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Claustrophobia, Zoo Pleasance (The Monkey House), Review

 Claustrophobia - photo by George

This lift is going up. Except that it isn’t - it’s stuck between floors and the two occupants are going nowhere, other than down into memories on which they would rather keep the doors tight shut.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Celebrating Neil Gunn and Maurice Walsh

That Neil Gunn and Maurice Walsh were close friends is a matter of record, attested by the 30 or so letters between them that form part of the National Library of Scotland’s Neil Gunn collection.

Edinburgh Book Festival: David Reynolds, The Great War's Grand Legacy

Andrew Franklin introduced David Reynolds as a distinguished historian and the Professor of History at Cambridge University who had made several television programmes with the BBC and toured America o

EIF 2014: Hespèrion XXI, Usher Hall, Review

Hesperion-XXI - Orchestra

Like most of the large audience I did not know what was on offer from this unusual grouping.

Don't Tell Him Pike, Assembly Rooms, Review

Ian Lavender as Private Pike

Following on from his success last year as part of an outstanding ensemble in the Assembly Rooms’ highly regarded adaptation of The Shawshank Redemption, Ian Lavender has returned with something sligh

The Worm - An Underground Adventure, Summerhall, Review


The Worm is an endearing eco drama for 3-7 year-olds that offers some friendly fun while being gently informative.

Ilyria-on-Sea, Augustine United Church, Review

Illyria on Sea poster extract

They do like to be beside the seaside – and who indeed would not, with this lively, fast-paced adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ as an added inducement?

Edinburgh Book Festival: Will Self

Will Self at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Will Self’s hour-long chat at the Edinburgh International Book Festival was characteristically lucid, witty, and peppered with deprecating humour.

EIF 2014: The Sixteen, Usher Hall, Review

The Sixteen

This is the sixth successive year that The Sixteen has appeared at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Kirsty Wark - The Changing Clyde

Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Wark is a highly respected television presenter, best known for fronting the BBC 2 current affairs programme Newsnight since 1993 and the arts programme Newsnight Review.

Organ Recital in the City, St Andrew's and St George's West, Review

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In years gone by the organ recital audience sat on the dais and looked up to the organ loft and saw not much more than the head and shoulders of the organist.

The Tulip Tree, Space @ Niddry Street (Venue 9), review

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The idea of finding some humanity behind a man who is down in history as one of the most divisive figures to emerge from 20th century British politics is intriguing. Conservative MP J.

Bach & Brahms 01, St Andrew's and St George's West, Review

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This was the first of three consecutive concerts of Bach's Gamben Sonatas and Brahms' cello sonatas in the recently magnificently renovated St Andrew's and St George's West church.

Song Recital, St Andrew's and St George's West, Review

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Ann Liebeck, the widely acclaimed opera soprano, gave us an hour of delightful songs, all in Spanish, from Spain, Argentina, Brazil and Cuba.

EIF 2014: Opening Concert Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

Oliver Knussen

Outgoing Festival Director Sir Jonathan Mills kicked off this year’s programme with a lucid account of its highlights and the reasoning behind the selection of productions on the centenary of the Firs

Naked in Alaska, Assembly Roxy, Review

Naked in Alaska is a high octane one woman show based on Valerie Hager’s experience as life as a stripper for ten years in the Alaskan outback.

Funny Girl, Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Review

Funny Girl - Greenside

Leading lady grabs the key role by the throat!

Lungs, Summerhall@ Roundabout, review

Lungs production image

How do people with an acute ‘green’ conscience square the circle of whether or not to add to the world’s growing population?

Wind Road Boys, Spotlites @ Merchant Hall, Review

Wind Road Boys ensemble

Powerful voices blow you away.

EIF 2014: The War, King's Theatre, Review

EIF 2014: The War - gasmasks

The War is an intense theatrical experience of sight and sound with an abundance of style, but rather confusing content.

Giulietta, theSpace Surgeon's Hall, Review

The play revolves around the alleged love affair Beethoven had with one of his piano pupils the Countess Julie Guicciardi to whom he later dedicated his Moonlight Sonata.