Ben Blow

It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

★★★☆☆  Half-life:

They say your life flashes before you before you die and that’s certainly the impression left by Floating Brick Theatre’s version of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Storytelling Centre this week.

December 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
Cadaver Synod

Cadaver Synod

★★★☆☆    Gore of yore:

Cadaver Synod is an engaging historical comedy-horror from RFT at the Sweet Grassmarket that crosses boundaries of genre and taste with equal relish.

August 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
It’s A Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life

★★★☆☆  Profound:

The heartbeat of humanity which lies at the core of Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life is brought to the stage in a straightforward but never simple adaptation by Floating Brick Theatre, at the Cornerstone Centre to Saturday.

December 17, 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
Midnight conspiracy

Midnight conspiracy

RFT stage Scottish Premiere of Wannsee play:

It was the midnight of the twentieth century, the day in 1942 when 15 Nazi bureaucrats met in the Wannsee suburb of Berlin to coordinate the “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem” – murder on an industrial scale.

July 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Getting into Formation

Getting into Formation

Annexe Arts’ festival for Assembly Roxy:

The new Formation Festival is taking place at the Assembly Roxy from Saturday 3 February 2018, with theatre performances from Annexe Repertory Theatre and a selection of Edinburgh grassroots companies.

February 2, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Vichy Goings-On

Vichy Goings-On

★★★☆☆ Creative:

An effective original script carries Vichy Goings-On right the way through, giving it easy entertainment value at the Fringe. There are a few bumps along the way, but on the whole RFT deliver an engaging, likeable story with unique characters.

August 15, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Bruce In Ireland

The Bruce In Ireland

★★★☆☆ Brutal:
Bleak beyond remorse, Ben Blow’s new play about Edward Bruce’s bloody foray into Ireland, playing at the Assembly Roxy until Thursday, makes for cynical viewing.

November 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
After Bannockburn

After Bannockburn

New play follows the Bruces to Ireland:
Thanks to Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, the world knows of Robert the Bruce’s triumph at Bannockburn – which earned Scotland her freedom. At least according to his film.

November 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Lower Depths

The Lower Depths

✭✭✩✩✩ Depths hidden:
Dark and vicious, Andy Corelli’s take on Gorky’s The Lower Depths for Siege Perilous strikes all the right tones at the Hidden Door, but doesn’t always reveal them as clearly as it might.

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