‘Tales of Vomit, Trash and Broken Glass’ (The SpaceUK on The Mile) | Review By Rebecca Donati

Tales of vomit, trash and broken glass is a thought-provoking, emotive piece of theatre which will take you on a journey.   After an ecological disaster unleashes a neurotoxin into the air, two people are thrust into a series of emotionally-charged vignettes, where they are forced to confront both the nature of their relationships and their [...]

‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ (The SpaceUK On The Mile) | Review By Sam Eastop

Born Under A Bad Sign was my third show of three at Venue 3 at the Space On The Mile, but my spirits were high getting ready to watch a play about football and Men’s Mental Health, both things I myself am passionate about. What followed was just over an hour of lad banter, funny [...]

‘Crossing The Void’ (The SpaceUK On The Mile) | Review By Sam Eastop

As I sat to watch my second of three shows, Crossing The Void, at the Venue 3 at The Space On The Mile, I thought I was in for a normal comedy piece about five friends and a silly fake Séance-gone-wrong. Boy was I wrong. What I watched over the next 70 or so minutes [...]

‘Trainspotting Live’ (Pleasance EICC – Cromdale Tunnel) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

It’s back, ‘Trainspotting Live’ has returned to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time in three years. The immersive stage play takes audiences on a journey of drugs, sex, alcohol and the worst toilet in Scotland, following the disastrous lives of Renton, Tommy, Sick Boy, Begbie, June, Mother Superior and Alison. ‘Trainspotting Live’ is running at [...]

‘Murder Club’ (The SpaceUK on The Mile) | Review By Sam Eastop

Sitting in Venue 3 at the Space On The Mile, getting ready for ‘Murder Club’ got me excited. Back at the fringe, ready for a day of reviewing (this show my first of three in this venue) and to see what talents Edinburgh Napier had to present to the theatre world and the industry as [...]

‘Legally Blonde’ (The Space – Niddry Street) | Review By Becky Campbell

‘Legally Blonde’ is an iconic, feel-good musical based on the classic 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon. It follows the story of Elle Woods as she chases love and a law career whilst on a journey of self-discovery and friendship. It is a mammoth production which Stage Avenue has adapted in a fun and camp way [...]

‘Mischief Movie Night’ (Pleasance at EICC – The Pentland Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Mischief Theatre go back to their roots by returning to the Edinburgh Fringe with three shows this year, one of those shows is ‘Mischief Movie Night’ where the audience are the directors of an improvised movie.  On the evening in which I attended, the genre was a heist film, ‘Otters Eleven’, where we had some [...]

‘Burn’ (National Theatre of Scotland – Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Matthew Attwood

Alan Cumming triumphantly returns to the Edinburgh Fringe this year in a co-production with the International Fringe Festival, National Theatre Scotland and New York’s Joyce Theatres production of ‘Burn’. A physical theatre show delving into the inner workings of Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns. Created by Alan Cumming and Director/ Choreographer Steven Hoggett. Audiences can [...]

Irvine Welsh’s ‘Porno’ (The Pleasance – Pleasance Beyond) | Review By Lauren Shaw

Easier Said Than Done’s version of Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel “Porno”, tells the satisfying yet disturbingly funny sequel to the Scottish classic “Trainspotting”.  The audience reminisces of the past tales of Begbie, Spud, Renton and Sickboy as we see what has become of them 15 years later.  Adapted by Davie Carswell and directed by Felix [...]

‘Lightweight’ (Underbelly – The Wee Coo) | Review By Sarah Hopkins

In an hour exactly, Amie Enriquez offers a chaotically varied guide on suffering and surviving circumstances as bleak as they get – anorexia, dysfunctional and tone deaf families, an extensive stint in rehab, and 9/11. ‘How does she manage that?’ I hear you cry (and please, try to refrain from speaking unless you have the [...]

‘Boris III’ (The Pleasance – Pleasance One) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘Boris III’ follows an eighteen-year-old Boris Johnson playing Richard III in a school production. Apparently, he wasn’t prepared, didn’t learn his lines and the result was chaos. Boris the Third is a comedy imagining of what that school play might have been like. Will young Boris play the clown, charming his critics, or will he be remembered [...]

‘She Wolf’(Assembly Roxy Downstairs) | Review By Rachel Clinton

Isla Cowan’s ‘She Wolf’ is an ecofeminist monologue that confronts the harsh realities of not only living, but surviving in the modern world as a woman. The monologue is delivered by Maggie who is sitting on a bench in Edinburgh Zoo and is addressed to the wolves inhabiting the enclosure opposite. She interrogates woman’s place [...]

