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5–12 AUG 2010/ISSUE 662/WEEKLY/£2.20

Festival 2FOR1
Festival shows FOR SO S
covered including: MORE GREMAATNY

Meow Meow and the best of
Edinburgh's femme fatales
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Contents FESTIV
5 – 12 AUGUST
19 Comedy 57 Theatre
19 Holly Burn 57 Sub Rosa
20 US comedians 58 The Rope in Your Hands
22 Jim Jefferies 60 All The Queen’s Children
26 Kevin Eldon 62 Beautiful Burnout
30 Delete The Banjax 66 Little Black Bastard

46 Dance 75 Visual Art

46 Flawless 75 Moyna Flannigan
47 Brazil! Brazil! 76 Joan Mitchell
48 Cento Cose 76 Richard Wright

49 Kids 81 Clubs
49 Charlie and Lola 81 DJ Yoda
50 Arabian Nights 82 Taste
50 Hairy Maclary 83 Ultragroove

Cover story: Fringe Cabaret 52 Music 84 Around Town

The Fringe is awash with cabaret acts this year, from
52 Rhythm Drum & Dance 84 Edinburgh Mela Festival
comedy vaudevillians to straight-up song and dance 53 Samedia 85 Festivals’ Cavalcade
spectaculars. We talk to some of the stars bringing the 54 Villagers 86 Hi Fives For Diversity
razzle-dazzle to town, and recommend our favourite 55 Lach’s Antihoot
shows for performance, pizazz, and all that jazz.

A bottle of Famous Grouse for the Letter of the Issue 6

Highlights 2 for 1 tickets at Assembly 12
7 Noticeboard Win tickets to Andrew O’Hagan and Alan Warner at the Book Festival 13
As well as the usual latest news and developments from Win a pair of tickets to Bestival with Sailor Jerry’s Ink City 13
the cultural world, our Festival Noticeboard has essential
info from behind the scenes, including our Insider column
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Outside the festivals FROM PAGE 87

So we’ve covered the festivals – what about Around Town 96
the restivals? Thankfully, Edinburgh isn’t the
only place with a party atmosphere this Books 98
month; if you want to have fun without
travelling to the capital, take a look at our Clubs 99
guide to what’s going on everywhere else.

Film 103

Features Comedy 113

90 Eat Theatre 113

We cover the recent restaurant openings in both cities, including
Jamie Oliver’s Italian venture in Glasgow.
Kids 114
92 The Great Glasgow Quiz
Do you know your Clyde from your Kelvin? Your Queen’s Park Music 115
from your Queen Street station? Your Arches from your elbow?
Take our quiz and find out if your Glasgow knowledge is up to
the test. Visual Art 124
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The king of the pun on Last great meal you cooked
The last meal I had was pretty great.
mumbling Yorkshiremen Two pork pies with english mustard and
and paying too much for spaghetti hoops on toast.
flower seeds
Last extravagant purchase you
made My extravagant spending tends to
First record you ever bought be on taxis and props. I don’t buy taxis. I
It was ‘Daddy Cool’ by Darts which I’ve mean I pay to ride in them. And if I like a
since decided is a bit more daddy than prop I will generally buy it regardless of
cool. If i’d have known how many times price. In Edinburgh in 2008 I bought a toy
in the future I would be asked ‘What horse from Jenners for £100. I never
was the first record you ever bought?’ I really had a joke for it but it was huge and
would have been a bit more discerning. could take my weight.
The second record I ever bought was
‘Lay Your Love on Me’ by Racey which I First crush Marie Osmond.
still love. I wished you’d asked me that.
Last book you read A biography on
First film you saw that really Paul Newman. Did you know he had his
moved you I’m pretty sure it was honeymoon in England? They went to
Bambi. But the line in a film that totally Hampton Court. Fascinating.
blew my socks off was in Jaws 2. A girl
that I thought was totally gorgeous was Last time you were star struck
trying to lead astray Chief Brody’s son. Eric Bristow. He’s one of my all time
They were both the same sort of age as sporting heroes. I played him at darts a
I was at the time – about 12. In a close couple of months ago. stop in Leeds right now, mumbling to packets of flower seeds and threw them
up shot she says really slowly, ‘Do you himself, ‘That Tim Vine is crap’. all into one flower bed to see what
always do what your parents tell you?’ It First thing you’d do if you ran the would happen. In the end, not much. It
was the most exciting thing I’d ever country Rig up a sound system and First three words your friends turns out a lot of them should have been
seen and I nearly passed out. sing ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’ on the would use to describe you nursed in small pots first.
steps of Downing Street. Not him again.
First movie you ever went on a First thing you think of when you
date to Um . . . I don’t think I’ve been Last meal on earth. What would it Last time you made an impulse wake up in the morning
on a lot of movie dates. In fact, dates. be? Am I ill or about to be executed or buy and regretted it I never buy Where am I?
How much more personal are these is the whole of Earth about to be Impulse. I’m more of a Lynx man.
questions going to get? I remember destroyed by a meteorite? This affects Last thing you think of before you
fancying the usherette at Herbie Goes to the answer. I mean, if I’m ill I’ll just have First concert you ever attended go to sleep
Monte Carlo. Does that count? a sandwich or something light. Elvis Costello at the Hammersmith Who am I?
Palais. That’s the cool answer, but I have
Last time you cried It was a First time you realised you were a vague and worrying memory that I ■ Tim Vine – The Joke-amotive,
documentary on Channel 4 about famous You do know I’m not Tim Rice may have gone to see Cliff Richard at Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–30
someone with some sort of serious don’t you? the Royal Albert Hall with my local Aug (not 9 & 10), 8.43pm, £16–£17
problems. I can’t remember the details church group. (£14.50–£16). Previews 4–6 Aug, £10.
because I turned it on in the middle of it, Last time someone criticised your The Tim Vine Chat Show, Pleasance
but they were crying so I just kind of work I don’t know, is the truthful answer. Last time you bought someone Courtyard, 26–28 Aug, 5.10pm,
joined in. There may be a bloke standing at a bus flowers I recently spent £300 on £11–£12 (£9.50–£11).

Festival special: the things making our August just that little bit better
■ They are here. The festival bampots question what they are doing Young Sir ‘I Will Plant Myself In A Post
have arrived! As August rolls into view, in life, and ponder Box and Post Myself to the Festival’.
so too does the annual stream of loons whether they’ve really (Post Me To The Fringe, of course).
who will happily swallow swords/ride opted for the right Besides the lunacy we also like the
unicycles/perform career – give sheer volume of unforgiveable puns and
breast shadow yourself a break. wordplay in this year’s programme.
puppetry for a What about The people who came up with
living. (That last Mister ‘I Dark Side of The Poon/Call Me
one is Busting Out!, Give Old Fascist/Wit Tank/Brother,
incidentally. And Cookery Can You Spare a Rhyme?/
100% non-made-up Demonstrations Espionage a Trois and Pearls
by us. See left.) While Suspended 100ft Before Wine really know how to give
For those who Above The City’. (That’s festival pun-ters what they want. (If
occasionally Festival in the Sky, btw.) Or what they want is criminal punning.)

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A snapshot of our shows at Assembly in 2010.

Dont forget to check out our brand new venue in West Princes Street Gardens.
There’s an outdoor festival garden bar, tasty bites, live music, free shows and much
much more including The Crack, Julien Cottereau, Best of the Fest Daytime, Guilty
Pleasures and The Talk Show hosted by Frank Skinner.

Full show information, tickets, offers, video

clips and our latest news can be found on
our website at
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This week’s unmissable shows


Flawless: Chase the Dream Charlyne Yi Mairi Gillies: Natura sensus
The Britain’s Got Talent and Funny songs and stories from one Beautiful sculptural installations
StreetDance 3D stars display their of the stars of Judd Apatow’s created from real and preserved
fancy footwork and jaw-dropping Knocked Up and the Sundance- plant material by the Edinburgh-
breakdance manoeuvres. beloved Paper Heart. See Comedy, based ‘hortisculpturist’. See Visual
See Dance, page 46. page XX. Art, page 75.

Little Black Bastard Villagers Jonny Sweet Rhythms With Soul

The remarkable story of Conor J O’Brien and his The award-winning comic A contemporary re-
one of Australia’s most band of buddies are returns with his new show imaging of traditional
respected performers, bringing their Mercury- Let’s All Just Have Fun flamenco dance and
whose resumé highlights nominated Irish alt.rock to (and Learn Something, For music from the world-
include Judy Garland Sneaky Pete’s, courtesy of Once). See online renowned Miguel Vargas
and Steven Berkoff. See the Edge Festival. See interview at company. See Dance,
Theatre, page 66. Music, page 53. page 47.

Arabian Nights FOUND Sub Rosa

Three lost tales of Scheherazade Edinburgh-based experimental pop Gothic Victorian promenade show,
featuring genies and belly with a background in art school in which the audience are guided
dancers, re-told with the aid of shenanigans, beloved by King through the tale of a tragic chorus
puppets, masks and music. Creosote and the Fence label. See girl by a gallery of grotesque
See Kids, page 50. Music, page 54. ghosts. See Theatre, page 57.
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Iran do Espírito Santo Twinkle Twonkle Kevin Eldon

Intricate and large-scale From Tall Stories, the company The mainstay of British comedy
drawings and sculptures created behind the stage adaptation of TV (Big Train, Spaced, Brass Eye)
from steel, glass, stone and paint The Gruffalo, comes this cosmic finally presents his own stand-up
on plaster. See online feature at adventure tale. show, Titting About. See Comedy, See Kids, page 51. page 26.


Scottish Dance Theatre Kitty, Daisy and Lewis Beautiful Burnout

The Dundee Rep’s dance wing Multi-instrumentalist siblings from Bryony Lavery’s piece of highly
presents three shows in two Kentish Town with a love for the physical theatre seeks to challenge
sittings: The Life and Times of Girl old-school sounds of rock’n’roll, preconceptions about the
A and NQR and Drift. See Dance, blues and swing. See Music, page controversial sport of boxing. See
page 46. 53. Theatre, page 62.

Magnus Betnér Joan Mitchell Lady Carol Lockerbie: Unfinished

Scandinavia’s most The first museum Soulful cabaret with a Business
successful comedian, exhibition in the UK of twist – Carol’s ukulele Timely piece of verbatim
whose satire has earned paintings on canvas and renditions of Kate Bush theatre performed by
him comparisons to Bill works on paper by the and Nirvana tunes David Benson, which
Hicks and Lenny Bruce. American abstract overflow with wit and explores the aftermath
See online feature at expressionist artist. See pathos. See Music, page of the Lockerbie attack. Visual Art, page 76. 17. See Theatre, page 58.

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Noticeboard The Briefing


Che Camille

BOOK The Book Festival continues

to show its mettle with four of the
six poets shortlisted for The
Forward Prize for best collection all
making this year’s programme.
Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney has
already sold out but tickets for
Robin Robertson, Jo Shapcott and
Sinéad Morrissey are still available.

FRINGE It’s all getting a bit techie-

tastic down Fringe way with the
launch of a free iPhone application

The wheel deal

One man proves that some folks’ll do anything to appear on the Fringe Words: Anna Millar
to help thousands of festival-goers
to navigate their way through the
Fringe during August. See for more.
Elsewhere, we’re very excited about
ere at List Towers we love a man on a mission NOTTINGHAM – SCUNTHORPE Everybody told me that

all things roller derby, as The Auld
and circus strongman Mr Plonk could Scunthorpe should be renamed Scumthorpe and it Reekie Roller Girls take on the
certainly be described as that. Or maybe just wasn’t far from the truth. But if I hadn’t gone there London Rockin Rollers All Stars in a
a crazy plonker; you decide. Having left London’s then I wouldn’t have found a fantastic forest on The special festival roller derby bout at
South Bank on 21 July, the Plonkster is cycling all National Byway that Terry from the cycling shop in Meadowbank on Sat 7 Aug.
the way, in costume, to Edinburgh to join his troupe Gainsborough pointed out.
in Circus Trick Tease at the Underbelly Cowbarn SCUNTHORPE – REIGHTON GAP Crossed the Humber MUSIC Fringe performer Craig
from Thu 5 Aug. Last we heard he was in Bridge – it really is a marvel to look at. From Hull I Ogden has just been signed to
Scarborough. Check out some highlights from his shot over to the coast. I camped in a thicket next to a Classic FM after they were
journey so far: cliff. Lucky I don’t sleepwalk anymore. inundated with praise for his talents
LONDON – KETTERING Cycled about 70 miles. This REIGHTON GAP – SCARBOROUGH I hit mechanical by listeners. Ogden has previously
was my first day out and was a lot of fun. The difficulties. I bent a bit on my bike which pretty worked with his mentor and fellow
English countryside really is very beautiful. much kept me in top gear all the way to Scarborough. Australian, John Williams. Catch him
KETTERING – NOTTINGHAM Rockingham Castle was There’s no hope for my machine. So I’ve booked a at this year’s Fringe on Tue 24 &
amazing. Finally rolled into Nottingham and stayed hotel for two days and I await news from the last Wed 25 Aug at St Andrew’s and St
in a great little hostel called The Igloo. bicycle shop . . . George’s Church.

SHOP Those in search of a spot of

retail therapy between shows
NORRINGTON TO on Fri 20 Aug. Sir Norrington is no should head to Che Camille on Sun
STEP IN FOR EIF stranger to the EIF programme 8 Aug at 8pm for a fashion show and
CONCERT and is perhaps best known as a DJ set from Discopia’s Ally, as well
■ Following the sad news last master interpreter of Mozart’s as a live performance from The
month that Sir Charles Mackerras work. The performance will be Niallist. See
had passed away, the Edinburgh dedicated to the memory of
International Festival has Mackerras. Keep an eye on the
announced that Sir Roger Noticeboard for further tributes to
Norrington will now conduct the the great man in the coming LIST.CO.UK/FESTIVAL
performance of Idomeneo with weeks. For more on the Visit us daily for arts
the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performance, see & entertainment news

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Re: Porgy and Bess takes This was not a happy Publisher & General Editor
Robin Hodge
centre stage at Edinburgh CLOSING THOUGHTS experience, and one I will not be
International Festival Place: Studio 24 repeating. I would rather pay Simon Dessain
(Edinburgh Festival Guide After hearing that Edinburgh venue Studio 24 was going to extra and go to Glasgow or
2010) close its doors I made a point of going down there last Edinburgh rather than Editor
I enjoyed your article, but in weekend to say goodbye. During the night I asked Studio 24 Inverness, which is a shame, as Jonny Ensall
referring to ‘George and Ira staff why it was being closed and learned of the story about this could be a lovely venue. Assistant Editor
Henry Northmore,
Gershwin’s’ folk opera you are one neighbour living close to the venue being on a quest to Gebo, Highland Allan Radcliffe,
following a current and get the place closed down. Comment posted at Claire Sawers
unfortunate trend to overlook I think this is shocking, if true, and feel terrible that such a Subeditor
Hamish Brown
the contribution of DuBose cool venue – and in my mind the only real place to go for ANGER ISSUES Research Manager
Heyward, who wrote all of the alternative music in Edinburgh – was having to close its doors Re: Mailbox (661) Laura Ennor
opera’s libretto and the lyrics to because the council would listen to one guy over the Years ago I subscribed to a Research
most of its songs, including hundreds that go there every week, and have done for years. similar magazine to yours Siân Bevan,
Tasmin Campbell,
‘Summertime’. Then, yesterday I heard from a friend that Studio 24 had called Time Out, which covered Siân Hickson,
Ira Gershwin contributed won its case and was going to stay open! the London area. Everyone Henry Northmore,
some fine lyrics (‘It Ain’t Finally, a success story in Edinburgh for who wrote to the letters page David Pollock,
Fiona Shepherd,
Necessarily So’ for one) but clubbing! I love going down to this club. seemed to be terminally angry Kirstyn Smith
wrote none of the libretto, and There’s a real family feel, the staff are great and abusive. Your last issue Editorial Assistant
never asked to receive equal and the tunes rawk. It really is Edinburgh’s reminded me of it with its Niki Boyle
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Smoky and Smooth – a marriage of fine peated
soprano Joyce DiDonato Well said Mr Crandles. If only Suzanne Robertson
Scotch malt whiskies and The Famous Grouse Business Development
returns to Edinburgh there were some contented
Festival (Edinburgh Festival Scots willing to write us positive Adam Coulson
Guide 2010) NOT SO HOT ROD alone Mr Stewart. mail we could improve Business Development
It’s very sad indeed that Sir Place: Tulloch Caledonian To add to the total chaos everyone’s moods. Come on Manager
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and for Ms DiDonato and the I was at the Rod Stewart concert, causing a constant Manager
EIF most immediately. It will be concert at the weekend, which stream of people in varying CORRECTION Sheri Friers
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fine a musician as Sir Charles poor organisation. between us and the stage, al fresco eating and drinking Circulation Executive
to take his place on the As soon as the concert began adding further to the distress of in Glasgow and Edinburgh Murray Robertson
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performances. Good luck to all. cheaper seats were allowed to show. I am told that other Apologies to the Hidden Lane Senior Designer
Charlotte Webb, move in front of us, resulting in venues stop the sale of drink Tearoom in Glasgow, which is Lucy Munro
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Georgette Renwick
teaching the world about whisky. Well, kinda’. Accounts Assistant
In a show originally called Whisky: An Eejit’s Tasmin Campbell
Office & HR Manager
Guide (but changed to Idiot’s for the bloody Jo Morgan
tourists), the stalwart of the Scottish comedy SECTION EDITORS
scene takes a trip through the nation’s Around Town Kirstin Innes
Books Brian Donaldson
favourite export, via a beautiful ‘tribute’ to Ian Clubs Henry Northmore
Rankin. McTavish might down a fair bit of malt Comedy Brian Donaldson
Dance Kelly Apter
during the performance but he promises to Eat & Drink Donald Reid
Film Paul Dale
leave a drop for an optional tasting after the Kids Kelly Apter
laughs die down. Whisky: An Idiot’s Guide is at LGBT Allan Radcliffe
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Noticeboard Visit for daily arts & entertainment news

British author-cum-
Fringe show stalwart
Gyles Brandreth talks
about the highs and
lows of his festival

dinburgh is a parallel

E universe. We do things
differently here. I was a
middle-aged, ex-MP with a tragic
comb-over and a roomful of
woolly jumpers until I discovered
the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The experience changed me
forever. It does.
I first came here in 2001 with a
show called Zipp! We performed
90 musicals in 90 minutes. We
gave you the complete works of
Andrew Lloyd Webber in one
hundred seconds. On a good day,
we managed it in 85. At one
point in the show, I did a
sequence that called for
suspenders and fishnet tights. I
used to put them on in my flat at
the beginning of the day – and last here I got my head shaved Rooms on George Street (for the Lipstick Lesbians performing a
then I looked out of the window (on the advice of Steven Berkoff: quality thespian crowd), a bench musical Macbeth with
and caught sight of the old lady ‘Lighten up, Gyles’) and fell in in the Pleasance Courtyard (for marionettes. I kid you not. Only
in the flat opposite watching me. love with a girl from The the sunshine and the stand-ups), in Edinburgh in August.
I was so embarrassed – until she Guardian. (The Guardian, for and the launderette in Raeburn
flashed me a thumbs up. God’s sake! It may seem like Place. In London, the Gyles Brandreth appears in
In Edinburgh, in August, nothing to you, but for a Tory ex- launderettes are dead. In The One to One Show at
anything goes. You can have MP it’s A Big Deal.) Edinburgh at Fringe-time they Pleasance One, daily, 4.30pm;
breakfast where you want, when This is my third Fringe and my buzz. The last time I went to his play, Wonderland, is on at
you want, with whom you like – favourite haunts remain the wash my tights in Raeburn Place the Assembly Rooms, George
no questions asked. When I was same: the bar in the Assembly I found a group called The Street, daily, at 1.45pm.


Farm Boy
This week’s best bribe was this charming miniature 1922 Fordson Tractor, sent by the folk behind Michael
Morpurgo’s Farm Boy (adapted by Daniel Buckroyd). The play is a sequel to War Horse, which focused on a
young boy and his horse on a journey through WWI. Farm Boy takes place years later, when the tractor was
becoming the driving force behind British farming. The show
Why isn’t
combines storytelling, drama, original music and, yes, a tractor.
‘I’d go as far as to say that, alongside the old man and his moving?
grandson, the tractor is actually the third character,’ says
Buckroyd. ‘In our staging it’s always there at the centre of the
action.’ When asked about the reaction from the vintage tractor-
It’s holding
loving community, Buckroyd admits: ‘It’s been characterised by
a little suspicion at first when they hear that we’re using a up the

replica Fordson rather than the real thing – tractor treason
apparently!’ Controversy on the Fringe: who knew? If you want
to bribe us, send your unique promotional merchandise to Big
Fat Festival Bribe, The List c/o Niki Boyle, 14 High Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 1TE. As heard by a young
■ Farm Boy, Assembly @ George Street, 623 3030, 7–30 Aug (not 17), lady, on a city centre
11.45am, £10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5. bus, about the model
tram on Princes Street.
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August in Edinburgh can be rather
disorientating. Here’s the
essential info on the major
festivals taking place

Fri 13 Aug–Sun 5 Sep, 0131 473
High-quality opera, dance, theatre and
classical music from internationally-
renowned companies.

Fri 6–Mon 30 Aug, 0131 226 0000,
Theatre, comedy, dance, kids’ events,
musicals, opera, events and exhibitions.
Full of underground gems.

Fri 6–Sun 8 Aug, 0131 332 2888,
A weekend event with music, food,
dance and theatre, all with a
multicultural flavour.

Thu 29 Jul–Sun 5 Sep,

On song
From Armando Iannucci releasing a single to the unveiling of the autumn theatre
Visual art, children’s storytelling,
performances, events and exhibitions at
various venues across the city.


season, we take a peek at life beyond the Edinburgh festivals Words: Anna Millar Sat 14–Mon 30 Aug, 0845 373 5888,
hile he may be best known for penning James, a three-part dramatisation of vet James Book readings, signings, kids’ activities

W satirical telly hit The Thick of It, Armando

Iannucci has revealed another unlikely
talent as he releases a single for charity. Two works
Herriot’s student days in Scotland. One will be set in
Glasgow and the other in Edinburgh; look out for
them hitting your screens in 2011.
and workshops based around Charlotte
Square in the city centre.

the In the Loop scribe had written for his Radio 4 Scotland’s autumn theatre landscape is also shaping Tue 17–Sat 21 Aug, 0131 348 5200,
series Facts and Fancies have been set to music, and up nicely, with Dundee Rep announcing a revival of
released on iTunes – and they aren’t half bad either. their Proclaimers-penned hit Sunshine on Leith as Debates and discussions on a variety of
Having been approached by musical comedian well as a short run of three monologues from Alan topics including comedy, sport and the
Tommy Mackay, Iannucci allowed his lyrics to be set Bennett’s Talking Heads series at the end of
to music, with profits going towards saving a September, and A Doll’s House in October. Over at FOREST FRINGE
specialist maternity unit in Oxford under threat of Glasgow’s Tron, meanwhile, the season will kick off Mon 9–Sat 21 Aug,
closure. Check out our favourite, ‘Shoplifting Girl’, with RSAMD students performing new plays by Peter
now. Arnott, Chris Hannan and Nicola McCartney, as well Artist-led mini-festival that produces
In other news, BBC Scotland has commissioned two as the Tron’s own productions of Dirty Paradise, experimental theatre, performative art
new dramas, Case Histories, a six-part series adapted based on a short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and and music in a warm, relaxing space.
from Kate Atkinson’s mystery novel and Young Sea & Land & Sky by Abigail Docherty.


Big Bite-Size Breakfast Naked Brunch All those Al Murray: The Pub Chopin/Mendelssohn After Hardeep Singh Kohli: Chat
Croissants, coffee and early(ish) rises are going to take Landlord’s Compete For The Lunch If you’re still feeling a bit Masala For dinner, head along to
strawberries get your day off to a their toll; happily, Naked Brunch Meat Lunchtime, and time for a peckish in the afternoon, head to the Gilded Balloon at Teviot for
fine start as you watch a buffet at C Central is offering a one-off spot of pub-quizzery at the the Royal Over-Seas League on Celebrity Masterchef finalist
selection of ten-minute plays at food event on Sun 22 Aug where Pleasance Dome. Gather your Princes Street and enjoy some live Hardeep Singh Kohli’s live chat
The Assembly on George Street. you get to sleep in a bit, and mates around, grab a pint and classical music while nibbling on show. Aside from nattering with
The plays are chosen from a don’t even have to put on your enjoy a comedy-flavoured pub shortbread and sipping some tea festival guests and showcasing
rotating selection of theatrical Sunday best. For those of a shy quiz, courtesy of Britain’s best or coffee. An ever-changing set list some live bands, Kohli will cook up
morsels, including pieces from disposition, be warned: known publican. First prize is a and cast of musicians supply the an audience-voted curry
past and present, grown at home apparently the nudity is non- frozen chicken, so you’ve got tunes from Chopin and throughout each hour-long
and imported from abroad. negotiable. dinner sorted as well. Mendelssohn. performance.

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Assembly has a renowned What do singing, dancing,
reputation for bringing the most sword-swallowing, hula-hoops,
spectacular family entertainment from around the monkeys, chainsaws and a Reverend have in
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artist who has been likened stand-up, variety and

to Harpo Marx, Charlie sidesplitting comic
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Julien Cottereau has created that is funny, diverse and truly
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astonishing characters that Miss Behave (Olivier Award
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Clarke Peters plays Lester Freamon in The Wire, but he’s
also the man behind hit musical Five Guys Named Moe.
Kelly Apter meets the multi-talented actor as he prepares
to take the lead role in the musical’s Fringe revival
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ost people are guilty of taking their

M work home with them from time to

time. When you’re an actor playing a
police detective on the drug-ridden streets of

Baltimore, however, it becomes a little more 1952: Born Peter Clarke

in Harlem, New
problematic. Stretched out on a leather sofa in York City.
Edinburgh’s Hotel du Vin, my recording
device resting on his chest like a baby, it’s fair
to say Clarke Peters is relaxed. Regaling me 1970: Graduates from Dwi
ght Morrow
with a tale of after-hours police activity, his High School in New Jersey.
Moves to London
low, mellow voice carries you along like a soon after to pursue a care
er in theatre.
lullaby – even when he’s talking about a
stabbing incident.
1983: After a few small
As Lester Freamon, the veteran detective on film roles, makes
the phenomenally successful TV show The his TV debut in The Profess
ionals on ITV.
Wire, Peters is known for his methodical Goes on to have a varied
British TV career,
approach. And that’s not easy to switch off. appearing in French & Sau
nders, Jonathan
Sitting in a restaurant on Hallowe’en night, he Creek and Dr Who: Dreaml
became aware of a fracas across the street,
which ended in a young man being hurt.
‘He didn’t realise he’d been stabbed but I 1990: Garners critical accl
aim with his stage
could see it immediately, and Freamon took production of Five Guys Nam
ed Moe (which will go on to
win an Olivier Award for
over,’ says Peters. ‘So I went out to see if I Entertainment); follows it
up with much-lauded role Best
could help and told one of the kids: “You’re breaks new ground to beco s in Chicago and Porgy and
me one of the first black Bess, and
walking all over the crime scene!” And the Guys and Dolls and Daryl actors to play both Sky Mas
van Horne – aka The Dev terson in
rookie policemen were walking over it too, so il – in The Witches of Eas
I spoke to the detective in charge. When I
went back inside the restaurant, my wife said, 2000: Stars in HBO min
i-series The Corner, based
policeman Ed Burns and crim on a book by former Baltimo
“Who do you think you are, Freamon?” But e journalist David Simon. re
it’s what I learnt – and we were still shooting real people: some of them All the characters are base
, including one Tyreeka Frea d on
The Wire at that time, so when I’m in it, I appearances in the show. mon, make small cameo
Peters take the surname
don’t like to be too far away from it, and when he re-unites with Bur for his character Lester Frea
sometimes I do carry it home.’ ns and Simon two years late
r, for The Wire.
On stage and screen, Peters has immersed
himself in a remarkably diverse collection of 2009: Takes on the role
of Nelson Mandela in End
game, a film about the end
roles. Prior to Freamon, he played his polar apartheid. Directs Denise
Van Outen in her Edinburg of
opposite in David Simon’s excellent drama, h Fringe show, Blondes.
The Corner. Both as Fat Curt the drug addict
2010: Teams up with Dav
and Freamon the detective, Peters was utterly id Simon once again in TV
series Treme, set in post-Hur
Katrina New Orleans. ricane
believable. ‘Well ironically, moving from Fat
Curt to Lester Freamon was not that great a
stretch,’ explains Peters. ‘Because they were
both sides of the same coin. By the time I got
to Freamon, I’d already spent time in that
environment as Fat Curt – so I knew that side
of Baltimore life.’ the time. Instead, he devoted his time to be in it.’ Hence the now legendary conga-line,
Elsewhere in his career, Peters has played exploring the music of Louis Jordan, a included in every performance, in which
Nelson Mandela in Endgame, a newspaper pioneering jazz musician from the 1930s and audience members dance round the theatre,
editor in Marley and Me, a Vietnam vet in K- 40s. across the stage and back to their seats. Peters
Pax, a shady lawyer in Chicago, the devil in ‘The majority of the show’s dialogue is in remembers inspiring one woman on crutches
Witches of Eastwick – the list goes on, with Louis’ lyrics,’ says Peters. ‘So the research who could barely walk to join in.
precious little similarity between roles. In was listening to hundreds and hundreds of ‘I thought, “That’s what this is about.” It was
almost 40 years of acting, how has he songs to find out which ones worked and just the most wonderful moment, and that lady
managed to sidestep the pitfalls of which didn’t. And how they could be placed – was changed when she got up. It ain’t
typecasting? whether the song is used ironically or as a Macbeth, but when you get that coming back
‘By not going where they wanted me to,’ he comment or instruction.’ He must have chosen from the audience, or you see someone sitting
says simply. ‘I started out doing musicals, and well, because Five Guys Named Moe went out there three times, singing along, those are
then I went to the National Theatre in London from a low-key opening at the Theatre Royal the rewards.’
and they wanted to stick me in more musicals Stratford East to runs in the West End and Taking a break from film and TV to spend
and I said no. So they asked me to do Othello Broadway, garnering Olivier Awards and Tony three weeks inside an inflatable cow (aka the
instead. And that’s what actors should do. nominations along the way. Did Peters know Udderbelly) at this year’s Fringe, Peters is
Don’t take the easy way out and just go for the he had created something special? more than happy to be back at his spiritual
money because the industry wants you to ‘I had a sneaking suspicion,’ he says. ‘Louis home – the stage. ‘I love the theatre because
always be the bad guy or the romantic lead. I said that he never wanted to sing songs that it’s so immediate,’ he says. ‘There’s instant
wanted to be an actor so I could play as many made people feel sad, he always wanted them gratification and you know whether they like
different people as possible, and be learning to feel good and have a great time. So if I it or not so you can adjust yourself
for the rest of my life.’ remained true to that, I thought we’d be accordingly. When an audience trusts you to
Peters started his career backstage, so he alright. And when we first performed it in take them on a journey, and you hand it back
could ‘learn the whole thing’. If you need a London, by the third show there was a queue to them and say wasn’t that nice? And they go,
button sewn back on your costume, he’s your around the theatre. So I knew something really yeah! There’s nothing like that, nothing in the
man. Then, in 1990, he added another string to good was happening.’ world.’

this theatrical bow when he sat down to write Aside from Jordan’s witty and uplifting
the musical Five Guys Named Moe. Unlike his songs, one of the musical’s biggest selling Five Guys Named Moe, Udderbelly’s
acting roles, the story required little research, points is audience engagement. As Peters Pasture, 08445 458 252, 7-29 Aug (not 12
centred as it is around a man with relationship says: ‘For most people, if you’re sitting there & 27), 5.15pm, £15–£17.50 (£14–£15).
woes – something Peters was experiencing at watching a musical, at some point you want to Previews 4–6 Aug, 5.15pm, £10.
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From pared down to jazz-hands up, this year’s variety and 'IT’S ABOUT
cabaret offerings are as colourful as ever. Anna Millar BEING
meets the makers to find out why we just can’t get enough VULNERABLE,

t’s a certain man who can shimmy from club door says Miss Behave with a throaty laugh. ‘But over time

I whore to straight-talking, suited and booted Jew.

