Blythe Duff

Grain In The Blood

Grain In The Blood

★★★☆☆ 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.

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The James Plays

The James Plays

The James Plays Trilogy: ★★★★☆
Eighteen months after their first outing, the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of the James Plays trilogy remains a theatrical event worth anybody’s time and money.

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The James Plays – An Overview

The James Plays – An Overview

★★★★☆ Event theatre
The confidence, skill and sheer brass neck demonstrated in The James Plays mean that any drawbacks in individual parts are submerged in the feeling that this is an Event with a capital E. Not just in theatrical terms – although goodness knows they qualify on that score – but possibly culturally and historically too.

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James III: The True Mirror

James III: The True Mirror

★★★★☆ Humorously anachronistic
Cheerfully modern – and far more upbeat than its ostensibly tragic material would have suggested – James III: The True Mirror provides an energetic, occasionally puzzling conclusion to The James Plays.

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James II: Day of the Innocents

James II: Day of the Innocents

★★★☆☆ Chilling
There’s a chilling tone to much of James II: Day of The Innocents. Quieter and more brooding than the plays which bookend it, it provides a necessary contrast, but is the least impressive of the three on its own terms.

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James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock

James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock

★★★★☆ Historic
The high energy and dramatic power of James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock brings history into sharp focus and provides a fitting start to Rona Munro’s trilogy: the James Plays.

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Review – Ciara

Review – Ciara

A towering performance by Blythe Duff marks out the Traverse’s revival of their Edinburgh fringe hit Ciara, which plays until the 21st.

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Review – Ciara

Review – Ciara

David Harrower’s one-woman play, written for Blythe Duff, is a finely honed exposition of the collision of diverse worlds – written in ear-to-the-ground language.

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Beer Behind Bars at Trav

Beer Behind Bars at Trav

The arrival of Firebrand Theatre’s new production of Iron by Rona Munro has resulted in some tasty product placement down in the Traverse Bar.

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