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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Stage of the nation: what does it mean to be a national theatre? by Mark Fisher

The national theatres of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have all caused a stir about what they represent. How should they reflect a country’s identity?They had Richard Eyre on the ra…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Wind in the Willows review – whimsical but not twee by Mark Fisher

New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeAn immersive show for the under-fives strikes gold and acts as a primer for Peter Leslie Wild’s inventive and boisterous main stage productionAs is often the c…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Oliver Twist review – Dickens classic brims with energy and harmony by Mark Fisher

Hull TruckA sumptuous choral score is key to this slick, polished production featuring an impressive female Fagin and tightly drilled young companyThe statistics about the working poor in Th…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Christmas Carol: the story for all seasons by Mark Fisher

From Victorian penury to Caribbean party music, new productions at Leeds Playhouse and Northern Stage in Newcastle revisit Dickens’s festive favouriteIt isn’t only the ghosts of Christma…

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Mouthpiece review – provocative dialogue gives voice to working-class frustration by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghKieran Hurley’s gripping Edinburgh-set two-hander confronts the economic divide in the city and the stranglehold the middle-classes have on the artsKieran Hurley’s pro…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Good tidings he brings! Johnny McKnight, Scotland's panto powerhouse by Mark Fisher

Pantomime legend Johnny McKnight does his usual festive double, starring in Mammy Goose at the Tron in Glasgow – and writing Sleepin’ Cutie at Macrobert, StirlingIs pantomime a reactiona…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Wendy and Peter Pan review – a blast of fairy dust by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghElla Hickson’s adaptation of JM Barrie’s story is a funny and heartbreaking coming-of-age tale for its swashbuckling heroinePeter Pan is as much a concept as a cha…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Goldilocks and the Three Bears review – a turbocharged panto with pizzazz by Mark Fisher

Theatre Royal, NewcastlePlacing the story in the context of two rival circuses, Michael Harrison’s show boasts jugglers, skaters and motorcyclistsIf you want the secret behind the UK’s f…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Don't Forget the Birds review – mother and daughter tackle life after prison by Mark Fisher

Live theatre, NewcastlePlaying themselves with humour, grace and honesty, a former inmate and her daughter tell their story and reveal their bond Cheryl and Abigail Byron are on adjacent cha…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Cinderella review – a lovingly made dessert of a panto by Mark Fisher

Coliseum, OldhamKevin Shaw’s colourful panto is an enjoyable sugar rush seemingly powered by E-numbersFine Time Fontayne and Simeon Truby make their first entrance as the Ugly Sisters wear…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Pop Music review – life throws shapes on the dancefloor by Mark Fisher

Cast, Doncaster Anna Jordan tunes into intertwined lives and captures the oblivion and camaraderie of the dancefloor in her new dramaIt’s no spoiler to reveal that Pop Music ends with Come…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Under Milk Wood review – Thomas's village moves to north-east England by Mark Fisher

Northern Stage, NewcastleStaged in the round, Elayce Ismail’s production relocates Dylan Thomas’s dramatic poem about the people of Llareggub In divided times, there’s something comfor…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Clear White Light review – a gem of psychiatric gothic-horror folk-rock by Mark Fisher

Live theatre, Newcastle Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher is restaged in a Tyneside mental hospital in a poignant and politically charged musicalIt sounds like a challenge f…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Unreturning review – three generations search for home by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghAnna Jordan’s four-hander for Frantic Assembly, unfolding across time to tell parallel war stories, is performed with heart and focusA man is trying to cross the sea to …

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

All You Need Is LSD review – Doctor Who meets Timothy Leary by Mark Fisher

Unity, LiverpoolDeparting from convention and reality, Leo Butler’s simulated psychedelic experience crashes around with jolly abandonYou can imagine an Open University programme that sets…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Death of a Salesman review – Don Warrington is the business by Mark Fisher

