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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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Blog Archive

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Ethical eating and a damp squib of a show

Today on Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links I'm out and about at Edinburgh's Iglu restaurant eating an organic meal. And there's a review in The Guardian of Benchtours' Crowhurst which left me feeling all washed up.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Theatre review of Poorboy's Falling

There's a strange rash of shows on the theme of heaven and hell around in Scotland at the moment. You can choose between the Royal Lyceum's Faust, the Arches' Inferno and - new on my site today - Poorboy's Falling.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Four new Scottish theatre reviews

It's been a busy couple of weeks in Scottish theatre, with many of the key companies launching new shows. With the help of a couple of matinees, I clocked up eight in six days last week. New today on Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links are four reviews: Phedre at Perth Theatre; Crowhurst by Benchtours; Molly Whuppie by Licketyspit; and Prince Unleashed by Visible Fictions.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Review of Dante's Inferno

Hell is big this month on Scotland's stages. New today on Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links a review of Inferno at the Arches, Glasgow.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

More Home, more Faust

New on Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links today, a couple of articles recently published by Variety: a round up of the National Theatre of Scotland's Home shows and a review of the Royal Lyceum's Faust.

Monday, March 13, 2006

The Talented Mr Ripley

Not the film but the play. A theatre review of The Talented Mr Ripley at Dundee Rep on my site today.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Lynn Ferguson and Una McLean

Published today is an interview I did with Una Mclean and Lynn Ferguson - follow the link on Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links. Both of them are starring in the new Douglas Maxwell play, Melody, which opens at the Traverse Theatre on Tuesday. Also on the site today is a theatre review of EH6 by Edinburgh's Puppet Lab - a beguiling puppet show for adults.

Friday, March 10, 2006

I've got a site map and I'm going to use it

Hang out the bunting! Crack open the champagne! Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links now has its very own site map.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Soul-selling with Faust

Yesterday I mentioned it was tough to give a one-star review (though not nearly as tough as receiving one, I'm sure). Writing about something you like can be difficult in a different way. Today's review of Faust seemed to take me all weekend to write. It felt like the ambition of the production, the fact that it was in two instalments and my enjoyment of it were all conspiring to make it impossible to say anything sensible. In the end, I had to sell my soul to the devil just to get it written.

Monday, March 06, 2006

The cruelty of a one-star review

Should I have been kinder in my one-star review of 7:84's Free-Fall today in The Guardian? In normal circumstances, it'd be just another show, but the company is under threat of closure because of funding cuts from the Scottish Arts Council and it's cruel to kick a man when he is down. I wondered about giving it two stars, but the only reason I could think of for a second star was I felt sorry for the company. That didn't seem to be a very good reason. Still, the show has received three-star reviews elsewhere (even a four-star in one case), so it's only my opinion.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Website updates

New today on Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links: a review of 7:84's Free-Fall and news of the appointment of Jonathan Mills at the Edinburgh International Festival. On the homepage there's an update of Scottish theatre productions in April and links to articles about Jerry Springer the Opera and Visible Fictions' Prince Unleashed.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

SAC shake-up

The Scottish Arts Council has changed its way of funding theatre companies and other arts organisations. It is putting its money into two pots: one for long-term "foundation" funding; the other for one-off "flexible" grants. The changes will be good news for those granted more stability and, theoretically, for a generation of younger artists. Bad news, though, for Borderline, 7:84 and others, whose regular funding has been withdrawn.
On Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links today: more articles about the National Theatre of Scotland