‘Daddy Issues’ (The Pleasance Courtyard – Below) | Review By Rebecca Donati

Sex, struggle, and solitude! ‘Daddy Issues’ is a topical, thought-provoking one-woman show and a must-see at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Passing Stranger Theatre Company was formed in 2018 and was founded by Anna Krauze the writer and solo performer of ‘Daddy Issues’. This production is funded by the Arts Council England, has been awarded [...]

‘Classic!’ (The Pleasance – Pleasance One) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘Classic!’ features a cast of 6 romping through all those classic novels you never had time to read. This production is currently playing at The Pleasance One at 14:40 until 29th August (except 15th & 22nd Aug).  The six performers in this production deliver high energy, loads of comedy plus both verbally and physically abuse [...]

‘Big Band Does… Broadway’ (The Rose Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Big Band Productions return to the Edinburgh Fringe with ‘Big Band Does Broadway’, playing every day at 22:30 in The Rose Theatre until 14th August.  This production is really special. It’s rare in the Scottish theatre industry that we are blessed to witness a successful cabaret, never mind one which features young performers that seem like [...]

‘Hamlet’ (Ashton Hall, Saint Stephens Stockbridge) | Review By Rhona Williams

Hamlet is known across the globe as one of William Shakespeare’s most well known plays, and this year Ian McKellen and Peter Schaufuss collaborated on this work to create a whole new concept of what we have previously known Hamlet to be. Continuing to follow the traditional narrative of the play, this reimagining of it [...]

‘Making A Murderer: The Musical’ (Underbelly – Bistro Square) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Based on the hit Netflix series, ‘Making A Murderer: The Musical’ tells story of a man and his family's fight for freedom that has enthralled people all over the world and has helped shine a light on the injustices and failings of a broken system. This production runs at Underbelly Bistro Square till 29th August (except 15th [...]

‘Smashing Shakespeare: Juliet & Her Romeo’ (Captivate Theatre) | Review By Matthew Attwood

Captivate Theatre presents ‘Smashing Shakespeare’- A comedic musical adaption of Shakespeare’s most infamous plays ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Macbeth’. Book by Sally Lyall and music by Tommie Travers, Lyall also directs this production alongside Scott Coltman. Audiences can see these family-friendly, informative and laugh-out-loud shows from the 5th-27th (Excluding Sundays and 22nd, 23rd and 24th) [...]

‘How to Keep Up with The Kardashians’ (Underbelly – Belly Button) | Review By Matthew Attwood

SO LA FLAIR’s ‘How to Keep Up with The Kardashians’ is an empowering insight into the struggles of women fighting against today’s insane beauty standards. Shining a light on the hypocrisy of the Kardashian family. Rebelling and redefining feminine beauty as we the audience join the dance party protest, filled with live music, comedic sketch [...]

‘Kinky Boots’ (Bare Productions) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘Kinky Boots’ is the iconic Broadway and West End award-winning musical that tells the story of Charlie Price, a kind-natured shoe factory owner who forms an unlikely friendship with Drag Queen Lola to produce a line of high-heeled boots. This year Bare Productions bring this musical to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time, running [...]

‘The Bleeding Obvious’ (Underbelly – Daisy) | Review By Erin Munro

Jessica Rowbottom is the frontwoman and singular member of the band ‘The Bleeding Obvious’. Rowbottom’s cabaret show covers her own experience coming out, dating and simply existing as a lesbian woman in Yorkshire -  all of course intertwined with a self-composed soundtrack. Running at the Underbelly Bristo Sq. venue Daisy ‘The Bleeding Obvious’ is a [...]

‘The Addams Family’ (Captivate Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

The kooky and spookiest family have made their way to Edinburgh! Captivate Theatre presents us with ‘The Addams Family’, playing at The Rose Theatre until 24th August. This musical comedy follows Wednesday Addams as she attempts to prepare her family to meet her boyfriend’s family, the Beinekes. With Gomez struggling to keep a secret from [...]

‘My Son’s A Queer (but what can you do?) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Rob Madge’s much raved about one hander ‘My Son’s A Queer (but what can you do?)’ has arrived in Edinburgh for the Fringe, running at Udderbelly until 29th August (except 10th, 15th & 22nd).   When Rob Madge was 12, they attempted a full-blown Disney parade in their house for their grandma. As Rob donned wigs [...]

