Saturday, May 8, 2021

COMEDY THEATRE – A Lunch date with the fabulous Don Juan

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BY JOY HADDENThe story of the wealthy libertine and womanising protagonist, Don Juan, is portrayed by five flamboyant and fabulous actors to create a fun, and very funny, lunchtime show.In fact, the audience are...
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...

BOOK FESTIVAL: Eddie Izzard on dyslexia and Dickens

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EDDIE Izzard didn’t disappoint those who turned up to see him promote his new audiobook at his sold-out show at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.The comedian and actor, 57, was introduced by award-winning children’s...

THEATRE – Blood and Gold at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Award-winning author Mara Menzies highlights the links between Scotland and Africa in a powerful and important display of visual storytelling.Scotland is a nation with a rich culture based on storytelling. Even stories based...
Yo, Carmen - Maria Pages Company, performing at Edinburgh Festival

REVIEW – Flamenco’s femme fatale delivers real Festival fireworks

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SHOW TITLE: Yo, Carmen (María Pagés Company) VENUE: Playhouse, Edinburgh, Aug 12-13 By JEAN WEST “WE HAVE created Yo, Carmen to dignify the woman,” pronounces María Pagés, stamping out her intent in flamenco staccato with the force...

MUSIC/ DANCE – Alba Flamenco – a raw frenzy of music and movement

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BY MORAG  PHILLIPS The roots of Flamenco most definitely originate from Andalusia region of Southern Spain. It’s a fertile fusion between guitar, singing, and dance, accompanied by rhythmic hand clapping and finger clicking greatly influenced...

THEATRE – Aquila Youth Theatre present Lord of the Flies

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William Golding’s classic Lord of the Flies is transferred onto the stage in all its savage glory in this play exploring violence, gang culture, and the collapse of order and civilisation.The familiar story is...

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...

Critically acclaimed LGBTQ play Riot Act returns for 2020 UK tour

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A powerful verbatim theatre piece exploring the history of the LGBTQ rights movement is returning for a UK tour in 2020, following a successful tour in 2019 and run at the Duchess Theatre in the...

THEATRE – Dysney Disfunction tackles love, lust and UK immigration law

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At first I was worried it wasn't going to be funny, and then it was quite funny, and then it went far beyond a few jokes about a millennial trying to wade her way...

PHYSICAL THEATRE – The Artist is a hit at Edinburgh Fringe

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BY JEAN WESTSlapstick, goofy, charming and fun, The Artist, is a confident piece of physical theatre with truly masterful qualities.Keen to make a painting, award-winning New Zealander, Thom Monckton, is thwarted at every turn...

COMEDY THEATRE – One woman Sex and The City is a hilarious must-see parody

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I didn’t realise how much I’d missed Sex and The City in my life until I saw KERRY IPEMA’s one woman parody show, in which she nails impersonating everyone’s favourite characters on their most...

COMEDY – Craicling is comedy at it’s best

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Foil, Arms and Hogg packed out McEwan Hall on the 14th night of their Edinburgh run with Craicling. A banner of their familiar pig logo dressed the stage, along with a guitar and a...
An image of Johnny Depp actress laying on a table

THEATRE – Johnny Depp: A Retrospective on Late Stage Capitalism

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 Co-writers and directors Val Dunn and Jenna Kuerzi present a funny, smart and highly improvisational take on the legacy of one of cinemas most iconic Hollywood heartthrobs.In a small back room, reflecting the shows...

THEATRE – Sod’s Law: A bittersweet serenade through the a(n)nals of queer history

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BY KATHRYN PIERCE In collaboration with @SomewhereEDIBlunt and beautiful, Sod's Law is an afternoon delight.Aristocrat Lord Hicks seems to know a thing or two about queer life, and as I shared a late afternoon...

THEATRE – Who Is Daniel King? at Assembly Rooms

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Is Daniel King the dancing queen? He is so endearingly engrossed in himself and his desires and dreams to become a dancer.While friends and family, (and indeed the audience) think he is deluded, Daniel’s...

THEATRE – A Rock’n’Roll Suicide!

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The show opened with the protagonist of this show, Lee Mark Jones, dressed as Ziggy Stardust aka David Bowie. As the show went on, Ziggy’s fleeting presence in it sort of evolved into a...

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,...

COMEDY – Heidi Kills Time at the Pleasance Courtyard

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BBC New Comedy Award winner, Heidi Regan returns to the fringe with Heidi Kills Time a far more conventional approach to stand-up.Lined with daft humour and a sprinkle of political angst, Regan seems to strive...

BOOK FESTIVAL – Sue Perkins on travelling as a gay woman and her blunders...

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SUE Perkins talked enthusiastically about her experience bumbling through Asia, laughing along with crowds at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Tuesday (20thAug).She also revealed that there were countries she would love to visit...
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