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EIF 2013: Scottish Ballet, Dance Odysseys - Duets Review

Jealousy - from Duets

The Fringe-style studio space on stage at the Festival Theatre creates the perfect close up view of these five, very short, intimate duets.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones and Christian Plowman, "Going Undercover" Review

The Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre was full for this interesting session by two men who had interesting stories to tell about the world of intelligence, albeit seen from different angles: Rhodri Je

Barony Ensemble Review

The Edinburgh-based Barony Ensemble performed their unusual, colourful and virtuosic programme in St Andrew's and St George's West in their Fringe debut.

Ulysses, Tron Theatre 2013, Review

Ulysses - Tron Theatre - publicity image

Joyce famously asserted that his Ulysses was a creation of deliberate, impossible opacity to keep scholars arguing over it for ever more, thus ensuring his immortality.

EIF 2013: Russian National Orchestra 01 Review

Nikolai Lugansky, pianist with Russian National Orchestra

In 1897, three years prior to completing his renowned Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Rachmaninov suffered acute depression following harsh criticism of his first symphony.

EIF 2013: Sax Ecosse Review

The Hub – home of the Edinburgh International Festival – is hosting a variety of eclectic Café Concerts in celebration of the founding of the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music 50 ye

Mozart at Teatime Review


Everyone who performed was extraordinarily talented - the Royal Over-Seas League through its international awards for young musicians gets the pick of the bunch.

Jack, or The Submission Review

Jack, or The Submission photo

Dysfunction reigns in this absurdist classic.

The Flying Artichoke is presented to the Scottish Fringe Theatre Award Winner 2013

Hela production photo

HeLa, a fascinating insight into the controversial search for a cure for cancer, has won the Scottish Theatre Fringe Award for best production in the 2013 festival.

Grounded Review

Grounded - production shot

"If you let nice-to-do things take priority over have-to-do things, you are guilty of misprioritization and you jeopardize yourself and those around you" - extract from Multi-Command Handbook - F16.

Kiss Me Honey, Honey! Review

Kiss Me Honey Honey Photo

Laughter is the order of the day in this hilarious piece that was specially commissioned for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe by the Gilded Balloon.

EIF 2013: Scottish Ballet, Dance Odysseys: Sea of Troubles & Silhouette Review

From Silhouette, Scottish Ballet

The opening night of an inspirational four day dance festival by Scottish Ballet was a double bill: Kenneth MacMillan’s Shakespearian waltz, Sea of Troubles, and Christopher Hampson’s s

Edinburgh Book Festival: Robert Peston, "Towards Lasting Prosperity" Review

Northern Rock Edinburgh

This, the Thomas Miller Investment Event, was chaired by Ian Fraser, whose book on the RBS collapse, "Shredded", featured in an earlier Edinburgh Book Festival event (see my write-up on &

EIF: Chamber Orchestra of Europe 02 Review


Thunderous applause and prolonged cheers from a packed Usher Hall marked the end of the scintillating Beethoven Symphony performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe to conclude their Festival run.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Matthew Smith, "Who Really Killed President Kennedy" Review

The Peppers Theatre was packed for this intriguingly titled session by Matthew Smith on "Who Really Killed President Kennedy?".

Organ Duets Review


As a wonderful innovation - what goes on in the organ loft is now screened to the walls either side of the pulpit, allowing us to sit in the normal seats.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Kathleen Jamie Review

Kathleen Jamie

The winner of numerous literary prizes for previous anthologies, Kathleen Jamie received the prestigious Costa Poetry Award for her most recent collection, The Overhaul.

The Lost Gatsby Review

The cast of The Lost Gatsby

The true story of a long lost silent movie version of The Great Gatsby, adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, is a timely and inspiring idea for this new play.

Don't Disturb the Driver Review

Don't Disturb the Driver - publicity photo.

I was once on a bus in Chile which had in place of the usual Don't Disturb the Driver sign one which read "Dear passenger. Ask for your ticket.

Edinburgh Book Festival: "The Real Story of Laurence Olivier" Review

Philip Ziegler is a well known biographer and historian with some twenty four books to his name, including biographies of Addington, Melbourne, Diana Cooper, Mountbatten, Edward VIII, Harold Wilson

Castration on a tennis court, and other stories: The life and art of Michelangelo Merisi, alias Caravaggio Review


Without as much as the toot of a trumpet, the eminent art historian, critic and face of BBC’s Culture Show, Andrew Graham-Dixon hops on to the semi-circular stage at Symposium Hall for his Ed