‘Sunshine On Leith’ (Captivate Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Captivate Theatre’s ‘Sunshine On Leith’ returns to the Edinburgh Fringe running at The Rose Theatre till Sunday 28th August. ‘Sunshine On Leith’ follows the highs and lows of Ally and Davy as they negotiate families, friendships, and love in this comedic and moving story featuring songs of The Proclaimers.  Sandy Queenan portrays Rab as a [...]

‘12th Night Lite’ (Paradise in Augustines – The Studio) | Review By Erin Munro

“12th Night Lite” does what it says on the tin, retelling the beloved Shakespeare comedy “Twelfth Night” in a one hour slot at The Studio - Paradise in Augustines. The script, edited by Ruth Garvey-Williams, retains the framework and humour of the classic whilst being cut to suit a Fringe performance space all with a [...]

‘A Thousand Sons’ (Greenside – Fern Studio) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘A Thousand Sons’ follows Bertie, a nuclear test veteran, from the 1950s to the present day; as he witnesses the horrors of Nuclear weapons, and fights for justice after experiencing life-changing repercussions.  Jamie Sefton writes and stars in this production as Bertie. The sheer skill of storytelling that Jamie presents within this 45-minute, tense and disturbing [...]

‘Americana: A Murder Ballad’ (Assembly Checkpoint) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘Americana: A Murder Ballad’ tells the tale of a nation’s youth trapped in a murder ballad they cannot escape. A gunman lurks on every corner. He’s behind you. He’s beside you. He’s inside you. This is freedom. This is a warzone. This is Americana. How do we break the ballad?  Cole Wagner portrays the writer, [...]

‘Happy Meal’ (Traverse Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘Happy Meal’ takes the audience back to the quaint days of dial up and MSN, where you'll follow two strangers on their journeys to become who they always were. From teen to adult, from MySpace to TikTok, from cis to trans. This brand new play is debuting at Traverse 2 as part of TravFest and [...]

‘Footloose’ (Glasgow King’s Theatre) | Review By Rebecca Donati

Everybody cut loose on Monday night in Glasgow. Following two critically acclaimed tours and a West End run, Footloose is back and better than ever. Starring the wonderful Aston Merrygold and Darren Day ‘Footloose’ is a feel good phenomenon. The roof was roaring off of The King’s Theatre in Glasgow during their finale causing the [...]

‘LAND – A Scottish Musical’ (Kick The Door) | Review By Keiran McLean

From sheep on the hill, to the flats in Castlemilk, from soldiers on the coast, to laughing at the Pointless host, show compassion, take your neighbour's hand, and appreciate life in this show they call LAND. LAND is a new musical by Scottish musical theatre company, Kick the Door. The show has just finished previewing [...]

‘Dreamboats and Petticoats: Bringing On Back The Good Times’ (Glasgow King’s Theatre) | Review By Rebecca Donati

Dreamboats and Petticoats are certainly bringing on back the good times in Glasgow this week. Bobby, Laura, Norman, Sue & the gang get back together for the follow-on musical inspired by the hit albums. This west-end sell-out will have you on your feet rocking and rolling. The sixties were well and truly alive, an innocence [...]

‘Footloose’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘Footloose The Musical’ is a stage adaptation of the hit 1984 Kevin Bacon motion picture. The story follows city boy Ren, who thinks life is bad enough when he’s forced to move to a rural backwater in America. But his world comes to a standstill when he arrives at Bomont to find dancing and rock [...]

‘Kneecaps’ (Moot Point Collective) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Moot Point Collective in association with Framework Theatre Company presents a brand-new piece of writing from Joe Hunter in the form of ‘Kneecaps’. This exciting new play follows ex-partners Ali and Jess dealing with their past struggles while trying to survive a life-threatening new epidemic.  Katrina Allen is incredible as Jess, the emotional depth and [...]

‘Lift’ (Stage 4) | Review By Hannah Cook

The daily commute. Like every other day, off the tube at Covent Garden, faces now familiar from relentless routine. For 54 seconds you stand cramped in a lift with 7 complete strangers, wondering who these passengers are. Why are they here? What are their secrets? Could they be unknowingly connected? Who do they love? What [...]

