Review: Mary Rose – Pitlochry Festival Theatre

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First published in The Times, Tuesday June 20 2017

Three Stars

JM Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, was afflicted in later life by writer’s cramp and could only write for any length of time with his left hand. He noted that the work he produced at this point took on an eerier quality, as though his left hand was channelling darker aspects of his personality. Mary Rose, written in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, with its portrayal of a young life frozen in time, is strikingly similar in theme to the Kirriemuir-born author’s most enduring and iconic work, though laced through with subtle chills.

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Review: The Crucible – Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

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First published in The Times, Monday February 22 2016

Four Stars

Over the past decade the director John Dove has made the work of Arthur Miller a regular fixture of the Royal Lyceum’s repertoire. As well as offering strong, compelling productions of the acknowledged classics, including Death of a Salesman and All My Sons, he has also staged rare revivals of neglected works such as The Price and The Man Who Had All the Luck.

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Review: Shirley Valentine – Byre Theatre, St Andrews

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First published in The Times, Thursday July 30 2015

Three Stars

The unique selling point of live theatre is, of course, its unpredictability. Due to bereavement the actress Angela Darcy has had to withdraw from the Byre’s production of Shirley Valentine, with Irene Allan her eleventh hour replacement. With barely two days’ rehearsal under her belt, Allan bravely takes to the stage for the opening night of Willy Russell’s bittersweet comedy, performing the second part of the play with the script in hand.

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