Theatre, Cabaret & Spoken Word

Theatre, Cabaret & Spoken Word

Ian Rankin reveals plans for Inspector Rebus stage play

Crime author Ian Rankin has revealed that his famous Inspector Rebus character is being adapted for the stage.
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Louise Ludgate and Richard Conlon in The Whip Hand. Picture: David Monteith-Hodge

Stolen stories set free at the Edinburgh festivals

You’ll recognise the type. He’s the guy who looks as if he’s got all the answers. Charismatic in his laidback way, he fancies himself as a bit of a guru – although he’s too full of false modesty to say so. He’s here to lead a theatre workshop and he likes to give the impression it’s all about you, the participants, and not about him. But, of course, it’s all about him.

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Theatre review: Femage a Trois

Theatre review: Femage a Trois

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Women are firmly centre-stage in these three short plays about female experience by Loquitur, a theatre company specialising in new writing.

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Theatre review: Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide To Consciousness

Theatre review: Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide To Consciousness

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: White men rapping are a fairly unremarkable species ever since Eminem arrived two decades ago, but Canadian artist Dirk “Baba” Brinkman Jr takes the “unlikely musician” factor up a notch.

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Theatre review: Spring Awakening: A Reimagining

Theatre review: Spring Awakening: A Reimagining

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: The classic tale of teenage sexuality is given a Fifty Shades-style revamp by young company, Mixtape, who struggle to find a clear enough angle to justify transporting it into the 21st century.

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Theatre review: Edgar and Me

Theatre review: Edgar and Me

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: For the past six years Charlotte Blackburn has been writing to Edgar, a man on death row in the US.

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Theatre review: Locker Room Talk | Manwatching

Theatre review: Locker Room Talk | Manwatching

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Following the huge success of his latest show Letters To Morrissey, there must have been more than a few Gary McNair fans queueing on Monday for the only two performances of his other 2017 show, Locker Room Talk; but if so, they would have found themselves facing an experience very different from McNair’s recent genial poetic monologues.

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Theatre review: Out of Love

Theatre review: Out of Love

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Spanning 30 years, this pocket epic tracks the intertwined stories of two female best friends growing up in the north of England, the chaotically confident Grace and the more balanced, cautious Lorna.

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Theatre review: #Vile: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star

Theatre review: #Vile: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Work about the relentless, pervasive ubiquity of attention-grabbing celebrities have been almost as popular as the procession of low-rent icons who have emerged from Big Brother onwards.

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When We Ran (Pleasance)

Theatre review: When We Ran

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Iris and Rosa have lived all their lives in the commune of Ela. Rural and entirely insular, it’s an idyllic place to be a child, but as the girls grow into adolescents, they become aware of another side to the story: long hours of manual labour; rules, curfews and inspections.

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Ivonia Princess of Burgundia

Theatre review: Ivona Princess Of Burgundia

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: The story of Princess Ivona is a very strange tale indeed, based on the mock-Shakespearean 1938 drama of the same name by the great Polish absurdist Wiltold Gombrowicz; and it forms the basis for what is, in its quiet way, one of the most unexpected shows on this year’s fringe.

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Theatre review: The Class Project

Theatre review: The Class Project

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Rebecca Atkinson-Lord is in action before the audience have even taken their places.

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Daniel Bye - Instructions for Border Crossing

Theatre review: Instructions For Border Crossing

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: There are dozens of plays in Edinburgh this year dealing with the subject of borders, and border crossings; in an increasingly unstable world, it’s hardly surprising that one of its great international arts gatherings – itself affected, this year, by the inability of some scheduled performers to gain entry to Britain – should reflect on the issue with some intensity.

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Theatre review: The Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk

Theatre review: The Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: It may not be the most demanding show on the Fringe, and its narrative arc is entirely simple.

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Actor Aidan Gillen presents The Scotsman theatre critic Joyce McMillan with a bouquet of flowers for covering the Fringe for 40 years
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Critic Joyce McMillan honoured for 40 years at the Fringe

A special presentation was made to The Scotsman theatre critic Joyce McMillan yesterday to mark her 40 years covering the Edinburgh festivals.

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Selina Thompson has been named the best emerging female artist at the Fringe for her Summerhall show Salt.

Creator of slave trade show wins new Fringe award for female artists

The creator of a one-woman Fringe show which retraced the transatlantic slave trade has been named the best emerging female artist at the festival in its 70th anniversary year.
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Theatre review: Oresteia – This Restless House

Theatre review: Oresteia – This Restless House

Edinburhg International Festival: It’s not for the faint-hearted; but the Edinburgh International Festival theatre programme thunders to a thrilling conclusion with this bloody and brilliant revival of Zinnie Harris’s great reworking of Aeschylus’s Oresteian trilogy, first seen at the Citizens’ Theatre last year.

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Theatre review: Empty Shoes

Theatre review: Empty Shoes

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Thoughtful and incredibly well-made explorations of a range of mental health issues have been a very welcome feature of this year’s Fringe.

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Theatre review: Play on Words

Theatre review: Play on Words

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Word games become a kind of tyranny in this clever new play by Niall Carmody being staged by Tiger’s Eye, a young company from Limerick, Ireland. Harper (Johanna O’Brien) and Collins (Eleanor O’Brien) are lexicographers held hostage in a cell strewn with Scrabble tiles.

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