Edinburgh Festival: Seven shows to see this week
Sigur Ros

Promoted by Central Taxis

We’ve got through the first week of Edinburgh action, but we’re not even close to running out of things to see.

Here’s seven shows across the next week which are well worth getting along to. See you there!

Monday: Sigur Rós

Ethereal Icelanders Sigur Rós will be making their first of two EIF appearances this evening, bringing their haunting sounds to the Edinburgh Playhouse. The group will be rolling out some of their beloved tracks, alongside previously unreleased material and a set design fitting for the International Festival.

(Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Ln, EH1 3AA / more info)

Tuesday: James Acaster: Reset

Always the comedy bridesmaid, never the bride. James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award every year since 2012, but is yet to take the top prize. You don’t get nominated for nothing though, and Acaster remains one of the festival’s consistently bright performers.

James Acaster

(Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ / more info)

Wednesday: Hopelessness

Another slice of International Festival action for the week, the supremely intriguing Anohni is heading to the Playhouse this Wednesday. Formerly known as Antony & The Johnsons, Anohni released her first solo effort Hopelessness earlier in 2016 to huge critical acclaim.

She’s joined by co-producers Hudson Mohawke and Onehotrix Point Never to bring this album to life on stage, with dance, film and music.

(Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Ln, EH1 3AA / more info)

Thursday: Gillian Clarke & Carol Ann Duffy

Edinburgh International Book Festival kicked off on Saturday and are providing a stellar line-up of literary guests throughout August. On Thursday, poetic giants collide when Poet Laureate, Carol Anne Duffy, joins National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clark, on stage to present their recently published collection.

(Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square, EH2 4HQ / more info)

Friday: Monuments Walk: Public Spaces

Something a little different from Edinburgh Art Festival. You can spend your Friday lunch-time taking a short walking tour of Hollyrood Park in the company of Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place at Architecture and Design Scotland. Diarmid will be guiding you three sites across Hollyrood Park and looking to change the way you think on public spaces and streets.

(Dynamic Earth, 112-116 Holyrood Gait, EH8 8AS / more info)

Saturday: Hollie McNish – Poetry for Parental Beginners

No stranger to fans of the spoken word scene, Hollie McNish is one of poetry’s bright young things and will be providing a poetic crash course on parenting from her latest book Nobody Told Me this weekend.

(Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square, EH2 4HQ / more info)

Sunday: Stewart Lee: Content Provider

Fringe veteran Stewart Lee is back testing audiences with his obnoxiously brilliant, painfully awkward, repetitive, deconstructed brand of “snobbish” comedy. It’s a work-in-progress, likely to be headed for TV or a large tour before long.

Stewart Lee comic stand up

(The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, EH1 3EB / more info)

Edinburgh Festivals: Full Coverage

Main image: Getty

Central Taxis