City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Beardyman - One Album Per Hour, Pleasance Courtyard, Review

Dressed in T-shirt and jeans, a scruff of facial hair, beatbox supremo Beardyman just had to slouch onto the stage for the full-house at Pleasance Grand to start whooping it up.

All About Chopin, St Andrew's & St George's West, Review

Waka Hasegawa.jpg

In a programme of Chopin's piano music Wasa Hasegawa gave us two nocturnes, four Mazurkas, a Scherzo and a Sonata. A wonderful range of Chopin's mastery of the piano.

Sunshine on Leith, Famous Spiegeltent, Review

Sunshine on Leith - girls & anchor

There’s nothing wrong with Sunny Leith! And there is little wrong with this local production of the musical based on the songs of The Proclaimers.

Pioneer, Zoo Southside, Review

Pioneer - Zoo

"The Cosmists were a peculiarly Russian group: they were all very Russian, and they were also, frankly, peculiar.”--Michael D. Gordin, Professor of History, Princeton University

EIF 2014: Bach's Mass in B minor, Usher Hall, Review

EIF, Bach Collegium

This massive work, far too big for any liturgical purpose is generally regarded as Bach’s greatest composition.

Edinburgh Book Festival: The Middle East Now

No subject could be more topical than looking at the Middle East today and all the problems that it faces. No surprise then that this event, which was supported by Baillie Gifford, was a sell-out.

The Poozies, Famous Spiegeltent, Review

Poozies band shot

After her recent brush with fame as a finalist on The Voice, Sally Barker is back to her roots as lead vocalist in the all female folk supergroup The Poozies, serenading us once again in the less comp

EIF 2014: I AM, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

IAM - wrestlers

I AM is a challenging piece that is more to be endured than enjoyed, but if you push on through, you may emerge the stronger for it.

EIF 2014: Owen Wingrave, King's Theatre, Review

Owen-Wingrave at EIF 2014

Owen Wingrave was the result of a commission by the BBC to write an opera for television. It took about five years for the years to reach the screen.

EIF 2014: I, CULTURE Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review


A orchestra of young people that was founded as recently as 2011 has done well to be invited to the Edinburgh International Festival. And they did not disappoint.

The Flying Artichoke 2014 Winner is Announced!

Gary McNair ...Donald Robertson

For the fourth year running, the Scottish Arts Club - Scottish Theatre Fringe Award is going to an act judged to be ‘brave, challengi

Edinburgh Book Festival: A Fresh Perspective on the Second World War

Paddy Ashdown is well known to Edinburgh Book Festival audiences, so Peter Gutteridge was able to give him the briefest of introductions before retiring from the stage.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Alexander McCall Smith: A Haven for the Traditionally Built

Alexander McCall Smith

Anyone passing by the Baillie Gifford Main Tent at the Book Festival on Thursday lunchtime could be forgiven for thinking there was a brilliant comedy act on stage, given the uproarious laughter and a

The Quant, Hill Street Theatre, Review

Jamie Griffiths tour through the arcane world of CDSs (credit default swaps) and CDOs (credit default obligations) might not sound like your idea of an hour of entertainment, but you could be missing

Edinburgh Book Festival: Henry McLeish and david Torrance; Yes or No, What Next?

‘Embattled’ might seem an odd choice of word to describe Henry McLeish, former First Minister and David Torrance, political journalist, but the debate on the Scottish Referendum has produced stranger

Tea Time Story, Zoo Pleasance (Aviary), Review

Tea Time Story

Eating is a social occasion in China, food is prepared in a way that is specifically for sharing. Here we partake in ancestral tales and dumplings.

The Trial of Jane Fonda, Assembly Rooms, Review

Trial of Jane Fonda - Anne Archer & company in rehearsal

War –What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!

Pants Down Circus: Rock, Assembly George Square, Review

Pants Down Performance

A fine balance of flair and farce makes Pants Down Circus: Rock, an hour of frolicking fun for all the family.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Celebrating Lermontov: New Translations of an Old Master

Mikhail Lermontov (1814-41) was remarkably proud of his Scottish ancestry, traceable to the Learmonths of Crail in Fife, although Lermontov himself believed he descended from Thomas the Rhymer.

Africa Live!, New Town Theatre, Review

Africa Live! - Samba Scene

This round-up of some of the musical acts playing at the Fringe opened with an absolute bang courtesy of Simply Soweto Encha.

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, Gilded Balloon, Review


Quentin Crisp was a one-off, a complete original, and Mark Farrelly’s superb tribute cunningly captures Crisp’s very particular USP: his style.