City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News

Edinburgh Book Festival: Maggie Gee and Enrique Vila-Matas: Novels about Novelists

Maggie Gee

The theme of this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival is summed up by the phrase ”Let’s Talk” illustrated with chirriping birds on the programme cover.

Leaving Home Party, Summerhall, Review

Leaving Home Party - Catherine Ireton

Its such a rare pleasure these days to stumble across something by relative chance, coming away energised and utterly enchanted.

The Big Bite-Sized Breakfast, Pleasance Dome, Review

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

A beautiful, sunny August morning (rare for any Edinburgh Festival goer), a cup of coffee, fresh strawberries and a croissant (even rarer for any heavy-eyed Fringe reviewer).

EIF 2014: Beyond Zero: 1914 - 1918, Festival Theatre, Review

Beyond Zero: 1914 - 1918

“Everybody is rushing, running, trying to escape almost certain death in this hail of enemy shells. Today I have seen the real face of war.” - German musketeer, Hans Otto Schetter.

Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award 2014 Shortlist Announced

Amnesty International has chosen six Fringe productions for the shortlist of its 2014 Freedom of Expression Award.

Biding Time (remix), Summerhall, Review

Biding Time (remix)

A Rabbit. Headphones. Finger Puppets. A New concept for Fringe 2014, but anything goes right? Well not always.

Major revival of John Byrne’s The Slab Boys set to mark Citizen’s Theatre 70th Anniversary Season in 2015

The Slab Boys by John Byrne is one of the best-loved works in twentieth-century Scottish theatre and regarded as a landmark play in Scottish theatre, being named by the National Library of

Edinburgh Book Festival: The Great War in Pictures, Hilary Roberts

Sadly a monsoon-like downpour reduced the size of the audience for Hilary Roberts, but those who braved the elements were treated to a fascinating hour of pictures from her new book, 'The Great War -

Title and Deed, Assembly Hall Rainy Hall, review

Title & Deed stage

A man who has been travelling stands on stage. He has just arrived from somewhere else – some nameless place known for exporting ‘sarcasm and uric acid’.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Nicholas Parsons, No Repetition, Hesitation or Deviation

An appearance by Nicholas Parsons is always a highlight of the Edinburgh International Book Festival and this year was no exception.

Civil Rogues, Pleasance Courtyard, Review

Civil Rogues - ladies

Civil Rogues is a good, old-fashioned, rollicking romp and, although it follows a rather familiar formula, a first-rate cast ensures laughs all round.

Back Door, theSpaces @ The Radisson, Review

Back Door: Laura Louise Baker (Tabitha), Jaacq Hugo (Violette)

Hitchcock was a master director of gripping, thrilling movies. In Rear Window, a photographer is confined to his New York apartment with a broken leg.

The Duck Pond, Bedlam Theatre, Review

The Duck Pond - cast

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to a land touched by fairy tales; The Wild Geese, The Stolen Veil, The Little Mermaid, The White Duck, The Frog Prince - they all have power here.

The Curing Room, Pleasance Dome, Review

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When desperation takes over and the tiny remnants of hope are gradually fading away, how far would you go to stay alive?

EIF 2014: Collegium Vocale Gent & Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

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Haydn's Nelson Mass is full of surprises not least in its flamboyant soprano opening. Are we really listening to a religious setting of the Mass one might ask.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Ian Fraser, The Bank That Came Back From the Brink

In Charles Ferguson's excellent documentary Inside Job, Nouriel Roubini (famously dubbed Dr Doom for his accurate prognostications of

EIF 2014: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

A full-strength LPO, crammed onto the Usher Hall stage, did full justice to its opening piece by resident composer Magnus Lindberg though his Chorale antedates his tenure.

Lucy Worsley: A Very British Murder, Assembly Rooms, Review

Lucy Worsley

Historical and cultural BBC documentaries have recently become so much more interesting, especially when you have a vivacious, watchable presenter like Dr Lucy Worsley.

Tender Napalm, C Nova, Review

One of the deadliest and most cruel weapons being described as ‘tender’ could be seen as strange but when placed in the context of the battle of love, pain and tenderness go hand in hand.

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell, Assembly Rooms, Review

Jay Rayner

The title of this wonderfully entertaining, inspiring, illuminating Spoken Word presentation is My Dining Hell.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Publishing the Nation

This event, offered by Publishing Scotland, and chaired by Jenny Brown, attempted to look at the responsibilities of publishers in Scotland to reflect the nation.