“A pumped-up and energetic ride” – Bi-Cycle – Underbelly – Edfringe

“I’d never been with a maaa… a guuu… an animated Disney Prince before… I had only found love with a Disney Princess!”   Have you ever felt like you’re just living the life you’ve been told...

Feeling Blue: A Reflection on Light in ‘Hedda Gabler’

It is usual for theatre criticism to pay a great deal of attention to lighting design in the context of a theatre review. It could be argued that this if often because there is...

EdFringe: “Wicked humour to the core” – Cat’s Mother – Underbelly

What do elderly cats and elderly mothers have in common? They piss wherever and whenever they please, are unexpectedly strong, can be vicious without provocation and they both showed up uninvited at Ciara’s London...

“Nothing short of showstopping” – Jane McDonald Live – New Wimbledon Theatre

In turbulent political times and worries about climate change we need escapism and that’s what true theatre achieves. Jane McDonald and her vibrant band certainly achieved that last night in New Wimbledon Theatre as...

EdFringe: “Pressingly immediate” – Electrolyte – Pleasance Queen Dome

Trying to condense my feelings about Electrolyte is like trying to keep a lid on a pan of boiling water. The bubbles keep popping to the surface and much as I try to keep...

EdFringe: “Gender-bending, time-melding, quick-stepping” – Grace – Gilded Ballon

Wrapped up in a cocoon of characters like a theatrical Russian doll, we discover the enigma that is Grace. Grace is not comedy, not cabaret, not theatre, it is all of these components, threaded...

“Arresting and mesmeric” – Metamorphosis – Sweet – EdFringe

Even if you have never read Kafka’s best known literary work, Metamorphosis, the basic premise of man turns into insect is easy enough to understand, if not to fully comprehend. But what of those...

EdFringe: “Sometimes joyful, sometimes sobering” – Curio – The Space@ Surgeons Hall

A new play, about old things, Curio (A Cabinet of Curiosities) is well worth considering. Edinburgh is a city filled with surprise and wonder all year round, and cultural curiosity can be satisfied not just in...

“Post-apocalyptic… but no crashes or bangs” – Landscape (1989) – Zoo – EdFringe

In discussing a play about endings, it feels important I start at the beginning. A brazen blast of the Oregon state song, sung softly at first with increasing fervour. But the pomp and ceremony...

EdFringe: “Bringing those darker moments to light” – Blackout – Summerhall

How can you be sure of who you are, when you can’t remember what you’ve done? Blackout brings those darker moments to light. From the shared experience of the blackout, Blackout from New Room Theatre...