Posted: 04 Mar 2018 02:42 PM PST
On Edinburgh’s stages this week
After the tribulations and cancellations due to the snow last week, all productions in Edinburgh this week are scheduled to go ahead, thanks to much hard work behind the scenes.
The one casualty is the opening night of Hello Dolly! which has had to be put back 24 hours, as the folk at Southern Light battled valiantly to get to rehearsals, pick up their costumes and get their set delivered and into the theatre.
New company Shoots Theatre has also had a mountain to climb in their staging of the Edinburgh premiere of Little Women – the Musical. Snow-bound cast members, cancelled rehearsals, a set buried in snow and cancelled deliveries will not stop the show going ahead as planned, however.
This week’s big opening show is the world premiere of Bingo! at the Assembly Hall on the Mound, which sees Stellar Quines and Grid Iron teaming up for a musical comedy by Anita Vettesse, Johnny McKnight and Alan Penman. Directed by Jemima Levick and with a pretty stellar cast, this is one to look forward to before it heads off on tour round Scotland.
The big dance piece of the week is at the Festival Theatre where “physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco” as Ballet Hispánico perform CARMEN.maquia – a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet.
Entering its last week, The Belle’s Stratagem is a must-see show – and on Monday the Lyceum has an extra bonus with Talk Show, an evening of ideas, talks and art stimulated by the themes of the show.
There is some gritty stuff from the student companies this week. At the Bedlam, the EUTC is picking up the #MeToo movement with an evening of personal accounts. Stories of sexual assault and harassment which are difficult and honest and heartbreaking and true. We Need To Talk is about making an agreement that whilst those may have been the stories of yesterday and today, those are not the stories of tomorrow.
For those who like their theatre so new it has even been fully formed yet, there are a couple of great events. The Rose Theatre welcomes Glasgow’ Short Attention Span for the first time – half a dozen short plays prepared for the evening. While Summerhall has two Scratch Nights of material not yet finished, getting its first ever workout in front of an audience – and maybe never to be seen in this form ever again!
Listings – 5 – 11 March 2018
The Studio at Festival Theatre
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