Go for it Ian


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My very good mate, Ian Dommett, is raising money for Maggies Centres by biking and hiking 73 miles.  I too raised a good deal (nearly £2k) for Maggies but my torture was merely stepping into the River Forth on new Years day 2008 for the Looney Dook.  This is a far more noble effort and so I hope you will support him.

The bugger is so bloody self efacing that he won’t ever come asking you for money so consider me his campaign manager.

AND YOU LOT GET YOUR CHEQUE BOOKS OUT.

Sorry, was I shouting?

Just to make it easier for you, all you need to do is get your debit card out, click here and follow the instructions.

Lyceum Youth Theatre – success by Nick Drake


No, not that Nick Drake, the contemporary playwright.

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I took Ria to see the opening night of LYT’s contribution to The National Theatre’s New Connections festival of new youth drama.  And damned fine it was too.

A cast of 19 on a tiny Trav 2 stage put on a fine performance in a space that was frankly too small given their energy.  It’s a highly choreographed show drawing on pretty much every theatrical trick in the book and it works very well.

It’s not quite an ensemble piece because three principals stand out;  Nick (the devil?) played with aplomb by Steve McMahon to the point you would happily punch his city spiv character (how appropriate in these times) hard in the face and the two romantic leads Tom (an outstanding and likeable Hector Brown) and Lucy (the lovely Kim Donohoe).

The theme is about the pursuit of money ending in tears and is a morality tale for our times with real resonance.  Money indeed cannot buy you love it seems in Drake’s eyes.  It would have been easy for the script to cross the line into cliche and clunkiness but it avoids this at all turns and the performances of the ‘chorus’ hold the show together crisply and engagingly.

It’s the first LYT show I’ve seen and just goes to show that FCT (biased as I am) do not have a monopoly on brilliant young people’s theatre in Edinburgh.  Joking aside these are very different companies and LYT’s take is very much more adult in theme and tone.

You’ll be lucky to get a ticket, but if you can.  Do.