Shirley Valentine – Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Written by Willy Russell Directed by Elizabeth Newman ★★★★ Hello, screen. You listen to me right; I've got a cracker story to tell you.  Russell’s Shirley Valentine and her infamous conversations with the Kitchen wall are now closing in on forty years old. And yet, she never truly ages. The pine kitchen and lack of jittering gadgets … Continue reading Shirley Valentine – Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Underwood Lane – Johnstone Town Hall

Written by John Byrne Directed by Andy Arnold ★★★ Love, life, death, and a poke of chips; it’s the 60s in Scotland, West Coast Johnstone and Paisley, where the weather is temperamental, and the unshackled restrictions and attitudes of the Swinging Sixties hadn’t quite made it north of the border. But there was one thing … Continue reading Underwood Lane – Johnstone Town Hall

Blood Brothers – Edinburgh Playhouse Book, Song & Lyrics by Willy Russel Directed by Bob Tomson & Bill Kenwright ★★★★ Legendary - Willy Russell’s musical Blood Brothers, beloved across the country, draws the ancient philosophical narrative of nurture versus nature into the contemporary world. Downtrodden and faced with no alternative, Mrs Johnstone is scarcely able to feed her existing children … Continue reading Blood Brothers – Edinburgh Playhouse

A Taste of Honey – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Written by Shelagh Delaney Directed by Bijan Sheibani Tickets Available from Capital Theatres: It might seem grim up north, or this could be the skewed view thanks to a series of kitchen-sink realism pieces emerging throughout Britain in the ‘50s and ‘60s. A prime example is that of Shelagh Delaney’s gritty, but enriching play … Continue reading A Taste of Honey – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh