Mark Fisher

Review: ‘Mary Stuart’


Schiller's magnificent drama about the imprisonment and execution of Mary Queen of Scots at the hands of Elizabeth I of England would seem to be the perfect way to bolster nationalistic pride in…

Review: ‘Son of Man’


Following the greatest refit the former Newcastle Playhouse has ever known, the newly named Northern Stage Theater has returned to action with the greatest story ever told. Dennis Potter's 1969…


Review: ‘Long Life’


It shouldn't work. A wordless play about senior citizens living in a dilapidated communal housing scheme does not sound like high drama. Yet "Long Life," a Latvian production playing at the Edinburgh…

Review: ‘Platform’


The audience was already prepared for the worst, fully aware that a play based on a novel by Michel Houellebecq was being staged by the equally notorious Calixto Bieito. It probably caused more alarm…

Review: ‘Realism’


A one-man play for seven actors, "Realism" takes place inside the head of romantically troubled thirtysomething Stuart. It's a vision of a mundane Saturday at home after a heavy night on the town…

Review: ‘Black Watch’


The runaway hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a vibrant piece of verbatim theater that celebrates the lives of the soldiers of the ancient Scottish Black Watch regiment who served in Iraq…

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