Culture bound – August

The big event this month was the annual Edinburgh Festival and I managed to make a few “visits”. No atmosphere of course, but on the plus side no travel, no exorbitant hotel rates and no rushing from venue to venue. I managed to see/hear no less than 17 shows all of which were reviewed (see below); even though the Festival is officially over, some of these pieces can still be accessed online. Nationally speaking, there have been a few attempts to get things back on stage – all socially distanced and Covid secure – but with threats of a “second wave” of the virus I’m unlikely to return to live reviewing any time soon. And so the bank of online reviews keeps getting bigger and stands at just shy of 200 shows (full index here) with at least one show being tackled everyday for the last 153 days. The Theatre Online lists (here and here) continue to evolve and have now been accessed well over 2,000 times with 999 downloads (perhaps you’d care to make up the numbers??). However, the initial tsunami of new and revived online material has slowed considerably so, from today updates to the lists will be regular rather than daily. Happy watching!

In the circumstances it seems inappropriate to offer star ratings for theatre productions as the same criteria simply cannot apply. However – all shows received a full review. Click on titles to access them.


Scrounger Athena Stevens
As You Like It William Shakespeare
It’s True. It’s True. It’s True Breach Theatre
Place Prints 5 – 8 David Rudkin
Measure For Measure William Shakespeare
Moment Of Grace Bren Gosling
Watching Rosie Louise Coulthard
Timon Of Athens William Shakespeare
Birdsong Sebastian Faulks adpt. by Rachel Wagstaff
Alice: A Theme Park Zoe Seaton (featuring Charlotte Keatley)
Place Prints 9 – 10 David Rudkin
Ghost Light ** Hope Dickson Leach
At The Ghost Light ** J.J. Lepnik
After The Turn: The Mystery Of Bly Manor ** Henry James adpt. by George Cooper and Ellie Hardwick
Haunted ** Nia Williams
Matchbox Theatre Michael Frayn
The House Of Bernarda Alba Federico Garcia Lorca
Ghost Quartet Dave Molloy
The School For Scandal Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The Greatest Wealth Various
Albion Mike Bartlett
The Plague Thing ** Marcia Kelson
Stranded ** Marcia Kelson
A Young Man Dressed As A Gorilla…..12 ** ?????
Front Window ** Karen Louise Linton
Now Maybe Sunbeam ** Justin Maxwell
Lockdown Drag-Out ** Jane Martin
The Unknown Island Jose Saramago adpt. by director Ellen McDougall & Clare Slater
Spirit Of Carnival Emma Dennis-Edwards
Enough Abi Zakarian
September Skies Jessica Butcher
The Playboy Of the Western World John Millingon Synge
Behind The Fridge Peter Cook & Dudley Moore
At Home With The Brontes ** Joan Greening
Wasted Christopher Ash & Carl Miller
Things We Chose To Save Clown Funeral
Contemporary Political Ethics (or, How To Cheat) ** Jamie Cowan
Removed ** Fionnuala Kennedy
Proxy ** Heather Alexander
Those Girls ** Abigail Cook
Declan ** Kieran Hurley
Beyond The Fringe Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller & Dudley Moore
For Quality Purposes The cast, Craig Stephens and James Yarker
The Ockendon Witch Richard Margrave
My Arm ** Tim Crouch
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical The cast
Showstopper! The (Socially Distanced!) Improvised Musical The cast
The Price Of Everything Daniel Bye
Rabbit Catcher ** Rebecca Martin
Doomsdays ** Conor O’Loughlin
Matterhorn ** Amy Rhianne Milton
The Water Cooler ** Uma Nada-Rajah
** Edinburgh Festival/Fringe


Best Of The Bunch

Stan’s Cafe



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