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 2019: BWW Review: GILBERT AND SULLIVAN'S IMPROBABLE NEW MUSICAL: LESS MISERABLE, theSpace @ Niddry StreetReview: GILBERT AND SULLIVAN'S IMPROBABLE NEW MUSICAL: LESS MISERABLE
Posted: Aug. 10, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: URINETOWN, Central HallEDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: URINETOWN, Central Hall
Posted: Aug. 6, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: WEREWOLF: LIVE, Underbelly, Bristo SquareEDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: WEREWOLF: LIVE, Underbelly, Bristo Square
Posted: Aug. 10, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, Pleasance CourtyardEDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, Pleasance Courtyard
Posted: Aug. 7, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: JEKYLL VS HYDE, PBH'S Free Fringe @ Voodoo RoomsEDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: JEKYLL VS HYDE, PBH'S Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms
Posted: Aug. 10, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: DARIUS DAVIES: PERSIAN OF INTEREST, Just the Tonic at The TronEDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: DARIUS DAVIES: PERSIAN OF INTEREST, Just the Tonic at The Tron
Posted: Aug. 18, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE! THE PANTO, theSpace on the MileEDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE! THE PANTO, theSpace on the Mile
Posted: Aug. 10, 2019


EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: BEEP BOOP, Assembly George Square
August 28, 2019

Described as 'a multimedia clown show', beep boop is a comic examination of technology's place in our lives.   Taking aim at phone addiction, the performative nature of social media and the perils of online dating, it asks, in a world where technology has brought us closer together, why do we still feel so lonely?

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: COMRADE EGG AND THE CHICKEN OF TOMORROW, Pleasance Courtyard
August 28, 2019

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the Chicken Appreciation Society.   Over the course of the next fifty minutes, ardent poultry fans like yourself will enjoy chicken impressions, informative lectures, beauty pageants and even interpretive dance; all in celebration of our feathered friends. 

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: ANDY ZALTZMAN: SATIRIST FOR HIRE, The Stand 3 & 4
August 18, 2019

Zaltzman, best known for current events comedy podcast The Bugle, takes topic suggestions, either by email or from early birds at the front of the queue, and satirises them, with the aim of making audiences feel better about the state of the world.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: DARIUS DAVIES: PERSIAN OF INTEREST, Just the Tonic at The Tron
August 18, 2019

In a selfless act of public service, Anglo-Iranian comedian Darius will show you how easy it is to beat the system and avoid media manipulation in our agenda-driven, technology-obsessed, modern society.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review, BITCH, ANTIGONE, theSpace on the Mile
August 18, 2019

Australian company Out Cast Theatre return to the Fringe with another outrageous deconstruction of a theatre classic, in the same vein as their The Importance Of Being Earnest As Performed by 3 F**king Queens & A Duck.  

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: UNICORN PARTY, Zoo Playground
August 18, 2019

Through the planned anarchy, Field considers the unicorn phenomenon as appropriation of queer culture, and persuasively traces the evolution through the centuries of both unicorns and sugar back to the idea of purity, with each of these elements being shown to be symbolic of power.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: STANDARD:ELITE, Bedlam Theatre
August 18, 2019

Coming to Edinburgh with awards from both Brighton and Manchester Fringes, Standard:Elite from Hidden Track Theatre Company is an interactive piece of political theatre on the theme of social class. 

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE, PQA Venues @ Riddle's Court
August 18, 2019

Douglas Adams, beloved writer of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, was notoriously terrible at sticking to deadlines.  Perennially quotable, he claimed to love 'the whooshing sound they make as they go by'.  The premise of Room 5064's short play, We Apologise For The Inconvenience, imagines Adams, late once again in submitting a manuscript, locked in a hotel room by his publisher until he finishes the series' fourth outing; the book that would be released as So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: BEFORE THE REVOLUTION, Summerhall
August 14, 2019

Before the Revolution is a short piece from Egypt's Temple Independent Theatre Company, making their Fringe debut at Summerhall this year.  It aims to explore the varied elements that sparked the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, portraying the political upheaval as the inevitable result of two decades of build up.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: 8:8, Summerhall
August 14, 2019

Pro Helvetia conceived 8:8 as a piece in response to Swiss law on mandatory deportation for foreigners who have committed crimes, putting forward the idea that the more you know about someone, the harder it is to condemn them.  

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: SWALLOW THE SEA CARAVAN THEATRE, Summerhall
August 14, 2019

Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre, as the name would suggest, hold performances in a vehicle converted into a tiny four-seater performance space.  This August, they are offering up a rota of different bitesize plays at various times through the day, with a run time of around twenty minutes.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: TOM CROSBIE: NERD WORLD PROBLEMS, Gilded Balloon Teviot
August 14, 2019

Tom Crosbie has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long time as a proud nerd.  In Nerd World Problems, he showcases just what is  possible with enough time, practice and a desire to impress.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: A TABLE TENNIS PLAY, Underbelly Cowgate
August 14, 2019

A woman returns to her childhood home to clear out family belongings found by the new owners in an air raid shelter long buried under the flower beds.  As the play continues, it becomes clear each of the three characters have buried things of their own that they have to deal with.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: WEREWOLF: LIVE, Underbelly, Bristo Square
August 10, 2019

In Werewolf: Live, Jon Gracey leads a team of comedians through several rounds of mystery and intrigue with hilarious results.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE! THE PANTO, theSpace on the Mile
August 10, 2019

In Shakespeare! The Panto, the Bard of Avon and his sidekick Bottom have noticed the popularity of pantomime, and despite the playwright's creative objections, see it as a way to overcome his writer's block.  With some of the best known characters in theatre popping up as they attempt to get their show on the road, hilarity ensues, or so the intention runs.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: JEKYLL VS HYDE, PBH'S Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms
August 10, 2019

In Jekyll vs Hyde, a free musical comedy now playing at the Voodoo Rooms, Laurence is a serious composer, working on a one-man musical adaptation of Stevenson's classic work.  It's high art he believes, much elevated by the noble tradition of sock puppetry enabling him to play all of the parts.  His wife and disgruntled stage hand, Lindsay thinks it's all a bit boring, especially compared to the cheesy, bells-and-whistles, Broadway-bound adaptation they had crafted together once upon a time.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: GILBERT AND SULLIVAN'S IMPROBABLE NEW MUSICAL: LESS MISERABLE, theSpace @ Niddry Street
August 10, 2019

The kings of light opera, Gilbert and Sullivan look down from heaven at the musicals of the modern age and set a wager on whether or not every musical could work as a Savoy Opera. The focus of their challenge? The world's longest running musical.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: QUESTING TIME, Pleasance Dome
August 7, 2019

Questing Time is one of a number of Fringe shows turning geeky interests into live performances.  Based around the format of a Dungeons & Dragons game, each show features a rotating trio of Fringe comedians attempting to muddle their way through a fantasy adventure role-playing game.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: CHARACTER BUILDING EXPERIENCE, Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire
August 7, 2019

In Character Building Experience, Sasha Ellen serves as game master, compering the show with a light touch and leading a trio of players and an audience through a flexible fantasy story. 

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: CHRIS BETTS VS THE AUDIENCE, Heroes @ Bob's Blundabus
August 7, 2019

In the ultimate manifestation of playing devil's advocate, Chris Betts vs the Audience pits the Canadian comic against his own punters, having him take up a contrary position on whatever idea they put forward, be it serious or silly. 



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