Review: Christine & The Queens

Like most middle-aged music fans, I am adrift in an ocean of digital download channels, still clinging to my CD collection and a fading sense of relevance. At times like these I look to Jools Holland for guidance.

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Review: The Last Days of Mankind

As I take my seat at the Leith Theatre for The Last Days Of Mankind I notice the woman at the adjoining table has her phone out, texting. How disrespectful I think, this is an anti-war play. It was written a century ago! And today is Remembrance Sunday, the actual 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, for goodness sake! But I say nothing. I decide to take the high ground and concentrate extra hard on the work of art that is about to unfold. And there, in a nutshell, is the problem with this production.

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Review: The 306 – Dusk

The 306: Dusk is the final instalment of Oliver Emmanuel’s extraordinary 306 Trilogy: a thoughtful, compassionate and moving series of plays dealing with the ramifications of the First World War, exemplified by the 306 British soldiers executed for mutiny, cowardice or desertion by their own government. Unfortunately, this final chapter is the least successful of the three.

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Review: Passing Places

As with any road trip the journey is more important than the destination. In Stephen Greenhorn’s 1997 play, the journey of two underachieving lads from Motherwell to the highlands has a transformative effect.

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