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Edinburgh Festival of Politics 2011 - Highlights

8 Jul 2011

Richard Holloway, Sarah Boyack and David Greig among highlights

The Festival of Politics may be one of the junior members of the August fraternity, but it just keeps coming of age. An array of events, speakers and themes are on the agenda this year with technology and the upheavals across north Africa and the Middle…

Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut

15 Jun 2011

Morag Fullarton's classic compact, lunch-hour friendly show

It’s nothing new of course, but the Oran Mor has been incubating many a theatrical hit in its lunchtime theatre slot of late, and the latest to make the jump into the evening hours and bigger stages is Morag Fullarton’s Casablanca: The Gin Joint…

Saturday Night

13 Sep 2011

Matthew Lenton and Vanishing Point further explore the themes of 2009's Interiors

In 2009, one play dominated the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Picking up the gongs for best director, ensemble and production, Interiors by Glasgow’s Vanishing Point was a performance of startling originality. Inspired by a play by Maurice…

2011 Arches Live! theatre programme is biggest yet

24 Aug 2011

Over 30 performances of challenging theatre and live art

As Edinburgh’s yearly festivities wind down, Glasgow’s Arches steps up with another packed out schedule of new, challenging theatre and live art. Often regarded as a platform for exciting young Scottish artists, 2011’s Arches Live! programme is the…

Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off

24 Aug 2011

Lyceum and Dundee Rep co-production of Liz Lochhead's classic

For director Tony Cownie and the cast of the Lyceum and Dundee Rep Ensemble’s new co-production of Liz Lochhead’s 1987 Scots classic, the Edinburgh Festival is over. Already they’ve had Lochhead in to give advice on pronunciations and, in the middle of…

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Edinburgh arts institution the Forest Cafe gears up for its final Fringe

10 Aug 2011

Edinburgh's rough and ready creative hub closing down

Many Edinburgh-dwellers agree that it will be a sad day when the Forest Café finally closes its doors at the end of this summer. The rough and ready creative hub will be badly missed, but at least it’s staying open long enough for the Forest Fringe to…

The personal connection I feel to the character of Medea

10 Aug 2011

Nadira Janikova presents Edinburgh Fringe production of classic work

Medea represents a huge challenge for any actress: trying to convey on stage the power of somebody who is a demigod; and finding the human side of somebody who commits the most unnatural and terrible of all crimes – the murder of their own…

Theatre production Jasmine Gwangju celebrates South Korean democracy

10 Aug 2011

The Gwangju uprising in 1980 explored in Edinburgh Fringe show

‘Pfweee! Pfweeeeeeeeeee!’ Jun-tae Kim is recreating the noise of fighter jets swooping over the South Korean city of Gwangju. It was 18 May 1980 and he was a young geography teacher, on the streets with thousands of other students and citizens…

Interview: Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan

3 Aug 2011

Artists talk about The Indirect Exchange of Uncertain Value exhibition

It sounds like the (thankfully unpublished) wheezy plotlines to one of Anthony Buckeridge’s Jennings... adventures. Posh Edinburgh private school – one time cradle to dastardly turncoat bullies – gets taken over by bohemian artists with a hidden agenda.

Alma Mater - One-person experience blending film and promenade theatre

26 Jul 2011

Sneak preview of what might well be the future of the Fringe show

In the vast sun-drenched glass-ceilinged foyer of Glasgow’s Briggait, there’s a room within a room -- a rudimentary windowless wooden box of about 18 cubic metres. It might resemble a wonkily-constructed homemade garden shed, but it’s the collapsible…

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Doris Day Can Fuck Off - Greg McLaren interview

26 Jul 2011

2011 Edinburgh Festival show based on singing to strangers

It’s a sunny Saturday in Stoke Newington, North London, and I’m competing in my very first ‘allotment Olympics’. Specifically, a shot putt event that swaps the usual metal balls for hefty, organic potatoes. The games have been organised by Stoke…

Four site-specific shows to catch at Edinburgh 2011

20 Jul 2011

What Remains and You Once Said Yes among highlights

What Remains. Theatre company Grid Iron celebrates ten years on the Fringe with this eerie piece set in the bowels of Edinburgh University. Music comes courtesy of composer David Paul Jones. Even in Edinburgh/Glasgow Poet Ishbel McFarlane takes the…

