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The Dark Carnival

The Dark Carnival

★★★☆☆    Striking:

In The Dark Carnival, Vanishing Point has crafted a strangely fascinating but oddly frustrating entertainment – theatre-cum-gig-cum-cabaret that impresses in fits and starts.

March 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
Ulster American

Ulster American

★★★★☆  Hard Hitting:

Trailing clouds of glory from 2018, David Ireland’s Ulster American has returned to the Traverse with a bang. If it is not quite as good as some have said, it is still impressive – and certainly is impressively nasty.

February 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven

★★★★★ Sublime:

Forget any controversy linked to The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven. It should be judged purely as a theatrical experience. On those terms, it is moving, profound and quite brilliantly executed.

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Mouthpiece

Mouthpiece

★★★☆☆ Political emotion:

There is much to admire about the staging of Mouthpiece at the Traverse, and even more about how it is acted. In the end, however, the play tantalises rather than delivers.

December 7, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Last Witch

The Last Witch

★★★★☆ Hard as rock:

There is a visceral compulsion to Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Firebrand’s The Last Witch at the Traverse. While apparently telling of a disappeared world, its evocations of fears, suspicions and power imbalances are worryingly contemporary.

November 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Arctic Oil

Arctic Oil

★★☆☆☆ Feeble:

Great forces of vital importance are brought into a claustrophobic setting in Clare Duffy’s new two-hander, Arctic Oil, which is the main Autumn production at the Traverse, running to Saturday 20 October.

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Nests

Nests

★★★☆☆ Solid social commentary:

After a Fringe full of blockbuster productions, the Traverse’s autumn season kicks of with Nests, a two-hander that looks at social inequality and considers what we can learn from crows.

September 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths

Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths

★★★★☆ Strange energy:

Reality is stretched to great effect in Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths at the Traverse. The Tron Theatre Company’s production in association with the National Theatre of Scotland is bleakly comic and thoroughly unpredictable.

May 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
Gut

Gut

★★★☆☆   Gut-wrenching:

There are moments in Gut – presented by the Traverse in association with the National Theatre of Scotland – where it is difficult to breathe, such is the power of Frances Poet’s psychological thriller. However, there are also stretches which are far less compelling, or even entirely convincing.

April 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
PPP: Eulogy

PPP: Eulogy

★★★☆☆    Surprising:

Rob Drummond surpasses even his own reputation for theatrical twisting and turning with the memorable Eulogy, an invitation to the lunchtime funeral service of the late Sandy Munro.

April 25, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More