‘Sunshine On Leith’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre & Pitlochry Festival Theatre) | Reviewed By Sam Eastop

Sitting in the familiarity of the King’s Theatre’s stalls I prepared myself for an evening of joy, fun and all things Edinburgh. Over the next two and a half hours those expectations were met and exceeded to a degree I did not expect. I had only seen the film before this evening, but I couldn’t [...]

‘The Lion King’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘The Lion King’ has returned to Edinburgh after a sell-out run from December 2019 until it ended due to lockdown in March 2020. Now audiences are flocking to the Edinburgh Playhouse to finally see the end of the run, two years on. Produced by Disney and directed by the legendary Julie Taymor, the musical is [...]

‘Takin’ Over The Asylum’ (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) | Review by Rebecca Donati

Donna Franceschild’s Takin’ Over the Asylum is known for the original 1994 BAFTA winning series with the beloved characters etched into our brains as they were. The series was adapted into this delightfully charming play for the Citizens and Lyceum Theatre in 2013. Directed once again by the brilliant Mark Thomson, this production is being brought back to life [...]

‘Wuthering Heights’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Alison Jeni Frater

Last night I attended Wuthering Heights at the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh. I must admit I have never read the epic Emily Bronte novel that is piece is adapted from, so I was not sure what to expect. Wuthering Heights follows Heathcliff who is rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child where he is [...]

‘Anything Goes’ (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘Anything Goes’ has sailed into Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre till Sunday 15th May after a highly successful run in London’s West End last year. The story follows the S.S. American as she heads out to sea enroute to England, it seems that etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on [...]

‘Rock of Ages’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

'Rock of Ages’ has head banged its way into the Edinburgh Playhouse, playing till Saturday 14th May. This musical has toured the UK several times and rocked out in London’s West End, however the question is, does the newest tour still rock? ‘Rock of Ages’ is set in the 1980s on the sunset strip (LA). [...]

‘A Murder is Announced’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review by Stacey Brown

A Murder is Announced- A Miss Marple Mystery has all the charm of a classic ‘whodunnit’ that has you guessing throughout. The story of course is brilliant. After an announcement in the Gazette predicts a Murder at Letitia Blacklock’s house, she and her group of family and friends are anxious to see what might happen. [...]

‘Singin in the Rain’ (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) | Review by Alison Jeni Frater

Singin’ in the Rain has landed with a splash at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre this week. After it’s run at London’s Sadler’s Wells, Singin’ in the Rain has embarked on a UK tour. The 1952 classic film starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds is to die for and possibly one of my favourite films. I [...]

‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review by Rhona Williams

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World (dir. Amy Hodge) had its Edinburgh debut at The King’s Theatre last night, and it was an utterly stunning piece of musical theatre. The new musical is an adaptation of Kate Pankhurst’s children’s book of the same title, that beautifully illustrates the importance of women throughout history that [...]

‘Oliver!’ (Forth Children’s Theatre) | Review By Rebecca Donati & Keiran McLean

Lionel Bart's Oliver! Comes to the stage of the Edinburgh Tabernacle with the amazing young talent of the Forth Children's Theatre bringing this classic musical to life. Forth Children's Theatre are an established, award winning youth theatre company based in Edinburgh who were formed in 1979. This April, they put on their Easter show of [...]

‘Waitress’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Stacey Brown

Sugar, butter, flour and a whole lot of talent! Waitress has hit the Edinburgh Playhouse and it’s just as tasty as we hoped. When waitress Jenna finds out she’s pregnant, she has to figure out how to start fresh without her horrible husband Earl. However, there are more than a few bumps in the road [...]

‘Magic Goes Wrong’ UK Tour (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Mischief Theatre are back in Scotland with their UK Touring production of ‘Magic Goes Wrong’ which is currently playing Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. ‘Magic Goes Wrong’ follows a hapless gang of magicians as they stage an evening of grand illusions to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of [...]

‘Orphans’ (National Theatre of Scotland) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

National Theatre of Scotland’s brand-new original musical ‘Orphans’ is currently in the midst of it’s debut Scottish tour, running at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre till Saturday 16th April. Based on the Peter Mullan movie set in Glasgow, 1998. One hell of a storm is ripping through the city. The Flynn siblings just need to survive the night [...]

‘Our Carnal Hearts’ (An Tobar & Mull Theatre and Arch 468) | Review By Rhona Williams 

Our Carnal Hearts (dir. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord) written by Rachel Mars was an interesting expression of jealousy, envy and humanistic attitudes towards those closest to us in the real world. The play took the form of spoken word poetry whilst relying on the harmonies of a splendid mystical trio.  The play started by engulfing the audience [...]