For chameleon Alan Cumming, it’s all in a day’s
work. While prepping for his one-man cabaret show,
I knew I wanted to make it more about comedy and
entertainment than freaking people out.’ It’s the
public’s appetite for more than just a little slap and
coming to this year’s Fringe, he would camp it up tickle that inspired this year’s show, she says. ‘With
filming Burlesque with Christina Aguilera and Cher La Clique, we knew we had something really special
on one side of New York, before heading back, black – the sex, the spectacle, the skill. With The Crack it’s
nails, eyeliner and all, to the set of TV drama The just about tuning that in a slightly different way; I
Good Wife on the other. ‘I’ve learnt in the last year love comedy so this year’s show is a lot about making
that any character can be exotic,’ says Cumming with people laugh, whether it’s a five-minute set from a
a laugh. live comedian or a man trying to fit into a giant
For a man who started life on the Fringe as a balloon.’
cabaret act, ‘Oh, 10,000 years ago!’, this year’s turn Whether it’s singing, dancing or rib-tickling, the pull
at the festival with I Bought A Blue Car Today, remains the same, says the Betty Boop-styled Miss
inspired by his last decade in the States, takes him Behave. ‘I think we’re out of the me, me, me culture
back to his roots, with a mixture he describes as ‘my now. We’d rather be entertained. I like when it’s
rambles and some nice songs’. chaotic and real. In The Crack, there’s a mix of street
‘My love for cabaret – and the audiences’ love – is performers, comedians, circus acts, clowns. The joy
still there,’ says Cumming. ‘The timeless thing about of variety is you can mix shit-hot safe bets with
cabaret is that no matter how it’s done, the unknown genius.
razzmatazz is delivered by the person at the end of ‘Essentially,’ she says with a laugh, ‘I’m the
the mic. For me, there’s a confidence mirrored in conductor of chaos. It’s about entertainment for
that.’ No gargantuan silver sparkles or outlandish entertainment’s sake. If you have a good time and so
boas will be in residence in Cumming’s late-night have the audience, you’ve done your job.’ Besides, she
performance; rather a pared-down set of just him, a adds, the setting does some of the work for you. ‘We
cello player and a pianist. ‘I’ve always just did the Latitude Festival and that was great but
loved the thrill and openness of cabaret. there’s nothing like playing in a Spiegeltent.
It’s not about being a showbiz It’s all about attention to detail – I want the
concoction, it’s about being vulnerable, thick red curtains; I love that timeless look,
provocative and hilarious. It’s a very there’s a primal, intimate aspect, to it all.’
simple structure. You have an experience Across at the Famous Spiegeltent, in
and, hopefully, so do the audience.’ George Square Gardens, iOTA Jones,
Certainly, a flick through this year’s perhaps best known for his incarnation as
festival programme proves that the Fringe- Hedwig and the Angry Inch, brings his own
goer’s demand to be razzle-dazzled shows carnival glitterati with an 18+ fantasy
no signs of abating, whatever the guise. cabaret, complete with rock’n’roll

Life is
Acrobats, freaks, musicians and numbers, vaudevillian tap dancing
comics are all lined up to take and death-defying acrobats, in
part in the ‘tapas’ style pick Smoke and Mirrors.
‘n’ mix format of cabaret ‘Expect an emotional
shows, of which there are rollercoaster,’ says a boa-d up
more than ever before. Jones. ‘We didn’t want to have a
If the recent(ish) burlesque show where act after act are just

revival gave an edgy, introduced and that’s it. I’m
subversive spin to the trying to provide entertainment
vaudevillian, talent show and an experience that can
format, this year’s cabaret- transport the audience to a place
variety jamboree promises so where magic exists. I want to
much more. make people laugh and cry and I
Having started life in fetish want them to walk away from our
clubs and freakshows, former world show with a sense of satisfaction and the
record-holding sword-swallower and knowledge that there’s more to this
La Clique performer Miss Behave world than meets the eye.’
(right) returns this year as mistress
of ceremonies at The Crack, with a I Bought A Blue Car Today,
bold and brassy line-up boasting Assembly @ Assembly Hall, 623
everything from clown and hula 3030, 13–15 Aug, midnight; The
performers to slapstick virtuosos Crack, Assembly @ Princes
and award-wining comedians, Street Gardens, 5–29 Aug (not
including Phil Kay and Nina 16), 623 3030, 9.30pm; Smoke
Conti. and Mirrors, The Famous
‘I started life on the freakshow Spiegeltent, 667 8940, 10–30
scene, swallowing for my supper,’ Aug, times vary.
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There’s a world of great cabaret at this
year’s Fringe. We pick the best of the
corseted bunch


With more purr than a panther, diva Meow Meow
slinks back to this year’s
Fringe with her unique brand of
kamikaze cabaret kitsch. With sell-
out shows around the world and the
likes of David Bowie on her fan
list, Meow Meow’s hypnotic
performance art proves her to be
the purrfect postmodern showgirl.
Assembly @ West Princes Street
Gardens, 623 3030, 5–29 Aug
(not 9, 23), 8pm, £16.50–£18.50


Not for nothing has this Irish charmer’s
raunchy raw set and dramatic
performances led to sell-out shows
since she first took to the Fringe in
2004. Nick Cave, Tom Waits,
Radiohead and David Bowie are all
dramatically re-imagined here in
showstopping style. Assembly Rooms,
623 3030, 5–30 Aug (not 10, 17, 24),
10.25pm, £16.50–£18.50.


With her dark vocals and unimaginable
covers this intoxicating comedy singer
returns to the festival following a sell-
out show in Sydney. Expect possibly
some of the most enjoyable renditions
of Love is a Battlefield and Running Up
That Hill and you won’t be
disappointed. Assembly Rooms, 623
3030, 9–15 Aug, 8pm, £10.


It’s a fine woman who can wrap her vocal
chords round Ella, Billie and, er, Britney, with
suitable pizzazz. This is sexy soulfulness at
its finest, with a harp thrown in. Having

warmed up with stints in La Clique and
Variety-Nite, here she keeps it real with
the songs that inspired her. Assembly
Rooms, 623 3030, 5–8 Aug; 23–30
Aug, 8pm, £12–£14 (£11–£13).

Getting up close and personal has never been easier
with a personalised performance from your house.
Host your very own cabaret at your own venue with
your own friends. For one night only, a small troupe of
dedicated cabaret artists arrives at your front door to
create the perfect evening of entertainment for you
and your homies. Those preferring to take a bird’s eye

old chum
view can catch it online, with live feeds going online for
every performance.
Contact to volunteer
your house or see for more.
Various venues, Edinburgh, 07932 120624, dates
vary, 7.30pm.
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Festival Comedy

For her previous Fringe shows,
Holly Burn has tunnelled into the
mind of the Angel of the North and
invited people into the flat she was
living in last August for a site-
specific experience, which our
reviewer described as ‘torturously
exasperating but totally
compulsive’. This time around the
idiosyncratic comic-actress is
Living and Dying with a ‘renegade’
character-sketch affair that aims
to ‘break all the rules’. Judging by
her past record, chances are we’ll
all find it quite hard to argue
against that statement. (Brian ✽ Jonny Sweet The 2009 Best
Donaldson) Newcomer whittles up another
■ The Caves, 556 5375, 7–29 innovative multi-media
Aug (not 17), 3.35pm, £6.50 extravaganza. See online
(£5). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, interview,
£5 (£4). Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550,
6–30 Aug (not 16), 7.30pm,
£10.50–£12 (£9–£10.50).
Previews until 5 Aug, £6.
✽ Kevin Eldon You’ll have seen
his face on the box in everything
from Jam to Black Books and
now he’s Titting About. See page
26. The Stand, 558 7272, 6–30
Aug (not 16, 23), 2.30pm, £8 (£7).
Preview 5 Aug, 1pm, £7 (£6).
✽ Charlyne Yi Expect some
oddball weirdness from a comic
pitched somewhere between
Demetri Martin and Andy
Kaufman. See page 20. Assembly
Rooms, 623 3030, 7–30 Aug (not
17, 24), 7pm, £12–£13
(£11–£12). Previews 5 & 6 Aug,
✽ Jim Jefferies Expect a
torrent of knuckle-close gags and
a swathe of twisted tales in
Alcoholocaust. See page 24.
Udderbelly’s Pasture, 08445 458
252, 6–30 Aug (not 16, 27),
10.30pm; 27 Aug, 11.20pm,
£14–£17.50 (£12–£15). Previews
until 5 Aug, £10.
✽ Delete the Banjax The
quartet in possession of 2009’s
sketch show sleeper hit returns
with higher expectations. See
5QUESTIONS page 30. Pleasance Courtyard,
556 6550, 7–30 Aug (not 17),
5.45pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).
Last August, Phil Nichol unveiled his new creation Bobby Previews until 6 Aug, £5.
Spade and we gave him five big ones. Here, he repays the ✽ George Ryegold Hear how
favour by chucking us some answers to our Q&A the good doctor got into hot
water with his profession as he
What five words best describe your show this year? unfurls more butt-clenching
Dark poetic theatrical jazz silliness. stories of medical mischief. See
Which comic should be more famous by the end of page 42. Pleasance Dome, 556
August? 6550, 7-30 Aug (not 16), 10pm,
Carey Marx is consistently one of the most progressive-thinking, £9-£9.50 (£7.50-£8). Previews
hardest-working and under-rated joke writers in the business. He is until 6 Aug, £5.
quite simply a very funny man. ✽ Magnus Betnér Could this
What bugs you most about Edinburgh in August? be Scandinavia’s year for stand-
There should be fairer, cheaper rents for the performers. up? If so, then this daring figure
Which dead comic do you wish was still alive and will lead the pack. See online
working today? interview, The
George Carlin. He was someone with something to say in an Stand III & IV, 558 7272, 6–29
industry full of observational lightweights. Aug (not 16), 10.20pm, £8 (£7).
Is there a rumour you’d like to start about yourself? Preview 5 Aug, 6.40pm, £7 (£6).
I hold the Guinness World Record for the longest note held on a
tuba: 7 minutes 42 seconds. (Interview by Brian Donaldson) For Festival Index see page
■ The Stand, 558 7272, 6–30 Aug (not 16), 6.50pm, £10. Preview 5 128.
Aug, 7.40pm, £9 (£7).
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Festival Comedy

Stand-up for
As a quartet of notable north Americans finally make their Fringe debuts, Claire
Sawers chats to four very different characters hellbent on making a big impression
ennifer Coolidge is having road. There’s some filthy stories in there too –

J trouble describing her own
stand-up show. She asks a
friend who is within shouting
people who expect some Disney-clean show, or
Cinderella happy-ending may be shocked,’ she
distance for help. ‘Michael?’ she Coolidge is one of four notable north
calls, in a sugary purr. ‘I have American comedians coming to this year’s
Scotland on the line. What’s Fringe for the first time, and if she’s ‘The
my show like?’ After a pause Smutty Cougar’ one, then she should perhaps be
an answer booms back. kept separated from ‘The YouTube Prodigy’, aka
‘Outrageous? Silly. All over fresh-faced 19-year-old Bo Burnham. The bairn
the place. And dirty.’ of the bunch, he started making DIY comedy
In other words, not a videos on the internet in 2006, shortly after
million miles away from the YouTube launched. His first upload, a touching
film and TV roles you piano ballad called ‘My Whole Family Thinks
may know Coolidge I’m Gay’, became a viral hit, and earned him the
from. In American Pie, first of several hundred thousand cyberfans.
she played Stifler’s ‘It’s not like I was the class clown as a kid,’
mum, a filthy-minded, Burnham explains, his torpid coolness floating
amply fun-bagged older down the telephone from Toronto, where he’s
woman, and the original about to play the Just for Laughs festival. ‘I was
‘MILF’. Blonde and the kid at the back, rolling his eyes at the class
ditzy became Coolidge’s clown.’ Born to be wide, Burnham has gone on
stock in trade, with to write un-PC masterpieces on everything from
variations into suicidal rape whistles, Anne Frank and Oprah’s
(as seen in Sex and the presumably fictional crystal meth habit. Rude,
City, where she played articulate and funny in equal measure, Burnham
an unhinged handbag has spent the last three years punting his comedy
designer), geeky (see through Facebook, Twitter and U-Stream, as
Paulette, the beauty well as selling albums of his songs through
parlour clutz in iTunes. But more recently, he’s had to step out
Legally Blonde) and of the digital shadows and face real crowds, as
gold-digging (for Best in he begins touring the real-life comedy circuit.
Show, as Jane Glee ‘The good thing about the internet is lots of
Lynch’s poodle-loving instant feedback,’ Burnham points out. ‘About
girlfriend). half the comments I get under my videos are
‘I’ve played a lot of from people who are offended. It keeps you very
crazy characters, sure,’ honest; they’ll pull you up on your flaws
she explains. ‘But in immediately.’ For his debut Edinburgh show,
comedy, you never want he’s dancing skilfully over taboos again, with a
to play the normal brand new batch of material that mixes stand-up,
person, it’s just not fun.’ poetry and songs. ‘I’m introducing more puns
The weirdness is and wordplay this time, because being shocking
normally where the for the sake of it, that’s just cheap.’
funny lurks too, believes Less likely to shock, and more likely to bond
Coolidge, who has with you over an anecdote about her child’s
become Christopher accidental swearing, is Caroline Rhea, or ‘The
Guest’s character- Bubbly Friendly’ one. Most recognisable for her
actress-on-call, with roles role as aunt Hilda in Sabrina, The Teenage
in mockumentaries Witch, Rhea is also famous in the States for
including A Mighty hosting her own talk show. And boy, can she
Wind. ‘Most of my talk. ‘That’s why I love stand-up,’ she explains.
stand-up is about ‘You get to talk and talk, totally uninterrupted,
LA weirdos, or and other people have to listen. It’s kinda like
how strange being the guy on the date.’ Her quips come thick
it is being and fast, machine-gunned out between stories
on the about her embarrassing 20-month-daughter:
‘She was screaming “Cock!” on the plane
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Brian Donaldson picks out a quintet of
bright and shiny debutants from closer
to home
Hindsight is a great
thing, but who knows
where this guy would
be now had his
planned collaboration
with Laura Solon in
2005 arrived in
Edinburgh. She only
went and won the
Perrier on her tod and
half a decade later, he’s making his maiden solo
voyage with Peaceful Worrier. He does look
quite anxious in his press pic, right enough.
■ Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 7–29 Aug
(not 16), 7.45pm, £9–£10 (£7–£9). Previews
until 6 Aug, £5.


Not content with
shoving around Toulson
yesterday. I gave her a Hello Kitty clock, but she Yi loves to mess with an audience’s idea of and Harvey (in a non-
can’t pronounce “L” yet,’ she exhales. And then reality. So when she told an LA audience a few aggressive, directorial
she’s off again, this time about the emergency months ago that she was about to shave her head fashion, we trust), the
nappy she had to fashion ‘MacGyver-style’ out – then reassured them she was wearing a bald heavily-tipped comic
of an airplane cushion. wig underneath – they didn’t know whether to stars in her very own
But despite Rhea’s pally material, there’s a laugh or gasp as her long black hair fell to the production. And Sara
sophistication to her delivery that has come floor. It wasn’t a wig, and Yi reckons her hair Pascoe vs Her Ego is
its name-o.
about after over 20 years of performing stand-up. will be about two inches long by the time she
■ Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 6–30 Aug
‘I like acting, but I’m the sort of person that gets to Edinburgh. (not 16), 8.15pm, £9.50–£12 (£8–£10.50).
needs to go off-script. Humour is better when In between the pranks, Yi likes to show a softer Previews until 5 Aug, £5.
you can be silly and organic. I like to improvise, side too, performing quirky love songs
but knowing I’ve got hours and hours of material accompanied by harp, keyboard and guitar. Her MARK NELSON
to pick from, depending on the crowd.’ The version of Sinead O Connor’s ‘Nothing The inaugural Scottish
Edinburgh crowds will be privy to some marital Compares 2 U’ has become a hit online, and Comedian of the Year
insights too, as Rhea’s support act also happens may make it into the Edinburgh show. ‘Growing has kept us waiting a
to be her partner, Costaki Economopoulos: ‘He’s up, Harpo Marx was one of my favourites. I while for this Fringe
the biggest name in comedy,’ she adds, quick as a loved that vaudeville thing of doing funny bits, debut, but with
flash. ‘He opens for me, talks about me, then I then throwing in something sincere. They’d turn Offending the Senses,
go on and correct him.’ on you when you weren’t expecting it. I like to he’ll surely deliver a
shock (or five) to
Although this will be Rhea’s first performance create a flow of different emotions.’
Edinburgh’s system.
in Edinburgh, she’s very familiar with Scotland, ■ Underbelly, 08445
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emigrated to Canada. ‘Can’t you see the Scottish £12–£14 (£11–£13). Previews 5 & 6 Aug,
genes in me?’ she gasps. ‘I’ve got that whole £5; Bo Burnham, Pleasance Dome, 556 HENRY PAKER
doughy, Scottish-Canadian look. And absolutely 6550, 7–29 Aug (not 16), 9.35pm, This chap was part of
no sunlight in my DNA. I suffer from SAD £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9). Previews until 6 Aug, the Superclump gang
every winter.’ £5; Caroline Rhea, last year and is hooking
After the breathless, self-effacing charm of Gilded Balloon Teviot, up with Mike Wozniak
Mrs Nineteen-to-the-Dozen, there is something 622 6552, 7–25 Aug, for their own Golden
surreal and slightly unnerving about the talented 9.30pm, £14–£15 Lizard sketch affair. But
he’s also flying solo
Charlyne Yi, aka ‘The Obtuse Musician’ one. Bo (£13–£14). Preview 6
with a 3D Bugle. A
Burnham is already a big fan, and describes her Aug, £10; Charlyne Yi,
case of blowing his
comedy as ‘slightly crazy; a little like Andy Assembly Rooms, 7–30 own trumpet?
Kaufman’. Anyone who caught last year’s Paper Aug (not 17, 24), 7pm, ■ The GRV, 226 0000, 7–29 Aug (not 16),
Heart, the pseudo-documentary about Yi falling £12–£13 (£11–£12). 7.50pm, £5. Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £2.50.
in love with clumsy indie golden-boy, Michael Previews 5 & 6
Cera, will know what he means. Aug, £5. CHRIS RAMSEY
Like Kaufman – played by Jim How far would you go to
Carrey in Man on the Moon – escape a confrontation?
Ramsey would go
Bo Burnham further. In Aggrophobic,
this genial Geordie
‘PEOPLE WHO explores the lengths he
EXPECT SOME will stretch to in order to
avoid a rammy. Not a
DISNEY- terrible ambition, it has
to be said.
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MAY BE 8.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8). Previews until 6
Aug, £5.
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Festival Comedy

Having moved to sunny California, Jim Jefferies is basking in his stand-up success.
But the Aussie comic tells Julian Hall that all he fears is becoming boring

im Jefferies is, by his own admission, never happy. You’d think I remind Jefferies that he has bluntly told his audience that ‘if you

J that two years living in LA, recording an HBO special, playing

ever larger venues, and generally increasing his exposure would
have cheered the no-nonsense Aussie comic up a bit. But if he’s to be
don’t drink you are boring’, and this prompts him to make the case for
the preservation of that status quo. ‘Becoming boring is my biggest
fear. I realise it is killing me but what do I do if I don’t do that? How
believed, this is not the case. ‘I’ve always put pressure on myself. will I relate to all my friends? What do people get up to? There are
When I started, all I wanted was someone to pay me to do it: that only so many movies you can go to. How do people meet people of
happened and I still wasn’t happy. Then I wanted to be a headliner: the opposite sex? It’s one thing to meet someone at work and go out
that happened and I still wasn’t happy. And then I wanted to go to on five dates but comics are only in town for two days: you gotta work
Britain and become a big act at the Fringe: that happened and I still quick! Sometimes I wonder if giving up would mean my career would
wasn’t happy. Then I wanted to conquer America and now I want to go better but I have done some of the greatest performances of my life
be a movie star and I’m not a movie star so I am not happy.’ legless. Besides my stuff is shenanigans-based and if you don’t drink,
Jefferies does admit to being a bit more relaxed. And it’s not just how do these stories come about?’
because of the bouts of California sun that beat down upon him in However his inspirations come, Jefferies says that when he gets
between gaps on his never-ending tour: the Fringe is a real boon to his them they are in a better condition than they have ever been. ‘I’m
more positive frame of mind. ‘I really look forward to Edinburgh, more of a worldly comic now. With some of my previous shows, I
seeing friends, having one base for all that time. Now the pressure is used to rely on the angry man to cover up some fairly weak jokes. I
off. Reviewers don’t scare me anymore – and I used to be terrified of always put on a good gig but I covered a lot of weak material with
them – I’m not eligible for any awards any more so that’s gone, and showmanship. Writing for TV in the States has meant that I have had
best of all I don’t have the pressure of asking myself, “How much to write a lot quicker. Some routines can take six months to work but
money am I losing right now?” The only pressure these ones are all polished and ready to go.’
is whether people still remember who I am and With many of Jefferies’ previous routines
trying not to get too drunk.’ ‘I HAVE DONE SOME relying on personal experiences, I wonder if he
Jefferies’ new show, Alcoholocaust, sounds like
it could be a warning about this danger, but the
OF THE GREATEST holds back stories to use in later shows? ‘I’ve
never done that, but I keep on thinking that I have
33-year-old comic says that it’s not a themed PERFORMANCES OF gone to that world too many times and the next
show; in fact the name is more of a sales pitch.
‘Show titles can be too long. The best ones are
MY LIFE LEGLESS’ time I go back it will be empty, whether it’s my
childhood or whatever. Memories always get
one-worders like Eddie Murphy’s Delirious or jolted. At the moment I am laying on my bunk
Louis CK’s Reckless. When people name their show Things that I bed at my parents house with loads of Beatles pictures around me. My
thought about in the last year while sitting on a train talking to such room hasn’t changed since I was a kid, and I have already gotten a
and such is only OK for other comics, or friends, to read and maybe couple of stories after being here a few days.’
think is funny. The public needs something that stands out.’ Childhood, it seems, is still a close concept for Jefferies. ‘My
Alcoholocaust as a concept came from ‘what happens when you brother calls the world I live in “Peter Pan” world, walking around
have a huge party and you come downstairs in the morning and there wearing Converse and a black T-shirt telling cock jokes and telling the
are bottles and vomit everywhere’. And while Jefferies will be talking rest of the world how it should be when I can’t even keep myself
about everything from religion to taking a friend who had muscular basically clean.’ He may well live in Never Never Land and but it
dystrophy to a strip club (‘probably my favourite routine,’ he says in sounds like Jim Jefferies is happier there than anywhere else.
what he describes as ‘his best show so far’), his relationship with
booze will figure. ‘There’s a good chance that by the time I get to Jim Jefferies, Udderbelly’s Pasture, 08445 458 252, 6–30 Aug
Edinburgh I might be sober. But I can’t deal with it at this level for the (not 16, 27), 10.30pm; 27 Aug, 11.20pm, £14–£17.50
rest of my life, otherwise my life won’t last very long.’ (£12–£15). Previews until 5 Aug, £10.
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Festival Comedy

Brian Donaldson finds five
other faces who might be
familiar to you from the telly

Breast in show
With strong views on the comedy scene, Kevin Eldon arrives
ZANE in Edinburgh as something of a national institution. But he
He’s the
cheeky wee
tells Julian Hall that he’ll still need an extra pair of pants
chappie from
Rude Tube o ubiquitous is comedy touching on the ideas I had then. I worked with many of British
and a man
described as a saviour to
sensitive lads everywhere.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550,
S actor Kevin Eldon, that he
could be a parlour game:
‘Can you name a decent British
shall be mercilessly lampooning
John Major and making jokes
about Milli Vanilli miming to their
comedy’s leading lights (notably
he was part of the Cluub
Zarathustra cabaret group that
7–30 Aug (not 16), 10pm, comedy series that Kevin Eldon records.’ included Simon Munnery, Stewart
£10–£10.50 (£8.50–£9). Previews has appeared in, however briefly, Unsurprisingly, for a man who Lee, Johnny Vegas, Julian Barratt
until 6 Aug, £5. since the start of the century?’ gives few interviews (‘it’s a bit and Sally Phillips), Eldon is in a
Among the answers are Jam, boring rattling on about yourself good position to pass judgment on
NORMAN Black Books, Spaced, Big Train, isn’t it?’ he once responded when the comedy scene and that he does
LOVETT Smack the Pony, Nighty Night, asked why), Eldon is much with no hesitation.
There will be Green Wing and Nathan Barley. more comfortable ‘I think it’s largely become
not be a And the list just goes on. Making talking about other much more conservative.
more his solo debut at the Fringe this people. Given When I started, there were
deadpan year with Kevin Eldon is Titting his career some genuinely original
comic at this About, the 49-year-old will be span and acts around. There were
(or any other) Fringe as Red flexing live performance muscles the fact people who would just
Dwarf’s Holly zooms into view. he has used intermittently since that he do odd dances or melt
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, the early 90s, when he appeared has ice or not say
7–30 Aug, 10.30pm, as character act Paul Hamilton, a anything and just trip
£8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).
politically correct poet. ‘I never up over the mic
Previews until 6 Aug, £5.
really went away from stand-up stand. To my mind
PHIL completely,’ he says. ‘I’m in love these people were
CORNWELL with it even though it’s rather worth a thousand
The guy who scary. I’m the same with Ann sprout-faced little
nailed the Widdecombe.’ twits shouting about
likes of With, on the one hand, sporadic their wretched
Michael Fringe appearances across the girlfriends or the
Caine and years (his most recent was four problems they have at a
Jack Nicholson (impersonation- years ago with Bill Bailey’s punk Cashpoint.’ Is it all
wise) in Stella Street delivers a rock covers band Beergut 100) really that bad? ‘Of
show intriguingly entitled, Phil and on the other a course there is still an
Cornwell is Switzerland household face status enormous amount of
McNaughtie-horse (and Others). when it comes to TV brilliant acts about, old and
Le Monde, 270 3914, 16–30 comedy, Eldon will new, but I find it galling
Aug, 4.15pm, £5. surely be something that people who have
of a curio for no innovation or real
ARDAL Edinburgh creative flair can
O’HANLON audiences? ‘If put together an
To some the
Irish comic
they’re expecting identikit set of
will forever be
me to be digitally comedic clichés
daft old reproduced, or a and get away
Dougal recording of with it, nay, get
McGuire from Father Ted but he’s something I did praised for it.’
also an established stand-up of earlier, their jaws may When an act
some renown. Assembly Rooms, well slacken a little as says something
623 3030, 15–22 Aug, 7.25pm, I intend to attempt to like this before
£14–£15 (£13–£14). perform the show live in performing at the
real time.’ Fringe it can be a
HARDEEP At times as hard to hostage to fortune if
SINGH penetrate as some of his their show gets panned.
KOHLI famously sinister cameos However, although Eldon says
The chap (remember ‘The Cleaner’ in Black he is scared enough to be taking
who was on Books?), Eldon is tight-lipped extra underwear with him, in all
The One when it comes to his new show, likelihood the critics and general
Show and
saying that it will be made up of Fringe chatter is not going to
has hosted Newsnight’s Friday
‘confused sporadicity, ill- affect him. ‘It’s easy enough to
review panel gig does more
cuisine-based comedy with his
preparedness and potholing’. just stay away from the elements I
Chat Masala. And he wrote and Attempting to elaborate for me, he
adds, ‘It’s not really an act as
‘I SHALL BE don’t like, all the showbiz hooey
and the schmoozy bollards. The
starred in the pretty decent
Channel 4 sitcom Meet the such. It’s a series of bits of MERCILESSLY best bit is that it’s a beautiful city
Magoons alongside his bruv,
Sanjeev. Gilded Balloon Teviot,
different acts I’ve made up with
my mind.’ I ask, angling further, if
LAMPOONING with lovely people in it.’

622 6552, 6–30 Aug (not 25), he will be returning to his Paul JOHN MAJOR AND Kevin Eldon, The Stand, 558
6.30pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11).
Preview 5 Aug, 9.30pm, £6.
Hamilton character and therefore
go back to themes he explored in
MILLI VANILLI’ 7272, 6–30 Aug (not 16, 23),
2.30pm, £8 (£7). Preview 5
the 90s. ‘Yes, at times I’ll be Aug, 1pm, £7 (£6).
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Festival Comedy

veryone reaches a low point in their appeared to represent Julie Dawn Cole. ‘My Still, at least at the end of each show, she’ll

E lives, when it feels natural to seek

solace in objects that remind us of
happier, perhaps more innocent times. When
agent called me and said, “Another nutter
wants to do an interview with you”,’ she
recalls. ‘I must have been in a rather generous
be able to forget all about Matthew Hardy and
Willy Wonka and Oompa-Loompas until the
next performance. Well, not quite. ‘We’re
Matthew Hardy was dumped by two girlfriends mood and the fact that he was in Australia sharing accommodation,’ she says with a
(years and continents apart), he couldn’t stop made me think, “He’s far enough away, he’s giggle. ‘We’ll be like an old married couple by
sticking on the first movie he remembers not really going to come stalking.” I checked the end of it. I’ll be nagging him, getting him
watching. The 1971 Willy Wonka and the on the internet and he seemed to be who he to pick up his laundry. But we’re very good
Chocolate Factory is an iconic film for many said he was.’ A series of emails and calls friends, so if I have to tell him, I will. In true
reasons: the performance of Gene Wilder as followed and a script began to form with Veruca Salt style.’
the maverick Wonka; the sinister Slugworth, Hardy eventually inviting Cole out to Australia
who appears to be whispering poison in to help with PR for his burgeoning idea. ‘I Willy Wonka Explained: The Veruca Salt
children’s ears before his true, honourable thought that was all very jolly as I’d never been Sessions, Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550,
intentions are revealed; the LSD-imbued terror there before but I said if I’m coming all the 6–29 Aug (not 11 & 12),
of the chicken decapitation scene. Not to way out there, I might as well be in it.’ 7pm, £8.50–£9.50
mention Golden Tickets, rivers of chocolate, With the project growing bigger than (£7.50–£8.50).
Everlasting Gobstoppers and Oompa- Augustus Gloop at an all-you-can-eat Previews until 5
Loompas. Frankfurter buffet, Hardy soon had a vision of Aug, £5.
For Hardy, the real pleasure in the film was to the show’s structure as it stands today. ‘We had
be had in the performance of little Julie Dawn conversations that I would record and from
Cole as Veruca Salt, a name now synonymous those I’d try to construct a script. So, she’d be
with selfish, brat-like behaviour. ‘She was my in England and I was in Australia at our
favourite character from the movie when I was respective psychiatrists, unburdening our
five,’ recalls Hardy. ‘I couldn’t believe that a issues of lost love or hurt or hope killed or
little girl was so abrasive to grown-ups and I’ve whatever.’ Through those conversations, extra
since spoken to a lot of women who liked her aspects were added, such as the reading of
when they were kids and still do now; it first letters the young Cole wrote to her mother
gave them the idea that a female could be so during the long months on the Wonka set.
authoritative.’ While Matthew Hardy is a seasoned
When long-suffering flatmates suggested to campaigner on the comedy circuit (during his
Hardy that he should get his Veruca obsession first stint in London he earned enough from
out of his system and track down the actress gigging to give up his day
who would now be a grown woman, it set off a job as a toy soldier at
sequence of seemingly unconnected events. Hamleys), the
These led Hardy to realise that there could be Edinburgh Fringe is
something in all this and maybe, just maybe, a an alien concept to
comedy show might emerge. ‘I went to Long Julie Dawn Cole. ‘I
Island to see an old mate of mine, a school feel like I’m going
teacher, who asked me to talk to his class about back to being a
Australia. At one point, one of the kids bit into student again. This
his jelly and peanut butter sandwich and said, is Matthew’s world,
“Man, this is scrumdidilyumptious!”, which is not mine. It’s going
such a Wonkaism.’ On a later trip to to be mad and scary
Manhattan, he was chatting up a woman in a and terrifying. For
bar who enticed him into buying her an me, it’ll feel like
expensive cocktail. ‘She ordered something standing in front of a
called an Everlasting Gobstopper, which cost train crash every
about 16 bucks and was written up on the night. But if I
board in the Wonka font.’ don’t like it, I
Believing all this to be too much of a don’t have to
coincidence, he sent an email to someone who do it again.’

A pinch
of Salt
A childhood fascination with Willy Wonka
led an Australian comedian to track down
the original Veruca Salt. Matthew Hardy
and Julie Dawn Cole tell Brian Donaldson
how all this resulted in a Fringe comedy
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Sketch team Delete the Banjax was the word-of-
mouth hit of 2009. Jay Richardson finds a quartet
with a very different set of worries this August
e came up with a bit of a reputation and it just went off!’ recalls

‘W Sam Champion, in a pub similar to the Free Fringe Royal Mile

watering hole where Delete the Banjax established themselves
last year. ‘We loved doing the Free Fringe and agreed with everything about
it. It was fun but really cramped with four of us. So this year we’ve got more
space, we can use lights, we can use tech, we can really go to town. There’s
a lot more pressure too, definitely.’ Dan Cook grimaces: ‘People will be
coming to see us with their arms crossed, muttering, “Go on then,
apparently you’re well good, let’s have a look. Boooolshit!”’
Amidst the current crop of sketch troupes, Banjax stand out for being
‘more chaotic than most’, according to Cook. Champion prefers the
description ‘ramshackle’, while Caroline May-Jones is keen to stress that
theirs is an ‘organised chaos’. Gareth Cooper adds: ‘I think people find it
difficult to know if we’re performing a sketch or improvising. We like that
people assume a lot of it is improvised. Sometimes it is.’
Having met at the University of Birmingham, where their contemporaries
included Idiots of Ants, Pippa Evans and Jessica Ransom – ‘it’s the new
Oxbridge,’ snorts Cook – they decamped to the 2008 Fringe a mere two
months after forming. With a bona fide female on board, they’ve never, as
some sketch troupes are wont, needed to drag up for laughs. Though as
May-Jones acknowledges, that won’t necessarily stop them. ‘It’s good
because we don’t have to be as camp, slapstick or wink wink,’ says
Champion. Cook interjects: ‘I never approach writing a sketch with the
thought, “Ah, I can write a girl into this.” I have an idea in my head, and if
a girl happens to be in it, fair enough. But it doesn’t mean Caroline’s going
to play it.’
Indeed, if Banjax have a core dynamic, it’s perhaps three of the group
channelling the fourth’s melodrama onstage and tempering it when they’re
off. ‘Our show’s later in the day this year, which is nice,’ Cook says. ‘The
last two years it’s been at lunchtime, which meant at the back of your mind
you were always thinking, “Shit, I’ve got to get up at 10am,” which I’ve
never liked, ever. It’s so miserable. It’s usually raining, I eat rubbish food, I
drink too much. It’s stressful doing the show. And I have to share a room
with Gareth, who’s a horrible cunt.’
Cooper: ‘We love it. A lot of beer floating around, a lot of parties.
Everyone’s there to have fun, there’s a lot of creativity and everyone’s an
actor or a performer.’ Cook: ‘Which is why I hate it!’ May-Jones: ‘What’s
funny is you love it at the time, then we get to the last day and you say,
‘IF WE DON’T “Christ, that was shit!”’ Cooper: ‘You’re a miserable human being.’ Cook:
‘He doesn’t exaggerate even.’
HAVE A SIX- After the Fringe, they’d like to take Banjax on tour. But their ambitions
PART TV SERIES are, for the most part, modest. ‘Dan would complain all the time, but I’d
bloody love it,’ says Cooper. ‘We’ve not really thought much beyond
BY SEPTEMBER Edinburgh, we haven’t got 18 TV scripts fired off.’ Cook leans in: ‘If I
I’M GOING TO don’t have a six-part television series by September 1st, I’m literally going
to kill myself after killing everyone else here.’
KILL MYSELF’ Delete the Banjax, Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug (not
17), 5.45pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7-£8). Previews until 6 Aug, £5.

