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EIF 2014: Ubu and the Truth Commission, Royal Lyceum, Review

Ubu and the Truth Commission - Croc

As the title suggests this multimedia production centres around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a court-like restorative justice body, which was set up in 1996 as a means of reconciling a nat

EIF 2014: Patrias, Playhouse, Review

Patrias dancers

Patrias evokes the aesthetic spirit of Lorca’s duende, creating a stirring glimpse of the Spanish Civil War that blazes with Andalusian accents and attitude.

EIF 2014: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 01, Usher Hall, Review


The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra waited until the last minute before all the players came on to the stage.

Holyrood Park Closed to Traffic For Festival Fireworks

Fireworks scatter with blue and yellow tracers

Historic Scotland has announced that it will be closing Holyrood Park to vehicle traffic this Sunday evening (31st August) for the annual

Edinburgh Book Festival: Natalie Haynes and Helen Walsh: Extremely Human Behaviour, Review

Natalie Haynes - a former Booker Prize judge

This event had the added enticement of free morning coffee (courtesy of Prestige Venues), which we could enjoy in comfort sitting at cabaret style tables in the Spiegeltent.

4 Tonnes of Fireworks Being Readied For Festival Finale

EIF Fireworks Concert waterfall

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be playing classic favourites such as Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at this Sunday's Fes

EIF 2014: Killing Civilians, The Hub, Review

In 2007, Dr. Hugo Slim produced his book ‘Killing Civilians; Method, Madness and Morality in War’.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Val McDermid: the Author with a Gold Dagger, Review

Val McDermid

As a most astute and intelligent writer with a spontaneous wit, Val McDermid always draws a huge audience at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

EIF 2014: Sweet Mambo, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Sweet Mambo - night dress

At the EIF 2010, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch performed Agua, a vibrant, vivacious vision of Brazilian culture.

EIF 2014: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

Sir Andrew Davis

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra gave a capacity Festival audience an evening to remember with a programme providing insightful rendition of widely differ genres.

Coppers Uncovered - The Walk of Shame, Underbelly, Review

Coppers Uncovered - The Walk of Shame poster

If you’re a randy young lad out on the town hoping to pull but you need a handy guide about what not to do then see this play.

Edinburgh Fringe Smashes Two Million Ticket Mark

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society announced that by Monday afternoon, with hundreds of performances still to take place, an estimated 2,183,591 tickets had been issued for shows this month.

EIF 2014: Chamber Concerts, Queen's Hall, Review

The ensemble this morning consisted of the Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, the violinist Daniel Hope, the pianist Bengt Forsberg and Bebe Risenfors who played accordion, double bass and gu

EIF 2014: Helen Lawrence, King's Theatre, Review

Helen Lawrence - Lisa Ryder

Film Noir meets modern technology and the consequences are both thought provoking and impressive.

EIF 2014: Royal Scottish National Orchestra Kaddish Symphony, Usher Hall, Review

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Vadim Gluzman was the violin soloist in Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto composed in 1942 when Barber was with the US Army Air Forces.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Jeremy Paxman, War. Germany. Act., Review

Jeremy Paxman was at his absolute best for this Open University event which was entitled, "War. Germany.

The Capone Trilogy: Vindici, C Nova, Review

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Chicago. 1943. Gangland. The city is still ruled by fear and terror and there is only one honest cop left.

Shakespeare for Breakfast, C Venues, Review


A warm coffee in one hand and a rather stale croissant in the other is not all that C venues serve up for breakfast.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Sophie Hannah: Killer Queen, Review

Sophie Hannah

Anna Day, founder and director of the Dundee Literary Festival introduced this event entitled Killer Queen - Sophie Hannah is indeed the Queen of psychological crime fiction.

Chalk About, Summerhall, Review

Chalk About - dance

Chalk About dances gently through some complex themes, exploring emotions and identity with a childlike simplicity that connects with all ages.