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Adam Robertson, Kris McDowall and David McGowan take their kids' football seriously, while Natali McCleary is a sensible mum

Theatre review: Cool Dads, Oran Mor, Glasgow

THE idea that Dads on the touchline can become a bit over-excited over their kids’ performances in junior league football is hardly new; but in his latest new comedy for A Play, A Pie And A Pint, Simon Macallum gives it a vigorous and pithy trot around the park, enlivened by a obligingly feminist perspective on the behaviour of men around football.

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Angus Miller as Ferdinand and Kirsty Stuart as The Duchess

Theatre review: The Duchess [of Malfi], Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

JOHN Webster’s Duchess of Malfi is a play about woman who tries to live her own life, according to her own passions, and is savagely punished for it by the violent patriarchal society around her; and although it was first seen in 1614, there is something about the pattern of misogyny, paranoia and fierce controlling behaviour traced out in Webster’s plot that remains sickeningly familiar, more than 400 years on.

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The cast of Stephen Bangs, Jo Freer, Christina Gordon, Reuben Joseph, Calum Macdonald, Billy Mack and Alasdair Macrae combine with the audience and a great deal of joie de vivre. PICTURE: JOHN DEVLIN

Theatre review: The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, Eden Court, Inverness

EARLY on in the National Theatre of Scotland’s raucous revival of John McGrath’s 1970s classic, actor Jo Freer asks the women in the audience to stand. When they do so, she delivers a speech that is as shocking as it is matter of fact. It is a litany of the punishments meted out to women who resisted the authorities during the Highland clearances of the 18th century. With the explicitness of a modern-day horror movie, she lists the whippings, head injuries and sexual assaults they suffered simply for defending their homes. The political message is unambiguous.

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