Monthly Archives: August 2012

BOOK FESTIVAL – Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane The landscape and some friendly ghosts Monday 27 August 5:00pm – 6:00pm ScottishPower Studio Theatre Over the past few years a new movement of exceptionally well-written books about Nature has appeared. A magical mix of the natural world and high-art. Each one attempting to reclaim individual experience in an age of technology and […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – Harriet Walter

Harriet Walter “AGEING WITH PRIDE” Monday 27 August 2012 Journalist Jackie McGlone introduced Dame Harriet Walter to the stage in front of a sold-out theatre, and welcoming the actor to the last day of this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival. Walter is best known as a stage and screen actor who’s many credits include Atonement and […]


John McCarthy “HOW CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT A PLACE OF SAFETY?” Monday 27 August 2012, 8pm A mix of age and experience joined Chairman, journalist and well known radio presenter Allan Little in welcoming John McCarthy to the inaugural ‘Frederick Hood Memorial lecture’ on the last day of this years Edinburgh Book Festival. Allan Little […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Ryan van Winkle, Red Like Our Room Used to Feel


Deep in the basement level of Summerhall lies one of the most tranquil experiences of the Fringe. It’s a room with deep red walls, decorated with a wonderfully eclectic mix of photos, posters, and assorted paraphernalia. There are no windows, which sounds claustrophobic. It’s not. Instead it feels like being protected from any intrusion from […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – James Tait Black Prize

James Tait Black Prize Saturday 25 August, 5:30pm – 7:30pm RBS Main Theatre By Mark Bolsover The event began with a private reception which took place in the Book Festival’s dedicated reception venue: a smart but small and close marquee located behind the RBS Main Theatre, lit by strange red globes which hung from the […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Trailblaze Theatre, A Dirty Martini

Trailblaze Theatre are everything that a young company bringing a show to Edinburgh should be. They’re bright, sparky, enthusiastic and attractive, and if A Dirty Martini is anything to go by, they’re full of potential. Some of that potential is realised. Some of it is not. A Dirty Martini works like a Choose Your Own […]


There is a moment during Will Self’s second reading from his unconventional new novel – the Booker-longlisted Umbrella – when the explosions from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo mirror the book’s narrative of the machine gun hell of the Somme. Host Stuart Kelly smiles, the audience titters: but Self carries on unflinchingly, caught up in his […]

FESTIVAL REVIEW – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It)


Any audience member who has heard about Dmitry Krymov’s production, or researched a little on seeing the strange subtitle ‘As You Like It’, would not be expecting Shakespeare’s full play, but its advertising does not make it clear that this response to the bard‘s Dream focuses only on the Mechanicals and their Pyramus and Thisbe […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Italia Conti Ensemble 2012, Oh, What A Lovely War


by Debbie Cannon Devised by Joan Littlewood’s populist Theatre Workshop Company and first performed in 1963, Oh, What A Lovely Way comprises a series of scenes depicting the people’s experience of World War I, with an emphatically left-wing, anti-establishment agenda. Add in the fact that the original script has these scenes presented by a seaside […]

FESTIVAL REVIEW – Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir


by Danielle Farrow Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir translates as The Castaways of Mad Hope. This connects to the layers of the play as a motley crew from the Fol Espoir dance hall, charismatic owner down to lowest worker, are led by a pair of film-makers to tell of a shipwreck in Patagonia in 1894. […]