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?
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 War. Edinburgh International Festival. Chekhov International Theatre Festival. SounDrama Studio. Julia Pascal.
This epic work is based on Richard Aldington’s Death of a Hero, Nicolai Gumilyov’s Notes of a Cavalry Officer and Homer’s The Iliad. Edinburgh was given the world premiere of this amazing spectacle.
This play was first produced in 1980s London by The Women’s Theatre Group with Elaine Feinstein as the original writer. In this production it is Cambridge students who explore the latest fractured Shakespeare.
The motiveless crime fascinates us. Murder for murder’s sake challenges all our conditioning and leads us into our uncivilised self. This musical play focuses on the 1924 crime committed in Chicago by Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold.
This is high octane socialist theatre from Scotland which marries feminism, multiculturalism and aims a fist in the eye of the UK Border Police.
20 October – 13 November 2011 BIG & SMALL: from Billboards to Downloads Storm Thorgerson’s massive exhibition at Idea Generation, 11 Chance Street, London E2 7JB
Archive 2008 Music: London Grip Goes To Glastonbury 2008 The Morning After Glastonbury Music Festival is the biggest annual event in Britain.