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First Look: Ivor Cutler

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler opens in Glasgow

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler

Sandy Grierson as Ivor Cutler. Photo © Tim Morozzo

Words: Thom Dibdin
Photos: Tim Morozzo

The strange and idiosyncratic world of Ivor Cutler has been brought to the stage in a new co-production between Matthew Lenton’s Vanishing Point and the National Theatre of Scotland.

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler opened at the Glasgow Citizens on Thursday 10 April and tours to Edinburgh’s Traverse from Tuesday 29 April for six performances.

Ahead of the production’s arrival in Edinburgh, when Hugh Simpson will be reviewing for Æ, here are some of the official pics of the show, taken by Tim Morozzo. … Continue reading First Look: Ivor Cutler

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Duty Free stars reunite for stage adaptation

Last of the Duty Free tours to King’s in June

Last of the Duty Free publicity imageBy Thom Dibdin

Three of the original cast of eighties sitcom Duty Free are to be reunited for a stage adaptation, Last of the Duty Free which will tour to the Edinburgh King’s in June.

The ITV sitcom followed working class couple David and Amy Pearse and middle class Robert and Linda Cochran, who meet on holiday in Spain. Despite their obvious differences, opposites attract – leading to an unlikely romance between David and Linda.

Gwen Taylor who played Amy and was recently seen on the King’s stage in the title role of Driving Miss Daisy, will be joined by original co-stars Keith Barron as David and Neil Stacy as Robert. The role of Linda, played by Joanna Van Gyseghem in the original, will be played by Carol Royle (Jenny Russell … Continue reading Duty Free stars reunite for stage adaptation

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Annie brings Gun – & Donovan – to Edinburgh

Midsummer dates for Irving Berlin musical at Playhouse

AGYG-logoBy Thom Dibdin

Jason Donovan and West End star Emma Williams are to feature in the new touring production of Annie Get Your Gun, which arrives at the Edinburgh Playhouse in June.

Donovan, who was recently in town with Priscilla Queen of the Desert, will play sharpshooter Frank Butler in this new production of the 1946 Irving Berlin musical.

He said: “I’ve been very lucky in having some great roles to get my teeth into in the past, but now having the chance to star in the UK premiere production of this award winning version of such a classic musical is … Continue reading Annie brings Gun – & Donovan – to Edinburgh

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The Village goes to Town

VPT takes over Traverse One

By Thom Dibdin

VPT at home: Pussywhipped by Tim Primrose. Photo © Jonathan Ley

VPT at home: Pussywhipped by Tim Primrose. Photo © Jonathan Ley

Traverse One is being taken over all this week by the Village Pub Theatre – Edinburgh’s pop-up new-writing company whose natural habitat is the Village Pub in Leith.

And in an unprecedented move, the company are performing on Monday – the evening Traverse One is traditionally dark, even during the fringe. Opening night is Monday 31 March, 7pm, with a rehearsed reading of The Happiest Day of Brendan Smillie’s Life by Catherine Grosvenor.

Caitlin Skinner, the VPT’s artistic director, told Æ about the company’s sojourn in town, pointing out that since the first performances in June 2012 the company has presented 73 short plays from 34 different writers in the side room at the Village Pub in Leith. Not to mention the groundbreaking … Continue reading The Village goes to Town

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Pop-up dance for GoMA exhibition

Sculpture inspires ECA students’ costumes & choreography

Dancers with Louise Bourgeois' Spider. Photo © Edd McCracken

Dancers with Louise Bourgeois’ Spider. Photo © Edd McCracken

By Thom Dibdin

Pop-up ballet is to take place this weekend at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art on Belford Road, with EPISODES, an hour-long piece, honouring the confessional art of Louise Bourgeois.

Performers in fantastical, abstract costumes will dance among the sculptures and sketches of the show: Louise Bourgeois, A Woman Without Secrets.

Highlighting the French-American artist’s later work, made in the decades before her death in 2010, the exhibition is a first showing of a collection now on loan to the national ARTIST ROOMS programme.