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Neither humble servants of the people or blabbering egomaniacs, talk show team Ronna and Beverly are a different
kind of sofa beast altogether. Here they recall their most embarrassing moments in chat

• After situating Men’s Softball attacks, then marched up and or leprechauns.

herself firmly on his tournament banquet admitting she missed down the stage in (Interview by Brian
lap, Beverly in St. Louis. They the whole event her leather pants so Donaldson)
pronounced to the wanted strippers. because she took he could get a ‘better
audience that Mad They got their too many sleeping view’. ■ Ronna and Beverly,
Men’s Don Draper mothers-in-law. pills. • Beverly suggesting Pleasance Courtyard,
(Jon Hamm) smells • Beverly grilling • Jeff Garlin from to The IT Crowd’s 556 6550, 7–29 Aug
like ‘scotch and Friends star Matthew Curb Your Chris O’Dowd that (not 16), 5.45pm,
testicles’. Perry about his Enthusiasm refusing the only way he’ll £8.50–£9.50
• Bombing at the involvement in the to continue his make it in Hollywood (£7–£8). Previews
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Festival Comedy

Read my lips
Once a reluctant ventriloquist, Nina Conti is now exploring the possibilities
of the form. Brian Donaldson hears about weird gigs and strange road trips

eing the only high-profile female ventriloquist Armstrong, there remains something of a

B in Britain, Nina Conti is used to sticking out a

mile whenever she appears on a comedy bill.
But in early June, she had the odd experience of
chauvinistic attitude to the genre within certain
comedy circles. The fact that Conti is one of
only three bona fide ventriloquist acts this
playing second fiddle during a gig at London’s Fringe (Paul Zerdin is revisiting his Sponge
Backstage Comedy Club, the venue for the stand-up Fest while David Strassman and Chuck Wood
debut of Lib-Dem politician, and former Cheeky Girl are making a long-awaited return for Duality)
lover, Lembit Öpik. ‘There was such a build-up to it, suggests just how extreme a niche it remains.
but for a first gig, he was extremely proficient and ‘Is it because it’s seen as just talking to
quite witty. It was an impossible one for him to play dolls?’ Conti wonders out loud. ‘But then we
because it was such an unnatural audience, full of all thought the Muppets were cool.
press and PR. There were about a million jokes at Having met some of the really good
Lembit’s expense popping into my head but it would ones in America, it’s so solid and
have been a bit tacky to make them.’ A pause, then a self-aware. There are one or
sly grin. ‘Well, I did make one.’ two who take it a bit
That bizarre night capped an eventful couple of seriously and are a bit
years for Conti (daughter of Tom) during which she strange but I didn’t meet
has made a documentary feature about a US them. I heard this story of
ventriloquist convention and performed at the funeral a ventriloquist act who
for actor and impresario Ken Campbell, the man who was so bad that the
first suggested to her that sticking a hand up the back audience just started
of a puppet was the way forward for her career. laughing. When he
Campbell also bequeathed his own army of left the stage, he
dummies and dolls to her and she took them on the really berated the
road as part of the documentary, entitled Her puppet and threw it
Master’s Voice. ‘There’s this place in Kentucky which into the suitcase,
is a mausoleum for puppets of dead ventriloquists, so walked out the
I took Ken’s puppets on a trip there. He also left me a door and was
puppet of himself so there was the trickiness of trying never seen again.’
to find his voice with him gone; all the puppets were So has she ever
bereaved, as was I, and they had to find new voices.’ felt an urge to
For Talk to the Hand, her third full Fringe run, blame her tools?
Conti is set to try something a little bit different. In ‘There was one
collaboration with Bill Dare, the producer of Spitting puppet who I
Image, she has conceived a chat-show format, which was struggling
allows for more of an improvised set-up as she and to find a voice for. I ‘IT’S SEEN AS
the puppets can shoot the breeze with any guests who
drop by. ‘I’ve been sticking to a scripted act for so
would look over at it
and think, “You’re
long and this one provides areas for going off on one, totally letting the show TO DOLLS, BUT
but I find it exciting and often funnier because you
know it’s genuine. I do often get hysterical to the
down, you stupid latex
thing. Pull your weight”.’
point where the puppet can’t talk; it’s a giggly place THOUGHT THE
to put my brain into.’
While Conti finds the whole ‘vent’ thing a good old
Nina Conti, Pleasance
Dome, 556 6550, 7–30
laugh and there’s ongoing talk of a sitcom called One Aug (not 16, 23), 8.30pm, WERE COOL’
Free Hand with the involvement of Conti, Armando £12–£13 (£10.50–£11.50).
Iannucci and Peep Show writers Sam Bain and Jesse Previews until 6 Aug, £6.

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Previews until 6 Aug, £6. Aug, 7.35pm, £5. Preview 6 Aug, £5. Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5. £8.50–£10.50 (£5.50–£9.50).
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Festival Comedy



Andi Osho tells Marissa Burgess
that an amusing upbringing and
a new-found love of stand-up will
keep her buzzing in August
We’re hoping that Andi Osho isn’t
going to be spotted twiddling her
thumbs on the Royal Mile as she’s
only performing the one show at the
Fringe. Outside of the festival she has
her fingers poked in more pie

Californian varieties than a Greggs bake. Osho’s

a comedian, actress, writer and
presenter and isn’t likely to be giving

any of those things up soon. ‘I love it
all. I did a bit on the Psychoville
Hallowe’en special and I remember
thinking, “This is awesome, who
needs stand-up?” But then a month
later I started on Stand Up for the
Week [Channel 4’s live topical show]
and I was back in love with stand-up.’
Though a trained actress, she’d
only performed 40 or so gigs when
she won the Funny Women
competition in 2007, a victory that
The deadpan Arj Barker makes a long-awaited Fringe return, telling highlighted her talent when she’d
David Pollock that these are his salad days only just begun. ‘Everything’s
happened fast,’ she confesses. ‘I’ve
been doing stand-up for a relatively
his will be San Francisco comedian Arj Would I have come back if I didn’t have that

T Barker’s first working visit to Edinburgh in

a decade, and he promises to pull out the
stops for an audience which might only recently
behind me? Maybe I would. But maybe I wouldn’t
have been quite as hopeful.’
Despite past and hopefully future television
short amount of time. It’s been a
combination of factors that have had
things work out as they have.’ But her
training as an actress certainly helps
have become familiar with his work. ‘The show success, Barker eagerly declares his love for the her out with the stage craft.‘The
covers a range of topics, from the environment to stand-up life. He works hard at it, aiming to write acting has definitely been very useful
pirates, my personal life to mattresses. It’s good an entirely new show every year, although his as no matter what nerves I have
solid stand-up, that’s what I do. But just be lengthy absence from Edinburgh means that we beforehand, I’m always comfortable
prepared to laugh and cry.’ will get a ‘best of’ selection of his last two or on stage.’
Long-time Fringe-goers might not need three years’ work. ‘I’ve achieved what I always As for the material, her upbringing
reminding that Barker was the Perrier Best wanted in stand-up,’ he says, ‘which is to have by Nigerian parents in the East End of
Newcomer in 1997, the first of four consecutive people want to come and see me, rather than just London provides a great crux to hang
years he appeared in Scotland. Yet ten years spent showing up at the club. These are the good days jokes on, and she’s not afraid to use
breaking into what he describes as ‘other markets’ for me. I’ve worked hard to get to this stage and I them in her debut Fringe show,
(his name is well-established in Australia, and want to enjoy it.’ Afroblighty. ‘I’m really looking
forward to going up for the whole
when The List tracks him down he’s touring to He reminisces fondly of the good old days in
month and soaking up the vibe,
largely ex-pat audiences in Thailand) mean that Edinburgh some more. ‘It’s a beautiful city, I though hopefully not the rain. I’m
British audiences might know him best for his remember walking home early in the morning and pleased with how the previews are
recent role as laconic New York pawn-shop owner seeing the sun come up over the castle. I’m kinda going, so we’ll just have to see. Part
Dave Mohumbhai in Flight of the Conchords, sentimental about those days, to be honest. And I of the fun of the festival is hanging
owner of one of TV’s most brutal deadpans. never lost money on it.’ Here’s hoping it’s a happy out with your mates for a month so
‘I decided I should give the UK a look, and this homecoming. it’s a win/win really.’ Bored is one
show’s really a way of re-introducing myself to the thing she’s unlikely to be.
fans. Obviously the popularity of Flight of the Arj Barker, Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 7–29 ■ Andi Osho, The Stand III & IV, 558
Conchords has given me a nice boost, but I don’t Aug, 9.20pm, £12–£14 (£11–£13). Previews 5 7272, 6–29 Aug (not 16), 5.35pm, £8
rely on the show to endorse what I do, you know? & 6 Aug, £5. (£7). Preview 5 Aug, 5pm, £7 (£6).
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Festival Comedy


After a three-year absence from the Fringe, Toulson and Harvey are
ready to take Edinburgh by storm once again. Brian Donaldson hears
how an unlucky break kept them away
hen Luke Toulson and Stephen Harvey about being in a double act was having to tell your

W gained a spot on the last ever Perrier Best

Newcomer list in 2005, it seemed the
double act would be set for big things. Their fellow
friend that their idea is shit.’ Harvey counters:
‘You’ve never found that hard. But it’s not just
double acts, it’s friendships; any friendship where
nominees that year included Mark Watson and people have known each other for a decade will
Destined to be among the Rhod Gilbert, with Tim Minchin walking away have had their ups and downs and that’s what we’re
Fringe’s most popular draws, with the prize. After a couple more years exploring, the way people interact and what
rapping improvisers Abandoman consolidating their success, lady luck decided the happens when you’ve been together for a while.’
have to be seen to be believed. time was then right to pull a fast one on the pair, Break a leg, lads, but nothing else.
with Harvey being struck down with a serious back
Jay Richardson testifies injury, the result of which meant a two-year period Toulson and Harvey, Pleasance Courtyard,
of recuperation, leaving his comedy partner to 556 6550, 7–30 Aug (not 16),
‘It’s lovely when a hip hop audience sees
plough a solo furrow. 5.10pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).
us,’ says genial frontman Rob Broderick.
‘Two lads wander out, one with a guitar,
Presumably, Toulson (those with kids may have Previews until 6 Aug, £5;
the other with an Irish accent, and you
spotted him as the human in CBeebies programme Luke Toulson,
can tell they’re thinking, “this is going to Space Pirates) will have shown great sympathy Pleasance
be a disaster”. But then we start and for his comedy cohort? ‘The problem here Courtyard, 556
they really get into it.’ Crafting eloquent, was the boy who cried wolf,’ says Toulson, 6550, 7–30
on-the-fly rhymes around the contents who also has his own solo show this year, Aug (not 16),
of the audience’s pockets, creating Sorry About Last Night. ‘What you need to 10.45pm,
unlikely romantic scenarios from the understand is that Steve is a massive £7.50–£8.50
front rows or reimagining the early hypochondriac and has been ever since I’ve (£6–£7). Previews
songs of Rage Against the Machine known him, so when he said, “Ah, I’ve until 6 Aug, £5.
from random suggestions, seasoned broken my back”, I was like, “Yeah,
compere Broderick and folk musician whatever”. But unfortunately he had broken his
James Hancox have performed at music back.’ A bemused Harvey retorts: ‘Didn’t me
festivals, celebrity birthdays and even crawling on the floor give you a clue?’
the occasional stag do. Their last Toulson is having none of it: ‘I just
Scottish appearance, at Rock Ness, saw thought you were milking it; I
them mistakenly billed as ‘Abandon’.
don’t think I was nearly as
‘As in, “leave it!”’ chuckles Broderick.
sympathetic as I would be if it
Otherwise though, they’ve had an
exceptional first year, from their earliest
happened now.’
gig supporting US hip hop act
Though their reunion show
Atmosphere to winning the Hackney is called Toulson and
Empire New Act of the Year and Musical Harvey Used to Be Friends,
Comedy Awards. With sometime third their separation wasn’t the
member, percussionist Camilo Tirado, crockery-throwing event
absent for their Fringe debut Pic ‘n’ that this title might
suggest. It’s merely a ploy
Mixtape, they’re nevertheless eager to
exploit the festival’s diversity to bring in to explore the concept of DOUBLE ACT AND
a female vocalist, trumpet section or
even a bagpiper to supplement their
relationships and what
goes wrong when one half
sound. With a nod towards Kanye feels betrayed by the other. FALLING OUT’
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ultimately perceive Abandoman as a Jesus and Judas (‘Judas is
theatre show with a huge ensemble of now working in an all-
musicians and dancers. night garage while Jesus
‘The reason I got involved was this
has got pretty big,’ says
idea of magic,’ explains Hancox. ‘What
Toulson), two Austrian
Rob does is like an illusion, and with
every gig, we’re just trying to increase
childhood friends, a lion and a
that magic on stage.’ Broderick adds: ‘If
Christian going into the
ever there was a script, I don’t think I’d coliseum and a barmaid
enjoy myself half as much. The point of having a one-night stand
Abandoman is we genuinely never with a man who may or may
know where we’re going with it.’ not be an alien.
■ Abandoman, Pleasance Courtyard, 556 ‘Name one famous double act
6550, 7–29 Aug (not 17), 9.45pm, and you’ll find people falling
£8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews until out,’ says Toulson. ‘David
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Festival Comedy



Des Bishop has little time for macho men but he tells Jay Richardson how
his dad came close to nabbing the role of the silver screen’s iconic assassin

es Bishop has wanted to bit parts in Zulu and Day of the impotency. As someone who

D tell his father’s story for a

long time. A former model
and actor, who
Triffids, Bishop senior narrowly
lost out to George Lazenby for the
role of James Bond in On Her
recovered from testicular cancer
himself and who considers it less
of a personal issue than his Brian Donaldson counts the
had had Majesty’s Secret Service. After adolescent battles with drink and pennies and decides it’s time
quitting acting to raise a family in drugs or the gregarious outsider to get some laughs for nowt
New York, his father’s regrets personality he developed when he
were ‘ridiculous’, thought the left the family roost at 14 for the 1 The Monumental Joke
comic. But when Bishop Snr had land of his forefathers, Bishop Disco Three promising comics
get to do their funnies: Luke
terminal cancer diagnosed, his nevertheless doesn’t know if he’d
Benson (a Geordie who previously
eldest son realised that he finally be able to do this show now,
Fringed up in Benson & Hill), Lou
knew he would share that story ‘except for the fact that I’ve had Sanders (of BBC sketch thing
and it soon became the only thing the experience of joking about Laughter Shock) and James
on his mind. cancer before. It helps people to Redmond (he was in Hollyoaks).
We’re chatting just a few realise it’s not coming from a bad Espionage, 477 7007, 5–29 Aug
hours after Bishop completed or exploitative place’. (not 16), 3.30pm.
his first skydive and a couple Acclaimed at the Melbourne
of days after recreating his Comedy Festival in April, My Dad 2 Israeli-Palestinian
debut threesome onstage, Was Nearly James Bond attracted Conflict: A Romantic
graphically, and somewhat comparisons to Jason Cook’s My Comedy Back in 1948, two
horrifically, with Dara O’Briain Confessions for its honest portrayal people(s) met at a convention in
and Jason Byrne. But the Irish- of living with a dying father. But Geneva and fell in love. But
American has little time for the with Bishop Snr still alive at the they’ve been at each other’s
‘macho bullshit’ of 007 and one of time of writing, it’s a show that’s throats for some time now. Will
his current favourite routines is one changing every day, with snapshots they ever learn to get along?
in which he of the Edinburgh run likely to Perhaps only in a two-person
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broadcaster RTE.
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‘As a comedian, you always feel the Cheese and Pineapple Club,
the obligation to be funny,’ Bishop we dubbed Campbell ‘smart and
reasons. ‘But there’s an sassy’. Here she brings those
opportunity here to stay more smarts and that sass to bear in her
honest, for something that’s new show, 27 Up, with a sequel
pretty profound. The father-son promised for 2037. The Hive, 556
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Festival Comedy
JOHN MOLONEY ‘They’re up and running now, and
TOP5 A traditional stand-up returns with
coming with me this year.’ With the
LATE NIGHT hope in his heart
family box ticked, Moloney was in a
COMEDY SHOWS As a stalwart deadpan of the comedy position to take up an offer he could
circuit, you don’t expect John Moloney not refuse: playing The Stand. ‘It’s one
to be the most expansive of of the best clubs in the world and has
interviewees. He seems to live up to a great comedy ethos. I like the idea of
that preconception by leaving my playing on a nightly basis to comedy-
question unanswered about whether savvy audiences.’
he was bothered by being on the Promising ‘an hour of traditional
original Channel 4 top 100 stand-ups stand-up comedy in the most
list in 2006 but not again in 2010. traditional sense’, Moloney feels that
However, despite his dispassionate the comedy scene that grew up
stage persona, he seems relentlessly around him is not one that has left him
positive about his first appearance at behind or bemused him, as might be
the Fringe for a decade, a hiatus the case with many ‘old-timers’. Quite
caused mainly by bringing up his kids. the opposite in fact: ‘The domestic

1 Late ‘n’ Live Still one of

August’s hottest tickets, this booze-
fuelled behemoth of a night retains
less of the volatile anarchy of its
Cowgate heyday. Nevertheless, it
remains a tremendous opportunity
to see some of the festival’s best
comics in a gladiatorial
environment, taking the stage with
all gags blazing, slamming down
hecklers hard. Gilded Balloon
Teviot, 622 6552, 6–30 Aug, 1am.
2 Spank! Less predictable and
mainstream than Late ‘n’ Live,
Spank! can also be more of a
bearpit. As well as comics, it tends
to feature artier, cabaret, circus
freakshow-minded performers. Any
act can plug their show, provided
they do it nude. Underbelly, 08445
458 252, 6–29 Aug, midnight.
3 Lach’s Antihoot Fancy being
the next Regina Spektor, The Moldy
Peaches, Jeffrey Lewis or even Rick
Shapiro? They established their
reputations at the open mic nights
of New York antifolk legend Lach.
And so can you. Sign upon the day.
See Festival Music, page 54. Gilded
Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 6–29 Aug
(not 9–10, 16–17 & 23–24),
4 The Stand Late Show In a
comedy room Stewart Lee hails as
the best in the world, catch some
of the Fringe’s top headliners on the
same bill. Previous guests include
Lee, Reginald D Hunter, Brendon
Burns, Rich Hall, Sarah Millican and
Adam Hills. Stand 1, 558 7272,
13–15, 20–22 & 27–29 Aug, HELEN ARNEY time: that someone else is out there having more fun
23.59pm. Ukulele-wielding comic with one eye on the future than me, getting more sex than me, being happier than
5 The Horne Section Restless, me. But despite all that paranoia, I’m happier now than
Renaissance Man of comedy Alex When comic musician Helen Arney debuted at the 2009 I think I would be if I was alive at any other time.’ And
Horne (pictured) invites you to Fringe with 8 1/2 Songs About Love (and other myths), what better way to express that happiness than by
experience the likes of Mark Watson, she’d already named her 2010 follow-up. ‘Songs for playing the world’s most cheerful instrument? ‘A lot of
Josie Long and Tim Key performing Modern Loving sounds like a lot of things,’ she says. ‘A people are pretty much allergic to the ukulele,’ Arney
stand-up while backed by his jazz David Bowie song, a Jonathan Richman band, a Blur grins. ‘If anyone’s reading this thinking, “Oh, another
band and hitherto unheralded album . . .’ Whatever it sounded like a year ago, that ukulele, I wish they would just stop,” that person
singing. Pleasance Dome, 556 title sounds strangely prophetic to Arney now. ‘I could should come and see this show. They’ll see a different
6550, 9–12 & 23–26 Aug, 12.20am. not be having a more modern relationship. He lives in side to my four-stringed friend.’
Australia,’ she explains. ‘Ten years ago we wouldn’t But true to form, Arney is already looking beyond
have been able to talk to each other more than once a 2010’s ukulele-related innovations and is considering
Telephone Booking week: we Skype each other pretty much every day. penning a musical. The title? Science: The Musical! And
Fringe 0131 226 0000 Thirty years ago we wouldn’t have met. It just wouldn’t the tagline? ‘All of the excitement, all of the
International Festival 0131 473 2000 have happened.’ discoveries, none of the beards.’ Come 2011,
Book Festival 0845 373 5888 That awareness of how easily she could have missed remember where you read it first. (Matt Boothman)
Art Festival 07500 461 332 out bothers Arney more than her bright, energetic ■ The Caves, 556 5375, 7–29 Aug (not 17), 7.35pm, £8
attitude reveals. ‘This is a feeling I battle with all the (£7). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5 (£4).
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" "
and global comedy scene is improving
all the time with brilliant new acts, as
well as brilliant established comedians
doing their stuff. It’s just getting better
and should be celebrated for that
reason.’ (Julian Hall)
■ The Stand II, 558 7272, 6–29 Aug
(not 16), 9pm, £10 (£8).


Dark musical comedy with sick
bags not included
You certainly wouldn’t invite Loretta
Maine round to dinner with the folks.
The hilariously drunken and semi- 7KH6FRWVPDQ
psychotic singer/songwriter left school
in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 15,
and now tours a repertoire which
includes such colourful singalongs as
‘Cock Sucking Mother Fucker’, ‘I Had
Your Baby But I Threw it in the River’
to You’ with her band, erm,
DogVagina. bigger lungs. Have you got any
Slightly nervously, I ask about her
impending Fringe. ‘Man, this is early.
Anadin?’ Um, no, sorry. What’s on the
cards for your Edinburgh appearance?
Why do we always have to do these ‘Well, I was looking forward to it but 7LPHRXW
things so early? I feel like someone then I found out I am playing in a
carpeted my mouth in my sleep and CAVE. A cave? What the fuck? Do I
then hoovered. What have I been up look like Osama Bin Laden? No. I am
to? Mainly dragging my ass around a princess, and princesses don’t live in
clubs, and TRYING to get someone to caves unless their empires have been

recognise my immense talent. But destroyed. And I am yet to build up my

they don’t understand tormented empire to be destroyed so SOMEONE
brilliance. I’m like Jeff Buckley but with PUT ME IN A ROOM WITH DOORS . .
. I think I’m gonna be sick.’

(Camilla Pia)

WEDNESDAY 11 ■ The Caves, 556 5375, 7–29 Aug
AUGUST (not 16), 6.35pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).
Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5.

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known in Fringe circles for their surreal twisted.’
Telephone Booking spin on the everyday, from death to With Anne Widdecombe on a
Fringe 0131 226 0000 ‘the absurdity of Britain’s class Notting Hill Carnival float, an
International Festival 0131 473 2000 system’ (find ‘Kensington Rhyming octogenarian romance novelist reading
Book Festival 0845 373 5888 Slang’ on YouTube). This year’s show, her latest book in cockney rhyming
Art Festival 07500 461 332 Radio Hoohah, is an absurdist take on slang and Leonora Velvety Constable-
the world of radio. ‘We both love Wheeler’s tales of being stuck in the
surreal humour, as well as a bit of loo and having her skirt accidentally
JIMMY MCGHIE darkness, and we wanted the chance tucked into her vagina, it sounds
Having a good old moan about life to explore our childish side too,’ says deliciously so. (Kate Gould)
McGuire. ‘We love Radio 4, but it’s ■ Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 7–30
The All-Powerful Warrior Who with His also a goldmine for comic ideas. Aug (not 16, 23), 6.50pm, £8.50–£9.50
Endurance and Inflexible Will to Win There are some programmes on there (£7–£8). Previews until 6 Aug, £5.
Goes from Conquest to Conquest that are unintentionally absurd, and
Leaving Fire in His Wake is surely the we wanted to highlight that. And we For everything you need
longest Fringe show title this year. just love the idea of an audience to know about all the
How did Jimmy McGhie get it in the having to pretend they are at a radio
Festivals visit
brochure? ‘My title did use up the studio, coming to watch some live
word limit and I’m quite glad because recordings where things get a little
I’m really bad at writing show copy,
doing PR and answering interview
questions. Doing this is making me
feel a little bit sick.’

OK, deep breath and answer this

one: what’s the show about? ‘Last
year was really nerve-wracking. Now
I’m more comfortable with doing an
hour each night. It’s about how un-
mighty I am and how much I wish I
could be more dynamic. I also have a
pointless and stubborn refusal to
move with the times.’ Though McGhie
likes nothing better than an old-man
moan about life, his comedic
inspirations lie in a happier place.
‘There’s a woman who works in my
local Sainsbury’s overseeing the
automatic tills. She’s always laughing
and cracking jokes, utterly unself-
conscious and effortlessly amusing.
GEORGE RYEGOLD Ryegold, a subtly constructed surgeon whose florid
Applying surgery to a subtle character creation
She’s clearly mad as a bag of spoons descriptions of the delicate parts of the human body
but just couldn’t give a shit. People For someone who has suffered crippling stage fright, it and the awful things that can go wrong with it led one
like that remind me what a pleasure seems extraordinary that we have even heard of Dr critic to dub him ‘as sick as Jim Jefferies, but with the
and privilege it is to do this for a living.’ George Ryegold. Having learned from his agent that a vocabulary of Stephen Fry’.
(Marissa Burgess) parting of the ways might have to come, Toby Williams Initially, Williams believed that being George RyegoId
■ Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, (the actor behind the maverick medic) told her that would see him through this bedding-in period of his
7–30 Aug, 9.45pm, £8.50–£9.50 while it may have seemed like he was less than busy, stand-up career, after which he would ‘grow some balls
(£7–£8). Previews until 6 Aug, £5. some stand-up gigs were coming his way. Convincing and be myself’. But he now seems happy to stay in the
her of this falsehood, Williams quickly booked up an skin of the good doctor for a while longer.
RADIO HOOHAH open mic slot, a debut that was less than impressive: How much of the darker elements of the conditions
Double act go on a twisted but then again, he had managed to land himself onto a and afflictions he speaks of on stage come from his
adventure around the airwaves folk music bill. own life experiences? ‘From last year’s show, the pube
Dubbed a ‘French and Saunders for ‘It was absolutely dreadful,’ he recalls without a word net [don’t ask] really happened, though obviously
the Facebook generation’, Octavia of a fib. ‘I walked into this pub in King’s Cross and there exaggerated to fit in with the character. And once, I
Mackenzie and Ashley McGuire are was a girl on stage playing the harp; my legs nearly couldn’t walk for a short while but none of the doctors
turned me around and took me out of there on their ever found out what happened there.’ Now firmly on his
NEXT ISSUE OUT own.’ His second gig, on Malcolm Hardee’s Wibbley feet, Toby Williams and his comedy career are both in
WEDNESDAY 11 Wobbley boat, went no better, but he did make some rude health. (Brian Donaldson)
AUGUST comedy friends and gained handy contacts. The ■ Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug (not 16), 10pm,
acutely shy Williams was happy to be hiding within £9–£9.50 (£7.50–£8). Previews until 6 Aug, £5.
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COLIN HOULT (Brian Donaldson)

Monsters to villains in one fell ■ Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550,
swoop 7–30 Aug, 4.45pm, £8.50–£9.50
‘What we have is a cabaret from hell, (£7–£8). Previews until 6 Aug, £5.
of lost souls; they’re all there for
wicked crimes they’ve done in real BROAD COMEDY
life.’ No, it’s not Nick Clegg describing American sketch sextet with high
a Cabinet meeting, this is Colin Hoult aims
(formerly of Colin and Fergus) chatting If Broad Comedy could achieve one ‘The pen is mightier than the
about his follow-up to 2009’s thing with their work, what would it sword’ is not strictly true,
gruesomely successful character be? ‘Orgasm. Wait, we’ve done that.’ especially in a fight, but there is
adventure, Carnival of Monsters. In the So says the charmingly cheeky Katie some truth in it. Words, as we
second part of a planned trilogy (which Goodman, an actress/writer/director know, can be very powerful,
will culminate with ‘heroes’) he tackles who, along with her husband, especially when put together in
villains. ‘They’re telling tales about playwright and actor Soren Kisiel, the right order. Here are five
these dictators and criminals and came up with the concept of these six words and their more honest
serial killers. But it’s not irritatingly side-splittingly funny women known and thus mightier definitions . . .
dark. I hate things that are dark just to for their sketch comedy, musical Twin A town or city that looks
be dark, I’ll just throw in some dark satire, left-wing politics, women’s nothing like another town or city
things. I don’t even like the word issues and x-rated japes. ‘Seriously, I somewhere else in the world.
“dark”.’ think we want to kick the culture’s ass Visitors from one of these towns
What Hoult, who in a previous a bit about what women can and can be seen walking around their
acting life has worked with Liza cannot say,’ she explains. ‘twin’ town with a look of grave
Minnelli and appeared in a mobile This is Broad Comedy’s debut disappointment and confusion
phone advert with David Beckham, Fringe appearance and Goodman is etched on their faces.
does like are creations such as the giddy at the prospect of bringing the Courtesy A type of call made by a
Beatles’ White album, which crams in show’s ‘high-energy, smart, sexy, silly company representative to sell
‘loads of mad stuff’. Closer to home, if fun’ to Edinburgh, promising ‘a lot of something the receiver of the call
farther back in time, he recalls his songs and some rap mostly focusing neither wants nor needs. However,
mum making ‘these quite mental on women’s issues and the state of since all calls should contain a
advent calendars, which had drawers the world. We lampoon American certain amount of courtesy, one
with something in them. Sometimes it politics and cultural shenanigans like wonders what a non-courtesy call
would just be a crap sweet and other the abstinence-only education is like: ‘Oi knobhead, if you want
times it would be some interesting movement, parenting, and basically anything from this company, get off
stuff she’d got from a charity shop. do it all in a raunchy-but-smart way. I your arse and call us back now!’
That’s what I like to think the show is: love quick punches. Get in, say your
Friend A person you are
packed with weird things.’ shit, get out. I think that’s what we do.
connected with on a networking
We have been wanting to come to the
site such as Facebook, whom you
Online Booking festival for about ten years. What the
hardly know and may not even
hell has taken us so long?’
Fringe have ever met. Although you
(Camilla Pia)
International Festival usually never speak to them in
■ Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 7–29
Book Festival person, you will have occasion to
Aug (not 17), 9.45pm, £12–£14
Art Festival LOL with them, and even LYAO.
(£11–£13). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5.
Footstool A pouf, as in ‘I went
round to my gay friend Tony’s
house last night and sat on his
lovely leather pouf.’
Emergency A word sometimes
used in instances where there is
little or no emergency in order to
give something gravitas, eg
Emergency Budget, which is not
officially part of the emergency
services, as it is not possible to dial
999 and ask for a Chancellor of the
Exchequer to be sent to your
(Interview by Brian Donaldson)
■ The Stand II, 558 7272, 6–29
Aug (not 16), 5.25pm, £8 (£7).
Preview 5 Aug, 6.20pm, £7 (£6).

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ASHER TRELEAVEN ‘average, pound-shop dandy’ cannot
A comically theatrical romp against
help but intrigue. (Kate Gould)
rabid and empty blokishness
■ Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550,
Via ‘the sweet filth of John Waters, the 7–30 Aug (not 10, 17), 8.40pm,
dark, strange wrongness of David £9–£10 (£8–£9). Previews until 6 Aug,
Lynch’, and a near-encounter with the £5.
secret theatre for madmen, Asher
Treleaven grapples with the question, NAT LUURTSEMA
‘what maketh the man?’ This is the A tea-obsessed daydreamer gets
core of his ‘anarchic romp through the heroic
minefield of sexual identity’, Secret ‘I remember eating my second
Door. ‘The issue of masculinity is battered haggis of the day in the dark
important because in Australia and, I so it “wasn’t really happening”,’
believe, in the UK, it’s a very simplistic, confesses Nat Luurtsema, recalling
follow-the-herd idea that is enforced last year’s Fringe experience, at which
with growing violence and a strong she starred in sketch hit Superclump.
animosity toward difference and self- This London-based, self-proclaimed
expression. For Treleaven, he is ‘tea-sodden clown’, Chortle Best
concerned that the herd is trying to Newcomer nominee and Funny I wish life was battles and monsters.’
scare and pressure others to be like Women runner-up, returns this Is it true she was once so busy
them. summer with her debut solo show, In daydreaming on a train that someone
‘It shits me that I can’t walk down My Head I’m a Hero. It is, according to stole her purse from her lap? ‘How do
the street in most Australian cities late our cerebral stand-up, ‘a true story, a you know this?’ she shrieks. ‘Have
at night without worrying about being tale of my messy past. I have artefacts you got my mum drunk?’ The List is a
hassled for dressing a certain way. I and overseas. Basically, most men are as some things demand proof. It’s fearless upholder of journalistic
find it distressing that drinking, jerks and I want to make fun of them funny and sad.’ If previous routines are integrity and will not reveal its sources,
violence and obesity are all normal for and their violent stupidity.’ A graduate anything to go by, it’ll also be stoked even under torture. ‘Well yes, that did
most masculine cultures, in the UK of the Australian National Institute of by twisted philosophies, rabid happen,’ she concedes. ‘I daydream
Circus Arts and a lover of the imaginings, fantasy fiction – and constantly.’ (Nicola Meighan)
MINIPROFILE burlesque, naughty and surreal, dinosaurs. ■ Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 7–30
Treleaven was once flagellated ‘The first time I saw Jurassic Park, Aug (not 28), 3.45pm, £8.50–£9.50
onstage to ‘Private Dancer’. This my mind turned inside out. I fell in love. (£7–£8). Previews until 6 Aug, £5.

