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Theatre review: Sonata for A Man and A Boy, Traverse Theatre (****)

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It starts as a run-of-the-mill cello lesson – scales, tunes, duets. Comments and corrections from the teacher; little attempts at mischief from the pupil. But Edinburgh-based musician and actor Greg Sinclair’s playful theatre-cum-music-cum-dance piece...

Theatre review: The Artist Man and the Mother Woman, Traverse Theatre (****)

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Morna Pearson’s bold and unsettling new play at the Traverse Theatre at times has the feeling of a fairy tale, with a pretty improbable set-up, larger-than-life (some might say grotesque) characters and an inexorable...

Theatre review: The Incredible Adventures of See-Thru Sam (****)

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Fifteen-year-old Sam McTannan is a superhero. As See-Thru Sam, he can be assured of a quiet life, passing unobserved and dodging any insults hurled in his direction (writing them all down in a book...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe review: Morning ****

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British playwright Simon Stephens has past form in dealing with violence between young people: his 2009 play Punk Rock depicted a shooting rampage in a Manchester school. But he takes things further in his...

Edinburgh Fringe Review: The Letter of Last Resort/Good With People ****

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It’s Britain’s shadowy nuclear deterrent, and in particular Scotland’s role in maintaining it, that’s the fragile yet potent theme binding this duo of plays by two of the country’s finest dramatists. David Greig’s The...

Traverse Theatre launches its 2012 festival programme

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The Traverse Theatre earlier today launched its 2012 festival programme, with eight world premieres and two Scottish premieres among its total of 19 festival shows and events.The programme showcases new writing from some of...

Theatre review: Could You Please Look Into the Camera/Traverse Theatre (****)

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Mohammed Al Attar’s short lunchtime play is a strong and sometimes shocking start to the Traverse Theatre’s new A Play, A Pie and a Pint season. Given the overall title One Day in Spring,...

Theatre review: Ana, Traverse Theatre (***)

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As Darwin was formulating his theories of evolution, Ana was there. On Freud’s consulting couch, Ana was there. Even at the battle lines of the French revolution, Ana was there. From Skye in the...

Traverse Theatre Autumn Festival 18-27 November

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Now in its third year, the Traverse Theatre’s Autumn Festival is a celebration of the best work from the worlds of Dance, Visual Theatre, Contemporary Music, and Puppetry. This year, there is a strong...

Review: Going Dark (Traverse Theatre) (****)

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Entering the auditorium, you’re ushered into a curtained-off area filled with low stools and strange projectors – which you quickly gather is a planetarium. Here, John Mackay’s understated astronomer shows you the wonders of...

Review: You Cannot Go Forward From Where You Are Right Now, Traverse Theatre (****)

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 You might expect the writers of the successful ‘A Play, a Pie and a Pint’ lunchtime offerings to have rather modest ambitions in their 45-minute plays. Not so David Watson in this week’s 1pm...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Review: A Slow Air (****)

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The fact that the two actors, Kathryn and Lewis Howden, who play the brother and sister in David Harrower’s quietly gripping new two-hander are themselves siblings, only adds to the piece’s intensity.It’s a tale...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Review: The Wheel (***)

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Zinnie Harris’s epic drama crosses several centuries and brings up a host of themes – but it left me rather perplexed. Opening in 19th-century Spain, where preparations for a wedding are brutally interrupted when...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Review: Man of Valour (****)

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It’s the astonishing performance by Paul Reid that really carries this one-man show. White-faced and wide-eyed, he’s Farrell, a corporate drone contending with the daily grind of commuting and irritating colleagues, but in his...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Review: Ten Plagues

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Star rating: **** The big question was always going to be whether the Traverse Theatre’s starry collaboration between playwright Marc Ravenhill and singer Marc Almond would actually succeed as a true piece of theatre. It’s...

Last Orders: In Process

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Photographer Alberto Santos Bellido debuted his unique photographic exhibition at The Arches in Glasgow on Wednesday night, entitled Last Orders: In Process.With one half of Glasgow’s cavernous Arches bar adorned with close-up portraits of...

Around The World In 80 Days

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Some readers may remember our February interview with Michael Fraser, the Managing Director of Lung Ha’s Theatre Company.  At the time, rehearsals were underway for Around the World in 80 Days, the first fully...

Traverse Theatre to host award-winning talent

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The Traverse Theatre will host some of Scotlands top new talent in April. The Platform 18 award is run by The Arches to recognise emerging directors in Scotland. This years two winning performances will be  coming...

Beckett at The Traverse

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Gare St Lazare Players Ireland, Ireland's most travelled theatre company, make a return visit to Edinburgh to perform their signature work, The Beckett Trilogy on 21st & 22nd January at 7.30pm at The...

Traverse Theatre wins award

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The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh has won a prize in a special award scheme to highlight companies in Scotland that do more to help blind and partially sighted people. The Go Shop Awards scheme -...

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