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ (Glasgow King’s Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

National Theatre’s ‘The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time' UK tour has arrived at Glasgow King’s Theatre. The play follows Christopher, fifteen years old, we join his journey as he stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is [...]

‘Dreamgirls’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review by Rhona Williams

Dreamgirls (dir. Casey Nicholaw) soulfully sashayed onto the Edinburgh Playhouse stage last night. From the moment that the magnificent conductor (Simona Budd) pounded on her cowbell, to the final harmony, the production was a whirlwind of enthusiasm, passion and impeccable talent. The musicalstarts in the 1960s, and follows the lives of three ambitious and talented singers, striving to make it big in the world of showbusiness. Through fantastic [...]

‘The Da Vinci Code’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Keiran McLean

Dan Brown's ‘The Da Vinci Code’ comes to Edinburgh King's Theatre to showcase Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Bel's adaptation of the beloved, grail hunting story. ‘The Da Vinci Code’ follows Professor Robert Langdon, a symbologist visiting Paris for a lecture, and cryptologist Sophie Neveu after a vicious murder in the Louvre Museum causes them to follow [...]

‘Beautiful’ (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

The Curve Leicester and Nikolai Foster’s revival production of ‘Beautiful’ The Carole King Musical has arrived at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. ‘Beautiful’ tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit song-writing team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia [...]

‘Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Keiran McLean

Variety shows are an adored form of theatre, loved by millions of people worldwide who just simply want to be entertained. An accumulation of different performers; styles, genres and experiences but all having the same final goal in mind - entertain the audience. If anyone knows what it takes to put together a star-studded, hilariously [...]

‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) | Review by Lewis C. Baird

'Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ has returned to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre! The original UK Tour had a stint at the Festival Theatre back in 2020, literally days before lockdown was imposed, now most of the original cast have returned to the Festival Theatre for another successful stint. ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ is based on a true [...]

‘Lena’ (Beacon Arts Centre) | Review By Rebecca Donati

Feather Productions in association with the Beacon Arts Centre presents the world premier of ‘Lena’written by BAFTA and Olivier award-winner Tim Whitnall. This original play tells the story of child starLena Zavaroni who shot into stardom after appearing on the hit talent show ‘Opportunity Knocks” in1973 at only ten years of age. My knowledge of [...]

‘Shrek The Musical’ (Edinburgh Bohemians) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Edinburgh’s Bohemian Lyric Opera company has brought everyone’s favourite Ogre back to Scotland, finally! After a two-year postponement, the Bohemians finally have their production on stage. ‘Shrek the Musical’ follows a big, green, terrifying ogre living alone on a swamp... he doesn’t sound like a fairy tale hero, does he? But then, this is no ordinary fairy [...]

Six (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) | Review By Stacey Brown

Six follows the stories of the unfortunate six wives of Henry VIII, but it’s not how you quite remember it from history class. The ladies have taken control of the story and through the power of pop songs, they compete to determine which wife had it worse. After each of them have told their story, [...]

‘Hairspray’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Rhona Williams

Hairspray (dir. Paul Kerryson) spritzed its way onto Edinburgh’s Playhouse stage last night and gripped the audience from the moment we said Good Morning to Baltimore. The timeless classic was a colourful treat to the senses and took the audience on an emotional voyage through the turbulent (yet hopeful) 1960s. The musical follows plus size [...]

‘Movies To Musicals’ (The Alhambra Theatre) | Review By Sam Eastop

Having seen Movies to Musicals before, I knew what to expect when entering the Alhambra Theatre, which I am very familiar with, in my hometown of Dunfermline. What I didn’t expect was how much fun I was going to have. I remembered the show centred around a strong cast of kids and young people with [...]

‘Class Act’ (Traverse Theatre) | Review By Rhona Williams

Class Act truly lived up to its name last night for its debut performance at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. The fantastic piece showcased the phenomenal work of pupils from five secondary schools across Edinburgh (Broughton High School, Craigmount High School, Craigroyston Community High School, Forrester High School and Royal High School). The short stories, [...]

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ (Captivate Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Captivate Theatre bring a brand-new production of Richard Bean’s farcical comedy, ‘One Man Two Guvnors’, to Musselburgh. ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ follows Francis Henshall as he becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as [...]