Who’s he then? Sean Hughes
was the youngest ever winner of
the Perrier back in 1990 at the
tender age of 24. At the time he
was told that he would be
inundated with big-money offers
and would continually be swept
away to fancy dinners. He moaned
that in the wake of this victory, the
only call he had received was from
his flatmate apologising for eating
his Twix.
He’ll have done loads of TV
since then? Indeed, and they
range from the sublime to the GREG DAVIES Our lives were richer, definitely.’
ridiculous. Sean’s Show was a We Are Klang’s Rik Mayall-alike in his debut solo outing A conscious lack of substance is not the only thing
wildly playful postmodern sitcom on that’s different about Davies’ stage delivery. He’s traded
Channel 4, which paid its dues to Greg Davies is keen to avoid the pitfall of self-obsession for many years on his unique appearance. ‘Like a fat Rik
two of his heroes, Morrissey and in his stand-up. So keen, in fact, that he’s chosen to Mayall,’ he describes himself – plus, he’s 6 foot 8 inches
Samuel Beckett, while he’s also present a Fringe show this year that side steps any tall. After years of hearing them, and making them, are
appeared in Coronation Street, moments of significance in his life. ‘I’m sick of thinking there any tall jokes that he still thinks are funny?
teamed up with Peter Davison in about wider philosophical points,’ he shouts down the ‘No, I think that all of the ones that I’ve talked about in
The Last Detective and gave his phone. ‘I’m sick of trying to work out my place in the my stand-up for years are utterly tedious. My favourite
voice over to a toy shark in kids’ world, and to make sense of humanity. I’m not going to is, where I come from in Shropshire, they don’t even
show Rubbadubbers. do it. I am simply celebrating moments in my entire life attempt to craft it into a joke. They just shout the word,
What’s his show called this that have had no bearing on anything else.’ “tall” at me in the street. In fact, that’s my preferred tall
year? It’s Ducks and Other As one third of gloriously immature comedy trio We joke. One that isn’t a joke, just a statement of fact.’
Mistakes I’ve Made. Intriguingly, or Are Klang, it’s no surprise that Davies is embracing And what about We Are Klang? With his ongoing role
otherwise, he’s playing the Gilded inanity in this way, though his show is unique in its as bullying teacher Mr Gilbert in Channel 4’s The
Balloon’s Debating Hall at 8pm up focus on the subject of nothingness. Its title, Firing Inbetweeners, and a solo tour after his Edinburgh
until 19 Aug. The night after, Cheeseballs at a Dog, is a reference to Davies’s most show, will he find time to rejoin the Klang trio?
another Irish Perrier winner, Tommy recent high point of empty-headed happiness. ‘I literally, half an hour ago, just pushed two lemon
Tiernan, takes to that very same ‘I was on holiday with Marek [Larwood, also of We Are meringue doughnuts into [third Klang member] Steve
stage for his run. (Brian Donaldson) Klang]. There was a dog, a bag of cheeseballs and a Hall’s face underneath the BBC television centre sign,’
■ Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, catapult, and we spent a really happy period in all our he reassures. ‘And if that isn’t proof of an active sketch
7–19 Aug, 8pm, £14–£15 lives firing cheeseballs at that dog. Cheeseballs can’t unit then I don’t know what is.’ (Jonny Ensall)
(£12–£13). Previews until 6 Aug, hurt, so there’s no need for animal rights activists to get ■ Greg Davies: Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog, Pleasance
£10. upset with me. The dog was delighted to have someone Courtyard, 556 6550, 7-29 Aug (not 9 & 10), 9.45pm,
firing food of it. So I think we all came out of that happy. £9.50-£10.50 (£8-£9). Previews 4-6 Aug, £5.
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Needing laughs from dusk til
dawn? Or, for the purposes of 9pm
this day planner, just after noon
Patrick Monahan One of the
to around midnight? Brian
mildest men in comedy delivers more
Donaldson helps to sketch out
inoffensive fun with the punningly-
your itinerary between The
named I Walked, I Danced, Iran. See
Lunchtime Club and The Late
what’s happened there? Gilded
Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 6–29 Aug
(not 9, 16, 23), 9pm, £10.50–£12.50
Noon (£9–£11). Previews until 5 Aug, £5.
Max and Iván ‘An hour of joy-
The Lunchtime Club: Class of soaked trans-genre sketch wizardry’
2010 The sound of laughter is should pretty much cover this.
expected to drown out the rumbling of Though technically, it’s down in the
hungry tums as a bunch of newbies get Fringe programme as lasting 55
their chance in the Fringe sun. The minutes. C central, 0845 260 1234,
Tron, 226 0000, 7–29 Aug (not 16, 23), 5–30 Aug (not 17), 9.30pm,
12.30pm, £5. Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £8.50–£10.50 (£7.50–£9.50).
£2.50. Ali Cook The scary/funny stand-
up/magic boy does more scary and
1pm funny things in Pieces of Strange.
Prepare to get involved. Gilded
Sarah Bennetto In The King and I, It’s been a big year for all things South Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 7–30 Aug
this Aussie storyteller tells the story of a
rather special party that she showed up
The Brothers Streep African, what with a pretty successful (not 11, 18), 9.45pm, £11–£12
World Cup still fresh in the memory banks. And things are set to go (£9.50–£11). Previews until 6 Aug, £6.
late to. Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, stratospheric for that nation’s humorous musical double act of Dylan and
7–29 Aug (not 16), 1.30pm, £8–£9 Simon. We’re fairly sure they will have the requisite sophistication not to 10pm
(£6.50–£7.50). Previews until 6 Aug, £5. bring along a flipping vuvezela.
Gentlemen of Leisure A sketch ■ Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 6–29 Aug (not 16), 6.15pm, £8.50–£9.50 Hans Teeuwen If you go and see
show crew which promises learning (£7.50–£8.50). Previews until 5 Aug, £5. Paul Foot, Emo Philips and this Dutch
alongside the laughter in a show guy in the same night, chances are
entitled An Hour of Too Much Culture. you may need to lie down for the
Dome, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug, 7pm,
Grand aims indeed. The GRV, 226 5pm remainder of the month. Unique is one
£11.50–£12.50 (£10.50–£11.50).
0000, 6–30 Aug (not 19), 1.40pm, £5. word for Teeuwen. Pleasance
Previews until 6 Aug, £5.
Stewart Lee A full run of Vegetable Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–29 Aug (not
Stew here, albeit one that has become Paul Foot With Ash in the Attic, the 11, 18, 25), 10.30pm, £14–£15
2pm stand-up who can only be appreciated
his annual August work-in-progress (£12.50–£14). Previews until 6 Aug,
Charmed Forces Possibly some towards telly material. Will be funny as by the comedy ‘connoisseur’ has got £8.
military-based sketch fun. The Caves, heck, though. The Stand, 558 7272, Noel Fielding in the director’s chair.
Grainne Maguire One for those
556 5375, 7–29 Aug (not 16, 23), 2pm, 6–30 Aug (not 16, 18), 5.15pm, £10. Underbelly, 08445 458 252, 7–29 Aug
with a penchant for dreaming of living
£7 (£5). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5. (not 16), 7.40pm, £9.50–£10.50
The Roaring Boys Those who saw their life as though in an Emily Brontë
(£6.50–£9.50). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6.
A Betrayal of Penguins One of the their Tim from 2009 will surely be novel. We Need to Talk About
unheralded treats of last year’s Fringe, flocking back as the Boys promise they Jo Caulfield ‘A celebration of anger’ Bonnets, you see? The Caves, 556
two young Irish jokers return with more Will Set You Free. Underbelly, 08445 from the shirt and tied comic in Cruel to 5375, 7–29 Aug (not 17), 10.15pm,
sketchy silliness. Gilded Balloon Teviot, 458 252, 7–29 Aug (not 17, 24), be Kind. The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, £7 (£5). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5.
622 6552, 7–30 Aug (not 17), 2.45pm, 5.40pm, £9–£10.50 (£6.50–£9.50). 7–29 Aug (not 16, 23), 7.50pm, £10
£8.50–£10 (£7–£8.50). Previews until 6 Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6. (£9). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £7. 11pm
Aug, £5.
6pm 8pm Bingo! It’s off the Cuff All the fun
3pm of the old-fashioned bingo hall,
The Penny Dreadfuls Looks like the Jason Manford Best lap him up now, without the odour of nicotine, boozed-
Ray Green Some Adventures in Telly trio may have ditched the Victorian because he won’t be doing the live up dames and actual proper bingo, as
Land 3D here with a Will Ferrell- gents look for good as they do some comedy thing for too much longer. Telly this improv affair has your sketch
endorsed (apparently) small-screen brand new sketch thing this year. is where it’ll be at soon for our Jase. ideas printed on 50 wee balls. C
legend with a terrific mouser. Gilded Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–30 EICC, 08448 471 639, 7–11 Aug, 8pm, soco, 0845 260 1234, until 30 Aug,
Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 7–30 Aug Aug (not 17), 6pm, £12–£14 £17.50 (£16.50). 11.15pm, £7.50–£9.50
(not 16), 3.15pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£10.50–£12.50). Previews until 6 Aug, Emo Philips The comic from outer (£6.50–£8.50).
(£7.50–£8.50). Previews until 6 Aug, £5. space, they used to call this guy. Catch Sound and Fury Hot on the
£5. Keith Farnan After two Fringe shows the master of the warped one-liner now behinds of their previous musical
Nick Helm Poetry, music and about the death penalty and racism, as he only pops our way every ten theatre/comedy triumphs, S&F
stand–up as Helm implores us to Keep the gold–hearted Irish jester turns his years or so these days. Pleasance delivers Private Dick, a film noirish
Hold of the Gold. Those with a attention to more comic-serious affairs Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–29 Aug (not 9, extravaganza. Underbelly, 08445 458
pessimistic view of life should steer with Sex Traffic: How Much is that 16), 8pm, £14–£16 (£12.50–£14.50). 252, 7–29 Aug (not 18), 11.45pm,
clear. The Tron, 226 0000, 7–29 Aug Woman in the Window? Underbelly, Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £11. £9–£10.50 (£6.50–£9.50). Previews 5
(not 18), 3.40pm, £5. Previews 5 & 6 08445 458 252, 7–29 Aug (not 17), Jeremy Lion The soused kids’ & 6 Aug, £6.
Aug, £2.50. 6.20pm, £9–£10.50 (£6.50–£9.50). entertainer returns from a rather
Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6. suspiciously long period away from Midnight
4pm Cactus Directed by Pajama Man, Edinburgh. In Jeremy Lion Goes Green,
Mark Chavez, The Seduction is a love he appears to have gone absolutely Cammy and Phil’s Late Night
Bec Hill Seems this perky comic story amid ‘a carnival of boundless environmental. Pleasance Dome, 556 Nonsense Possibly the last thing Mr
Didn’t Want to Play Your Stupid Game imaginings’. Which sounds quite a lot 6550, 7–30 Aug (not 16), 8.20pm, Kay needs by his side is a surrealist
Anyway, so don’t go in the huff now. like the stuff created down the Fringe £12–£14 (£10–£12.50). Previews until 6 folk singer, but that’s what he’s got in
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 8–30 years by the Pajama Men. Assembly Aug, £6. the shape of Cammy Sinclair. There’s
Aug (not 17), 4pm, £8–£9 (£7–£8). Rooms, 623 3030, 7–29 Aug (not 16, a lot of hair on show here. Zoo Roxy,
Kevin Bridges After a sell-out debut
Previews until 7 Aug, £5. 23), 6.50pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11). 662 6892, 6–30 Aug (not 10–12,
last year accompanied by a Best
The Incident ‘Godot meets Point Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5. 17–19, 24–26), 12.30am, £7.50 (£5).
Newcomer nomination, all the early
Break in a shop’. The joint show from excitement revolving around the The Late Show Catch the stand-up
Aussie comics Sam Simmons and 7pm Clydebank comic has been wholly talents of today and tomorrow (maybe
David Quirk sounds intriguing at the justified. This will be another hour of even some from yesterday will pop
very least. Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, The Godley Hour She’s doing a kids’ up) over some long, Augusty
solid comic fare. Assembly Rooms, 623
7–29 Aug (not 16, 23), 4.45pm, show with her daughter this year, but weekends. Underbelly, 08445 458
3030, 7–30 Aug (not 8, 16), 8.55pm,
£10–£12 (£9–£11). Previews 5 & 6 this evening slot may be a chance for 252, 6–29 Aug (not 9–11, 16–18,
£14–£16 (£13–£15). Previews 5 & 6
Aug, £5. Janey to just let loose. Pleasance 23–25), 12.35am, £10–£14 (£9–£13).
Aug, £11.
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✽ Dance Base – Love

Dance There’s more dance
than you can shake a stick at
taking place at Dance Base this
Fringe. And at £5 a pop, you
can afford to take a few risks.
Pick up one of the handy fold-
up guides in their Grassmarket
premises, and discover dance
every hour, on the hour. Dance
Base, 225 5525, 12-22 Aug
(not 16), times vary, £5.
Previews 11 Aug, times vary,
✽ Flawless – Chase the
Dream If fast-paced, high-
energy, slick, professional street
dance is your thing, then look
no farther. Not only that, but
these guys have peppered their
show with a few thought-
provoking routines that will have
you pondering long after the
show. See Big Pic, left.
Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545
8252, 7–30 Aug (not 16),
FLAWLESS – CHASE THE DREAM 3.45pm, £13.50–£16.50
They don’t come much slicker than this. Despite being denied the top prize on Britain’s (£12.50–£15). Previews 5 & 6
Got Talent in 2009, Flawless have been true to their catchphrase, ‘Chase the dream, not Aug, 3.45pm, £8.
the competition’, and continue to reach for the top. Having recently starred in box office ✽ Martin Creed – Ballet
smash StreetDance 3D, the guys have now put together their first full-length show, Work No 1020 Having
premiering at this year’s Fringe. Expect fast-paced synchronicity and crowd-pleasing bagged the art world’s biggest
manoeuvres, plus a few routines to make you think. Highly recommended. gong, Turner Prize-winner

■ Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, 7–30 Aug (not 16), 3.45pm, £13.50–£16.50 Creed branches out into
(£12.50–£15). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, 3.45pm, £8. classical ballet, as well as
playing live with his band. See
preview, page 48. Traverse
Theatre, 228 1404, 8–15 Aug
5QUESTIONS (not 9), times vary, £17–£19
Natalie Trewinnard of Scottish Dance Theatre tells us why we
✽ Inside Brazilian-born
should be checking out her company this Fringe – and a few other choreographer Jean Abreu
things besides uses his all-male company to
5 reasons to come and see SDT’s two Fringe shows explore the desperation and
hope of prison life.
Three contrasting works of total theatre; powerfully athletic; SDT dancers
Accompanied live by
have individuality and personality; groundbreaking work; thought-
instrumental guitar band
65daysofstatic. Zoo Roxy, 662
4 more Fringe dance shows you’ll be seeing 6892, 6–14 Aug, 6.25pm, £12.
BalletLorent’s Blood Sweat and Tears; Retina Dance Company’s La Lutte; ✽ Scottish Dance Theatre
Smallpetitklein’s Still and Jean Abreu Dance’s Inside. A diverse double-bill from
3 best things about being a dancer Scotland’s national
Freedom of exploration, getting the chance to express ideas and contemporary dance company,
storytelling as part of an indispensable team and performing in a universal featuring the cleverly
language. choreographed NQR and
2 words that sum up the SDT style upbeat Life and Times of Girl A.
Vibrant and innovative. See 5 Questions, left. Zoo
Southside, 662 6892, 7–22
1 thing that you hope will happen during this year’s
Aug (not 17), 7pm, £12.
Edinburgh Fringe
Scottish Dance Theatre will break the boundaries of people’s expectations. For Festival Index see page
(Interview by Kelly Apter) 128.
■ Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 7–22 Aug (not 17), 7pm, £12.

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and Scottish culture,’ she says. ‘And I
dreamed of returning to Scotland and
bridging the American and Scottish
dance communities. Booking is one
step towards reaching that goal.’
The festival’s programme is split over
four genres – beautiful, lyrical, rock it
and athletic – to encompass the
diverse talents of the dancers and
choreographers. Kaplan hopes both
dance lovers and the uninitiated will
enjoy this glimpse into the American
dance scene. ‘It’s incredible to see the
human body sculpted in time and narrative, as well as archive footage of
interpreting music,’ she says. ‘Dance Australian dance from the 1920s.
is a universal art form that is the ‘I play Madam Lou, artistic director
heartbeat of art.’ (Julia Correia) and sometime diva,’ Lea says,
■ Venue 150 @ EICC, 0844 847 gleefully. ‘I tell the story through the
1639, 8–22 Aug (not 16), times vary, show, but may use silent film titles
£10 (£8). instead – I’ve found I’m puffing too
much when I’ve just danced.
DANCE DOCTOR, DANCE! Switching between acting and dancing
Delving deep into dance is proving tricky!’ (Kirstin Innes)
■ Dance Base, 225 5525, 12–22 Aug
(not 16), times vary, £5. Preview 11
Aug, 1pm, £3.


Flamenco with a modern twist

Peter Lovatt actually is a doctor of

dance: he heads up the Dance
Psychology Laboratory at the
University of Hertfordshire. Given a
biography that includes stints as a
ballet dancer, cruise ship entertainer
and expert-for-hire on The Graham
BRAZIL! BRAZIL! Norton Show, Dance Doctor, Dance!
Fancy footwork and football from the favelas was never going to be a
Starting life as Capoeria Knights at the 2008 Fringe, returning as The Boys straightforward piece of choreography.
From Brazil in 2009 and now simply called Brazil! Brazil!, this show has ‘The show is based around five
undergone various personnel changes and artistic tweaks. Jaw-dropping areas we research in the lab,’ explains
flips and leaps have always been on the menu, however, as has fantastic Lovatt. ‘Dance and thinking, dance
live music, song and samba dancing, performed by a talented cast drawn and emotions, feelings in dance,
from some of the poorest quarters of Salvador Bahia in north east Brazil. dance and hormones, and dance and
But now the show also boasts a homage to the beautiful game. ‘Being health.’ Along the way, the audience Flamenco may be steeped in tradition,
the year of the World Cup, I’ve shifted the focus of the show to telling the helps Lovatt examine the way dance but that doesn’t mean it can’t be
story of Brazilian culture through its prominence on the football pitch,’ affects our thought processes, and will contemporary. Choreographer Miguel
explains director Toby Gough. ‘Brazilian football is known for its creativity, be taught simple dance routines from Vargas first stepped on stage as a
its footwork and the way it shows off to the crowd, so I went to Rio and the comfort of their seats. young boy, having learnt from the old
found the National Freestyle Football Champion of Brazil, who does ‘Those in the audience who want to masters growing up in Spain and
amazing tricks on stage.’ strut their funky stuff with me can do Venezuela. Now, aged 34, he delivers
Since opening in Edinburgh three years ago, the show has toured around so,’ says Lovatt, ‘and I’ll show them his own particular style of flamenco.
Europe, Australia and New Zealand, providing a vital source of income for how our genetic and hormonal make- ‘I’ve been very traditional my whole
the performers and their families, while for Gough the show has been a up can influence how we dance at life,’ says Vargas, ‘more so than other
real labour of love. ‘I do it because I think these guys have got something discos, weddings and at nightclubs.’ people my age, because I always
special,’ he says. ‘They’re an incredibly positive, energetic, passionate (Kirstin Innes) worked with choreographers from
group of people who are very creative and endlessly spontaneous. And it’s ■ Bedlam Theatre, 225 9893, 8–28 another generation. I looked up to
a great festival show, very lively and dynamic for all ages and nationalities.’ Aug, 6.50pm, £9 (£7). Previews 6 & 7 them, they inspired me. But you learn
(Kelly Apter) Aug, 6.50pm, £8 (£6). it, absorb it, and then express it your
■ Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, 7–30 Aug (not 16) 6.55pm, own way. My interpretation has always
£12.50–£15 (£11.50–£13.50). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, 6.55pm, £8. 120 BIRDS been more contemporary because I
Homage to ballet’s golden age don’t feel like people felt 100 years
BOOKING DANCE ‘This is not a history lesson,’ explains With a cast of 20 dancers and
FESTIVAL the pre-publicity surrounding 120 musicians, Vargas’ company will
Canapés of American dance Birds, one of Dance Base’s specially- deliver Rhythms with Soul, a potted
The festival within a festival returns to commissioned works for the Fringe history of flamenco filled with
the Fringe for the second time, this year. In a way, that’s true – it’s a international influences. ‘Wherever I
bringing dynamic performances from fictional story of the travels and travails travelled in the world, I would always
our friends across the pond. The of a 1920s Australian touring dance listen to the music and see dance,’
Booking Dance Festival showcases 12 company, formed in homage to Anna says Vargas. ‘And all that accumulated
US dance companies over two Pavlova after the great ballerina’s visit unconsciously inside me, until now it
programmes, with each one given ten to that country. has matured and flows out in a natural
minutes to impress an audience. However, choreographer Liz Lea has way.’ (Kelly Apter)
Booking’s executive producer, Jodi not only researched the narrative ■ New Town Theatre, Freemason’s
Kaplan, first spotted a gap in the aspects of the story meticulously, but Hall, 220 0143, 7–29 Aug (not 17)
Fringe for this type of event a few Edinburgh. ‘I noticed that dance was a she’s worked dance styles specific to 3.50pm, £11–£13. Previews 5 & 6
years ago, while studying in peripheral art form within the Fringe the period, like the Charleston, into her Aug, 3.50pm, £7.50.
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CABARET CHORDELIA: Mise en Scene at the Theatre Festival forgotten dance heroine back to life,
MAKING A SONG AND Mont-Laurier in Canada last year, and even if only for the Fringe. Directed by
DANCE Bochicchio suggests it’s not all doom. Scottish actress Barbara Rafferty and
Cabaret with a heart and mind
‘A lot of humour finds its sneaky way performed by Hopps himself, My
through the important themes of the Name is Margaret Morris looks at the
play. Like real life.’ (Kirstin Innes) woman who spent years creating the
■ The Zoo, 662 6892, 6–30 August, Margaret Morris Movement, opening
8.30pm, £7.50. dance schools, touring ballet
companies and being the lifelong
MY NAME IS MARGARET partner of painter J.D Fergusson.
MORRIS ‘Stuart takes us on a journey through
Forgotten hero dances back to life her life, and it’s absolutely charming,’
says Rafferty. ‘Margaret was like a
renaissance woman, she did
everything and knew everybody. But ‘Stiller is a dance that detonates with
sometimes people like that are breakneck speed, power and
forgotten, which is a shame, so I’ve shattering emotion.’
enjoyed helping to resurrect this Dundee-based Smallpetitklein is
Company Chordelia is known for its amazing woman.’ (Kelly Apter) known for its incredibly physical
willingness to push the boundaries of ■ Dance Base, 225 5525, 12–22 Aug performances which are heavily rooted
modern dance and strike an emotional (not 16), times vary, £5. Preview 11 in dance theatre. By blending intense
chord – something which looks set to Aug, 6pm, £3. movement with subtle, emotive
continue when they bring their latest storytelling, Small hopes the audience
performance, Cabaret Chordelia, to STILL will be both excited and moved by
the Fringe. War on the dance floor what he terms ‘an exhilarating and
Described as an ambitious, stirring show full of furious energy and
intelligent and human portrayal of The brutality and devastating impact of gorgeous dancing’. (Julia Correia)
modern dance, Cabaret Chordelia is You would think, having invented a war was the inspiration behind ■ Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 8–14
unlike other cabaret performances as new way of moving, married a famous Smallpetitklein’s Fringe show. A Aug, 12.40pm, £10 (£8). Previews 6 &
the company’s artistic director, Kally artist and been the driving force double-bill featuring contemporary 7 Aug, 12.40pm, £5.
Lloyd-Jones, explains: ‘Cabaret behind Scottish dance for years, that dance work Stiller by award-winning
Chordelia is inspired by 1930s Berlin people would remember you. Sadly, choreographer Thomas Small, and
cabaret, which seeks to reflect and the name Margaret Morris is likely to short film Unmoving, Still doesn’t pull
Online Booking
observe as well as entertain.’ prompt a ‘who?’ from most people any punches.
International Festival
The sassy show consists of songs these days. ‘It’s a powerful work that convulses
Book Festival
and classical dance, with thought- Hopefully, choreographer Stuart with a brutish and disruptive force that
Art Festival
provoking inflections of modern Hopps’ new play will bring the electrifies audiences,’ says Small.
movement, from torch song to toe-
tapping, designed to take audiences
on an emotional journey. ‘The cabaret
is visually really beautiful,’ says Lloyd-
Jones. ‘It’s about love and human
nature, sensual and questioning, and
both traditional and contemporary.’
(Julia Correia)
■ Pleasance at Ghillie Dhu, 556 6550,
7–22 Aug (not 11, 16), 4.15pm,
£10–£12 (£8–£10). Previews until 6
Aug, 4.15pm, £5.

Award-winning look at day-to-day

Italian physical theatre collective

Compagnia della Quarta’s multimedia
Fringe debut is based on the idea that
there are ‘cento cose’ (‘one hundred
things’ in Italian) that contemporary life MARTIN CREED – BALLET WORK NO movements, similar to those made by the Knight on the
requires us to do each working day. 1020 chessboard.’
‘We started with “we do, therefore Visual artist gets to the pointe Splitting the stage, with dancers occupying one half
we are – or are we?”,’ says director Through with the usual art materials – paper, paint, and Creed’s band the other, the work will alter with
Stefania Bochicchio. ‘We seem to find bronze (and in this instance vomit, excrement and light each performance. Although provided with sketchy
our identities through the repetition of bulbs) – Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed has outlines and an alphabetical key to numbered pieces,
the same acts. We live our lives like a turned his hand to the human body. Lauded for his the dancers are otherwise tied to the music and
videogame. What would happen if we Work No 850 (2008), in which athletes sprinted through Creed’s hypothetical baton.
didn’t?’ Tate Britain, Creed’s live practice has since branched ‘There is no set story,’ says Forrest. ‘It’s more about
Cento Cose’s three desk-bound out into the world of ballet, choreographing Ballet Work the movements and horizontal, vertical and diagonal
performers are forced into repetitive No 1020 with five classically trained dancers. lines – and those who are so inclined can search for the
movement by an Orwellian authority Using a tight framework of steps and musical scales, mathematics. But everyone who sees it wants to talk
figure on-screen and an Aphex Twin- Creed examines the altering effects of time, speed and about it, it’s a never-ending conversation piece.’
heavy soundtrack. It may sound direction. ‘The ballet is based on the Five Positions,’ (Rosalie Doubal)
nightmarish, but evidently touches a explains dancer Eleanor Forrest, ‘and the choreography ■ Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, 8–15 Aug (not 9), times vary,
chord: it won the company the Prix is built upon forward, backwards and sideways £17–£19 (£6–£13).
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Lauren Child’s hugely popular brother and sister duo burst off the page,
out of the TV screen and onto the stage! It had to happen sometime, and
Watershed Productions seem to have done an interesting job with the
whole 2D/3D challenge. Featuring some of Charlie’s trickiest problems,
including Lola’s messy bedroom and her frustrating inability to fall asleep,
the show mixes puppetry, live action and music to make absolutely the
extremely bestest show on the Fringe, as Lola might say.
■ Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 5–18 Aug (not 11), 10am & 11.30am,
£10–£11. Preview 4 Aug, 11.30am, £9.

✽ Arabian Nights Since 2004

the Theatre of Widdershins have
been charming the flip flops off
Fringe audiences with their
beautifully crafted sets and daft
puppetry. No reason why this
year should be any different. See
preview, page 50. Scottish
Storytelling Centre, 556 9579,
9–30 Aug, 1pm, £7.50 (£5).
Preview 7 Aug, 1pm, £5.
✽ Twinkle Twonkle The team
who brought you The Gruffalo
return with another engaging
story. This time they’ve turned
their telescope to space and the
Big Bang. See preview, page 51.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550,
7–30 Aug (not 18 & 25), 2pm,
£8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).
Previews 4–6 Aug, 2pm, £6.50.
✽ Penguin Brighton-based
Long Nosed Puppets proved
their Fringe mettle with the
delightful Shoe Baby. Now
they’re back with another puppet
tale. See preview, page 50.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550,
7–29 Aug (not 16 & 25),
5QUESTIONS 11.20am, £7–£8 (£6–£7).
Previews 4–6 Aug, 11.20am, £5.
Glasgow comedy queen Janey Godley has pushed all her ✽ Stick Man Julia Donaldson
blue material aside to team up with daughter Ashley and Axel Scheffler’s picture book
Storrie for their kids’ show, Tall Storrie & Wee Godley. meets the inordinately talented
She tells us why we should go along Scamp Theatre. See preview,
5 reasons why people should come and see Tall Storrie page 50. Udderbelly’s Pasture,
& Wee Godley 0844 545 8252, 7–30 Aug (not
It’s fun for all ages. At no other place or time in the Fringe will you 16), 12.30pm, £10–£11 (£8–£9).
see Janey Godley perform both dance and gymnastics. It’s the only Previews 5 & 6 Aug, 12.30pm,
mother and daughter show at the Fringe. Kids can bring along their £6.
musical instruments and talent and join in as the house band, giving ✽ The Mole Who Knew it
them the opportunity to perform at the Fringe without the massive Was None of His Business
advertising fees or venue costs! There will be no puppets – which is An old Fringe favourite that never
a good thing as we all know how frightening puppets can be. loses its appeal. Unless of
4 of your favourite things about being in the Fringe course animals talking and
The atmosphere is electric and for one month every year you feel like singing about poo offends you –
you’re part of something huge. You can never be bored at the in which case stay away. C,
Fringe, there’s no excuse for it. The fact that for one month a year it’s 0845 260 1234, 4–30 Aug,
socially acceptable to just have a chat to strangers on the street (as 10am, £6.50–£8.50
long as you’re handing out flyers). It’s the one time of the year you (£5.50–£7.50).
can make up stories about Edinburgh Castle to foreigners – we’ve ✽ Charlie and Lola’s Best
told people it’s a bowling alley/roller rink. Bestest Play The cutest kids in
CBeebies town head for the
3 words that sum up the Janey/Ashley style of children’s
bright lights of the Fringe. See
Big Pic, left. Pleasance
Hijinkery, imagination, extravaganza. Courtyard, 556 6550, 5–18 Aug
2 other Fringe shows you don’t want to miss this year (not 11), 10am & 11.30am,
Tony Tanner’s play Charlatan at Assembly Hall and Tara Flynn Big £10–£11. Preview 4 Aug,
Noise at Gilded Balloon. 11.30am, £9.
1 thing you wish you’d known as a child
That not all cats are cuddly – and I have the scars to prove it. For Festival Index see page
■ Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug, 12.45pm, £8.50–£9.50 128.
(£7.50–£8.50). Previews until 6 Aug, 12.45pm, £5.
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All those who saw Dunbar and her
Telephone Booking company Long Nose Puppets’
Fringe 0131 226 0000 wonderful production of Shoe Baby
International Festival 0131 473 2000 will know that making things enjoyable
Book Festival 0845 373 5888 comes naturally to her. Aimed at ages
Art Festival 07500 461 332 2–7, Dunbar’s new adaptation,
Penguin, features puppets made from
STICK MAN LIVE ON recycled materials and tells the tale of
STAGE! a small boy who longs for his toy
Popular picture book brought to life penguin to speak. through its atmospheric new show,
‘A crazy jamboree ensues,’ says Tortoise in a Nutshell aims to evoke
Dunbar, ‘and the puppets and the feeling of life underground.
audience join together in their quest to ‘There’s something almost mythical
make the Penguin talk. But it simply in the idea that there are abandoned
blinks – until the end, but that’s the caverns beneath our feet that were
surprise!’ (Kelly Apter) ‘and not try and talk down to them once full of activity but are now quiet,’
■ Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, and not have to teach them stuff.’ says artistic director Ross MacKay.
7–29 Aug (not 16 & 25), 11.20am, Using lists to kick-start the humour ‘Mining is a huge part of our heritage
£7–£8 (£6–£7). Previews until 6 Aug, (of boring and not boring animals, of and it’s amazing to see how many
11.20am, £5. words people call their Nan, the list towns and villages were built around
goes on . . . ) the show aims to get a coal mines, how strong the community
Based on the hugely successful THE LIST OPERATORS giggle from young and old alike. ‘We was and how it’s still present today.’
children’s book by Julia Donaldson, FOR KIDS want everyone to have a good time,’ Based around the idea of
Stick Man is the story of a loveable Aussie comic duo out for fun says Higgins and, with a target age acceptance and moving on, The Last
anti-hero who lives in the family tree The List Operators for Kids have taken range of ‘five to 500 million’, they really Miner uses puppetry and a unique
‘with his Stick Lady Love and their Australia by storm and are now do mean everyone. (Amy Russell) soundscape to depict an ex-miner still
stick children three’. But when a dog preparing to face the Fringe with a ■ Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, living down below. ‘The score gives
whisks an unsuspecting Stick Man show that dares to be funny, 7–31 Aug (not 17), 2.30pm, £9 (£8). the show an amazing sense of depth,’
away, he faces a perilous adventure to energetic, rude and absolutely 100% Previews until 6 Aug, 2.30pm, £5. explains MacKay, ‘that allows the
get back home. not educational in the slightest. audience to imagine the mine shaft
Brought to the stage by the Double act Matt Kelly and Richard THE LAST MINER extending well below their feet and
acclaimed Scamp Theatre, the show Higgins are set on a comedy that’s Puppetry underground beyond the walls of the auditorium.’
mixes puppetry with actors. According simply fun and not trying to push a (Kelly Apter)
to co-producer Louise Callow, young moral lesson. ‘We’re more into the Once a vibrant industry, British coal ■ Hill Street Theatre, 226 6522, 8–30
audiences have no trouble identifying idea that we can do a really, really mining has been relegated to museum Aug (not 10, 17 & 24), 3pm, £7 (£5).
puppet and actor as one character. entertaining show for kids,’ says Kelly, shelves and miner’s memories. But Previews 5–7 Aug, 3pm, £5.
‘One of the things we’re very careful
about at Scamp is that we don’t
patronise the children,’ she says. ‘And
it never ceases to amaze us how
children as young as three just get it
straight away.’
That said, the show also has a
warmth and humour aimed at parents.
‘Adults love it,’ says Callow. ‘But they
don’t expect to. And the lovely thing is
they come out going, “Wow, I really
enjoyed that too,” which I think
surprises them.’ (Amy Russell)
■ Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545
8252, 7–30 Aug (not 16), 12.30pm,
£10–£11 (£8–£9). Previews 5 & 6
Aug, 12.30pm, £6.

