Natalie O'Donoghue

Natalie O'Donoghue Natalie has been an avid theatre goer since her first London production of Blood Brothers when she was 12. Based in Glasgow, she also reviews in Edinburgh and London as much as she can. Natalie loves nothing better than a musical medley and has an intense fear of audience participation.


BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET!, Festival Theatre, EdinburghBWW Review: ON YOUR FEET!, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Posted: Oct. 8, 2019

BWW Review: WHAT'S IN A NAME, Theatre Royal, GlasgowBWW Review: WHAT'S IN A NAME, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Posted: Oct. 3, 2019

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA!, Edinburgh PlayhouseBWW Review: MAMMA MIA!, Edinburgh Playhouse
Posted: Sep. 21, 2019

BWW Review: SCOTTISH BALLET'S THE CRUCIBLE, Theatre Royal, GlasgowBWW Review: SCOTTISH BALLET'S THE CRUCIBLE, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Posted: Sep. 26, 2019

BWW Review: 9 TO 5, King's Theatre, GlasgowBWW Review: 9 TO 5, King's Theatre, Glasgow
Posted: Oct. 10, 2019

BWW Review: A TASTE OF HONEY, King's Theatre, EdinburghBWW Review: A TASTE OF HONEY, King's Theatre, Edinburgh
Posted: Sep. 25, 2019


Posted: May. 8, 2019

BWW Review: LES MISERABLES, Festival Theatre, EdinburghBWW Review: LES MISERABLES, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Posted: Jan. 26, 2019

The Lion King Returns To Edinburgh PlayhouseThe Lion King Returns To Edinburgh Playhouse
Posted: Jan. 14, 2019

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Posted: Jan. 9, 2019

BWW Review: THE DRIFT, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
October 12, 2019

An autobiographical, poetic spoken word show, The Drift sees writer and performer Hannah Lavery exploring her legacy of being a?oemixeda?? in Scotland left to her by her father and mother and their respective journeys. A beautiful story of love, loss and bereavement, as well as a searingly honest portrayal of growing up mixed-race in Scotland, The Drift challenges us to see Scottish history and our public memory in a different light.

BWW Review: 9 TO 5, King's Theatre, Glasgow
October 10, 2019

With an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton, and a book by the iconic movie's original screenwriter Patricia Resnick, this hilarious new production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET!, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
October 8, 2019

Direct from London, On Your Feet! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom.

BWW Review: WHAT'S IN A NAME, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
October 3, 2019

Father-to-be Vincent and his partner Anna are invited to dinner by his sister Elizabeth and her husband, Peter. They are joined by childhood friend Carl for a mature and sophisticated gathering.

BWW Review: SCOTTISH BALLET'S THE CRUCIBLE, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
September 26, 2019

A teenage girl imagines her future. A marriage is tested. Church bells ring, uniting the community in prayer. These are good people; this could be anywhere. They fear the shadows in the forest, but the real monsters are much closer to home.

BWW Review: A TASTE OF HONEY, King's Theatre, Edinburgh
September 25, 2019

When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with Jimmy, a sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads for the seas. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels.

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA!, Edinburgh Playhouse
September 21, 2019

Sophie's quest to discover the father she's never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they'll never forget.

BWW Review: HOW NOT TO DROWN, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
September 12, 2019

In 2002, in the turmoil after the end of the Kosovan War, Dritan is sent on the notoriously perilous journey across the Adriatic with a gang of people smugglers to a new life in Europe. He relies on his young wit and charm to make it to the UK. But the fight for survival continues as he clings to his identity and sense of self when he ends up in the British care system.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: SEX EDUCATION, Summerhall
August 27, 2019

One parent refuses to talk about sex. The other buys their child gay porn DVDs. Sex Education blends startling performance, moving storytelling, a no-holds-barred interview with Harry's mum and some good old-fashioned gay porn that his dad bought when he was 14. A show for anyone who's wondered why they want what they want. Delivered with the candour and charm that have made him an acclaimed international touring success.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: DADDY DRAG, Summerhall
August 27, 2019

This is a show about dads. Good dads, daft dads, dads who wear slogan t-shirts, dads that put on barbecues, dads that tell dad jokes, dads that are bad at dancing. This is a show about dads who are absent and dads who are not very good dads at all. Daddy Drag asks us to consider how the relationships with our fathers affect us for the rest of our lives. Leyla Josephine attempts to understand what it means to be a father through her witty performance style, drag costumes and complex but unconditional love for her dad.

