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Four buildings across Edinburgh with a wealth of talent happening behind their doors

Tanya and myself managed to squeeze in an afternoon visit to Garvald in Edinburgh on our trip to Scotland. We were greeted at the converted Edwardian school by the Art Studio facilitator and Exhibitions Coordinator Morven MacCrae. Garvald has been going in some form for over fifty years and ...

Project Ability and its reach across Glasgow

Since 1984 Project Ability has existed in Glasgow and has been in two previous venues before settling into Trongate 103 in 2009, where it occupies two floors of a very large cultural building. With Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council as the main core funders, Project Ability supports ...

Festival Reviews: Ah Dinnae Ken

4.5 stars STUDENT THEATRE AT GLASGOW (STAG) 3 - 18 August at theSpace on Niddry Street Two houses, both alike in dignity In fair Scotland where we lay our scene The question of Indy 2 breaks new mutiny Where civil blood make civil hands unclean. Set some time in the future where a new referendum for the ...

Finger puppetry in Cold Blood

Festival Reviews: Cold Blood

5 stars MICHÈLE ANNE DE MEY / JACO VAN DORMAEL / KISS & CRY COLLECTIVE 4 - 6 August at the Edinburgh International Festival Cold Blood on the stage looks-like an open stage with a blank screen, almost like a mirror with no reflection but this soon becomes far from true. When the lights ...

Puppet Death and my end thoughts to performing with Stealth Aspies…. 11/08/18

Now… I don’t know whether I enjoyed it or not… but the Famous Puppet Death Scenes show needs a mention. It was one hour thirty of different famous puppet death scenes from various performances over the last 200 years! (all around three minutes long)  – including a children’s game show where ...

Headshot of the performer Jess Thom

Last Day at the Fringe!!! – 11/08/18

I decided to stay one more day… because I had been told that Jess Thoms was going to be in the audience (founder of Tourette’s Hero… whom I have previously written an article; BBC Two’s Documentary ‘Me, My Mouth and I’: Biscuits! Fuck a Goat! Hedgehog! However… I woke up in ...

Menstruation and Scientology! Another Day at the Fringe! – 09/08/18

As I have been theatrical all my life…I had quite a few friends who are also theatrical, and who were also performing. When I lived in Sheffield I used to be in a movement– Period Positive (which was all about counter-acting stigmas around menstruation for girls and women). Chella Quint, whom ...

HUNG OVER…. BUT IT’S SHOW TIME!!! 09/08/18

Hung over!!! – But woke up early to write this diary/blog!!! – Mind a bit ‘glunky’ – planning to watch a variety of things. But so far only booked for one; a feminist production called, ‘Norris and ParkerK Burn the Witch’ – Debauched Late-night sketch comedy for lovers of the ...

Even More Performances!!!/I’M STILL STANDING!(and performing!) 08/08/18

Time to see a show… before our show!!! –…. Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters. I was curious… but not knowing a huge amount about Shakespeare… and only having watched around two episodes of Ghostbusters I was worried I wouldn’t understand the performance. However, it was quite ...

Aspie Manor! – 04/08/18

Paul Wady kindly came to pick me up from the station at 9.30 pm… 5 and a half hours after I was supposed to arrive in Edinburgh! (… turning a 6-and-a-half-hour journey into 11-and-a-half hours!!!) I’m traumatised… I was stuck a twenty-minute walk from a station… for three hours… without air ...