Interview: Former Hector Bizerk frontman Louie John Lowis takes his talents to the stage

By Niall Christie Loud, brash and often provocative, former Hector Bizerk MC Louie John Lowis is back, this time tackling one of Scotland’s salient issues with a slightly unfamiliar medium. Arriving at the Platform Theatre after a slow and tentative wander through, what looked to be through my unfamiliar, Dundonian eyes, deepest, darkest Easterhouse, I’m … Continue reading Interview: Former Hector Bizerk frontman Louie John Lowis takes his talents to the stage

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

June and Winter: Picks of the Week

By Tara Fitzpatrick and Niall Christie Our rundown of the music releasing, films screening, shows performing, books to read and events happening in the week ahead. Film: Atomic Blonde (released July 28) Charlize Theron stars in this Cold War action-thriller directed by David Leitch. The film follows Lorraine Broughton (Theron) an undercover MI6 spy sent … Continue reading June and Winter: Picks of the Week

Theatre Review: Inheritance

By Niall Christie Platform Theatre, Glasgow. 13 July. Although it may have been a one night only production, Inheritance will have had a lasting effect on those in the audience with its brutally honest portrayal of Glaswegian prejudice. Speaking beforehand, writer Louie John Lowis stated his wish to shock and provoke the audience. That, without … Continue reading Theatre Review: Inheritance