‘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 [...]

‘Medicine’ (Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts) | Review By Lewis C. Baird 

The Edinburgh Festival has always been a great birth place for prominent pieces of theatre and this year is no exception, Enda Walsh’s ‘Medicine’ is a new play which examines how, for decades, we have treated those we call ‘mentally ill’. This co-production between Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival already has sold out [...]

Candy (Reboot Theatre Company) | Review By Rebecca Donati

Do you believe in love at first sight? Will has a secret. He’s hopelessly in love with the unattainable Candy — she’s an epiphany, a revelation, and his best friend Billy in drag. Can he ever be with her? And what does loving her really mean? 'CANDY' written by Tim Fraser is a comedic play [...]

‘Falstaff’ (Scottish Opera) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Theatre is back at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre with Scottish Opera’s production of ’Falstaff’ as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.  Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’ is adapted from Shakespeare's’ ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’. The story follows Sir John Falstaff, who needs a ruse so that he can continue his life of excess. He decides to try [...]

‘[Title Of Show]’ (Trigger Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Trigger Theatre present their debut production, a digital version of the Tony nominated musical ‘[Title of Show]’. This brand-new production of the hit musical, can be seen as of 7pm on Friday 25th June till 7pm on Sunday 27th June. ‘[Title of Show]’ is a musical that chronicles its own creation from inception to opening night on Broadway - in [...]

‘The Life and Times’ (Scottish Dance Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Scottish Dance Theatre in association with Dundee Rep present the digital production ‘The Life and Times’. Tonight (17th June) I was lucky enough to attend the world premiere of this production. Audiences will be able to watch another performance of this production tomorrow evening (18th June).  ‘The Life and Times’ is a visual meditation on human fragility [...]

‘Rosie Sings: Facts About Me!’ (Brighton Fringe) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Theatre has still not resumed in Scotland. Scottish Digital productions are slowly reducing due to companies preparing for (hopefully) live performances later this year. Which means that Scottish theatre goers are currently needing to look further afield for some new digital theatre. Well, look no further than the Brighton Fringe and specifically ‘Rosie Sings: Facts [...]

Framework Theatre’s ‘Framework Festival’ | Review By Lewis C. Baird

This week (3rd - 7th May) Framework Theatre presented their ‘Framework Festival’, a digital festival for emerging artists in Scotland. On offer were informative workshops and six brand new productions, two of them (‘Acting Appropriately’ and ‘Four Marys’) being live and the rest (‘Yours,’, ‘The Butterfly Effect’, ‘Roko’s Modern Life’ and ‘All I Ever Knew’) being pre-recorded [...]

‘Adam’ (National Theatre of Scotland/BBC Scotland) | Review By Rebecca Donati

Can the soul of a man be trapped in the body of a woman? This remarkable story of Adam Kashmiry asks that fundamental question. Now showing on BBC iPlayer ‘Adam’ has been reworked and adapted for an on-screen production. As a Glaswegian anytime I hear of a theatrical phenomenon being created out of or based around Glasgow I am instantly [...]

‘The Deep Blue Sea’ (National Theatre) | Review By Aisling Anderson

I was lucky enough to see 'The Deep Blue' Sea as part of National Theatre at Home during this lockdown. Premiering at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2016 it was added to the National Theatre at Home collection to allow us to fill the void that Covid-19 has created in our love for theatre. Terrence Rattigan [...]

The Color Purple at Home (Curve Leicester) | Review By Katie Daniel

Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple tells the story of Celie; twice impregnated as a teen, robbed of her children, given into an abusive marriage, separated from her beloved sister and abandoned by the woman with whom she finds love. But eventually, she comes to term with who she is, enough so to stand up [...]

Queerativity LGBTQ+ Monologues Evening | Review By Lewis C. Baird

To celebrate LGBTQ+ history month, tonight (Sunday 21st February 2021) Queerativity presented us with an evening of LGBTQ+ monologues. Queerativity is a new platform specializing in showcasing queer art and creating LGBTQ+ events.  The event kicked off with Megan Black performing her beautiful original song ‘Fur Coat Queen’. Megan’s voice is stunning and this original song compliments it with an [...]

