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23 September 2015 The Guardian

Waiting for Godot

By Samuel Beckett. A Royal Lyceum review

SOMETHING fascinating happens when John Bett comes on as Pozzo in Samuel Beckett’s existentialist tragicomedy. Until this moment, it’s been Brian Cox and Bill Paterson standing alone in the brilliant-white tundra of Michael Taylor’s curving set. As Vladimir and Estragon, it’s their faces on the posters, them doing the interviews, and they have duly occupied the stage with a larger-than-life presence.

17 September 2015 The Guardian

The Waiting is over: Brian Cox and Bill Paterson on finally sharing a stage

Interview with Brian Cox and Bill Paterson. A Royal Lyceum preview

BILL Paterson is looking alarmed. He wants to drink his red wine but fellow actor Brian Cox keeps pulling his fingers from the stem of the glass. As Paterson’s grip gets more precarious, his eyes grow wide in theatrical outrage. Cox carries on regardless as he demonstrates what the late Billie Whitelaw told him about working with Samuel Beckett. “Billie was a close friend and she would tell me about how amazingly particular Beckett was,” he says, yanking at Paterson’s hand to illustrate. “He would come up and take her fingers and ask her to just hold it like that. He would micromanage everything.”

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

By Lee Hall. A National Theatre of Scotland/Live Theatre review.

AS ROAD trips go, it’s a short one. The journey from Oban, a port on the west coast of Scotland, to the capital city of Edinburgh will take you less than three hours. But for the adolescent girls in Alan Warner’s vivid and funny 1998 novel “The Sopranos,” the return trip gives way to a coming-of-age odyssey of heavy drinking, sexual fumbling and self-discovery that will define them forever. Adapted as “Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour” by playwright Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”), the production, premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe, becomes a joyful estrogen-fueled life-in-a-day romp that is one stop short of a full-blown musical, and every bit as exhilarating.


20 July 2015 Edinburgh Festivals Magazine


By Oliver Emanuel. A Vox Motus/NTS/EIF preview.

DRAGON is exceptional in many ways. For one thing it’s the first time a piece of theatre for young people and families has appeared in the programme of the Edinburgh International Festival. It’s also a rare three-way collaboration between Glasgow’s Vox Motus, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Tianjin People’s Arts Theatre in China.






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