Theatre

Daniella Kidd: Initially it was really challenging and a steep learning curve

Despite lockdown Beatroute Arts are keeping a community connected. The pioneering charity in Balornock, North Glasgow provides a wide range of arts and holistic activities for its community which are developed in direct response to local need. Founded in 1990 within the ten per cent most disadvantaged regions in Scotland, Beatroute started by providing music lessons for young people. The unique participant led approach has been the backbone of the charity’s success and also the key to the transformative results as young participants gain so much more than music skills. Assistant Director, Daniella Kidd, spoke with The Fountain about their adapted approach.

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Review: The Coolidge Effect Rating 80%

Review: The Coolidge Effect

The Coolidge Effect, created by Glasgow theatre company Wonderfools, was written in 2017 and toured all over the UK in theatres and community spaces alike. Its title is taken from the scientific theory ‘the Coolidge effect’, a study which proves that, specifically in males, variety in sexual life is key to continued arousal. Dealing with the effects of pornography on sexual and mental well-being, The Coolidge Effect was initially devised from interviews with porn addicts and advocates, as well as mental health professionals. Writers Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon fuse these different perspectives into four interweaving narratives, all showing a different perspective on the issue of porn addiction. While I didn’t manage to catch the production itself, last week Wonderfools released The Coolidge Effect as an audio play, which, despite not being its original medium, adapted excellently to the format and created something unflinchingly honest and impactful.

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Review: Scottish Youth Theatre’s 2020 Stories Rating 80%

Review: Scottish Youth Theatre’s 2020 Stories

Last month I tuned in to Scottish Youth Theatre’s digital broadcast, 2020 Stories: a showcase of work by 20 young writers aged between 15-25, performed by a group of professional actors. In total there were 20 pieces, all centred around the theme of Covid-19 and its impact. As a writer myself, I know just how hard it can be to write something meaningful about our current climate that feels hopeful and optimistic in its outlook; This, I believe, is exactly what 2020 Stories set out to do, and successfully delivered.

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Review: Factor 9 Rating 90%

Review: Factor 9

Two weeks ago I digitally watched Hamish MacDonald’s play Factor 9, directed by Ben Harrison and performed by a cast of two, Mathew Zajac and Stewart Porter. The play was originally performed in 2014, opening at Profilteatern’s Festival of Horror & Art in Umea, Sweden. Factor 9 then went on to tour in Denmark and Wales, before touring Scotland in April, 2014.

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David Bleese: So we got chatting to a few of the acts last Fringe, and this is the outcome

David Bleese has established a brand-new comedy record label, Monkey Barrel Records, clearly connected to Monkey Barrel Comedy in Edinburgh. Last year, they recorded a select number of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and are making them available on vinyl for the first time. The first three releases can be pre-ordered now and include Double Take & Fade Away from John Kearns, If/Then from Olga Koch and Eagle Fire Iron from Ari Eldjárn. The records are available as part of their crowdfunding campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/monkeybarrel/monkey-barrel-records), and they will only be produced if they exceed their goal by this Thursday. David spoke with The Fountain about the project in more depth.

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Review: In the Shadow it Waits Rating 66%

Review: In the Shadow it Waits

Award-winning director Michael Beets premiered his live horror film experience on 4th June, In the Shadow it Waits, using the tech at most of our fingertips right now. With a Blair Witch feel using lockdown as the premise in Australia, the film is performed live and edited in real-time with actors performing from their own homes in different states across Australia. Uniquely, the audience is witnessing a film being made as they’re watching it. However, this does come with some drawbacks.

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Cameron Foster: There is a really community of folk out there who like to support the arts

Quarantine Cabaret has been a brilliant response to the closure of venues for the foreseeable with COVID 19, ensuring a platform for artists to perform live and get paid for their work. Cameron Foster who kicked this off has a contact book for performers in Scotland and has been trying to connect them live through Instagram for the last month. The Fountain caught up with Cameron to discuss his rapid response to the situation and who is coming up on Quarantine Cabaret in the near future.

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Chris Stuart Wilson: It once again recognises the value of the arts to older people

At 2pm every Tuesday and Friday over the coming weeks, and possibly months, a new short film will be posted online by Luminate to inspire and guide older people through a creative activity that can be done at home or in a care home. The [email protected] programme is designed to help people stay engaged and active until the crisis has passed and the activities will be presented by professional artists who work regularly with older people in community and care settings, and will feature different arts forms. Chris Stuart Wilson who led an online dance class on Friday 27th March spoke with The Fountain about this project, and what inspired him personally to get involved.

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Review: I Think We Are Alone Rating 70%

Review: I Think We Are Alone

Since its inception 25 years ago, Frantic Assembly has blazed a trail as perhaps the most innovative and exciting physical theatre company in the UK. I saw their second-ever production, Generations Trilogy: Klub, at a small theatre in Dorset in the late 1990s and was blown away, by the high octane, contemporary and energetic production.

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Review: Dial M for Murder, Granite Noir 2020 Rating 93%

Review: Dial M for Murder, Granite Noir 2020

Running in line with the Granite Noir festival this is a story of love and murder, set in 1963. Tony Wendice, played by Tom Chambers, finds out his wife Margot (Sally Bretton) has been having an affair; and so plots “the perfect crime”. Written by Frederick Knott as his first play, the story is well known from Alfred Hitchcock’s movie version in 1954.

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Review: Swan Lake Rating 80%

Review: Swan Lake

It’s not every day that an audience gets to witness the process and development of artists, which is exactly what we were able to do in this gorgeous performance of this pinnacle ballet.

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