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Sunday, May 2, 2021

‘Flawed but very funny piece’: TENNIS ELBOW – Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh & Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is little doubt that a tightened-up version of Tennis Elbow would be better, but the sheer pleasure in language displayed here already goes a very long way.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

‘Both extremely topical & utterly timeless’: A SPACE TO BLESS – Queen Jesus Productions (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

A Space to Bless, a series of meditations from Queen Jesus Productions filmed in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, provides much-needed balm for the soul.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

‘Economical & punchy’: SMILE – Dundee Rep (Online review) by Thom Dibdin

Smile, Dundee Rep’s football-themed online offering, transfers to the screen to provide a satisfactory record of 2020’s successful play about the legendary Jim McLean.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

‘Edifying, surprising & deeply human’: DOPPLER: THE STORY SO FAR – Grid Iron (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Doppler: The Story So Far, a portrait of Grid Iron’s 2020 production of Doppler that never was, is an edifying, surprising and deeply human film.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

‘A touching & utterly personal piece of drama’: ANGELA – Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh & Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Online review) ★ by Thom Dibdin

A touching and utterly personal piece of drama, Angela by Mark Ravenhill is a fitting first offering in the Lyceum and Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Sound Stage project in association with …

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

‘Has all the good cheer you could want in a panto’: RAPUNZEL: THE PANTOMIME – Musselburgh (Online review) ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

While a live audience is oxygen to panto performers, recorded Rapunzel at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh is a triumph, and placing the trials of 2020 the heart of this retelling of this we…

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

‘Suffused with goodwill, invention, care & Christmas cheer’: Lyceum Christmas Tales Live – Edinburgh (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Lyceum Christmas Tales may have been born out of necessity, but the whole enterprise has taken on a beauty and importance of its own.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

‘Offers humour, emotion & political impact’: FIBRES – Stellar Quines & Citizens Theatre (Online theatre) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Fibres, the online filmed version of the 2019 Citizens and Stellar Quines co-production, offers humour, emotion and political impact.

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

‘A timeliness & emotional truth’: SHRAPNEL – Production Lines (Online review) by Thom Dibdin

There is a timeliness and emotional truth to Shrapnel, Production Lines’online play by CMFWood, that is enhanced by being presented live.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

‘Much to enjoy & explore’: In Someone Else’s Shoes: Edinburgh’s Unexpected Summer (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Someone Else’s Shoes, the Traverse’s immersive online presentation conceived and directed by Hannah Price, is a thought-provoking and wistful evocation of Edinburgh without its festivals.

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Visual & audio treats from the Traverse Festival by Thom Dibdin

There is some very promising writing talent on show in the Traverse Festival, and it is done justice both by the standard of performance and production from the venue.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

‘A story that needs to be told’: FRAGMENTS OF HOME – Shedinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Fragments of Home works both as a theatrical performance and as a film, with Annie George’s performance striking a delicate balance.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

‘A poignant reminder of what we are all missing’: GHOST LIGHT ★★★★ (Online review) by Thom Dibdin

With one of the My Light Shines On series of films, Ghost Light provides a poignant reminder of what we are all missing in this fallow year of live performance in Edinburgh during August.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

‘There is a real humanity there’: MIRACULOUS – Edinburgh (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

In Miraculous, Borderline Theatre Company and the Gaiety Ayr have created a bouncy online version of David F Ross’ comedy caper novel about an Ayrshire band that once had an unexpected num…

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Friday, July 31, 2020

‘Actively enhances the intimacy of the original’: THE COOLIDGE EFFECT – Wonder Fools (Online review) ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Wonder Fools have revived their intriguing two-hander The Coolidge Effect about the insidious effect of pornography, for an audio, lockdown production that actively enhances the intimacy of …

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

NEWS: Edinburgh Fringe receives £1.25 million ‘life raft’ from Scottish Government by Thom Dibdin

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the charity which oversees the Edinburgh Fringe, has been awarded £249,000 grants and a £1million interest-free loan to help support it through Covid…

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Monday, June 1, 2020

‘It has all of the hallmarks of classic Ayckbourn’: ANNO DOMINO – Stephen Joseph Theatre ★★★★ (Online review) by Thom Dibdin

Perfectly pitched: Anno Domino has all of the hallmarks of classic Ayckbourn - razor-sharp observation, subtle skewering of preconceptions, and exploration of murky hidden depths.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

‘A devastating moment for our industry’: Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre in hibernation by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh's Lyceum Theatre has entered a period of "hibernation" as a building-based producing theatre, postponing all 2020 shows and entering into negotiations with all staff over redundanc…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Coronavirus: Edinburgh Festival Fringe cancelled by Thom Dibdin

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, along with all of the city’s August festivals, will not take place in 2020 because of coronavirus, it

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Coronavirus: Eden Court to redeploy staff in community roles as part of council tie-up by Thom Dibdin

Eden Court in Inverness is to work with its funders the Highland Council to find ways for its 200 employees to join

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: Scottish theatres face closure after Holyrood advises cancellation of events with more than 500 people by Thom Dibdin

The Scottish government has advised all organisers to cancel or postpone any events involving more than 500 people, both indoors and outdoors.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

‘Does exactly what it says on the tin’: CIRQUE BERSERK – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Newbury-based circus company Cirque Berserk! appears at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre as part of its 2020 tour. The company brands itself as ‘Real Circus made for Theatre’ and it does e…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

‘Funny, heart-warming & joyous show’: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

A real joy to watch from start to finish. the story behind Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is one of courage against adversity, but one that is full of humour and love too.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘well-performed but overlong update of Brecht’ by Thom Dibdin

This gender-swapped update of Brecht’s 1940 comedy, Mr Puntila and His Man Matti, is less than the sum of its individually shining

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

‘Enough energy to light Hampton Court for 500 years’: SIX THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

You’ll lose your head over Six The Musical, which is bringing a new audience to the Festival Theatre just a week ahead of the show’s Broadway debut.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

‘Its heart is undoubtedly in the right place’: OOR WULLIE – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Oor Wullie, the touring musical from Selladoor, Dundee Rep and DC Thomson has moments of comic brilliance.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

‘Surprising & endlessly entertaining affair’: PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) has a superbly wide frame of reference, and which is thought-provoking as well as being sheer good fun.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Aladdin review at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline – ‘gem of a show’ by Thom Dibdin

It looks like director Ian Bustard has rubbed the magic lamp in his Aladdin for the Alhambra, Dunfermline. Theatre owner Bill Fletcher

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy – ‘Interesting twists and strong magical characters’ by Thom Dibdin

Iain Lauchlan drops enough local mentions into his Jack and the Beanstalk to ensure that, combined with plenty of pantomime set-pieces and

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Friday, December 13, 2019

‘Wants for nothing in terms of spectacle or budget’: THE LION KING – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Visually arresting, the touring production of The Lion King which is booked into the Playhouse until March 2020, wants for nothing in terms of spectacle or budget.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Goldilocks and the Three Bears review King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Andy Gray’s triumphant return’ by Thom Dibdin

Andy Gray, the uncrowned King of the King’s pantomime, returns to the stage in some style in Alan McHugh’s circus pantomime, directed

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