Scotsman 4 December 2013
Interview with director Rachel O'Riordan. A Perth Theatre preview.
RACHEL O’Riordan always knew that Cinderella would be the last show at Perth Theatre before it shut down for a two-year refurbishment. That was why, when she commissioned playwright Alan McHugh, she asked him to set the classic fairy story not in a stately home but in a theatre. It means Cressida, the evil stepmother, is now a reckless manager running her theatre into the ground, while Buttons is employed front-of-house as an ice-cream seller.
Scotsman 28 November 2013
Interview with director Nikolai Foster. A Citizens Theatre preview.
“THERE are lots of outsiders in this play and I find that very moving and upsetting,” says Nikolai Foster, director of the Citizens’ Theatre’s production of The Jungle Book. “Mowgli, the snake, Shere Khan, they’ve all been ostracised because they’re different.” Foster seems to have drawn energy from Stuart Paterson’s adaptation. He talks animatedly about a staging that aims to be both true to Rudyard Kipling’s spirit and tuned into 21st-century urban life.
Scotsman 27 November 2013
Interview with director Andrew Panton. A Royal Lyceum Theatre preview.
IT WILL come as no surprise that a show staged by Susan Boyle’s vocal director is big on music. Working on his Royal Lyceum production of A Christmas Carol, Andrew Panton is in raptures about Claire McKenzie’s arrangements. "She’s reworked traditional carols and songs in a very interesting score,” says the director, taking time out from his day job as associate head of musical theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Scotland on Sunday 24 November 2013
Round-up of Christmas shows and pantomimes across the country
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine 15 July 2013
FOR 21 years, Blythe Duff was hardly away from our television screens. As DS Jackie Reid, she was the longest serving cast member in Taggart, itself one of the UK's longest-running police series. After such an innings, you wouldn't blame the East Kilbride-born actor if she decided to live off the royalties or accepted nothing but high-profile screen work. But that's not Duff's style. Her first love is the stage and, in the past couple of years, this least starry of stars has been back on the studio-theatre circuit where she began. She has set up her own company, Datum Point, and turned in a series of top-notch performances in the most intimate of spaces. In 2011 she was nominated for a CATS award for her starring role in David Harrower's Good With People in Glasgow's lunchtime theatre season, A Play, a Pie and a Pint. And in this year's CATS, she was named Best Female Performer for her role as a husband-killer in Rona Munro's Iron, produced by the tiny Borders company Firebrand.
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