Review: A Streetcar Named Desire, Scottish Ballet

streetcarWhen I first glanced over the synopsis for Scottish Ballet’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, I wasn’t sure what to make of the plot structure. This performance imagines the full story of Blanche DuBois chronologically, beginning with her early marriage that ends in tragedy, running through the loss of the family estate, Belle Reve, her being forced out of her home town, and then arriving in New Orleans to meet her sister Stella. Continue reading Review: A Streetcar Named Desire, Scottish Ballet

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Review: Cara Josephine, Josie Long

JosieLongI’m a big fan of standup comedy and when we started the Edinburgh Feminist Review a few months ago I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to review: Wicked Wenches, the monthly all-female comedy night at the Stand. So you can imagine my disappointment when I checked their website and found out that it was no longer a thing. Continue reading Review: Cara Josephine, Josie Long

Review: Leap in Time, Stills Gallery

Klemm_04Leap in Time, running at Scotland’s Centre for Photography in Cockburn Street, brings together the work of two separate artists who, between them, document Germany’s turbulent modern history in a strikingly similar, candid and intimate fashion. Although Erich Salomon and Barbra Klemm have emerged from and documented two separate halves of the 20th century, this exhibition of their black and white, low-light photographs manages to create a running historical narrative while celebrating the two artists separately. Continue reading Review: Leap in Time, Stills Gallery

Review: The Merchant of Venice, Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company

BassanioAntonioladsOver the last two years of Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company plays I have come to expect really great, rather loud, somewhat casually misogynistic theatre. So, the essence of what Shakespeare does really well himself. The theatre lover in me was pretty excited for this year’s production of The Merchant of Venice, the feminist saw a faint glimmer of hope in the fact that the director is a woman. Both were disappointed.  Continue reading Review: The Merchant of Venice, Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company