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Arts & Culture

Top 10 places to chill @ the Edinburgh Festival

14/11/2015 Alastair Stewart

So this top ten is a list close to my heart: where is best spot to relax and go for a drink? The list isn’t as easy as you might think, given the number of venues which just appear overnight. Nevertheless, it is possible to make it because the Festival is so atmospheric that there are definitive locations that bring out the best. (Read More)

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Review: The James Plays

13/11/2015 Graham Paterson

The stories that a nation tells to itself begin with gods and kings and heroes. As James I says, ‘I am Scotland’. And if we live in a time of no gods and precious few heroes, perhaps that’s exactly the time to start finding out where we came from. Hence the need for, and grand occasion of, the James Plays. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Cut @ Underbelly, George Square

30/10/2015 Christine Lawler

Site specific show Cut brings something a little bit different to Edinburgh Fringe this year, taken into an airplane style set-up the air hostess gives instructions and provides a safe-word for those who may need to leave creating a foreboding atmosphere before plunging the room into absolute darkness. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review | The Captains Bar / Edinburgh

30/09/2015 Alastair Stewart

The point of this is to tell you why you should go to one of my favourite pubs. I owe nothing to this establishment but mu memories and that is a pot of gold I would never sell for all the tea in China. ‘The Captain’s Bar’ is simply one of the best things about Edinburgh. (Read More)

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The Glenn Miller Story @ The Kings Theatre Glasgow

22/09/2015 Christine Lawler

Directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright The Glenn Miller Story swings into Glasgow bringing back an era that is often much forgotten. The legendary british entertainer Tommy Steele brings his uniqueness to the role of composer, arranger, musician, and band-leader Glenn Miller, aiding a wonderfully old-fashioned stye of entertainment. (Read More)

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Books

Johann Hari @ Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015

28/08/2015 Christine Lawler

Drugs policy is a controversial topic and may not seem like an interesting topic to use for a book however Johann Hari has done just that. Chasing the Scream uses human tales to advocate the legalization of drugs. Hari has travelled to many countries to speak with many people on their experiences of personal drug abuse or those associated with it. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy: The Deliverance @ Assembly Roxy

27/08/2015 Christine Lawler

Stellar Quines Theatre Company present The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Each show can be viewed as stand alone pieces but they are interlinked to create a powerful trilogy. Written by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Stellar Quines, and performed by Maureen Beattie The Deliverance follows the woman trying to fulfill her mothers dying wish of seeing her son one last time. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Fiction @ Pleasance Dome

26/08/2015 Christine Lawler

Fiction is a brilliantly unique theatre experience. After a disjointed start of seemingly random scenes on the screen the audience, each wearing their headphones, are plunged into absolute darkness and stay that way for the duration. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy: The Carousel @ Assembly Roxy

26/08/2015 Christine Lawler

Stellar Quines Theatre Company present The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Each show can be viewed as stand alone pieces but they are interlinked to create a powerful trilogy. Written by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Stellar Quines, and performed by Maureen Beattie the second installment of the trilogy, The Carousel, follows a woman as she travels across the Canadian landscape to her dying mother’s bedside and through a series of memories as she attempts to better understand her family and herself. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy: The List @ Assembly Roxy

26/08/2015 Christine Lawler

Stella Quines Theatre Company present The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Each show can be viewed as stand alone pieces but they are interlinked to create a powerful trilogy. Written by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Stellar Quines, and performed by Maureen Beattie The List examines themes of family, loss, and regret. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers

22/08/2015 Alastair Stewart

The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers tells the tale of three psychopaths meeting together and cathartically reflecting on their exotic hobby of murder. A cross between a support group and and old boys club, Mel, Jay and Steven to meet and discuss a craft that they see as illegal but not taboo. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: What Would Spock Do? @ Gilded Balloon

18/08/2015 Christine Lawler

This is a show for every geek out there who has ever felt ashamed, embarrassed or isolated within their love of a fandom. Especially Star Trek. Sam Donnelly takes us through his intense love of Star Trek and the bullying he endured because of it, tales of his grandfather’s role in his obsession and his decision to suppress it, through to the love story between him and the girl who has her very own Spock Day. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: The Lonely Poet @ Sweet Grassmarket

18/08/2015 Christine Lawler

There are two types of experiences to be had during this performance, one is to view it as an audience member and the other is to be selected to have the entire piece performed to you as if they were the only one there. Both have their perks, and possibly their drawbacks. This is definitely unique in my experience, because it raises the question if you can really break the fourth wall if only for one audience member. Perhaps Tim Honnef has just created a hole in the wall instead. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: Bat-Fan @ Pleasance Courtyard

17/08/2015 Christine Lawler

If you love Batman you will love this show. Using songs, musical parodies, and some slightly glitchy graphics to accompany his Bat-lecture James Wilson Taylor has created an outlet for his enthusiasm and frustrations surrounding this popular franchise. (Read More)

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Books

Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner @ Edinburgh Book Festival

