Edinburgh Festival

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 8

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 8, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★ With the end of Rudolf Buchbinder’s Beethoven cycle now in sight, it would have been nice to feel a cumulative sense of wonder instead of overwhelming relief. Listening to him, as he sprints through these masterpieces with little regard …

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 8

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 8, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★ With the end of Rudolf Buchbinder’s Beethoven cycle now in sight, it would have been nice to feel a cumulative sense of wonder instead of overwhelming relief. Listening to him, as he sprints through these masterpieces with little regard …

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August 27, 2015

EIF music review: St Lawrence Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: St Lawrence Quartet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ It’s not often you see performers chatting to the Queen’s Hall ice cream sellers and buyers. But first violinist Geoff Nuttall took time out during the interval of the St Lawrence Quartet’s thrilling recital to discuss favourite flavours. It was …

EIF music review: St Lawrence Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: St Lawrence Quartet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ It’s not often you see performers chatting to the Queen’s Hall ice cream sellers and buyers. But first violinist Geoff Nuttall took time out during the interval of the St Lawrence Quartet’s thrilling recital to discuss favourite flavours. It was …

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August 26, 2015

EIF music review: Mitsuko Uchida

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Mitsuko Uchida, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★★ Whatever venue she finds herself in, Mitsuko Uchida has the gift of being able to draw the listener in with her sensitive and highly musical interpretations. However, the pianist’s performance of Schubert’s Impromptus D899 in the first half of this concert …

EIF music review: Mitsuko Uchida

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Mitsuko Uchida, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★★ Whatever venue she finds herself in, Mitsuko Uchida has the gift of being able to draw the listener in with her sensitive and highly musical interpretations. However, the pianist’s performance of Schubert’s Impromptus D899 in the first half of this concert …

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August 26, 2015

Children’s show review: The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr. ★★★★ This is a hugely entertaining family show based on a comedy crime book for kids, which was, of course, inspired by Dashiell Hammett’s classic private eye novel The Maltese Falcon. Tim Diamond and his 13-year-old brother …

Children’s show review: The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr. ★★★★ This is a hugely entertaining family show based on a comedy crime book for kids, which was, of course, inspired by Dashiell Hammett’s classic private eye novel The Maltese Falcon. Tim Diamond and his 13-year-old brother …

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August 26, 2015

Ben Duke: God is handing out flyers just like the rest of us

Ben Duke, who performs Paradise Lost (lies unopened besides me) at Summerhall, writes about flyering, and deciphering Edinburgh during the festival I am at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. And I am playing God. Not as in deciding whether innocent people should live or die, or involving myself in stem cell research, but as in I …

Blog August 25, 2015

Yianni Agisilaou: 2015, the year in offence (so far)

From Lady Chatterley’s Lover to The Satanic Verses, history is littered with people, books and shows that have caused scandal. 2014-15 has been a year chock full of disapproval and outrage. From Katie Hopkins to Jeremy Clarkson, Yianni Agisilaou takes a look at the year’s biggest scandals… Can we all stop and take a deep breath? …

Blog Comedy Blog August 25, 2015

Opera review: Orpheus and Eurydice

Edinburgh Festival Fringe opera review: Orpheus and Eurydice, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ There are some jaw-dropping moments in London-based About Turn Theatre Company’s staging of Glück’s Orpheus and Eurydice. To say more might spoil the surprise – suffice it to say that life-size garden gnomes play a big role at one point. …

Opera review: Orpheus and Eurydice

Edinburgh Festival Fringe opera review: Orpheus and Eurydice, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ There are some jaw-dropping moments in London-based About Turn Theatre Company’s staging of Glück’s Orpheus and Eurydice. To say more might spoil the surprise – suffice it to say that life-size garden gnomes play a big role at one point. …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Billy Through The Window

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Billy Through The Window, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ Despite a nagging, underlying earnestness, this sensitive drama about two teenage boys with learning difficulties is crafted with care. Best friends Billy and Joe are “on holiday”. That is: they’ve gone Awol from their care home. The setting for …

Theatre review: Billy Through The Window

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Billy Through The Window, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ Despite a nagging, underlying earnestness, this sensitive drama about two teenage boys with learning difficulties is crafted with care. Best friends Billy and Joe are “on holiday”. That is: they’ve gone Awol from their care home. The setting for …

