Lydia Willgress

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Patrick McCabe - Hello and Goodbye

20 Sep 20134 stars

A twin set of Hallowe'en stories that terrify the reader using subtle and intelligent methods

Propelled into the literary limelight by his violent 1992 novel The Butcher Boy, Patrick McCabe returns with a duo of Halloween stories, Hello and Goodbye. 'Hello Mr Bones' tells the tale of two lovers, feminist Chris Taylor and Irish teacher Valentine…

Elizabeth Laird - The Lure of the Honeybird

27 Aug 20134 stars

A fascinating collection of Ethiopian stories framed within a warm, empathetic travel memoir

‘Teret, teret, ye lam beret’ (once upon a time), there was a husband who turned a man into a donkey, a God who sat on a rock slitting his penis and a tyrannous king. While this roundup suggests that Elizabeth Laird has strayed into fairy-tale territory…

Forest Boy

23 Aug 20133 stars

A slightly overplayed take on a Dutch boy's story of survival in the wild

Suitably set in the quaint Bosco tent, Forest Boy is a new musical based on the events that gripped Europe in 2011 when Robin ‘Ray’ van Helsum, a young Dutch boy, claimed he had been living in a forest in Germany for five years. Dubbed as a story of…

Adam and Eve: The Musical

13 Aug 20133 stars

While the story of Adam and Eve is not foreign to most people, this musical retelling, with its fair share of knob gags, sexy Satan in Lycra and emphasis on sex, adds a bit of spice to the story. Following the well-known plot of Adam and Eve being…

Eels, Lou Hickey and Kris Kristofferson announced for No Mean City 2013

7 Aug 2013

The Glasgow Americana festival will also feature performances from Kat Men, Dawes and Caitlin Rose

The 2013 No Mean City line-up has been announced, with rockabilly band Kat Men and Glaswegian singer-songwriter Lou Hickey opening the series on Sun 1 Sep. Now in its third year, twenty artists will play across five venues with the concerts…

Top 5 musicals based on true stories at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

7 Aug 2013

Featuring Blood Ties, Forest Boy, Bridge and Gilbert and Sullivan: The Musical

Blood Ties Based on a true event, this dark comedy features a murder, a wedding and a suicide as a group of girls are forced to address long-standing issues on a bachelorette weekend gone horribly wrong. theSpace @ Venue45, 510 2381, 12–24 Aug (not…

Top 5 interactive children’s shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2013

30 Jul 2013

Featuring Adventure, Drum Struck, Alchemy Menagerie, Head in the Clouds and Magic Porridge Pot

Adventure Get your children ready to solve a mystery in this unique adventure play. They’ll have to discover clues and crack codes to help find a famous scientist who has been abducted. Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–25 August (not Fri), 11am, 2pm…

Gravity, The Zero Theorem and Child of God at Venice Film Festival 2013

25 Jul 2013

The films from Alfonso Cuaron, Terry Gilliam and James Franco are among the festival highlights

The 70th International Film Festival in Venice includes films starring George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and Lindsay Lohan. The annual film gala is opening with Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi thriller featuring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The…

WATCH: New trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, plus picture gallery

23 Jul 2013

Phillip Seymour Hoffman joins the impressive cast, alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson

It’s the moment fans have been waiting for – the first good look at the second installment of Suzanne Collins' trilogy, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Tensions are growing in Panem as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) embark…