Mike Jones: My preference is in the thought-provoking stuff

Salt ‘n’ Sauce promotions recently announced the new appointment of their Managing Director, Mike Jones. Taking over from the much-loved and well-respected Kenny O’ Brien, Mike Jones, the Executive Director of The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, has accepted the invitation to join The Stands across the three cities, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle and spoke to The Fountain about his comedy preference.

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Review: Glasgow Girls Rating 98%

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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Review: Kinky Boots Rating 95%

Review: Kinky Boots

Life is better with glitter. Kinky Boots has it in bucket loads, but it’s not just about the glitz. This show has a profound and beautiful message, tenderness, compassion – and resounding, uplifting joy.

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Review: Nativity! the Musical Rating 85%

Review: Nativity! the Musical

Coventry meets Hollywood in Nativity! the Musical, a festive explosion of joy, glitter and feel good escapism. It’s fairly impossible not to leave with a smile on your face after a couple of hours in the company of this energetic cast, made up of largely, small children. Nativity! was of course a hit British film, with two sequels, now reincarnated as a stage production.

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Review: Life Is A Dream Rating 80%

Review: Life Is A Dream

Life is a Dream is a new dance show by Olivier Award winning choreographer Kim Brandstrup from Rambert.
Based on Calderon’s 1635 tragicomedy, Life is a Dream is Rambert’s first full-length narrative work for several decades. It is presented as a piece of hybrid storytelling through dance, where evocative staging and orchestral excellence are equal bedfellows to the performers.

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Isabel McCue MBE: Something should be done to really stimulate people

Theatre Nemo, a charity with a mission to break down the stigma and isolation associated with mental health issues and help to reduce suicide or suicidal thoughts by supporting people to feel good about themselves is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. I had the fortune of stumbling upon this humbling organisation, rewarding founder Isabel McCue MBE with an Outstanding Woman of Scotland award at the Saltire Society’s event at the Glasgow Women’s Library.

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Review: Birds of Paradise 25th Anniversary Revue Rating 83%

Review: Birds of Paradise 25th Anniversary Revue

It was Halloween where most were out trick or treating, dressing up or if not, reminding us of their previous years costumes, but not us. We had a more wonderful occasion to be at instead, the 25th Anniversary celebration of Birds of Paradise theatre, the award winning company that created the acclaimed My Left Right Foot. A cabaret of acts including the marvellous Jess Thom (Touretteshero), Oasissay, Harry Josephine Giles, Laurence Clark and Toni Jerrett, there was much to remind the audience about why precisely a company like Birds of Paradise has lasted twenty-five years, and will hopefully last many more.

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Review: The Last Days of Mankind Rating 40%

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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Isla Cowan: Imagining the world in twenty year’s time is an interesting project

To celebrate 20 years of The Lyceum Youth Theatre and Scotland’s Year of Young People, The Lyceum has commissioned five playwrights to pen short scripts that consider what life might be like for Scotland’s young people in 20 years time. One of the playwrights is Isla Cowan, who was a long-standing member of the Lyceum Youth Theatre.
Isla spoke with The Fountain about the project, her focus on climate change in the future with The View From Portobello and tips she would give to aspiring playwrights in the future.

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Review: It Is Easy To Be Dead Rating 100%

Review: It Is Easy To Be Dead

It Is Easy To Be Dead is a new work by Neil McPherson focusing on the life and death of Charles Hamilton Sorley, Scotland’s foremost poet of the First World War. Sorley was born in Aberdeen – making the location of its Scottish premiere fitting – and was educated in Cambridge, Oxford and Germany before war broke out in 1914. Having risen to the rank of captain in the Suffolk Regiment, he was killed in action in October 1915 aged just 20, and he has been described by Robert Graves as ‘one of the three poets of importance killed in the war’ alongside Wilfrid Owen and Isaac Rosenberg. His style has also been contrasted to that of the more patriotic Rupert Brooke, and the timing of the play’s run is appropriate given that this year marks the centenary of the war’s end.

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