Review: Thon Man Molière – Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

First published in The Times, Friday May 27 2016

Four Stars

 

In the context of Scottish theatre, Molière, the nom-de-plume of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, the 17th century French dramatist and actor, is pretty much synonymous with Liz Lochhead. The playwright and poet has notched up several adaptations into Scots of the comic maestro’s works, including Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope (rechristened Misery Guts) and L’Ecole des Femmes (updated as Educating Agnes).

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Review: Into That Darkness – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

First published in The Times, Tuesday May 26 2015

Four Stars

Of all the ways that theatre, film and literature have found to deal with the Holocaust, Gitta Sereny’s book Into That Darkness has to be one of the most powerful, with its unyielding focus on one man’s guilt and complicity. First published in 1974, it is a rigorous distillation of 60 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of the extermination camps of Treblinka and Sobibor, under whose responsibility about 900,000 prisoners lost their lives.

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