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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

THE HARD MAN – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Opening up the scope of the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s retrospective on noted Scottish polymath Tom McGrath, the staged script reading of his 1977 play The Hard Man sits perfe…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Controversial Edinburgh Fringe website puts pay-per-review plan on ice by Thom Dibdin

The website which proposed a controversial pay-for-review scheme for productions on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has postponed its plans. The site

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Mental Health Fringe Award launches for Edinburgh 2017 by Thom Dibdin

A new award recognising the show that most successfully explores the subject of mental health has been launched for the 2017 Edinburgh

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Edinburgh International Festival to open with free immersive show by Thom Dibdin

The Edinburgh International Festival will open its 70th-anniversary year with a major public event in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square. Bloom will be

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

THIS STORY OF YOURS – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

The theatre element of the Edinburgh International Film Festival got off to a cracking start on Thursday, with This Story of Yours the first of three one-off rehearsed script readings in Tra…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

There’s bundles of fun and bonkers B-movie mayhem in Little Shop of Horrors, the debut musical from TBC Productions, which is at the Studio on Potterrow to Saturday. Adapted from a Roger C…

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DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Touring by Thom Dibdin

Miller’s 1949 depiction of the ageing, failing salesman Willy Loman as he struggles to comes to terms with the death of his dreams – and perhaps of The American Dream itself – has only…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Edinburgh Fringe website to charge £50 for reviews by Thom Dibdin

A new website has set out details of a pay-for-review scheme for productions on the Edinburgh Fringe. However, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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STORIES OF THE SEA – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

There’s a braw bundle of insight to be had in Citadel Arts Group’s double bill of plays that explore some of the varying aspects of the women of Leith’s relationships with the sea.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Theatre in Schools Scotland project to double output and perform to 20,000 children by Thom Dibdin

The Theatre in Schools Scotland project will double its capacity in its second year. It will stage four touring productions in its

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dundee Rep and Royal Lyceum head up 2017 CATS winners by Thom Dibdin

Dundee Rep and the Lyceum in Edinburgh have emerged as the biggest victors at the 2017 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

SHACKLETON – Touring by Thom Dibdin

There is an undeniable poetic charm to Blue Raincoat’s Shackleton, at the Traverse to Friday and touring to the Tron next week. The Sligo-based company’s latest touring show, seen here i…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Theatre shows hit record numbers at 70th Edinburgh Fringe by Thom Dibdin

Theatre productions registered for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe have hit an all-time high as its 70th-anniversary programme is launched. It comes

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Diversity to be at the heart of Traverse’s 2017 fringe programme by Thom Dibdin

Representation will be at centre of the Traverse’s programme for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, according to artistic director Orla O’Loughlin. Speaking at

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Friday, June 2, 2017

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Anne Frank’s diary of the time she, her family and four others spent in hiding in an annexe above her father’s business in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, has made many appearances in different…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

SHIRLEY VALENTINE – Touring by Thom Dibdin

Written after Educating Rita and Blood Brothers, and very much in a similar tone, Shirley Valentine is the feel-good, feel-sad tale of a woman who realises that the best bits of life have pa…

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EICF OPENING WEEKEND – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival kicked off in splendid form this year, with an opening weekend of unusual and quirky offerings at the national Museum of Scotland. This is o…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Edinburgh Fringe puts accessibility first in 2017 participants’ programme by Thom Dibdin

Access and diversity are prioritised in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society’s free events programme at this year’s festival. The Breaking Down Barriers strand of

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

WAR IN AMERICA – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

The Attic Collective’s War in America is passionate, emotional and committed – but not over-earnest, and certainly not polite. The second production by this company for young performers …

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Andrew Panton unveils first season at Dundee Rep by Thom Dibdin

A female Scrooge and the professional Scottish production of August: Osage County feature on Andrew Panton’s first season as artistic director of

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Friday, May 26, 2017


There is a freshness and infectious enthusiasm to Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound. This, allied to a magnetic central performance, overcomes oddities in the script and staging to cr…

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THE HAUNTED THROUGH LODGE – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Wobbly sets, missed cues, mixed-up lines and loudly whispered prompts are all in the script for the mid-eighties am-dram-set comedy taken on by St Serf’s Players for three nights only this…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

GLORY ON EARTH – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Extreme care has been lavished on the Lyceum’s Glory on Earth. It has a clarity to its storytelling and performances, backed up by some excellent staging, but never engages the heart or mi…

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OUT OF THIS WORLD – Touring by Thom Dibdin

In V-TOL’s latest production, Mark Murphy brings the thrill of his Glasgow Commonwealth Games closing ceremony to the stage, immersing the audience in a mix of aerial choreography and proj…

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Made in Scotland programme announced for 2017 Edinburgh Fringe by Thom Dibdin

New work from Gary McNair and Cora Bissett and the revival of a solo piece by Pauline Goldsmith feature in the ninth

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Glory on Earth review at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh – “clever and satisfying” by Thom Dibdin

The historical roots of Scotland’s religious divisions are the inspiration for Linda McLean’s Glory on Earth, which examines the relationship between the

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

BOUNCERS – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

It’s a brilliant, inventive and perceptive deconstruction of the Saturday night out. Originally performed at the Fringe in 1977 as a two hander it first appeared as a four-hander in the ea…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

SCORCH – Touring by Thom Dibdin

There is a real energy to McAllister’s creation of Kes, a buzz which infects you as she sits down beside you and looks you straight in the eye. It’s a commanding performance, of the kind…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

FANTASTIC MR FOX – Touring by Thom Dibdin

Fantastic Mr Fox is a musical for children based on the classic book by Roald Dahl. It is the same basic story as the book, but lots of things that Mr Fox does are not the same. It has been …

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

JANE EYRE – Touring by Thom Dibdin

Resolutely theatrical and visually arresting, the version of Jane Eyre at the Festival Theatre retains the flavour of that well-loved book while succeeding admirably on its own terms. This a…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

DON GIOVANNI – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

VoiceArc’s sci-fi reworking of Don Giovanni, at Broughton St Mary’s Church, lifts itself on the voices of its talented performers despite some questionable set design. With music by Moza…

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