Comedy

Sister, Ovalhouse - Review

Every once in a while, a show will come along  that is not only ahead of the curve, it follows it's own trajectory. Such a show is Sister by Born Mad Theatre which is written and directed by Rebecca Hanbury. Utilising verbatim dialogue from nearly 50 women and girls from around the UK, these personal anecdotes are used as a starting point for a meditation on women's relationships and evolving into a transcendent ethereal soundscape.

Author's review: 
4

Travesty, New Diorama Theatre - Review

In  Italian 'travesti' doesn't mean something akin to a calamity. Instead, it is a practice of women playing 'men's' parts in plays and vice versa. Following a critically successful stint in Edinburgh, Fight In The Dog Theatre have brought their play Travesty to the New Diorama Theatre for a five-day run. Directed by Emily Burns and written by Liam Williams, Travesty revolves around a couple in their 20s – from the early days of their relationship to its death knell. "So far, so fairly conventional," you might be thinking. Except the part of Anna is played by Lydia Larsen  and the part of Ben is played by Pierro Niel-Mee.

Author's review: 
4

Katia Kvinge: Squirrel, Edinburgh Review

Possessing oodles of energy, Katia Kvinge is not your average comedian. Born of Norwegian and American descent, but spent her formative years in Scotland, Kvinge was never going to be pigeon-holed. Her sense of humour can be described as zany with a propensity for delivery at breakneck speed.

Author's review: 
3

They Drink It In The Congo, Almeida Theatre - Review

In They Drink It In The Congo at the Almeida Theatre, the tension between the guilt of the past and apprehension of the future, is palpable.

Author's review: 
4

Hamlet In Bed, Edinburgh Review

The Danish Prince has provided fertile ground for modern interpretations or as a jumping off point for some other ideas. Directed by Lisa Peterson, Hamlet In Bed  focuses on an actor who may have tracked down the woman who put him up for adoption as a baby. The twist is that when she conceived him decades ago, she was playing Ophelia  on a production on Broadway, his father the production's Danish Prince...

Author's review: 
4

Elsie Diamond: The Sensible Dresser, Edinburgh Review

Cabaret is such an all-encompassing term, but in Elsie Diamond's one-woman show, it fits the bill perfectly. Dressers are often the unsung heroes of theatre and television, but in Diamond's case it really is her 'day job', and it is her in-depth knowledge of this arena that has inspired The Sensible Dresser.

Author's review: 
5

Ruby, Bread & Roses Theatre - Review

Directed by Jessica Rose Boyd and Luke Clarke, Ruby is an 'iceberg' of a play. On its surface, it is about a young woman who is troubled by an unexpected visit from her ex-boyfriend. However, there's much more beneath the surface with undercurrents of class friction, sexual politics and the effectiveness of hospice care, all justling to the fore ...

Author's review: 
4

September 2016 Listings

The following events in September 2016 are on the whole either written by, organised or directed by women or gender equal productions…

Author's review: 
0

Mary, Mary - Lion & Unicorn Theatre - Review

Anyone who is remotely interested in Feminism must know the enormous debt it owes to Mary Wollstonecroft. Initially famous within literary circles as the author of  A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and  Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, following her death her professional reputation was eclipsed by the revelations of her private life. Theatre Mensch's ambitious play Mary, Mary focuses not only on Wollstonecroft, but her second daughter who is a notable literary figure in her own right – Mary Shelley (née Godwin).

Author's review: 
4

We Are Not Alone – Theatre Review

To prepare for alien arrival on Earth, citizens are required to attend today’s workshop. It's audience participation Jim, but not as we know it.

No rating given as work-in-progress.

Author's review: 
0

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