The Scotsman 25 June 2024

It has been all steam ahead at Glasgow’s Bard In The Botanics, where director Jennifer Dick was already in rehearsals for Measure For Measure before her version of Jane Eyre had even opened. “I’m a little tired,” she says, laughing off her exhaustion.

If it has been a full-on summer for her, the same is true for the actors: by night, Stephanie McGregor has been playing the lead in the Charlotte Bronte adaptation (running until 6 July); by day, she has been rehearsing Isabella in Dick’s stripped-down version of Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure.

“Stephanie has incredible natural instincts,” says the director. “I find her such an engaging performer. She makes things sound fresh and natural. She’s incapable of not being truthful. I am very envious of that.” [READ MORE]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).