Friday, July 30, 2021

MUSICAL THEATRE – Trump! is making satire great again

Blowfish Theatre Company are making satire great again in a truly tremendous fashion.On stage a not-so-orange Donald Trump exclaimed that the press would report that there were only 30 to 40 audience members,...

THEATRE – Sirens is a roar for the silent minorities

BY KATHRYN PIERCE In collaboration with @SomewhereEDIPlucking brilliant! Sirens is a roar for the silent minorities, with guts, glitter and gumption. You need it in your life.It’s a rare thing to find a piece...
Movie review of Eaten By Lions

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

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...
Screen grab from James Kelman movie, Dirt Road to Lafayette

FILM – Young Scot’s US road trip hints at musical redemption

By JEAN WESTIN MANN Booker prize-winning author James Kelman’s first foray into screen writing, his literacy and love of traditional American music from Creole to Cajun and much in between comes to the fore.Dirt...
Film review. Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd in Ideal Home

FILM – Ideal Home: Exhibition for The Pros of Same Sex Parenting

By JEAN WESTSLICK, sassy and genuinely funny throughout, Ideal Home teams Paul Rudd (Paul) with Steve Coogan (Erasmus), as an embittered gay couple who drink, argue and gorge on superficiality.That is until Angel (Jack...
Melissa George in The Butterfly Tree

FILM – Study of family grief takes wing on bohemian and elegant movie debut

By JEAN WESTAWARD-winning writer/director, Priscilla Cameron, weaves a visually vibrant tale of everyday tragedy in The Butterfly Tree, her first feature debut.From the outset she paint bombs us with a sumptuous, psychedelia and stuffs...
Joana Vasoncelos at Jupiter Artland

SCULPTURE – An out of this world art experience with huge gravitational pull

As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, JEAN WEST discovers exactly why Jupiter Artland sculpture park holds such a power of attraction  THE ROAD to Jupiter Artland is painted bright with summer. Surrounding fields are shot...
Nothing, by Faux Theatre at the Manipulate Festival in Edinburgh, 2018

THEATRE – A trio of delights at Edinburgh’s Manipulate Festival

The Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival is a celebration of puppetry, animation and visual theatre in Scotland. It took place in Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre from January 27 to February 4. The following snapshot reviews are...
Actor Stephen McGann - a review of his appearance at Edinburgh International Book Festival

BOOKS – Call The Midwife Star’s Personal Generation Game

EVENT: Stephen McGann - Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies (Simon and Schuster) VENUE: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Edinburgh International Book Festival. By JEAN WESTSTEPHEN McGann loves his son – you...
Review of Senegalese Shindig. A Scottish World Music band, who performed at edinburgh fringe 2017

REVIEW – Joyful world music combo also deliver powerful messages

SHOW TITLE: Senegalese Shindig VENUE: New Town Theatre, Venue 7, August 17 only By ANGUS MITCHELL THIS musical collective, arguably Scotland's finest world music purveyors, is led by Samba Sene, a man who is politically engaged.That...
Author Maggie O'Farrell at Edinburgh International Book Festival

REVIEW – Fact easier than fiction as O’Farrell mines her multiple near death experiences

EVENT: Maggie O’Farrell: This Must Be The Place (Tinder Press) VENUE: Baillie Gifford Tent, Edinburgh International Book Festival   By JEAN WESTWHEN the already well-loved author Maggie O’Farrell decided to embark on a memoir recently, it was not...
Spitfire Company's One Step Before The Fall at Edinburgh Fringe 2017

REVIEW – Ringside Seats for Legend Ali’s Life Retold Through Dance

SHOW TITLE: One Step Before The Fall: Spitfire Company and Damuza. VENUE:  Zoo Southside, August 20, 21, 22. By JEAN WEST THIS harrowing and powerful one-woman dance performance, portraying the agonising demise of boxing hero Muhammad Ali,...
The Cast of Brothers, by 203 Theatre Company, at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

REVIEW – Forget ‘Bro Culture’, this is a cultured study of brotherhood

SHOW TITLE: Brothers, by 203 Theatre Company VENUE: Underbelly Med Quad, until August 28 By CAT TIMONEY BROTHERS proves an important piece of theatre tackling the critical issue of male mental health through clever writing and impeccable acting.Following...

REVIEW – Canadian Tom proves that ‘funny’ is a four letter word

SHOW TITLE:  I Swear, Tom StadeVENUE: Gilded Balloon Teviot, until August 27 By WULLIE MARR  I SWEAR, the title of Tom Stade's first Edinburgh Fringe show for two years, just might win the award for the most...
Yo, Carmen - Maria Pages Company, performing at Edinburgh Festival

REVIEW – Flamenco’s femme fatale delivers real Festival fireworks

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...
Vuelos performing at Edinburgh Festival 2017

REVIEW – Pure magic as Vuelos reach for the skies

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...
5 Guys Chillin', a play about gay chemsex at Edinburgh Fringe

REVIEW – Hardcore discussions on Homosexual Chemsex

SHOW TITLE: 5 Guys Chillin' VENUE: Assembly Roxy (Venue 139), Aug 17-22, 24-27  By ANGUS MITCHELLTHIS provocative theatre performance, based on events in Clapham, London, is fuelling dialogue on the extent of harm in homosexual chemsex and its...
Performance of Shame by Tidy Carnage at Edinburgh Fringe 2017

REVIEW – Compelling exploration of revenge porn and shame in the social media age

SHOW TITLE: Shame VENUE: Assembly George Square Studios, until August 28 By CAT TIMONEY Brought to the festival by Glasgow-based and avowed feminist company, Tidy Carnage, Shame fuses more traditional theatre with video to effectively explore a...
My Leonard Cohen at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

REVIEW – Leonard Cohen Tribute act left me miserable for all the wrong reasons

SHOW TITLE: My Leonard Cohen VENUE: Assembly Rooms, until 27 August, 7.45pm. By JEAN WEST OK, so I guess it was my own fault for going to see a tribute band.For me cheesy re-renderings of a performer’s...
Benjamin Clementine on stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

REVIEW – Rough layers peeled away to reveal this sweet, sweet Clementine

SHOW TITLE: Benjamin Clementine VENUE: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival. By JEAN WEST You can see why Benjamin Clementine might have got on some people’s nerves early in this performance.Late start and technical difficulties aside, the performer,...
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