Fringe 2017: Award-winning feminist play, Mouthpiece, comes to Edinburgh (video)

By Tara Fitzpatrick Mouthpiece, by Quote Unquote Collective, is a devised performance from Canadian theatre makers Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava. Having won 'Best New Canadian Play' at the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for 2016/17, the two-woman show is performing at Summerhall's CanadaHub as part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. The play follows one woman … Continue reading Fringe 2017: Award-winning feminist play, Mouthpiece, comes to Edinburgh (video)

Fringe 2017: Alan Bissett revisits his ‘hardest woman in Falkirk’ with (More) Moira Monologues

By Tara Fitzpatrick Alan Bissett is off duty. Temporarily. We meet in Glasgow as he prepares for the Fringe premiere of (More) Moira Monologues, the sequel or update to his hit 2009 one-man (or one-woman) show about a loud, chatty, working-class Falkirk woman, getting things off her chest. He is enjoying a post-rehearsal wine and … Continue reading Fringe 2017: Alan Bissett revisits his ‘hardest woman in Falkirk’ with (More) Moira Monologues

Fringe 2017: Spilt Milk debut explores the complexities of adulthood

By Tara Fitzpatrick “There are all these books on "Adulting" now, it’s become such a buzzword.” The cast of Spilt Milk are explaining the title of their Fringe debut. “Adulting” is a verb relating to any action associated with adulthood: paying bills, navigating relationships, renting a flat, cooking. The term alludes to the notion that … Continue reading Fringe 2017: Spilt Milk debut explores the complexities of adulthood

Fringe 2017: Portraying the Refugee Crisis in The Sky is Safe by Dogstar Theatre Company

By Tara Fitzpatrick The Syrian refugee crisis has fallen off our news channels lately. This is despite the number of people fleeing the conflict having risen past five million this year, according to the UN. However, where the news cycle may have moved on – temporarily - to different issues, many performances at this year’s … Continue reading Fringe 2017: Portraying the Refugee Crisis in The Sky is Safe by Dogstar Theatre Company

TV Review: The Handmaid’s Tale, Series-One Final Episode

By Tara Fitzpatrick (This article contains spoilers) Few television dramas, however unpredictable, have struck a chord in quite the same way as The Handmaid’s Tale. Led by Elizabeth Moss, it has made the same, if not a greater, cultural impression in one series as Breaking Bad made in six. Leaving aside the parallels between the … Continue reading TV Review: The Handmaid’s Tale, Series-One Final Episode

Album Review: Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life

By Tara Fitzpatrick Lana Del Rey returns with her fourth studio album full of her staple brand of bluesy, sultry melodies with a topical and often lighter twist. The most continuously striking thing about Lana Del Rey is how little her music, since her critically-acclaimed debut Born To Die in 2012, sounds like anything else … Continue reading Album Review: Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life