Reviews & features: Allan Radcliffe

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Atsuo Okomoto: Faraway Mountain

12 Aug 2010

Japanese stone sculptor presents 12 pieces sculpted from same block

The first UK solo exhibition by Japanese stone sculptor Okomoto showcases the technique of ‘war modoshi’, or splitting and returning, and features 12 pieces sculpted from the same block which can then be pushed together to reform the original piece. The…


21 Aug 20092 stars

Unintentionally funny, with unmemorable songs

This musical adaptation of Brad Fraser’s play feels like someone’s titillating soft-core fantasy, in which two troubled boyband-pretty teens with hard bodies and perky nipples come very close to kissing but can only cope with bashfully simulating…

Sarah Millican

17 Aug 20104 stars

A consistent pleasure

Millican has called her new show Chatterbox after her high school nickname. The Geordie funny woman can undeniably bump her gums, and it’s this ability to chat very naturally and wittily (and sometimes rather naughtily) about everyday stuff, from her…


15 Aug 20104 stars

Confessions of a Hollywood legend

Grant Smeaton’s verbatim recreation of a famous encounter between a 63-year-old Bette Davis and talk show host Dick Cavett in 1971 leaves you with an aching nostalgia for the days when chat show guests – and celebs in general – were worth tuning into.

Reel-to-Real: The Movies Musical

14 Aug 20103 stars

Less chat more dancin’ and singin’ please

Much has been made of Reel-to-Real’s impressive technical credentials, which allows live performers to perform iconic song-and-dance numbers against a backdrop of footage from classic film musicals. In fact the background projections, while cleverly…

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Lockerbie: Unfinished Business

12 Aug 20104 stars

Capturing the human story behind the headlines

The ongoing furore surrounding the early release on compassionate grounds of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi – the only person convicted of the Lockerbie bombing – is almost a footnote to David Benson’s one-man show on the subject, and has very little…

Dance Doctor Dance

11 Aug 20103 stars

Joining in with the lord of the dance

As the lights go up on PowerPoint equipment and a bespectacled, middle-aged man announcing himself as a reader in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, you fear you’re in for a lecture rather than an hour of Fringe fun. But twinkle-toed Dr…

Rhythm Of The Drums: Song Of The Cicada

11 Aug 20103 stars

Show but no tell

The title is a little misleading: drumming is but a small part of this showcase of traditional music and dance from the minority Dong and Miao peoples of southwest China. The series of virtuoso displays, from the furious Wood Drum Dance to love…

Kevin Bridges

9 Aug 20104 stars

Rising star effortlessly wins over the home crowd

Kevin Bridges’ rapid rise to superstardom appears to have surprised no one as much as Bridges himself. As he ambles onstage to excited chants of ‘Kevin! Kevin!’ there’s an air of bemusement to the youthful funnyman, as though he can’t quite believe that…

David Leddy’s Sub Rosa

9 Aug 20104 stars

Atmospheric, immersive Victorian promenade horror story

David Leddy’s Sub Rosa was originally created for the dark nooks and crawlspaces of Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre. But its new home, the symbol-festooned Masonic Lodge in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, is such a perfect fit for the Victorian gothic…

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The Bacchae

9 Aug 20103 stars

A fast-paced production where some plot-twists may get lost amongst writhing

This all-male version of Euripides’ tragedy adds a homoerotic sheen to the already potent mix of vengeance, repression and brutal slaughter. The cast power their physicality into the fast-paced production, though some of the more intricate plot twists…

Anatomy of Fantasy

8 Aug 20103 stars

Impressive if unfocused journey through the subconscious

Anatomy of Fantasy is an appropriately elusive title for a multi-sensory show that, while enjoyable, at times lacks focus.

The Last Miner uses puppetry to profound effect

8 Aug 20104 stars

Moving, melancholic puppet show

This inventive show, developed by Tortoise in a Nutshell in association with Catherine Wheels, is short on action, features little dialogue and takes place on the tiny stage of the Hill Street studio theatre. But the tale of an elderly miner, living…

Mysterious Skin boils Heim's novel

8 Aug 20104 stars

Bleakly powerful adaptation of bestselling novel

This disarming exploration of sexuality, desire and childhood abuse is based on the acclaimed novel by Scott Heim, which was turned into the equally well-received movie adaptation by maverick filmmaker Gregg Araki.

Andrew Lawrence gets a few things off his chest

6 Aug 20104 stars

The end result is some high-pitched and hilarious rantings

Andrew Lawrence claims he doesn’t have a grand theme or gimmick to his show: he just wants to get a few things off his chest. Boy, does he want to get a few things off his chest. With most comedians you start to sweat for them after half an hour…

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Susan Calman, Stephen K Amos and Bette/Cavett at Fringe 2010

23 Jul 2010

LGBT Edinburgh Fringe Highlights

The List’s LGBT section is about to take a well-earned break (returning in September, folks), but before we head off on our holidays, there’s just time to let you know about some of the gay-friendly stuff that’s appearing at a Fringe Festival near you…

Edinburgh Festival 2010: More Fringe show highlights

16 Jul 2010

Some of the shows to look out for at the Fringe

With over 2,400 shows to choose from at this years Fringe festival, it's all to easy to succumb to the paradox of choice. Here we present our picks for some of the smaller shows that are worth looking out for.

More Edinburgh Art Festival highlights 2010

15 Jul 2010

In addition to shows by Gilbert & George, Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth and Martin Creed, there are plenty of other highlights within the Edinburgh Art Festival programme. Impressionist Gardens After the hugely inspiring Impressionism and Scotland…

LGBT highlights from Edinburgh Fringe 2010

14 Jul 2010

The List’s LGBT section is about to take a well-earned break (returning in September, folks), but before we head off on our holidays, there’s just time to let you know about some of the gay-friendly stuff that’s appearing at a Fringe Festival near you…

Fifty Edinburgh Fringe shows for a fiver

13 Jul 2010

The economy may be in the stink-hole, but Julia Correia and Allan Radcliffe help stretch your pennies with this round-up of Fringe theatre shows for a fiver

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Sitting and Looking showcases furniture design from Jim Partridge, Liz Walmsley and El Ultimo Grito

2 Jul 2010

One of the more eclectic exhibitions in this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival is this group show at Dovecot, curated by internationally acclaimed furniture designers Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley. Alongside work by the pair, who have worked together for…

Visual Art hitlist

3 Sep 2009

Agnes Martin, Alan Davie, Cerith Wyn Evans with Throbbing Gristle, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Henry Coombes, Agnes Martin, Dani Marti, Thomas Hirschhorn

Carey Marx

24 Aug 20093 stars

Everything from global warming to fisting cows

Marx offers a relatively fresh take on that peculiarly British obsession with doom and gloom in a routine that takes in everything from global warming to fisting cows, Susan Boyle's hair and bum sex while trampolining. While his writing betrays an…


24 Aug 20094 stars

Moving dance exploration of women’s roles

This solo performance piece created by the Sanpapié theatre-dance company opens with a women sitting in a kitchen-like space munching on popcorn, a faraway look in her eyes. From time to time, props and bits of costume are fired out of a wardrobe at the…

Julian Clary

24 Aug 20093 stars

Former Joan Collins Fan Club becomes national treasure

‘Are there any heterosexuals in here?’ asks a nervous-looking Julian Clary, ‘because if this is an exclusively gay and lesbian audience I’ll do a completely different show.’ It’s an odd question to be asking of the packed crowd in the cavernous Purple…