REVIEW – The Iliad – A Kingdom For A Gift Horse

“… There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible – magic to make the sanest man go mad.” For a long ten years the Greeks assail the impregnable walls of mighty Troy, all for the capricious whim of gadfly beauty Helen (Amiera Darwish) and her fey lover Prince Paris (Peter Bray). Fate offers her a More...

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By John Kennedy On Saturday, April 16th, 2016
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The Iliad – War Horse with Attitude!

It’s the same old story, bored, beautiful young wife of grizzly warrior King Menalaus, Spartan by birth, Spartan by nature, elopes with Adonian handsome Trojan prince, envoy, Paris. Thus ensues the launching More...

By John Hislop On Friday, March 25th, 2016
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Bella Hardy to appear at the Brunton in Musselburgh

Multi award winning singer and songwriter Bella Hardy will be appearing at the Brunton in Musselburgh on 9 April. 2015 was a breathless year for Bella which saw the release of her seventh solo album, ‘With More...

By Mike Smith On Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
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Review: A Story of Tom Jones. The Musical ***

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, my mother sought an escape from the travails of bringing up her young son on her own by switching on the Dansette record player and putting on the long-playing records (ask your More...

By John Kennedy On Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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Review : The Crucible Royal Lyceum Theatre

Will America buy in to Donald Trump’s vision of a God-fearing New Jerusalem? (Terms & Conditions apply). Was the Holy Father’s perceived interference in the Democratic process, albeit the American More...

By Mike Smith On Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
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Review: Footloose: The Musical ****

There has recently been something of an 80s revival in cultural matters with acts such as Rick Astley, Adam Ant and ABC being part of the Rewind Festival which visits Scotland in July. If you recall that decade More...

By John Kennedy On Sunday, January 31st, 2016
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The Lyceum Theatre : The Crucible

The Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh presents The Crucible by Arthur Miller  Directed by John Dove From 18 February – 19 March 2016  “I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I More...

By John Preece On Thursday, August 20th, 2015
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe – SANCTUARY

HEARTBREAK STORIES BEHIND  SOLDIERS’ THANK-YOU NOTES An actress has written a play about the impact of war on women – after receiving heart-wrenching letters from soldiers in Iraq. Susanne Sulby – whose More...

By Mike Smith On Sunday, August 9th, 2015
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 Review – I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue *****

Aficionados of BBC Radio Four’s long-running antidote to panel shows I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue knew what to expect when host Jack Dee brought the team to the Edinburgh Playhouse on Sunday evening. And the More...

By John Kennedy On Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe – 2015 – Rap Guide to Climate Chaos interview

Rap Guide To Climate Chaos. Baba Brinkman explains why building an Ark is not an option. 2014’s Fringe welcomed the return of Vancouver, verse-wrangling hip-hop muse maneuverer, Baba Brinkman, reprising his highly More...