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Monday, November 4, 2019

Kes review at Perth Theatre – ‘an economical, resonant adaptation’ by David Pollock

Originally commissioned by Scotland’s Catherine Wheels Theatre Company in 2011, playwright Robert Alan Evans’ adaptation of Barry Hines’ 1968 novel A Kestrel

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Hope and Joy review at Cumbernauld Theatre – ‘fantastical comedy-drama’ by David Pollock

In a hospital birthing room, a woman named Hope has just given birth to a large egg. Joy, the woman in scrubs

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Faith Healer review at Pitlochry Festival Theatre – ‘masterful and mesmerising’ by David Pollock

Between Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s traditional summer repertory season and large-scale Christmas show, artistic director Elizabeth Newman’s introduction of a mid-autumn play appears

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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Panopticon review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘a striking performance’ by David Pollock

There’s great ambition in Jenni Fagan’s adaptation of her acclaimed 2012 novel, about a young woman growing up in the care system,

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Alchemist review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘a perfectly pitched Glaswegian update’ by David Pollock

Director Andy Arnold was first drawn to Ben Jonson’s 17th-century play by a review from the critic Kenneth Tynan, which noted the

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Dundee Rep’s Andrew Panton: ‘Now we’re having a cultural renaissance, all eyes are on the city’ by David Pollock

As Dundee Rep celebrates its 80th birthday and 20 years of its resident ensemble, artistic director Andrew Panton tells David Pollock about

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Solaris review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘an evocative adaptation’ by David Pollock

Science fiction and horror are incredibly difficult to do well on stage. David Greig’s new adaptation of Solaris, directed by Matthew Lutton,

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Monday, September 2, 2019

North and South review at Pitlochry Festival Theatre – ‘thoughtful staging of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel’ by David Pollock

The final show of Elizabeth Newman’s impressive debut summer season as artistic director at Pitlochry Festival Theatre bears all the hallmarks of

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Tay Bridge review at Dundee Repertory Theatre – ‘transcendent drama based on local history’ by David Pollock

The 2019/20 season marks both the 80th anniversary of the Dundee Rep’s opening and the 20th anniversary of the founding of its

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Drowning review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘intriguing and well-performed’ by David Pollock

Like sirens, four nurses emerge from the bathtubs on stage. As we learn about them in monologue and dialogue, we are introduced

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Umbrella Man review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘a beautifully-crafted shaggy dog story’ by David Pollock

“Are you Scottish, min?” asks the self-proclaimed “local joker” before us on the stage, in a warm and friendly Highland Scots accent.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Brunch Club review at Pleasance Pop-Up, Edinburgh – ‘site-specific coming-of-age piece’ by David Pollock

John Hughes’ 1985 film The Breakfast Club is one of the great coming-of-age tales of our time, but it’s been more than

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Superstar review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘entertainingly watchable’ by David Pollock

In many ways, this one-woman play by Nicola Wren fulfils many of the stereotypes of low-budget, solo theatre at the Edinburgh Festival

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Catching Comets review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘smart action-movie spoof’ by David Pollock

Amusingly pitched as “a disaster movie about falling in love”, this new show from writer and director Piers Black ties two separate

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Working on my Night Moves review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘dynamic and mesmerising performance art’ by David Pollock

With appropriate safety warnings dispensed outside, the audience are ushered into a corner of the stage. The theatre is darkened and a

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Playwright Stef Smith: ‘I tread a thin line between darkness and light’ by David Pollock

The Edinburgh Fringe has historically been successful for Stef Smith, who won a host of awards for Roadkill in 2010. This year

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Like Animals review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘witty, poignant and very watchable’ by David Pollock

In the 1960s, a scientist named Margaret Lovatt attempts on behalf of NASA to teach a dolphin called Peter to speak, in

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Tartuffe review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘delightful update of Moliere into Scots’ by David Pollock

“Ah’m nae angel,” sneers Andy Clark’s Tartuffe, one of theatre’s great con artists, as he attempts to downplay his own manipulative awfulness

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The Crucible review at Edinburgh Playhouse – ‘triumphant and elemental’ by David Pollock

It’s sad to note that Arthur Miller’s 1953 conflation of the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy hearings of the playwright’s own

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Theatremaker Kieran Hurley: ‘Anything I write is a story about people and love, in some way’ by David Pollock

Kieran Hurley tells David Pollock how class consciousness and Glasgow’s Arches theatre helped shape his award-winning writing about human relations, masculinity and

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Crucible review at Pitlochry Festival Theatre – ‘tense and evocative’ by David Pollock

While other shows in Elizabeth Newman’s inaugural repertory season have  emphasised nostalgic musical theatre and light comedy, Newman’s only entirely self-directed piece

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Blonde Bombshells of 1943 review at Pitlochry Festival Theatre – ‘gorgeous music’ by David Pollock

“Music is about the only clean thing left in this awful world,” is the delicately-freighted message of this revival of Alan Plater’s

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Blithe Spirit review at Pitlochry Festival Theatre – ‘an energetic revival’ by David Pollock

In a white-walled luxury apartment, two well-to-do couples engage in a séance for a bit of diverting fun. Their invited host for

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

LJ Findlay-Walsh: ‘Work that shakes the foundations excites me’ by David Pollock

The artistic director of the Glasgow performing arts festival tells David Pollock about presenting the best of Scottish artists, cutting her teeth

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A-Z of Dundee review at Reid Hall, Forfar – ‘lively community theatre’ by David Pollock

As well as having its own building in the heart of the city, the Dundee Rep Ensemble has also created a strong

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Summer Holiday review at Pitlochry Festival Theatre – ‘a vibrant crowd-pleaser’ by David Pollock

The distinctive nature of Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s intensive, summer-only repertory system means that this is the first taste of Elizabeth Newman’s debut

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Pitlochry artistic director Elizabeth Newman: ‘Open every window and door – let everyone in’ by David Pollock

Elizabeth Newman has been brought in to connect rural Pitlochry Festival Theatre to the rest of  Scotland and the globe. David Pollock

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Friday, May 17, 2019

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing review at Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy – ‘swashbuckling energy’ by David Pollock

Finegan Kruckemeyer’s children’s fable tells the story of three triplet sisters who are reluctantly abandoned by their father in the forest and

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Low Pay? Don’t Pay! review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘an energetic riot’ by David Pollock

Low Pay? Don’t Pay! is a 2010 translation of Dario Fo’s post-banking crisis update of his 1974 Marxist satire Can’t Pay? Won’t

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Mistress Contract review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘an engagingly performed revival’ by David Pollock

In the hermetically sealed environment of a Los Angeles beach house, an experiment unfolds from 1981 until more or less the present

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Lost at Sea review at Perth Theatre – ‘evocative, atmospheric, mesmerising’ by David Pollock

Although broadly a work of fiction, Morna Young’s play about the fishing communities of the North-East of Scotland contains a rich documentary

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