Tuesday, September 21, 2021

MUSICAL – Legally Blonde the Musical

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FEATURING some of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s rising stars, Legally Blonde The Musical is an empowering, booty-shaking exploration of self-worth, gender bias, and of course, girl power.Adapted from the novel Legally Blonde, and...

MUSICAL – Islander: A New Musical at Summerhall

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A DECEPTIVELY simple performance, Islander: A New Musical is a contemporary take on epic story-telling and traditional Scottish music.Set on the fictional Scottish island of Kinnen, Islander follows the story of Eilidh, one of the...

COMEDY THEATRE – Improvised Therapy is absolutely absurd silliness at its best

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I  am honestly still trying to work out why it was so funny.In Improvised Therapy, Doctors Brian, Barry and Bean create a therapy session full of bizarre silliness, that unarguably made almost everyone in...

MUSIC – John Grant mesmeric at the Edinburgh Playhouse

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BY JEAN WESTThe brilliant in so many ways John Grant considered learning Gaelic before his Edinburgh International Festival performance in the Scottish capital.He had the how to book in his lap, and surely it wouldn't have been...

THEATRE – Resurrecting Bobby Awl

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A solitary boot. A few names and dates. These are the beginnings of the tale of Bobby Awl.Brian Catling's debut play Resurrecting Bobby Awl attempts to revive the memory of one of Victorian...

THEATRE – How To Drink Wine Like A Wanker, an autobiographical journey

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How To Drink Wine Like A Wanker, is a hilarious journey with Anna Thomas as she tells her autobiographical story about how she became the self-confessed “wine wanker” that she is.This show caught...
Vuelos performing at Edinburgh Festival 2017

REVIEW – Pure magic as Vuelos reach for the skies

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SHOW TITLE: Vuelos, Aracaladanza, VENUE: Church Hill Theatre, August 11-13  By JEAN WEST  WHEN it came to his fascination with aviation, Leonardo da Vinci - not just a painter, but a mathematician, scientist, anatomist and sculptor to...

THEATRE – Hocus Pocus means magic!

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BY MORAG PHILLIPS Phillipe Saire is a Lausanne based choreographer and has created over 30 productions in a long and productive career.  In Hocus Pocus, along with his talented team and two very strong dancers,...

THEATRE – “I can’t wait to be boring.” One trans person’s riotous request for...

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BY KATHRYN PIERCE In collaboration with @SomewhereEDINamed after the gender-neutral frequency for speaking and the ability for a trans person to “pass” as a defined binary gender, Activising for Change’s 147Hz Can’t Pass, is an...

MUSIC – Joan As Policewoman performs at Lau-Land Festival in Edinburgh

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 BY JEAN WESTJoan Wasser of Joan As Policewoman, from across the pond in New York, had a notion of what Leith was all about before her recent visit.The dynamic star, whose charismatic blend of art rock/pop and ingenuity has been felling...

THEATRE – Lobster at Underbelly Bristo Square

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that the modern online dating scene is a cesspool dominated by dick pics, ghosters, breadcrumbers and other unsavoury characters.Tinder has created a dating platform where connection has been...

COMEDY – A hilarious battle cry for womankind

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BY KATHRYN PIERCE In collaboration with @SomewhereEdiJen Brister: Meaningless, “I was angry in my 20s and now I’m f**king livid.”With her signature confidence, composed delivery and with no-holds barred style, Jen Brister pulls back a big catapult full...

MUSIC – Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years “If you close your eyes, it’s...

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BY SIMONE MEDONOSI still have my parent’s Simon & Garfunkel Greatest Hits cassette tape; it was one of three albums on rotation in my Dad’s 1980s blue Volvo on our family holidays in the Norwegian...

THEATRE – The South Afreakins at the Space on the Mile

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IMPI Theatre Company returns to Edinburgh with their hilarious, heart-breaking exploration of marriage, grief, and the immigrant experience.Writer and actor Robyn Paterson created The South Afreakins as a tribute to her parents and performs...

THEATRE – Mythos trilogy: Gods with Stephen Fry at Festival Theatre

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STEPHEN Fry was greeted by the audience singing him happy birthday at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on Saturday night.The entertainer was slightly embarrassed and told the Edinburgh International Festival audience to quieten down...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – A classic reworked with magic and comedy

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BY JEAN WESTWHEN a squad of scooter soldiers take to the highways and bi-ways of Portobello accompanied by a hit from Quadrophenia - you can be pretty much assured something cool is going down!...
Movie review of Eaten By Lions

FILM – Feelgood movie proves nature isn’t all red in tooth and claw

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BY JEAN WESTEATEN By Lions is the story of two half-brothers with a complicated past - namely that their parents came to a sticky end as fodder for the big cats of the title.The...
Flaming Lips press photo

MUSIC – The Flaming Lips at Usher Hall

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WHEN it comes to party planning, The Flaming Lips surely have it nailed.For the last four decades they have relied on more than a few strings of tinsel to harness their eccentricities on...

VARIETY – Jason Donovan and his ‘Amazing Midlife Crisis’

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BY JOY HADDENHaving recently turned 50, Jason Donovan’s Amazing Midlife Crisis is a show more about his past successes than any crisis, or future direction; the ex-teen heartthrob embellishes us with memories of his life...

THEATRE – The Secret River at Edinburgh International Festival

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THE SECRET River is an intense, gritty show that does not stray from the dark history of early colonisation.Andrew Bovell adapted The Secret River based on Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel that explored a...
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