Review: 25 Live

Many large scale theatre organisations would choose a glitzy, showbizzy approach to a 25th birthday celebration, full of well-known names and the high profile resident companies that frequently grace its stage. The Festival Theatre hosts major touring productions, including (in the past year) the likes of the National Theatre’s War Horse and Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon.

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Review: Stones in His Pockets

Stones in His Pockets comes with a considerable reputation. This two- hander penned by Marie Jones in 1996, has won numerous awards including two Oliviers. But this incarnation doesn’t live up to its theatrical cred, and for much of its duration, risks leaves the audience feeling somewhat unmoved and uninvolved. The play explores events when a pocket of Hollywood arrives in town to make yet another movie set in Ireland. Unfolding mainly from the perspective of protagonists Jake and Charlie, the story charts the impact on the locals, as we meet those from both sides of the pond.

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Review: Glasgow Girls

If there was ever a musical that captures the heart and warmth of Glaswegian culture, this is it. Glasgow Girls tells the story of a group of Drumchapel school girls, who campaigned against the practice of sending families (including minors) to detention centres, going as far as the First Minister and Holyrood. A governmental decision in the late 1990s to move families seeking asylum out of London to cities and areas around the rest of the UK, had resulted in a mass influx to Glasgow’s under populated high rises. Around this time one in eight pupils at ‘one of the toughest schools, in one of the toughest areas, in the toughest city in Scotland’, was an asylum seeker. The musical directed with well observed detail by Cora Bissett, charts the girls’ experience as they fall in love with Glasgow and Drumchapel – their safe haven from the horrors of war.

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