This evening’s programme was performed by the Royal Scottish Orchestra. Samuel Barber’s lyrical Violin Concerto, with a stunning performance by Vadim Gluzman, was the prelude to an evening which was more of a war cry than a polished musical offering.
First & second opinions: John Harvey’s latest poetry collection is reviewed by Rosie Johnston AND by Norbert Hirschhorn
This piece was premièred in Wuppertal over six years ago but is a UK première in Edinburgh. It is poignant that this was made just before Bausch’s sudden death on 30 June 2009.
It’s hard to put your finger exactly on what makes Guys & Dolls such a classic, magical show. Is it the characters – the gambling low lifers Damon Runyon conjured from the streets of New York in the 1920s?
D A Prince finds that Christine McNeill’s poetry demands – and repays – the reader’s full attention
Celebrity casting has its merits. But it has its drawbacks too. The great bonus of Benedict Andrews’ visceral new staging with X-Factor’s Gillian Anderson is that although the spotlight inevitably falls on her – she is after all on stage for nearly the whole duration of the play’s three hours – this is par(…)
Jung Han Kim’s monologue performed by Jon Castro in one room with only a wall as décor, is a stunning exploration of huge philosophical debates in a hugely ironic and theatrical manner.
The French have a phrase for artistes like Camille. Bête de scène. It means a singer or performer who knows how to seduce her audience.
Metta is a traditional Buddhist word that means loving kindness and friendliness towards all. This new group led by Damian Helliwell promises to break new ground in contemporary Scottish music and the result is exciting.
13 Sunken Years. Stellar Quines. The Finnish National Theatre. Lung Ha Theatre Company. Assembly Rooms. Julia Pascal.
Finnish playwright Paula Salminen’s first play is being premiered in English at the Edinburgh Festival. This is a touching work about three generations of women who are single mothers but its more haunting theme is that of displacement in your own country.
Martin Noutch admires Lynne Wycherley’s masterly grasp of light in its many aspects
Andrzej Panufnik’s Sinfonia elegiaca, was the prelude to Dmitry Shostakovitch’s Symphony No 7. ‘Leningrad’. Although the Edinburgh Festival has a specific focus on the commemorations marking World War One, this evening was a reaction by a Polish and Russian composer to the horrors of Nazi invasion.