Hugh Simpson

The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black

★★★★☆  Still so spooky

The Woman in Black – touring to the King’s yet again this week – retains all of its mysterious power to entrance and terrify.

October 13, 2021 | By | Reply More
Looking Good Dead

Looking Good Dead

★★☆☆☆ Unfortunate

Subtle as a bulldozer and only sporadically gripping, Looking Good Dead, which is at the King’s all week, works on one level as undemanding entertainment, but is not exactly guaranteed to have the crowds flocking back to the theatres.

October 6, 2021 | By | Reply More
PPP: A New Life (A Mini Musical)

PPP: A New Life (A Mini Musical)

★★★☆☆ Emotional

A New Life (A Mini Musical) at the Traverse every lunchtime this week is certainly not ‘mini’ in its emotional scope or its ambition.

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Groan Ups

Groan Ups

★★★☆☆ Flat

While there is real energy and commitment in Mischief Theatre’s Groan Ups at the King’s, it is in the service of a script that probably doesn’t deserve such efforts.

September 29, 2021 | By | Reply More
PPP: Rose

PPP: Rose

★★★☆☆  Important

Rose, the latest in the new series of A Play, A Pie and A Pint, produced by Oran Mor in association with Aberdeen Performing Arts and the Traverse, is an involving biographical sporting tale.

September 29, 2021 | By | Reply More
History

History

★★★★★  Outstanding

History by Roy Williams is not only the best so far of the offerings on the Lyceum and Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Sound Stage audio platform, it must also have a claim to be the most essential of all the audio dramas provided by theatres in the last 18 months.

September 22, 2021 | By | Reply More
PPP: Celestial Body

PPP: Celestial Body

★★★★☆ Brooding

The return of A Play, A Pie and A Pint to the Traverse with Morna Pearson’s Celestial Body, which runs to Saturday, is certainly something to celebrate.

September 21, 2021 | By | Reply More
Playing With Books – the Yellow Door

Playing With Books – the Yellow Door

…and other final Book Festival events by Hugh Simpson The last of this year’s Playing With Books events at the Book Festival was a singular piece. The Yellow Door was even more of a ‘work in progress’ than is usual for the strand as it is not yet even a book. Instead this was an […]

August 31, 2021 | By | Reply More
Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age

Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age

★★★☆☆ Mixed bag

Given the honour of closing the Edinburgh International Festival that so nearly never happened, Alan Cumming responds with his trademark gusto and skill. Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age at the Old College Quad is, however, an odd combination of the delightful and the infuriating.

August 30, 2021 | By | Reply More
Playing With Books – the Long Drop

Playing With Books – the Long Drop

..and other recent Book Festival events

The Book Festival continues in its new home at the Edinburgh College of Art on Lauriston Place, and also continues to offer events of interest to theatre-goers.

August 26, 2021 | By | Reply More