Royal Exchange, ManchesterSarah Frankcom gives Arthur Miller’s decline-and-fall drama an extra edge in this powerful productionDon Warrington’s Willy Loman is at the centre of his own un…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Arctic Oil review – should you put your family first or the planet? by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghClare Duffy’s play skirts the big issues as an ecowarrior and her mother clash in a locked bathroom Opening in the week the UN has made dire warnings about climate chang…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Lord of the Flies review – all-female cast tears up public school rulebook by Mark Fisher

Theatr Clwyd, MoldWilliam Golding’s fable of desert-island anarchy is reinvented for the modern age in Emma Jordan’s brutal, bold productionThere’s a theory being pushed by the psychol…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Twelfth Night review – trippy take on Shakespeare romcom by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh With 50/50 gender-split casting, this comedy of disguise and identity enjoys a playful makeoverYou get a sense of the playfulness of Wils Wilson’s trippy take on Sh…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Cyrano de Bergerac review – swashbuckling ugly duckling, drowned in sound by Mark Fisher

Tramway, Glasgow The thwarted lover story, retold in dazzling Glaswegian Scots, has raucous spirit and flamboyant hairpieces but its verbal flourishes are lost in acoustic fogEdwin Morgan’…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Ubu review – dictators and discord in dystopian take on Jarry's classic by Mark Fisher

Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonA brutal score by Jerskin Fendrix is the driving force behind this bleakly topical reworking of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu RoiSince its premiere in 1896, Alfred J…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Prisoner review – Peter Brook's gnomic parable gazes at its own navel by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghA man sits outside a prison in self-imposed punishment, in this philosophically provocative but dramatically inert dramaThe set is not a million miles from Druid Theat…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The End of Eddy review – a televisual glimpse into small-town homophobia by Mark Fisher

The Studio, EdinburghStewart Laing sensitively takes Édouard Louis’s groundbreaking coming-of-age story from page to stageWhen Édouard Louis was growing up in a poor working-class villag…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Misha Glenny: McMafia review – a chilling portrait of how the criminal became corporate by Mark Fisher

Assembly Checkpoint, EdinburghFrom corrupt cartels to ‘snakehead’ smugglers, the journalist-cum-author presents a plain-talking breakdown of complex global illsWhen Misha Glenny ventured…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

One Life Stand review – a relationship lived through emoticons and kitten memes by Mark Fisher

Roundabout at Summerhall, EdinburghDating apps and cute cat gifs are stifling a couple’s ability to communicate in Eve Nicol’s play for Middle ChildWhat’s a monogamist to do in the age…

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Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure review – four characters in search of a play by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghShould Jon stay or should he go? That is the question in a drama of short sentences, questions and heavy sighsBig Aftermath of a Small Disclosure is a play. The play is …

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Drip Feed review – heartbreaks and hangovers in Cork by Mark Fisher

Assembly George Square theatre, EdinburghKaren Cogan is compelling as a pleasure-seeking thirtysomething in this vivd solo show staged by Fishamble and Soho theatreYou can imagine another wr…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Trojan Horse review – Islamic schools ‘plot’ powerfully revisited by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghA sobering examination of British children caught in media crossfireIn the spring of 2014, what was the Trojan horse? Was it the Islamist doctrine allegedly smuggled int…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Frites first: the Belgians making audiences laugh, sing and squirm by Mark Fisher

The Edinburgh festival’s Big in Belgium season features daft whimsy, a Eurovision anthem and a headlong charge into uncomfortable territoryWhen the Smiths released Paint a Vulgar Picture ,…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Political History of Smack and Crack review – an unsparing portrait of addiction by Mark Fisher

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghA desperate love story is set against a broader picture of government hostility in Ed Edwards’ gritty two-handerAccording to this urgent two-hander, the n…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Status review – reflections of a world in flux by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghIn monologue and song, Chris Thorpe explores nationality, identity and not accepting the story you’re given about BrexitChris Thorpe says his one-man show is not about…

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