Ivo Pogorelich excites debate and controversy today as much as he did in 1980 at the Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition when Martha Argerich left the jury in protest when the young Croatian pianist was eliminated in the 3rd round. She described him then as a genius. Purists may disagree.
Walking down to my seat in the front stalls, I quickly see that the Playhouse is packed up to the Gods.
Afterplay, written by Brian Friel, is most unusual in that he has taken characters from two familiar Chekhov plays and created a scenario in which these two strangers strike up a conversation in a Russian café.
At any other time of the year it would have looked an odd sight - a snake of folk in Thistle Street carrying champagne flutes, trouping into Henderson's Restaurant.
Although not listed in the Fringe programme, the Cowgate Cartoon music show makes perfect Fringe entertainment. Run by Will Pickvance, in the intimate atmosphere of the Underground Café in the Cowgate, each night is a different line-up of musicians and poets. And it's all free (a bucket is passed around).
Generation X author Douglas Coupland was last in Scotland for the Edinburgh Book Festival in 2004, and this time he was back sporting a greyish beard and a new novel titled Generation A, as well as his trademark ironic, yet incredibly sincere and honest, sparkle in his eyes.
The nineteen strong choir of St Andrew’s and St George’s under its director, Brigitte Harris, included four soloists for a delightful lunch time concert playing three pieces, by Handel, Haydn and Mozart.
In 1978 Susie Orbach, a psychotherapist, wrote her first book "Fat is a Feminist Issue," (FIFI), a self help guide to losing weight without dieting. Thirty years later, our society in the western world appears to be divided into the overweight and obese contrasting with the compulsive need for young girls to be size zero.
Over the years Anglicans have become used to a weekly diet of Choral Eucharist which bit by bit has replaced Choral Matins. So the 9.30am service at the Church of St John the Evangelist, the only church on Princes Street, brought back happy memories.
Brian Friel's play, The Yalta Game, is based on a short story by Anton Chekhov, The Lady with the Lapdog, that tells of a holiday affair between an older married man and a young married woman while they are both on holiday alone.
It's not yet 3am on Christmas morning, 1977 - everyone is still sleeping. We are about to share Charlie Chaplin's last hour.
As he take us through his life and work we will discover that the cult of celebrity is nothing new. It's a rags to riches story
Ruth Wishart is undoubtedly A Good Thing (to borrow Sellers and Yeatman's phrase of approval), and it was certainly a good thing she was Chair of the lively debate that led on from the observations of Henry McLeish, Tom Brown,
It is unfortunate that the life and work of political cartoonist, and man of many other talents, Harry Horse is overshadowed by the horrific circumstances surrounding his death in January 2007. Perhaps this is why Tam Dean Burn takes the unusual step of providing an introduction to this evening, softly informing us that the visual backdrop will display the cartoons Horse supplied to the Sunday Herald in the two years prior to the bodies of he and his wife being discovered at their home on West Burra.
I walked into the darkened theatre. The atmosphere hit me like a slug from a .45. I dropped into my seat. OK, bring on the action.
The play takes as its starting point the screening of Orson Welles' 1958 film A Touch of Evil
The Winner of long-running Fringe comedy newcomer's award So You Think You're Funny? 2009 is 18 year old, Eton-educated Ivo Graham.
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of seeing a French production of Molière's play Le Malade Imaginaire by the Paris company Ecla Théâtre. It was done in period, and was updated linguistically to encompass modern vernacular French.
This comedy drama about a Fringe theatre company is actually based on real events which took place during the Edinburgh Festival each August between 2005 to 2008. A programme giving plot storyline and cast list is available (so do ask for one as they are not readily offered) which may prove invaluable.
Chronicles of Long Kesh is one of the best shows on the Fringe this year. A powerful two-hour drama, it is about the infamous prison in Northern Ireland in which members of the IRA were interned without trial - never knowing their release date.
To watch Mario Pirovano introduce a very responsive audience to the journey into the world of the mediaeval storyteller was in itself an enjoyable experience.