Theatre review: The Stamping Ground – Eden Court, Inverness

First published in The Times, Friday July 22 2022


Increasingly, when a beloved band calls it a day, there is an afterlife for their work in the theatre. Granted, the jukebox musical can occasionally feel like the final nail in the coffin of an artist’s back catalogue, but this new show from Eden Court and Raw Material breathes compelling new life into songs by the Scottish rock outfit Runrig.

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Review: Hector – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

First published in The Times, Friday November 13 2015

Three Stars

To the casual eye, Major-General Sir Hector MacDonald looks the ultimate pillar of the British establishment. Popularly known as “Fighting Mac”, he was knighted for his leadership at the Battle of Omdurman and during the Boer War and was reportedly Queen Victoria’s favourite general. His square-jawed, moustachioed image was even said to be the model for the Gordon Highlander soldier depicted on the label for Camp Coffee.

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