This production turned out to be a two-hander with occasional solos from the pianist. The main female parts were shared between the writer Lynn Radnedge and Tricia Dibb.
Brought to Edinburgh by members of North Carolina theatre and performance troupe Concrete Generation, this was an impressionistic wander through the lives of two of the most inspirational, and aesthetically controversial, figures in American 20th century jazz: Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
I remember reading David Mamet's Oleanna many, many years ago. Specific memories of it are sketchy at best, but I do remember not liking it very much.
A colleague from book-trade days used to tell the story of how, whilst busking in London, the late John Betjeman sat on his fiddle at a party. The tale has the right mix of humour laced with sadness to almost make a Betjeman poem in itself.
I was curious how EatTheBaby was going to pull off A Clockwork Orange. It has been done many times before by various theatre companies, but I had never had the opportunity to see any of them. The violence. The visual brilliance of the movie. And at only a little over an hour long! How were they going to do this?
Stephen K. Amos has always seemed like such a cool dude. His effortless comic styling’s make a lot of people laugh and rightly so. Taking a different step this year, his show is simply titled: Find the Funny. Wherever it may be and in such hard times in the UK, there really isn’t anything else to do, right? After a couple of venue changes, I caught up with him to discuss the show, Facebook and what his fans would like to know...
Magnus Mills is quite a character. Quite a character. And a man of few words, both in terms of the length of his novels and when answering questions about his works.
Daniel Depp is on a European tour to promote his debut novel Loser’s
Town, a detective crime novel set in sun scorched Los Angeles.
I was rather unsure of what to expect from Lady Garden. The title of the group has quite a rude connotation, doesn't it? That wasn't the reason why though. When I looked into them to find they were a six-piece female sketch group, I became a lot more intrigued.
Australian author and chat show host Clive James has a series of afternoon interviews with different guests this week. James brings his characteristic wry sense of humour and keeps the audience enthralled throughout his show.
Traditional Gaelic song and contemporary music are performed against a backdrop of vintage and modern film.
"There is something in the very name of St. Kilda, which excites expectation. Remote and solitary, the spirit of romance appears still to dwell in the clouds and storms that separate this narrow spot from the world." From "The Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland" in letters to Sir Walter Scott by John MacCulloch (1824).
After last year's hit sell-out Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams, there are high expectations that puppeteer Heath McIvor succeeds in delivering with this darkly comic portrayal of Ribena-toned Randy.
Postmodernist '90s themes meet '60s Dixie Land tunes in this charming operetta about the effects of amnesia that may leave audience members scratching their heads over its enjoyably odd mixture of medicinal meandering and musical sobriety.
When a show starts off with peals of uproarious laughter, where can it go from there?
Two men wait, and while they wait, they talk. Tom (Will Andrews) has a degree but works as a security guard. Eddie (Phil Nicol)... well, we're not so sure about Eddie, and rightly so.
The Italian dance company Kataklo give an exciting and incredibly agile performance which holds the audience enthralled right through their performance.
The briefly Scottish born, American home grown ex Talking Heads singer David Byrne gave a spectacular performance at The Playhouse in Edinburgh as part of The Edge festival.
Good theatre is like the elixir of life and Brian Friel's play Faith Healer is a theatrical experience. Enthralling, it revolves around the world of Frank Hardy and his wife and partner's itinerant life of faith healing in obscure parts of Wales and Scotland. But there is no dialogue, their stories are all related in independent, lengthy monologues.
The choice of last night's opening concert of the Edinburgh International Festival was thought by many to be an insensitive one. Handel's Oratorio Judas Maccabeus was composed in honour of the Duke of Cumberland's victory over the Jacobites when they were annihilated by his troops at the battle of Culloden in 1745.
"In the Spring of 1944 on my return from Africa, I went to London to find a job and was soon established at the Helena Club for 'Ladies from Good Families of Modest Means who are Obliged to Pursue an Occupation in London'. This was the original May of Tech Club in my novel The Girls of Slender Means." Muriel Spark, Curriculum Vitae.