Interactive puppet fun

When writer and puppeteer Polly

Dunbar creates her picture books,
she’s got one eye on the page – and
the other on the stage. ‘Although I’m
not directly thinking of puppets whilst
writing,’ she says, ‘I do keep
performance in mind. Picture books
are like little theatre pieces, which
adult readers perform to children. So
the easier the story is to act out, the Deserts, dunes and donkeys to choose from, he had to be selective. ‘I was keen to
more enjoyable it is for everyone.’ avoid those touched by panto or Disney,’ he explains.
Books read during childhood can stay with you for ever ‘So have ended up with three quite contrasting tales:
and, if you’re as creative as talented puppeteer Andy The Dream, The Fool and His Donkey and The
Lawrence, lead to some highly entertaining shows. A Fisherman and The Genie.’
regular visitor to the Fringe with his company Theatre Those who have seen his previous works will know
of Widdershins, Lawrence is known for messing around that Lawrence’s set and puppets are truly exceptional.
with tales in the best possible way. Watching him open boxes and doors to reveal yet
‘Most of the stories I adapt for the stage are ones I another character or location is a real joy – and totally
loved as a child,’ he says. ‘The most important factor is absorbing.
being able to have fun with them – giving the puppets ‘I love the fact that children get completely immersed
(often ridiculous) names and accents, warping the plot in the show,’ says Lawrence. ‘Their suspension of
from time to time and looking for the humour in their disbelief is so strong that the carpet really seems to fly
situation.’ or the fish actually swim around their heads.’
Arabian Nights was one such story Lawrence poured (Kelly Apter)
over as a child, enchanted by the spice markets, ■ Scottish Storytelling Centre, 556 9579, 9–30 Aug, 1pm,
scented gardens and jewels. But with so many stories £7.50 (£5). Preview 7 Aug, 1pm, £5.
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HAIRY MACLARY AND busy: from chamber pot humour (woe playfulness,’ says Cannon. ‘He’s the
FRIENDS betide the audience member who archetypal favourite uncle, daft one
Musical doggy mayhem doesn’t heed the call of ‘gardyloo!’) to minute then making you look at the
gruesome masks and a fair scattering bigger picture.’ Barely a few lines long,
of stick-on boils. (Laura Ennor) Wee Willie Gray is Burns’ only nursery
■ Alba Flamenca, 226 0000, 9–29 rhyme, but has given the duo plenty of
Aug (not 14–16, 21), 11am, £6 (£5). scope. Aimed at ages 4–6, the show
is effectively a tale within a tale.
WEE WILLIE GRAY ‘Our starting point is that Willie is
Musical storytelling at its best literally found inside an old book that
no one has read for a very long time,’
explains Cannon. ‘There then follows
Wee Willie Gray’s adventure as he
encounters, among others, mermaids
and faeries!’ (Kelly Apter)
With their cast of colourful canines, ■ Scottish Storytelling Centre, 556 White gives keen-eyed little ones a
Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary books 9579, 9–30 Aug (not 16 & 23), chance to spot some of the show’s
have garnered many fans the world 10.30am, £7.50 (£5). Preview 6 Aug, motifs among the trees.
over. Having secured the rights to 10.30am, £5. The central story is of two men who
perform them, Nonsenseroom live together in a white tepee, in a
Productions have been hard at work WHITE white world, looking after white eggs
bringing the eponymous scruffy mutt Tailor-made for toddlers that drop from the sky. They
and his friends to life. fastidiously sweep away any bits of
‘We were attracted by the mischief White is a show borne out of an colour that find their way into their
that the characters get up to and their As his witty homage to Robert Burns, understanding of, and fascination with, environment, until one day a red egg
individual personalities,’ says artistic Oor Rabbie and re-working of Tam the way toddlers’ minds work. Co- arrives. ‘There are real dilemmas and
director Bruce Strachan. ‘Children O’Shanter ably proved, Andy Cannon creators and performers Andy Manley truthful emotions,’ explains Manley.
really engage with the dogs and we knows a thing or two about Scotland’s and Ian Cameron have kept the story ‘And it’s quite surreal – but then I think
hope we can bring that fun from the bard. Teaming up once again with and language simple, while the set has two to four-year-olds live in quite a
page onto the stage.’ musician Wendy Weatherby, Cannon been built with award-winning surreal world.’ (Laura Ennor)
Of Dodd’s original 19 books, the is taking on yet another Burns poem, puppeteer and designer Shona ■ Traverse @ Scottish Book Trust, 228
company has selected five for the Wee Willie Gray. What is it about the Reppe’s eye for fine detail. Extending 1404, 6–29 Aug (not 9, 14–16, 23),
show, including Hairy Maclary from poet that hits the spot with children? beyond the performance space out 10.30am, £6 (£5). Preview 5 Aug,
Donaldson’s Dairy and Hairy Maclary ‘I think the appeal is essentially his into the Scottish Book Trust gardens, 10.30am, £4.
and Zachary Quack. ‘We stick quite
faithfully to the books,’ says Strachan,
‘and all the characters except Zachary
Quack are played by actors. We have
some fantastic costumes, which really
make the dogs larger than life!’
(Kelly Apter)
■ Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 7–29
Aug, 10.40am, £9 (£7). Previews 5 & 6
Aug, 10.40am, £5.


Scottish history panto-style

It’s a little known fact that Greyfriars

Bobby was not a cute wee Scottie
with ‘a Morningside accent and a
tartan tammy who ran a couple of
Edinburgh marathons and was always TWINKLE TWONKLE rhymes, and the fun and adventure of the story,’ says
Tall Stories reach for the stars with their latest show
carrying old people’s bags’, Bob director Toby Mitchell. ‘Then the kids aged five and up
Skeldon tells us. Oh no, he was a Known for their respectful and highly entertaining enjoy the story as well as understanding more of the
much more scabby dug, with a set of adaptations of popular picture books The Gruffalo and science behind it. And of course the adults watching
false teeth nicked from a granny and a Room on the Broom, sometimes Tall Stories just like to remember stuff they once knew about astronomy and
sideline in helping out Auld Reekie’s do their own thing. And, as shows like The Snow science! But the “factual” parts of the show are woven
most murderous pair, Burke and Hare. Dragon and Them with Tails demonstrated, they’re very in carefully, so it never seems like we’re actually
At least that’s the truth Gaither good at that, too. teaching anything.’
Roond Stories are touting this month Devised by the company, Twinkle Twonkle weaves As with all Tall Stories shows, there will be music and
in a Scots panto that manages to well-known nursery rhymes and the Big Bang theory song, strong character acting and a storyline that
pack in a ceilidh, a somewhat into the exciting tale of a little boy called Ryan who carries you along. Or, as Mitchell puts it: ‘In the end,
anachronistic outbreak of plague, a bit loses his teddy. When he goes into outer space to look our shows all come down to a bunch of people in a
of black market trading, and a body for it, Ryan’s older sister Stellar has to venture up after room, experiencing together a strong exciting story, full
count to rival Taggart into its 50 him, encountering planets and stars along the way. of good characters, music and humour.’ (Kelly Apter)
minutes. The light-hearted send-up of Meanwhile, those in the audience are being entertained ■ Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug (not 18, 25),
the tartan tat experience promises and surreptitiously educated at the same time. 2pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews until 6 Aug,
plenty to keep young eyes and ears ‘We find that the four-year-olds enjoy the nursery 2pm, £6.50.

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We needed a lie down after watching the
YouTube trailer for this one. A high-energy,
high drama drum show (it began as a 20-
minute show in Berlin and has since
expanded to tour around Europe) – this
is a celebration of rhythms, covering
ethno tribal battering, throbbing
techno and head-spinning hip hop.
And tap dancers on top of drums.
Yes. Correct. On top of.
■ Edinburgh International
Conference Centre, 226 0000,
6–22 Aug, 6pm,

✽ Cabaret Clouded in cigarette

smoke, wrapped in a boa, sitting
on a bar stool, it’s the most
cabaret-heavy Fringe yet. See
page 16 for some of the festival’s
finest. Various venues and times.
✽ Ukelele tunes Like cabaret
tunes, the tiny pluckings of
ukeleles can be heard all across
Edinburgh. The Ukelele Project
sees a quartet doiing Elvis and
Greensleeves interpretations,
while Ukelele Cabaret features
ten acts (ukelele, plus comics
and singers) per show. Tricity
Vogue’s Ukelele Cabaret,
Laughing Horse @ The Three
Sisters, 622 6801, 9,16, 23 Aug,
8.45pm, free; The Ukelele
Project, Underbelly, 0844 545
8252, previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6.
7–29 Aug (not 16), 12.45pm,
£6.50–£11 (£8.50–£10).
✽ Samedia Like an African
township under a Voodoo spell,
Roxy’s jungle-lounge-bar creation
‘Samedia’ promises live music
(artists will be paid in drinks), and
DJs playing funk, salsa, hip hop
and Afrobeat every night until
3am. Zoo Roxy, 629 0039, Fri
6–Tue 31 Aug, 8pm, free.
✽ Maria de Buenos Aires
5QUESTIONS Considered by many to be
Argentinean composer Piazzolla’s
LADY CAROL masterpiece, this tango opera
blends dance and gutsy singing
This ukelele lady has an inky-black sense of humour, and can to spectacular effect. Zoo
turn the sweetest of love songs into a creepy stalker anthem. Southside, 622 6892, 7–30 Aug,
Just, please, keep her away from bright light and cakes. 8.40pm, £12 (£10). Previews 5 &
Five words you’d use to describe your show 6 Aug, £8.
Sad songs, silly stories, sauce. ✽ Villagers, FOUND and
Four things you bring on tour Mitchell Museum Tender Irish
My ukulele, hair curlers, evening gown and my passport (which I check pop and quirky Scot art-pop are
is present daily). highlights from week one of The
Three shows you hope to see in Edinburgh Edge. Villagers, Sneaky Pete’s, 6
Aug, 7pm, £8; FOUND, Electric
Carey Marx, Tiffany Stevenson and The Crack variety show.
Circus, 7 Aug, 7pm, £6; MM,
Two things we probably don’t know about you Electric Circus, 11 Aug, 7pm,
My great aunt was the first woman in County Athlone, Ireland, to wear £t6.50. 0844 499 9990,
As I child I was allergic to sunshine and had to avoid being in it as much ✽ Alexander’s Feast Some
as possible for fear of my skin breaking out in a rash. I spent most classical music to stave off
summers indoors or in a cold bath. cravings before the EIF starts.
One rumour you’d like to start about yourself Acclaimed period chamber
I hold the world record for eating the most cakes, sweets and pastries in orchestra, Ludus Baroque
one sitting. Having completed the task and added 273 desserts to the performs Handel’s choral and
previous record I promptly vomited into Roy Castle’s Trumpet. orchestral work. Canongate Kirk,
■ Lady Carol, Malady, Assembly @ George Street, 623 3030, Mon 9 226 0000, 10 Aug, 7pm, £15.
Aug–Sun 15 Aug, 8–9pm, £10. Lady Carol will also be appearing at
the first Ukelele Cabaret, Maggie’s Chamber, Laughing Horse @ The For Festival Index see page
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VILLAGERS He possesses an arresting stage
Tender, poetic pop, now with added presence – stark mop; gigantic eyes;
Mercury nomination ‘compact’ stature; startling voice – but
can it really be true, as Wikipedia CORN EXCHANGE CORN EXCHANGE
states, that our acoustic hypnotist
18th AMY 26th DIZZEE
could have been a footballer, and even
tried out for Charlton FC? ‘Ha ha,
does it really say that?’ he laughs. ‘I’m
guessing that my drummer James is HMV PICTURE HOUSE HMV PICTURE HOUSE
responsible for these insipid lies.’ 8th DOVES + DOT ALLISON 23rd MIKA
(Nicola Meighan)
■ Villagers, Sneaky Pete’s, 08444 999 13th 24th JASON DERULO SOLD OUT!
990, Fri 6 Aug, 7pm, Part of The Edge + KOBI ONYAME
25th EELS


(Michael Rother performs the music of NEU) + THE DRAYMIN
Jangly, indie-pop by Weegie
flatmates 20th PLAN B SOLD OUT! 28th PHOENIX
‘I usually have a picture or a colour in + CLEMENT MARFO + THE FRONT LINE + THE BOY WHO TRAPPED THE SUN
my head as I’m making a song,’ says 22nd BEIRUT SOLD OUT! 29th MODEST MOUSE
Dublin’s Conor O’Brien – the dulcet
bard and multi-instrumentalist behind THE QUEEN’S HALL
Villagers’ picturesque rock. 30th THE LOW ANTHEM
And so it was with Becoming a + AVI BUFFALO
Jackal (Domino), the dramatic singer-
songwriter’s debut album, which LIQUID ROOM
‘began as a drawing I did in my little 5th STORNOWAY + HARPER SIMON
notebook, and slowly evolved into a 6th THE DIVINE COMEDY (Solo) SOLD OUT!
song, and then into an album – which
was a nice surprise’. As was its recent
inclusion on the Mercury shortlist – an Mitchell Museum, so legend has it, 18th STEVE MASON
accolade our erstwhile Immediate live, write and record together in a flat 20th PROFESSOR GREEN
linchpin reckons is ‘pretty cool’. in the centre of Glasgow, Monkees- 21st WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS
Citing Neil Young, Randy Newman style. ‘It’s true,’ reveals their singer, + SEB DANGERFIELD + ENDOR
and Nina Simone as musical Cammy MacFarlane. ‘It’s on 23rd ELI PAPERBOY REED
influences, O’Brien’s striking lyricism is Sauchiehall Street, just above 24th DAN LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP + MAY68
embroiled in literature, not least ‘the Nice‘n’Sleazy. Well, above and to the 26th MARK LANEGAN + WE SEE LIGHTS
writings of Hermann Hesse – right a bit. It’s more above Box, but 28th BROKEN RECORDS + SPARROW AND THE WORKSHOP
Narcissus and Goldmund in say Sleazy’s. It sounds cooler.’
particular’. Nice‘n’Sleazy, of course, being pretty ELECTRIC CIRCUS

2 Concerts
Chamber Orchestra 11th MITCHELL MUSEUM + WHITE HEATH
Director Richard Neville-Towle 14th COLIN MCINTYRE (AKA Mull Historical Society) + DELTA MAINLINE
16th TOM GRAY (Of Gomez) + PANDA SUE
With Sophie Bevan, Ed Lyon,
Andrew Radley & William Berger 17th
23rd BEAR IN HEAVEN (11pm Doors)
Tuesday August 10th 2010 at 7pm
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“Ludus Baroque’s nights
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B minor Mass
Thursday August 12th 2010 at 7pm
Tickets: £15 (£12)
Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile
Box Office: 0131 668 2019 (Queen’s Hall)

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much ground zero for Glasgow’s McGregor, Meow Meow and plenty
entire indie scene, although more. Burlesque artiste Gypsy Charms
MacFarlane will soon be moving out will be performing ballet burlesque, Mr
to live with his no doubt Yokoesque B “The Gentleman Rhymer” will do his
girlfriend. “chap-hop”, plus there’s circus tricks,
Still, at least the band, who met at comedy, dance. A little bit of
school in Kilmarnock, have a fine everything really.’
debut album to show for the era in The night is hosted at Ghillie Dhu,
The Peters Port Memorial Service, open for its first Fringe as a dedicated
which was composed in the bedroom cabaret venue. ‘It’s a really glam, glitzy
of MacFarlane’s brother – the band’s setting for a night out. They do table
drummer, who goes by the nickname service too – so you can sit back and
Raindeer. It’s a lovely record with a enjoy the show as a bottle of wine
weird indie-folk aesthetic, kind of like a makes it’s way over to you from the
more eccentric Broken Social Scene, bar.’ (Claire Sawers)
and confirms the quartet as one of ■ Vive Le Cabaret, Ghillie Dhu, 556
Scotland’s current finest. ‘Kate Nash 6550, 7–30 Aug, 9.30pm, £12.50
reviewed the last single from it in the (£10.50). Previews until 6 Aug, £7.50.
NME,’ reports MacFarlane gleefully,
‘and she said something like it would KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS LACH’S ANTIHOOT
be a great song to listen to at a Scene-shaping NYC anti-folk night
Sibling rock ‘n’ rollers with retro leanings
festival as the sun’s going down. I
think that meant she liked it. I’m ‘I’m really looking forward to it, because we haven’t done Scotland yet,’
taking that as a “yes”, anyway.’ 17-year-old Kitty Durham says about playing Edinburgh. Durham fronts the
(David Pollock) youthful retro three-piece, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, with her brother and sister.
■ Electric Circus, 226 4224, Wed 11 The north London trio have played everywhere else, from Blue Peter to
Aug, 7pm, £6.50. Part of The Edge Glastonbury, since getting together ten years ago during an impromptu
Festival. jam session in a Camden pub.
‘When we were growing up,’ Kitty says, ‘we listened to all kinds of
random stuff – swing, jump blues, country and western, Hawaiian, R&B,
For everything you need rock‘n’roll – and our mum and dad [now backing musicians for their kids]
to know about all the encouraged us to pick up instruments and play along. We’d just get them
out and bash them around. ‘
Festivals visit
We can expect more of the same, albeit with musical refinement, from the multi-instrumental trio at the forthcoming gig, plus natty vintage outfits
and, hopefully, a few new songs from their much-anticipated but
frustratingly delayed second studio album.

Small Ads ‘We’ve got an eight-track tape machine that Ray Charles actually
recorded on,’ Kitty says. ‘We recorded four tracks and then it broke down.
We’re trying to figure out what we’re gonna do.’ (Miles Fielder)
■ Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Electric Circus, 226 4224, 8 Aug, 7pm, £8. Part of The
Edge Festival. ‘The Antihoot is the heartbeat of the
anti-folk revolution,’ explains its
infamous founder, Lach. ‘It produced
VIVE LE CABARET So if it’s not porn, or a game show, US acts like Regina Spektor, Beck and
Nightly Vaudevillian glamour what exactly should we expect? Jeffrey Lewis, and inspired UK
‘It’s a chance to see the best of the practitioners like Kate Nash and Laura
Willkommen, bienvenue, and welcome Fringe, in one enchanting evening,’ Marling.’
to a new nightly cabaret show, hosted says Laidlaw, who organises cabaret It also prompted many to christen our
by Des O’Connor. But calm events year round, with her company singer-songwriter and raconteur a
yourselves, game show fans, Mister Blonde Ambition. ‘No two shows are ‘living legend’ on account of his
Take Your Pick Des O’Connor is not the same – we have guest spots from unplugged, punk-spirited Antihoot –
coming to the Fringe. ‘No, it’s not the comedian Phil Nichol, chanteuses Ali New York’s longest-running open-mic
orange faced one of the telly,’ points
out Vive Le Cabaret’s producer, Julie
Ann Laidlaw. ‘Our Des O’Connor
comes with white panda face paint,
and a white suit. He’s king of the
burlesque scene. He hosts the night,
singing songs with his ukelele.’
Surely that must cause confusion,
The List suggests?
‘Yes,’ agrees Laidlaw. ‘But not as
much as Sarah-Louise Young. She’s
another guest performer, and does
cabaret comedy. If you Google her
without the hyphen, you’ll get a retired
porn actress. The hyphen is quite

This experimental pop outfit have been putting out records

FOUND since 2006, after Ziggy, Tommy and Kev (pictured l–r) met
at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. They won a BAFTA round about this
time last year for their slightly fame-obsessed emotional-musical-
wardrobe project, Cybraphon, and have album number three scheduled
for release next spring. They’ll be playing new songs here, and showing
what happens when you blend ‘the wiry, electronic strains of Kraftwerk,
the strident pop of Nirvana and the glitchy, schizoid sounds of Warp
■ FOUND and Milk, Electric Circus, 08444 999 990, Sat 6 Aug, 7pm, £6. Part of
The Edge Festival.
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night (it’s been going since the early
80s), and a gig that’s won him fans like
Eddie Izzard, Bob Dylan and Meryl
Lach is set to transport said ad-hoc
open-stage from NY to Edinburgh for
the first time: any clues as to who might
appear in the spotlight? ‘Hard to say, as
I don’t know who’ll be in town,’ he
replies, then hints at names like
Thomas Truax and Chloe Philip.
‘Everyone from John Taylor of Duran
Duran to Suzanne Vega has appeared
at an Antihoot event, so I’m sure it’ll be
a crazy mix of songwriters, comics and
weird misfits.’
‘I’d love to see UK anti-folk
scenesters show their stuff,’ continues
Lach. What he’s most looking forward
to, though, is the party. ‘That incredibly
magic moment of union, of
camaraderie, and celebration – and you
can’t stop grinning.’ (Nicola Meighan)
■ Lach’s Antihoot, Gilded Balloon,
622 6552, Fri 6–Sun 29 Aug (not 9,
10, 16, 17, 23, 24), 12.30am–3am,
£10 (£9).


What Is It? A hyper-imaginative
and unconventional jazz trio formed
by Australian trombonist Chris
Greive, Aberdonian guitarist
Graeme Stephens and American
drummer Chris Wallace, all
Edinburgh residents.
Who are these guys? Three of
the best musicians around on the
Scottish jazz scene – Greive is a
regular in the SNJO trombone
section, Stephen leads his own
bands as well as working with
fellow Aberdeenshire pipes-and-
saxes wiz Fraser Fifield, and
Wallace is the drum power behind
several bands, including Loose
What does it sound like?
Intriguing and unusual compositions
making inventive use of the sound
and textures of the three
instruments, interspersed with
fearsome bouts of freely improvised
What are they up to now?
They have just issued a superb
album with German saxophonist
Silke Eberhard added to the line-up,
but their Fringe outing features the
trio paying their tribute to Led
Zeppelin – they promise Zep
classics given the distinctive NeWt
treatment in an hour of
adventurous, high-energy music
making. Should be grand fun, too.
(Kenny Mathieson)
■ NeWt Trio Play Led Zeppelin,
The Jazz Bar, 226 0000, 10 & 12
Aug, 7.30pm, £6 (£5).

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After its triumphant debut
at Glasgow’s Citizens ✽ Harlekin The award-winning
Theatre in 2009, David physical theatre company
Leddy’s gothic Victorian returns with a stripped down
promenade show transfers show inspired by Dante. See
to a working Masonic preview, page 71. Pleasance
lodge, full of the requisite Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug
hidden nooks and crannies (not 9, 16, 23), 1pm, £12–£14.
that lent the original Previews until 6 Aug, £9.
production its eerie ✽ While You Lie Sam
atmosphere. Leddy Holcroft’s follow-up to the
assembles a memorable acclaimed Cockroach is a four-
collection of theatre ghosts hander about the breakdown of
who lead the audience from two relationships. See preview,
room to room gradually page 68. Traverse Theatre, 228
unveiling the story of a 1404, 6–29 Aug (not 9, 16, 23),
chorus girl who burned to times vary, £15–£17 (£11–£12).
death beneath the stage Previews until 5 Aug, £11 (£6).
while the show carried on ✽ Beautiful Burnout New
above. play from Bryony Lavery
■ Hill Street Theatre, 226 focusing on five aspiring boxers
6522, 7–30 Aug (not 10, 17, in training at a Glasgow gym.
24), every 20 mins from See feature, page 62. Pleasance
10.20–11.20pm & Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–29 Aug
midnight–12.40am, £10–£15. (not 9, 16, 23), 7.30pm,
Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £7. £11.50–£14 (£10–£12.50).
Previews until 6 Aug, £5.
✽ Little Black Bastard
Australian actor and
choreographer Noel Tovey tells
the harrowing story of his early
life. See feature, page 66. Gilded
Balloon Teviot, 7–30 Aug (not
16, 23), noon, £8.50–£9.50
(£7.50–£8.50). Previews until 6
Aug, £5.
✽ Lockerbie: Unfinished
Business Timely verbatim
account of the aftermath of the
5THINGS bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in
December 1988. See feature,
page 58. Gilded Balloon Teviot,
Evolution is all about survival and reproduction, but in the natural 622 6552, 7–30 Aug (not 18),
world (as at the Fringe) you sometimes have to sacrifice one for the 2.30pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).
other. Baba Brinkman offers five tips for surviving and reproducing Previews until 6 Aug, £5.
✽ Sub Rosa David Leddy’s
1 To survive, avoid socialising. Meeting people is the best way to catch a gothic melodrama finds a new
disease, drinking will strain your voice box, and staying up late will leave you tired home in a Masonic lodge. See
and unpresentable. To reproduce, stay out until dawn every night without Big Picture, left. Hill Street
exception – you never know who you might meet and what might come of it. Theatre, 226 6522, 7–30 Aug
2 To survive, be inconspicuous. Attracting attention is synonymous with (not 10, 17, 24), every 20 mins
attracting hostility. To reproduce, draw attention to yourself by any means. from 10.20–11.20pm &
3 To survive, be thankful for whatever crowds you happen to get – full houses midnight–12.40am, £10–£15.
turn bad much more quickly than empty ones. To reproduce, give away comps Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £7.
prolifically. Empty seats are a total waste of space. ✽ Forest Fringe The artist-led
4 To survive, spend a significant part of your day dealing with admin. To mini-festival returns to the Forest
reproduce, put everything unrelated to the Fringe on hold, because the festival Café with more theatrical
only lasts for 1.9 million seconds whether you squander them or use them well. experimentation. Forest Café,
5 To survive, don’t worry about the outcome, just have a great time and try to 623 3030, 9–21 Aug, free,
experience as much as you can before it’s over. To reproduce, same. tickets in person from box office.
■ The Rap Guide to Human Nature, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 7–30
Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 3.45pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9). Previews 4–6 Aug, £6.50; For Festival Index see page
The Rap Guide to Evolution, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 20–30 Aug (not 128.
23), 12.30pm, £9.50–£11 (£8–£9.50).
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Award-winning performer David Benson talks to Steve Cramer
about a powerful new piece of theatre that explores the Lockerbie
tragedy from the point of view of a grieving parent

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oliticians on both sides of into a one-hour show, but also this a witness who actually saw them

P the Atlantic froth at the

mouth about the alleged
involvement of BP in the UK
man’s life from 21 December
1988 to the present day. I’m not
going to try to impersonate Jim
make the bomb, put it in a suitcase
and take it to Malta Airport. It
turned out that the guy was a CIA
Stranger than fiction
Lockerbie isn’t the only piece
government’s prisoner transfer Swire, I’m just going to represent informant, who was threatened of drama based on real-life
agreement with Libya. him as a character – I’m interested with being cut off by the CIA and events at this year’s Fringe
Meanwhile, the US and UK media in telling the story very clearly hung out to dry. His whole family
conduct a carrion feast on the and with as much accuracy as was under threat. During the trial,
relative longevity of Abdelbaset possible. It’s a highly emotional documents were produced from
Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi, the only story, but he has to repress unredacted records and it was
man convicted of the Lockerbie emotions in order to put his case clear the guy was presenting
bombing and released on across. As an actor, that’s the evidence to save his own skin. He WHENEVER I GET BLOWN
compassionate grounds by challenge: to create a character was repudiated as a witness. The UP I THINK OF YOU
Performer and survivor of the 7/7
Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny dealing with massive emotions but judges, having more or less
bombings Molly Naylor presents a
MacAskill in August 2009, having not showing them. There has to be dismissed his evidence, then used
lyrical account of her experiences
been diagnosed with terminal a lot of factual stuff, but it’s also it in the summing up, even though and everything that happened to
cancer. With such a furore going going to be examining what it’s it was shown to be totally her in the aftermath of the atrocity.
on it’s not unreasonable to wonder like to be getting ready for unreliable. It was a grotesque The Zoo, 662 6892, 8–30 Aug,
whether the facts surrounding this Christmas and hearing your wife parody of justice, a disgrace to the 1.55pm, £7.50. Previews 6 & 7
man’s conviction are being call from the living room: Scottish legal system.’ Aug, £5.
obfuscated. “There’s a plane gone down, come Benson goes on to discuss other
Writer, actor and Fringe veteran and look”, and realising your aspects of the case such as the
David Benson is determined to disputed forensic evidence, and
unearth the truth amidst all the the peculiar switch of focus of the
synthetic anger. ‘I think people Lockerbie investigation from Iran
who feel outrage about this either to Libya, at a time when Iran’s THE ROPE IN YOUR HANDS
haven’t looked properly at the cooperation was required as part Powerful slice of verbatim theatre
facts or just enjoy feeling of the ‘coalition of the willing’ in from performer and playwright
outrage,’ he says. ‘They’re still the 1990 Gulf War. Siobhan O’Loughlin, who recounts
talking about Megrahi as “The Whatever you think about Dr survivors’ stories from Hurricane
Lockerbie Bomber”, and I wish Swire’s account of the bombing, it Katrina, based on real-life
interviews she conducted in the
they’d acknowledge the huge frames certain troubling aspects of
aftermath of the disaster. Quaker
doubt about whether he actually the case in a clearer light. For
Meeting House, 220 6109, 16–28
did it. I just wish that could be instance, it seems almost too- Aug, 6pm, £8.
factored in to the conversation. We convenient that well-founded
should at least be aware of it.’ suspicions against Iran should
More contentiously, he adds: ‘I have been dropped in favour of
think there’s a gap between press ‘IT WAS A the (at the time) more recalcitrant
and government on the one hand,
and the people on the other. While
GROTESQUE Libyan government. Moreover,
the Iranians’ one-off payment of WRITE OF PASSAGE
they [the media and government] PARODY OF $11 million to the terrorist group The inside story behind the
maintain the fiction, a lot of
people on the ground don’t
JUSTICE’ Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine General Command
incident that ignited the 1985
Brixton riots – the unprovoked
believe it. When I hear people two days after the Lockerbie shooting of Dorothy Groce by
saying, “Oh, I thought he had bombing is difficult to account for police searching for her son –
cancer, but he’s still alive”, I in the established theory of performed by Michael Groce
think, “Sod off, let him live as Libyan guilt. Swire’s account also himself, now a writer and poet.
long as he can in the bosom of his reiterates the well-known theory theSpaces@Surgeons Hall, 0845
family.” He should never have that Iran may have ordered the 508 8515, 16–21 Aug, 7.15pm,
£4.50 (£3.50).
been in prison in the first place. bombing in retaliation against the
My feeling is the whole US after the shooting down – at
compassionate release thing was the cost of 290 lives – of a civilian
because they knew he hadn’t done Iranian airliner by the USS
it, so they just wanted it off their Vincennes, particularly given that
hands.’ no one stood trial for that tragedy. ALLEGATIONS
The case Benson is putting in his ‘It’s ironic, really, because these Intimate portrayal of life under the
Fringe show, Lockerbie: days they [the United States] brutal Mugabe regime in
Unfinished Business is derived would love to go into Iran with all Zimbabwe, as seen through the
from an unpublished book by guns blazing,’ says Benson. ‘One eyes of a peasant farmer whose
Peter Biddulph, Moving the way to seek redress for grief is home is burnt down during a
World, which recounts the events daughter’s on the plane, she’s revenge. Both the Americans and politically motivated attack and a
of the Lockerbie bombing from dead. I want everyone in the room the Iranians sought this violent white commercial farmer who
the point of view of Dr Jim Swire, to think, “What would I do?”’ way of doing things, but Jim endures a farm invasion. The Zoo,
father of Flora Swire, one of the Some commentators have Swire has sought simple justice.’ 662 6892, 22–30 Aug, 5.15pm, £8.
270 people who died when Pan dismissed Swire as a man driven Benson’s admiration for the
Am Flight 103 exploded over the mad with grief, yet Benson’s courage and stoicism of Dr Swire
Scottish Borders. Benson has adaptation counteracts this notion is clear. It might, along with some
created a theatrical monologue in by clearly and accurately tracing rather disquieting reflections on
which Dr Swire’s point of view – Swire’s journey from trust in the our governments and Scotland’s
which accords with several prosecution’s case through justice system, emerge as the best The war in Afghanistan is brought
families of British victims of the scepticism to disbelief as the reason to see this important piece into sharp focus in this true-life
tragedy – is aired. Benson takes Lockerbie trial unfolded. of theatre. story about a pair of soldiers injured
the role of Dr Swire and makes a ‘Jim Swire went into each day of on the frontline who confront their
presentation of the facts of the the trial. He went into it thinking Lockerbie: Unfinished own mortality while recuperating in
case, as well as exploring Swire’s we’d got the right guys,’ says Business, Gilded Balloon the cardiology ward of a hospital in
share of grief in the catastrophe. Benson. ‘The Lord Advocate Peter Teviot, 622 6552, 7–30 Aug Basildon. theSpaces@Surgeons
Theatrically, the piece represents Fraser said they had solid (not 18), 2.30pm, £9–£10 Hall, 0845 508 8515, 23–28 Aug,
a challenge for Benson. ‘I’ve got evidence, a watertight case. But (£8–£9). Previews until 6 Aug, 6.15pm, £7 (£6).
to distil not only all of these facts all the evidence was that they had £5.
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It is the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise and the hottest topic on the
Fringe. Why, wonders Mark Fisher, is everyone talking about human trafficking?

celebrity endorsement works years of trauma. You don’t need to guess Zoe Mavroudi, echoing the theme of

A wonders for your box office and all

power to Shatterbox for getting
Emma Thompson to put her name to its
why, under ‘political views’ on his
Facebook page, he has written: ‘be as free
as the clouds’.
Keith Farnon’s stand-up show, argues that
trafficking is related to attitudes towards
women in general. Her play Beauty is
production of Fair Trade. But that show is So how to explain the upsurge in Prison Time takes a wry – even farcical –
only the most high profile in an trafficking plays? Like the trade itself, it is look at the annual beauty contest in UF-
unprecedented wave of Fringe productions related to our increasing ability to travel 91/9, a real-life Siberian female prison, and
dealing with the subject of human great distances and our awareness of makes the connection between such
trafficking. inequalities of wealth, particularly since pageants and a world that trades in
The theme is so prevalent, it has even the collapse of the USSR. Playwrights women’s looks.
spilled over into the comedy programme. cannot ignore the world’s fastest growing ‘There’s a tremendous irony, of course, in Beauty is
Irish stand-up Keith Farnon has previously criminal industry, one that, according to a the premise of a beauty pageant in a prison, Prison Time
taken on the American death penalty and 2004 United Nations report, generates but also in the way Russia, of all the source
racism. Now he is discussing the ‘value of between $5b and $9b a year. countries of trafficking and prostitution,
women in society’ in Sex Traffic – How That is a theme picked up by California’s used to be an empire very recently,’ says
Much is that Woman in the Window? which Belleherst Productions in See Me! Hear the New York actor and writer. ‘The system
promises to see the funny side of the Me! The multimedia play is about an collapses and the women start going away
connection between trafficking and economics professor who sets out to write to their former enemies to work as
society’s commodification of women. a book about global capitalism only to strippers or whatever else. It’s a sign that
From Cora Bissett, a leading light on the realise one of the prime generators of whole countries can use their women as a
Scottish stage, Roadkill is an attempt to wealth is slavery. The story ventures to natural resource.
remind us how commonplace trafficking Poland, Berlin, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, ‘The prison beauty contest was a good
has become. By staging her play in an Dubai, Uganda, Haiti and New York in its setting for a theme about how women
ordinary apartment to an audience of 12, attempt to make sense of an industry that historically have been seen as available for
she makes the point that a phenomenon claims 27m victims worldwide. sale because they are desirable. I’m not
that seems so alien could be taking place in Another reason the issue has come into comparing myself with women who are
the flat next door. ‘It’s not screaming out focus are the news reports about the going through these things, but it is true of
like a brothel, with a light outside, it could proliferation of prostitution during all women, in our lives and the way we are
be happening on anybody’s street, on your international sporting events. ‘In 2012 the portrayed in the media, that beauty is a
street, and you wouldn’t know,’ she told Olympics are coming here and a lot of form of imprisonment. That mentality fuels
The List in June. people are getting worried about how much the more legitimate aspects of the
As well as the trade in women for sex, trafficking is going to increase in this entertainment industry, the porn industry
there is a lucrative market in trafficked country,’ says Anna Holbek, co-writer of and the sex trade. I do think there is a
children. That is an issue picked up by two Fair Trade, which is based on the stories of connection between all of these things and
youth theatres on the Fringe. In All the Elena and Samai, two women trafficked my play does walk that contentious line.’
Queen’s Children, the socially motivated into Britain. ‘Stats show that around the
Nothing to Declare company, working in area of the Olympic arena, prostitution All the Queen’s Children, C Aquila,
association with Reading Youth Theatre, generally – and most likely trafficked 0845 260 1234, 7–14 Aug, 4.50pm,
considers the movement of young people women – has increased two-fold since last £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50); Beauty is
in all directions around the world. On the year. In South Africa they had a huge surge Prison Time, theSpaces @ Surgeons’
one hand are the child refugees, making in trafficking with people coming over for Hall, 0845 508 8515, 6–29 Aug (not 9,
perilous journeys into the UK before the World Cup. We’re trying to use theatre 16, 23), 12.55pm, £7 (£5); Emma
disappearing from care homes; on the other to raise awareness of that.’ Thompson Presents: Fair Trade,
are the naïve gap-year students who find Using a lively mix of theatre techniques – Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug
themselves groomed by traffickers abroad. comic and serious – Fair Trade avoids (not 16, 23), 3.30pm, £9–£10
Meanwhile, in Lost Boy (formerly hectoring the audience even as it raises (£7.50–£9). Previews until 6 Aug, £6;
Tunde), students at Park View Academy in awareness of a distressing issue. ‘Emma Roadkill, Traverse, 228 1404, 11–29
north London tell the story of former pupil Thompson came to the Q&A on the first Aug (not 9, 16, 23), times vary, £17-
Tunde Jaji who, as a child, was taken from night and she asked for a show of hands £19 (£12–£13). Previews 7 & 8, 10
his home in Nigeria and made to work as a from people who felt they had learnt a new Aug, £12 (£6); See Me! Hear Me!,
domestic servant for a woman in piece of information,’ says Holbek. ‘It was Quaker Meeting House, 220 6109,
Harringay. Now 24 and a gifted animator, unanimous. The whole room came up with 16–28 Aug (not 22), times vary, £8
Jaji has lived to tell the tale, but only after different things they were shocked about.’ (£6.50).
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US actor and Fringe veteran David Calvitto tells Steve
Cramer why he’s not quite ready for retirement yet

‘It certainly gets into the blood. I’ve performed in ten of the
last 11 festivals and this will be my 14th show in those ten
years,’ says US actor David Calvitto of his return to the
Edinburgh Fringe. ‘While others have been preparing for their
retirement, I’ve been rehearsing one or two (and one year,
three) festival shows per year for a decade. I keep saying this
will be my last, but I’m probably full of crap.’
The affable, silver-haired Calvitto will be performing a new
play by Brian Parks, author of such past Fringe hits as
Wolverine Dreams and Goner. These acidic satires focusing
on the violence, ignorance and rapaciousness of
contemporary American life have led some critics to
interpret Parks’ works as political, but Calvitto maintains that
this isn’t necessarily the case. ‘He’s just a very intelligent
writer with a brilliant and original sense of humour who takes
himself and his subject matter much less seriously than
others often do,’ he says. ‘Here he’s delving into new territory
with a play that includes music and songs. Imperial Fizz is his
take on the particular genre of Hollywood films of the 30s
‘WHOLE COUNTRIES CAN which featured fast talking high society people in broadly
comic situations.’
USE THEIR WOMEN AS A Imperial Fizz promises much for those who admire such
NATURAL RESOURCE’ films as Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday and Arsenic and


Old Lace, and Parks’ fast moving, quick-quipping dialogue
feels like the natural inheritor of this American comic
tradition. The piece is set in a posh household,
where a husband and wife
await an important dinner
guest for rather darker
purposes than we
might at first

See Me!
Hear Me!

