Given the success of theatrical forays such as The Vagina Monologues and Grumpy Old Women, one might have had high hopes for Julie Coombe and John MacIsaac's Sex and The City meets HRT themed romp, Hormonal Housewives.
Po Na Nas last week gathered a few known names on the Edinburgh music scene for a Battle of the Bands, where the winner of the event will play at a new Indie night, ‘Edit’, when it moves to the Liquid Room on Sundays.
As a child I don’t suppose I was alone in pondering heaven and hell and wondering how it was decided which I should end up in at my death. John Henry Newman’s long poem, The Dream of Gerontius, is a dream just about that.
Situated at the corner of Bonnington and Newhaven Road, Guilty Lily is an unexpected surprise with its chandelier, bright silken cushions, high wooden barstools and fairy lights.
A prodigious playwright, Douglas Maxwell will have at least 5 of his plays performed this year - including a musical for Cumbernauld Theatre. 'Promises, Promises' however is a monologue written in the voice of a primary school teacher who feels drawn to protect a mute six year old Somalian girl, allegedly possessed by the devil.
Thank goodness nobody has fiddled with the wonderful acoustics of the Usher Hall during its recent upgrading. It remains one of the great concert halls and fittingly so for a city so highly regarded around the world for its festivals, of which classical music forms an enormously important part. There are still 2,200 seats and if standing is also allowed as many as 2,900 can be in the auditorium.
It may not feel like Spring, but for gardeners the growing season is almost upon us. It means that garden waste collections become fortnightly from March. To mark the occasion the City of Edinburgh Council has been giving away free bags of compost made from recycled garden waste. The first giveaway was yesterday at Fox Covert Primary School in Corstorphine, with further compost give-aways planned today and later.
Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow brought warmth, enthusiasm and clarity to a recital designed to give further recognition of the work of Hans Gál. Turnabout they introduced each piece with fascinating details that even the specialist audience may not have known. Nor, but not quite turnabout, were they working the same end of the Yamaha’s keyboard for each piece.
Five blurry, indistinct figures slowly gather on stage. Pools of light shimmering at the back of darkness. Slowly and softly, light filters into their space and we see five people, two men and three women, dressed in the most basic and rudimentary of dance outfits. They begin to move, fluid and undulating, to the densely rhythmic soundscape which churns out around them.
Entering Traverse 2 to see Pamela Carter’s play What We Know, was like passing invisibly through your neighbours' kitchen and witnessing their intimate universe of two. You were seeing them, but weren’t part of their world as Jo (Paul Thomas Hickey) and Lucy (Kate Dickie) move about chatting naturally but silently, having the occasional snog.
After the setbacks and the multi-million pound cost over-runs, the new wing at the Usher Hall is ready to be unveiled to the world. From tomorrow people will be able to explore the much-awaited new addition to the grade A-listed building, which completes the £25 million, second phase of refurbishment of the Lothian Road concert hall.
I’m not going to lie to you. When I walked by our beautiful Kings Theatre, some cold morning not too long ago, and saw a poster for Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, I was suddenly struck by a raging bolt of fury. There is something about Gary Wilmot and Lee Mead’s smiley, shiny, sparkly faces that just stirs a deep violence within me.
Footloose has a number of well known songs including the title song, "Let’s Hear It For The Boy" and "Holding Back For A Hero". In some ways, either with the type of songs or being first night, it seemed the cast were holding back until "hero" midway in the first half. After this number the show really took off with a much bigger performance from the cast as it worked its way through pathos, comedy and energetic dance numbers culminating in a great finish where "Footloose" is reprised.
In many ways, Los Campesinos could be taken as the archetypal modern day indie band. A glee club gathering of wholesome appearing girls and boys, eight members strong and bashing out an excited, puppy dog Pavement-style blitz on seemingly whatever instruments were immediately at hand. Their very appearance screams “We Are Young”. Fittingly, their 2008 debut album was entitled Hold On, Youngster.
Neeme Järvi was the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Principal Conductor from 1984 to 1988 when he was in his late forties. Much respected, his career had begun with his native Estonian National Symphony Orchestra where he is due to return as Principal Conductor later this year. In the meantime he and his talented musical family became American citizens and he had a long period with orchestras in Detroit followed by New Jersey. Currently he is with the Residentie Orkest in The Hague.
Rambert Dance Company is the best contemporary dance company in Britain. They can be relied on for innovative, stimulating dance programmes which display the extraordinary suppleness of the talented troupe.
This year’s International Science Festival (3-17 April) will include 46 events at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, with many events taking place at the Real Life Science Studio and other facilities at the Botanics’ new John Hope Gateway visitor and interpretation centre.
The University of Edinburgh returns to the Edinburgh Science Festival with free events, workshops and shows aimed at children and families. Discover Science 2010, running for the duration of the Science Festival (8th-17th April), takes place at the National Museum of Scotland, and Adam House, Chambers Street.
The City of Edinburgh Council is drafting a plan for open space in the city, the first such plan in 40 years, and it wants your view.
The City of Edinburgh Council is to take samples at three sites in Edinburgh as part of a long-running inspection programme in former industrial areas. They include the site of the old Portobello power station, the former Northfield chemical works and a former chemical works at Abbeyhill.