Review – Singin I’m No A Billy He’s A Tim

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Citizens Theatre, Glasgow - 29 April to 02 May 2009

“There’s more to football than football” states one of the characters in NLP Theatre Company’s production of Des Dillon’s play, Singing I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim; a humorous, often poignant, snapshot of the pervasive, sectarian divide which still exists within the west of Scotland. Continue reading

Burke Follows Black Watch with Hoors Premiere

hoors_may09.jpgScottish playwright Gregory Burke’s follow-up to his international hit Black Watch – which, among its myriad accolades won three of this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, for its belated London transfer last year at the Barbican (See News, 8 Mar 2009) – will receive its world premiere next week at Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, where Black Watch started its life care of the then fledgling National Theatre of Scotland in August 2006 during the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Continue reading

Review – The Angel and The Woodcutter

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Tron Theatre, Glasgow – 24 to 26 April 2009

A striking angel arrives on earth to visit an elderly woman and her son, who have been living in the forest to escape their transgressions. Before long, the angel and the son are married and with the arrival of their own child, they form a comfortable family unit. But the couple’s happiness quickly turns to miserable exile when the son is forced into military uniform and the innocent angel must sacrifice her body to save her infant and Mother-in law. Continue reading

Review – Copenhagen

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Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh – 17 April to 09 May 2009

In 1941, German physicist Werner Heisenberg visited his friend and mentor, Niels Bohr, in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen. No one knows what was said on the occasion, but it caused a rift between the two scientists that never fully mended. Michael Frayn‘s celebrated play takes this real-life event as its inspiration. Heisenberg, Bohr and his wife Margrethe speak from the afterlife, drafting and redrafting the events and trying to discover what happened on that night in Copenhagen. Continue reading

Review – Horrible Histories

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King’s Theatre, Glasgow – 21 to 25 April 2009

Stretching from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the killing fields of Passendale, The Birmingham Stage Company’s adaptation of Terry Deary’s Frightful First World War is history with the nasty bits left in. Blasting historiography with its trademark tongue in cheek humour, Horrible Histories Live is as educational as it is irreverent, presenting a muted version of the grim reality of ‘the war to end all wars’ in a delicious assault on the mind and on the senses. The stage may be clouded in more smoke than the frontline but it maintains a succinctly clear message.

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