Theatre



What should theatres show us in 2021?

9th January 2021

Flora Gosling’s wishlist for theatres in 2021. I don’t often ask myself: “What kind of theatre do I want to see?”. Usually, I trust the theatre-makers to know what stories need to be told, and after 2020 I’d settle for watching anything on a real-life stage. But, now as I think of it, there are ...


Theatre and religious propaganda

22nd December 2020

Uncovering the historical relationship between theatre and religion. Theatre and religion have been interlinked since the Greeks and Dionysus, their relationship standing the test of time. This is for one key reason: theatre and religion were one of the few things all social classes, globally, had access to. Theatre was a staple in informing and ...


Tracking venues: Christmas edition

12th December 2020

The GG have your Christmas fix sorted, as we share the upcoming (virtual) theatre schedules of The Citizens Theatre and National Theatre Scotland for this festive season. As a vaccine-coloured light appears at the end of a long, dark tunnel, Glasgow theatre continues to diversify.  Though occupying theatres en masse still seems a while away, ...


Comedians, not commentators

24th November 2020

Is political comedy a cure or catalyst for the misinformation virus? My memories of the last US election are foggy at best, but the most prominent involve some outlandish phrases and jokes. Hillary Clinton telling people to “Pokemon Go to the polls”, Trump threatening to shoot a person on Fifth Avenue, or Gary Johnson being ...


Teaching history through theatre

26th October 2020

Sharing the stories of minority groups on stage. In As You Like It, Shakespeare famously quoted: “all the world’s a stage”. While this sombre metaphor has echoed through the arts for decades, the physical stage should also reflect the world and everyone in it. This year has witnessed mass civil rights movements in the aftermath ...


The story of horror theatre

22nd October 2020

A search for a truly scream-worthy theatrical experience. Truthfully speaking, I am not good with horror. Predictable jump-scares have caused me to flinch so violently injuries have been sustained. I am no longer invited to horror movie nights with friends as apparently screaming and hiding under the duvet isn’t appropriate behaviour from the “supervising adult”. ...


Edinburgh Fringe Festival revamped

20th October 2020

What does a theatre festival look like online? The Fringe Festival has long been the pièce de résistance of the Edinburgh annual calendar. From some of the biggest names in entertainment to the small, unknown artists who are yet to be discovered, the festival is all-inclusive and caters to everyone’s interests. Performances range from circuses, ...


Citizens Theatre as a new season approaches

10th October 2020

Citizens shares its plans to entertain theatre-starved audiences. Following the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions across Scotland last week, whatever slow progress that had been made to reopen theatres seemed to disintegrate overnight. However, Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre have announced their programme moving forward into Autumn and the new year. Much of this focuses on the programme ...


Preview: The Place I Call Home theatre festival

8th October 2020

 Paines Plough’s plans to quench our thirst for theatre. All of us theatre enthusiasts have been starved of the joys of live performance. But theatre companies across the country have been striving to provide digital content to satisfy our appetites and a new theatre festival plans to do the same. Joint artistic directors of Paines ...


Covid-19’s attack on the arts

14th September 2020

Anton Ferrie discusses how Covid-19 has impacted creatives within the theatre industry. As the economy contracts and the chancellor’s shiny investment plans seem to have stalled, the culture sector is still without clear investment or an ability to plan ahead. Theatre venues, without the insurance guarantee that has offered certainty to film and television as ...