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Teenage Dream - Katy Perry Lip-Sync (Maddy Chisholm-Scott)

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Image: Zoë Neale, Facebook
Whilst I almost always review theatre, sometimes I come across an outstanding piece of art and just have to share my thoughts on it.

In just 1 minute and 25 seconds, which for those less versed in the theatre amongst you, is considerably shorter than your average play, we, the audience, are taken on an emotional journey through the life of Maddy Chisholm-Scott.

What's striking here, is that unlike a lot of biopics, Chisholm-Scott actually plays herself in this short film, adding that level of authenticity you just don't get with less successful similar pieces such as 2018's "Bohemian Rhapsody" or 2019's "Rocketman".

Directed with expertise by Zoë Neale, the use of different aspect ratios in different shots as an overarching commentary on the different lenses that Chisholm-Scott sees life through, are simply breathtaking. The use of slow motion is also powerful, representing how slowly life seemed to move in her early days.

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"Into The Woods" Review - Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group

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Design: James Crang

"Into The Woods" is a show that a lot of people love. As per usual, I've barely heard of it so I had no idea what to expect from this production. It can be summed up very easily; first rate, in simply every way.

Into The Woods is helmed by the direction of Sean Vannet, and lead by an extremely strong cast. A big risk of student theatre, is that very often ambitious shows don't have a large enough pool of actors to find someone absolutely perfect for the role, but all actors here were absolutely perfect for their roles. Additionally, it didn't fall into any of the usual pitfalls of student musical theatre, in particular, the acting, singing and dancing levels all seemed to be on one level, a very high one, when quite often the acting or dance can fall behind the vocals.

Whilst every actor has a brilliant moment to shine, some particular standout performances include Julia Weingaertner as the Baker's Wife, and Gordon Stackhouse as Jack. Both o…

"Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off" Review - Edinburgh University Theatre Company

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Design: Murid Laly, Photo: Elise Coward
"Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off" can be summed up in one word: immersive. From the expectedly stellar acting, to the mind blowing stage design and incredible lighting, Bedlam Theatre was unrecognisable. 
Kirsten Millar drives the entire show more than expertly. Her vocals, both spoken and sung, are captivating, and her comedic timing is perfect. Eilidh Northridge as the titular character is moving, and you really feel sad for her eventual demise, which is, of course, having her head chopped off, which is expertly choreographed on stage. Megan Lambie steals the show in her roles, primarily as Elizabeth I. Both Northridge and Lambie multirole with such convincing motivation, and despite the fact that these characters could easily have been cast separately, the parallels and contrasts created by the multirolling adds to the quirkiness of the show. All 3 leads are perfectly cast, making for a fantastic viewing experience.
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"Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot" Review - Edinburgh University Theatre Company