All posts by Laura Tomlinson

Review: Antigone

AntIvo van Hove’s greatly anticipated production of Sophocles’ Antigone has been somewhat of a focal point in this year’s Edinburgh International Festival programme. Juliette Binoche stars as the title character, who seeks to bury her brother Polyneikes, against the decree of the king (her uncle), Kreon. Continue reading Review: Antigone

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Mad World: On Sane People in Insane Situations

asylumI wasn’t sure what to expect from the Mad World exhibition from its online write-up, and once I got there I understood why. Part exploration of the history of mental illness, part art exhibition, part awareness-raising debate on how we talk about mental health, Mad World provides a real assortment of material to enable its audience to “discover the insane”. Continue reading Mad World: On Sane People in Insane Situations

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

Review: Sanitise at the Traverse Theatre

SanitiseThe bathroom is our most private space. It’s where we take the dirtiest aspects of our lives and clean them away. It’s also the setting for Caitlin Skinner and Melanie Jordan’s Sanitise, a piece that explores female identity and sexuality. I went to see last night’s performance at Traverse Theatre, and was lucky enough to chat with Caitlin, the show’s director, beforehand. Continue reading Review: Sanitise at the Traverse Theatre