★★★★☆ Bonne bouche:
Theatre is all about stories and performance, but when the two turn in on themselves, things get messy and out of control – as His Final Bow, this week’s lunchtime theatre at the Traverse shows.
Channelling Jabez, the latest A Play, A Pie and A Pint production at the Traverse, is a charmingly inconsequential story that is cleverly staged and strangely attractive.
The Traverse Theatre’s production of Girl in the Machine is a quick march through our potential future towards a technology-induced apocalypse.
The first offering in the new series of A Play, A Pie and A Pint at the Traverse, has its heart in the right place and provides some laughs, but ultimately fails to convince either as a farce or as a more conventional comedy.
Offside, Futures Theatre’s touring production at the Traverse, is a heartfelt, energetic and ultimately uplifting play about women’s football that explores wider issues with humour and intelligence.
★★★★☆ Intense and involving:
Combining thought-provoking intelligence and the genuinely moving, Made In India at the Traverse is a very fine production.
Dirty Protest’s production of Last Christmas at the Traverse is an emotional and beautifully acted tale, but is not as much of an alternative to traditional Christmas theatre as it may first appear.
★★★★☆ Humorously inventive:
Black Beauty, the Traverse’s show for all ages this Christmas co-produced with Red Bridge, is a million miles from a straight adaptation of the children’s classic but provides more than enough fun for everyone.
Youth Theatre Festival takes Trav by storm
The youth theatre festival Chrysalis got off to a fine start on Friday 19 November 2016 in the Traverse, with a pair of productions which made two very strong and salient points about theatre by young people.
★★★☆☆ Well performed:
Strong performances and notably high production values distinguish Grain In The Blood at the Traverse, but an initially chilling ambience is not sustained.