Theatre Hitlist

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  • 29 July 2009

This article is from 2009.

Festival Theatre Hitlist

Beachy Head

Our recommends on the pick of the festival's theatre

Beachy Head Award-winning multimedia company Analogue returns to the scene of their earliest success with a new show exploring a man’s decision to take his own life. Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 8–30 Aug (not 17, 24), 5.25pm, £8–£9 (£6.50–£7.50). Previews until 7 Aug, £5.

The Tartuffe / The Trial Belt Up theatre provides an inspired, energetic take on some literary classics. C Soco, 0845 260 1234, until 31 Aug, 8.55pm (The Tartuffe), 11.20pm (The Trial), £9.50–£11.50 (£8.50–£10.50).

White Tea Scottish theatrical maverick David Leddy examines postwar Japanese politics through a complex mother-daughter relationship. Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 7–31 Aug (not 11, 18, 25), 2pm & 5pm, £9–£10. Previews 6 Aug, 2pm & 5pm, £5.

Grid Iron explores the timeworn connection between alcohol and creativity through the writings of Charles Bukowski, setting the piece, appropriately enough, in a pub. The Barony, 228 1404, 8–31 Aug (not 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29), 3pm (24 & 25 noon), £16 (£11). Preview 7 Aug, 3pm, £11 (£5).

The Girls of Slender Means
A suitably slip-sliding adaptation of Muriel Spark’s novel, by the redoubtable Stellar Quines. Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 8–31 Aug (not 10, 17, 24), 4.20pm, £15–£18 (£14–£16). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £10 (£5).

Orphans The urban crime thriller is given a thoughtful twist in this new piece by playwright Dennis Kelly. Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, 9–30 Aug (not 10, 17, 24), times vary, £16–£18 (£11–£12). Preview 8 Aug, £11 (£5).

Precious Little Talent
Ella Hickson’s follow-up to last year’s award-winning Eight addresses the recession, Anglo-US relations and Obama. Bedlam Theatre, 225 9893, 10–29 Aug (not 16, 23 Aug), 2.30pm, £8.50 (£6.50). Previews 6–8 Aug, £7 (£5).

Trilogy Three-part dissection of what it means to be a woman in 2009 by feminist theatre-maker Nic Green. St Stephen’s, 0141 565 1000, 12–31 Aug (not 18, 25), 7.30pm, £12 (£9). Previews 9 & 10 Aug, £9.

White Tea

Two chances to preview David Leddy's new play, before its full runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then the Tron in autumn. Co-presented by Fire Exit and The Tron Theatre Company, the audience are invited to drink Japanese tea in a forest of origami and projections to watch as Naomi journeys to Kyoto in an absurd…


  • 4 stars

In this psychological thriller, Danny and Helen's quiet life explodes when her brother turns up. Covered in blood.Written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Roxana Silbert, 'Orphans' reunites the award-winning team behind 'After the End' (Fringe 2005).

Beachy Head

  • 3 stars

Fusing text, animation and physical performance, this follow-up to Analogue's 2007 Fringe First-winning hit 'Mile End' - 'Neuron-firing, emotionally hot-wired theatre' (Metro) - explores the ripple effects of one man's decision to take his life.

Precious Little Talent

  • 4 stars

Theintelligent new drama from Ella Hickson (Fringe First and Best of Edinburgh winner - 'Eight', 2008). Tears, love and laughter in a richly comic tale of a generation fighting not to be forgotten.

Girls of Slender Means

  • 3 stars

Adapted for the stage by Judith Adams in celebration of Muriel Spark's literary spirit and genius. 'The greatest Scottish novelist of modern times' (Ian Rankin).


  • 5 stars

An epic interrogation of the complexities of being a woman today. Expect passion, beauty and 50 female volunteer dancers in this radical performance, delivered with rawenergy. 'A quirky, celebratory excursion into feminism' - ****(Herald). 'Joyous' (Guardian). **** (Scotsman).


  • 4 stars

Adapted fromstoriesby Charles Bukowski. Join multi award-winning Grid Iron for a visceral look at the pains and glories of drunkenness with the world's most dedicated barfly.Enjoy Grid Iron responsibly. 'The magicians of site-specific theatre' (Observer).


  • 5 stars

Nightmarish immersive experience from Edinburgh International Festival Award winners, Belt Up. Kafka's chilling masterpiece reincarnated by the critically acclaimed company behind last year's Fringe sensation 'The Red Room'. Expect the unexpected! 'Impressive, invigorating and inspirational' (Scotsman).


  • 5 stars

Edinburgh International Festival Award winners, Belt Up, return with their triumphant adaptation of Moliere's classic. 'This show will blow you away... an experience that will send a shot of electricity to the core of your heart' - ***** (Scotsman).


1. Eugene Crowley4 Aug 2009, 5:01pm Report

The Bone House - A nightmarish thrill ride for the senses is playing at the Underbelly. I saw it at the Edmonton Fringe and it is incredible. Don't miss it!! It will get under your skin! The audience is a part of the show... I don't want to say to much... you have to see it for yourself.

2. john mulholland10 Aug 2009, 1:08pm5 stars Theatre Hitlist Report

A Tribute: John Gielgud's Ages of Man starring George Innes. It's playing at the Outhouse, 12a Broughton Lane, everyday at 12:15pm. Lovely show. Wonderful soliliques and sonnets by Shakespeare plus the hilarious and touching letters of Sir John Gielgud. Mr. Innes is brilliant!

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