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Saturday, March 17, 2018

‘It’s the ideas fizzing out that truly impress’: HOW TO ACT – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

How to Act, the National Theatre of Scotland’s acclaimed production, is intriguingly named. There are shades of meaning behind that phrase, dealing with the expectations of society as well…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Katie Mitchell to make Edinburgh International Festival debut by Thom Dibdin

Director Katie Mitchell is to make her Edinburgh International Festival debut this August as part of a residency by Paris-based Theatre des

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

‘The musical just leaps off the stage’: HAIRSPRAY – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Hairspray has been touring for years – it was last here in 2016 – and the reason why people are still flocking to see it is there for all to see. It’s a heart-warming and empowering t…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

‘Entertaining but let down by its structure’: BINGO! – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Despite the best efforts of a committed cast in Bingo!, the end result has a baggy, lop-sided feel. There is enough dark energy here to make a success, but retooling is surely needed to make…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Bingo! review at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – ‘hilarious and macabre’ by Thom Dibdin

Musical Theatre has its fair share of bloody moments, what with its man-eating plants and demon barbers. Now writers Anita Vettesse and

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Scottish Youth Theatre to close in July following funding knock-back by Thom Dibdin

Scottish Youth Theatre is to close at the end of July after failing to secure funding in the latest round from Creative

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

‘Packed full of entertainment, music and mayhem’: ALLAN STEWART’S BIG BIG VARIETY SHOW – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Allan Stewart has one against proved himself to be everyone’s favourite entertainer. His Big Big Variety Show is a joyous night of entertainment that should leave you smiling for days.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Edinburgh’s Festival City Theatres Trust changes name to Capital Theatres by Thom Dibdin

Festival City Theatres Trust, the charitable body that runs Edinburgh’s Festival, King’s and Studio theatres, is changing its name to Capital Theatres

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Deathtrap review at Dundee Rep Theatre – ‘an entertaining revival’ by Thom Dibdin

Ira Levin’s tightly plotted thriller, first staged in 1978, is delivered with maximum impact in Johnny McKnight’s entertaining revival. The production boasts

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

‘Beautifully conceived & told’: THE LAST BORDELLO – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Behind all this bold, sensual exploration of the seediest side of life, The Last Bordello becomes nothing less than an affirmation of the need – the absolute need – for people to have th…

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Edinburgh council commits £10m to theatre buildings across the city by Thom Dibdin

The City of Edinburgh Council has agreed to set aside a £5 million fund for capital investment in the city’s theatres and

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‘A captivating world where ordinary lives touch the extraordinary’: THE WEIR – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

An evening of tall tales puts a spotlight on the human heart as the King’s presents Conor McPherson’s modern Irish classic, The Weir.

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Scottish government condemns Creative Scotland funding process by Thom Dibdin

The Scottish Parliament’s culture committee has labelled evidence given to it by Creative Scotland earlier this week as “unconvincing”, and said its

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The Return review at Howden Park Centre, Livingston – ‘hauntingly enigmatic’ by Thom Dibdin

Ellie Stewart’s reworking of the true story of Martin Guerre examines questions of identity and what “belonging” really means. Guerre was a

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Creative Scotland chief ‘profoundly sorry’ over funding debacle by Thom Dibdin

Creative Scotland’s chief executive has apologised for the way the body’s recent funding decisions were handled, as she committed to a root-and-branch

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‘Brings a whole new audience to discover the magic’: THE SOUND OF MUSIC – Touring ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

It may be a cliché, but Edinburgh is definitely “alive with the Sound of Music” once again as the classic musical returns to the Playhouse.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Maximum impact from its almost immersive setting’: THE THINGS I DON’T SAY – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

There is an edge of guerilla theatre to Neon Eye’s theatre debut, The Things I Don’t Say, set and performed in a Bruntsfield flat, which makes it feel special before it even starts.

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‘Stylish, colourful comedy’: THE BELLE’S STRATAGEM – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Vivacity, wit and downright stupidity abound in The Belle’s Stratagem at the Lyceum, a production of verve and cheek that produces as much laughter as anything seen on the Edinburgh stage …

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Edinburgh Fringe chief: ‘Festival risks becoming unaffordable to artists’ by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh Festival Fringe chief executive Shona McCarthy has warned that the annual arts festival could risk becoming unaffordable if costs continue to

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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Belle’s Stratagem review at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘a sparkling, ribald revival’ by Thom Dibdin

Hannah Cowley’s biting 1780 comedy of manners has been transplanted to Georgian Edinburgh for a production that feels both timely and timeless.

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‘Domestic tragedy becomes something more approaching a Greek one’: THE MATCH BOX – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Matches are resolutely old-school and capable of being taken for granted, but are just as capable of flaring into life as they always were. Which is pretty much the case with Firebrand’s T…

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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

“Find your stories from inside yourselves.” This what Mark Thomas tells the students at his comedy workshop in the Jenin Freedom Theatre

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

‘Brilliant challenges to misconception that comedy doesn’t translate’: SHOWTIME FROM THE FRONTLINE – Touring ★★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

What happens when a comedian runs a comedy club in one of the most violently repressed areas of the world? Showtime from the Frontline sounds like it should be a recipe for disaster, yet Mar…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

‘Deft intelligence’: WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT – Edinburgh ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Though White Rabbit Red Rabbit could be perceived as a tad gimmicky, the marriage of form and content proves more than satisfying. Nassim Soleimanpour has got himself a winning formula here …

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Creative Scotland reverses funding decisions following outcry by Thom Dibdin

Creative Scotland has reinstated five companies to its network of regularly funded organisations, following an emergency meeting of its board last week.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Knives in Hens review at Perth Theatre – ‘a muscular production’ by Thom Dibdin

David Harrower’s 1995 debut play. Knives in Hens, is a harsh, raw piece of writing. In a superstitious, pastoral age the village

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

‘Packed with biting wit’: Muriel Spark: Creme de la Creme – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

On the eve of the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth, the Usher Hall was packed for Muriel Spark: Creme de la Creme, an evening of readings, reminiscences and a performed reading of the Edi…

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‘Hugely inventive’: Song of the Goat/Plastic Heroes – Manipulate Festival – Edinburgh by Thom Dibdin

Manipulate Festival is back and its performance side got off to a smashing start with two hugely inventive and darkly comic shows which both use toys as puppets: Song of the Goat and Plastic…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Creative Scotland board members resign in protest over cuts by Thom Dibdin

Ruth Wishart and Maggie Kinloch have resigned from the board of Creative Scotland following the arts agency’s controversial funding decisions announced last

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Creative Scotland plans emergency meeting following criticism of funding cuts by Thom Dibdin

Creative Scotland is to hold an emergency board meeting next week in response to the criticism of funding decisions for 2018-21. Criticism

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Scottish arts organisation criticise ‘devastating’ cuts to children’s theatre by Thom Dibdin

Scottish arts organisations have criticised ‘devastating’ cuts to children’s theatre companies in the latest funding round, labelling them a “huge blow” to

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