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‘A winningly daffy confection’: McGONAGALL’S CHRONICLES – Edinburgh ★★★★

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One of the strongest points of Gary McNair’s lovable, almost-poetic telling of McGonagall’s life is the pathos it evokes when detailing the onstage abuse he received. It also confronts the problem of how this barracking has been continued long after his death, by the constant kicking he still gets from people who wouldn’t know poetry if it bit them on the bahookie.

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140 MILLION MILES – Edinburgh

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It’s never easy to get a handle on Adam Peck’s slightly obscure new offering, 140 Million Miles, at the Traverse all week as part of the A Play A Pie and A Pint season of lunchtime theatre.

Rosie Mason and Darren Seed are near perfect as Dawn and Neil, a Bristolian couple in their early thirties, caught up in the hype and sent off to Mars on a “trip of a lifetime” to colonise the red planet. Yet the objective of that trip is never quite clear.

KONTOMBLE – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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Community and ritual lie at the heart of Nalina Chetty’s clever new play Kontomble, the opener to the latest A Play, A Pie and A Pint season of lunchtime theatre at the Traverse. In a consistently well-acted production, director Guy Hollands breathes life and understanding into a script that is just a shade too well-intentioned and, for all that the happy ending feels good, falls out just a bit too pat.

KONTOMBLE – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

In Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

Community and ritual lie at the heart of Nalina Chetty’s clever new play Kontomble, the opener to the latest A Play, A Pie and A Pint season of lunchtime theatre at the Traverse. In a consistently well-acted production, director Guy Hollands breathes life and understanding into a script that is just a shade too well-intentioned and, for all that the happy ending feels good, falls out just a bit too pat.