Amy Hanson

Amy Hanson Amy Hanson is an Edinburgh-based director and drama teacher. Her theatrical interests range from anything that shouts about politics to the cheesiest of musical theatre.


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EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: THE TRAIL TO OREGON!, The Space On North BridgeEDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: THE TRAIL TO OREGON!, The Space On North Bridge
Posted: Aug. 28, 2018


EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: MINISTERS OF GRACE, TheSpace on the MileEDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: MINISTERS OF GRACE, TheSpace on the Mile
Posted: Aug. 8, 2018


EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: WE'VE GOT EACH OTHER, Pleasance DomeEDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: WE'VE GOT EACH OTHER, Pleasance Dome
Posted: Aug. 3, 2018


EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: THE FROGS, Theatre Bath BusEDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: THE FROGS, Theatre Bath Bus
Posted: Aug. 10, 2018


EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: HEAVEN BURNS, Assembly RoxyEDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: HEAVEN BURNS, Assembly Roxy
Posted: Aug. 5, 2018


EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: JOHN ROBERTSON: SWEATY, SEXY PARTY PARTY, Just the Tonic at The TronReview: JOHN ROBERTSON: SWEATY, SEXY PARTY PARTY
Posted: Aug. 5, 2018


EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review, RIK CARRANZA: STILL A FAN, Gilded Balloon Rose TheatreEDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review, RIK CARRANZA: STILL A FAN, Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre
Posted: Aug. 15, 2018


EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: JERICHO, Underbelly Cowgate
August 28, 2018

In Jericho, an Irish online journalist struggles to focus on her assigned article on professional wrestling. As she disappears down a digital rabbithole of research and procrastination, the show branches off into an examination of social media, fake news, and debate in the digital age.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: HENCHMEN, Sweet Grassmarket
August 28, 2018

It's Mike and Billy's first day on their new job - working as henchmen to supervillain Rapture. Flying in the face of all henchmen tropes, Mike manages to accidentally kill caped do-gooder Captain Hero, and finds himself inducted into the ranks of the supervillains. Meanwhile, his old boss Rapture seeks revenge by teaming up with a new superhero, being changed forever by the power of friendship along the way.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: THE TRAIL TO OREGON!, The Space On North Bridge
August 28, 2018

The Oregon Trail is a famous, or perhaps notorious, computer game from the 1970s, originally intended as a piece of educational software to teach US school pupils about 19th century western migration. The fiendish video game was reimagined as a comedy musical in 2014 by Team Starkid, and Gone Rogue Productions have brought the show to the Fringe this year as a European Premiere.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON AND THE DOG WHO KNOWS, The Stand's New Town Theatre
August 20, 2018

After television appearances on Penn & Teller: Fool Us and America's Got Talent, plus a Las Vegas residency, Piff the Magic Dragon returns to the Fringe in style.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: TIMPSON: THE MUSICAL, C
August 19, 2018

Gigglemug Theatre have created a musical about the origins of the nationwide chain, with sponsorship from Timpson Ltd even adding a stamp of authenticity. In this new musical, two warring families of would-be inventors, the Montashoes and the Keypulets, compete for business and fame at the annual Invention Convention.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: PLAYLIGHT ROBBERY, Just The Tonic at The Caves
August 19, 2018

Thanks to Playlight Robbery, by Hivemind Productions, we have finally found a better use for all of those flyers than papier-mache craft projects or lining a budgie cage. In an admirable bit of recycling, the cast of this improv show will take a flyer that you bring along, and with only the information on it, recreate the show live on stage.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: USER NOT FOUND, Traverse at Jeelie Piece Cafe
August 16, 2018

Terry's partner Luka left him six months ago. As he sits in his usual cafe, sipping on a cup of tea, a series of unexpected condolence messages ping into his phone. Luka has died, but has appointed Terry as his digital executor, the person with the power to decide what happens to his online presence after death.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: LOOP, Underbelly Cowgate
August 15, 2018

In Loop, three generations of the same family are all united by their love of the music of their own time, but often struggle to relate to one another. Music is the the way a generation defines itself, but the hits of one decade are so often dismissed as incomprehensible rubbish by those still obsessed by the music of their own heyday, drawing this theatrical compilation album into a metaphor for an inter-generational failure to connect.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review, RIK CARRANZA: STILL A FAN, Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre
August 15, 2018

