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We Were Told There Was Dancing

It must be both a daunting challenge and an exciting opportunity to be able to use the underground areas of the Royal Exchange for a promenade play.  But that’s exactly what the Royal Exchange Young Company have done with We Were Told There Was Dancing.  ‘Charting the shifting and stalling attitudes to gay rights’, we… Continue Reading →

Edinburgh – The Dreamer

I love what Gecko do.  Since I first saw The Overcoat at this same venue, Pleasance Grand, in perhaps 2009, up to last year’s Institute at HOME in Manchester, I’ve been wowed by the combination of physical theatre, sound, lights and set which combine to create something very special.  There is an immersive quality to… Continue Reading →

Edinburgh – bin Laden the one man show

Our history is littered with powerful people who have stood up for what they believed in, and not stopped until they achieved their aims.  We remember these people in different ways.  The often quoted ‘one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter’ is misleading.  As Ronald Reagan said in 1986 ‘Freedom fighters struggle to liberate… Continue Reading →

Edinburgh – How To Win Against History

During last year’s Edinburgh Fringe I saw How to Win Against History in the Assembly Box, an intimate shipping container with 80 seats.  This year it’s moved up in the world to the Assembly Piccolo, a 200 seat tent in a beautiful, traditional style with bench seating.  Billed as a musical but really a play with… Continue Reading →

Edinburgh – History History History

During this performance of History History History, Deborah Pearson talks about how compassion and censorship have shaped our perception of history. She describes her grandfather who starred in the 1956 Hungarian film that plays behind her; she promised she would omit anything negative about him.  This is a film that has been censored, edited and… Continue Reading →