Theatre review: The Comedy of Errors – Live at No 40, Glasgow

First published in The Times, Wednesday August 31 2022

THREE STARS

The Comedy of Errors is widely considered to be the Bard’s first comedy but we find in this early work the qualities the world would come to identify as quintessentially Shakespearean. While it may lack the thematic depth of The Tempest, his swansong, it is interesting to note that both plays feature a shipwreck that leads to much reversal and mistaken identity when the survivors are washed ashore.

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Theatre review: The Stamping Ground – Eden Court, Inverness

First published in The Times, Friday July 22 2022

FOUR STARS

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: A-Z of Dundee – Rio Community Centre, Newport-on-Tay

First published in The Times, Monday June 3 2019

Three Stars

This irreverent celebration of the City of Discovery could hardly be timelier. Dundee has undergone a renaissance in recent years, the most striking symbol of which, the V&A Dundee, opened its doors in 2018. Last year, the city was included in the Wall Street Journal’s top ten global travel destinations and was described in GQ magazine as “Britain’s coolest little city”.

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Reviews: The Little Mermaid – Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

First published in The Times, Monday November 30 2015

The Little Mermaid: Four Stars

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Three Stars

 

With its red-haired heroine, shimmering backcloth and bold, primary-coloured costumes, this year’s Christmas show at the Macrobert owes as much of a debt of influence to Walt Disney as it does to Hans Christian Andersen. The witty, up-to-date script and irreverent atmosphere are very much in keeping with what we’ve come to expect from the Stirling panto, however. We’ve barely taken our seats before Drop Dead Gorgeous Daz (played by Robert Jack in the same fright wig he wore last year as Wishee Washee) lets off the show’s first fart gag, and this pretty much sets the tone for the next two hours.

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