Theatre

Review: Adventures with the Painted People Rating 90%

Review: Adventures with the Painted People

David Greig’s Pictish play was originally commissioned by Pitlochry Festival Theatre with the intention of it being part of their 2020 season. When the pandemic hit it was reimagined as an audio play by it’s author and PFT’s creative director Elizabeth Newman and broadcast to not inconsiderable acclaim on BBC Radio 3.

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Review: Scottish Ballet – Dive & Odyssey Rating 66%

Review: Scottish Ballet – Dive & Odyssey

Scottish Ballet released the world premiere of two new dance films by company creatives Sophie Laplane and Nicholas Shoesmith, with the first being screened to celebrate International Dance Day on Thursday 29 April 2021. Dive and Odyssey are both produced in association with Forest of Black; Scottish Ballet have yet again created high production value digital film, incorporating contemporary and ballet dance pieces.

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Review: Tennis Elbow Rating 88%

Review: Tennis Elbow

With the premiere of his play Tennis Elbow, a sequel to 1977’s Writer’s Cramp, John Byrne takes us for a walk on the distaff side. Whereas the original play was told from the perspective of the lamentable Francis McDade, a writer, who by all accounts wallowed in mediocrity, Tennis Elbow takes the point of view of his erstwhile wife the esteemed author Pamela Crichton Capers.

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Aude Naudi-Bonnemaison: My favourite form of creativity is probably to be in a room with other theatre makers

Sanctuary Queer Arts is excited to announce the ten members of their first National Queer Young Company and two recipients of the Newer Artists award, Theo Sneddon and Jess Chanliau. The Young Company members, all identifying as LGBTQIA+, include musicians, actors, dramaturgs, directors and drag performers and hail from all across the country – from Thurso to Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dumbarton.

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Matthew Allison: From an early age she encouraged my siblings and I to sing

Three Chairs and a Hat are part of [email protected]’s second season, with their two videos HAGS and Three Stages. Three Stages features two poems and a song written about the sudden death of a friend, involving singer Matthew Allison. Both are written by company founder Nia Williams, and so, The Fountain caught up with Nia and Matt to discuss the performances in more depth.

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Review: The Secret Theatre Rating 67%

Review: The Secret Theatre

The Scottish Ballet, despite not being able to have theatre in real life this December, have outdone themselves with their most recent offering in The Secret Theatre. Building on its creative and innovative digital work to keep audiences inspired, the world premiere of the company’s first full-length, feature film has landed, working with Glasgow company Forest of Black in the production.

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Review: Zoo Motel Rating 66%

Review: Zoo Motel

Theatre Nation have done it again, creating innovative and fresh theatre via the intriguing mind of Thaddeus Phillips in the UK premiere of Zoo Motel. Mysterious, playful, ambitious and somewhat interactive, Zoo Motel is a live and intimately theatrical/cinematic play broadcast live from a village in South America; there is an emphasis on the international element of these events, having people from Norway, Serbia and the UK join this event.

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Eva O’Connor: It’s brilliant fun to perform

Mustard is a one-woman show about heartbreak, madness and how condiments are the ultimate coping mechanism, by award-winning playwright and performer Eva O’Connor. Showing as part of the Traverse’s online programme, The Fountain caught up with Eva to tell us more about the show and her affiliation with the Traverse.

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Mara Menzies: We decided it would be more interesting for us to tell the story of Nanny

This autumn, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) takes audiences on a voyage, exploring Scotland’s coasts and water through music and storytelling. The programme for the 2020 Scottish International Storytelling Festival was In the Flow, which was an eclectic mix of online events spanning across the globe and small-scale face-to-face events, celebrating Scotland ‘a nation shaped by the sea’. One of these events was performed by Apphia Campbell and Mara Menzies, who spoke with The Fountain about her involvement with the SISF and some of her personal highlights.

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Review: TJ, January 3rd Rating 76%

Review: TJ, January 3rd

TJ is a comedian from the US and this is his debut show, filmed on his 31st birthday on January 3rd 2020, but was first aired on 3rd November 2020. The advertising blurb calls it edgy and controversial; which it is. It seems these days that the way to amuse people is to offend other people, but as with all comedy some of these comments will be a hit, whilst others are a miss. Reviewing comedy is a strange thing really as we all find different things funny, and are all offended by different things. It must be said that TJ has a knack of making statements that could be taken as offensive but framing them in an amusing way.

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Reece Clarke: We are finally getting back on stage with some gala performances

The UK’s leading fresh potato brand has swapped Bartlett for Ballet, releasing a stunning new video featuring long term ambassador Reece Clarke and his partner on stage and in life Fumi Kaneko. The pair, both of whom are first soloists with The Royal Ballet, perform sections of Tchaikovsky’s legendary The Sleeping Beauty in Albert Bartlett’s Jersey factory. In the video, the Jersey Royal seed potatoes are preparing to be tucked in themselves before being woken up in November and planted early in the new year. Reece spoke with The Fountain about the process and relationship with Albert Bartlett.

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Claire Halleran: We wanted to find a way to use these spaces in a different way

Theatre designers have not been idle since Lockdown. They have used their ‘resting’ creative skills to launch #TakeASeat with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre and make work designed to engage and inspire the audiences they are missing. A collective response to the spaces they cannot be in, it is a call to arms to their craft, an art installation and a love letter to absent audiences, a rallying call for creative and thought-provoking responses that both illustrate and celebrate Scotland’s remarkable theatre industry. Theatre Designer, Claire Halleran who has been very much involved in the project spoke with The Fountain about it in more detail.

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