All stories by Thom Dibdin on BroadwayStars

Saturday, August 19, 2017

INDIE AS F*CK – #EdFringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Authentic humour: Indie As F*ck, Pinched! Theatre’s comic play with songs about teenage aspirations and disappointments, remains an engaging night out.

Linked From at 04:00PM

A JOKE – #EdFringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Sound premise: Combining wordplay, humour and philosophical musings, A Joke at the Space on Niddry Street is a beautifully presented piece of theatre.

Linked From at 03:00PM
Friday, August 18, 2017

F*CKBOYS FOR FREEDOM – #EdFringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Brazen: Connoisseurs of bad taste comedy will be thoroughly satisfied by Pandorum Theatre Company's F*ckboys For Freedom at Sweet Grassmarket.

Linked From at 01:00PM

Morgan and West: More Magic for Kids! review at Underbelly Cow Barn, Edinburgh – ‘perfectly crafted’ by Thom Dibdin

Smoothly moving on from their time-travelling schtick, the enthusiastic Rhys Morgan and curmudgeonly Robert West build on their stage personas in this

Linked From The Stage Registration at 11:07AM

ZSA ZSA & ME – #EdFringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Zsa Zsa Voom: A shaggy dog story that happens to be true is the focus of Nigel Miles-Thomas's engaging one-man show Zsa Zsa and Me at the Gilded Balloon's Rose Theatre.

Linked From at 10:00AM

VICHY GOINGS-ON – #EdFringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Creative: An effective original script carries Vichy Goings-On right the way through, giving it easy entertainment value at the Fringe. There are a few bumps along the way, but on the whole …

Linked From at 08:00AM

The Last Queen of Scotland review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘exuberant yet thoughtful’ by Thom Dibdin

Youthful vigour and anger run through Rehanna MacDonald’s exuberant yet thoughtful performance of Jaimini Jethwa’s monologue. It draws on Jethwa’s childhood in a Uganda…

Linked From The Stage Registration at 05:58AM
Thursday, August 17, 2017

1917 – a Phantasmagoria review at Sweet Holyrood, Edinburgh – ‘gently political and mildly self-deprecating’ by Thom Dibdin

Gently political and mildly self-deprecating, Michael Daviot’s depiction of the world a century ago in 1917 – A Phantasmagoria is a proper treat. In the black

Linked From The Stage Registration at 06:17AM

SCRIBBLE – #EdFringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Thought-provoking: Andy Edwards’ new play Scribble, at the Assembly Roxy, is an innovative and thought-provoking exploration of mental health.

Linked From at 05:30AM
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

HOW TO ACT – #EdFringe ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Manipulative: Perfect pacing and authentic actors give Graham Eatough's How To Act for the National Theatre of Scotland at Summerhall a unique shine.

Linked From at 04:00PM
Monday, August 14, 2017

WOKE – #EdFringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Powerful: Following the success of 2014 and 2015’s Black Is the Color of My Voice, Apphia Campbell returns to Gilded Balloon with another powerful one-woman show.

Linked From at 12:30PM

THE DIVIDE PARTS 1 & 2 – Edinburgh & Old Vic Theatre by Thom Dibdin

★★★☆☆     Long time coming: The official Festival's flagship production of Alan Ayckbourn's The Divide at the King's contains multitudes.

Linked From at 08:30AM
Sunday, August 13, 2017


Yesteryear once more: Storyboard Theatre's The Shakespeares – Scenes from a Marriage goes over the well-trodden ground of the private life of that writer from Stratford. Even if nothin…

Linked From at 03:00PM

DOUBLE FEATURE – #EdFringe ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

★★★★☆    Double the Laughs: Powerhouse double act Andy Gray and Grant Stott bring all their comic knowhow to bear on Double Feature from Gilded Ballo…

Linked From at 01:00PM

FLIGHT – Edinburgh International Festival ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Masterful: Vox Motus' Flight is an emotional and powerful work of art - an experience like no other that stays with you long after leaving Edinburgh's Church Hill Theatre.

