HOW TO WRITE ABOUT THEATRE
by Mark Fisher
"A perfect introduction to what could be a lifetime of pleasure"
British Theatre Guide
With a foreword by Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
31 January 2016 The Guardian
By Jenna Watt and Ashley Smith. A Jenna Watt theatre review
TOWARDS the start of this entertaining two-hander about life-changing moments, performers Jenna Watt and Ashley Smith lose patience with their risk-assessment instructions. They want a show bursting with pyrotechnics, where each explosion symbolises the danger, excitement and fear of breaking your routine. To play by the book is too tame. They throw the instructions away. As it happens, the fireworks they set off are more beautiful than perilous.
21 January 2016 The Guardian
By Conor McPherson. A Royal Lyceum Theatre review.
THERE'S something unsatisfying about a certain type of ghost story. Like a card trick or a sparkler, it dazzles but leaves no impression; momentarily spooky, then gone. Playwright Conor McPherson fixes this problem. It would be easy to think of The Weir as just a series of chilling stories. You could dismiss it as a sophisticated variant on the old-fashioned tale told on a dark and stormy night.
21 December 2015 The Guardian
1. 887, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) This summer, I was lucky to get two bites of primetime Robert Lepage. The first was in Toronto, where the Québécois director’s updated revival of Needles and Opium began a tour that will reach the Barbican, London, in July. The dreamlike fantasy linking the lives of Jean Cocteau and Miles Davis was originally performed in 1991 by Lepage himself. It now stars Marc Labrèche and Wellesley Robertson III, who navigate through the windows and trap doors of a rotating cube to tell a story that crosses continents and time zones to mesmerising effect. For stagecraft alone, it should not be missed.
by Mark Fisher
"Every single page of this book is enhanced by Mark Fisher’s lifelong enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the greatest arts festival in the world."
Kath M Mainland
Chief executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
REVIEWS, thoughts and observations about theatre in Scotland.
ARTICLES about theatre published in the daily newspaper and online
RECENT articles about theatre published in the fortnightly events guide.
SAMPLE articles, reviews and CV by the writer, editor and theatre critic.
FEATURES on a range of subjects, plus some reviews.
REVIEWS, articles and extensive database about Scottish theatre.
REVIEWS and news items about Scottish theatre in the US theatre bible.
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