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“A messy rollercoaster that you won’t soon forget”: Actor and co-director Greg Esplin on Trainspotting Live Greg Esplin is a Scottish actor and co-director of Trainspotting Live, the immersive stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel and Danny Boyle’s iconic film. He plays tragic tritagonist Tommy in the show. The Upcoming …
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: Trainspotting Live at Pleasance at EICC | Theatre review
When one enters the theatre where Trainspotting Live is performed, it feels like entering a rave: lights flash in various colours and loud music pulses through the room. The cast members beat their fists in the air and run along the stage dancing. The “stage” is a long space on …
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: Fata Morgana at Pleasance at EICC | Theatre review
The appellation Fata Morgana refers to the Italian term for Morgan le Fay, the medieval sorceress from Arthurian legends; it has also become a term used to describe a mirage. Thus, it is apt as the title for this show, as the entire experience feels akin to watching a mirage …
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: Muse at Assembly Rooms | Theatre review
After making its debut in Bogota this May, the spectacular Muse is brought to the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe by Quebecois circus company FLIP Fabrique. When the show begins, the cast members are dressed in flesh-coloured costumes, representing nakedness. When one of the women takes a bite of an apple placed …
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: Cirque Berserk! at Pleasance at EICC | Theatre review
Entering the theatre where Cirque Berserk! is performed is like entering an old-fashioned carnival with a modern flair. Large, lit-up letters spelling out the word “CIRCUS” draw the eyes; red and blue lights cast everything in a jewel-toned glow. Mischievous, almost fantastical music plays as the first act takes the …
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: Changing the Sheets at Assembly Rooms | Theatre review
A man and a woman take the stage, speaking to each other but looking to the audience. The man compliments the woman’s room somewhat overzealously, gawking aloud at the presence of a lava lamp; the woman responds less enthusiastically. They have met on a dating app, where the intention of …
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: Pash at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose | Theatre review
Max has one week until her 25th birthday; her mum keeps asking her what she would like to do, how she would like to celebrate; her best friend is planning a surprise for her. But the only thing she really wants for her birthday is to have her first kiss. …
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: Skank at Pleasance Courtyard | Theatre review
Kate is stuck in a boring job that was only meant to be temporary; she has tinnitus in one ear that won’t stop ringing; plus, she can’t find a proper place to recycle her empty can of beans. On top of this, she cannot stop thinking about all the ways …
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: Circus Abyssinia – Tulu at Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows | Theatre review
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: Circus Abyssinia – Tulu at Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows | Theatre review After their 2017 UK debut show, Ethiopian Dreams, Circus Abyssinia returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with a new repertoire of dazzling circus stunts in Tulu. The talented members of the troupe were discovered …
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: Dreams of the Small Gods at Summerhall | Theatre review
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: Dreams of the Small Gods at Summerhall | Theatre review Dreamed up and performed by Scottish artist Zinnia Oberski, Dreams of the Small Gods is a feat of the human body and the mind. The show, which began as an assignment for Oberski’s time at the Academy …
Edinburgh Fringe 2022: In PurSUEt at Underbelly, Cowgate | Theatre review
It’s Christmastime and an unnamed woman is passed-out drunk underneath her Christmas tree. When she wakes, she is appalled to find that all of her eyelashes are missing from one eye, but she can’t recall how or when she lost them. “We’ve all been there before, haven’t we?” she asks …
I’m Thinking of Ending Things | Movie review
In Charlie Kaufman’s new film, two characters driving through a snowy night discuss John Cassavetes’s A Woman Under the Influence.
The Plot Against America | Show review
The Plot Against America, David Simon and Ed Burns’s six-part miniseries for HBO, is released on Sky this week. It’s a work of alternative history that asks the question: What if Charles Lindbergh – transatlantic aviator, public idol and notorious antisemite – had run for and won the US presidency …
Women Make Film | Movie review
Mark Cousins’s documentary Women Make Film is a roving epic, neither pretentious nor dull despite its 14-hour running time.
Quiz nights, character comedy and mutual aid: The theatre companies launching humanitarian efforts during the coronavirus
Coronavirus is shutting down theatres left, right and centre, forcing theatre companies and directors to cast about for ways to occupy their time for the foreseeable future.
Misbehaviour | Movie review
A protest at the 1970 Miss World competition in London, which involved around 60 demonstrators heckling host Bob Hope and showering the stage with debris, is the subject of Philippa Lowthorpe’s Misbehaviour, which takes us behind the scenes at the competition and into the early Women’s Liberation movement. It’s a …
The hidden toll of the hospitality industry – and the steps being taken to combat it
The word sustainability normally brings to mind acres of newly planted trees, stuffed recycling bags and ethically-sourced ingredients. But those thinking and discussing trends in the hospitality industry are increasingly expanding its definition to include the wellbeing of those who work in the field, especially chefs.
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles | Movie review
Everyone in (or into) musicals knows Fiddler on the Roof. “I was in a production of Fiddler in middle school,” remembers Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, interviewed in Max Lewkowicz’s new documentary A Miracle of Miracles. “I still remember the dance moves.”
Frozen 2 | Movie review
How do you follow the film that became the highest-grossing animated feature of its time, taking in $1.3 billion at the box office and spawning the greatest Disney song since I’ll Make a Man out of You?
London Film Festival 2019: Waiting for the Barbarians | Review
Ciro Guerra’s Waiting for the Barbarians is a new departure for the director.
Five films to watch over Easter weekend
The Easter long weekend is usually a time to catch up with family, enjoy a few days off work, and celebrate the long-awaited coming of spring.
Celebrate the reopening of restaurants with the ten best films about food
Bring out the Michelin guide and the celebratory appetisers – the British government has announced that restaurants will reopen on 4th July.
Venice Film Festival 2020: Apples (Mila) | Review
A man bangs his head against the wall of his living room. He listens to Scarborough Fair on the radio. He leaves his house, pats his neighbour’s dog, gets on a bus and falls asleep.
Sharon Wauchob spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show | LFW
Sharon Wauchob has a tomboyish femininity to her designs – whimsy and often slouchy yet elegant. The Irish designer’s new collection echoed her very contemporary modus operandi and was an engaging narrative of her love affair with unique fabrics, folds and textures. Sharon once again showed at a resplendent church …
Superfood at Heaven | Live review
By rights, we should be utterly sick of the 90s revival by now. After at least two years of wading through crop tops, scrunchies and Loaded magazine relaunches, it should be nigh-on impossible to mine anything fresh from an era that really wasn’t that long ago. And then you see …
Sheppard at the Borderline | Live review
It’s often espoused by pop theorists that certain parts of the world excel at producing certain kinds of bands. Sunlight-starved parts of Norway and Finland have a knack for producing doomy goth metal outfits such as Nightwish, while former factory towns in northern England are famous for eloquently brutal social …
“It’s a story that transcends culture and age”: An interview with The Lion King’s Nick Afoa and Janique Charles
It’s The Lion King’s 20th anniversary! Since opening in 1999, the beloved show has entertained over 16 million theatregoers. It remains the West End’s best-selling stage production and the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. The Upcoming had a chat with Nick Afoa (Simba) and Janique Charles (Nala) …