The event on Saturday is a collaboration between the galleries, … Continue reading Pop-up dance for GoMA exhibition

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Imaginate tickets on public sale

Festival of theatre for children boasts 14 productions for 2014

Up toSpeed. Photo © Eoin Carey

Up toSpeed. Photo © Eoin Carey

By Thom Dibdin

The Imaginate festival of theatre for children and young people will celebrate its 25th anniversary in May with 14 productions in venues around Edinburgh.

Tickets went on public sale through the Traverse box-office today, Monday 17 March, for the event which runs from Monday 4 to Monday 12 May.

The festival boasts several World, UK and Scottish premiers among its productions, including a new Imaginate commission from Rosalind Sydney. Up to Speed, playing at the Traverse, is a funny, moving and captivating tale aimed at the 8+ agegroup, about a boy, a girl and what it’s like to be … Continue reading Imaginate tickets on public sale

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Five Minute Theatre returns for referendum debate

Deadline looms for NTS 5 minute theatre proposals

James Mackie A performance during National Theatre of Scotland's latest Five Minute Theatre performances.

James Mackie A performance during National Theatre of Scotland’s latest Five Minute Theatre performances.

By Thom Dibdin

Proposals for entries to this summer’s Five Minute Theatre event from the National Theatre of Scotland will close this Sunday, 23 March 2014.

The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know Five Minute Theatre Show, will take place over 24 hours from 5pm on Monday June 23 and takes its inspiration from the forthcoming referendum. The event will be co-curated by David Greig and David MacLennan.

The Edinburgh College, Performing Arts School (Granton Campus) will be one of five performance hubs around Scotland for the event, with performances live-streamed through the … Continue reading Five Minute Theatre returns for referendum debate

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Love in a… pop-up opera

EIF’s guerilla opera returns – with more tunes

Chris Elliott and Emma Morwood (standing) at the John Hope Gateway. Photo © Thom Dibdin

Chris Elliott and Emma Morwood (standing) at the John Hope Gateway. Photo © Thom Dibdin

By Thom Dibdin

The Love in a… series of pop-up opera events has returned for a third helping with a new series Ghosts in a… to add to the repertoire.

Unlike previous years, where venues were only announced on social media on the day of the event, the EIF has published a full schedule of all the performances for this year.

The first of these, Love in a Flowerbed, took place as a dry run on Sunday 9 March, when unsuspecting punters in the Botanics new Hope Gateway building, were slightly bemused to see soprano Emma Morwood and tenor Chris Elliott declaring their love for each other through the medium of a themed song-cycle.

The next performance is Saturday 15 March, with Love in a Library at … Continue reading Love in a… pop-up opera

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Village Pub Theatre recruits new writers

VPT Firsts to showcase different talent

vpt 9 firsts cropBy Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh’s low-fi new writing company, the Village Pub Theatre, is introducing a sextet of new writers to this month’s show.

All of the new writers, like the Village Pub regulars, were members of last year’s Traverse Fifty group of writers.

This Friday’s event, titled VPT Firsts, comes as the regular company of VPT writers prepare for a week-long residency at the Traverse theatre at the end of March.

Speaking about VPT Firsts, producer and writer Sophie Good told Æ … Continue reading Village Pub Theatre recruits new writers

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Brigadoon looms out the mist again

SLO return to mystical village for romantic production

 Eddie McDowell and Kat Angus

Eddie McDowell and Kat Angus. Photo © SLO

By Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh’s oldest amateur musical theatre company take over the King’s this week with a new production of Brigadoon, the musical about a Highland village which appears only one day every century.

It will be the fourth time that Southern Light Opera have performed the romantic – and romanticised – tale of two American hunters who stumble through the Highland mist and happen upon the village of Brigadoon.

The company itself was formed in 1897 and more than a hundred people will be involved in the production, both on stage and off.

But it is Kat Angus and Eddie McDowell who take centre stage, as young villager Fiona and Tommy Albright the American who falls for her. Peter Tomassi plays Tommy’s pal Jeff … Continue reading Brigadoon looms out the mist again