The library committee of Stepney Borough Council have invited Ms Tilly Crumb, the maverick editor of the Stepney Chronicle to give a lecture about the First World War. Tilly is a cross between Germaine Greer, Janet Street Porter and Edith Piaf and the library committee are nervous that her lecture will be just a bit too radical for their taste.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Berlin to Broadway. Bremner sings the songs of Kurt Weill. Edinburgh Fringe The Loft. Julia Pascal.
For lovers of German prewar art, music and theatre, this performance is a treat. Bremner unashamedly declares his obsession with Kurt Weill.
The Dloko High School Choir from Umlazi Township The audience went crazy for this troupe of gifted singers, especially when they sang a love song to Mandela but, for me, the performance raised certain questions.
The voice of the river in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake adapted, directed and performed by Olwen Fouéré. Nothing can prepare an audience for the shock of this show.
This is a fabulously intelligent rap event which doubles as a comic lecture on religion. Brinkman is an atheist who takes on the Abrahamic religions to deconstruct and re-examine the rise in world faith.
I usually skip Edinburgh ‘comedy shows’. Happily I conquered my own prejudice. Lucie Pohl’s one woman memoir of being born in postwar Germany as the daughter of a Romanian Jew and a displaced German father, as well as being Helene Weigel’s niece and therefore part of the famed Brecht family, made me curious.