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August 25, 2015

Theatre review: Cross The Shifting Sands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Cross The Shifting Sands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ Unless there is a show this year being performed inside a bidet – there probably is – this may well be the Fringe’s most intimate theatrical experience. Rarely have I experienced such an almost non-existent distance between artist and …

Theatre review: Cross The Shifting Sands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Cross The Shifting Sands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ Unless there is a show this year being performed inside a bidet – there probably is – this may well be the Fringe’s most intimate theatrical experience. Rarely have I experienced such an almost non-existent distance between artist and …

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August 25, 2015

Comedy review: Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ From a certain skewiff angle, Marny Godden resembles a concussed Joyce Grenfell rummaging wildly through a dressing-up box. She’s an oddball character comic who, in her first solo Fringe show, welcomes us into her daft yet …

Comedy review: Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★★ From a certain skewiff angle, Marny Godden resembles a concussed Joyce Grenfell rummaging wildly through a dressing-up box. She’s an oddball character comic who, in her first solo Fringe show, welcomes us into her daft yet …

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August 25, 2015

Daniel Tobias: Finding the ‘funny’ in sadness

Daniel Tobias explains why he wanted to make a funny show about the saddest thing that has ever happened to him. There’s a running joke with a lot of performers – that whenever something really bad happens in their lives, it’s ok – because it will make great material for their Edinburgh show. That said …

Blog August 24, 2015

Music review: Violin Variations

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Violin Variations, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★ Tucked away in a small venue in Hill Square, Cumnock-born violinist Ian Peaston is quietly providing one of the cleverest musical shows on the Fringe. Clever in his use of advanced, real-time technology to transform sounds from his violin into drums, …

Music review: Violin Variations

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Violin Variations, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★ Tucked away in a small venue in Hill Square, Cumnock-born violinist Ian Peaston is quietly providing one of the cleverest musical shows on the Fringe. Clever in his use of advanced, real-time technology to transform sounds from his violin into drums, …

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August 24, 2015

Marny Godden: Grandee going solo

Marny Godden is performing on her own at the Fringe at the first time and is ready to take on the Edinburgh audiences without the safety of her sketch group. Now and then I’ve thought to myself: ‘Imagine going solo. I wonder what that would be like?’ and then quickly shuddered at the thought. But …

Blog Comedy Blog August 24, 2015

Theatre review: Madman Marathon Man

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Madman Marathon Man, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★ I REVIEWED this witless comedy show in a tiny space accompanied by just one other unamused audience member. It was an excruciating experience. But even if the room had been full, it still would’ve died a death. An inept, amateurish …

Theatre review: Madman Marathon Man

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Madman Marathon Man, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★ I REVIEWED this witless comedy show in a tiny space accompanied by just one other unamused audience member. It was an excruciating experience. But even if the room had been full, it still would’ve died a death. An inept, amateurish …

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August 24, 2015

Theatre review: 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★ Lynsey Smiles seems like a lovely person. Warm, thoughtful, even-handed and decent, she’s the aptly-named antithesis of Katie Hopkins, the notorious subject of her gently comic lecture. But for all its common sense in attacking Hopkins’ …

Theatre review: 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★ Lynsey Smiles seems like a lovely person. Warm, thoughtful, even-handed and decent, she’s the aptly-named antithesis of Katie Hopkins, the notorious subject of her gently comic lecture. But for all its common sense in attacking Hopkins’ …

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August 24, 2015

Spoken word review: The Tobolowsky Files

Edinburgh Festival Fringe spoken word review: The Tobolowsky Files, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★★★ You may not recognise the name, but you’ll almost certainly know Stephen Tobolowsky from his numerous film and TV roles. Bilko-bald and bespectacled, this redoubtable American character actor has amassed more than 200 screen credits, including Memento, Deadwood, Glee …

Spoken word review: The Tobolowsky Files

Edinburgh Festival Fringe spoken word review: The Tobolowsky Files, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★★★ You may not recognise the name, but you’ll almost certainly know Stephen Tobolowsky from his numerous film and TV roles. Bilko-bald and bespectacled, this redoubtable American character actor has amassed more than 200 screen credits, including Memento, Deadwood, Glee …

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August 24, 2015
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