City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Sister Act, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Sister Act cast

These Sisters are doing it not for themselves but for everybody.

Saturday Night, Traverse Theatre, Review

Saturday Night - the set

Vanishing Point theatre company weaves dark and dreamlike stories out of the ordinary happenings of daily life. Like a lot of us, they were apparently frustrated watching performances that were just like watching the telly, leaving dormant the opportunities of experience contained within live theatre. Vanishing Point instead makes productions that are very much about being there, live and in the moment.

A Play, A Pie and A Pint: God Bless Liz Lochhead


This is the fourth play in the five-week Autumn season of A Play, A Pie and A Pint, the now 7 year old institution supported by the National Theatre of Scotland that showcases world premie

Science Fiction On Stage – new theatre company reaches for the stars

Esc f8, the country’s only theatre company dedicated to producing science fiction is to take its maiden voyage this Friday in ‘Black Sky’ – an evening of scien

Tindersticks, Usher Hall, Review

Tindersticks at the Usher Hall Photographed by Barrie Dunbavin

Tindersticks suit the opulent yet slightly faded grandeur of an auditorium such as the Usher Hall.

RSNO Mozart Requiem Review

Peter Oundjian

Just as we judge their age when we look at buildings so it is in music. The concert started with late Victorian, moved to mid twentieth century and ended with late eighteenth century - just when Edinburgh’s New Town was starting.

Scottish Government Agencies Responsibility for Edinburgh Trams

An interesting letter appeared in The Scotsman on 27th October:-

Film of the Week: Miss Bala


Loosely based on a real life episode, Miss Bala marks the arrival of distinctly original directorial voice in Mexican helmer Gerardo Naranjo. This is a blistering portrayal of the Mexican drug wars and state corruption which has claimed the lives of thousands in unspeakably brutal fashion in recent years.

Primary School Placement Refusals Triple

Statistics released today show a record number of refused out-of-catchment requests for primary school places for the 2011/12 school year, at nearly triple the previous year's

Edinburgh's First Gaelic School Gets Go-ahead

The City of Edinburgh Council today gave the go-ahead for the city's first dedicated Gaelic primary school in the former Bonnington Primary School in Leith.

Edinburgh Schools to Get WiFi and 9000 Computers

Edinburgh pupils could soon find it much easier to access the internet through a spectrum of devices, ranging from mobile phones, to tablets and laptops, after the council announced that its schools and the majority of community education centres will get Wifi as part of a £5.3 million investment in technology.

National Galleries of Scotland Announce 2012 Exhibitions

National Gallery Complex looking down from the Mound

The National Galleries of Scotland today announced upcoming exhibitions for 2012, including the first exhibition in the newly revamped National Portrait Gallery which opens to the public on 1st December.

A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Juicy Fruits, Traverse, Review

Juicy Fruits play

Paines Plough was founded in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter and is now the national theatre of new plays, so on both counts its involvement with the Traverse

RSNO Natalie Clein Plays Haydn Review


Not everybody will have realised that the conductor for the night, Thomas Søndergård, was appointed the Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra earlier in th

Slava’s Snow Show, EFT, Review

Slava and Snowball

It is some years now since I first saw Slava's Snow Show performed at the Lyceum, and while much of the detail has been forgotten, what remains is the memory of a truly stunning, impressive and mov

Swiss Ambassador’s Award Concert 2011 Review


His Excellency Mr Anton Thalmann, the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Kingdom, introduced the concert.

Spiritualized, Queen's Hall, Review

Jason Pierce of Spiritualized

The stage is dominated by an all-white backdrop, in keeping with Spirtualized’s traditionally functional aesthetic, with what appear to be 60watt light bulbs hanging down from above, as though ready and prepared to flash with inspiration and volts of electricity.

Film of the Week: We Need To Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin film still

A river of red runs through it.

Edinburgh Quartet play Mozart and Prokofiev Review


The Tuesday lunchtime concerts at the Reid Concert Hall, beside the McEwan Hall, are popular not just because they are free but because of the range of high quality artists, some professional some still students, who perform on Tuesdays. But none fills the venerable Reid more than the Edinburgh Quartet, now in their fifty first year and with a new viola player, Jessica Beeston.

A Play, A Pie and A Pint: You Cannot Go Forward From Where You Are Right Now

You Cannot Go

Paines Plough was founded in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter and is now the national theatre of new plays, so on both counts its involvement with the Traverse Theatre, Scotland’s theatre of new writing, and withÒran Mór’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint,is highly appropriate.

Thomas Søndergård appointed RSNO's Principal Guest Conductor

Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed 42­­­­-year-old Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård as its next Principal Guest Conductor.