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24 Aug 20184 stars

Scenes of everyday life rendered both surreal and marvellous

There are times when HOME feels near miraculous – a middle-aged man climbs into bed, and out tumbles a young boy; where was once empty darkness emerges the glow of a lamp. Indeed, through a combination of physical theatre, illusion and lo-fi mechanics…

After Show charity exhibition celebrates musical history of Leith Theatre

18 Aug 2018

Art inspired by electrifying performances from the likes of Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and more

As part of Edinburgh International Festival, independent agency Touch (the studio behind the acclaimed Welcome World and Light on the Shore campaigns) and Leith Theatre present After Show: a visual celebration of Leith Theatre's proud musical…


10 Aug 20183 stars

David Greig revival is all a bit much

Written by David Greig as a kind of antidote to his previous weighty and politically-minded shows, and first released in 2008, this new revival, relentlessly directed by Kate Hewitt, is essentially a deconstruction of romantic comedies with Edinburgh as…

Blak Whyte Gray

17 Aug 20175 stars

Thrilling hip hop dance triptych from Boy Blue Entertainment

This powerful triptych from Boy Blue Entertainment starts at an electrifying pitch and from there just keeps building. Choreographer Kenrick 'H20' Sandy uses the nuances, moods and textures from various branches of hip hop and African dance and melts…

Zinnie Harris – 'For a long time, I have been drawn to stories where I can reconfigure, particularly around the female characters'

16 Aug 2017

Harris' adaptation of Aeschylus' Oresteia is a modern parable about the pressures of familial responsibility

Zinnie Harris has long been recognised as one of Scotland's most enterprising theatre-makers: alongside a reputation for scripts that express a feminist sensibility and a willingness to confront brutal realities, she recently won the Critics Award for…

Music highlights at the Edinburgh International Festival

3 Aug 2017

Including PJ Harvey, Benjamin Clementine and Reflections on Syria

Since Fergus Linehan took over the curation of the Edinburgh International Festival, the programme has been fresher and more innovative than ever before. While the Festival's reputation for putting on the very best in classical performances remains…

Blak Whyte Gray: The hip hop show that represents another watershed for the EIF dance programme

13 Jul 2017

Boy Blue co-founder Michael Asante talks about mood boards, making connections and that curious title

There was a time, not so long ago, when it would have been unthinkable to open the Edinburgh International Festival programme and find a hip-hop dance show in there. The days of street corners and warehouses being the sole domain of breaking and popping…

Youssou N'Dour

30 Aug 20164 stars

Inclusive performance from Senegalese performer

At 56, some might consider Senegalese vocalist Youssou N'Dour may be of an age where he can get away with a relaxed retread of past glories on the live stage. Known in the UK almost solely for his 1994 hit with Neneh Cherry '7 Seconds', he bears a…

Jazz, Juliette Binoche and a calendar change on cards for Edinburgh International Festival 2015

8 May 2014

Incoming director designate Fergus Linehan outlines his plans for change at the EIF

Fifteen months before the start of his first event, Edinburgh International Festival director designate Fergus Linehan has taken the unusual step of revealing some of his thinking behind the 2015 programme – as well as sharing details of a few of its…

Five choreographers discuss their contribution to Scottish Ballet's Dance Odysseys

16 Aug 2013

The EIF performance features new works from James Cousins, Martin Lawrance and Kristen McNally

James Cousins Which companies did you dance with before moving into choreography? Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, then as a freelance performer with choreographers such as Marc Brew and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. When did you know that you wanted to…

The Deep

20 Jun 20133 stars

A spare and reasonably compelling Icelandic survival drama from Jar City director Baltasar Kormákur

Charting a similar course to Life of Pi but minus the tiger and meta-fictional trappings, The Deep is the true story of a man’s survival in perilous waters after a shipwreck. The director is Baltasar Kormákur, who sprung to international recognition…

Edinburgh International Festival 2012 programme launched

14 Mar 2012

Highlights include Mariinsky Ballet, TEAM and Camille O'Sullivan

The Edinburgh International Festival has unveiled its extensive 2012 programme. With nearly 200 different performances to choose from, we’ve selected some dance, opera, classical music and theatre highlights you won't want to miss. NVA's Speed of…

Theatre critic Mark Fisher on the Shakespeare productions planned for 2012

13 Dec 2011

Alan Cumming, David Hayman and more to stage the Bard next year

In 1964, the Polish critic Jan Kott published Shakespeare, our Contemporary. The book caused a stir for framing a long-dead playwright through the lens of 20th century totalitarianism. Director Peter Brook was delighted to find a commentator who could…

Norrington to step in for EIF concert

30 Jul 2010

Conductor to replace Sir Charles Mackeras for Idommeneo performance

Following the sad news last month that Sir Charles Mackerras had passed away, the Edinburgh International Festival has announced that Sir Roger Norrington will now conduct the performance of Idomeneo with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on Fri 20 Aug.

Setting the stage - Edinburgh International Festival

2 Apr 2009

EIF artistic director, Jonathan Mills, referred to the ‘menace and magic’ of this year’s festival programme, as he unveiled the highlights last week. In keeping with 2009’s Homecoming celebrations the Edinburgh International Festival launched works rich…