Glasgow’s an incredible place for children with a multitude of parks, museums, eateries and shops. Fit in as much as you can with this one-day itinerary the kids (and grown-ups) will love.
One of the most picturesque and calming scenes in Scotland, Loch Lomond Shores lies just 40 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Glasgow city. With lots to do for families and children in the Balloch resort, I check out the local Sea Life Centre (for a second time) and give costs, travel and itinerary ideas.
Originally published on StageWon. August 2012 – Edinburgh Fringe. (http://stagewon.co.uk/news/view/edinburgh-battleacts-free-sisters-august2012/)
Melissa Rynn reviews BattleActs! improvised comedy at The Free Sisters.
Two teams, one aim: to pulverise the other side to a hideously cruel defeat and achieve the coveted title of BattleActs! winner (until the next night, at least). An Edinburgh regular and steady Fringe favourite, BattleActs! toy with the concept of improvised comedy through a trademark competitive streak as the company are split into two and forced to fight it out against one another in a test of wit, speed, and acrobatic versatility that I’m sure even Cirque du Soleil would envy.
Aside from the notable in-house competition, what marks the talented troop away from scores of other improvisation groups is both the intelligence behind the work and the sheer energy each game is performed with. Imagine the knowing humour of Blackadder combined with a room full of coffee-fueled six year olds on Christmas Eve and you wouldn’t be far off the level of enthusiasm the team achieve each night. There’s lots of unplanned leaps and bounds yet the overall evening constantly builds, never wavering in its skillful display of theatrical spontaneity.
A new addition to last year’s programme, the show now includes two guest spots designed to introduce the audience to new shows and give the acrobatic actors a well earned rest for twenty minutes. A fantastic way to build the show, the standard of performance certainly never wavers; I was lucky enough to have none less than MTV persona and established stand-up Joel Dommett as well brilliant sketch trio Foil, Arms and Hog keeping the roof risen on the night I was there with unquestionably funny supporting ten minute sets.
As a free show you’ll hardly have to battle with your bank manager to pay a visit, instead you might just have to fight the crowds as the troop become ever more popular. However, as we’re reminded a the beginning of the show, we make the suggestions so if it’s not all that good, it’s the audience’s fault. I’m hoping that opening line works both ways and feel somewhat inclined to take just a little bit of credit for the success myself. I’ll accept thanks in the form of a drink or two…
Originally written for Stagewon, August 2012. Edinburgh Fringe.
Melissa Rynn reviews The Fantasist at Underbelly Bristo Square.
Image: Dougie Firth
It’s hard to put into words a particularly queer dream; you can explain what happened and remember key points, but you can never quite touch on the feelings and the absurdity of what exactly takes place. A dystopian nightmare in its topic, The Fantasist is the theatrical equivalent to a full blown vision; both in the amazing standard of the production, and my lack of ability to find the right words to explain it.
Originally written for StageWon, August 2012. Edinburgh Fringe. (http://stagewon.co.uk/news/view/edinburgh-the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee-c-august2012/)
Melissa Rynn reviews The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at C.
As StageWon’s resident language obsessive, I’ve always harboured secret dreams of taking part in a spelling bee; a place were obsessive nerdism is rewarded and it’s cool to be cultured. While The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee at C Venues has positively quashed my dreams of ever entering one (it became swiftly apparent that my spelling skills just aren’t quite up to it), the piece did remind me of just how fun theatre can be in a sweeping hour of laughs, tears, and an awful lot of long-winded words.