Mary Baillie

Mary Baillie

Mary is a world citizen with a degree in theatre and anthropology, and is currently pursuing another in English Literature. She loves everything theatre-related and is excited to be writing for BroadwayWorld.




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First Show:

Mamma Mia!

Favorite Show:

Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Review: GREASE, Kings Theatre Glasgow
Review: GREASE, Kings Theatre Glasgow
June 19, 2024

Adopting Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's original stage version, the production deviates from the famous movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Here we see subversive, sex-driven working-class teenagers among industrial Chicago instead of beachy California. Sandy Olsson is now Sandy Dumbrowski (reflecting the '50s influx of Polish immigrants), the infamous T-birds are the Burger Palace Boys. There is an undertone of gang warfare as the rebellious group often push against authority getting in trouble with the police - it's giving West Side Story.

Review: SUNSET SONG, Edinburgh Lyceum
Review: SUNSET SONG, Edinburgh Lyceum
May 31, 2024

Labeled the most important piece of contemporary Scottish literature, Lewis Grassic Gibbon's 1932 novel Sunset Song is an ongoing frontrunner of nationwide school curricula. Now this haunting coming-of-age narrative returns, reimagined beautifully for live theatre.

Review: IRVINE WELSH'S PORNO, Kings Theatre Glasgow
Review: IRVINE WELSH'S PORNO, Kings Theatre Glasgow
May 13, 2024

Porno lives up to its opening line: sequels are never as good as the original. Edinburgh's infamous pack of misfits (Renton, Bigbie, Sick Boy and Spud) reunite ten years after their appearances in the award-winning Trainspotting. They're all grown up, and surpisingly still alive.

Review: MAGGIE & ME, Tron Theatre
Review: MAGGIE & ME, Tron Theatre
May 13, 2024

Ten years after his award-winning memoir, Damian Barr revisits his past onstage with the National Theatre of Scotland in Maggie & Me. This brave piece recounts growing up gay in the straight world of Margaret Thatcher's working class Britain... among the Ravenscraig steelworks of Motherwell. Barr explores touching and timeless themes, but suffers slightly from a long-winded exposition.

Review: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, Perth Theatre
Review: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, Perth Theatre
May 7, 2024

Cross-dressing, guns, psychiatry, politics, incest, adultery and accidental overdoses interlace in Joe Orton's final and most subversive play. Unfortunately to a modern audience it feels dated.

Review: UNFORTUNATE: UNTOLD STORY OF URSULA THE SEA WITCH, Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
Review: UNFORTUNATE: UNTOLD STORY OF URSULA THE SEA WITCH, Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
May 3, 2024

After riding triumphant waves in the Edinburgh Fringe, camp musical parody Unfortunate dives into Glasgow to stage a revolutionary queerification of Disney's 1989 movie The Little Mermaid. 

Review: SISTER ACT, Kings Theatre Glasgow
Review: SISTER ACT, Kings Theatre Glasgow
May 1, 2024

This divine revival of the iconic movie follows nightclub singer Deloris van Cartier (Landi Oshinowo), whose life takes an unlikely turn after she witnesses a mobster murder. Seeking refuge in a holy convent, she poses as a nun revamping the sisters' struggling choir... despite protests from the austere Mother Superior (Coronation Street's Sue Cleaver). 

Review: ADAM KAY: UNDOCTORED, Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
Review: ADAM KAY: UNDOCTORED, Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
April 6, 2024

Adam Kay is the doctor-turned-comic who secured paramount success with his show and book 'This is Going to Hurt'. In his latest piece based on his new book, the audience undergo another emotional rollercoaster as Kay recounts the laborious laments of being an NHS frontliner.

Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Theatre Royal Glasgow
Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Theatre Royal Glasgow
March 28, 2024

Sometimes tactical stagecraft, talented actors and a minimalist set are all you need to evoke spine-chilling terror.

