Reviews

Anno Domino

Anno Domino

★★★★☆ Perfectly Pitched:

Alan Ayckbourn has taken a play ‘off the back burner’ for audio streaming by the Stephen Joseph Theatre, where he was artistic director for many years. It has all of the hallmarks of classic Ayckbourn – razor-sharp observation, subtle skewering of preconceptions, and exploration of murky hidden depths.

May 27, 2020 | By | Reply More
Five from Inside

Five from Inside

★★★☆☆   Zippy:

A series of enigmatic, eclectic discoveries, Five From Inside’s guerrilla-portraits of isolation expose some of the tensions facing theatre-makers staring down a digital ‘new normal.’

April 27, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Tempest

The Tempest

★★★★☆    Virtual storm:

While many theatre companies have resorted to screening films of existing shows during lockdown, Banbury-based Creation Theatre has not only created a new piece of theatre but is performing it live.

April 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
In celebration of the Public House

In celebration of the Public House

★★★★☆    Virtually strong:

The Leith-based Village Pub Theatre made a welcome return on Friday evening by virtue of virtual meeting platform, Zoom, for a live performance of seven sparkling new plays, performed script-in-hand.

April 11, 2020 | By | 1 Reply More
7,000 tune in to Stand

7,000 tune in to Stand

First Saturday Night Live from The Stand a hit:

Almost 7,000 people tuned in live to watch the Edinburgh Stand comedy club’s first ever Saturday Night Live streaming event on Youtube.

March 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
Cirque Berserk

Cirque Berserk

★★★☆☆   Zip(po)’s into town:

Newbury based circus company Cirque Berserk! appears at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre as part of its 2020 tour. The company brands itself as ‘Real Circus made for Theatre’ and it does exactly what it says on the tin.

March 12, 2020 | By | Reply More
Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show

Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show

★★★★☆ Comfortable

There is a reassuring feel to Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show at the King’s until Saturday.

March 12, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

★★★★☆ Blooms with delights:

The Secret Garden, Fife-based Red Bridge Arts has once again given a children’s classic a radical makeover without losing the heart of the original story.

March 7, 2020 | By | Reply More
Cavalleria Rusticana

Cavalleria Rusticana

★★★★☆  effective:

Edinburgh Studio Opera has followed a path of noire inevitability into the dark heart of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, the tale of a returning soldier, a spurned lover and a vengeful secret told.

March 6, 2020 | By | Reply More
Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti

Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti

★★☆☆☆    Flat:

Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti at the Lyceum is full of energy and has no shortage of comic potential. However, the end result is puzzlingly uninvolving.

March 4, 2020 | By | Reply More