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Monday, September 23, 2019

Zanetto and Susanna’s Secret at St Mary’s Church, Haddington – ‘strong emotional heft and brightly played comedy’ by Thom Dibdin

Scottish Opera brings strong emotional heft to the Scottish premiere of Mascagni’s Zanetto and some brightly played comedy in Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

‘Provides some moments of genuine theatrical magnetism’: SOLARIS – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Dealing with troubling questions about human interaction, the Lyceum’s adaptation of Solaris is – like all the best science fiction – not really about alien planets but about our own w…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Glasgow young people’s theatre company Junction 25 closes following funding issues by Thom Dibdin

Young people’s theatre company Junction 25 is to close after 14 years because of the “challenging situation” in arts funding, according to

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

BBC Scotland to broadcast six shows from A Play, a Pie and a Pint by Thom Dibdin

Six plays from Òran Mór, Glasgow’s award-winning lunchtime theatre, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, are to be broadcast on the

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Backbone review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘cleverly choreographed circus’ by Thom Dibdin

Backbone, the latest touring circus show from Gravity and Other Myths, is a wonderful example of how to make something insanely difficult

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Slime review at Pleasance Pop-up, Edinburgh – ‘inclusive and relaxed pre-school show’ by Thom Dibdin

There is an unexpected physicality to Lucy Bairstow’s splendid performance as Slug in the Herd Theatre’s immersive, relaxed production for pre-school children

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Blood and Gold review at Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh – ‘heart-rending and hilarious’ by Thom Dibdin

Scottish-Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies has constructed a beautifully weighted set of nested stories for contemporary times, revealing them with a commanding sense

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Tales from the Garden review at Assembly Rooms George Street, Edinburgh – ‘compelling yet hugely unsettling’ by Thom Dibdin

There is a strong sense of foreboding to Ameera Conrad’s first appearance in this compelling solo show, thanks to Kathleen Stephens’ mask

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Monday, August 26, 2019

‘Characters create an interesting dynamic’: MADAME GEORGE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Madame George, by award-winning playwright Keir McAllister at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose on Chambers Street is a dark comedy filled with easy laughs that are tinged with a great sadness.

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‘Captivating, thrilling & spellbinding’: BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Apphia Campbell triumphs in Black is the Color of My Voice at Gilded Balloon Teviot. A riveting show inspired by the life and music of Nina Simone and featuring songs such as ‘I Put a Spel…

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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Shark is Broken review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘humorous and knowing’ by Thom Dibdin

Set on the film set of Jaws as its three stars bicker and drink to pass away the interminable between-shot delays, The

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

‘Queer identities couldn’t be explored in a more delicate way’: THE HAPPINESS PROJECT – Edinburgh Fringe by Thom Dibdin

The first thing that strikes about The Happiness Project is the colours. Shocking pink and neon yellow on a plain background and plastic-grass floor.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

‘Truly magical’: THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

In a world full of fear and worry, we all need a reminder that there’s still hope. Luckily, in The Man Who Planted Trees at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, two storytellers and their pup…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

‘Simple yet well executed’: PINK HOUSE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Exploring grief and the impact of trauma on memory and family relationships, Paradigm Lab’s Pink House by Madison Pollack at PQA Venues is somewhat heartbreaking and completely honest.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

‘Likeable & informative’: THUNDERSTRUCK – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Thunderstruck by David Colvin at Assembly Checkpoint is a deeply felt and human tale, whose relationship with its source and inspiration nevertheless makes for some uncertain moments.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

‘Worth any number of over-literal, full cast adaptations’: OF MICE AND MEN – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Of Mice and Men, in the Gilded Balloon Teviot Wine Bar for the full fringe, benefits from one fine performance and one exceptional one.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Ane City review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘promising debut about moving away from home’ by Thom Dibdin

Never go back, they say. Aspiring poet and English Lit student Tay finds out why when she returns home to Dundee for

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‘Every moment is memorable & engaging’: A GAME OF DEATH & CHANCE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

In A Game of Death and Chance, the National Trust for Scotland’s first ever Fringe show, four characters from the 17th century – and death himself – have occupied an old Edinburgh tene…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Paris de Nuit review at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – ‘decadent take on traditional circus routines’ by Thom Dibdin

The roots of director and creator Bence Vagi’s most recent Cirque Danse creations are clear in Paris de Nuit, the circus evocation

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Kalakuta Republic review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘exploration without elucidation’ by Thom Dibdin

Fela Kuti, the revolutionary Nigerian band leader who invented Afrobeat, was imprisoned for his anti-authoritarian music but had a decidedly dodgy attitude

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

My Land review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘darkly brooding acrobatics’ by Thom Dibdin

Bence Vági has honed his circus acrobat troupe to a Zen-like level of movement-through-stillness in this dark and atavistic vision of masculinity

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Dexter and Winter’s Detective Agency review at Roundabout, Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘brisk and satisfying’ by Thom Dibdin

The favourite tropes of kids detective fiction are given a fast-paced workout in Stef O’Driscoll’s cracking take on Nathan Bryon’s script about

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Monday, August 5, 2019

9 review at Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘physically intense choreography’ by Thom Dibdin

The monumental impact of being deaf is explored in Hélène Blackburn’s physically intense choreography for 9, performed by her company Cas Public

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Musicals made in Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

There’s a whopping 27 different offerings made in Edinburgh in this year’s musicals and opera section of the fringe programme.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

‘Delivered with slickness & a certain panache’: DOWN IT FRESHER! – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Sassy, rude and distinctly scuzzy round the edges, the Anonymous Badger Creative’s production of Down It Fresher! in the Free Fringe is a case of writing what you know about.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Sparkle review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘heavy-handed show for the over-threes’ by Thom Dibdin

Using her own son’s experiences of being bullied at primary school for wearing dresses and all things glitter, Annie Cusick Wood has

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Edinburgh’s professional theatre companies at the Fringe 2019 by Thom Dibdin

As the fringe continues to grow, so does the input from Edinburgh-based companies. This year there are an unprecedented 93 different productions in the theatre section of the Fringe programm…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Them! review at Tramway, Glasgow – ‘inventive and stuffed with ideas’ by Thom Dibdin

The classic Cold War era monster movie, Them!, in which humanity is under threat from giant mutant ants, played on people’s fear

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

‘Sort of treat which gives musical theatre a good name’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Amelie is a slick, clever and hugely appealing production which reveals the heart of the original in a way which the initial Broadway production did not, if the clips of the latter are to be…

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

‘Feels remarkably relevant’: THE SIDESHOW – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

In the week when moves to regulate Airbnb failed and it was decided to curtain Princess Street Gardens off during commercial gigs, Active Inquiry’s The Sideshow feels remarkably relevant.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

‘It soars in its second half’: HAIR THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Over 50 years on and the Age of Aquarius is still providing a relevant, controversial (in parts) and – eventually – thunderously entertaining piece of musical theatre in Hair.

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