Elvis McGonagall performs spoken word in the #WOWwagon

Comedy poet Elvis McGonagall reads ‘The Scottish Lion’s Rampant’ (inspired by the independence referendum) live in the #WOWwagon. Watch Elvis perform ‘The Scottish Lion’s Rampant’ in the back of the #WOWwagon: Elvis McGonagall: Countrybile, Stand in the Square, until 31 Aug, 1.40pm / listings Edinburgh Festivals 2015: complete coverage • Get everything on our Festivals homepage – on …

Spoken Word Video August 29, 2015

Spoken word review: Loud Poets

Edinburgh Festival Fringe spoken word review: Loud Poets, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★★ It’s the second year of the Loud Poets collective appearing at the Edinburgh Festival, and their continued success sums up the rude health in which the spoken word scene exists across the country, particularly in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Unlike the …

Spoken word review: Loud Poets

Edinburgh Festival Fringe spoken word review: Loud Poets, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★★ It’s the second year of the Loud Poets collective appearing at the Edinburgh Festival, and their continued success sums up the rude health in which the spoken word scene exists across the country, particularly in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Unlike the …

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August 26, 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

Spoken word review: Two Minute Manifesto

Edinburgh Festival Fringe spoken word review: Two Minute Manifesto, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ IT’S difficult to avoid the presence of David Greig in Edinburgh this year, with his huge stage version of Lanark having opened in the international festival at the weekend, and his continuing efforts – in response to last year’s …

Spoken word review: Two Minute Manifesto

Edinburgh Festival Fringe spoken word review: Two Minute Manifesto, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan ★★★ IT’S difficult to avoid the presence of David Greig in Edinburgh this year, with his huge stage version of Lanark having opened in the international festival at the weekend, and his continuing efforts – in response to last year’s …

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August 24, 2015

Spoken word review: Shift/ – A Best Of Spoken Word

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Shift/ – A Best Of Spoken Word, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★★ Reflecting the invigorating freshness of the spoken word scene across the Central Belt of Scotland, Shift/ is a new programme of seven artists drawn from the very finest working in the sphere, each having written a …

Spoken word review: Shift/ – A Best Of Spoken Word

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Shift/ – A Best Of Spoken Word, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★★ Reflecting the invigorating freshness of the spoken word scene across the Central Belt of Scotland, Shift/ is a new programme of seven artists drawn from the very finest working in the sphere, each having written a …

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August 19, 2015

Theatre review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ Ben Norris’s dad is a man of few words. In this and many other ways, he is the opposite of his son. In fact, Norris junior found he knew so little about his dad, Ray, that he …

Theatre review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ Ben Norris’s dad is a man of few words. In this and many other ways, he is the opposite of his son. In fact, Norris junior found he knew so little about his dad, Ray, that he …

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August 12, 2015

Shame

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (spoken word): Shame at Underbelly Cowgate (Venue 61). Reviewed by Kelly Apter “Put your hands in the air,” instructs John Berkavitch at the start of the show – “now put them down if you’ve never done anything you’re ashamed of.” As you might imagine, all hands remain aloft. So Berkavitch …

This is Ceilidh | Ready, Steady, Ceilidh

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (cabaret): This is Ceilidh and Ready, Steady, Ceilidh at Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3). Reviewed by Fiona Shepherd. After last year’s one-off hoolie, This Is Ceilidh (****) has returned to the Fringe in a late night residency, scooping up keen participants as it goes, and this time it has …

Spoken Word Theatre August 23, 2014

Alexis Dubus: Cars and Girls

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (spoken word): Alexis Dubus: Cars and Girls at The Stand (venue 319). Reviewed by Kate Copstick [Alexis Dubus is witty funny, silly funny, rude funny and crazy funny] I don’t know what plans you have for the few 3pms that are left between now and the end of the Fringe, …

Paxo

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (spoken word): Paxo at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33). Reviewed by Jay Richardson Seeing the grand old inquisitor ever so slightly out of his depth was a novel experience. But I’ll admit to liking Jeremy Paxman considerably more after this surprisingly vulnerable Fringe debut. At times, the recently retired Newsnight presenter …

Owen O’Neill

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (spoken word): Owen O’Neill at the Assembly Rooms (venue 20). Reviewed by Roger Cox A common criticism of contemporary art is that if the piece is unable to function without a bit of text pinned to the gallery wall, explaining what it’s supposed to mean, then it has failed as …

Prelude to a Number

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Prelude to a Number at Northern Stage at King’s Hall (Venue 73). Review by Fiona Shepherd Geddes Loom describe themselves as a band who have found themselves in the theatre section of the Fringe programme and developed a show accordingly. Prelude to a Number is a gentle mixed media …

Spoken Word review: Moraletry

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Moraletry at The Banshee Labyrinth (Venue 156), reviewed by Roger Cox Performance poets Richard Purnell and Gary From Leeds have framed this show as an awareness-raising exercise for Moraletry, their nascent “moral poetry movement”. Pseudo-corporate props include a diagram outlining the organisation’s command structure, which features Lorraine Kelly in a surprisingly …

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