Traverse

PPP: The Signalman

PPP: The Signalman

★★★★★  Riveting

There is a touch of horror to The Signalman, in which playwright Peter Arnott views the Tay Bridge disaster from the post of signalman Thomas Barclay, on duty at the south end of the bridge on the evening of Sunday December 28, 1879.

October 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Black Men Walking

Black Men Walking

★★★★☆     Poetic Journey:

There is a scope to Eclipse Theatre Company’s Black Men Walking that is truly impressive. And if its reach sometimes exceeds its grasp, it is none the worse for it.

September 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Number One Fan

Number One Fan

★★★☆☆      Deftly deceptive

With A Play, A Pie and a Pint rocking the Sunday evening schedules on BBC Scotland, Number One Fan, the lunchtime offering at the Traverse until Saturday, proves that there is even more fun to be had in witnessing theatre in real life.

September 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

★★★☆☆ Curiouser and curiouser:

While it is difficult to go too far wrong with Alice In Wonderland, it can definitely be done. Blue Raincoat Theatre’s version uses enough of the book to satisfy, but its own slant on the story does not quite convince.

June 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
PPP: Toy Plastic Chicken

PPP: Toy Plastic Chicken

★★☆☆☆    Curate’s egg:

First seen as a somewhat explosive work-in-progress at last year’s Hidden Door, Toy Plastic Chicken is the final production in this Spring’s A Play, A Pie and a Pint lunchtime theatre slot at the Traverse.

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PPP: Casablanca, The Gin Joint Cut

PPP: Casablanca, The Gin Joint Cut

★★★★★   Played it – again!

It is easy to see why the A Play, A Pie and A Pint punters voted the easygoing charm of Casablanca, The Gin Joint Cut as their favourite piece of lunchtime theatre since PPP was founded by the late David MacLennan in 2004.

May 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
Locker Room Talk

Locker Room Talk

★★★★☆ Troubling:

Deeply worrying and fascinatingly constructed, Locker Room Talk’s return to the Traverse is intriguing in theatrical terms and thoroughly unwelcome in what it reminds us about the world we inhabit.

April 24, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
PPP: The Mack

PPP: The Mack

★★★★☆ Quietly raging:

A dark undercurrent of fear runs through Rob Drummond’s fascinating account of the burning of The Mack, the affectionate nickname for architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art building.

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What Girls Are Made Of

What Girls Are Made Of

★★★★★ Joyous:

Bursting with emotion and tuneful energy, the return to the Traverse of What Girls Are Made Of is a thing of wonder.

April 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
PPP: Lion Lion

PPP: Lion Lion

★★★☆☆  Troubled:

Joy Adamson and the lion Elsa, immortalised in the film Born Free, where the figureheads of African wildlife conservation in the 1960s, changing public opinion towards big cats as animals to be nurtured rather than shot.

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