All the imagine. British

Queen’s director Sophie
Children Fletcher, despite
her youth, already
has a Fringe hit
behind her in the
much acclaimed
Aruba and is likely
to add a physical
comedy dimension to
what looks likely to
be one of the most
entertaining shows
at this year’s Fringe.
■ Imperial Fizz,
Assembly Rooms,
623 3030, 6–30

Aug (not 17, 24),

5.25pm, £12–£13
Preview 5 Aug,
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MATTERS OF THE HEART Beautiful Burnout

Playwright DC Jackson’s latest

work deals with the complexities
of contemporary relationships.
Steve Cramer takes notes

Perhaps the most interesting
contemporary twist on the love story
this Fringe will come from Daniel
Jackson. The acclaimed Scottish
dramatist is already an old hand at
such fare, with the likes of The Wall
and The Ducky proving his smarts in
the idyllic provinces of young love. The World Cup might be but a distant memory but football – and sport
With My Romantic History Jackson
has moved beyond the adolescent
in general – will be the only game in town, finds Miles Fielder
years of his smitten characters, but
occer moves off the pitch and onto the stage (between Seyf and Dobrowolski in a pub) about,
not so far as you might think. Here,
a couple in their early 30s are
contemplating the possibilities of a
life together, but each, in different
S in numerous shows at the year’s Fringe,
including comic drama Poland 3 Iran 2 and
Des Dillon’s Old Firm comedy hit Singin’ I’m No A
variously, fathers, revolution, chess and classic footy
board game Subbuteo. ‘I found footage of the goals
on YouTube,’ Seyf says, ‘and they became a frame
ways, is held back by that first great Billy, He’s A Tim, while other sports also get the for our own stories about our fathers, the history of
love. ‘People of my generation dramatic treatment in the likes of Beautiful Burnout our countries in the 50s, 60s and 70s and our own
nostalgise their personal history, we (boxing), Pedal Pusher (cycling) and Touching the love of playing Subbuteo as kids.’
all make up these quasi-Freudian Blue (snooker). So, is there something in the nature Sport does, in fact, have a long and largely
stories of our personal narratives,’ of sport that lends itself to dramatic interpretation? honourable history of being dramatised, for the
Jackson says. ‘People tell well- Mehrdad Seyf, co-creator with visual artist Chris stage, though more famously for the screen.
rehearsed stories about their Dobrowolski of Poland 3 Iran 2, got the idea for the Hollywood has produced boxing and baseball
childhoods, and they don’t say it, but
show when, while working with a Polish theatre dramas for almost as long as it has been in business,
you almost hear, hanging there, “and
company, he recalled the Poland-Iran game at the while in recent years world cinema has finally begun
this is why I’m like I am today”.’
Jackson’s comedy is set to gently
1976 Montreal Olympics. ‘I remembered getting up to do justice to the beautiful game.
disabuse us of such self-indulgence.
at 3am to watch this game,’ Seyf says, ‘and I thought, What all of the successful sporting dramas have in
‘It’s a more realistic vision of love “Wouldn’t it be great to have a show based on this common – as both Beautiful Burnout and Poland 3
and romance and relationships,’ he football match?” I mentioned Iran 2 demonstrate – is that
says. ‘Often these days the time for this to Chris and he said he had
the original tickets to that
‘I HAD A LOT OF they are about more than just
the sport itself. But do Lavery
the big relationship is in people’s
early 30s. Now, at about that age, game!’ CONFLICTING and Seyf think sport is
you look at the people around you,
they’re either twisting or sticking. I
For Bryony Lavery, the writer
of Beautiful Burnout who
EMOTIONS ABOUT particularly
suited to

think there’s only so much twisting achieved a knockout last year BOXING AS A SPORT’ ‘Boxing, yes,’ Lavery says,
you can do, and there’s an element with Kursk, inspiration was ‘because it is about both the
of narcissism in the willingness to harder won. ‘I had a lot of conflicting emotions body and the brain. An awful lot of Western theatre
walk away from something that is about boxing as a sport,’ she says. ‘So I knew they concentrates on the brain so the people in it just sit
good for you.’ [co-directors Steven Hoggett and Scott Graham] had and walk. In training and practice boxing is also full
And mass culture has a lot to picked a potent subject for us to make a show about. of solos/duets/trios and quartets, which gives it the
answer for in this respect too. Then, the more we visited gyms, read books, same construction as theatre scenes.’
‘The Hollywood narrative has
watched footage, talked to people in boxing, the ‘Some sports do lend themselves to being
affected our perspective on love.
more thrilled I became with its potential.’ dramatised,’ says Seyf. ‘Football, ironically, is
We’re a generation that buys into
that, but it’s too neat, too packaged.
Co-produced by Frantic Assembly and the National difficult. I think that’s because it’s so unpredictable
People are trying to force the mess
Theatre of Scotland, Beautiful Burnout focuses on and difficult to reconstruct it. So it has to be about
of genuine human existence into five aspiring boxers in training at a Glasgow gym. Of something more than the game itself.’
that package.’ But if all this leads to her approach to dramatising the sport, Lavery says:
torment, it can, as Jackson’s work ‘I thought the work should be about the process of Beautiful Burnout, Pleasance Courtyard, 556
shows, also be very funny. making/being a boxer. Any reference to their private 6550, 7–29 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 7.30pm,
■ Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, 6–29 lives should be minimal, just a lightning glimpse of £11.50–£14 (£10–£12.50). Previews until 6 Aug,
Aug (not 9, 16, 23), times vary, 228 the lives they have away from their obsession.’ £5; Poland 3 Iran 2, Thistle Street Bar, 556
1404, £115–£17 (£11–£12). Preview 5 In contrast, Poland 3 Iran 2 uses its sport as a 6550, 7–28 Aug (not 9, 10, 16, 23), 5pm,
Aug, £11 (£6). framing device for a series of humorous discussions £9–£10 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews until 6 Aug, £5.
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‘touching and
beautiful, colourful
and wild, emotional
pictures of life’

by Carl Heinrich Graun
The tragic story of the last Aztec King.

Saturday 14, Sunday 15 & Tuesday 17 August 7.15pm

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Supported by
Embassy of Mexico, United Kingdom and CONACULTA and
the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, Estados Unidos Mexicanos
Supported by the City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland. Charity No SC004694. 0131 473 2000
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The namegame
The memoirs of the rich and famous have spawned one of the
least likely theatrical successes of recent years. Anna Millar
catches up with the creator of Celebrity Autobiography

hether it’s Ugly Betty’s Michael Saturday Night Live, all having a go.

W Urie waxing lyrical as Miley

Cyrus or Eugene Pack ‘stroking
his putter’ à la Tiger Woods, few things can
Sopranos star Steve Schirripa was due to
appear in Edinburgh alongside Pack, Dayle
Reyfel and Urie but when he had to pull out,
raise a smile like celebrities getting ribbed. due to filming clashes, Cheers star George
And award-winning show-cum-comedy Wendt happily stepped in. Never Mind the
book club, Celebrity Autobiography: In Buzzcocks panelist Phill Jupitus completes
Their Own Words, does just that. A knock the line-up. ‘We get to work with some great
out success since it began in LA’s theatrical people who just want to get up there and
backrooms in the 90s, the show has, with have a good time,’ says Pack, who admits
very good reason, been referred to as a it’s a delight to work on a show that will
‘merry compendium of the witlessness and never be short of new material. ‘After we
wisdom of the rich and famous’. did the special for Bravo I realised we had
The premise is simple: a host of comics something and really wanted to travel with
get together and read extracts from celebrity it. We have this wealth of material that never
autobiographies – with very funny results. stops, because people will never stop
What F***-strewn wisdom does Mötley writing about themselves and people never
Crüe drummer Tommy Lee’s Tommyland tire of hearing it.’
impart? What does Sly Stallone have in his Brooke Shields, who has played both
freezer? Is Miley Cyrus left or right handed? Ivana Trump and Loni Anderson, has
Heck, she barely knows. spoken of the impulsiveness of the show:
For the show’s originator, Emmy-award ‘There is not one moment of rehearsal,’ she
winning writer and actor Eugene Pack, the has said. ‘You show up and they hand you a
show’s humour is very straightforward. book with dog-eared pages.’ Pack is keen to
Inspired by a copy of Vanna White’s 1987 maintain that spontaneity and regularly
autobiography Vanna Speaks, Auto Celeb rotates the material and cast.
has grown in the last decade, enjoying a ‘Sometimes the laughs come in the banal
special on Bravo TV and sell-out shows in details – say a really famous celebrity
LA and New York. The books’ authors are a talking about their diet, other times it’s in
‘NONE OF IT IS who’s who of the great, good and downright the comedy of a familiar face like Michael
MEANT TO BE MEAN’ loopy – yes, Burt Reynolds, Madonna,
Sylvester Stallone, Mr T and David Cassidy
[Urie] reading the words of someone like
Miley Cyrus. We have “favourites” it you
we mean you – and the list of stars turning like, but we also know that while some
out to read is no less impressive. people will love the Jonas Brothers’ stuff
‘There’s no great surprise or humour in the others will love the Sly Stallone readings.’
words themselves,’ explains Pack, ‘but Besides which, no offence is ever
rather the fun you can have with them.’ A intended. ‘None of it is meant to be mean,’
case in point is the double entendres of he says. ‘It’s fun at the end of the day. We’re
Tiger Wood’s latest tome, How I Play Golf, laughing with it and hopefully the audience
complete with numerous mentions of his are laughing along too.’
stroke and, whisper it now, the odd birdie.
Where the show goes, talent follows with Celebrity Autobiography, Udderbelly’s
instantly recognisable names like John Pasture, 0844 545 8252, 7–30 Aug,
Goodman, Brooke Shields, Matthew 7.25pm, £14.50–£16.50 (£13.50–£15).
Broderick, Paul Rudd and the cast of Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £7.

HOUSEHOLD NAMES Five performers swapping the screen for the stage at this year’s Fringe

The award-winning star of His name might not trip off The much-loved thespian, Best-known as a glamour The former Likely Lad heads
Smack the Pony, The Day your tongue, but this busy writer and theatre director model, and a mainstay of the back to the Fringe with his
Today and Brass Eye has Fife-raised actor is a well-kent returns to the Fringe with new reality TV circuit, the former successful adaptation of
crafted a powerful, funny show face having starred in one-man show Shakespeare nurse takes on her meatiest Jerome K Jerome’s much-
based on the three worst everything from Coronation the Man From Stratford, role to date as fitness instructor loved humorous novel about
years of her life, cunningly Street to Auf Wiedersehen, which brings the Bard and his Hazel in the 25th anniversary a trio of friends and their dog
entitled Primadoona. Gilded Pet. He stars in Fringe snooker characters to vivid life before production of John Godber’s messin’ about on the river,
Balloon Teviot, 662 6552, drama Touching the Blue. our very eyes. Assembly Hall, Up N Under. Assembly Rooms, Three Men in a Boat. New
7–30 Aug (not 10, 17, 24), Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 623 3030, 7–29 Aug (not 9, 623 3030, 7–30 Aug (not 16), Town Theatre, 220 0143, 7-
5.30pm, £11.50–£12.50 7-29 Aug (not 16), 3.30pm, 16, 23), 2.30pm, £20–£22 5.25pm, £17.50–£19.50 29 Aug (not 16, 23), 5pm,
(£10–£11.50). Previews until 6 £11–£12.50 (£10–£11.50). (£18–£20). Previews 5 & 6 (£15.50–£17.50). Previews 5 & £11–£13 (£9–£11). Previews
Aug, £5. Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5. Aug, £10. 6 Aug, £10. 5 & 6 Aug, £6.
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A Shared Experience & Sherman Cymru production

An extraordinary story of two girls’ struggle to find a voice

5 - 29 August
by Polly Teale & Linda Brogan Based on The Silent Twins Box Office: 0131 228 1404
by Marjorie Wallace (no booking fees)




Some tickets still available for:

Will Self, Alasdair Gray, Tariq Ali, Roddy Doyle, Lionel
Shriver, Jenny Colgan, Prue Leith, DBC Pierre, Alberto
Manguel, John Harris, Fay Weldon and many more.

14-30 AUGUST 2010


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SLUMDOG DEBONAIR Great Danes As ever there are numerous interpretations

of Hamlet at this year’s Fringe. Veteran
performer and woman of many voices
Linda Marlowe picks her favourite versions
of Shakespeare’s most famous text

Made in Soviet Russia in 1964
‘HE PROCEEDED and starring Innokenty
Smoktunovsky as Hamlet, this
TO RAPE MY version is a visual masterpiece
SISTER AND I ON with magnificent black and white photography and a
dramatic score by composer Dmitri Shostakovich,
A DAILY BASIS’ capturing the malevolence afoot in Denmark.
Smoktunovsky’s Hamlet is a quiet and tortured soul in
great contrast to the look and sound of other aspects
of this epic piece.

This version, which Berkoff
directed as well as performing
the title role, featured a bare
stage and a chorus of actors
creating the set, the sounds, the
poetry, the horror and the very fabric of the piece with
physical virtuosity. It’s an example of ensemble acting
at its best.
Actor and choreographer Noel Tovey tells Mark Fisher
the story he kept quiet for decades 3 THE SHAKESPEARE
t is the ultimate rags to riches story. Yet the the next five years in a small country town, he

tale Noel Tovey tells about himself is more proceeded to rape my sister and I on a daily This recording, directed by
distressing than any version of Cinderella. basis. Eventually my sister told a little girl at Howard Sackler, was first
It is a narrative that shocked even his closest school whose father was a policeman. He came published in 1963 but is still
friends when he chose to tell it to the world in down to report the rumour that was going round being re-released now. Although I never saw Paul
Little Black Bastard, his 2004 autobiography, and when he walked onto the veranda he saw Scofield play Hamlet, he was one of my favourite
and some of them found it too much to deal the man raping my sister.’ actors and it was a great treat even to hear him do it
with. That was the end of one period of misery, but so brilliantly.
They knew him as a successful dancer, actor it was immediately replaced by another. The
and choreographer, the man responsible for children were sent without food or money on
orchestrating the indigenous opening
ceremony of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and
the 1000-mile journey back to their mother who
was still an alcoholic. Tovey became a street kid
Ron Daniels directed this
an energetic campaigner for Aboriginal rights. and a petty criminal. At 17, he was arrested for production back in the 1980s,
Little did they suspect he had achieved his buggery at a time when the offence still carried with Mark Rylance in the lead
career highs – including directing at the death penalty in Australia and he came close role. To me Rylance is always
Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum, co-founding the to suicide. By a miracle, after his release from fascinating to watch in anything
London Theatre for Children and teaching at prison, he fell in with a bohemian crowd and he does and his Hamlet didn’t disappoint me despite
RADA – in spite of a horrific childhood that he discovered a talent for dance. By the time he set high expectations. The production was highly
was lucky to survive. off for London in 1960, he had gone into denial acclaimed and toured all over the UK and the United
In conversation, the 75-year-old is charming about his Aboriginality and his unhappy past. States.
and intelligent, but scarcely a sentence passes To revisit this material in a play is as traumatic
without him revealing some other cruel detail of for Tovey as it is moving for his audience.
a past he kept secret for decades. ‘I have the
most horrific memories of Melbourne,’ says
‘When I tell it on stage, mentally I have to go
right back to that day,’ he says. ‘Unless I really
Tovey who was born in the slums to a cocaine- go back there, I can’t do it and once I start This 1990 production, directed
addicted African-English father and an going back there, I start having nightmares by Declan Donnellan in
alcoholic Scottish-Aboriginal mother. ‘My elder again. The first draft I did was the draft I collaboration with international
sister and I were abandoned in the house and thought everyone expected – I had this theatre company Cheek By Jowl,
had to fend for ourselves. The nuns found out glittering career in London and Paris – and I featured a definitive performance by Timothy Walker,
how we were living and they locked us in a woke up at 2am and thought that’s absolute hitting you with raw pain, energy and unromanticised
shed in the back yard because we stank – I think rubbish. If you’re going to tell this story, you integrity. A truly great Hamlet and my personal
– we must have done. That evening, we were have to tell the whole lot. That’s why it’s called favourite.
taken to the Royal Park Welfare Depot for Little Black Bastard – they’re the first words I
Children.’ ever remember hearing.’ ■ My Hamlet with Linda Marlowe, Assembly
It was here, Tovey woke up one morning to Rooms, 623 3030, 7–29 Aug (not 14, 24), 5.20pm,
find the 11-year-old in the next bed had hanged Little Black Bastard, Gilded Balloon £11–£12 (£10–£11). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5; The
himself. Things only got worse when he and his Teviot, 7–30 Aug (not 16, 23), noon, World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy, Edinburgh
sister were adopted by a white man whom he £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews until International Conference Centre, 17 & 19 Aug,
describes as a ‘paedophile and a maniac’. ‘For 6 Aug, £5. 7.40pm, £12 (£10).
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Between darkness and light

Having won awards and critical acclaim for Crocosmia and Sporadical, Little Bulb’s latest
Fringe show aims to celebrate the things that go overlooked, as Matt Boothman discovers
n an environment like the Fringe, where but I would say it’s more complicated. More coming from – what images you’re reading

I boundaries are being broken in every

second venue, a degree of restraint can be
the best way to stand out. Little Bulb don’t
dark, in a way – more questioning.’
Development of the play started a year ago,
but it’s taken until now to get Operation
into it.’
If it’s hard to imagine being unsettled by a
Little Bulb show, perhaps that’s because their
claim that their folksy tales of tight-knit Greenfield ready for an audience – and Scott work to date has focused on younger children.
families and pastoral communities make for still isn’t entirely certain what it is they’ve As the company matures, it seems, so do their
radical theatre. But in the citywide shouting created. ‘Because we’ve not performed it, characters. ‘We’re looking at teenagers,’ Scott
match that is Edinburgh in August, the soft- really, apart from some incomplete scratch reiterates. ‘Being a teenager is more
spoken few can command attention. showings, it’s quite difficult to know exactly complicated. I think the show reflects that.’
‘A lot of theatre can be too dark,’ muses what we’re dealing with,’ he says. ‘It’s set in a So does Operation Greenfield herald the
Alex Scott, director of Little Bulb’s latest play fictional town in the mid-1990s, and it follows beginning of an angsty new era for Little Bulb?
Operation Greenfield. ‘Especially It seems unlikely, at least as long as everyone’s
experimental theatre. Sometimes it’s a bit too
. . . full-on? We’re trying to do something else
‘WE WANT TO on the same artistic wavelength as Scott. ‘We
like to celebrate things that go overlooked: the
– we don’t want to say, “Oh, what a CELEBRATE THE GOOD idea of being tremendous friends, or being in
wonderful world, where nothing bad
happens!” We want to celebrate the good
THINGS THAT HAPPEN’ love with someone,’ he says, as if he’s never
seen love portrayed on stage before. Perhaps he
things that do happen, to give a context for the four Christian teenagers, who are in a band, as hasn’t – at least, not the way he wants to see it.
darkness.’ they enter a village talent competition. But ‘It’s probably because we’re very like a family,
In the company’s previous work, this has there’s a lot of added weirdness around that.’ in the way that we relate to one another. There’s
meant exploring the ways young children He elaborates: ‘Sporadical was kind of a lot of honesty, and trust, and rambunctious
react to death. ‘Crocosmia was about the messy, kind of raucous. This one’s a bit more relationships – that’s how we operate.’
memories of younger children,’ says Scott, detailed, a bit more mathematical, much more
‘and Sporadical is about finding collective precise; pretty much the whole show is Operation Greenfield, Zoo Roxy, 662 6892,
stories to keep a tradition going. Operation musically choreographed. It could be a bit 9–28 Aug (not 15, 22), 8.35pm, £9.50
Greenfield is within that world and that ethos, more unsettling, depending on where you’re (£7.50). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £7 (£5).

Truth commission
‘What would happen if we started being completely honest
Playwright Sam Holcroft talks to Kirstin Innes about the
eagerly awaited follow-up to her searing debut Cockroach

people are willing to sacrifice in terms of honesty, and what is

with each other, right now?’ asks Sam Holcroft. ‘You could the difference between “reassuring” somebody and lying to
tell me everything you’ve heard about me; I could tell you them. I actually wrote them at the same time, without
exactly what I think of The List. What would happen to that thinking twice, which is why they both have a kind of violent
basic civility that keeps our society going?’ urgency.’
Crikey. I’d only asked what her new play, While You Lie, As a new playwright, especially one with such a successful
headlining the Traverse’s Fringe programme, was about. debut, the expectations on Holcroft are huge. Fortunately,
Holcroft is best known for her brilliant 2008 debut her director is Zinnie Harris, whose own work as a playwright
Cockroach, with its roots in not only evolutionary genetics but dances just as trickily around the personal and political.

global war and the (male?) attraction to violence. While You Lie, ‘Oh, it’s been great having a director who’s also a writer. She’s
a four-hander about the breakdown of two relationships, might been wonderfully generous in terms of how much room I can
seem a much lower-key play, but it’s certainly not kitchen sink have, and the production is still very faithful to the vision I had.’
drama. ‘Cockroach took on “big” themes, but I don’t consider ■ While You Lie, Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, 6–29 Aug (not 9, 16,
this one any less big,’ she says. ‘It’s hopefully just about 23), times vary, £15–£17 (£11–£12). Previews until 5 Aug,
something that everyone will recognise: how much £11 (£6).
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With its mix of clips from movie musicals, live performers and Broadway
classics Reel-to-Real is one of the most sumptuous and ambitious shows ever
Five of the best interactive
musical shows

Baby Wants
Candy: The Full
Band Improvised
mounted at the Fringe. David Pollock gets the inside story behind its creation Musical A veteran
of four sell-out
seasons at the
roducer Simone Genatt east, the daughter travelling west, to one of the largest film

P Haft shows no restraint

when talking up Reel-to-
Real, the show she’s bringing to
and take in ten very exotic
locations. The score mixes
together Rogers & Hammerstein,
production facilities in the world,
which was built just before the
Beijing Olympics. He’s
Fringe Baby Wants Candy returns to
show the young musical pretenders
how it’s done. The premise is simple:
the audience shout out potential titles
the Fringe. ‘This is probably the Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein something of a cultural visionary and the cast improvise an entire
most intense live entertainment, and Lerner & Leowe, all the in China, and his approach to us show from scratch. Assembly Hall,
multi-media musical format that Broadway greats from Singing in was with a view to building the 623 3030, 7–30 Aug (not 23),
has been developed so far,’ she the Rain to The Sound of Music.’ city as a base for live 5.35pm, £13–£15 (£11–£13).
says. ‘We’re using cutting edge Much more than any other performance too.’ Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5.
technology: there are only six of musical production, this show has With so many known and loved
the projectors we have in the been a challenge to pull together properties involved, this Showstopper!
whole world.’ in terms of the rights and Edinburgh run could conceivably The Improvised
As well as a whole list of permissions involved. ‘We had to be a springboard to the West End Musical High-
attention-grabbing technical approach Warner Brothers, and Broadway. ‘The show is octane, entertaining
blend of comedy
specifications – with 32 crew, MGM, Samuel Goldwyn, unique, quite frankly,’ says Haft.
and musical theatre
200 costumes and 12 cast Universal and Fox, and they were ‘We’ve intercut footage of
from this highly acclaimed troupe
members, this will be one of the all incredibly supportive to be Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca who are renowned for their ability to
largest productions ever to have honest,’ says Haft. ‘Our original with live performance from one think on their feet and turn their
appeared at the Fringe – there are mandate was to create this show of our cast members, and we’ve considerable talents to any subject
other, more traditional reasons in four months and we were devised a sequence for ‘Singing and musical style. Gilded Balloon
why Reel-to-Real has all the dealing with intellectual property in the Rain’ where our lead male Teviot, 622 6552, 7–29 Aug (not 18),
makings of a commercial hit. It rights from some of the most does a kind of duet with Gene 10.50pm, £10–£11 (£10–£11).
draws on popular showtunes from powerful companies in the world, Kelly. It’s a striking integration of Preview 6 Aug, £6.
many of Broadway and but we found an enormous Hollywood icons and live
Hollywood’s most familiar amount of support for the show.’ performance.’ The Singalong
musicals, combining live song While its Edinburgh run will be And also, presumably, the kind Glee Club Award-
and dance with footage from the the Western hemisphere premiere of cover-all-bases spectacle from winning performer
original movies to create what is of Reel-to-Real, the show first which Fringe blockbusters might and Fringe regular
likely to be a new and unique debuted in September 2009 in be created. Take your seats ladies David Benson
experience for the audience. Beijing, where it returned in and gentlemen! teams up with
‘The show is an around-the- updated form in June of this year. pianist Stewart Nicholls for an hour of
world journey,’ elaborates Haft, ‘Our company [The Broadway Reel-to-Real: The Movies show tunes and pub classics. Lyrics
are provided and requests are
‘a race between a brother and a Asia Company, which brought Musical, Pleasance
welcome. Gilded Balloon Teviot, 662
sister competing to take over the Korean show Cookin’ to the Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–30
6552, 7–30 Aug (not 18, 25), 5pm,
their father’s movie empire. They Fringe in 1999] was approached Aug (not 10, 17, 24), 6pm,
£10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews until 6
race from Wall Street to the Great by the Mayor of a Chinese city £13.50–£15 (£12.50–£14). Aug, £5.
Wall of China, the son travelling called Huairou,’ says Haft, ‘home Previews until 6 Aug, £9.
West End Glee
Club The first ever
nationwide West
End Glee Club finals
are a mere week
away and Sears
Basset college still has to find a solo
performer. Four hopefuls audition
and the audience gets to decide on
the lucky singers in this show jam-
packed full of songs from some of
the best-loved musicals. Zoo Roxy,
662 6892, 8–30 Aug (not 16), 7pm,
£12 (£10.50). Previews 6 & 7 Aug,
£10 (£9).

