Severina Dudzynska and Danny Charles are Eliza and Alex, telling a moving and significant story

Theatre reviews: Do Not Press This Button, Oran Mor, Glasgow | Alex And Eliza, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

ON THE Edinburgh-Glasgow train, a fairly quiet carriage, a young woman is reading a book; so it’s hardly surprising that some man comes along and interrupts her, insisting on starting a conversation. In Alan Bissett’s new play for A Play, A Pie And A Pint, though, nothing is quite as it seems. The man is not chatting her up, it turns out, but is on a genuine quest for more connection with the fellow-passengers whose faces he sees every day; she, too, is not quite the ordinary student or office-worker she seems.

Comedian Frank Skinner

Comedy review: Frank Skinner: Showbiz, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

ALTHOUGH he opens and encores with tales about playing the London Palladium, the latter a yarn about a try-out of his routines for the upcoming Royal Variety Performance, Showbiz is a decidedly ironic title for Frank Skinner’s latest show. Even when divulging a sliver of celebrity gossip gleaned from an invite to Elton John’s villa in France, the veteran stand-up delights in the incongruity of the great and good embarrassing themselves in the most relatable circumstances.

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