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 2014 - BWW Reviews: GAMARJOBAT: BOXER, Gilded Balloon, August 3 2014
August 4, 2014

Japanese duo Gamarjobat return to the Fringe this year to celebrate a decade since their Edinburgh breakthrough with Boxer.

EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW REVIEWS: UMBILICAL BROTHERS: KIDSHOW (NOT FOR KIDS), Gilded Balloon, August 3 2014
August 4, 2014

Kids' TV presenters Dane and Shavid are just having a little technical problem, and it's totally not your fault kids. Actually, those audience members don't look too much like kids....That's probably for the best as we descend into the murky yet hilarious world of dodgy dock-side dealers of performance art, a reversed bad language filter and an 18-rated, gore-filled version of The Brady Bunch in the comic duo's quest to get through their kids show in one piece and entertain their older than expected live audience.

EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: THE AXIS OF AWESOME: VIVA LA VIDA LOCA LAS VEGAS, Gilded Balloon, August 3 2014
August 4, 2014

Comedy rockers The Axis of Awesome make their return as a trio to the Fringe after a couple of years away, much to the delight of a packed out and highly vocal audience at the Gilded Balloon

EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: ZOMBIE SCIENCE: BRAIN OF THE DEAD, C Venues, August 2 2014
August 3, 2014

Dr Austin, expert on the undead and head of the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies is offering his expertise to Fringe-goers in two shows this August. An investigation into the brains of those who eat brains, Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead is about the neuroscience of the pop culture favourites, mixing the theory with plenty of comedy.

EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: THE SCOTTISH ENLIGHTENMENT PROJECT, Summerhall, August 1 2014
August 2, 2014

The Scottish Enlightenment Project, playing for only three nights at Summerhall, is a performance of a work in progress created by the National Theatre of Scotland and Brooklyn-based the TEAM. A meditation on Scottish national identity, particularly in contrast with that of America, it is centred around the story of two old friends from Glasgow, one recently returned from London and one still living with his mother, who reunite and head out on a road trip with an American woman they meet in a bar. Their story is interwoven with scenes demonstrating the influence on their ideas of national identity by the main thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment, particularly James Macpherson (of Ossian fame), Adam Smith and Walter Scott.

EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: BLOOD ORANGE, Summerhall, August 1 2014
August 2, 2014

A far right protest in the Scottish town of Dumfries inspires this tale of a young man caught up in a world of skin heads and racist violence. Presented by Electric Theatre Workshop, Blood Orange is an often confrontational piece of theatre, utilising the aesthetics of clubbing to create an hour that barely gives its audience or performers time to breathe as it hurtles along.

EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW REVIEWS: EDEN GATE, C Nova, August 1 2014
August 1, 2014

Set in the near future, Eden Gate takes place at the entrance to a sanctuary from a deadly virus that has reduced the population to a few hundred thousand people. You, the audience member, are a key part of the story as you have survived the apocalypse so far, and made your way to Edinburgh, where Eden Gate, a closed community free of the virus, is starting to rebuild civilisation.

EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: MORGAN & WEST: PARLOUR TRICKS, Pleasance Dome, July 31 2014
August 1, 2014

What sets Morgan and West apart from other magicians gracing the Fringe this year? According to the men themselves, "Better waistcoats, better facial hair....and time travel!" As seen on ITV's Penn and Teller: Fool Us, the eponymous double act are Victorian gentleman magicians, evoking not just a sense of awe for their tricks, but also their keen comedy, as they bring a sense of a more civilised age to a modern audience.


September 11, 2013

Argentina's Geronimo Rauch is the latest performer to don the famous white mask, playing the title role in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera. He spoke to BWW's Amy Hanson about playing the Phantom and about his experience of performing some of musical theatre's biggest roles around the world.

EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: BENNY DAVIS: THE HUMAN JUKEBOX, Gilded Balloon Teviot, August 23 2013
August 24, 2013

Best known as one third of Australian musical comedy group Axis of Awesome, performers of the famous "Four Chords Song", Benny Davis takes to the Fringe this year in a solo outing. Combining a sarcastic wit with excellent musicianship, "The Human Jukebox" centres around Davis' ability to pick up on musical patterns, with examples from every area of music strung together in amusingly odd combinations.

EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: MORGAN AND WEST: A GRAND ADVENTURE, Gilded Balloon Teviot, August 16 2013
August 17, 2013

A magic show with a twist, "Morgan And West: A Grand Adventure" features a duo of Victorian magicians on an epic quest in an era of hot air balloons, gentleman thieves and fantastic facial hair. Morgan and West make an endearing double act, adding plenty of personality to even the most classic of tricks, and it is their personalities that drive the story around which the show is structured.

EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: HOW TO OCCUPY AN OIL RIG, Northern Stage at St Stephens, August 16 2013
August 17, 2013

An exciting and engaging piece of political theatre, 'How To Occupy An Oil Rig' is a show that leads its audience from fun interaction with plasticine to serious advice on the most dangerous protest situations, through strong performances and a largely effective script.

EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: BRENDON BURNS AND COLT CABANA, The Stand 2, August 14 2013
August 15, 2013

"Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Sit in a Fifty-Seater Around Midnight and Provide the Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches" may be the longest show title on the Fringe this year, but it certainly ensures that you know what you are getting with your ticket. Brendon Burns, Australian stand-up comic and Fringe veteran, has formed a comedy tag-team of sorts with Colt Cabana, one of the best-known independent professional wrestlers in the world. Together, they are spending an hour each night mocking some of the very worst clips of pro-wrestling, as shown on a big screen in The Stand 2.

EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: THE BRIDGE THAT TOM BUILT, C Nova, August 14 2013
August 15, 2013

Tom Paine - a famous political author, a source of inspiration during the American War of Independence, the supporter and later prisoner of the French Revolution, and now the subject of a new one-man show. In "The Bridge That Tom Built", Dominic Allen portrays Paine from his youth in Thetford through to his death, as well as the influential figures that crossed his path, including Benjamin Franklin and Georges Jacques Danton.

EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: REVOLUTION SOCIETY, Pleasance Dome, August 13 2013
August 13, 2013

This political comedy is the story of a student Revolution Society, an extracurricular group annoyed at the system and wanting to change things, only without a concrete idea of what they want to change and how to go about it. From complaints about the shrinking size of Snickers bars and the cliches of being student revolutionaries, through to debate on what should be done with the stock market, 'Revolution Society' follows a group of young people who move from drafting polite letters to the Prime Minister, to setting up their own country.

EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: MCNEIL AND PAMPHILON GO 8-BIT!, Pleasance Dome, August 10 2013
August 11, 2013

Comedy duo Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon have put together an eclectic video games themed show for a short run at this year's Fringe. Featuring a number of comedy guests, 'McNeil and Pamphilon Go 8-Bit!' is a mixture of sketches based on games and spectator gaming, complete with painful forfeits for the losing players.

EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: THE SORRIES, Quaker Meeting House, August 10 2013
August 11, 2013

For all that they take their name and claim inspiration from Scotland's most famous folk duo The Corries, this is no mere tribute act. What Douglas Kay and Martin Philip do take from the band that gave Scotland its national anthem is a spirit of easy banter, from jokes about their own souvenir merchandise to a memorable mid-song duelling guitar section, and a great engagement with the audience, who are very much encouraged to join in, an opportunity they find irresistible.

EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: PREEN BACK YER LUGS, Pleasance Dome, August 10 2013
August 11, 2013

Amidst all of the questions of what the consequences of next year's independence referendum could be, nobody seems to have asked what would happen to an independent Scotland after a worldwide apocalypse. Until now, that is. Preen Back Yer Lugs offers some excellent satirical points on national identity, immigration and whether being prescriptive about culture is ever worthwhile.

EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: THE RADICALISATION OF BRADLEY MANNING, Pleasance At St Thomas of Aquin's High School, August 8 2013
August 9, 2013

The topical story of Bradley Manning, the young US soldier responsible for leaking millions of military documents and now facing a lifetime in prison, is brought to the stage in a new production by the National Theatre of Wales, which examines what brought an American teenager at school in Wales to become the key figure in one of the most controversial stories in the world today.

EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: GOD BLESS LIZ LOCHHEAD, Assembly Rooms, August 6 2013
August 7, 2013

Vain actors and productions in the process of going wrong are popular, if tedious, topics for Fringe plays, perhaps in an attempt to acquire an audience of theatrical types who will recognise themselves on stage. "God Bless Liz Lochhead" bucks the trend of such shows, not least by having more to talk about than deluded quirky performers, but also by being a sharp and genuinely funny production.



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