Review: BLUEBEARD, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Review: BLUEBEARD, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
March 15, 2024

Emma Rice places an old age folktale in a new age context through an eccentric movement-led, magical and musical theatrical extravaganza.  

Review: PETER PAN GOES WRONG, Theatre Royal Glasgow
Review: PETER PAN GOES WRONG, Theatre Royal Glasgow
March 6, 2024

Mischief Theatre made headlines in the West End with their acclaimed “Goes Wrong” series, where the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society showcases performances and everything goes absolutely haywire. Despite previous mishaps, this fictional acting troupe are back again, this time attempting a rendition of Peter Pan. 

Review: URINETOWN, Alexander Gibson Opera Studio
Review: URINETOWN, Alexander Gibson Opera Studio
March 4, 2024

Drawing on Theatre of the Absurd, clowning and Bertolt Brecht, this Tim Burton-esque musical uses quirky song and dance to explore humanity's deepest, darkest truths. 

Review: CYPRUS AVENUE, Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
Review: CYPRUS AVENUE, Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
February 29, 2024

Labelled as 'the most shocking, subversive and violent play on the London stage', David Ireland's Cyprus Avenue is a darkly comic exploration of sectarian hatred. This one definitely isn't for the faint-hearted.

Review: THE FULL MONTY, Theatre Royal Glasgow
Review: THE FULL MONTY, Theatre Royal Glasgow
February 23, 2024

Actors bare it all in Simon Beaufoy's award-winning adaptation of The Full Monty in Glasgow this week. A hilarious, delightful and phenomenally-acted story with an important social critique - what's not to love?

Review: ANTIGONE, Perth Theatre
Review: ANTIGONE, Perth Theatre
February 19, 2024

An ancient play with a contemporary message, Perth Youth Theatre’s Antigone tells us to never underestimate a powerful woman, or talented young people.

Review: BEND IT LIKE BERTIE, Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
Review: BEND IT LIKE BERTIE, Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
February 12, 2024

Last weekend sparked a very different theatrical audience - mostly male, all sporting green, ready to watch a unique piece catered to Celtic football fans. For the first time ever, I saw a very long-line to the men's toilets at interval and virtually no-one at the ladies! The piece had some decent jokes and an interesting (although strange) plotline, but only works for this very specific demographic.

Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Chandler Studio Theatre
Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Chandler Studio Theatre
February 7, 2024

The RCS second-year BA Acting cohort present a welcome genderfluid adaptation of Shakespeare’s queerest comedy. It is an engaging lens, although a cliché ending left me wanting more.

Review: JEKYLL AND HYDE, Royal Lyceum
Review: JEKYLL AND HYDE, Royal Lyceum
January 18, 2024

Gary McNair's one-man adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde faces a daunting obstacle: most of us know how it ends. Consequentially, the piece's challenge shifts from the story itself to how it is told - it not only needs to be immensely engaging, it needs to present a new perspective to combat overfamiliarity. It achieves the former, but the latter is less convincing.

Review: THE BODYGUARD, Theatre Royal Glasgow
Review: THE BODYGUARD, Theatre Royal Glasgow
January 5, 2024

Adapted for the stage by Alexander Dinelaris, the piece follows bodyguard Frank Farmer (Ayden Callaghan) who is hired to protect music superstar Rachel Marron (Emily Williams) and her son Fletcher (Kaylen Luke) after she receives death threats from a harrowing stalker (Marios Nicolaides). Despite a rocky start, Rachel and Frank's relationship blossoms amidst familial tensions and increasing danger. 

Review: SUNSHINE ON LEITH, Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Review: SUNSHINE ON LEITH, Pitlochry Festival Theatre
December 11, 2023

The sun is shining brightly on Pitlochry this winter with an incredible revival of the Scottish classic musical Sunshine on Leith. Set to songs by The Proclaimers, the play follows Leith natives Davy and Ally who return home after serving in war overseas. They face a changed Edinburgh, romantic entanglements and an exploration of what 'home' truly means. 



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