‘The Rocky Horror Show’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Sam Eastop

As I took my seat in an ocean of black dresses, stockings, and sparkly outfits, I was ready to watch the madness of the Rocky Horror Show unfold for the first time. Having only ever watched the film until this point, I had heard fantastic things about the live show and was feeling incredibly excited [...]

‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' is a screen to stage adaptation I have been championing for the best part of a decade, and now finally the world premiere UK tour of the musical has arrived in Edinburgh! 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' follows Charlie, Carrie and Paul Rawlins as they are evacuated from a desolated London in the midst [...]

‘Be More Chill’ (Aberdeen Arts Centre) | Review By Rebecca Donati

Be more chill is an ironic name for this production as it has the complete opposite effect on their audience who were pumping with adrenaline after seeing the Scottish premier of this production! The high energy and highly captivating musical blew the audience away in all ways imaginable. Treading the Board (TTB) are Aberdeen’s only [...]

‘Bat Out of Hell’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Jim Steinman’s hit musical ‘Bat Out of Hell’ has rolled into Edinburgh in true Rock n Roll style. The musical is set in a dystopian world and follows the story of Raven; a girl trapped in her home by her tycoon father, Falco, that is until she falls in love with Strat, a member of the rebel group, [...]

‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Stacey Brown

The critically acclaimed theatre production of C.S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe transports you to a magical world. While we follow the Pevensie siblings into the world of Narnia, our imaginations run wild as a combination of music, movement, puppetry and costumes create the kingdom behind the wardrobe we all imagined as [...]

‘We Belong’ (Bare Productions) | Review By Stacey Brown

We Belong by Bare Productions is a cabaret show, showcasing their wonderful casts’ performing skills. Bare Productions unfortunately had to cancel all their performances over the last two years but they are back with a bang! We Belong is a fun filled, singalong evening for musical theatre lovers who need a taste of what we’ve [...]

‘School Of Rock The Musical’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

The iconic Jack Black movie ‘School of Rock’ was adapted into a stage musical back in 2015 and now in 2022 it’s finally made its way up to Scotland after rocking out in London’s West End. The story follows failed rocker Dewey Finn as he impersonates as his best friend, Ned Schneebly, taking a temp teacher [...]

‘White Christmas’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Stacey Brown

What’s better than cozying up to watch a classic Christmas movie? How about watching it transformed onto a stage with big dance numbers and dazzling costumes! Based on the classic Bing Crosby movie of the same title, White Christmas transports you to 1954 where Broadway stars and ex-soldiers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis meet with [...]

‘Heathers the Musical’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review by Lewis C. Baird

'Heathers the Musical’ has finally arrived in Edinburgh on the final week of its debut UK tour. Based on the classic 1989 film, set in Westerberg High; which is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime [...]

‘Les Misérables’ (Theatre Royal Glasgow) | Review By Sam Eastop

At this point I feel like a veteran Les Mis viewer, as it is easily the show I have seen live the most times in my life. However, this time round was different as I would be taking up the responsibility of writing a review afterwards. I found myself paying attention to different parts of the show [...]

‘Sleeping Beauty’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

After a year off, the world feels whole again as Panto returns to the Edinburgh King’s Theatre in the form of ‘Sleeping Beauty'. This is the first pantomime since 2019 and also the first since the late King’s Theatre legend, Andy Gray, passed away. The story of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ tells the tale of Princess Aurora [...]

‘Death Drop’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review by Lewis C. Baird

What better way to spend your Wednesday night than watch a murder mystery that has the premise of your favourite drag queens and kings slaying... oh no wait, sorry, I meant being slain. ‘Death Drop’ is a murder mystery drag extravaganza set in the 90s, where a bunch of privileged influencers, a politician and three mental caterers [...]

‘Dirty Dancing’ (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) | Review By Stacey Brown

Dirty Dancing Review The iconic 1980s classic Dirty Dancing has been adapted for the stage, and it’s just as fun and sexy as you hoped it would be. The story follows Frances “Baby” Houseman, a young woman on holiday with her family at Kellerman’s resort. This is where she meets Johnny Castle, a dreamy, bad [...]

‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Rhona Williams

As we finally depart so called “Spooky Season”, Tilted Wig’s production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow directed by Jake Smith, appropriately haunts its audience with its captivating blend of traditional storytelling and a creepy gothic atmosphere. Philip Meeks’ enigmatic adaptation of Washington Irving’s well-known horror story is brought to the stage in a spine-chilling manner, with its fantastically versatile and symbolic set, [...]

