Latest articles from Mark Brown

reviews Edinburgh Fringe reviews: I admire Alan Cumming, but Burn is a comprehensive failure

WHERE would the Traverse Theatre’s Edinburgh festivals programme be without Irish writers, actors and companies? The most cursory consideration of recent years – in which the theatre’s stages have been graced by such shows as Enda Walsh’s Medicine (2021), Michael John O’Neill’s This Is Paradise (2021 and 2022), Meghan Tyler’s Crocodile Fever (2019) and David Ireland’s Ulster American (2018) – show that the festival offerings of Scotland’s new writing theatre rely very heavily

COMMENT Now is the UK's summer of our discontent, thankfully!

THE UK is in the grip of a summer of industrial discontent. From a series of strikes across the railways to industrial action by members of the Communication Workers’ Union at BT and Openreach, an estimated 85,000 workers took strike action throughout the UK in the week just past.

Candide: An outdoor opera for our times and a breath of fresh air

CANDIDE, the satirical novella by Voltaire, is one of the great works of philosophical literature. First published in 1759, the book takes a darkly comic sideswipe at the inordinate optimism of those who believed that “all is for the best in this best of possible worlds”.