August 27, 2019

A new play about consent within a relationship. A young couple at university have fallen in love. They listen to each other. They respect each other. But everything changes after a drunken evening with their friends. On this night, when he takes off her underwear and his boxers, she says, 'No'. But he doesn't stop. She struggles to assimilate the rape for what it was, because how could it be rape? He loves her. He couldn't have done that. Endless Second explores how two people deal with a trauma that fundamentally alters the nature of their relationship.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: THE CLAIM, Summerhall
August 27, 2019

The Claim by Tim Cowbury, directed by Mark Maughan. A comically absurd and quietly shattering journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society. Serge stands before us. He has a performance to give. But why is he here? What is he claiming has happened to him? And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it? A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, The Claim asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words.

August 27, 2019

Person of interest on Mock The Week, People Just Do Nothing and The Bugle squats and delivers a show about the extreme sport of womanhood. Birthing her vision of the future before your eyes, how she hopes it will be... free from class war, poverty and consent issues. Also dragging the overdue spectre of what it is more likely to be: t-shirt feminism, Jordan Peterson and corporate wokeness from her loins. All without an epidural.

August 27, 2019

Brister has it all: a wife, kids, a house and a job she loves (sometimes) so what the hell is she moaning about? Join Jen as she takes an irreverent look at the often controversial subject of 'privilege'. Who has it? Who doesn't? And why does no one like to admit they have any?

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: BIBLE JOHN, Pleasance
August 26, 2019

1969 at the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow, three women are murdered by an Old Testament-quoting serial killer, nicknamed Bible John. He's never been caught. 2019, four women bound by their obsession with true crime want to change that. Immersing themselves in the world of Bible John and his victims, they try to solve the case, once and for all. A riotous, furious, joyful exploration of violence, gender and one of Scotland's darkest mysteries.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: LEAVE A MESSAGE, Gilded Balloon
August 27, 2019

Two friends, Ed and Sarah, travel to the small squalid bedsit where Ed's father passed away a few days earlier. As they wade through the debris, the fragments of one lost life begin to coalesce, just as another starts to show signs of cracking. Will we be remembered for anything more than the mess we leave behind? Either way, the carpet is beyond saving. A brand-new play, based on an actual afternoon.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: THE WASP, Greenside
August 26, 2019

A gripping electric thriller, exploring the far-reaching, unexpected and devastating effect childhood bullying can wreak. Gasp-inducing moments between former schoolmates twist and turn in this tense, often darkly comedic, and ultimately shocking female two-hander.

August 25, 2019

From disastrous dates, to ruining weddings, to causing whole islands to go into a state of emergency, Sasha Ellen chalks it all up to being a bit of a pickle. A storytelling stand-up show about romantic misadventures on an epic scale. A friendly romcom featuring an engagement, a missing person and a near catastrophe which explores love, loss and sexy, sexy helicopter pilots.

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: ELECTRIC, Underbelly
August 24, 2019

Baby wipes, glitter and cans at the ready, Joni and Scarlett head off on their respective weekends. From two sides of Dublin City, the pair unexpectedly meet in the neon fields of Irish music festival Electric Picnic. Hysterically riotous and soul-stirring, Electric probes our innate prejudices and preconceived notions of who we are while taking you on the session of a lifetime!

EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: YUCK CIRCUS, Underbelly
August 26, 2019

Winner: Top-tier Fringe World Martin Sims Award 2019. Winner: Adelaide Tour-Ready Award 2019. Winner: Best Circus Fringe World Weekly 2019. Sugar, spice, and apparently 'nice'. With our bloody good sense of humour, we're going to rip into the uncomfortable using high-flying acrobatics, absurd confessions and groovy dancing. Get ready to witness a powerhouse of female circus performers kick art in the face.