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ is considered one of the best comedy plays of the last decade. The play in question skyrocketed Mischief Theatre to one of the UK’s biggest and most acclaimed theatre producers. ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’, follows Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society's (eventful) production of Murder at Haversham Manor. A classic murder mystery. However, things don’t go exactly to [...]

‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Disney has returned to the Edinburgh Playhouse until 27th November with the tale as old as time, ‘Beauty and the Beast the Musical’. This iconic Disney story follows an arrogant young prince, and his castle's servants after they fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns the prince into a hideous Beast until he [...]

‘The Enemy’ National Theatre of Scotland (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘The Enemy’ is National Theatre of Scotland’s latest touring production, based on Henrik Ibsen’s ‘An Enemy of the People’. This re-envisioned play follows a Scottish town going under a massive redevelopment project that promises to bring money, jobs and new prospects to its forgotten population. However, when Dr Kirsten Stockmann discovers a dangerous secret, she knows [...]

‘Blood Brothers’ UK & Ireland Tour (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Recently I admitted to a close friend that I had never seen Willy Russell’s acclaimed musical, ‘Blood Brothers’. This admission prompted a sharp scowl followed by the statement “until you see this musical, you cannot call yourself a theatre critic”. To my friend's relief, I (hopefully) can now once again call myself a theatre critic after attending the latest [...]

‘The Woman In Black’ UK Tour (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Joe Hunter

The Woman In Black is reliant on tradition and its influences, but it still proves to be an infectiously enjoyable experience, and a timely reminder that theatre is best shared with a packed audience. The show runs from the 12th - 16th October 2021 at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh. Those expecting to see a carbon [...]

‘Groan Ups’ UK Tour (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Sam Eastop

“They’re Beautiful, aren’t they? The lives we don’t live.” Groan Ups was very exciting for me, as I have never seen “The Play That Goes Wrong”, Mischief Theatre’s comedy that exploded them onto the Theatre scene. I knew I was in for a night of fantastic physical comedy. And that’s just what I got.  The [...]

‘Grease The Musical’ UK Tour (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) | Review By Becky Campbell

Everyone remembers the 1978 Grease movie, but the original 1971 musical is brought back to life in this new-old adaptation of Grease by director Nikolai Foster. Whilst maintaining the vibrant, fun-loving grease we all know and love, this version focuses more on the original script, leaving us with a grittier, more powerful version of the classic tale. With upbeat [...]

‘Chicago’ UK & Ireland Tour (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Alison Jeni Frater

It’s time to slick your hair and wear your buckles shoes and head to the Edinburgh Playhouse to see Chicago! I have seen Chicago twice before, but this was a very special press night for me, as it is the first show I have seen since March 2020.  Based on a true story, Chicago is [...]

‘9 To 5 The Musical’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

After 545 days of closure, the Edinburgh Playhouse shined like the sun last night as Dolly Parton’s iconic musical ‘ 9 To 5’ re-opened the UK’s largest theatre. Based on the 1980s motion picture, ‘9 To 5’ follows the stories of Violet Newstead, Judy Bernly and Doralee Rhodes as they struggle in a male dominated world. Eventually it all comes too [...]

‘Your Tomorrow’ (Éowyn Emerald & Dancers) | Review By Katie Daniel

In Your Tomorrow we are presented with a rare chance to see a mid-length jazz dance performance. Your Tomorrow is sweet and emotional with the romantic goal of “celebrating the private moments, uplifting intimacies and companionable bliss of the relationships that unite us”. Combined with this celebration is the appreciation of having someone to catch [...]

‘Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age’ | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Alan Cumming has come home to Scotland to perform two nights at Edinburgh International Festival’s Old College Quad outdoor venue with his new show ‘Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age’. The performance features hilarious and wholesome anecdotes, with some showstopping musical numbers. True cabaret, fronted by a true showman.  Alan Cumming’s presence alone is [...]

‘Moonlight on Leith’ (REDCAP Theatre) | Review By T G Hofman

Reviewing bad theatre is easy; reviewing good theatre is hard; reviewing great theatre is very difficult indeed. When I sat down to watch Moonlight on Leith, I confess I was hoping for an easy ride. Damn you to the bowls of hell REDCAP Theatre because this is a hard review to write. The difficulty is [...]

‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ (Royal Scottish National Orchestra) | Review By T. G. Hofman

It’s the party to end all parties. But two entertainments have been double-booked to mark the evening’s climax – a serious opera and a slapstick comedy. The star soprano is throwing a tantrum and the staff are hiding the chaos from the boss. There’s only one solution: perform both shows at the same time. I [...]

