St George’s West, Edinburgh



You would be forgiven for thinking Llwyth is theatre reserved for a very specific audience. With frequent allusions to Welsh celebrities whose fame is unlikely to cross the border, off-hand references to Cardiff’s gay bars and rapidly delivered in-jokes between four gay friends, this Welsh-language work may not scream an obvious universality. Continue reading “LLWYTH | THEATRE REVIEW”

iPads, Squashed Tomatoes and Justin Timberlake… just another day in Edinburgh

… it turns out Lyn Gardner’s recommendations are really worth something. My last day in Edinburgh was spent participating in Alma Mater and viewing I Hope My Heart Goes First. What a wonderful way to end my time at the Fringe. Continue reading “iPads, Squashed Tomatoes and Justin Timberlake… just another day in Edinburgh”

Paper Boats, Booby-Trapped Umbrellas and a Pile of Old Wardrobes… just another day in Edinburgh

If it is true that ‘nothing succeeds like excess’, then Brent and I have had a very successful few days indeed. Seeing up to six shows a day as well as a far from quantifiable load of street theatre, we’ve absolutely binged on the stuff… and I’m starting to feel a little full. While I’m still enjoying myself to the core, it must be said that it’s starting to take a lot to impress me. Beware, Cardiff. I’m going to be a much less forgiving critic when I return. Continue reading “Paper Boats, Booby-Trapped Umbrellas and a Pile of Old Wardrobes… just another day in Edinburgh”

Picturebooks, clowns and brain dissection… just another day in Edinburgh

Any day that begins with a special, personalised performance of a delightful children’s tale is already set to be spectacular. And this is what we had on Monday as we popped along to The Incredible Book Eating Boy★★★★. Although billed as kid’s theatre, this five minute chunk of performance is a real treat. Through projection, puppetry and acting, Oliver Jeffers’ story of a boy whose idea of balanced diet is a few Shakespeare plays washed down with an encyclopedia is vividly brought to life. Sitting alone in the inside of a Punch and Judy style booth, you are spoilt by a show performed just for you. After having a rather terrifying experience of one-on-one theatre in recent weeks, it was great to feel so welcome – and the company’s aim to blur the boundaries of performance by making puppet-like actors and actor-like puppets was truly accomplished. At the end of the show, we were lucky enough to catch James Baker, the production’s director, for a quick interview with can be found on our Youtube channel. Continue reading “Picturebooks, clowns and brain dissection… just another day in Edinburgh”

Puberty, fishnets and princes… just another day in Edinburgh

I should tell you straight away: I’m not a fan of musicals. However, there is something very alluring aboutSpring Awakening – something that moves far, far away from jazz hands, chihuahuas and black canes. Telling the tale of a group of adolescences struggling to gain knowledge of their sexualities and their worlds, the piece is a dark and appealing fable about growing up and knowledge. In Gordonstoun School’s Spring Awakening ★★★ these elements are brought out strikingly. As autumnal leaves coat the stage and the moody acting takes the piece along a few seasons, the inevitable deaths within the script are mournfully mapped out. Continue reading “Puberty, fishnets and princes… just another day in Edinburgh”