Theatre Review: Mamma Mia at the Theatre Royal

Published by Glasgowist. Admittedly, Mamma Mia is a total cheese-fest. The smash hit musical by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus has ludicrous high notes, a sickly sweet romantic setting, perfect enunciation, and huge grins which make even our cheeks hurt. But the infectious, feel-good atmosphere in Glasgow’s Theatre Royal on opening night is undeniable and […]

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Theatre Review: Trainspotting at Citizens Theatre (2017)

Published by TSA. It’s a quiet, soft moment on stage. A group of scanty clad, intoxicated delinquents are slowly being roused from their drunken slumber when the silence finally breaks as Alison (Chloe-Ann Taylor) makes the worst, most unthinkable discovery a mother can make. Taylor’s profound, shattering wails pierce the eerily still air and reverberate […]

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Theatre Review: 30th Anniversary of The Steamie

Published by Glasgowist. A tribute to the mammies and grannies of bygone Glasgow, The Steamie is a classic and timeless comedy, masterfully blending Scottish humour with the touching sentimentality and drunken nostalgia that comes with Hogmanay. With side-splitting laughs from the get-go, The Steamie’s joyous, light-hearted patter builds to a crescendo of hilarity with the […]

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Review: Friday 13th at Dread, Scare Attraction, Glasgow

Published by Glasgowist. Friday 13th, unlucky for some, can be scary enough in Glasgow city centre at night with the odd alcohol-induced zombie roaming the streets, shoogly scaffolding to walk under, cracks on the pavement to dodge, and, bearing in mind it’s always raining, slippery surfaces to avoid. It’s the month of Halloween and with […]

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Theatre Review: The Addams Family Musical

Published by Glasgowist. Against a misty backdrop of gothic manors, creepy phantoms, and thunderstorms, The Addams Family Musical cast bring a new brand of macabre comedy to everyone’s favourite misfit family. Originally created by cartoonist Charles Addams in the 1930s, the Addams Family is described as a satirical inversion on the idealised family unit. With […]

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Interview: Greg Esplin, Co-Director of Trainspotting Live

Published by Glasgowist. In 1993, Irvine Welsh’s ground-breaking debut novel Trainspotting was released. The book disgusted some, infuriated others, and kickstarted a phenomenon which is now a beloved franchise. Now, over twenty years later, the story of Rents, Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie is still being picked up by every generation and reincarnated into new, […]

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Theatre Review: Trainspotting Live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Published by Glasgowist. Scurrying into what feels like a dark train tunnel buried underneath the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, wearing fluorescent wristbands as admission, the nervous excitement and eager anticipation in the room is palpable. Based on the 1993 novel by Irvine Welsh and adapted for stage by Harry Gibson, the audience brace themselves for […]

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Review: American Idiot at The Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

Published by Glasgowist. Following Green Day’s highly anticipated Glasgow gig being spectacularly cancelled last week, merely hours before show time, a youth theatre group are seeking to revive the spirits of Scottish Green Day fans. Shoogly Peg Productions showcase their adaptation of the 2009 Broadway musical American Idiot over two nights in Edinburgh’s impressive King’s […]

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Why the T2 Trainspotting Ending is Genius

As Vladimir Nabokov once said: ‘Genius is finding the invisible link between things.’ With the DVD of T2 Trainspotting being released this month, allowing hardcore fans and phenomenon newbies alike to relish in 30+ minutes of unseen footage and cast interviews, the ending to the long-awaited sequel is a hot topic of conversation. Loosely based […]

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Shelley, Welsh, Nabokov: The Dream Authors Panel with Eventbrite

This week, I was inspired by Eventbrite – a platform that allows event organisers to plan, promote, and sell tickets to events and publish them on social media – to come up with my dream panel of authors, dead or alive, to hear talk about their particular genre and bestselling books. I have used Eventbrite […]

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