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Critics’ Circle

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Join our Critic’s Circle and write a review of this week’s play.  At the end of each week David will pick his favourite review and the winner will receive a bottle of malt whisky.

And we’re not simply asking you to stroke our egos -  the best review means best written and not most flattering! All that we ask is that you keep your review within 100 words maximum.

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  • Use the Comment box below to post your review of this week’s play*

*If you want to comment on a previous or future play please go to that play’s section on this website and leave your comment there. It is only reviews of  this week’s play that are elgible for the Critic’s Circle prize.

  • The cut-off time for entries is 10pm Sunday each week

  • The winner will be notified by email on the following week

  • The prize will be available for collection from the Whisky Bar at Oran Mor

  • The winning review will be featured in the News section of our website

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Latest reviews

  1. Harry Wedgeworth said;

    08 September 2014, 7:52 pm

    wonderful acting, scripting and production of a play so near to the hearts of all Nationalists at this time in the life of Scots. Thank you all for a simply engrossing 60 minutes of mixed emotions from laughter through historic melodrama to profound sadness. I haven’t enjoyed a an afternoon out so much for so long. I’ll Be Back. Thank you.

  2. Alastair Ramage said;

    10 September 2014, 8:39 pm

    Ian Pattison’s ‘A terrible beauty’ is an intensely moving play acted frenetically by a superb cast. It is very appropriate that Oran Mor should present it in the week before the Referendum, as the history of the struggle between independence and dominion status for Ireland in 1922 resonates loudly with today’s debates in Scotland. Despite the intensity of performance particularly by John Kielty as Michael Collins, there are welcome touches of humour. Positioning Gavin Wright as a Glaswegian functioning both as narrator and intermediary between Collins and Crowley, another fine performance from George Docherty, was a brilliant idea.

  3. Catherine Fraser said;

    10 September 2014, 11:51 pm

    As a regular at PP&P, I have seen a huge variety of plays. This one stands out as one of the best. Superb acting by the two principals and a phenomenal script which mixed appropriate humour set in such a serious and difficult time in Ireland’s history. We are so privileged to see such quality in such an informal setting.

  4. Jim dickson said;

    13 September 2014, 8:35 am

    This is high octane stuff with a great script acted out by a cast in top form. All the treachery of civil war is exposed in all its horror with no clear line to indicate who is friend or foe and people find it necessary to kill comrades to continue to pursue a cause for the common good. Leaving the Venue with the lines”Hes a poet using an adjective is like a death in the family”. Refreshed my memory to the magic of our language when the pen is in the hands of a master craftsman.

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