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"Journalism is a sexy profession full of ugly people," laughs a character in this new dissection of today's newspaper industry from the National Theatre of Scotland.

Mirroring the fast-reaction reportage of print, this verbatim text has been created from interviews with 43 journalists conducted by their fellows Paul Flynn, Deborah Orr and Ruth Wishart by "editors" Andrew O'Hagan, Vicky Featherstone and John Tiffany (the latter pair direct).

Presented in partnership with The London Review of Books, the result is the NTS's most politically charged piece since Black Watch. The site-specific setting is a stylised newsroom in a top-floor office suite with a view of the Glasgow skyline.

Six characters rush from desk to desk; the vignettes range from insight to revelation to lacerating humour. To experience it amid the metaphor of the sun setting around us is to feel as connected to now as we are by any newspaper.

(0141 429 0022; www.nationaltheatrescotland.com) to 13 May

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