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Mark Fisher
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Follow me on Twitter at MarkFFisher, WriteAboutTheat and LimelightXTC I am a freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers. I am also editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide.
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Monday, October 30, 2006

Sweetness and shadows

My latest articles include a review of Sweet Bird of Youth at Dundee Rep and an interview with Cara Kelly about Shadow of a Gunman at the Citz. Despite her winning the Best Female Performer gong in the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland this summer, this is only her third ever interview.

Sweet Bird of Youth is very good. If you're making the trip to Dundee this week, get there a couple of hours early so you can see the excellent Killing Time exhibition at the neighbouring DCA.

Read more at Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Latest theatre reviews

Just spent rather too long updating my website. Check out Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links for reviews of the Tron's production of The Tempest, Random Accomplice's Something Wicked, Visible Fictions' Jason and the Argonauts, Dudendance's Droopy Met Hal, as well as features about Dundee Rep's Sweet Bird of Youth and Douglas Henshall in London.

Monday, October 09, 2006

MSPs miss the NTS

A revealing claim in the the Observer yesterday that no leading MSP has attended a performance by the National Theatre of Scotland. I agree with Ruaridh Nicoll that it's a shocking state of affairs. Theatre is part of our civic life and for parliamentarians to avoid it is a derelection of duty. I don't imagine they were too busy catching up with other performances to find time for the NTS.

Meanwhile at the Traverse, artistic director Philip Howard is following the Tony Blair school of resignation. A story in the Scotsman at the weekend revealed he will leave the Edinburgh theatre at the end of 2007.

Among articles of mine published yesterday were interviews with Alasdair Gray, Nicholas Hytner and Zofia Kalinska. Links at Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links