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Broadway musical
that will even appeal
to those who would
usually give such
‘IT’S A STRIKING things a vast body swerve. This

INTEGRATION OF troupe of talented Aussie performers

create a hilarious and preposterous
HOLLYWOOD musical every night based on
suggestions from the audience. The
ICONS AND LIVE Famous Spiegeltent, 667 8940,
PERFORMANCE’ 10–29 Aug (not 16, 23), 6pm, £12

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New writing exploring race and Idle Motion takes you on a journey
class tensions in modern Britain . . . to Croyden Airport

On the face of it, a show by some

recent Oxford graduates, about . . .
some recent Oxford graduates who
attend a book group doesn’t sound
like particularly special or unusual
Fringe fare. However, Borges and I,
by young physical theatre company
Idle Motion and featuring a set which
unfolded as paper-carvings from the
inside of 150 books, turned out to be
one of those tiny, surprising, beautiful
shows that makes the whole of
August worthwhile.
This year they’re back with The
Vanishing Horizon, about travel,
flight, and the days when Croydon
Airport was, apparently, ‘the gateway
to the globe’. Accordingly, they’ve
replaced the books with baggage.
‘We started with the ideas of travel

We hear a lot about the violence and and flight and were very keen to
tensions of inner city life, yet in many make a show using lots of suitcases,
respects a nation’s temperature is maps and paper airplanes,’ says
HARLEKIN taken through its small and medium- company member Grace Chapman.
Fringe favourites return – and this time it’s war sized towns. Dramatist Jack Thorne ‘As old, battered suitcases began to
certainly thinks so, and his new play arrive from generous neighbours with
‘We just enjoy being in a city where there are more street artists than uses his hometown of Luton to make so much character in them we
pedestrians,’ says Anton Adasinskiy, director, performer and founder the point. In the monologue, a young began to look at early aviation and
member of Derevo, one of the most lauded companies to come to the white woman relives a violent incident the heyday of flight, particularly the
Fringe in the last decade, on his decision to return. ‘When I mentioned involving her black boyfriend and an pioneering female aviators. So this
“Maybe we should go to Edinburgh again?” everyone started screaming Asian youth. A quest for revenge production really began with a pile of
“YEEEEEE!”’ becomes an anatomy of modern old suitcases!’ (Kirstin Innes)
It’s perhaps a slightly less dignified response than one would expect from Britain’s ills. ■ The Zoo, 662 6892, 8–27 Aug (not
a pack of Butoh-inspired Russian performance artists with a reputation for ‘I love Luton, but I’ve never heard 17, 24), 6pm, £8 (£6). Previews 6 &
creating taxing, beautiful and unique theatre, but early signs from camp any more casual racism than I have in 7 Aug, £6.
Derevo are that Harlekin may be a very different type of show. It’s their first the last five years here,’ says Thorne.
Fringe since 2006’s multi award-winning Ketzal (although they’ve become ‘In a way, the town is fascinating
regular visitors to Glasgow’s Arches in that time), and they’ve pared back because of its racism.’ A lot of the
the cast to just three founder members of the company: Adasinskiy, Tanya play is about racism inside the Asian
Khabarova and Elena Yarovaya. community, but it’s also about class,
‘The process has been very different this time,’ says Adasinskiy. ‘It’s easy which muddies the waters as well.
to work when your partners understand you from the first sigh or move, and ‘Behind the girl who tells the story is
Harlequin came into being inexplicably. No one anticipated that this an animation where you see the
romantic story involving the Lute, the Monkey, the Princess and the foxy things that she sees in her journey
Harlequin himself would appear after the mythical and carneous Ketzal.’ through the town, and in a sense
Derevo’s Harlequin is not the diamond-patterned mute of the Commedia Luton is one of the characters.’
d’ell arte, but an earlier incarnation inspired by Dante’s demon Arlechinno. (Steve Cramer)
Adasinskiy describes it as ‘the role I have waited all my life for.’ However, ■ Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 7–25
when asked to explain further, he just states that ‘Harlekin is dedicated to Aug (not 18), 2.10pm, £9–£10
Real Theatre. It comes out of our desire to go to war against those who pull (£8–£9). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6.
sex, politics, violence or plain newspaper leads onto the stage, wasting
other people’s time and money.’ Online Booking
To summarise, then: Derevo, back, and declaring war on at least half of Fringe
the Fringe programme. Perhaps they haven’t changed that much after all. International Festival
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SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE mythology of the creatures that inspire POIGNANT you navigate the three settings.
Interactive iPod noir where not both fear and fascination. Less an Bold retelling of three Argentinean Numerous small groups will
everything is black and white tales with no actors or stage
issue-driven piece than a meditation experience the show on a 15-minute
on the relationship between wolf and rotation throughout the day, as
human, the show, written by the Argentinean director Tattamanti retells,
National Theatre of Scotland’s Iain through projection and sound, three
Finlay Macleod (St Kilda – the Opera), Argentinean tales: Julio Cortázar’s
combines physical storytelling, song House Taken Over, Eduardo Sacheri’s
and interactive elements aimed at Overhead Kick and Elsa Bornemann’s
creating a richly atmospheric An Elephant Takes Up a Lot of Space.
experience. ‘It started as an idea for an arts
‘Our enduring fascination with installation and just grew,’ says
wolves is because of our proximity to Tettamanti. ‘I wanted to create a
them and the way we can recognise journey filled with horror, drama and
similarities in the way they organise comedy, where your own feelings and
themselves socially and the fact that As if getting into bed in the dark with those around you become the main
we share the same food source,’ says strangers wasn’t intimate enough, characters. Each room creates a very
Macleod. ‘I think it’s that proximity that Micaela Tettamanti’s 45-minute show different experience, I hope people will
Why watch a Fringe show when, for a has resulted in us creating fairy tales in Poignant features one of the smallest enter and enjoy it.’ (Anna Millar)
small fee, you can star in one? Direct which the wolf symbolises various audiences on the Fringe (only four are ■ The Melting Pot, 226 0000, 6–28
from a sell-out run in New York, aspects of ourselves that we like or admitted at any one time) and has no Aug (not 8, 15, 22), times vary, £5.
Suspicious Package is an ‘interactive dislike. We attempt to explore some of actors or stage to speak of.
iPod noir’ which invites you to do just that in Wolf.’ (Miles Fielder) From a bedroom you’re led to a park HOT MESS
that. ‘I wanted to do a show where ■ Just the Tonic at the Caves, 556 bench near to where a football match Experimental look at contemporary
each person that turns up could be a 5375, 7–29 Aug (not 17), 12.15pm, is taking place, and from the bench to relationships from hot young
star in the show,’ says writer and £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews a circus stall. A set of headphones and
director Gyda Arber, adding, ‘there are 5 & 6 Aug, £5. an MP3 player are provided to help
no small parts, everyone gets to
Limited to an audience of six, each
audience-cum-cast member is given a
character, a prop and an iPod
complete with their character’s lines,
directions and internal monologue.
The six then set off, i-Pods in hand, to
play the showgirl, her doctor, the
heiress, the producer, the detective,
and the plucky girl reporter.
At various points in the piece, which
was co-written by Arber and her
mother, Wendy Coyle, the six cast
members will meet up to enact scenes Despite feeling increasing pressure to
before they all come together for the give in and follow every other hot
final climactic scene. young thing to London, playwright Ella
‘It’s really fun to watch,’ says Arber. Hickson doesn’t want to leave
‘Usually in the first scene everyone is Edinburgh behind. A graduate of
awkward and by the end they’re all Edinburgh University, Hickson wrote
really into it and delivering their lines and directed her breakthrough Fringe
with great verve and panache.’ play Eight in association with the
(Claire Prentice) university’s Bedlam Theatre in 2008. It
■ C too, St Columba’s by the Castle, BELT UP went on to earn positive reviews and
0845 260 1234, 5–30 Aug (not 17), Acclaimed audience-centric company returns to the Fringe with nine shows win awards and brought Hickson the
performed hourly noon–7pm, opportunity to create a similarly well-
£8.50–£10.50 (£7.50–£9.50). Remember that unruly rabble that spent last August squatting in C Soco? received follow up last year in Precious
The ones that kept partying and fighting the nights away with hordes of Little Talent.
WOLF strangers? Well, they’re back, and this time they’re really making ‘It’s certainly not conventional,’ says
Richly atmospheric exploration of themselves at home. the 25-year-old Hickson of her third
human-wolf relations The rabble in question could only be Belt Up, whose jam-packed Fringe outing, Hot Mess, a site-
programmes of audience-centric work at the last two Fringes converted specific, nightclub-set four-hander. ‘It’s
critics and the public alike. a slightly mythical story of a pair of
The company’s MO is to take over some remote corner of C Venues to twins, one of whom is born with a
serve as the setting for all their shows; this year, a section of C Soco heart and one of whom is born
becomes The House Above, a kitsch and cosy domicile complete with without, and follows an evening where
garden. It’s in the company’s interests to make the place feel like home. they’re both out in a nightclub. It looks
With an incredible nine shows on the bill, plus their usual array of secret at our contemporary reasoning that
late-night events, they’ll be near-permanent residents there. forever doesn’t exist in relationships,
‘We have a knack for casting people with superhuman strength and and asks what happens to people in
infinite energy,’ shrugs James Wilkes, one of Belt Up’s founding writer- their 20s who come to believe that
director-performers, as if such übermensch are ten a penny on love has a use-by date.’ Expect a
CastingCallPro. ‘And nothing’s more energising than a good audience.’ typically humorous tale from Hickson,
The audience is the backbone of every Belt Up show. Every day in The augmented by her experimentation
House Above, audiences will become figments of a narcissistic artist’s with the in-the-round setting and a live
imagination (in Wilkes’ brand new Atrium), mourners at princess Antigone’s DJ set. (David Pollock)
wake (in Alexander Wright’s adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone), ■ Hawke + Hunter, 226 0000, 8–30
Inspired by current proposals to houseguests of the Samsa family (in an updated version of Metamorphosis, Aug (not 28), 6pm, £9 (£7.50).
reintroduce wolves into the Scottish the production that launched the company at the NSDF in 2008) – and in Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £8 (6.50).
highlands (the last wolf north of the Dominic J Allen’s Lorca Is Dead, the entire audience, as a collective, will
border was killed back in 1769), the become the Surrealist poet Federico Garcia Lorca. Telephone Booking
debut production by director Kath If that sounds exhausting, take heart: Wilkes is prepared to reveal the Fringe 0131 226 0000
Burlinson’s Authentic Artistic Collective true source of Belt Up’s superhuman endurance. He admits: ‘A lot of us International Festival 0131 473 2000
(drawing performers from Cirque du consume a lot of Berocca . . .’ (Matt Boothman) Book Festival 0845 373 5888
Soleil, Kneehigh and the David Glass ■ C Soco, 0845 260 1234, until 30 Aug, times and dates of individual shows Art Festival 07500 461 332
Ensemble) explores the ecology and vary, £8.50–£11.50 (£8.50–£9.50).
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Lyrical generation gap drama from Fringe
tipped young writer International Festival
Book Festival
Art Festival

multimedia that made that company so

invigorating is still a vital part of his
Anomic, however, isn’t simply
Precarious by another name. The
backdrop to The Sum Of It All . . . is a
mosaic of projections and 50-inch TV
screens – but Shorten insists that,
unlike in some of Precarious’ shows,
storytelling will take precedence over
visual ingenuity.
Bud Take the Wheel . . . is the eagerly ‘With Precarious we always
anticipated new work from Clara approached the subject matter from a
Brennan, whose short play Rain visual perspective,’ he says. ‘At times
garnered much praise on its Fringe the work lacked focus and clarity. I’m
debut in 2008. Brennan’s new full- trying to focus very clearly on one
length piece may have a mouthful of a character’s emotional journey.’
BETTE/CAVETT title but her graceful writing style That character is Stanley Ayers,
70s television and Holywood royalty come to the stage in Grant Smeaton’s promises to shine through. ‘The whose humdrum existence drives him
acclaimed show writing has an underlying poeticism,’ to contemplate taking an extreme and
says the show’s director Hannah disturbing decision. The show promises
When you go to the theatre – unless you’ve bought tickets for a multimedia Price. ‘At times it feels as if the play to be melancholic and introspective, yet
extravaganza – you don’t generally expect to watch television. So you hits notes that are a little unbearably energetic and stimulating – which,
might be surprised at being pulled through the TV screen to become part beautiful and we have worked hard to where Shorten’s concerned, needn’t be
of the live studio audience watching 70s talk show host Dick Cavett bring both the hard-edged humour of a contradiction. (Matt Boothman)
interrogate the late and ever-great Bette Davis in Grant Smeaton’s the writing and the more lyrical ■ Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, 8–30 Aug (not
verbatim show, Bette/Cavett. In the play, as in the original interview, a sections together.’ 14), 8.35pm, £10 (£7). Previews 6 & 7
feisty and sincere Davis talks frankly about her life and career while Cavett The play is set in the green heart of Aug, £5.
lives up to his status as a 70s household name, drawing confessions from the English countryside and centres on
his guest with a persuasive charm. a son returning to his family home after FREEFALL
A fan of Bette Davis, and also of the show’s 70s era, Smeaton breathes eight years who is set on re- Dying for a hit
life into the television footage to bring it to the stage. ‘There was definitely developing the local paper mill. ‘This is
an element of experimentation,’ he says. ‘Television is such a big part of all a major theme in the play: the clash
our cultural life and I think just taking a bit of TV and putting it on stage is between tradition and renewal,’ Price
quite an unusual kind of thing and I just wanted to know if it could work in explains, referring to the struggle
that setting.’ The experiment paid off, receiving glowing reviews during its between rural and urban lifestyles and
debut at Glasgay! last year. the attempt to bridge an alienating
‘I think as soon as you get the costume on it kind of takes over. There’s generation gap. Meanwhile, acutely
something about that whole iconic look and I think it’s just about getting observed domesticity woven into
the drive, it’s like a possession almost.’ The show uses the original grand-scale themes of rural
interview script (complete with authentic 70s ad breaks), and Smeaton entrapment and a lingering sense of
stresses that while it captures the spirit of Davis and Cavett it is not just a musicality create an intriguing
reflection or an impersonation; it is a performance that he and Mark concoction that promises not to
Prendergast (who plays Cavett) have made their own. Fasten your disappoint. (Amy Russell) It would be misleading to say the latest
seatbelts: it’s going to be a unique night at the theatre. (Amy Russell) ■ Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 7–29 play by Dublin’s Corn Exchange was
■ Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, 8–30 Aug (not 18), 3.05pm, £11 (£9). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, 4.35pm, £9.50–£10.50 about the credit crunch, the collapse of
Aug, £8. (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, the Celtic Tiger and the scandals within
£6. the Catholic church, but those events
were playing out when Freefall was
MORE LIGHT PLEASE word-perfect English for the first time. THE SUM OF IT ALL . . . created last year and the context
Natalia Kostrzewa is a Pole apart More delightful for the audience is her Storytelling to the fore in rubbed off.
distinctive Dublin accent. melancholic, stimulating multimedia On the surface, it is about an ordinary
‘For theatre purposes we had to family man trying to make sense of his
make it more dramatic, but most of it life in the moments before his death.
is true, either about me or people I But one reason it struck a chord with
met,’ says the actor, who worked with audiences on its award-winning debut
director Jerzy Lach to build the very at the Dublin Theatre Festival last year
physical performance. ‘I didn’t want to was the atmosphere of bewilderment
make myself pathetic. I wanted people that captured the mood of the times.
to see the emotion.’ ‘The country broke and we did
Telling the story of a 16-year-old nothing about it for years and years,’
Polish girl working in a Dublin shoe says playwright Michael West when I
shop while dreaming of becoming an meet him at the Galway Arts Festival. ‘It
actor, the play is less about the wasn’t just the bankers’ money – all of
question of economic migration – as it us stayed silent. The country was
might have been just a few years ago deeply involved in its own destruction.
– than about the challenges of Why are we culturally so removed from
establishing yourself in a new country. our experience? How can somebody
‘I am an immigrant, a Polish girl in a Anomic is a brand new company, be deprived of the language to
Natalia Kostrzewa is sitting in the different country,’ she says. ‘But I never before seen at the Fringe – but describe his situation? How can they
courtyard of Warsaw’s Teatr Praga, wanted to focus more on the girl the style of the company’s debut, The be silent in the face of their own
enjoying the early evening air. She’s growing up.’ (Mark Fisher) Sum Of It All . . ., will ring some bells failure?’ (Mark Fisher)
just performed her one-woman show, ■ New Town Theatre, 220 0143, 7–29 for Zoo regulars. Dan Shorten, ■ Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, 8–29
More Light Please, drawn from her Aug (not 10, 17, 24), 2.45pm, Anomic’s artistic director, was also a Aug (not 9, 16, 23), times vary,
experiences of moving to Ireland, and £10–£12 (£8–£10). Previews 5 & 6 co-founder of Precarious, and the £17–£19 (£12–£13). Previews 6 & 7
is delighted to have delivered it in a Aug, £6. marriage of performance and Aug, £12 (£6).
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Got a spare window in your Fringe Allsopp and Henderson’s The

schedule? Fancy squeezing a show Jinglists Two jingle-writing geniuses
into your lunchbreak? Start mapping wander between love and madness.
out your theatre-hopping day with Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 7–29 Aug
our handy hour-by-hour guide (not 17), £6.50–£9.50 (£8.50–£9.50).
Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6.
11am Art Olivier- and Tony-winning comedy
about three friends and a painting.
Stationary Excess Brutal yet Sweet Grassmarket, 0870 241 0136,
humorous tale of otherworldy romance, 9–22 Aug, 8.40pm, £8.50–£9.50
told from atop an exercise bike. (£7.50–£8.50).
Underbelly, 0845 545 8252, 7–29 Aug The Accident A teenage tale of drink,
(not 17), 11.15am, £8–£9 drugs and death in the desert, inspired
(£6.50–£7.50). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6. by a true story. Spotlites @ The
A Slacker’s Guide to Western Merchant’s Hall, 8–14 Aug, 8.45pm, £9
Theatre A theatre revision guide (£7).
decked out in mockery, parody and
spoof. Bedlam Theatre, 225 9893, 9pm
9–28 Aug (not 15, 22), 11.30am, £7
(£6). Preview 7 Aug, £4. Angel City Hollywood-set Sam
My Name Is Bill One-man biography Shepard play about a disastrous
of the founder of Alcoholics disaster movie. The Spaces on the Mile
Anonymous. The Spaces on the Mile @ @ The Radisson, 0845 508 8316, 9–21
The Radisson, 0845 508 8316, 6–15 Aug (not 15), 9pm, £8 (£7). Previews 6
The latest production by Scottish company & 7 Aug, £5.
Aug (not 8), 11.45am, £6 (£5). Are You There? Muckle Roe is a ghost story focusing on a couple Alma Mater Darkly comic nostalgia
Noon who move into a new flat only to find it already occupied by a mysterious between four young adults, united by
presence. Expect mischief and magic in this unconventional exploration the death of a university friend.
At The Broken Places A fictional of grief by an exciting young company. Augustine’s, 510 0022, 17–22 Aug,
reconstruction of the Columbine ■ Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, 9–30 Aug (not 11, 17, 25), 5pm, £8 (£5). Previews 6–8 9.05pm, £8 (£6).
massacre and its aftermath. C Central, Aug, free (ticketed). The Wild Party A 1920s tale of
0845 260 1234, 22–30 Aug, 12.50pm, debauchery, nominated for seven Tony
£7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£8.50). Awards. C Too, 0845 260 1234, 5–30
Springfield, Oregon shooting, this The GRV, 226 0000, 7–29 Aug (not 23
Beauty Is Prison Time One-woman updated version explores themes of & 24), 5.40pm, £5. Previews 5 & 6 Aug, Aug (not 15), 9.50pm, £8.50–£10.50
show about prison-based beauty bullying. C Chambers Street, 0845 260 £2.50. (£7.50–£9.50).
pageants. The Spaces @ Surgeons 1234, until 14 Aug, 3.40pm, Evil Crossing Fringe favourites
Hall, 0845 508 8515, 9–28 Aug (not 16, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£8.50). Tempo focus on the voyage of the
23), 12.55pm, £7 (£5). Previews 6 & 7
The Beauty and Meaning of Demeter from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. An Actress Prepares Stage
Aug, £7 (£5).
Autographs Exploration of the life Edinburgh Academy, 226 0000, 23–28 adaptation of Marylin Monroe’s last ever
and work of Jewish writer Stefan Aug, 5.40pm, £8. interview. Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, 6–30
1pm Zweig. The Spaces on the Mile @ The Aug, £8.
The Dumb Waiter Pinter’s classic Radisson, 0845 508 8316, 6–14 Aug
(not 8), 3.45pm, £6 (£3).
6pm Studio 54 New musical inspired by
about two assassins in a café. C Soco, Othello, and set in the notorious New
0845 260 1234, 4–30 Aug (not 16), Call Mr Robeson The life of actor, York nightclub. C Chambers Street,
1.05pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£8.50). 4pm singer and civil rights campaigner Paul 0845 260 1234, until 30 Aug (not 16),
Dylan Thomas: Return Journey – Robeson, and his appearance before 10.15pm, £9.50–£11.50
Bob Kingdom, Original Direction Fools and Drunks An American the House of Un-American Activities (£8.50–£10.50).
by Anthony Hopkins Recreation of cultural history from 1981 to the Committee. Zoo Southside, 662 6892, The Inconsiderate Aberrations
poet Thomas’s last lecture. Assembly present, told from a prisoner’s 8–30 Aug (not 11, 16, 23), 6.15pm, £8. of Billy The Kid ‘Anarchic farce
Hall, 623 3030, 7–30 Aug, 1.15pm, perspective. Laughing Horse @ The Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £6. musical’ with live band, about a
£10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews 5 & 6 Three Sisters, 622 6801, 5–19 August, homicidal 10-year-old. Bedlam
Aug, £5. 4pm, free. 7pm Theatre, 225 9893, 8–28 Aug,
Death of a Theatre Critic Black Apples Tragicomic, adolescent love 10.30pm, £7 (£5). Previews 6 & 7 Aug,
comedy about the revenge of a story, adapted from Richard Milward’s Flesh and Blood and Fish and £5.
disgruntled director. Pleasance remarkable debut novel. The Traverse Fowl Twisted physical comedy that
Courtyard, 556 6550, 6-30 Aug (not 7, @ St Stephen’s, 228 1404, 11–28 Aug blends post-apocalyptic office politics 11pm
16), 1.30pm, £10–£11 (£8.50–£9.50). (not 16, 23), 4pm, £17–£19 (£12–£13). with taxidermy. Traverse @ St
Previews until 5 Aug, £5. Preview 10 Aug, £12 (£6). Stephen’s, 228 1404, until 28 Aug (not Righteous Money A rich TV host
Cannes A comedy-drama set at the 9, 14, 23), 7pm, £17–£19 (£12–£13). dishes out advice on business and
2pm world’s most glamorous film festival. The Cry Site-specific examination sleaze, exploring the financial crisis
Sweet Grassmarket, 0870 241 0136, detailing the true story of exiled along the way. Pleasance Courtyard,
Homage to Caledonia Music and 5–20 Aug, 4.10pm, £7 (£6). Palestinian poet, Ghazi Hussein. 556 6550, 7–29 Aug (not 16, 23),
storytelling event about the Scots who Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug 11pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6–£8). Previews
Aleister Crowley: A Passion for
fought Franco in the Spanish Civil War. (not 17, 24), 7.30pm, £9–£10 until 6 Aug, £5.
Evil John Burns explores the psyche
St Cuthbert’s Church, 14, 21 & 28 Aug, (£7.50–£8.50). Previews until 6 Aug, £5. The Crying Cherry Japanese
of ‘The Wickedest Man In The World’.
2.05pm, £7 (£6). Jewish Chronicles A journey legends re-told through satire,
C Central, 0845 260 1234, 6-28 Aug
Find Love Make Love Die Macabre (not 22/23), 4.15pm, £8.50–£10.50 through an ancient, influential yet much slapstick, martial arts, music and mime.
coming-of-age tale contending with (£7.50–£9.50). misunderstood culture, with music and C Chambers Street, 0845 260 1234,
sex, isolation and identity. Pleasance storytelling. C aquila, 0845 260 1234, 5–21 Aug, 11.30pm, £7.50–£9.50
Dome, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug (not 16, 5pm 5-30 Aug, 7.30pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£6.50–£8.50).
23), 2.30pm, £8–£8.50 (£6.50–£7). (£7.50–£9.50).
Previews until 6 Aug, £5. Bare A strictly-for-adults black Midnight
Bluebird Drama narrated by a London comedy-drama, set in the world of 8pm
cabbie, featuring weird passengers and a bare-knuckle boxing. The Spaces on 6766 Dystopian piece set in 1979,
dark secret. Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, 9–30 the Mile @ The Radisson, 0845 508 Frances Ruffelle: Beneath The when everyone over the age of 65, the
Aug (not 16, 23), 2.35pm, £7.50 (£6.50). 8316, 6–28 Aug, 5.20pm, £9 (£7). Dress An evening with the West End terminally ill and the handicapped, await
Previews 6–8 Aug, £6 (£5). Flor de Muerto Visual storytelling set and Broadway star of Les Miserables, ‘processing’. Zoo Roxy, 662 6892,
in the Mexican Day of the Dead fiesta. Chicago and many more. Pleasance at 7–24 Aug, 12.10am, £6 (£4).
3pm Bedlam Theatre, 225 9893, 9–28 Aug Ghillie Dhu, 556 1513, 7–30 Aug (not Patchwork Short stories about work,
(not 15, 22), 5.30pm, £8 (£6). 10, 17, 24), 8.15pm, £14–£15 ambition and love. Laughing Horse @
Bang Bang, You’re Dead First Bane One-man film noir parody with (£12.50–£13.50). Previews until 6 Aug, City Café, 20–29 Aug (not 26),
written in the wake of the 1998 live guitar soundtrack from Ben Roe. £7.50. 12.45am, free.

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✽ Julie Roberts: Child The

acclaimed Glasgow School of Art
graduate unveils new paintings
focusing on the subject of youth.
See feature, page 76. Talbot Rice
MOYNA FLANNIGAN Gallery, 650 2210, until 25 Sep,
The Scottish Gallery of Modern Art
continues to celebrate its 50th free.
anniversary with a series of new ✽ Kim Coleman & Jenny
commissions, including new work from Hogarth: Staged Coleman and
Moyna Flannigan, one of Scotland’s Hogarth’s installation uses live
most distinguished living painters, as video feeds to allow viewers to
part of the What You See is Where see unnoticed aspects of the city
You’re At strand. Flannigan’s new of Edinburgh. City Observatory,
paintings, inspired by the Gallery’s Calton Hill, 220 1260, until 15
collection, are concerned with the Aug, free.
human figure and based on sharp ✽ Mairi Gillies: Natura
observation, an awareness of the human sensus The relationship
condition, its absurdities and tragedies. between plants and people is
■ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, explored in a series of beautiful
624 6200, until Sun 17 Oct, free. sculptural installations by the
Edinburgh-based artist. See 5
Questions, left. Atticsalt, 225
2093, until 4 Sep (not Sun, Mon,
Wed), free.
✽ Prints of Darkness Playful
group show of new work inspired
by record cover art. See review,
page 78. Edinburgh Printmakers,
557 2479, until 4 Sep (not
Sun/Mon), free.
✽ Joan Mitchell The first
museum exhibition in the UK of
work by the celebrated American
abstract expressionist painter.
See feature, page 76. Inverleith
House, Royal Botanic Gardens,
248 2849, until 19 Sep (not
Mon), free.
5QUESTIONS ✽ William Wegman: Family
Combinations / Edward
Weston: Life Work The City
Natura sensus is the current exhibition by Edinburgh-based Art Centre celebrates its re-
‘Hortisculpturist’ Mairi Gillies, whose work explores the opening with two photographic
relationship between plants and people in sculptural exhibitions by pioneering
installations created from plant material. Here she turns her American artists. See preview,
inestimable talents to our Q & A page 77. City Art Centre, 529
3993, until 24 Oct, £8 (£5).
5 words to describe your show at Atticsalt ✽ Martin Creed: Down Over
In the image of nature. Up Solo show of new work by
4 visual artists who should be better known than they the Turner Prize-winning artist.
currently are The Fruitmarket Gallery, 225
Jessica Harrison, Jock Mooney, Stuart MaCaffer and Rabiya Choudhry. 2383, until 31 Oct, free.
3 shows in this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival programme that ✽ Gilbert & George
particularly excite you Retrospective of work by the pop
Edinburgh Printmakers Prints of Darkness (I’d love to buy some of the art odd couple dubbed the
Lonely Piper’s work); Katie Orton’s work in Magazine 10 at Edinburgh ‘Morecambe and Wise of visual
Sculpture Workshop and the temporary work by Jim Lambie that’s art’. Scottish National Gallery of
showing in Jupiter Artland Year Two. Modern Art, 624 6200, until 1
2 artists who have been the most influential on your work Nov, free.
Richard Long and Christine Borland.
1 word that sums up how you feel about making art Whole. For Festival Index see page
■ Mairi Gillies: Natura sensus, Atticsalt, 225 2093, until 4 Sep (not Sun, 128.
Mon, Wed), free.
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Rosalie Doubal asks whether the profusion of painting in this year’s Edinburgh Art
Festival programme points to a resurgence of interest in the neglected medium
ainting has inspired some epic came into its own, pushing out abstract acknowledges her technique as taking an

P statements over the years. In the 1960s

Donald Judd declared the medium dead.
In 2005 Young British Artist Damien Hirst
expressionism as the dominant aesthetic mode
in the US,’ explains the curator. ‘Mitchell often
joked that she was antiquated, that she had in
abstractionist idiom, of the sort explored by
Mitchell, and making it 3D.
A painter who drew strength from the work of
advised people that they were more important one way or another been annexed as old hat.’ woman American installation artists while she
than paintings. And this year, in light of the Oblivious to the whims of the US art trends, studied at Glasgow School of Art in the late
nomination of two painters for the Turner Mitchell’s practice has always displayed traits 1980s, Julie Roberts similarly cites cross-
Prize, the Guardian’s Jonathan Jones wrote, of quiet self-assurance. She was a poet’s disciplinarily influences. In contrast to Mitchell,
‘The YBAs are over. Long live the OBAs!’ painter and her bright, loosely structured Roberts is a painter recognised for her neutrally
Hailing an end to the golden years of youth canvases express a complex interplay of observing and distanced style. Her canvases tell
and concept, Jones referred to the recent emotion, memory and sense of place. ‘With of the frailties of the human condition, and – as
success of more personal and mature work that this spare and poetic installation we wanted to evinced by her interest in artists such as Jenny
stands in contrast to the sensational, market- show the different phases that Mitchell went Holzer and Barbara Kruger – she is keen to lay
grabbing art of the 1990s. This surge of through,’ says Larratt-Smith. ‘Although there is bare society’s methods of exercising power.
interest is reflected in this year’s Edinburgh Art incredible consistency in her work, she never A new body of work by Roberts, Child,
Festival programme which features a stopped exploring the abstract expressionist featuring a selection of paintings from
staggering array of painting exhibitions, and is tendency and continued it long after it had children’s institutions and homes (pictured,
typified, as Jones argues, by Richard Wright’s fallen out of fashion.’ left), will be presented at the Talbot Rice
Turner Prize triumph last year. Gallery. ‘With each thematic turn that my work
Quiet, sophisticated and beautiful, Wright’s takes, a greater story is continued,’ explains the
permanent wall painting at the Dean Gallery artist. ‘I was in foster care for a while when I
(pictured, bottom right) is a significant was a kid and in my own work I have always
addition to the city’s art landscape. Engaging been working backwards towards that point.
with the Doric architecture and melancholic I’ve always made work about institutions, about
history of this building, a repetitive floral motif places where the body or family breaks down.’
disturbs the cornicing, ridges and angles of the Adamant that these new works are optimistic,
stairwell’s upper section. Craning to appreciate Roberts explains that the smiling faces of the
its undulating patterns, you’re struck by the children in her new paintings represent
physicality of the work and the demands that resilience. Yet this joy is not related to a jolly or
its production must have made on the artist. the comfort of a care home. ‘We’re given this
Lauded for producing works of self-effacing story about children, that they need to be
charm, Wright’s paintings are often temporary, protected, and yes, they do, but they don’t need
white-washed from gallery walls in preparation to be wrapped in cotton wool,’ explains Roberts,
for subsequent exhibitions. Challenging the suggesting that the celebratory tone in her work
idea of a painting as a moveable and sellable relates to the children’s liberated position
object, his ephemeral practice poses questions outside of society.
about what the traditional values of painting Sophisticated and painstaking, Robert’s
actually are, and ever have been. This fine practice evinces exactly the type of ambitious
example of a wholly assured and committed and measured work currently hailed as vogue
practice is further complemented and endorsed by the likes of critic Jonathan Jones, and yet
by festival exhibitions of work by the you get the sense this particular artist wouldn’t
American abstract expressionist Joan Mitchell care a jot. Wright, Mitchell and Roberts each
and Wright’s fellow Glasgow School of Art-
trained painter Julie Roberts.
‘JOAN MITCHELL OFTEN have very personal, substantial and unassuming
styles. Gifted with conviction, their practices
The Inverleith House exhibition is something JOKED THAT SHE WAS reject the flippancies of the market and
of a coup: the first solo museum presentation
of work by Mitchell in the UK. ‘There has
ANTIQUATED, THAT repeatedly question the values by which their
works are judged. There is surely much to be
been an upsurge of interest in Mitchell’s work SHE WAS OLD HAT’ unpacked from their Edinburgh Art Festival
worldwide,’ explains New York curator and offerings.
writer Philip Larratt-Smith. ‘In my opinion With this new concentration on the work of
she’s been really undervalued and Mitchell comes a re-examination of her legacy Richard Wright: The Stairwell Project,
underappreciated.’ and, moving against tradition, it would seem Dean Gallery, Belford Road, 624 6200,
A contemporary of mid-century abstract that her influence is not painterly. Included in free; Joan Mitchell, Inverleith House,
expressionist artists Willem de Kooning and the exhibition’s accompanying publication is a Royal Botanic Gardens, 248 2849, until 19
Franz Kline, Mitchell (whose ‘Untitled’, 1969, text by American sculptor Lynda Benglis, an Sep (not Mon), free; Julie Roberts: Child,
is pictured, top right) left the States for France artist famous for making plaster and latex Talbot Rice Gallery, 650 2210, until 25
in the late 1950s. ‘It was in 1959 that pop art works in the mid-1960s. She readily Sep, free.

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City Art Centre celebrates its reopening

with a doubly whammy of American
photography as Talitha Kotzé discovers
Edinburgh’s City Art Centre is about to open
its doors again – after a period of
refurbishment – in the company of two
photographic exhibitions by American artists:
Edward Weston, one of the great classical
photographers of the 20th century, and the
contemporary photographer William Wegman.
Reflecting on the decision to pair the two
artists, curator Ian O’Riordan explains that
they chose Wegman’s large scale and rather
humorous digital prints as a complement and
contrast to Weston’s small and very classical
Renowned as one of the most innovative and
influential American photographers, Weston’s
black and white oeuvre spans five decades.
This exhibition showcases his repertoire of
nudes and landscapes, his still lifes of the
1920s taken in Mexico, and also includes the
last picture he ever took.
Wegman has been working in the field of
conceptual photography and video since the
1970s, but today he is probably best known for
photographing his own troupe of Weimaraner
dogs. The works in the exhibition feature
Polaroids, chromogenic, silver gelatin and
digital prints as well as a selection of video
segments starring Wegman’s canine muse
Fay, together with her charming offspring.
One of the things that brings these two
photographers together is their ability to
capture human qualities in animals and
inanimate objects: Wegman’s Weimaraner
admires herself in reflected glass and
Weston’s series of peppers appear like
muscular human limbs.
O’Riordan, who first came across Weston’s
desert nudes as a young student, says: ‘It is
just so spectacular the way he looks at the
human body in a totally different way. It has
that ambiguity of a Mapplethorpe body builder,
and then the way he presents landscape is so
different but absolutely within the tradition of
modernism and surrealism.’
The role of the muse is an interesting one to
trace within the practice of both these two
prolific artists: for Wegman it is the complex
personality of his dog and for Weston his most
important influence and inspiration was fellow
photographer Margrethe Mather with her
uninhibited lifestyle and photographic vision.
This is the first major show in Scotland for
both artists and a double dunt treat not to be
missed at this year’s festival.
■ William Wegman: Family Combinations / Edward
Weston: Life Work, City Art Centre, 529 3993, until
24 Oct, £8 (£5).
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Impressive, if surprisingly straightforward, collection of surrealist works

For a source so rich in departures for radical flights of enquiry, this

presentation of surrealist paintings, objects, journals and sculptures is
alarmingly straightforward. By marrying a host of mesmerising works by
the likes of Dali and Magritte to a linear, chronological presentation –
flowing from Dada works of 1916 to the late surrealism of the 1940s – the
pieces are situated within a world disillusioned by the destruction of the
Great War, the devastating atrocities of civil war, a system of ethics that
tolerates both extreme riches and extreme poverty, and a morality that so
subverts sexual impulses as to drive humans to madness.
It’s the surrealist objects and sculptures that leave the greatest impact
here, and while the chronological hang is understandable, one can’t help
but feel that something a little more searching could have been done with
the vast, impressive collection on show. Found objects such as Duchamp’s
epochal porcelain urinal ‘Fountain’, Man Ray’s metronome ‘Indestructible
Object’ and Conroy Maddox’s Cathy Wilkes-esque mannequin assemblage
‘The Cloak of Secrecy’, scream for comparison with contemporary
practices. Meanwhile, a host of feminine-facing sculptures by Giacometti
and Duchamp remain the most intriguing works on show.
One senses a glimpse of a slightly more experimental mode of display
with the selected works on show in the Keiller Library. The room immerses
the viewer both in piano music based on pieces performed at a Dada
festival and a vast selection of books, periodicals, lithographs and
‘curiosities’ (surrealist objects of inspiration). While delivering a heightened
sense of some of the movement’s key tenets – including the idea of
automatism and the supremacy of the oneiric – this busy install does not go
far enough in resolving common problems relating to the display of rare
The great influence and reach of this roaring movement upon European
culture has been unquantifiable, and so to try to conclude this survey with a
room of works representing its legacy is a tough task. But you just can’t
help but feel disappointed to be returned to familiar sculptures by Eduardo
Paolozzi (and his permanently recreated studio). (Rosalie Doubal)
■ Dean Gallery, 624 6200, until 9 Jan, £7 (£5).


