mister Merlin

7 Dec 20113 stars

The Weegie-centric Tron panto continues to entertain despite uncertain future

Renowned for their particularly weegie take on a festive tale, the Tron may sadly be unable to continue their affordable Christmas shows due to the loss of their corporate sponsor. Unless they find another, the theatre will need to raise £20,000 a year…

The Crucible

15 Nov 20112 stars

Stiff performances and lethargic pace dog Arthur Miller classic

Pored over by students across the globe and regularly revived, Arthur Miler’s The Crucible is an audacious choice as Strathclyde Theatre Group’s first production as an independent company following the closure of the Ramshorn Theatre earlier in the year…

Days of Wine and Roses

20 Oct 20113 stars

Owen McCafferty's adaptation of JP Miller's teleplay is revived, with Keith Fleming and Sally Reid

Originally a teleplay by JP Miller from 1958, the story of Days of Wine and Roses is best known for the 1962 Oscar-nominated film starring Jack Lemmon. That story, which focuses on the plight of two average Americans, has been relocated to London by…

One-woman theatremaker Lisa Nicoll returns with Home Run

20 Oct 2011

The play deals with the drug addiction and recovery of Scottish women

‘You train as an actress, writer, director or producer for years, but meeting real people and telling real stories is what makes really great theatre,’ says Lisa Nicoll, the one-woman theatre-making machine behind 2008’s Acceptance and short film ‘Truth…

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Interview - Amy Lamé’s Unhappy Birthday

17 Oct 2011

Morrissey at your birthday party? Glasgay! performer Amy Lamé wants to make it happen

Steven Patrick Morrissey. Icon. Owner of the best baritone in the biz. Vegetarian, animal rights activist and moulder of the most vertigo-inducing quiff since Johnny Bravo? Yes, yes, yes. But warm, approachable, fan-embracing performer who would jump…

Strange Hungers

17 Oct 2011

Glasgow Theatre company Fish and Game's wry send up of gay icons past at Glasgay!

Who were the gay icons of your youth? Wham? George Takei? Rosie O’Donnell... ? Everyone has at least one (perhaps strange) LGBT celeb that they looked up to as an alternative youngster – and what do you get if you combine this wry look at ‘back in…

Interview: Alt-cabaret act Bourgeois and Maurice

21 Sep 2011

Outlandishly glam neo-cabarat act bring their dark glamour to Glasgay!

Georgeois Bourgeois and Maurice Maurice (real names George Heyworth and Liv Morris) are a sight to behold on a stage. Glitter, shoulder pads, metallics, smeared lipstick, towering beehives and as much eyeliner as you could ever loot from Superdrug, the…

The Missing

21 Sep 20114 stars

Powerful performance of Andrew O'Hagan's non-fiction script across several platforms

Part memoir, part investigative journalism, Scottish writer Andrew O’Hagan’s powerful non-fiction work doesn’t easily fit into any generic pigeon hole. It is fitting, then, that this stage adaptation of The Missing is accompanied by complementary art…

2011 Arches Live! theatre programme is biggest yet

24 Aug 2011

Over 30 performances of challenging theatre and live art

As Edinburgh’s yearly festivities wind down, Glasgow’s Arches steps up with another packed out schedule of new, challenging theatre and live art. Often regarded as a platform for exciting young Scottish artists, 2011’s Arches Live! programme is the…

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Dan Canham: 30 Cecil Street

23 Aug 20113 stars

A theatre's story told through unusual interpretation

Canham tells the story of a now dilapidated theatre in Ireland through movement and actions, set to a soundtrack of voices, everyday sounds and ambient noise. An unusual piece of dance-theatre with a surprising amount of humour, even if the recorded…

Translunar Paradise

16 Aug 20114 stars

Moving portrayal of the pain of bereavement in dance, accordion and voice

Backed by accordion and voice, two dancers play out a relationship using only actions and mime, covering courtship, pregnancy, miscarriage and the after effects of war. A moving and evocative portrayal of the pain of bereavement, highlighting how…

Phillipa and Will Are Now in a Relationship

16 Aug 20113 stars

A university relationship conducted via Facebook

A university relationship is tracked via a Facebook wall-to-wall, read aloud by actors backed by a screen with dates to contextualise comments. This is comedy which could be related to by anyone who has ever repeatedly refreshed a profile page that was…

The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo

16 Aug 20113 stars

Quirky characters and quick-fire dialogue

This is sex for a generation of awkward Brits who relate to Mark Corrigan more than they might like to admit. Quirky characters and quick-fire dialogue are let down only by technical gaffs with house lights, not to mention backstage staff who talked…

Brotherly Love

14 Aug 20112 stars

Tensions high and voices loud feels uncomfortable

Two very different brothers are all grown up but still harbour resentments in this hour-long play. Tensions are high and voices loud throughout but it feels uncomfortable, like walking in on an argument between people you barely know. Special points for…

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Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

12 Aug 20112 stars

Depressing tale of decay of the upper classes in Russia

Adaptation of one of the later plays of the influential playwright, focussing on the decay of the upper classes in Russia. Depressing tale where everyone is perpetually dissatisfied, most characters are selfish or unrealistically idealistic and all the…


11 Aug 20114 stars

Honest examination of real life on the dole

Nineteen-year-old Mark has just been released from prison to find himself in a world that’s almost as grim as the inside. Drink, drugs, violence and abuse are commonplace, as well as an unhealthy disrespect towards women and authority – likely a result…

Edinburgh arts institution the Forest Cafe gears up for its final Fringe

10 Aug 2011

Edinburgh's rough and ready creative hub closing down

Many Edinburgh-dwellers agree that it will be a sad day when the Forest Café finally closes its doors at the end of this summer. The rough and ready creative hub will be badly missed, but at least it’s staying open long enough for the Forest Fringe to…

The Billie Holiday Story

8 Aug 20113 stars

Enjoyable insight into a unique talent

Under the pretence of a gig, actress Nina Kristofferson uses the ‘stage patter’ sections of the show to provide narrative about the singer’s tragic life, whilst nailing down Holiday’s voice and mannerisms. Enjoyable insight into a unique talent, plagued…

Dream Pill

8 Aug 20113 stars

Poignant insight into the unsettling reality of sex work in the UK

Produced by Clean Break and based on real experiences, this minimalist performance focuses on two young girls trafficked from Nigeria. The two actresses adopt child-like language and mannerisms to provide a poignant insight into the unsettling reality…