City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: theatre

Private Peaceful Review

Fringe 2009: Private Peaceful

There was a nice mix of people sitting inside the Udderbelly this afternoon. Grandparents shared programs with their young grand children. Husbands and wives squabbled with their moody teenage sons and daughters who were grumpy because they had to wait in the rain. Then they squabbled amongst themselves.

The World Is Too Much: Theatre For Breakfast Review

The Traverse theatre is staging 'scratch' short plays by some of Britain's best writers. Starting at 9.30am, til the 16th and 9am thereafter, this 'theatre for breakfast' - which includes coffee and a roll - is running almost every day throughout the Fringe until the 30th August.

The Timekeepers Review

Roy Horovitz in The Timekeepers

In Sachsenhausen concentration camp an elderly Jewish Berlin watchmaker (Benjamin) and a flamboyant German homosexual (Hans) are thrown together.

Stalag Happy Review

Fringe 2009: Stalag Happy

Stalag Happy is a little work of art.

Austen's Women Review

Fringe 2009: Austen's Women

Having already brought to the fore Shakespeare's Women with Susannah York and Berkoff's Women with Linda Marlowe, Guy Masterson directs Rebecca Vaughan through an exploration of Jane Austen, whose realism, biting social commentary and masterful irony has ensured she is one of the most widely read and beloved writers, with many film and TV adaptations of her famous works.

Warehouse 364 Review

Following a tale of mistaken identity this black comedy follows a variety of characters to the doors of Warehouse 364 - “where good things happen to bad people”.

The Madness And The Mayhem of Edinburgh's Festival

Malaparata with chain

"I want to die. I want a comet to hurtle down from the sky and flatten me like a pancake". Such a cheery bunch we Edinburgh lot are. That was the morning greeting of a dear friend of mine...she is no longer my friend.

I can't stand a misery guts. But then, in all fairness, we haven't really had a lot to cheer about of late, have we? Tram works. Garbage strikes. Ridiculous weather. The recession. Urgh!

Take Five: Fringe Picks In Music, Theatre, Dance and Kids

Fringe 2009: Morecombe

The 2009 Fringe programme includes 2098 shows with 34,265 performances in 265 performing spaces.

Optimism Director Michael Kantor on Reworking Voltaire For 21st Century

EIF 2009: Optimism

It's unsurprising that Voltaire's bracing cynicism seems so apt for the 21st
century. In a world where our politicians are disgraced, misanthropic
tendencies and doubt, accompanied by ever increasing scenes of civil war and
violence, seems to have ensured the glass is half empty for the majority.

Festival Play Explores Gruesome Legacy Of "The Last Witch"

The Last Witch

In Scotland, the Kirk outlawed witchcraft as devil-worshipping heretics in 1563 and 1,500 people were executed. The last "witch"  to be executed was Janet Horne in 1727. Sentenced to death by burning, she was stripped, covered in tar and paraded through Dornoch in a barrel after being accused of having a pact with the devil.

Frieling Good: Festival Presents Three Masterworks by Ireland’s Greatest Living Playwright

EIF 2009: Brian Friel

Brian Friel's poetic and often surreal style, accompanied by his obsession
with language and his skill for cleverly twisting word and meaning, has made
him Ireland's most admired contributor with