Theatre, Cabaret & Spoken Word

Theatre, Cabaret & Spoken Word

Rise and fall of forgotten Scottish indie band to inspire new Fringe show

She was the teenage singer in an unknown band who landed one of the biggest record deals in Scottish music history - only for their dreams to turn to dust when they were ditched by their label and landed £40,000 in debt.
Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Scottish Youth Theatre chief executive Jacky Hardacre has held crisis talks with the Scottish Government to try to avert the closure of the company.

'Constructive' talks held over fate of Scottish Youth Theatre

Scottish Youth Theatre chiefs say they have had “constructive” talks with the Scottish Government over a potential deal to avert the company’s closure.
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Ben Thomson and Janet Archer were called to Holyrood to explain Creative Scotland's recent controversial funding cuts to MSPs.

Creative Scotland admits cover-up over controversial funding cuts

Creative Scotland has admitted a cover-up over how controversial funding cuts were made - as its chief executive admitted she was “profoundly sorry” over how they were handled.
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Leith Theatre was reopened last year for the Hidden Door Festival nearly 30 years after its last event.

Capital's £10m spending spree on cultural venues

Three signature projects are set to share in a £10 million boost for Edinburgh’s cultural infrastructure.

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Creative Scotland chief executive Janet Archer would not comment on any of the specific funding cuts.

Fury as Fringe and theatre companies have funding axed by Creative Scotland

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the city’s King’s and Festival theatres and the body that promotes its Unesco “City of Literature” status have had their funding stripped by Creative Scotland.
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The life and legacy of Muriel Spark will be celebrated at the Usher Hall in her home city of Edinburgh.

Nicola Sturgeon to appear at Muriel Spark centenary celebration

Nicola Sturgeon is to read from the work of Muriel Spark at a special 100th anniversary celebration of the Edinburgh-born author’s life and legacy.
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Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay will unveil his budget plans next week.

Open letter warns of 'severe impact' on economy if arts cuts are imposed

More than 120 arts, heritage and business organisations have joined forces to warn the Scottish Government of the “severe impacts” if its culture budget is cut next week.
Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Ian Rankin reveals plans for Inspector Rebus stage play

Ian Rankin reveals plans for Inspector Rebus stage play

Crime author Ian Rankin has revealed that his famous Inspector Rebus character is being adapted for the stage.
Edinburgh festivals
Louise Ludgate and Richard Conlon in The Whip Hand. Picture: David Monteith-Hodge

Stolen stories set free at the Edinburgh festivals

You’ll recognise the type. He’s the guy who looks as if he’s got all the answers. Charismatic in his laidback way, he fancies himself as a bit of a guru – although he’s too full of false modesty to say so. He’s here to lead a theatre workshop and he likes to give the impression it’s all about you, the participants, and not about him. But, of course, it’s all about him.

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Theatre review: Femage a Trois

Theatre review: Femage a Trois

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Women are firmly centre-stage in these three short plays about female experience by Loquitur, a theatre company specialising in new writing.

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Theatre review: Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide To Consciousness

Theatre review: Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide To Consciousness

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: White men rapping are a fairly unremarkable species ever since Eminem arrived two decades ago, but Canadian artist Dirk “Baba” Brinkman Jr takes the “unlikely musician” factor up a notch.

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Theatre review: Spring Awakening: A Reimagining

Theatre review: Spring Awakening: A Reimagining

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: The classic tale of teenage sexuality is given a Fifty Shades-style revamp by young company, Mixtape, who struggle to find a clear enough angle to justify transporting it into the 21st century.

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Theatre review: Edgar and Me

Theatre review: Edgar and Me

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: For the past six years Charlotte Blackburn has been writing to Edgar, a man on death row in the US.

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Theatre review: Locker Room Talk | Manwatching

Theatre review: Locker Room Talk | Manwatching

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Following the huge success of his latest show Letters To Morrissey, there must have been more than a few Gary McNair fans queueing on Monday for the only two performances of his other 2017 show, Locker Room Talk; but if so, they would have found themselves facing an experience very different from McNair’s recent genial poetic monologues.

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Theatre review: Out of Love

Theatre review: Out of Love

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Spanning 30 years, this pocket epic tracks the intertwined stories of two female best friends growing up in the north of England, the chaotically confident Grace and the more balanced, cautious Lorna.

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Theatre review: #Vile: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star

Theatre review: #Vile: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Work about the relentless, pervasive ubiquity of attention-grabbing celebrities have been almost as popular as the procession of low-rent icons who have emerged from Big Brother onwards.

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When We Ran (Pleasance)

Theatre review: When We Ran

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Iris and Rosa have lived all their lives in the commune of Ela. Rural and entirely insular, it’s an idyllic place to be a child, but as the girls grow into adolescents, they become aware of another side to the story: long hours of manual labour; rules, curfews and inspections.

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Ivonia Princess of Burgundia

Theatre review: Ivona Princess Of Burgundia

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: The story of Princess Ivona is a very strange tale indeed, based on the mock-Shakespearean 1938 drama of the same name by the great Polish absurdist Wiltold Gombrowicz; and it forms the basis for what is, in its quiet way, one of the most unexpected shows on this year’s fringe.

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Theatre review: The Class Project

Theatre review: The Class Project

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Rebecca Atkinson-Lord is in action before the audience have even taken their places.

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