Sandcastles – Assembly Front Room

Written by Steve McMahon Directed by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir ★★★ Time and memory are fleeting – our most prized commodities, and in hindsight, their turbulent presence plays havoc with regret. Beth is moving to New York. Hannah should be happy for her, but she struggles. When Beth goes missing, Hannah struggles to reconcile with her … Continue reading Sandcastles – Assembly Front Room

Famous Puppet Deaths – Assembly Roxy

Directed by Peter Balkwill, Pityu Kenderes, Judd Palmer ★★★★ Yes. The title tells you everything you need to know. A series of vignettes, complete with traditional ramped Punch and Judy structure, Famous Puppet Death Scenes grasps a tight hold of the jugular and refuses to relinquish its grasp until the closing moments. Nothing is sacred … Continue reading Famous Puppet Deaths – Assembly Roxy

Blood and Gold – Royal Lyceum Theatre

Written by Mara Menzies Directed by Isla Menzies ★★★★ In 2019, Scottish-Kenyan creative Mara Menzies' pure artistry debuted at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Weaving a brightly shining tapestry of storytelling narrative, Menzies draws on her Scottish and Kenyan heritage, threading together ancient mythology with a contemporary narrative and understanding of Scotland’s continued ignorance of its … Continue reading Blood and Gold – Royal Lyceum Theatre

Blood Harmony – Traverse Theatre Written by Matthew Bulgo Direction & Choreography by Jonnie Riordan and Jess Williams ★★★★ Death, politics, sex, famine, puppets, identity, metamorphosis, puppets, circuses, musicals, cost-of-living, immigration, and puppets. The Festival Fringe is a lot. And sometimes – the humbleness of uplifting stories with spectacular visuals and harmonies is precisely the tonic we need to … Continue reading Blood Harmony – Traverse Theatre

In the Weeds – Summerhall

Written by Joseph Wilde Directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord ★★★★ It’s not peculiar to find a water baby, a person with a likeness for being near to, or found in the water at any chance. Indeed, in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, it’s a relatively normal way of life – and those who find themselves unable … Continue reading In the Weeds – Summerhall