‘Spontaneous Potter’ | Review By Stacey Brown

Spontaneous Potter is an improvised comedy show performed by The Spontaneous Players. The actors take a title suggestion from the audience, inspired by Harry Potter and improvise a whole show based around the title which creates an exciting, unpredictable and hilarious atmosphere. Of course, the story is based around Harry Potter with the actors playing [...]

‘Dancing In the Streets’ (Janice Parker) | Review By Sam Eastop

I didn’t know what to expect when entering the spacious, socially distanced seating area for Dancing in the Streets, but when I heard the patter of bare feet as Janice approached the front of the hall, I knew I was in for a different type of show. I prepared myself for something other than the usual performance or [...]

‘Press’ (Black Bat Productions) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘Press’ from Black Bat Productions is currently playing the Cabaret Bar at The Pleasance as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. The play follows film producers, David and Kate as they wait in anticipation hoping for their prestigious Civil War epic, Catch Me Some Freedom, to be nominated for plenty of Goldies. Until, however, they learn that [...]

‘Bard In The Yard’ (Pleasance Courtyard) | Review By Marcus Lundie

‘Bard in the Yard: The Scottish Play’ is a fantastic play that follows our beloved bard, William Shakespeare as he creates his Scottish masterpiece Macbeth. Shakespeare has come up on trip to Scotland for inspiration for his new play and is looking for help from the people of the fringe.  Caroline Mathison offers a brighter, [...]

‘Patricia Gets Ready (for a Date with the Man that Used to Hit Her)’ | Review By Stacey Brown

Patricia Gets Ready (for a Date with the Man that Used to Hit Her) is a one woman play, following Patricia, who bumps into her abusive ex who she hasn’t seen in sometime. After a scene of fumbling, she agrees to have dinner with him. The story follows her journey of hyping herself up to meet him, whilst retelling [...]

‘Shona the Musical Choir’ (Neo Vilakazi & Neo Productions) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Last night (Monday 16th August 2021) at Edinburgh International Festival’s enormous pop-up venue at Edinburgh Park, Shona the Musical Choir presented the original music from the in-development production of 'Shona the Musical’. This new original musical is packed full of vibrant, emotional and dynamic music inspired by the native sounds of Zimbabwe. The story and music [...]

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (A-Team Productions) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Last night was the closing evening for youth theatre, A-Team Productions’, run of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. This open aired production was one of the few established musicals running at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.   Downtown New York is the setting for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, where Seymour – a nerdy florist's assistant – fights for [...]

‘Mediocre White Male’ (Assembly Roxy) | Review By Keiran McLean

Mediocre White Male, co-written by Will Close and Joe Von Malachowski, follows a 30-year-old male who reminisces about a previous relationship and the nostalgia of his younger years. During his narration of distressing issues, the effects of his past and the prospect of male privilege in a world that is continuing to develop and leave [...]

‘Afterparty’ (New Celts Productions & F-Bomb Theatre) | Review By Rebecca Donati

A fun, female driven play. THIS is what we like to see at the fringe. F-BOMB Theatre is a theatre company based in Scotland. Their aim is for women to make theatre for women and to create a great night out for their audiences. 'Afterparty' at The Space Triplex - Jenner Theatre embodies this and they more [...]

‘Wish List’ (BoneStruck Theatre in association with New Celts Productions) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘Wish List’ by Katherine Soper explores the hardships of dealing with mental illness through our government’s broken system, it also displays the shocking conditions of working for conglobates like Amazon. This production is currently running every second day till the 28th August at The Space Triplex as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.  Chloë Johnson as Tasmin [...]

‘Fear of Roses’ (Black Bat Productions) | Review By Keiran McLean

After the last 15 months of theatre being missed, I was delighted to be back at The Edinburgh Fringe this year to review Black Bat Productions ‘Fear of Roses’. The company returned to the fringe after triumphant reviews of their previous show Chagos 1971 which received brilliant reviews at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This [...]

‘Screen 9’ (Piccolo Theatre/The Pleasance) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘Screen 9’ from Piccolo Theatre in association with Survivors Empowered, is a powerful piece of verbatim theatre which explores the horrific shooting during the Colorado premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in 2012. This production is currently playing The Pleasance at the EICC on and off until 29th August as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.  The four [...]