Theatre picks for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011

20 Jul 2011

A Celebration of Harold Pinter A starry triumvirate of elements conspires to make this one of the hottest tickets on the Fringe. Hollywood star John Malkovich directs British actor Julian Sands in a loving tribute to the late Nobel winner, drawing on…

Theatre, music and dance highlights from the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival

7 Jul 2011

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Semiramide and King Lear among picks

The Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) has been a benchmark for quality and innovation in the performing arts since its inauguration nearly 65 years ago. This year artistic director Jonathan Mills builds his programme around the multi-faceted…

Interview: Celebrity choreographer Arlene Phillips

15 Jun 2011

Strictly Come Dancing judge on her inspirations and what she looks for

The producer of Midnight Tango, which stars Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace talks about her life in dance What made you want to be a choreographer? I became a choreographer by chance. Dancing was always my first love, and it…

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Siobhan Davies Dance: Rotor

15 Jun 2011

Experimental cross-artform dance from nine commissioned artists

‘I hate the word inspiration,’ says Siobhan Davies. Which may seem ironic, given how inspirational she has been to budding young dancers and choreographers over the years. But for Davies, inspiration implies a light bulb moment, when something just…

The theatre shows to look out for at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011

9 Jun 2011

Dance Marathon, Ten Plagues and Tuesdays at Tescos among highlights

As ever the theatre programme of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is overflowing with keen ideas, exciting stories and risk-taking. The Traverse Theatre maintains its position as the beating heart of the Fringe, with Dominic Hill’s final programme…

Barbara Rafferty discusses Lark, Clark and the Puppet Handy

27 May 2011

The show also stars Sean Scanlan and Frank Gallagher

What made you want to be an actor? My mother was a cinema usherette so I went to the movies and was hooked. It was another world I wanted to be a part of. First and foremost I am an actor but when I was asked to direct a show, My Name is Margaret…

Dead Man's Cell Phone

27 May 2011

Director Stasi Schaeffer brings Sarah Ruhl's play to Scotland

A women picks up a cell phone left in a diner, and, after realising that the man it belonged to has died, finds herself pulled into the world he left behind, reconciling fractured relationships and making her own connections along the way. Written by…

Entre Nous

27 May 2011

A showcase of physical theatre by Adam Smith College diploma graduates

Fife’s Adam Smith College has recently been criticised for the planned closure of its theatre arts courses but its Diploma in Physical Theatre, based in Glasgow, is in rude health as its graduation show Entre Nous will prove later this month. Now in its…

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27 May 2011

Glasgow theatre company Glas(s) Performance looks at the political views of today's teenagers

Following swiftly on from a winter of discontent that was nowhere more pronounced than among our nation’s young people, comes a new show from Glasgow company Glas(s) Performance looking at the perspectives of today’s 17- and 18-year-olds on life, the…

Knives in Hens

27 May 2011

Belgian theatremaker Lies Pauwels adapts David Harrower's pre-industrial drama

Until a few months ago, Lies Pauwels had never read Knives in Hens, David Harrower’s pre-industrial tale of a woman’s progress from ignorance to literacy. Now, the Belgian theatremaker is directing a new National Theatre of Scotland production of the…

Spring Awakening

27 May 2011

Frank Wedekind's controversial play given the music treatment by theatre company Sell a Door

Frank Wedekind’s original German language play caused a stir throughout the early 1900s due to its hard-hitting themes and liberal attitudes towards the problems teenagers face growing up. The 2006 rock musical adaptation doesn’t stray far from this…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 - sneak preview

23 May 2011

Liberace, Finnish a capella groups and iPad fairy tales just some of the coming attractions

Whether it’s origami genitalia, homosexual deities or political commentary on the Lockerbie bombing, Edinburgh’s Fringe seldom arrives with a whimper but rather a ruddy great roar. June sees the official launch of 2011’s line-up, but we thought we…

Festival of Museums set for nationwide celebration of Scotland’s culture in May 2011

1 May 2011

Music, storytelling and period fashion among highlights of new festival

From the Groam House Museum in Ross-shire and Portsoy Bothy in Banffshire, to the Annan Museum in Dumfries and Galloway, the Festival of Museums features an eclectic and colourful range of concerts, talks, workshops, performances and exhibitions taking…