Review: Much Ado about Nothing @DundeeRep

I am grateful to have so many opportunities to enjoy Dundee Rep, though I am shaking my fist to know I will miss for the second time my pal Gary Robertson’s latest play Scaffies which will be on in late January after I have to return stateside. However, I’m looking forward to their production of…

NT Live: Hamlet

I thoroughly expected to enjoy the new production of Hamlet from Barbican via the National Theatre, and as always am so very grateful for the live broadcasts because so far no one’s willing to pay to send me to London to see them all and I can’t always get there myself. There had been folderol…

Journey Planet 24: Tyrant Muse

Out now, Journey Planet 24: In Memory of Richard III. Yes, the car park monarch rides again in the pages of JP. James and Christopher have lured a bunch of folks together to muse on the king more legend than fact, forever (mis)shaped by the Bard’s juicy account. And you can read it all for…

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

No, not the one you’re thinking of, much as I love my Stoppard: I mean in fact W. S. Gilbert’s play: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern A Tragic Episode, in Three Tabloids, founded on an Old Danish Legend I just started reading McCrum’s giant doorstop biography of P. G. Wodehouse, who of course adored Gilbert and at…

FFB: Ritual by David Pinner

David Pinner’s novel Ritual is probably best known for inspiring the classic film The Wicker Man, which counts as horror or comedy depending on your religious alliances (or maybe a little of both — those poor animals!). Having come up in conversation on Twitter (I think? Rod McKie I believe can refresh my memory), I…

Celebrate Brigit’s Day

The season of Imbolc is upon us. Renew  the spring with some Celtic offerings: one new and the other FREE this weekend! Reconciling the Dominions is an old chapter from my dissertation on how the goddess Brigit gets appropriated as a saint (Clive Barker fans may chuckle at that title, but it is fitting). The…

Review: The Berries

The Berries This hilarious play is set in the summer of 1974 amid the berry fields of Kirriemuir, and follows a day in the life of four Dundee ‘nabblers’ (pickers) as they toil and graft under the watchful eye of the no-nonsense foreman Rab. In order to distract themselves from the hard work, they enter…

A Sneak Peek at ‘Let the Right One In’

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Dundee Rep & the National Theatre of Scotland June 5-29, 2013 I was lucky enough to attend a press preview for National Theatre of Scotland‘s production of Let the Right One In at Dundee Rep. Here’s to forward thinking folks who realise what engaging with the creative community as well…