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DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Touring

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Miller’s 1949 depiction of the ageing, failing salesman Willy Loman as he struggles to comes to terms with the death of his dreams – and perhaps of The American Dream itself – has only gained in stature over the years. What some regarded as a merely a Marxist- derived critique of the US way of life has come to seem as much like high tragedy as anything English-speaking theatre has produced in the last century.






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THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK – Edinburgh

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Anne Frank’s diary of the time she, her family and four others spent in hiding in an annexe above her father’s business in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, has made many appearances in different adaptations. Indeed, this version – a revision by Wendy Kesselman of an earlier dramatisation by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett – has already been seen in Edinburgh this year.






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SHIRLEY VALENTINE – Touring

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Written after Educating Rita and Blood Brothers, and very much in a similar tone, Shirley Valentine is the feel-good, feel-sad tale of a woman who realises that the best bits of life have passed her by. Here is regret and self-doubt written in the life a 42 year-old woman with grown-up kids – and a husband who uses the fact that he loves her to ignore her.






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EICF OPENING WEEKEND – Edinburgh

In Children's theatre, Dance, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival kicked off in splendid form this year, with an opening weekend of unusual and quirky offerings at the national Museum of Scotland. This is of course the festival we have known as Imaginate for the last 25 years or so, the purveyors of quality theatre for young people – and nothing has changed in terms of innovation and attention to detail.