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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

★★★★☆ Kaleidoscopic:

Shifting emotions are filtered through autumnal sunlight in the Lyceum’s Twelfth Night, with as much defiant sadness on view as happy resolution.

September 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Ludus: Playful Love

Ludus: Playful Love

★★★☆☆ Diverting:

Ludus: Playful Love, Theatre Broad’s production of two contrasting plays by early 20th century poet and playwright Clifford Bax provides an evening that is high on period charm but never really stakes its claim to contemporary relevance.

September 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Shows preceding the end of the fest

Shows preceding the end of the fest

Hugh’s final BookFest Round-up for 2018

Autumn always seems to time its arrival to coincide with that of the Book Festival, with the rain limiting opportunities for the simple pleasures of sitting in Charlotte Square Gardens with a book and some refreshment. However, there were plenty of opportunities for those interested in theatre to sit inside instead.

August 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
@JohnLewis: Never Knowingly Undertweeted

@JohnLewis: Never Knowingly Undertweeted

★★☆☆☆     Indistinct chatter:

@JohnLewis: Never Knowingly Undertweeted, from Simon Jay presented by James Seabright downstairs at the Newsroom, is a likeable but lightweight piece.

August 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
PQA productions

PQA productions

Persephone, The School Film, Blackout:

The establishment of a venue by the Pauline Quirke Academy means that – among the many other shows staged there – there is a showcase for the local youngsters attending the PQA.

August 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Hamish Henderson: On The Radical Road

Hamish Henderson: On The Radical Road

★★★★☆  Lively commitment:

Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road, from Theatre Objektiv at the Storytelling Centre, is a compelling illustration of the work of the celebrated writer, folklorist and internationalist.

August 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

★★★☆☆  Rumbustious jollity:

Charging at Shakespeare at full speed and with all comic guns blazing, Some Kind of Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night at Paradise in the Vault will win no prizes for subtlety but should please a wide audience.

August 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Those Worrisome Sleeps

Those Worrisome Sleeps

★★☆☆☆ Fractured fantasy:

Those Worrisome Sleeps, RFT’s excursion into fantasy and dark magic at Sweet Grassmarket, has an unusual atmosphere and a vigorous earnestness that never translate into a convincing whole.

August 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Quines

Quines

★★★☆☆  Poetic history:

Quines from Gerda Stevenson at Paradise in the Vault is one of those home-grown, quietly accomplished shows that will never hit the headlines but are the backbone of the Fringe.

August 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
The End of Eddy

The End of Eddy

★★★★☆ Inventive realism:

The End of Eddy at the Studio is both creatively playful and grippingly real, as a production of rare immediacy is built around a combination of technology and human interaction.

August 23, 2018 | By | Reply More