Joyce McMillan

The Mackintosh Building.'Picture: Robert Perry

The Mack should be rebuilt on love

First, a confession; I have strong feelings about the Mackintosh Building at Glasgow School of Art, because for many west-of-Scotland people of my postwar generation - particularly those of us who were the first in our families to go into higher education - there is simply no overstating the importance of that magical building, and all it stood for.

The production, which is geared in part to a young audience, has a cast of two and utilises a simple but imaginative set. Picture: Ryan Buchanan

Theatre review: The End Of Eddy, The Studio

The theme of patriarchal attitudes and the damage they can inflict rolls on like an unstoppable flood through this year’s Festival; and this new stage version by Pamela Carter and Stewart Laing of Edouard Louis’s acclaimed 2014 novel The End Of Eddy is part of that tide, an indictment of the fierce, even violent, homophobia that still exists in places such as the depressed post-industrial village in northern France where Eddy grew up, and an affirmation that for any boy born there who cannot conform to the hard-drinking, beer-swilling, football-watching norm, escape – usually via education – is the only option.

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On The Exhale is a superb monologue. Picture: Contributed

Theatre reviews: On The Exhale | Chase Scenes

Earlier this year, after the tragic events in Parkland, Florida, school shootings became perhaps the most intense site of struggle in the whole political landscape of Donald Trump’s America; yet it’s rare to come across any piece of writing that takes us so deeply into the interaction between humans and firearms as the Chicago writer Martin Zimmerman’s superb 2017 monologue On The Exhale, which receives its European premiere at the Traverse this month.

Chris Thorpe uses a well-amplified guitar to blast out his anger with contemporary life. Picture: Contributed

Theatre review: Status, Summerhall

It’s the morning after the Brexit vote, and Chris Thorpe is up on the roof of the ­London block of flats where he lives, wondering where he is, and how much he knows – or really cares – about the country he calls home.

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