It’s clear that the dystopian sci-fi classics of the past are fast becoming fact rather than fiction. In Aldous Huxley’s classic Brave New World, his characters digested the drug ‘Soma’, a fictional form of anti-depressant that kept everyone within the borderlines of society (enter Citalopram), whilst in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, he wrote about personal headsets which were used to distract a person’s mind (hello Bluetooth headsets). None of these predictions come truths have been as terrifying as the forecasts made in George Orwell’s 1984 – suppression of the media, obliteration of historical events and artefacts, thought control and the ever-watching Big Brother. So when Cheltenham’s own Close Up Theatre brought their rendition of Orwell’s dystopian world to the 2018 Fringe for the 14th year running, they must have by now realised their annual exhibition has become more and more realistic by the year.Read More
The feeling of the oncoming 2018 Glasgow Film Festival is in the air as we enter the GFT on an unusual sunny February morning. Seated, we’re welcomed, and thanks is given to Fox’s representative for a screener of Wes Anderson’s tenth feature – Isle of Dogs.Read More
It’s another night at Just The Tonic, this time with Kelsey De Almeida and Fiona Ridgewell who put on their double-bill headliner Home Truths (five quid or pay what you want) at The Small Kirk Room situated between the Cowgate and Grassmarket.Read More
Max Dickins (alumni of last year’s Fringe smash hit The Trunk) returns to Edinburgh this summer with his one man show The Man on the Moor – a driech fictional tale based broadly on fact that is a sombre yet ultimately uplifting portrayal of a son on the hunt for his dead father and those poor souls around the UK in a comparable situation.Read More
A fantastically heartrending account of one woman’s struggle to be noticed, Emotional Terrorism is a must see. Ellyn Davis’ energy, passion and ability enable her to pull off tricky material that many lesser performers could not.Read More
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