Big Band Does… Valentine’s | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Valentines has arrived! It’s a day which is loved by many and dreaded by some; therefore, we need some good old entertainment supplied for both parties on the most romantic day of the year. BBD Productions are on hand bringing us Big Band Does... Valentine’s, all to raise money for Acting for Others. I got [...]

A Love Letter to Theatre | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Digital performances are becoming the new norm, as great as some of them are, the urge to return to our theatres grows. A Little Company brings us some content to help our urges in the shape of their digital fundraiser ‘A Love Letter to Theatre’. This is available from 14th - 21st Feb for a donation which [...]

Big Burns Night Bash | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Something which I have been actively rooting for, for some time now, is homegrown talent producing fabulous work which embraces their Scottish culture and truly showcases what Scotland has to offer. Well, Scott Coltman and BBD productions have done exactly that in their digital production ‘Big Burns Night Bash’  This bash is a digital production which [...]

Kinky Boots the Musical (The Shows Must Go On!) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Rarely in our generation is a musical made that is socially relevant, and also so phenomenally entertaining. ‘Kinky Boots’ has toured the UK, played London’s West End and Broadway. This weekend The Shows Must Go On! are streaming the recorded West End version of the show. But does this recording do well to capture the hit musical? ‘Kinky Boots’ is [...]

Bare Productions: Camp as Christmas | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Christmas is just around the corner! This year our festive theatre fill is going to be rather scarce due to the coronavirus, but thankfully some companies are coming to the rescue with some digital theatre content. Bare Productions are one of the companies which are giving us a festive treat in the form of their [...]

Big Band Does… Halloween | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Digital theatre comes in many shapes and sizes as we have seen over the last few weeks. One particular production I was looking forward to was Big Band Production's take on Halloween.  Big Band Productions are an Edinburgh based company produced by Jonnie Grant & Scott Coltman, they are well known for their superb fringe shows [...]

‘Fugue’ Digital Production by The Outsiders | Review By Lewis C. Baird

It seems the foreseeable future of theatre is going to be digital. Therefore, many companies are venturing into the unknown and exploring this new medium of theatre by creating digital productions. One of those companies are The Outsiders. They are doing an entirely filmed in isolation production of ‘Fugue’ by Rona Munro.  ‘Fugue’ is a suspenseful [...]

Hamilton (Disney Plus) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

The past few months have been horrific for theatre fans as they have been deprived of their beloved musicals and plays.  Theatre fans were gifted with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, ‘Hamilton’ being put up onto Disney’s streaming service, Disney+ last Friday (3rd July). Having never seen this musical, I thought I would use this release as [...]

A Monster Calls (Old Vic) | Review By Sam Eastop

The Old Vic has posted their 2018 production of A Monster Calls to YouTube in the hopes of entertaining us theatre goers, who are locked inside our home, itching to relive that live theatre buzz once more. I was aware of the film that was released in 2016, although I had never seen it, I [...]

Les Misérables 2019 Concert Recording (Gielgud Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Every musical fan within the UK is either stuck indoors or working hard as a key worker right now. With theatres being closed, some are finding it difficult to transpose over to the new online content that theatres and producers are supplying, and just want to be in a theatre enjoying their favourite show. One recorded production [...]

Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Sam Eastop

When I was told I was going to see Allan Stewart’s new (and last) Big Big Variety Show, which was in celebration of his 60th year in showbiz, I thought I knew what I was in for. To a degree, I was correct, but I also could never have truly guessed what surprises where in [...]

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

‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ has been a smash hit in London’s West End since 2017, and now three years later it is heading on it’s first national tour. I headed to Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre for it’s Scottish debut to see why everybody’s talking about Jamie! Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on a true story, following [...]

