The Outlier was founded in 2015 to make sure that Independent Theatre in Scotland gets high quality coverage. Seven years later we are still helping stage-lovers figure out what to see at The Fringe, theatre companies sharpen their rough edges, and teaching young, ambitious writers to hone their skills and write stellar reviews.  

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In The Weeds

In The Weeds

Once man belonged to the world, but what now? The world belongs to man? Well he has certainly encroached upon every nook he can find, and claimed it for himself - but that does not mean it is his to do with as pleases him. There is much that is interesting, original...

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Doppler

Doppler

Midlife crisis, enlightenment, awakening… call it whatever you want. Doppler just doesn’t want to be part of a consumerist society anymore and so decides to live in a forest. However it is not as easy as it might seem at first sight. Not only for the sake of survival...

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Plasters

Plasters

A series of fights – each masked as funny, pseudo-intellectual bickering. Andy (Emma Tadmor) and Chris (Julian Chesshire) become more personal and vicious until they’re left asking why they are staying together. Plasters shows us how unreliable memories can be. We are...

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Adrift

Adrift

It is not what reasons a man has to want to take his own life that is important but what keeps him alive. Cammy is sent into the sea of nothingness to decide whether she should return to familiar shores a little visible on the horizon or to go further out where no...

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Fibres

Fibres

A huge pile of dirty clothes. Perhaps a simplification, but how they resonate with each of the four characters is the theme of Francis Poet’s new play. Jack used to work in Glasgow’s shipyards and was poisoned by asbestos exposure twenty years ago. We see him in the...

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Hyde and Seek

Hyde and Seek

The back door of the cabaret opens for Dr. Jekyll every Friday so he can visit miss Daisy, actress and lover. Albert, a former stage-doorman tells the story. He also opens has to open the door for the mysterious, violent and vulgar Mr. Hyde who usurps Daisy for...

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Quintessence

Quintessence

In the future the genetic material of humanity is revived by the androids they made, first to destroy, then to resuscitate. The last men on the planed left the AI with the complete works of Shakespeare as guidance to the human heart. Emily Carding creates this...

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Surveillance

Surveillance

Big Brother is such a shocking and oft-discussed topic that it is easy and comfortable to forget it is not just an imaginary dystopia. Surveillance is divided into three short stories with one link connecting them: The death of privacy. Jackman writes a witty and...

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Noser

Noser

Melody leaves the smells of France to take up a job in a London-based start-up pledging to “give ever phone a nose.” Her greatest asset? The nose on the front of her face. When Melody, outgoing by nature, is paired with Blue, a shy coder, she expects the two will put...

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We are always looking for enthusiastic new critics and journalists to join our team and help us create a thriving, self-reflective theatre community here in Scotland.

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