13/08/2015 Christine Lawler

As part of Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 Joe Gordon chairs the discussion with author Evie Wyld and illustrator Joe Sumner. Together Wyld and Sumner have created the graphic novel ‘Everything is Teeth’ which is a memoir of Evie’s childhood growing up in Australia and her fixation and fear of sharks. This project began as a short story by Wyld and has taken 6-7 years of collaboration to become what it is today. (Read More)

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Politics, Distraction and the Digital Inferno

18/10/2014 Paul Levy

Every year for the past eight years I’ve spent August at the Edinburgh Fringe, seeing shows and writing a few reviews. As founder and editor of FringeReview I have had the opportunity to observe at first hand the changing nature of marketing at the Fringe. Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile is still packed each day with thousands of hopeful artists handing out paper leaflets – the famous ‘flyers’ – in the hope of gaining an audience for their production.

In parallel, the rise of social media has led to Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, Pinterest boards, Linkedin groups to name but the most famous (or infamous) ones. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: Bill Clinton: Hercules

13/08/2014 Alastair Stewart

‘Come and meet the 42nd President as he cuts loose and shoots straight from the hip in his own fantasy TED talk! From the Trojan Wars to the future of democracy, his dreams, regrets, hopes and passions, Occupy, Hillary and Monica… Beloved stained icon and reviled Slick Willy. A life epic in its own right, but what will be Bubba’s final act? Can the Comeback Kid come back? Kansas City’s Bob Paisley is directed by Fringe legend and Olivier winner Guy Masterson (Morecambe, Animal Farm, Scaramouche Jones, 12 Angry Men) in the ultimate tell-all by Rachel Mariner.’ (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: Bloom

11/08/2014 Alastair Stewart

‘Two men shelter in a soup kitchen on a bitter Scottish evening. As the darkness looms, they face up to a past they cannot escape. In this gripping new work, Glasgow based Vocal Point (Splintered, The Brains of the Family) present powerful true stories uncovered through conversations with regulars at the Glasgow City Mission soup kitchen. Using technologies in its visual storytelling, Bloom reinstates the tales of two fascinating individuals and their plight.’ (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: Character Limit

11/08/2014 Alastair Stewart

‘Character Limit documents the changing fortunes of four citizens of the internet. They navigate a terrain of bloggers, vloggers, trolls, arseholes, attention-seekers and egotists that populate the virtual realm in which we all now spend half of our lives. We meet Jenny, a feminist vlogger who receives a misogynist backlash; Cameron, a straight ally who sets up a popular but mysterious campaign called #SaveSergei; and Natalie, a teenager who airs her dirty laundry online.’ (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: Naked in Alaska

10/08/2014 Alastair Stewart

A remarkable solo drama charting the story of a 21-year-old, now sober, evicted young woman who embarks on a career in the pole-dancing business, from Tijuana to Alaska. From the dizzying highs to the devastating lows (and back again), Valerie Hager gives a candid exploration of the empowerment her profession brings and impact it has on the relationships in her life. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: The Confessions of Gordon Brown

24/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

“In a candid portrait of life inside Downing Street, Gordon at last reveals what it takes to knife your way to the top and rule a nation. And how his dream of power all went wrong. Brand new one-man play by acclaimed Scots Emmy-nominated writer and director Kevin Toolis in a Many Rivers production.” (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

24/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

“Oscar Wilde’s tale of passion and obsession retold by a vibrant young cast. A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. Classic gothic fiction with strong Faustian themes, this once controversial piece of writing examines themes of hedonism and morality in Victorian society.” (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: The Shawshank Redemption

18/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

“Inside Shawshank you have two options – get busy living or get busy dying. This witty and poignant new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic tale of death and life in a men’s prison is set to be the theatre highlight of this year’s Fringe. Omid Djalili heads a powerful cast in a timeless story of hope and triumph over adversity. Written by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns. Directed by Lucy Pitman-Wallace.” (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: Burton’s Last Call

08/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

“An informal audience with legendary Richard Burton as he chats about his famous friends, career, turbulent love life and his rise from the humblest of beginnings to worldwide superstardom. All with his customary irrepressible twinkle, despite his constant demons.” (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: Pip Utton – Adolf

06/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

It would be wrong to judge a book by its cover, but this performance did come with a bit of infamy. Adolf is seen with the tagline that people walked out of some performances and were vocally offended before the end of the it (performance is the key word). (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: Pip Utton: Churchill

05/08/2013 Alastair Stewart

“Once-a-year the chimes of Big Ben strike thirteen and Sir Winston Churchill’s statue reanimates to indulge the three great passions of his namesake: scotch, cigars and listening to himself speak. Written and performed by Pip Utton, this enchanted hour moves swiftly beyond caricature and becomes an enthralling exploration of the life and character of a capricious historical giant.” (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: Enlightenment Titans

22/08/2012 Alastair Stewart

Enlightenment Titans is a rare review of three titans in Scottish history. It forgoes the clichéd sentimentality surrounding David Hume, Adam Smith and Robert Burns and opts to explore their representation in Scotland today. (Read More)