Rik Carranza is a devoted Trekkie, but it wasn't always a badge he wore with pride. In Still A Fan, a work that's more storytelling with jokes than a conventional stand-up show, Carranza takes us through his life so far, from growing up mixed-raced in Scotland, through bullying, depression, a suicide attempt and attempts to be 'normal', before finding happiness in being able to be his nerdy self.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Paradise in Augustines
August 12, 2018

The Drowsy Chaperone will speak to any musical theatre fan who finds escapism in showtunes. A charming, heart-warming and frequently hilarious show, it features an ageing, reclusive theatre aficionado, who is dealing with feeling blue by listening to his favourite musical, a typical 1920s romantic comedy, all the while keeping up a wry running commentary to the audience.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: THE EXTINCTION EVENT, Pleasance Courtyard
August 12, 2018

Famed British sci-fi writer Arthur C Clarke once coined the adage that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. It is at this intersection that The Extinction Event resides, one of two Fringe shows from The Sorcerers For The Extinction of Death And Associates, with this show something of a sequel to The Vanishing Man, also at the Pleasance Courtyard.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: LET'S INHERIT THE EARTH, Pleasance Courtyard
August 12, 2018

A rowdy piece of popular theatre written by Morna Pearson and accompanied by an exceptionally catchy original pop-punk score by Jonny Hardie, Let's Inherit The Earth flits between scenes on the theme of climate change, how it is driven by capitalism and how it is further exploited by that very same capitalism.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: WAR WITH THE NEWTS, Summerhall
August 11, 2018

Adapted from Karel Capek's 1930s sci-fi satire, War With The Newts is set on an oyster trawler, en route to a colony of human survivors after the titular conflict. Along the way, the show takes in issues of race, refugees, nationalism and animal experimentation.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: SQUARE GO, Roundabout @ Summerhall
August 11, 2018

Max is hiding in the school toilets. There's only an hour left before he has to face a huge rite of passage in the form of a school gates fight with terrifying teenage tough guy Danny Guthrie. With best pal Stevie there to pump him up, or, more realistically, warn that he's in for a pounding, the two 13-year-olds explore what it means to be a man.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: THE EGG IS A LONELY HUNTER, Summerhall
August 10, 2018

A monologue by Hannah Mamalis, The Egg Is A Lonely Hunter is a wry, absurd piece that finds humour in both the mundane and the extraordinary, from talking horses to being overly conscious of one's body.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: THE FROGS, Theatre Bath Bus
August 10, 2018

Adapted from the comedy of Aristophanes, The Frogs features the god Dionysus, aghast at the state of theatre, descending into the Underworld on a mission to bring back the greatest playwright of all time in a bid to save civilisation through the arts.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review, ANTIGONE NA H'EIREANN, Paradise in The Vault
August 8, 2018

The ancient Greek tragedy Antigone is a hugely versatile piece, lending itself well to adaptations to situations far beyond its original Theban setting. In this new adaptation by James Beagon, the play is set in the near future, where Brexit has resulted in a hard border with Ireland and consequent return to sectarian violence. This is a setting that works well with the themes of rebellion, religion and family relationships of Sophocles' original text.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review, CARD NINJA, Gilded Balloon Teviot
August 8, 2018

All the way from New Zealand, Javier Jarquin has always wanted to be a ninja. With martial arts lessons proving disappointing and traditional weapons like nunchaku hard to master, Javier instead dedicated his time and effort to adapting playing cards into deadly shuriken. In this show, he attempts to pass through a series of trials that proves he has what it takes to be a true ninja.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: MINISTERS OF GRACE, TheSpace on the Mile
August 8, 2018

Here at the world's biggest arts festival, creatives and artists from all over the globe are tackling truly important questions, with surely none more crucial than what the result would be if Shakespeare had written seminal 80s classic Ghostbusters. REDuck Producktions have slapped Shakespearean language, costumes and setting on to the story of disgraced "philosophers" saving the public from the supernatural.

EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: GARRY STARR PERFORMS EVERYTHING
August 7, 2018

Theatre, we are informed at the outset of the show, is a dying art. A potentially controversial statement at the Fringe, but luckily for everyone, underappreciated actor Garry Starr is on a mission to save the art form. Over the course of sixty minutes, he will attempt to perform every single genre of theatre in order to inspire his audience to new-found appreciation and enthusiasm for everything from melodrama to maskwork.



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