ARE you angry? Do you let yourself get angry? If not - well, you might find yourself in the surrealist-noir world of this stylish new show by Angela Clerkin
THIS week the Tron offers two memorable personal journeys set against the background of war. In Edinburgh, meanwhile, don’t miss Lee Hall’s powerful tale of working class artists.
TIME WAS when Imaginate – then known as the Children’s International Theatre Festival – was all about watching in wonder, as children’s theatre artists from across Europe and beyond showed us the magic of world-class children’s theatre.
#TORYCORE is hardcore. So much so that its co-creators –writer/musicians Chris Thorpe and Steve Lawson, and writer/actor Lucy Ellinson – were bumped off a BBC Scotland arts programme, last Friday, for being too blatantly anti-Tory.
AFTER the intense reflection on the current wave of sex-abuse scandals that shaped Rob Drummond’s recent Traverse hit, Quiz Show, I suppose he might be permitted the odd moment of artistic introspection.
IN THE foreground, there are five little round tables, covered with photographs and mementoes; to the right, there’s a sound man, occasionally telling us what year we’ve reached.
THE shocking Mumbai terrorist attack of November 2008 – in which almost 200 people died, in an assault on some of the city’s most famous hotels and public buildings – is an event laden with political meanings, and global resonances.
A GRIPPING, brutal, at times bleakly funny exploration of institutionalism and paranoia, this intense psychological piece from writer Seamas Keenan is an impressive calling card.
SOME CALL it “post-human” theatre, the shift towards making objects and images stand where human beings once did.
HERE IT IS again, Edinburgh’s glorious Imaginate Festival of theatre for children and young people; and it opened brilliantly last night with a performance of this beautiful 35-minute piece by England’s leading children’s company, Unicorn Theatre of London.
IN A luxury apartment block in a Chinese city, something is stirring. A pair of thieves are making their way up 27 floors, through back stairs and ventilation tunnels.
IT’S exactly 30 years, this weekend, since the launch of Mayfest, Glasgow’s late, great international festival of popular theatre and music, and 16 years on from its much-mourned demise, it has a plucky little successor in the Tron Theatre’s annual “Mayfesto” event, designed to reflect on the state of our society now.
SECTARIANISM in Scotland: it’s a long story, not over yet. And if theatre is an artform made to allow communities to act out their deepest conflicts and tensions in a safe space, then there is no richer subject for Scottish drama than the nexus of half-remembered history, fading faith and fierce tribal identity that hangs around the old division between Catholics and Protestants.4 comments
UNREQUITED love is not an emotion with which our culture has much patience. If your beloved cannot “meet you needs”, runs the received wisdom of our age, then you should cut your losses and move on. Only fools hang around longing for those who do not long for them.
THE woman was not making a thing of it. It was just a passing remark over a cup of tea.
IN A world of psychopaths, the normal bloke is destined to be bullied and brutalised until something in him breaks. That’s the thought behind this new play by Perth-born writer Ben Tagoe in a sharp, swift 70-minute production by the radical London-based company Red Ladder.
NOT many people know this, least of all in Scotland itself; but nonetheless, there are probably now few countries on earth where the quest for the new, in the next generation of theatre, is pursued more intensely or in a wider range of ways than in Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond.
ONE of theatre’s many advantages is that it is a nimble art form. Ai Weiwei, the renowned Chinese artist and long-time thorn in the side of his country’s authorities, was imprisoned for 81 days in the summer of 2011.
IT’S difficult to imagine a more perfect venue than Summerhall for an event like Deadinburgh, the big, loud, challenging live zombie movie – with mass audience participation – being staged there this weekend by London-based LAS Theatre and The Gate Worlwide, a global creative agency.
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