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10 Oct 2018 The Guardian

Arctic Oil

By Clare Duffy. A Traverse Theatre review.

OPENING in the week the UN has made dire warnings about climate change, Clare Duffy’s two-hander about an ecowarrior and her conservative mother could hardly be more timely. It pits Neshla Caplan, as a young activist preparing to join a Greenpeace-style protest at an Arctic Circle oil rig, against Jennifer Black as her head-in-the-sand mother, who would sooner her daughter put the safety of her family before that of the planet. For all its topicality, however, Arctic Oil skirts around the issues before being diverted into a schmaltzy generation-gap drama.

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19 Sep 2018 The Guardian

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare. A Royal Lyceum/Bristol Old Vic theatre review

YOU get a sense of the playfulness of Wils Wilson’s trippy take on Shakespeare’s romcom when she introduces the twins. Viola is tall with an afro and an English accent. Sebastian is short, pale and Scottish. This is a comedy that depends on the interchangeability of lookalike siblings, washed up and separated on the shores of Illyria, so it’s doubly funny when they look totally different. They’re twins because they say so. Get over it.

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Cyrano de Bergerac

By Edmond Rostand and Edwin Morgan. An NTS/Citizens/Royal Lyceum Theatre review

EDWIN Morgan’s 1992 translation of Edmond Rostand’s romantic drama is a work of tremendous vigour. Funny, playful and bold, it is written in a linguistically expansive Glaswegian Scots, as dazzling in its breadth of vocabulary as it is audacious in its rhyming scheme. Focusing on the large-nosed Cyrano, a poet and soldier in 17th-century France, it’s an ugly duckling story in which the hero’s swanlike inner beauty goes unnoticed until it’s too late. The play goes from swashbuckling to comic, from romantic to heartbreaking, as it suggests that only time can distinguish the superficial from the soulful.

ElizabethNewman17 Jul 2018 The Scotsman

Theatre interview: Pitlochry’s new artistic director Elizabeth Newman plans to take the whole community along for the ride

A Pitlochry Festival Theatre preview

IF YOU want a clue about the incoming artistic director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre you’ll find it in William Blake. On her first visit to the theatre in the hills, Elizabeth Newman kept thinking of a line by the poet. “To the eyes of the man of imagination,” wrote the 20-year-old Blake, “nature is imagination itself.” For Newman, about to move to a theatre embedded in nature, inspiration lies in the landscape. From the salmon ladder and the distilleries to Explorers, the Scottish plant hunters’ garden, she is rooting herself in the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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