Linked From at 12:00PM
Saturday, August 12, 2017

JOCKY WILSON SAID – #EdFringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

I'm in heaven: Blessed memories of a Scottish sporting legend are evoked superbly by Grant O'Rourke in the Gilded Balloon's Jocky Wilson Said.

Linked From at 02:00PM

100 – #EdFringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Stretching: An otherworldly take on very human dilemmas is aided by some outstanding performances in Lone Light Theatre and New Celts Productions' 100.

Linked From at 11:00AM

At a Stretch review at Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh – ‘well crafted’ by Thom Dibdin

Jordan & Skinner, who made a huge impact with their one-woman show Sanitise, return with a two-handed, non-verbal piece, At a Stretch. It’s an everyday story

Linked From The Stage Registration at 04:29AM

Is this a dagger? The story of Macbeth review at Scottish Storytelling Centre – ‘inventive and clever’ by Thom Dibdin

Andy Cannon brings his storyteller’s arts to Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a one-man show that is aimed perfectly at audiences aged seven or

Linked From The Stage Registration at 04:06AM
Friday, August 11, 2017

ADAM – #EdFringe ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Powerful: There is no shortage of unfettered emotion in the National Theatre of Scotland's Adam at the Traverse.

Linked From at 12:30PM

KRAPP’S LAST TAPE – Edinburgh International Festival ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Slow but compelling: Bringing Beckett to the Edinburgh International Festival, Irish Production Company Clare Street gives a fittingly understated treatment to Krapp's Last Tape.

Linked From at 12:00PM

ASSESSMENT – #EdFringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Chillingly relevant: Assessment is a chilling exploration of the future of pensions in a time of austerity. What is your life worth? asks critic-turned-playwright Robert Dawson Scott in this…

Linked From at 09:00AM
Thursday, August 10, 2017

1917: A PHANTASMAGORIA – #EdFringe ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Essence of Fringe: Intelligent, driven and ridiculously entertaining, Michael Daviot's historical one-man-show 1917: A Phantasmagoria is as close to the ideal Fringe show as you could imagin…

Linked From at 09:00AM

MEET ME AT DAWN – Edinburgh International Festival ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Mythic emotion: Meet Me At Dawn, a new play by Zinnie Harris presented by the EIF at the Traverse, is a sombre but beautifully open-hearted depiction of love, loss and regret.

Linked From at 04:00AM
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TRAINSPOTTING LIVE – #EdFringe ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Uncompromising: Take the original Trainspotting movie and put it in IMAX. Turn the sound up to 120%, the acting to 130%. and have all the gore, faeces and bile flying out of the screen, righ…

Linked From at 10:00AM

THE LAST QUEEN OF SCOTLAND – #EdFringe ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Urgent: There is undeniable promise in The Last Queen of Scotland. It is told in a voice largely absent from the stage, and presents a story which seems to have been largely forgotten, but r…

Linked From at 04:00AM
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

RHINOCEROS – Edinburgh International Festival ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Wild: The EIF's Rhinoceros is a thoroughly contemporary take on a modern classic, combining knockabout comedy with a deep consideration of human society.

Linked From at 10:00AM

Krapp’s Last Tape review at Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘playful and generous’ by Thom Dibdin

Director Michael Colgan has Barry McGovern take his Krapp at a luxurious pace, in a production which is at once playful and

Linked From The Stage Registration at 06:25AM
Monday, August 7, 2017

Meet Me at Dawn review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘drives along with power’ by Thom Dibdin

Zinnie Harris is somewhat ubiquitous at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, updating Ionesco, retelling Aeschylus and here, with Meet Me at Dawn,

Linked From The Stage Registration at 12:44PM

Greek review at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘bold and tacky’ by Thom Dibdin

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera adaptation of Steven Berkoff’s Greek, a tale of joyfully racist cockneys and the rotting underbelly of the collapsing English

Linked From The Stage Registration at 05:51AM

Eve review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘gentle but persuasive’ by Thom Dibdin

Playwright Jo Clifford has a 90-strong body of work. For her 91st script, written with Chris Goode, and her second self-delivered one-woman

Linked From The Stage Registration at 05:27AM