theatreSCOTLAND

theatreSCOTLAND: home of Scottish theatre

Latest articles:

tslogo3

Latest reviews are below; archive reviews are here. Follow the drop-down links above for actors, agents, companies, what's on and more.

 

howtowriteaboutt 

HOW TO WRITE ABOUT THEATRE
by Mark Fisher

"A perfect introduction to what could be a lifetime of pleasure"
British Theatre Guide

Click here to order your copy

With a foreword by Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 

@writeabouttheat

www.howtowriteabouttheatre.com

 

cf8e0e3866o

19 September 2016 The Guardian

Trainspotting

By Harry Gibson/Irvine Welsh. A Citizens Theatre review.

THEY used to call it “the Aids capital of Europe”. A crackdown on drug use in Edinburgh in the 1980s made it harder for users to acquire clean needles, so it soon became home to a generation of needle-sharing addicts. The HIV virus proliferated, in a city with a history of heroin abuse.Throw in a reaction against the loadsamoney capitalism of the Thatcher era and you understand something of the desperate undertow of Irvine Welsh’s landmark novel. The larky imagery of Danny Boyle’s 1996 film adaptation sticks in our heads – Ewan McGregor et al hot-footing it down Princes Street to the rhythms of Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life – but Trainspotting is also a novel of serious social commentary.

Part25

4 September 2016 The Guardian

Democracy

By Michael Frayn. A Rapture Theatre review.

THEY say Adolf Hitler was a pretty good boss. If you worked in his office, he would call you by name and remember your birthday. “He was always polite and charming,” said Erna Flegel, a Red Cross nurse who attended him in the Berlin bunker at the end of his life. What that reveals about the mind of a despot is anyone’s guess, but in his 2003 play, Michael Frayn identifies a similar leadership quality in the left-leaning West German chancellor Willy Brandt. His ability to listen, to recall details about the families of his colleagues and to make everyone in a room think he was talking directly to them seems to have added to his charismatic appeal.

 

.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EdinburghFringefrontcover2

 

by Mark Fisher

Out now

Click here to order your copy

"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

 

LATEST ARTICLES

2007-present

Scottish theatre blog

REVIEWS, thoughts and observations about theatre in Scotland.

2003-present

The Guardian

ARTICLES about theatre published in the daily newspaper and online

2006-present

The List

RECENT articles about theatre published in the fortnightly events guide.

1988-present

Mark Fisher

SAMPLE articles, reviews and CV by the writer, editor and theatre critic.

2005-present

Scotland on Sunday & the Scotsman

FEATURES on a range of subjects, plus some reviews.

1999-present

theatreSCOTLAND

REVIEWS, articles and extensive database about Scottish theatre.

2004-present

Variety

REVIEWS and news items about Scottish theatre in the US theatre bible.

theatreSCOTLAND © Mark Fisher 2009–2016

Home

feedicon28x28

This is a sample caption