King’s Theatre: Translations (3.5*)

Ruth’s 3.5* review:

A theatre week for us, this time a play called Translations.

I enjoyed it.

It was set in gaelic speaking Ireland back in the day before the potato famine when a bunch of English soldiers were making a new map of the country and standardising the place names. It was all about the culture clash, with a bit of love and family drama thrown in. Most interesting though, the complicated issues surrounding cultural history and legacy, and what should be held onto and what should be let go of.

As relevant in Scotland as it is in Ireland.

Kings Theatre: TranslationsIan’s 3.5* review:

I actually really enjoyed this – it was an interesting and insightful glimpse into cultural conflict where everyone starts out meaning well but communication is difficult and the balance of power is ultimately skewed. I quite liked that the twists and turns of the plot kept reframing the whole situation, but some of the characters and scenes felt a bit contrived to move the plot along.

Lyceum: A Doll’s House (3.5*)

Ruth’s 3.5* review:

My review of this one is brief as I feel quite indifferent to this production.  The set was stunning, the inside of a beautiful old house with magnificent windows.  The ending was good, plenty of conflict and very intense.

Other than that I have little more to say. I quite enjoyed it but there wasn’t much of note that stood out.

Ian’s 3.5* review:

I have to agree with Ruth really. The production was slick, the performances excellent, and the the plot was nicely convoluted. Somehow I didn’t really find any of the characters sympathetic however, and so it didn’t quite pull me in or emotionally involve me.

Itsy’s Kabarett: A Parade of Peculiarity (4.5*)

2013-04-12Ruth’s 4.5* review:

We went down to Itsy’s Kabarett A Parade of Peculiarity at the Voodoo Rooms. We’d been to a few of these during the Fringe, so we were excited to be able to go outside August. It was really good, we enjoyed it lots. It was a high standard all round.

Pictured is George’s Marvellous Magic, he did some pretty gross stuff involving blood and nails and an electric drill.

Other acts were Aurora Winterborn, La Loco, and Rachel Renegade.

The highlight for me though was Miss Annabel Sings, what a strange and painful and dramatic and grotesque and fabulous piece of performance art. It was the Fringiest thing I have ever seen, the sort of thing that people expect the Fringe to be all about but actually it usually isn’t. Talculm power was involved, the whole thing smelled lovely.

The Full Monty (4*)

Ruth’s 4* review:

I’ve seen the film of The Full Monty of course, and I didn’t know how this would translate to the stage and whether it would be a cheesy thing playing up to a bunch of screaming women.  Well the screaming women were out in force, but the play really did capture the heart of the original.  It didn’t take itself too seriously, but nor did it lose its point. There was a lot of warmth in it, and humour, and pathos.  The set was wonderful – mainly a factory but subtly and convincingly changed to a few other locations.  There was a good cast – whoever was the kid, he was really good (sorry can’t find out which of several actors he was).  There was Craig Gazey who is from Coronation Street.  And Kenny Doughty who is Sean out of Stella.  He’s a lovely looking guy, so that was a treat… especially as they went the *full* full monty.  Yes.  No hats.  Not just bums.  Willies everywhere.

This is on its way to the West End now I believe, so look out.