Dance review: Richard Alston Dance Company

Watching Martin Lawrance’s new work, Tangent is akin to a stray red sock finding its way into your white wash. The piece, which received its world premiere in Edinburgh last week, brings together Argentine Tango and the Alston company’s trademark contemporary dance. But rather than one style fighting for dominance over the other, it’s as if Lawrance threw his contemporary vocabulary into the washing machine with Tango tucked firmly in its pocket.

Rehearsals for The Suppliant Women PIC: Alan McCredie

Preview: The Suppliant Women at the Royal Lyceum

For David Greig’s first show as artistic director of the Royal Lyceum, a 30-strong cast of amateur performers will take centre-stage as Aeschylus’s Suppliant Women

Cora Bissett's Glasgow Girls is still touring after wowing audiences since its world premiere in 2012.

Real-life Glasgow Girls reveal doubts about hit stage musical

The real-life “Glasgow Girls” have admitted they did not think the story of the campaign against the treatment of teenage asylum seekers was suitable for a stage musical.

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Black Watch was a huge hit for the National Theatre of Scotland in its first year.

Black Watch director admits he feared it was going to 'ruin' theatre company

Award-winning director John Tiffany was worried he was going to kill off the National Theatre of Scotland in its first year with the play Black Watch - which instead became a global phenomenon.

The cast of The Broons in rehearsal in Glasgow ahead of their opening at Perth Concert Hall

Interview: Rob Drummond on bringing the Broons to the stage

Scotland’s first family of Auchentogle are taking to the stage 80 years after their debut appearance in the Sunday Post. Mark Fisher talks to playwright Rob Drummond, tasked with bringing Paw, Maw, Hen and co to life

Nine year-old Corrie Eccles Boyd from Ferness stares into a piece, 'Malaria' by artist Luke Jerram. Part of a collection of his Glass Microbiology work on show at Brodie Castle as part of the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival.  Photograph: Paul Campbell.

Review: Findhorn Bay Festival

It takes some nerve to stage a festival filled with outdoor performances in the north of Scotland at the end of September. Luckily this year’s Findhorn Bay Festival had the weather on its side, mostly.

Gregory's Girl the musical.

Gregory’s Girl musical set to be launched

It is the coming-of-age Scottish comedy classic that has won the hearts of millions and turned its cast of unknowns into overnight stars.

Ross Noble. Picture: Contributed

Interview: Ross Noble on his new Brain Dump tour

Ross Noble is hoarse. He’s been talking all day. You’d think the Geordie comedian would be used to it, motormouthing on stage for months on end doing stand up, but today he’s rasping down a phone line as he comes to the end of a day of talking to the press to publicise his Brain Dump tour.

Leona Craig and Reece Liversedge play Dorothy and Gregory in the new musical.

Gregory’s Girl musical set to be launched

It is the coming-of-age Scottish comedy classic that has won the hearts of millions and turned its cast of unknowns into overnight stars.
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A Play, a Pie and A Pint - Oran Mor
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Miss Veitch's Roses by Jane Livingstone
Linda - Angela Darcy
Miss Veitch - Jenny Lee
Euan - Paul James Corrigan

Theatre review: The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petit; Miss Veitch’s Roses


Haydn May as Billy Elliot Pic: Contributed

Theatre review: Billy Elliot


Julia Taudevin, centre, produces a mighty one-hour torrent of words, songs and music in Blow Off PIC: John Devlin

Theatre reviews: Blow Off | A Steady Rain

Men and women should live together in harmony, even in love; but as the old, unequal terms of engagement between the sexes become ever more unacceptable, that sense of harmony grows more elusive, and is often replaced by a terrible rage.

Jackie Wylie Pic: Niall Walker

Joyce McMillan: Spirit of The Arches lives on

The essential funding – a vital £99,000 project grant from Creative Scotland – has only just been announced. Yet it’s all due to happen in less than six months; and artistic director Jackie Wylie is sparkling with excitement as she describes the shape of the new Glasgow festival, Take Me Somewhere, that has emerged from 16 months of hard work, creative thought and collective brainstorming across the city, since the sudden closure in May 2015 of one of Glasgow’s key arts hubs, the Arches beneath Central Station.

Lewis Smallman  as Billy Elliot

Preview: Billy Elliot The Musical

The film version of Billy Elliot wasn’t as political as its creators originally intended. With the stage production, however, which tours to Edinburgh this month, they were able to put the miners’ strike front and centre.

Lorn Macdonald and Owen Whitelaw. Picture: Shiona Walker

Theatre review: Trainspotting, Glasgow

The first time I heard Irvine Welsh’s voice was in a Radio Scotland feature, back in 1993. All the programme could do, in half an hour or so, was conjure up a brief sense of the atmosphere of his new novel, Trainspotting, then about to be published. Yet I remember thinking this was absolutely new; the voice, the stance, the street-language of working-class Edinburgh, reworked and stylised into a running commentary on our global times with a confidence and swagger I hadn’t encountered since John Byrne did the same for Paisley, 15 years earlier.

The Dundee Rep ensemble gave a blazing reading of the seminal Seventies text

Theatre review: The Cheviot, The Stag And the Black, Black Oil

PARLIAMENTS come, and governments go. Yet some aspects of Scottish life hardly seem to change; and among them is the fact that we have what is, by some measures, the most concentrated and inequitable pattern of land ownership in the western world.


Theatre review: The Letter

Now here’s a quaint old thing, and no mistake; a stage version by playwright Stuart Paterson of a neat and telling story by Chekhov, set in a small-town Russian hinterland that might almost as well be 19th-century Peebles or Pitlochry, and featuring two fine veterans of the Scottish stage, Billy Riddoch and Laurie Ventry, as a contrasting pair of clerics with different views of what Christianity might mean.

Sunny Afternoon at The Playhouse

Theatre review: Sunny Afternoon

Some tribute musicals struggle to inject any real drama into the rapid rise to fame of rock music’s iconic stars. When it comes to the story of the Kinks, though – the working-class lads from north London who first shot to number one in 1964 with You Really Got Me – there’s enough sensational incident in the history of the band itself to power several two-and-half-hour dramas, including this one about the band’s formative years, written by Joe Penhall and directed by Edward Hall from a story by the Kinks’ artistic leader, songwriter and poet, Ray Davies.

At the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Picture: Geograph

Theatre review: Hard Times, Pitlochry

The Idea that hard financial facts are the measure of all things, and greed and self-interest the only significant drivers of human action, is hardly unfamiliar to modern audiences.

The Byre Theatre in St Andrews. Picture: Alan Richardson

Joyce McMillan: Liam Sinclair’s arrival will help save Byre

The appointment of Liam Sinclair as artistic director completes the rescue of the Byre from the mire

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