Album Review: Taylor Swift, reputation

By Tara Fitzpatrick “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now...” Having gone almost entirely off the grid since that celebrity-spat with Kanye and Kim Kardashian-West, Taylor Swift is back with a dramatic reinvention and her most ostentatious marketing campaign to date. ‘Reputation’ her sixth album, is a 15 track analysis of fame, friendship … Continue reading Album Review: Taylor Swift, reputation

“As long as you’re not a pretentious idiot you’ll succeed.” Interview: Moon Dogs star Christy O’Donnell

By Tara Fitzpatrick There is a high chance you haven’t heard of Christy O’Donnell. Over the past few years, the 22 year-old Glaswegian has shifted between being a recognised presence on the Scottish busking scene and building the foundations of an international acting career. The latter is about to take off. Moon Dogs, in which … Continue reading “As long as you’re not a pretentious idiot you’ll succeed.” Interview: Moon Dogs star Christy O’Donnell

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