Review: Thriller Live

It must be said that Thriller Live really misses an opportunity here to serve up a substantial musical about the life of Michael Jackson, which is just begging to be written. Termed as a ‘jukebox musical’, it teetered dangerously close to an X-Factor competition at times. The soloists, all gifted singers, brought various elements of Michael Jackson’s songs to life; but each song unfolded with a variety of vocalists rotating a few lines each in their best imitations, which quickly became jarring to listen to.

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Review: Cirque Beserk!

There have been many circus acts to grace our stages in the last few years, but none as loyal to tradition as Cirque Beserk!. This is a real travelling circus (with its own dedicated circus school) comprised of over thirty performers from countries all over the world. Cirque Beserk succeeded in making the better known names look tame. What they arguably lacked in polish and shine; they more than made up for by the heart-stopping feats they undertook. The performers were defying death every other minute. No safety equipment was used bar one hair-raising sequence, which made for an out-of-breath thrilled audience. One particular performance from a hugely talented acrobat saw her suspended by just her neck – you’d need to see it to believe it.

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Review: The RSNO at the Movies – The Music of Star Wars

From the first resounding notes, it was obvious that this concert was something special. What better way to experience the famed music from the Star Wars than in the form in which it was created? The RSNO left no note untouched in their astounding performance of these rich suites. I could almost see the opening scene scrolling in front of my eyes as the main theme kicked us off before moving into the hopeful melody of Luke Skywaylker’s theme. The orchestra were impeccably timed; their bows pulsing in perfect rhythm to announce the arrival of the Imperial Star Destroyer. The conductor for this special evening, Richard Kaufman, lead us triumphantly through several of the best-known suites including Yoda’s Theme, March of the Resistance and Anakin’s Theme.

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Review: Edinburgh’s Christmas Ice Adventure

Christmas has well and truly landed in Edinburgh, as eighty-metre-high attractions scrape the skyline, market stalls glow invitingly, delicious smells waft on the breeze, and Christmas tunes blast from every door as shoppers go about their festive business. Not only is Princes Street bedecked to the hilt – but George Street and St Andrew’s Square are stuffed to the brim with everything you could need to make the festive season just that little bit more festive.

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Review: La Clique Noel

Thirteen years after its conception by director David Bates, La Clique Noel is still going strong and it’s no surprise. The Underbelly delivers once again with this kaleidoscopic whirlwind of a show – think ‘best of the Fringe’ – the finest in their field of entertainment have been cherry-picked to make this a whopper of a show, which shrewdly caters to all tastes when it comes to entertainment.

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