City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: theatre

Ruhe (Silence)

Ruhe - which means "silence" in German - is an extraordinary piece of theatre. It deals with the thorny subject of Dutch citizens voluntarily collaborating with the SS Brownshirts during the second world war after Holland had been invaded by the Nazis. The performance juxtaposes a selection of Schubert's serene "partsongs" with monologues taken from transcripts of interviews with the volunteers.

New World Order

New World Order Photography by Patricia Roseman

In the current climate of economic recession and general "cutting back" on outings this summer, numbers attending performances in this year's Fringe have dropped considerably. With this in mind, it is perhaps necessary to take more consideration than usual in choosing what to recommend to the few who journey out to the festival. One piece which is really essential to see is Ryan JW Smiths New World Order.

Sir Barrington Ganch: My Life Is Art

Sir Barrington Ganch

I had a laugh even on the way in to see Sir Barrington Ganch the other day.

Bleu, Blanc, Rouge

As its title suggests, this new play by Bill Dunlop has more than just a soupcon of the French about it. Set squarely amid the chaos of Paris during the Revolution, it filters events through the thoughts and experiences of three lowly seamstresses: Bleu, Blanc and Rouge. In so doing, it gives us a glimpse into what it might be like to live in a place and time where people gave up their lives for a dream, some might say a fantasy, of freedom.


Jidariyya      Photo: Fima Barablat

There are fine theatrical moments in Jidariyya, from the opening in a hospital emergency room to its close. The
journey of a soul is, of course, a frequent and time-honoured motif in the
literature of all cultures, and Mahmoud Darwish's poetry nods frequently toward
a variety of sources.


Slick lives up to its name in the perhaps
somewhat restricted space of Traverse 2; essentially a pantomime for adults, the
performance seen bowled along in fine style, taking no prisoners and occasionally
shocking audience members.

The Midnight Court

"Cúirt An Mhéan Oíche" in the original, "The Midnight Court" to those not
blessed with an understanding of the Irish tongue, is a bold jeu d'esprit in
which the language of saints and scholars is booted up the backside with Father
Jack alacrity.

Mr Loveday's Little Outing

A friend, an intellectual property lawyer,
once speculated what music might play in institutional day-rooms when we became
geriatric: 1970's pop, if this adaptation of Mr. Loveday's Little Outing is
anything to go by.

The Feast of Ants


A Japanese parable of greed, sloth, industrialisation, lust, deception, lies, and stupidity. Not bad for just over 60 minutes of exceptionally good theatre.

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart      Photo:  Jeff Busby

The Tell-Tale Heart is an adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe gothic, dark tale. A gripping monologue, we are from the beginning taken right into the mind of the insane character who has methodically plotted the gruesome murder of an old man who lives in his house.

Ubu Roi

Alfred Jarry's original production of Ubu Roi in 1896 caused riots on its opening night and has since shaped alot of absurdist, Dada and Surrealist arts.