Foil Arms & Hog: It’s so much harder to write for stage so we have to put way more effort in

Foil Arms and Hog are Sean Finegan (Foil), Conor McKenna (Arms) and Sean Flanagan (Hog), who met at University College Dublin while studying architecture, engineering and genetics, and decided to give all that up to pursue the noble art of being downright silly, yet observational, yet sometimes very topical and refreshingly philosophical. On tour this year with show, Swines, The Fountain caught up with the trio to discuss the show and their highlights on the tour.

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Review: The Snow Queen Rating 65%

Review: The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen marks the culmination in a string of events celebrating fifty years of the Scottish Ballet, and it did the job beautifully. The narrative is newly created in a collaboration between designer Lez Brotherston and director Christopher Hampson. Add to this the compelling score; tailored by Richard Honner, from over thirty works by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov including The Snow Maiden – and what’s delivered is an inspired new creation that feels distinctly fresh.

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Review: Pinocchio Rating 78%

Review: Pinocchio

The tale of Pinocchio is given a festive twist this December, as part of the Citizens Theatre, running until 4th January 2020. A Citizens Theatre production in association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, this prodution which at times borders panto (there is audience participation, be warned) is a warm-hearted tale, ideal for rekindling the festive magic of this time of year.

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Review: Goldilocks and the Three Bears Rating 90%

Review: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

This year marks Allan Stewart’s thirtieth appearance in the King’s Theatre panto and Andy Gray’s return after a year away due to illness. Together with Grant Stott, they make up a formidable, warm and very funny trio – one the audience was thoroughly delighted to see reunited for 2019.

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Review: Romesh Ranganathan – The Cynic’s Mixtape Rating 80%

Review: Romesh Ranganathan – The Cynic’s Mixtape

Romesh Ranganathan has come a long way since playing forty seaters at the Fringe – nearly 6,000 people crammed into the Edinburgh Playhouse to see him play across two nights. Top stand-ups have rock-star status these days, something this comedian embellishes with a live DJ on stage to warm us up with classic hip-hop before both halves.

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Harbingers Drum Crew: We’re really excited to also to extend our involvement into the Hogmanay night celebrations as well

Edinburgh Hogmanay is taking the street party back to the Royal Mile, under the umbrella theme, Be Together. Part of that street party is the theatre offering, which sees Edinburgh’s Harbingers Drum Crew collaborating with German company Dundu, to create a puppetry spectacle with huge sound and light. Sam from Harbingers Drum Crew spoke with The Fountain about this in more depth.

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Hannah Bradley: We’ve spent a lot of time in making sure those characters feel real

Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group has established itself as one of the city’s most respected amateur companies, earning a reputation for tackling challenging work. And the theatre company builds upon that tradition with Catch-22 – the rarely performed script made its UK debut in 2014 to mixed reviews. Director Hannah Bradley, whose directorial debut won her an award at the SCDA One Act Festival, first fell in love with Heller’s novel as a teenager, and was captivated by its use of irony and wordplay to reflect the cyclical and timeless nature of warfare. Hannah spoke with The Fountain about working on this adaptation.

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Review: Fibres Rating 76%

Review: Fibres

Stellar Quines alongside the Citizens Theatre kicked off the run of their play, Fibres, in Paisley’s Art Centre, with much sold-out success. A play that considers family, loss, grief and love, there is poignancy , yet hope, with this production, as part of the Citizens Women series.

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Christina Liddell: Glimpsing Air Pockets is an immersive, multi-sensory dance theatre production

Glimpsing Air Pockets is a multi-sensory dance theatre production in collaboration with children and young people from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. Christina Liddell began working in partnership with the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity from September 2016 to offer dance sessions to children and young people within the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. In consultation with physiotherapists, her remit assists in the recuperation of the children’s physical and emotional well-being by providing creative movement and dance. Christina had no idea what profound impact the children and young people would have on her own perspective on life. Glimpsing Air Pockets has been created as a poetic response from these many beautiful encounters. The Fountain caught up with to Christina to discuss the production in more detail.

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Review: Fallen Fruit Rating 70%

Review: Fallen Fruit

Faced with imminent departure from the European Union, taking stock of values through art and exploring the past seems an important and worthwhile pursuit. Two Destination Language production, Fallen Fruit, gives us an opportunity to do so whilst proving simplicity of design can convey the most effective messages. Written and performed by Katherina Radevaby we get an immersive insight into the Bulgarian born theatre maker’s life in the 1980s through the utilisation of little more than cardboard boxes.

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