Review: Cockpit

The Lyceum’s gone all immersive! This apart from anything else is exciting: front of house is all decked out with sandbags and suitcases, the auditorium dressed up with banners and paraphernalia. There are ladders, trapdoors, audience seating on the stage. It’s all terribly thrilling.

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Review: Hedda Gabler

So what do we think about Hedda Gabler, then? Is she a woman who’s been unfairly backed into an inescapable corner, or is she a bona fide psychopath? Either way, it’s an interesting question – it’s tempting to wonder what an audience would have thought in 1890, but in Ivo van Hove’s new production of Patrick Marber’s adaptation, well, it’s tempting to veer towards option B.

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Review: Love Song to Lavender Menace

Love Song to Lavender Menace is a two-man show about Lavender Menace, the radical feminist and LGBTQ bookshop that made a lasting impression on Edinburgh’s west end in the 1980s. We open with Lewis (Pierce Reid) and Glen (Matthew McVarish) in 1986, packing up the final few books and lamenting the close of Lavender Menace, telling stories about its existence, its founding, its patrons, and the city and cultural climate in which they found themselves. To say something completely obvious, Edinburgh has changed a lot in thirty years, politically as much as in any other way: for some, this is a trip down memory lane. For the rest of us, it’s a celebration, a reminder of how far the world – and Scotland – has moved in the meantime.

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Review: Thingummy BOB

The studio behind the Festival Theatre is, in my opinion, a hidden theatrical gem in Edinburgh. Whatever gets put on there is invariably interesting, invariably unusual, and always worth seeing. And this time, it’s struck again.

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Review: The Kite Runner

The first half hour or so of The Kite Runner is an odd affair, because it feels rather slow to warm up. It feels like a small mountain of exposition, of introductions, it feels like the pace is slow. And then suddenly you realise how completely invested you are in everyone onstage. It creeps up on you. The Kite Runner is really good theatre. It’s powerfully moving, thoughtfully designed, intelligently directed. The cast are great. It’s an excellent way to spend an evening.

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