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The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope

★★★★☆ Well judged

Edinburgh Theatre Arts’ production of The Misanthrope at St Ninian’s Church Hall is a clever and thoroughly enjoyable piece of theatre.

Apr 10 2024 | By | Reply More
FCT 45th Anniversary Gala

FCT 45th Anniversary Gala

★★★★★   Array of talent Church Hill Theatre: Thurs 4 – Sat 6 Apr 2024 Review by Hugh Simpson Forth Children’s Theatre’s 45th Anniversary Gala at the Church Hill is a fitting tribute to a mainstay of the Edinburgh stage, and as enjoyable a show as you could find anywhere. The original publicity for the […]

Apr 5 2024 | By | 1 Reply More
PPP: The Scaff

PPP: The Scaff

★★★☆☆ Energetic

The Scaff by Stephen Christopher and Graeme Smith, the last in the Traverse’s Spring season of Òran Mór’s Play, Pie and a Pint, is performed with a huge amount of dynamism.

Apr 3 2024 | By | Reply More
Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter

★★★★☆ Imaginative

Reassuring without being cosy, and fabulously inventive, Edinburgh People’s Theatre’s Brief Encounter at the Church Hill celebrates the possibilities of theatre while having considerable emotional impact.

Mar 28 2024 | By | Reply More
PPP: Hotdog

PPP: Hotdog

★★★☆☆ Powerful

Hotdog by Ellen Ritchie, this week’s lunchtime theatre at the Traverse, is a powerful if uneven production, extremely well performed.

Mar 27 2024 | By | Reply More
PPP: Pushin’ Thirty

PPP: Pushin’ Thirty

★★★☆☆   Delicate

Traverse: Tue 19 – Sat 23 Mar 2024
Review by Hugh Simpson

Pushin’ Thirty at the Traverse is a delicate and evocative piece that does not always convince.

Mar 20 2024 | By | Reply More
Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

★★★☆☆   Magnetic performance

Mama Afrika – from Tambai Productions and Arts La’Olam at Assembly Roxy for one night only as part of a tour – is an engaging, informative and tuneful depiction of a giant of African culture.

Mar 15 2024 | By | Reply More
Blue Beard

Blue Beard

★★★★☆ Furiously funny

A riotous combination of anger and dizzying theatrical invention, Blue Beard at the Lyceum until the end of the month, is troubling and messy in exactly the right ways.

Mar 14 2024 | By | 1 Reply More
Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith

★★★★☆ High quality

The Bohemians Lyric Opera Company’s production of Sunshine on Leith at the Church Hill Theatre is tuneful, colourful, emotionally direct and builds up a considerable head of steam.

Mar 7 2024 | By | Reply More
PPP: Bread & Breakfast

PPP: Bread & Breakfast

★★☆☆☆ Spirited performances

Bread & Breakfast by Kirsty Halliday, this week’s Play, Pie and a Pint at the Traverse, moves away from the usual monologue or two-handed fare into the honourable tradition of misunderstandings, falling over and sticking your foot in a bucket.

Mar 7 2024 | By | Reply More