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Sleeping Beauty
(Carnegie Hall - Dunfermline - Winter 2008)

Mr. Earth **** " ...a performance to treasure from one of the finest musician-actors on the Scottish stage" (The Scotsman)

** " ...spry and genial" (The Herald)

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The Selfish Giant
(Wilde - The Arches - Winter 2005)

In The Selfish Giant

**** "Allan Tall plays the masked giant with an intriguing mix of hubris and vulnerability" (Sunday Herald)

***** " ...the wonderful musical accompaniment of Alasdair Mccrae and Allan Tall (who also doubles as the giant) really stands out" (The Metro)

***** "Perfect. ...all done seamlessly and artlessly with an engaging gentleness" (The Herald)

**** "A wee cracker. ...an exclusive little gem of theatre. ...unforgettable" (Daily Mail)

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Great Expectations
(Dickens - Perth Theatre - Autumn 2005)

In Great Expectations

"Brilliant broken-down vaudeville music" (Sunday Herald)

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Zlata's Diary
(Communicado - Spring 2004)

Fiddling in Zlata's Diary

   Nominated for CATS Award (Best Theatre Music) '05

"...one of the most enthralling stage shows in years. ...the sort of stuff that gives theatre a good name. ...marvellous show" (Daily Mail)

"Allan Tall's score is an anthology of styles, embracing Slavic plainsong, pounding percussion, classical piano, wind ensemble and pop. It brings colour and shape... " (The Guardian)

"Allan Tall's live score and the evocative and spine-tingling choral singing from the cast have an emotive beauty" (The Herald)

"Allan Tall's music and sound... ...haunting traditional Yugoslav song, and echoes of an older pan-European civilisation recalled in Zlata's piano music - is exemplary" (The Scotsman)

" ...an absolute theatrical gem. ...cannot be recommended highly enough" (Aberdeen Press and Journal)

" ...a fantastic feel for music" (The List)       " ...haunting music" (The Times)       " ...excellent Balkan-influenced live music" (Sunday Herald)

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The Cherry Orchard
(Chekhov - Benchtours Co - Summer 2002)

Allan's Photo

"...has composed music which punctuates it perfectly. ...soulful and tragic..." (Edinburgh Evening News)

"...his music, played live on stage, has all of the necessary bite and vitality" (Scotland on Sunday)

" ...brilliantly enlivened by Allan Tall's rumbustious live score... " (The Herald)

" ...Allan Tall's raw, haunting music... " (The Scotsman)

" ...beautifully served by his music" (www.EdinburghGuide.com)

" ...hugely enjoyable. So too is his accident-prone Yepikhodov - whose well-turned pratfalls offset his lugubrious manner beautifully" (The Sunday Herald)

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Farm Land
(Bess Ross - Grey Coast Co - Spring 2002)

" ...brilliantly played by Allan Tall... " (The Caithness Courier)

" ...one interesting character!" (The Herald)

" ...a powerful performance... " (The List)

" ...good to experience Allan Tall's beautiful singing and his portrayal of Chae too... " (EdinburghGuide.com)

Allan's Photo
with Jim Byars

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A Midsummer Nights Dream
(Shakespeare - The Arches Co - Spring 2000)

"Allan Tall's music is beautiful" (The Scotsman)

Allan the Guitarist

" His playing was everything it should be and more. He somehow managed to fill in the bottom end with gutsy chords and produce twinkling other world embellishments at the same time. Or was it magic? " (The Living Tradition)

" Excellent - a treat! " (Duck Baker)     " Outstanding! " (John Renbourn)
" Too beautiful! " (Isaac Guillory)     " Smashing! " (Danny Kyle)

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