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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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Monday, April 22, 2019

NTS technical director Gemma Swallow: ‘The biggest buzz is finding unusual places for shows’ by David Pollock

Maintaining the National Theatre of Scotland’s ethos as a ‘theatre without walls’ is a complex challenge but, for its technical director, it

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Spring! review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ‘fun and relevant 50th anniversary double bill’ by David Pollock

A fusion of old and new is on the menu at this first celebratory presentation of Scottish Ballet’s 50th anniversary, which is

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Marie review at Perth Theatre – ‘a punchy piece of solo storytelling’ by David Pollock

Wide-eyed and excited, a young actor from Edinburgh named Marie arrives in London with dreams of making her name and career in

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Nora: A Doll’s House review at Tramway, Glasgow – ‘a thoughtful update of Ibsen’ by David Pollock

Presented as part of the Citizens Women series, Stef Smith’s updating of Ibsen’s play uses a structurally impressive motif to tell the

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Edinburgh Lyceum artistic director David Greig: ‘Scottish theatre has given me a lot – I want to help it flourish’ by David Pollock

As well as writing hit shows including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End, David Greig has been artistic director

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Miss Julie review at Perth Theatre – ‘power and precision’ by David Pollock

Directed by up-and-coming young Scottish-based director Shilpa T-Hyland, who is under 30 and engaged on the project through winning Perth Theatre’s first

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Sleeping Beauty review at Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock – ‘a quality cast’ by David Pollock

A modern arts space on the banks of the River Clyde which opened five years ago, Beacon Arts Centre shares much in

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sleeping Beauty review at the Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline – ‘winningly anarchic’ by David Pollock

The sense of anarchic silliness at Dunfermline’s Alhambra goes hand in hand with the decidedly old-school flavour of this year’s Christmas panto.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Mouthpiece review at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘a gripping, truthful play for our times’ by David Pollock

Following a final Edinburgh Festival Fringe run as artistic director at the Traverse during which the company’s two produced plays were showered

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Snow White and the Seven Dames review at Perth Theatre – ‘Sharp and contemporary’ by David Pollock

For a stage with a more rural constituency than those in Scotland’s larger cities, Perth Theatre – under the artistic direction of

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Outgoing Traverse head Orla O’Loughlin: ‘At Guildhall, I’ll re-imagine theatre training for the 21st century’ by David Pollock

After seven years as artistic director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Orla O’Loughlin is moving on. She tells David Pollock about

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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Snow Queen review at Dundee Rep Theatre – ‘a Christmas tale for our times’ by David Pollock

Working in tandem with Scottish writers and composers of contemporary musical theatre Noisemaker (Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie), Dundee Rep Ensemble and

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Wizard of Oz review at Pitlochry Festival Theatre – ‘a nostalgia-soaked staging’ by David Pollock

There’s little that’s seasonal about The Wizard of Oz aside from the fond memories of anyone who has grown used to watching

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Sleepin’ Cutie review at Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling – ‘expertly staged’ by David Pollock

Despite a broad career as a writer and director, Johnny McKnight enjoys a singular reputation in Scotland as a creator of great-value

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Friday, November 23, 2018

La Clique Noel – Part Deux review at Festival Square Spiegeltent, Edinburgh – ‘dazzling skills’ by David Pollock

As Edinburgh steps up its game as a Christmas and New Year destination, and Underbelly’s management of the artistic programme taking place

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Monday, November 12, 2018

The Justice Syndicate review at Sheriff Court, Dundee – ‘enthralling courtroom simulation’ by David Pollock

Taking place as part of the annual NEoN (North East of North) Digital Arts Festival in the Scottish tech and design industries

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Arctic Oil review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘a tense two-hander’ by David Pollock

In the bathroom of a house on a remote and unspecified Scottish island somewhere north of Shetland, two women are trapped. The

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Ballyturk review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘a powerful, poignant staging’ by David Pollock

In bringing Enda Walsh’s high-profile 2014 piece of Irish absurdist drama to the Tron stage, artistic director Andy Arnold has lent the

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Scotties review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘haunting potency’ by David Pollock

Performed in English and Scots and Irish Gaelic, this trilingual play from Scots Gaelic company Theatre Gu Leor in association with the

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Monday, September 17, 2018

From When I Wake review at Tramway, Glasgow – ‘masterclass in gothic set design’ by David Pollock

From When I Wake the Want Is is the second album by Aberdonian musician Kathryn Joseph, a singer and songwriter of unnerving

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