Educating Rita (Theatre Royal, Glasgow) | Review By Rebecca Donati

A Theatre by the Lake, David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers have produced the major 40thanniversary production tour of Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’. Originally the play was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Warehouse Theatre in London 1980 starring Julie Walters and Mark Kingston. Julie Walters played the role of Rita again in the [...]

I Think We Are Alone (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Frantic Assembly are the UK’s leading physical theatre company, their productions are renowned for being revolutionary and breaking the mold. Their latest production ‘I Think We Are Alone’, written by Sally Abbott, plus co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham is currently playing Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre.  ‘I Think We Are Alone’ is a bittersweet and funny [...]

Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

J.M Barrie’s whimsical tale of the boy who never grows up in Neverland is one which has been seen revived on stage many times in many different forms, however in recent years there has only been one production which critics and audiences alike have been raving about. That is of course Mischief Theatre’s ‘Peter Pan [...]

Oor Wullie The Musical (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

The great D.C Thompson/Sunday Post comic strip hero, ‘Oor Wullie’ has been transported onto stage in a brand-new musical produced by Dundee Rep and Selladoor productions. This week (28th Jan – 1st Feb) the production hits Scotland’s capital playing the Edinburgh King’s Theatre.  The story follows Wahid, a young indian boy who is not fitting in at his school because of his [...]

The Lion King UK & Ireland Tour (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘The Lion King’ is no doubt one of Disney’s best motion pictures, in my opinion it is the best. The story of Simba has reached the hearts of billions and makes it one of the greatest films out there. This moving and heartbreaking story not only is one of my favourite movies but the megahit stage adaptation [...]

Goldilocks And The Three Bears (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

The Edinburgh King’s Theatre is widely renowned for it’s spectacular pantomimes. Yearly the fantastic trio Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott bless the stage giving us an Edinburgh spin on a classic fairytale. Last year Andy Gray was sadly missing from the humongous hit that was ‘Beauty and The Beast‘ due to him being no [...]

9 To 5 The Musical UK & Ireland Tour (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Alison Jeni Frater

9 to 5 the musical has arrived in Edinburgh this week and it was time to see what all the hype was about. I was very keen to experience this musical, as it is one I have never seen before. I attended the press night at the Edinburgh Playhouse to see if it was worth stumbling out [...]

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Who doesn’t love the story of the three drag queens travelling in a big bus to a casino via the Australian outback? It is a movie which was just destined for a stage adaptation. After it being a few years since I’ve seen the feel-good film that is ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, I attended [...]

Cabaret (Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre) | Review By Alison Jeni Frater

Cabaret the musical has landed with bang at Edinburgh Festival theatre this week. I, like many others was familiar with specific musical numbers from this classic musical and have listened to 1998 Broadway cast recording which features Alan Cumming a fair few times to say the least. I was incredibly excited to see how this musical [...]

Six (Theatre Royal, Glasgow) | Review By Becky Campbell

If you’re looking for an exciting, sexy and empowering evening full of outstanding vocals and impeccable sass, grab yourself a ticket to the UK tour of SIX the musical at the Theatre Royal Glasgow this week! This show has truly put its own powerful stamp on the musical theatre scene with going from the Edinburgh [...]

The Exorcist (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

I am a horror fanatic; I absolutely love stories which scare me. It takes real talent for someone to be able to make the audience feel in danger and frightened for themselves or the characters involved in the horror. The main franchise which is dominating the horror genre right now in film is ‘The Conjuring’ [...]

The Rocky Horror Show (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

It’s astounding that I have never seen the ‘Rocky Horror Show’. I have of course seen the iconic 1975 film starring Tim Curry and the show’s creator Richard O’Brien. And obviously who is not familiar with the legendary soundtrack with hits such as ‘The Time Warp’ and ‘Sweet Transvestite’. This Halloween the tour has its final [...]

Prism (Edinburgh King’s Theatre) | Review By Sam Eastop

“If I can’t see I don’t want to live. It’s the darkness I fear not the death.”  I had no idea what to expect going into ‘Prism’. All I knew is that it featured a big name in the industry; Robert Lindsay. I was excited for his performance and the story the veteran actor was [...]