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Lanark: A Life in Three Acts – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer:  Alasdair Gray Adaptor: David Greig Director: Graham Eatough Reviewer:  R. G. Balgray It’s a classic, Alasdair Gray’s Lanark; occupying a unique place in Scottish fiction, acknowledged for its breadth of vision, but seen also by many as a daunting read (the cast certainly have some fun with this in its Third Act). So the Citizens Theatre genuinely does an ...

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Donald Does Dusty – Summerhall, Edinburgh

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Director: Lizzie Olesker Reviewer: David Doyle There is no doubting that Donald Torr had a fascinating life. From growing up gay in Aberdeen in the 1960s and loving Dusty Springfield, to becoming a somewhat well-known young man gracing the cover of both Jackie and The Sun, as well as making millions selling antiques to his death from AIDS-related causes, it’s ...

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Language of the Mute – The New Theatre, Dublin


Writer: Jack Harte Director: Liam Halligan Reviewer: David Keane Acclaimed writer Jack Harte makes his debut as a playwright with Language of the Mute, presented by Parthalonians Theatre Productions at The New Theatre. The play is inspired by Harte’s history of working with Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí, the founder of Coláiste na bhFiann, who was posthumously revealed to have abused those ...

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Dancing at Lughnasa – Lyric Theatre, Belfast


Director: Annabelle Comyn Writer: Brian Friel Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey In Dancing at Lughnasa Michael Evans (Charlie Bonner) reflects back on his childhood, sharing with the events of one summer in 1936. Born out of wedlock, he is raised by his mother and her four sisters in Donegal. The play explores the upheavals in the lives of the Mundy sisters as ...

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Trainspotting – Assembly Underground, Edinburgh


Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher/Greg Esplin Reviewer: Rachael Hickman Harry Gibson’s 1994 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s cult novel and equally acclaimed film from Danny Boyle, has been given the rightful respect by In Your Face and King’s Head Theatre, who have been continuously supported by author Welsh who says: “I was shocked, and I wrote the f*cking thing”. Returning to the Fringe after sold ...

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Dorian Gray – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

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Reviewer: David Doyle The plot of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is known to many through the novel itself and numerous adaptations of varying quality, and that creates a major challenge in adapting it for the stage. Just how do you keep audiences engaged in a story that they already know? It’s a challenge but one that Incognito Theatre manage to ...

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Tamburlaine the Great – Tristan Bates Theatre, London


  Writer: Christopher Marlowe Adaptors and Directors: Ricky Dukes and Gavin Harrington-Odedra Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Power is a fleeting thing and the sustenance of great empires has often rested in the personality of one great military or political leader. But succession planning is often their downfall so replacement leaders fall quickly and brings that hard-won Empire tumbling down with ...

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