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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Twelfth Night, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh - a touch too sweet by David Kettle

Psychedelic Shakespeare feels rather too charming for its own good“Well, that was really sweet,” one young audience member in front of me remarked on his way out of Edinburgh’s Lyceum …

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Prisoner, National Theatre review - Peter Brook's latest falls sadly flat by David Kettle

The British master-director settles for vaguely Beckett-inflected bafflementOf the Edinburgh International Festival’s three productions by 2018’s resident company, Paris’s Théâtre de…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Home / The Prisoner by David Kettle

Playful visual trickery and gnomic bafflement at the International Festival Home ★★★★   

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: La maladie de la mort / The End of Eddy by David Kettle

Two striking explorations of sexual identity stop short of grabbing the emotions La maladie de la mort ★★★  Toxic masculinity in all its appalling variety is a hot topic across Edi…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Orpheus / Bottom / Backup by David Kettle

Three intimate storytelling shows at Summerhall offer mixed insights Orpheus ★★★★  

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Nigel Slater's Toast / Status by David Kettle

Two superb - and very different - examinations of what defines our identity Nigel Slater's Toast ★★★★  

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Daughter / Huff / First Snow/Première Neige by David Kettle

Toxic masculinity and reflections on identity at the Fringe's newest venueLaunched just last year to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, CanadaHub has quickly become one of the…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Underground Railroad Game / On the Exhale by David Kettle

Racial politics and gun culture dissected in two provocative shows at the Traverse Underground Railroad Game ★★★★★ 

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Coriolanus Vanishes / Check Up: Our NHS at 70 / A Sockful of Custard by David Kettle

Cycles of abuse, a health service polemic and a celebration of silliness Coriolanus Vanishes ★★★★ 

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Ulster American / Cold Blood by David Kettle

A brutal assault on liberal values, and exquisite dance/theatre/cinemaUlster American ★★★★★ 

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

What Shadows, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh review - compelling, urgent, unashamedly provocative by David Kettle

Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' speech re-examined in flawed but timely playYou’ve got to hand it to David Greig. The artistic director of Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre has …

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Edinburgh Festival 2017 reviews: Meet Me at Dawn / The Shape of the Pain / Wild Bore by David Kettle

Grief, loss, unending pain - and critics talking out of their backsides Meet Me at Dawn ★★★★★

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Pike St / Box Clever / Sugar Baby by David Kettle

Comedy, tragedy and a whole lot more at Paines Plough's pop-up RoundaboutPike St ★★★★

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Edinburgh Festival 2017 review: The Divide by David Kettle

Alan Ayckbourn's vast dystopian fantasy feels cosy rather than alarmingA society that segregates men and women, prescribes what women can learn, read, wear, even which words they can sa…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Adam / Eve / Nassim by David Kettle

Three compelling shows on identity - gender and otherwise - at the Traverse TheatreEve ★★★★Transgender issues are high on the agenda at this year’s Fringe, with the energetic Test…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Edinburgh Festival 2017: Rhinoceros/ Flight by David Kettle

Zinnie Harris's new verison of Ionesco, and Vox Motus take on the subject of migration 

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Charlie Sonata, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

Well-meaning but uneven comedy bursts at its seams with mismatched themesTime travel, Brit pop, Sleeping Beauty. Classical ballet, the ravages of alcoholism, serial poisoning. There’s plen…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Winter's Tale, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

A wonder-filled, child's-eye view of Shakespeare from director Max WebsterIn the end, it’s all about Mamillius. It’s he – young son of Leontes of Sicily – who launches director …

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Picnic at Hanging Rock, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

Terror of the brutal rawness of nature in Malthouse Theatre's masterful stage adaptationWe probably think we know the story. From Peter Weir’s cult 1975 film, or even from the origina…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Crude, Shed 36, Port of Dundee by David Kettle

It’s not often you need a passport to get into a theatre show. But then the journey required to get to Scottish site-specific experts Grid Iron’s Crude does feel like something of a pilg…

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Suppliant Women, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

Fleeing rape and forced marriage in their war-torn homeland, a boatload of women refugees washes up in Greece, where they beg asylum from the suspicious locals.read more

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Edinburgh Festival 2016: Alan Cumming/The Glass Menagerie/Mark Thomas by David Kettle

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Alix in Wundergarten/4D Cinema/Bucket List by David Kettle

Alix in Wundergarten ★★★★Think Alan Ayckbourn on acid: a commonplace (well, almost) set-up, exaggerated further and further beyond what we’d ever anticipate. In François Pandolfo…

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

The 306: Dawn, Dalcrue Farm, Perth by David Kettle

The journey begins amid the glassy modernity of Perth’s gleaming Concert Hall. From there, you’re bussed a few miles out into the Perthshire countryside to a blasted, burnt-out farmhouse…

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Iliad, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

And so, it’s farewell to Mark Thomson with his final production as artistic director of Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre, after 13 years in the job (incoming artistic director David Grieg unve…

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Friday, March 25, 2016

I Am Thomas, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

‘Thomas Aikenhead – who the fuck are you?’ So goes the refrain to the opening number of I Am Thomas, a boisterous co-production between London’s Told by an Idiot, and the National Th…

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Friday, March 11, 2016

The Destroyed Room, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

Seldom can the suggestion of a post-show discussion have seemed so… well, unappealing is probably the polite way of putting it.read more

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Weir, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

Since its unveiling at London’s Royal Court in 1997, Conor McPherson’s The Weir has become something of a modern classic, notching up dozens of productions worldwide and even inclusion i…

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tracks of the Winter Bear, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

The first surprise in the Traverse Theatre’s seasonal production comes on entering the theatre – being led backstage, then onto what’s normally the performing area, and finally to two …

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

Christmas has kicked off early in the Scottish capital’s theatreland, with traditional panto Snow White over at the King’s Theatre, and the Lyceum’s high-class offering – as befits t…

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Waiting for Godot, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

It’s been a turbulent few months for Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre, with a substantial cut in funding from Creative Scotland last October, followed by the (unrelated) announcement that Mark…

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