City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Mozart at Teatime Review


Everyone who performed was extraordinarily talented - the Royal Over-Seas League through its international awards for young musicians gets the pick of the bunch.

Jack, or The Submission Review

Jack, or The Submission photo

Dysfunction reigns in this absurdist classic.

The Flying Artichoke is presented to the Scottish Fringe Theatre Award Winner 2013

Hela production photo

HeLa, a fascinating insight into the controversial search for a cure for cancer, has won the Scottish Theatre Fringe Award for best production in the 2013 festival.

Grounded Review

Grounded - production shot

"If you let nice-to-do things take priority over have-to-do things, you are guilty of misprioritization and you jeopardize yourself and those around you" - extract from Multi-Command Handbook - F16.

Kiss Me Honey, Honey! Review

Kiss Me Honey Honey Photo

Laughter is the order of the day in this hilarious piece that was specially commissioned for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe by the Gilded Balloon.

EIF 2013: Scottish Ballet, Dance Odysseys: Sea of Troubles & Silhouette Review

From Silhouette, Scottish Ballet

The opening night of an inspirational four day dance festival by Scottish Ballet was a double bill: Kenneth MacMillan’s Shakespearian waltz, Sea of Troubles, and Christopher Hampson’s s

Edinburgh Book Festival: Robert Peston, "Towards Lasting Prosperity" Review

Northern Rock Edinburgh

This, the Thomas Miller Investment Event, was chaired by Ian Fraser, whose book on the RBS collapse, "Shredded", featured in an earlier Edinburgh Book Festival event (see my write-up on &

EIF: Chamber Orchestra of Europe 02 Review


Thunderous applause and prolonged cheers from a packed Usher Hall marked the end of the scintillating Beethoven Symphony performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe to conclude their Festival run.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Matthew Smith, "Who Really Killed President Kennedy" Review

The Peppers Theatre was packed for this intriguingly titled session by Matthew Smith on "Who Really Killed President Kennedy?".

Organ Duets Review


As a wonderful innovation - what goes on in the organ loft is now screened to the walls either side of the pulpit, allowing us to sit in the normal seats.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Kathleen Jamie Review

Kathleen Jamie

The winner of numerous literary prizes for previous anthologies, Kathleen Jamie received the prestigious Costa Poetry Award for her most recent collection, The Overhaul.

The Lost Gatsby Review

The cast of The Lost Gatsby

The true story of a long lost silent movie version of The Great Gatsby, adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, is a timely and inspiring idea for this new play.

Don't Disturb the Driver Review

Don't Disturb the Driver - publicity photo.

I was once on a bus in Chile which had in place of the usual Don't Disturb the Driver sign one which read "Dear passenger. Ask for your ticket.

Edinburgh Book Festival: "The Real Story of Laurence Olivier" Review

Philip Ziegler is a well known biographer and historian with some twenty four books to his name, including biographies of Addington, Melbourne, Diana Cooper, Mountbatten, Edward VIII, Harold Wilson

Castration on a tennis court, and other stories: The life and art of Michelangelo Merisi, alias Caravaggio Review


Without as much as the toot of a trumpet, the eminent art historian, critic and face of BBC’s Culture Show, Andrew Graham-Dixon hops on to the semi-circular stage at Symposium Hall for his Ed

Edinburgh Book Festival: Halik Kochanski,"The Polish People and the Second World War" Review

Although Poland disappeared from the map of Europe in 1939, her people did not. Halik Kochanski’s book, The Eagle Unbowed, reminds us of what happened next.

EIF 2013: The Poet Speaks: Homage to Allen Ginsberg Review

The Poet Speaks - Glass & Smith

“It’s a kind of furtiveness, a weariness with all the conventions of the world so I guess you might say we’re a beat generation.” - Jack Kerouac

EIF: Fauré Requiem Review

Robin Ticciati conducts

The programme at the Usher Hall consisted of four compositions all written at the turn of the twentieth century, a period in musical history when composers were releasing their creativity from the

Calotype Review

Welcome to the housekeeper’s room at Rock House on Calton Hill, the preserve of Miss Jessie Mann, housekeeper to Mr. David Octavius Hill.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Melvyn Bragg, "My Mother and Her Mother" Review

Melvyn Bragg had a sell-out audience as one might expect for such a well known radio and television presenter.

Declan Zapala's Fusion Guitar Review

Declan Zapala

Declan Zapala is a busy concert guitarist who has recently completed a Master's degree in Performance from London's Royal College of Music.