Stage Archive

  • Tuesday 28 May 2013

    Xu Nuo's psychological drama about an obsessive, young pianist who commits a murder in order to save himself from being sued by a hit-and-run victim, is the third, and final, instalment of a short series of A Play, A Pie, and A Pint, co-productions with the National Theatre of Scotland highlighting the work of young Chinese writers.

  • Monday 27 May 2013

    When Tom McGrath's play first appeared in 1986, its depiction of community spirit in a run-down Dundee housing scheme was a telling insight into life on the margins in Thatcher's Britain.

  • Monday 27 May 2013

    There is something astonishing about this rare double bill of short plays by Caryl Churchill, if only to get some kind of insight into how the mind of this most singular of writers works.

  • Sunday 26 May 2013

    Howard Barker is one of the most revered and, in his native England at least, most neglected of contemporary dramatists.

  • Sunday 26 May 2013

    The story of Calum MacLeod of Raasay – from "weak child" born in Glasgow and returned to his parents' home for the benefit of his health, to headstrong man fighting against the depopulation of the north of his island by building his own road – is one woven of the agonies and complexities of Scottish history.

  • Saturday 25 May 2013

    And so we come to an ending.

  • Saturday 25 May 2013

    On Wednesday, in the company of an enthusiastic and very large audience at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre, I caught up with Scottish Ballet's rebooting of Matthew Bourne's Highland Fling, an exceedingly contemporary take on La Sylphide which those who had seen it at Glasgow's Theatre Royal insisted I must not miss.

  • Thursday 23 May 2013

    The circle of fancy chairs adorn the stage.

  • Wednesday 22 May 2013

    Readers of these pages will be familiar with the artistic roll call of honour that has helped make A Play, A Pie and A Pint, so popular.

  • Tuesday 21 May 2013

    It may begin with a growl and a roar in a frosted-glass fronted cube, but by the time writer/performer Angela Clerkin and director Lee Simpson's quasi-autobiographical study of barely-repressed anger is completed some 80 minutes later, something even less cuddly has emerged.

  • Tuesday 21 May 2013

    Caryl Churchill plays don't get done often in Scotland.

  • Monday 20 May 2013

    Dance

  • Monday 20 May 2013

    History doesn't really repeat itself with this buoyantly multi-faceted project – unless you count the riot of new ideas and emerging talents as a nod in the direction of the now-legendary 1913 premiere of Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring (choreographed by Nijinsky, designed by Nicholas Roerich.)

  • Sunday 19 May 2013

    Given the obvious opportunity among the peg legs, neckerchiefs and cutlasses, the absence of a parrot was passing strange.

  • Saturday 18 May 2013

    Meeting Liz Lochhead, Scotland's Makar and acclaimed dramatist, in the bar of Oran Mor on Monday morning is slightly surreal.

  • Saturday 18 May 2013

    By Liz Lochhead

  • Friday 17 May 2013

    Can it really be 23 years since Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze made pottery the most sensual thing about 1990 – and Whoopi Goldberg victoriously left the Academy Awards with a Best Supporting Actress Oscar?

  • Thursday 16 May 2013

    On a bare stage, seated beneath striplights, actor Damir Todorovic is wired up to a lie detector.

  • Thursday 16 May 2013

    What would happen if the revolution became reduced to a series of letterwriting parties that gathered the converted together under the guidance of the sort of perma- grinning cheerleader normally the preserve of high street charity muggers?

  • Thursday 16 May 2013

    Most choreographers meet the challenge of making a new piece by heading into the studio and working through their ideas with the dancers – usually against the unwelcome pressure of a deadline.

  • Thursday 16 May 2013

    Judging from the well sold house and thoroughly enthusiastic reception at the first night, this new production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance looks set to be a success for Scottish Opera.

  • Wednesday 15 May 2013

    Stuart Hepburn's bio-play about legendary Italian road racing cyclist Marco Pantani couldn't be more timely, what with the Giro d'Italia, which Pantani won as well as the Tour de France in 1998, currently underway.

  • Tuesday 14 May 2013

    When a woman called Coralie turned up at Dundee Rep's box office to say the next production was about her, the company sat up and took notice.

  • Tuesday 14 May 2013

    Even though the team behind Wanted: Rabbit are from the Netherlands, this short but action-packed piece of whimsy unfolded like a Dario Fo farce for three to five-year-olds.

  • Monday 13 May 2013

    Ever since Tricky Hat Productions started asking Cumbernauld pensioners "are you dancin'?" – recording their responses and anecdotes on video and in text – all kinds of stories have emerged.

  • Monday 13 May 2013

    IT had been a good couple of days for Dominic Hill.

  • Monday 13 May 2013

    IT looks like the end of the world in Seamus Keenan's blistering new play, which Derry Playhouse brought to the Tron's Mayfesto season last week.

  • Monday 13 May 2013

    It's a question you might ask your mates down the pub: "What would make you want to riot?" A hundred years ago, the answer from Parisian ballet-goers was The Rite Of Spring (music by Stravinsky, choreography by Nijinsky).

  • Sunday 12 May 2013

    Of the numerous theatre festivals which take place in Scotland, I have to declare a particular affection for the annual Imaginate Children's International Theatre Festival in Edinburgh.

  • Saturday 11 May 2013

    At the risk of appearing like the man with the long grey beard and glittering eye – and you may have heard something like this tale from the Ancient Michael Tumelty – have you noted how much is happening in the arts at the moment?