Innovative group show offers comfortable, close examination of 21st-
century objects ●●●●●

At first glance you might be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered into an
upmarket furniture store. Upon closer inspection it becomes apparent that there
are wonders here that far outweigh the trappings of consumerism. Taking a seat
to peruse the first choice of exhibits in this innovative group show is a guilty
pleasure, one that is far too infrequently offered in gallery spaces – to be seated
allows a deeper consideration than simply drifting through.
The Vico Magistretti sofas are arranged in a homely fashion so that the viewer
can best absorb the acrylic works of Ann Sutton and Gordon Baldwin’s
ceramics, the only drawback being that it becomes incredibly difficult to get to
your feet and leave this tranquil spot. It would be a shame, though, to miss the
camera-less photographic works of Garry Fabian Miller as they bring a welcome
splash of colour and escapism to the exhibition.
Interspersed throughout the space are Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley’s
instantly recognisable blackened oak seats, which are utilised as makeshift
display cabinets for smaller works such as Nel Linnsen’s impressive and intricate
paper jewellery collection and David Poston’s delicate metal-work. The
placement of such pieces allows the viewer to perch in the immediate vicinity and
make a very close examination without bending uncomfortably. (Miriam Sturdee)
■ Dovecot, 550 3660, until 4 Sep (not Sun), free.

Playful compendium of new work exploring record cover art ●●●●●
If a record is the ultimate mass-produced multiple, the mainstream music industry’s
demise has seen a reclaiming of vinyl as a bespoke medium whereby one work of
art (musical) is packaged inside another (visual). This show lines up 13 responses to
the idea of the album cover as an outlet in itself by artists knee-deep in DIY culture.
Rather than go for a coffee table vibe, most reach for something more primitive.
Malcy Duff’s warped cartoons find a natural home, while Tommy Crooks subverts
the pastoral and Lee O’Connor captures a whiff of opium-den Victorian gothic. The
punning of the show’s title is picked up, first by co-curator Norman Shaw with his
European gothic horror comic art-influenced double-sided gatefold ‘Princess of
Wails’, and in Mark Wallace’s ‘Lordin’ It’, which features an image of moustache-era
Peter Mandelson looking like an icon from schlock Japanese gameshow Banzai!
Most are made on flat surfaces, and only Andy Wake’s fold-in diorama of Aleister
Crowley and Duncan Marquiss’ gatefold sleeve deserve to be filed with the rarest of
the rare. Vicki Bennett’s shadowy crooner in ‘In Dreams’ presages her lavishly
packaged picture disc, ‘This Is Light Music’, a playful cut-up of pop ephemera. The
second room is filled with album covers from Shaw’s own collection, part-shrine,
part-record fair. And yes, there is a merchandise stall. (Neil Cooper)
■ Edinburgh Printmakers, 557 2479, until 4 Sep (not Sun/Mon), free.
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Telephone Booking Mon 30 Aug. A haunting range of work
from Zimbabwe. Fringe.
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Mon 9 Aug–Sat 4 Sep. Exhibition of Mon–Sat 10am–6pm; Sun noon–5pm.
ceramics in a working pottery. Part of FREE Young Northern British
the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Artists Fri 6–Mon 30 Aug. Selections
of the best graduates from the Scottish
■ AMBER ARTS art schools.
78 Montrose Terrace, Abbeyhill, 0131
661 1167. Tue–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat ■ BOURNE FINE ART
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FREE The Space Between Until Fri 10am–6pm.
15 Oct. A mixed printmaking show FREE Alexander Stoddart:
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artists. EAF. Tue 31 Aug. Smaller work from the
Paisley-born sculptor. EAF.
10/2 Bellevue Crescent, 07768 960578. ■ CITY ART CENTRE
Tue–Sat 2pm–5pm. 2 Market Street, 529 3993. Mon–Sat
FREE The Weird and Wonderful 10am–5pm; Sun noon–5pm.
World of Rob Hain Until Thu 26 Aug.
Quirky and colourful depictions of
Edinburgh’s Old Town. Fringe.
✽ Edward Weston: Life Work
Until Sun 24 Oct. £8 (£5; includes
entry to William Wegman exhibition).
See preview, page 77. EAF.
■ ART’S COMPLEX 1 FREE In our Own Image:
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road, Representing the Human Form
07542 017947. Daily 11am–7pm. Until Sun 24 Oct. Works demonstrating
FREE Braw presents: Floored Sat the artist’s preoccupation with the human
7 Aug–Sun 5 Sep. Mixed media from figure. EAF.
eight newly graduated artists. EAF.

✽ William Wegman: Family
Combinations Until Sun 24 Oct.
£8 (£5; includes admission to Edward
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Weston exhibition). See preview, page
Road, 07770 800482. Wed–Sun 77. EAF.
FREE Perennial Art – A Drawback ■ CITY OBSERVATORY
Sat 7 Aug–Sun 5 Sep. International Calton Hill, 668 8100. Daily
drawing exhibition. EAF. 11am–6pm.

St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road,
✽ FREE Staged Until Sun 15 Aug.
A multi-channel video installation
transforming Edinburgh into a mise-en-
661 1924. Daily 11am–7pm. scène. EAF.
FREE Ian Reddie – Dirt, Grit,
Gluedust, Sat 7 Aug-Sun 5 Sep. Mixed ■ COBURG HOUSE STUDIOS
media paintings, screen prints and digital 15 Coburg Street, 0131 554 6888.
art evoking a primordial world of desert FREE Open Studios Fri 6-Sun 8 Aug,
and rock. EAF. 11am–6pm. Explore creative workspaces
and purchase work. EAF.
54 George Street, 623 3030. Daily 22-28 Cockburn Street, 0131 220 1260.
11am–11pm. 11am–6pm.
FREE Ulf Mark Pederson Until Mon FREE Hito Steyerl: In Free Fall
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■ CORN EXCHANGE GALLERY FREE Iran do Espírito Santo Until FREE Decay Sun 8 Aug–Sat 28 Aug. ■ SIERRA METRO
Constitution Street, 0131 561 7300. Sat 25 Sep. Installation work. EAF. Special opening Sun 8 Aug noon–4pm. Ground Floor North, 22 West Harbour
Mon–Fri 11am–4.30pm. Four international artists explore the idea Road, 07971 510877. Thu–Sun
FREE Faraway Mountain: Atsuo ■ INVERLEITH HOUSE of decay. EAF. noon–5pm.
Okamoto Until Thu 30 Sep. Large Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum FREE Park/Platz, Mels Dees Sun 8 FREE Shapes and Things: Richard
sculptural works in granite. EAF. Place/Inverleith Row, 248 2971. Aug–Fri 28 Aug. Video work about the Healy & Gemma Holt Until Sat 5
Tue–Sun 10am–5.30pm. decay of a model car park. EAF. Sep. New site-specific film installation,
31e Minto Street, 07900 901481.
Wed–Sat & Mon 10am–6pm; Sun
✽ FREE Joan Mitchell Until Sun
3 Oct. See feature, page 76. EAF. ■ PORTOBELLO PUBLIC ART
sculpture and drawing. EAF.

noon–6pm. ■ JAALICEKLARR AT ECA 56 Kings Road, Portobello, 23 Cockburn Street, 0131 622 6200.
FREE Craft House Concept Fri 6 LIBRARY Thu Daily 11am–6pm.
Aug-Sun 5 Sep. A hand-crafted home Evolution House, 78 West Port. 10am–6pm; Fri 10am–8pm; Sat 1–8pm; FREE Alexander and Susan
from home for craftspeople. Fringe. Mon–Thu 9.15–4.30pm; Fri Sun 1–6pm. Maris: The Pursuit of Fidelity (A
10am–4.30pm. FREE Big Things on The Beach – Retrospective) Until Mon 4 Oct.
■ DANCE BASE FREE ShelfLife: A Biblio- City Beach Until Sun 29 Aug. Art Work by the Glasgow-based artists.
14-16 Grassmarket, 0131 225 5525. sideshow Until Fri 3 Sep. A show commissions for Portobello Beach. EAF. EAF.
Daily 10am–6pm until Tue 10 Aug; questioning the boundaries between the
10am–9pm thereafter. written and the visual. EAF. ■ ROYAL OVER-SEAS LEAGUE ■ ST JOHN’S CHURCH
FREE Catherine Sargeant: May I 100 Princes Street, 225 1501. Daily Princes Street, 0131 221 2277. Mon–Sat
Have The Pleasure Mon 9 Aug-Sat ■ KOMACHI 10am–6pm. 10am–6pm.
28 Aug. Screen prints of dance-themed 162 Fountainbridge, 07525 414626. FREE Edinburgh Printmakers FREE Cartooning in Conflict Fri 7–
text and symbols. EAF. Daily noon–6pm. Until Thu 30 Sep. Limited edition prints. Sun 15 Aug. Cartoons reflecting on
FREE Change X Until Fri 3 Sep. Fringe. conflict. Part of the Festival of
■ DEAN GALLERY Exchange of ideas between Berlin Spirituality and Peace.
73 Belford Road, 624 6200. Daily collective Basso and Edinburgh artists. ■ ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY FREE Continuing Controversy
10am–5pm. EAF. The Mound, 225 6671. Mon–Sat Until Mon 30 Aug. A new festival mural
Another World: Dali, Magritte 10am–5pm; Sun noon–5pm. is unveiled for public viewing and
and the Surrealists ●●●●● Until ■ MATTHEW ARCHITECTURE Impressionist Gardens Until Sun 17 comment. FoSP.
Sun 9 Jan. £7 (£5). See review, page 78. GALLERY Oct. £10 (£7). Major international FREE Golden Rule Light Sculpture
EAF. 20 Chambers Street, 0131 650 2342. exhibition including paintings by Monet, Fri 7 –Mon 30 Aug. Sculpture by Andrea
FREE Richard Wright: The Mon–Fri 11am–4pm. Pissarro and Renoir. EAF. Easton highlighting the common core
Stairwell Project See feature, page FREE Curating The City: FREE Philip Braham: Falling values of world religions. FoSP.
76. EAF. Representation and Seriality Until Shadows in Arcadia Fri 6 Aug–Fri 3
Fri 3 Sep. Work exploring the curatorial Sep. Winner of the 2009 Morton Award ■ TALBOT RICE GALLERY
■ DOVECOT process in museums and in the wider for lens-based work. EAF. University of Edinburgh, South Bridge,
10 Infirmary Street, 315 3054. Mon–Sat urban context. EAF. FREE RSA New Works Programme 0131 650 2210. Mon–Sat 10am–5pm.
10.30am–5.30pm. 1 Fri 6 Aug–Fri 3 Sep. Commissioned Sun noon–5pm.
FREE Sitting and Looking ■ NATIONAL GALLERY new work. FREE A Celebration: Craigie
●●●●● Until Sun 5 Sep. See review, COMPLEX Aitchison Until 25 Sep. Iconic still
page 78. EAF. The Mound, 624 6200. Fri–Wed ■ SCHOP life, portrait and landscape paintings.
10am–6pm; Thu 10am–7pm. 36 St Mary’s Street, 477 4513. Mon–Sat EAF.
6a Dundas Street, 0131 558 9363.
Mon–Sat 10am–9pm; Sun 2–6pm.
FREE The Glasgow Boys –
Drawing Inspiration Until Thu 9
Sep. An insight into the working
FREE Tram Spotting / Train
Stopping Tue 10 Aug–Sat 4 Sep.

FREE Child: Julie Roberts
Until 25 Sep. See feature, page 76.

FREE Barbara Rae – Prints Until methods and friendships of The Images illustrating how the residents of
Sun 5 Sep. New prints inspired by Glasgow Boys. Edinburgh and Galashiels might use ■ TENT GALLERY
wildernesses. EAF. Christen Kobke: Danish Master their newly revived tram and train lines. Evolution House, 78 West Port, 0131
of Light Until Sun 3 Oct. £7 (£5). The EAF. 221 6091. Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat
■ ED CROSS FINE ART most exhaustive selection of paintings 11am–5pm.
The English Speaking Union, 23 Atholl by the pre-eminent Danish painter ■ SCOTLANDART.COM FREE The Spacemakers Until Tue
Crescent, 07507 067567. Daily (1810–1848) ever to be shown outside 2 St Stephen Place, 0131 225 6257. 24 Aug. Exhibition looking at the
10am–6pm. Denmark. EAF. Tue–Fri 10.30am–5.30pm; Sat making of homes in a modern urban
FREE Witness – The Spectre of 10am–5.30pm; Sun noon–5pm. environment. EAF.
Memory in Contemporary African ■ NEW MEDIA SCOTLAND FREE Best of Scottish Fri 6–Sat 29
Art Fri 6-Mon 30 Aug. Recollected InSpace, Crichton Street, 650 2750. Aug. Including work by Patsy McArthur, ■ TOTAL KUNST @ FOREST
images of childhood and documentary Wed–Sun noon–8pm. David Smith and Ian Elliot. Fringe. 3 Bristo Place, 0131 220 4538.
photography. EAF. FREE life.turns. Until Sun 5 Sep. Mon–Sun 10am–10pm.
Interactive photo/video project. EAF. ■ SCOTT MONUMENT FREE TKX – Katalin Hausel Until
■ EDINBURGH GALLERY Princes Street Gardens East, 226 0000. Sat 7 Aug. An installation that draws on
20a Dundas Street, 557 5002. Mon–Fri ■ NEWHAILES Mon–Sat 9am–7pm; Sun 10am–6pm. the process of making and the specifics
11am–5pm; Sat 10am–1pm. Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, 0844 493 The Scott Monument – Edinburgh of the space. EAF.
FREE Festival Exhibition Until 2125. Access by guided tour only; 283 Fri 6–Mon 30 Aug. £3. The first FREE TKX – Szajner Sun 8–Sat 21
Wed 15 Sep. Scottish artists, including contact venue to book. ever photography exhibition on the Aug. An installation and sound piece by
Patsy McArthur, David Smith and Ian Subjects for Melancholy monument. Fringe. French composer, theorist and visual
Elliot. Retrospection Until Sun 5 Sep, artist Szajner. EAF.
£10.50 (£7.50). Mixed-media relating to ■ THE SCOTTISH GALLERY
■ EDINBURGH PRINTMAKERS language and memory. EAF. 16 Dundas Street, 0131 558 1200. ■ UNION GALLERY
23 Union Street, 557 2479. Tue–Sat Mon–Fri 10am–6pm; Sat 10am–4pm. 45 Broughton Street, 0131 556 7707.
10am–6pm. ■ OLD AMBULANCE DEPOT FREE Victoria Crowe – New Mon–Sat 10.30am–6pm; Sun noon–6pm.

✽ FREE Prints of Darkness

●●●●● Until Sat 4 Sep. See
review, page 78. EAF.
77 Brunswick Street, Daily
Works Fri 6 Aug–Sat 4 Sep. Painting
inspired by Venice and the Scottish
Borders. EAF.
FREE 7 Artists: Edinburgh Soul
Until Sat 4 Sep. Collaborative exhibition
from seven Edinburgh artists. EAF.
FREE Neither Here Nor There Sun FREE Grace Girvan Fri 6 Aug–Sat 4
■ FRUITMARKET GALLERY 8–Sat 14 Aug. Work by Edinburgh artists Sep. First solo show from the jeweller. ■ USHER HALL
45 Market Street, 0131 225 2383. Daily exploring cultural identity and FREE Julian Stair Fri 6 Aug–Sat 4 Lothian Road, 0131 228 1155.
10am–7pm. relationships to place. Sep. Provocative and surprising 10am–6pm (not Sun 8 Aug).

✽ FREE Martin Creed: Down

Over Up Until Sun 31 Oct. New
work from the Turner winner. EAF.
34 Abercromby Place, 0131 557 1020.

FREE Lara Green: Colony Until Sat
4 Sep. Sculptures inspired by birth,
death, love and conflict. EAF.
Mon–Fri 10am–6pm; Sat 10am–4pm. GALLERY OF MODERN ART
■ THE HENDERSON GALLERY FREE Barbara Rae and Matthew 75 Belford Road, 624 6200. 10am–5pm. ■ VARIOUS OUTDOOR
4 Thistle Street Lane NW, 225 7464.
Tue–Sat 11am–6pm.
FREE Nefertiti ●●●●● Until Thu 19
Draper: Contrasting Landscapes,
Painterly Abstractions Fri 6–Tue 31
Aug. Two distinct and individual
✽ FREE What you See is Where
You’re At Until Thu 30 Dec. See
Big Picture, page 75. EAF.
FREE Six Times Six life-sized figures
created by Antony Gormley and
Aug. Ex-Stone Roses guitarist John responses to contemporary landscape positioned between the Scottish National
Squire presents works inspired by a painting. EAF. ■ SCOTTISH POETRY LIBRARY Gallery of Modern Art and the sea. EAF.
1967 Miles Davis album. EAF. 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, 0131 557 FREE Heather Tweed: Lost Not
■ OUT OF THE BLUE DRILL 2876. Mon–Fri 11am–6pm. Sat 1–5pm. Found: Abscission Fri 6-Mon 30
■ I2 GALLERY HALL FREE Plan B Until Sat 4 Sep. Twenty- Aug. Twenty-eight commissioned works
34 Abercromby Place, 558 9872. 30–36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, 555 7100. eight photographic perspectives on ten are hidden around the city. EAF.
Mon–Fri 10am–6pm; Sat 10am–4pm. Mon–Sat 10am–5pm. poems. EAF.
FREE Ecole de Paris Fri 6 Aug–Sat FREE The Land and the Sea: ■ JUPITER ARTLAND
4 Sep. Master printmakers with Alastair Cook Until Sat 14 Aug. Black ■ SCOTTISH STORYTELLING Bonnington House Steadings, 01506
connections to Paris, including Picasso, and white photos of British coastlines. CENTRE 889900. Thu–Sun 10am–4.30pm.
Matisse and Corbusier. EAF. 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Mon–Sat Jupiter Artland Year Two Until Sun
■ PATRIOTHALL GALLERY 10am–6pm. 12 Sep. £8.25 (children £4; family ticket
■ INGLEBY GALLERY WASPS Patriothall Studios, off 48 FREE Masharef Sat 7 Aug–Sat 25 £21.25–£30.50). Commissioned works
15 Calton Road, 556 4441. Mon–Sat Hamilton Place, 0131 226 7126. Tue–Sat Sep. Photographs of the Palestinian by Alec Finlay, Andy Goldsworthy, Ian
10am–6pm. Sun noon–5pm. noon–4pm. landscape. Hamilton Finlay and more.
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Festival Clubs

DJ Yoda

✽ Fuse Dark electronics as the

Eskimo Twins (Wax:On,
pictured) mix up techno,
electro, house, disco, acid and
their own tasty remixes. The
Lane, 467 7215, Fri 6 Aug,
11pm–5am, £6.
✽ Milk DJ Kengo, one third of
the infamous Cuban Brothers,
proving they’re not just about
thrusting crotches and dodgy
perma-tans as he lays down a
hip hop heavy funk and disco
set. Medina, 225 6313, Fri 6
Aug, 10pm-5am, £5 before
midnight; £7 after.
✽ Tokyoblu Disco, Chicago
house and Afrobeat as
Tokyoblu host their festival

Cultural Revolution
As Headspin comes to an end, DJ/promoter Allan Dunbar talks to Henry Northmore
opening party with a live set
from indie electro rockers Epic
26 to keep things interesting.
Cabaret Voltaire, 220 6176, Fri
6 Aug, 11pm–3am, £8.
about their final date and why they’ve booked DJ Yoda to play their last night ✽ Headspin The last regular
Headspin featuring a guest set
o many of Edinburgh’s great clubs have the crowd were a bit mystified as to what was going

from DJ Yoda followed by
come to an end. Names like Tribal Funktion, on,’ laughs Dunbar. ‘We didn’t have him back, everything you have come to
Pure, Manga and Going Places all helped to nothing to do with his playing but it wasn’t quite right love from the residents to bring
shape the clubbing map of the city, introducing new for Headspin.’ everything to a suitably climatic
styles and new music to the capital and now For this final date they have secured the talents of close (see preview, left). The
Headspin will join their ranks after announcing that cut and paste hip hop master DJ Yoda, a regular at Bongo Club, 558 7604, Sat 7
their Festival date will be their last. It’s a night that Headspin over the years. ‘Ideally we wanted a Aug, midnight–5am, £12.
has helped to soundtrack Edinburgh’s nightlife for residents’ night for our last night, but at the same ✽ Luvely Dynamic house
over 12 years, inviting names like Mr Scruff, DJ token we want it to be rammed and you know it’s action as Luvely return to the
Format, The Psychonauts, Norman Jay (OBE), going to be rammed with Yoda on, but we’re not Liquid Room to host
David Holmes, The Glimmers and more to their going to miss any time on the decks because of the Edinburgh’s first CO2 party
decks. extended licence,’ adds Dunbar. ‘The plan is to put (think a smoke machine on
‘There’s no one style of music, it was all the styles him on about 1am, then for the last two hours we’ll steroids). The Liquid Room,
of music we were into, be it reggae, hip hop through be mixing it up and playing some of the classics from 225 2564, Sat 7 Aug,
to funk and disco to house and techno through to over the years.’ 11pm–5am, £12 (members
drum & bass and whatever. There was nothing left While it’s always a shame to see a great club shut its £10).
out,’ explains DJ/promoter Allan Dunbar, who co- doors, the realities of the work involved and the ✽ Volume! Time to quench
founded the club with fellow resident DJ Steve desire to leave Headspin while it’s still at its best those dubstep cravings with a
Austin. ‘We started the night just to get regular gigs were all factors. ‘I want to stop it before it gets free bass heavy party from the
and let the world hear our style of music.’ rubbish, we don’t want it to fizzle away until it’s a mighty fine residents at
They were soon joined by Muzik Bedroom Bedlam mere shadow of what it was, it would spoil the Volume!. Sneaky Pete’s, 225
winner Colin Millar. ‘Colin was the glue that held it memory of it. Now hopefully everyone will think 1757, Sat 7 Aug, 11pm–5am,
all together as me and Steve went off weird on back to a packed-out club.’ Though it may not be the free.
tangents,’ according to Dunbar. Later augmenting last we ever see of Headspin, Dunbar has ideas for ✽ Taste Sixteen years of
their residents’ line-up with scratching from Dava and one-off events; smaller, more intimate nights or Sunday night chaos as Taste hit
live percussionist Bongo Dave. ‘We just grabbed maybe even a new monthly club. ‘I don’t know what their birthday with appropriate
people we found interesting and kinda brought them the future will hold. It’s the end of one chapter but gusto, keeping the energy high
in. We’ve discarded a few too when they’ve not also the start of a new one, and I’m interested to find and the beats pounding. The
worked out. There was one guy, a lovely guy, who out what’s over the page.’ Liquid Room, 225 2564, Sun 8
plays the fiddle and we were talking to him at a party Aug, 11pm–5am, £6 (members
and said come along, we start the tune and he comes Headspin with DJ Yoda, The Bongo Club, 558 £5).
jumping out in a jester’s costume playing his fiddle, 7604, midnight-5am, Sat 7 Aug, £12.
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Presenting a real introduction to 2010 but with a twist: ELECTROsexual ■ Bubblegum at the Hive. 10pm–3am.
Telephone Booking Edinburgh’s music scene with ten-minute
live sets every half hour from Enfant
is a radio edit free zone. Only the best,
rarest, cheekiest, dirtiest of remixes
Free before 11pm; £4 after. Weekly. A
student friendly chewed up, spat out mix
Fringe 0131 226 0000 Bastard, Fuel Diva, Carrie Mac, make it past the discerning ears of of electro, pop, dance, disco, soul and
International Festival 0131 473 2000 Meursault and many more, plus DJs residents Lucky Luciano and Kenwai. indie.
Book Festival 0845 373 5888 from Departure Lounge, BBC, Edge ■ Evol at the Liquid Room. ■ Circus at GHQ. 9pm–3am. Free
Art Festival 07500 461 332 Festival, EIF, Cabaret Voltaire and more 10.30pm–3am. £tbc. Weekly. before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. Pop and
each playing four of their favourite Edinburgh’s longest running indie night. dance tunes across two rooms from DJ
tracks by Edinburgh bands. With the usual mix of the best current Darren and Dowzer.
■ Chartity Baw Afterparty at and classic alternative and crossover ■ Flaunt at the Lane. 10.30pm–3am.
Edinburgh Thursdays Medina. 9pm–5am. £tbc. 12 Aug. The tunes, Evol’s an institution. £tbc. 7 Aug. Night of timeless club
■ Animal Hospital at Sneaky Pete’s.
Bang Bang Club host this night of
psychobilly, indie and electro.
■ Chops at Wee Red Bar. 11pm–3am.
✽ Fuse at the Lane. 11pm–5am. £6. 6
Aug. Underground dance night of
electro, techno dubstep and house with a
classics and glam house with resident
production team the Studiopunks!.
■ The Go-Go at Studio 24. 11pm–5am.
11pm–5am. Free. 12 Aug. Techno and £3 (£2). 5 Aug. Indie pop and new wave guest set from the Eskimo Twins Free before 11.30pm; £6 (£4) after. 7
minimal night with decor and live rave up. (Wax:On) for some bassy, glitchy beats. Aug. Swinging 60s garage, soul, mod,
visuals. FREE Dapper Dan’s at Sneaky ■ Ikon at Opal Lounge. 10.30pm–3am. soul, new wave, surf and sleazy listening
■ Beats & Pieces at Po Na Na. Pete’s. 11pm–5am. 5 Aug. Default and £tbc. Weekly. Glamorous, luxurious and from residents Tall Paul and Big Gus.
10.30pm–3am. £5. Weekly. Thursday
night mix of electro, R&B, funky house
and dance beats from Johnny Frenetic.
Picassio promise ‘a wonky cocktail of
■ Dub Kaoss at Citrus Club.
exclusive party night of sexy house.
FREE Inkling at Cabaret Voltaire.
11pm–5am. 6 Aug. The Speakeasy rocks
✽ Headspin at the Bongo Club.
11pm–5am. £12. 7 Aug. Mixing
funk, hip hop, disco, house and beats,
■ Born to Be Wide at Electric Circus. 11pm–3am. Free before midnight; £3 to funk-fuelled beats and breaks plus Headspin continues to push the
8pm–3am. £3 (£2). 5 Aug. Music after. Weekly. Drum & bass and dubstep. resident MC Silver Tongue. boundaries and raises clubbing to an art
industry social club that aims to bring
musos, journalists, promoters, record
shop workers and musicians together.
FREE Frisky at the Hive. 10pm–3am.
Weekly. Chart and dancefloor anthems in
the main room with indie and 90s hits
✽ Milk at Medina. 10pm–5am. £5
before midnight; £7 after. 6 Aug.
Hip hop, R&B, soul and funk night with
form for the last time ever as Headspin
hang up the headphones as DJ Yoda
rocks the room for their final party. See
out back. a guest set from DJ Kengo one third of preview, page 81.
FIVE REASONS ■ Fusion at the GRV. 11pm–5am. £3. 5
Aug. Launch of this new night of electro,
infamous high kicking love gods the
Cuban Brothers.
■ Liquid Soul at Po Na Na.
10pm–3am. £4 before 11pm; £7 after.
TASTE fidget, house, drum & bass and jungle. ■ Misfits at the Hive. 10pm–3am. Free Weekly. Get down early for this
■ GaGa at Why Not?. 10pm–3am. £5. before 11pm; £4 after. Weekly. DIY consistently capacity retro-disco and
Weekly. Five hours of party anthems as indie, electro, punk, rock and retro with funky house night, featuring Po’s own
you’ve never heard them before courtesy bargain drinks. Mark B on the decks fusing classic and
of mash-up DJ Kontempt. ■ Planet Earth at Citrus Club. bang up-to-date funky house for those in
■ Join the Dots Festival Sessions 9.30pm–3am. Free before 11pm; £6 the know.
at Medina. 10pm–5am. £4 before after. Weekly. Music from 1976 through ■ Lulu at Lulu. 9pm–3am. Free before
midnight; £5 after. 5 Aug. Cosmic disco, to 1989. In other words, a healthy dose 10pm; £4 before 11pm; £8 after. Weekly.
soul, funk, hip hop, house and future of punk, new wave, new romantic and Gareth Somerville, Danny T and Jon
beats. electro-pop (now with added 90s). Hutchison playing club hits and chart
■ Octopussy at the HMV Picture ■ Poptastic at GHQ. 10pm–3am. £4 favourites.
House. 11pm–3am. £4. Weekly. Student
night of chart, R&B, electro and indie
(£3). 6 Aug. Monthly. Queer clubbing
night with indie/electro from Phil
Bakstad in room one and retro pop/trash
✽ Luvely at the Liquid Room.
10.30pm–5am. £12 (£10 members).
7 Aug. The saucy soirée of full-on,
FREE Samedia at Roxy Art House. from Paul McAvoy in room two. driving house music returns to the Liquid
1 It’s their 16th birthday Taste 11pm–3am. Weekly. A mixed line-up ■ RSVP at Lulu. 10.30pm–3am. £8. Room for a Festival special with a
have been making Mondays messy from Edinburgh’s Departure Lounge host Weekly. Glamorous club hits. ‘Military Tattoo’ themed 14th birthday
this laidback oasis of tropical beats, jazz, ■ Sahara Sessions at Po Na Na. party with new special effects
with their Sunday night of club cuts funk, world music and beyond. 10.30pm–3am. £4 before 11pm; £7 after. (Edinburgh’s first CO2 party), free CDs,
for 16 years, a massive milestone in FREE Sick Note at Cabaret Voltaire. Weekly. Funky and disco tinged house a chance to win one of 14 VIP passes to
the often fickle world of clubbing. 11pm–3am. Weekly. Indie/electro night and huge club classics at this new glam Luvely (for a whole year) and an official
2 Fisher & Price are an from the Cab, with residents from Clash and sexy night for Po Na Na. BBQ the next day.
and Spies in the Wires. FREE Samedia at Roxy Art House. ■ Much More at Medina. 10pm–5am.
Edinburgh DJing institution ■ Silent Disco at Udderbelly’s 11pm–3am. Weekly. See Thu. £tbc. Weekly. Hip hop from Nasty P.
Sixteen years running one of the Pasture. midnight–4am. £10. 12 Aug. ■ Silent Disco at Udderbelly’s ■ Opal Lounge at Opal Lounge.
capital’s most loved gay-friendly, You know the drill by now, don your Pasture. midnight–4am. £10. Weekly. 9pm–3am. Free before 10pm; £4 before
open-minded club nights, Fisher & headphones and dance to a selection of See Thu. 11pm; £8 after. Weekly. Late night soirée
Price have honed their DJ skills to two channels of music from various DJs. ■ This is Music at Sneaky Pete’s. featuring DJ Dave Shedan and a fusion
FREE Soulsville at the Bongo Club. 11pm–5am. £3 (members free). 6 Aug. of glamorous vocal house and accessible
keep the dancefloor hot and sweaty midnight–5am. Weekly. Tsatsu and The indie club/gig crossover night is electro with a hint of R&B.
with their underground club mix Argonaut spin the best in soul, doo-wop, joined by the Axis DJs for some added FREE Samedia at Roxy Art House.
and blissful beats. In the words of funk and rock’n’roll. electro, techno and dubstep. 11pm–3am. Weekly. See Thu.
resident Mark Price, Taste is
‘friendly, hedonistic, vibrant,
■ Stiletto at Lulu. 10pm–3am. £5 (£4).
Weekly. Electro-pop, glam house classics
and disco.
✽ Tokyoblu at Cabaret Voltaire.
11pm–5am. £8 (£5 members). 6
Aug. John Hutchison and Iain Gibson
■ Silent Disco at Udderbelly’s
Pasture. midnight–4am. £10. Weekly.
See Thu.
euphoric and unique’. FREE Stomp Box at Stereo. dish out the best in Chicago house, ■ Tease Age at Citrus Club.
3 The resident duo are also 11pm–3am. Weekly. Dubstep, techno, funky electro and disco as they kick start 10.30pm–3am. Free before 11pm; £6
backed up by regulars Miss jungle, drum & bass, grime, hip hop, dub their Edinburgh Festival Opening Party after. Weekly. This indie stalwart dishes
Chris and Rick Palys ‘They are and anything with bass. with a guest set form Epic 26 (live). up everything from swinging 60s hits to
■ Vanity at Opal Lounge. 10pm–3am. ■ Wu Hui at Shanghai. 10pm–3am. £8 baggy Manchester faves as well as a host
all passionate about the music they £5. Weekly. Cutting edge soul, R&B, (£6). Weekly. Feel good party night and of current NME chart botherers with DJ
play, they’re technically excellent, electro and funky house. uplifting house. Monkee Mickee. Edinburgh’s longest
they know how to rock the continually running indie night.
dancefloor and they don’t take Edinburgh Fridays Chart & Party ■ Ultragroove at Cabaret Voltaire.
themselves too seriously,’ adds ■ Hot & Gold at Stereo. 10pm–3am. 11pm–5am. £5 before midnight; £8 after.
Club Free before midnight; £4 (£2) after. 7 Aug. Gareth Sommerville is joined by
Price. ■ Broke at City Nightclub. Weekly. Disco, dance and raunchy R&B Ultragroove favourite Fudge Fingas for
4 They’re back where they 10.30pm–3am. £2. Weekly. Huge student on the mainfloor. some delicious disco-tinged house and
belong We’ve been waiting ages night of chart indie, hip hop, dance ■ Iconic Fridays at Mood. funk.
for the Liquid Room to reopen (it anthems and drinks promos. 10.30pm–3am. Free before 11pm; £3 ■ Va Va-Voom!!!! at Electric Circus.
■ Carry On! at Electric Circus. 1–5am. after. Weekly. Essential dance, R&B, 90s 10.30pm–5am. £5 before midnight; £6
was closed for 18 months because £5. Weekly. Danny Chutes and JP Mason hits and anthems. after. 7 Aug. Decadent night of sultry
of a fire in the Indian restaurant (Leith FM) host a musical party of ■ Kinky Disco at GHQ. 9pm–3am. sounds with burlesque, dance and theatre
situated above the club) and thank classic hits and dancefloor favourites. Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. Pop, performances to put a bit of glamour
the lord it’s back for the festival with ■ Confusion is Sex at the Bongo camp classics and dance hits from Cilla back in your life featuring Fanny Devine
Club. 11pm–5am. £7 (£5 in ‘woodland Slack and funky house and electro from and Wild Card Kitty.

regulars like Taste, Evol, Musika,
creature’ costume). 6 Aug. Glam techno, DJ Michelle. FREE Volume! at Sneaky Pete’s.
Luvely and Madchester back where electro, indie punk and rock’n’roll at this ■ The Reunion at Lava Ignite. 11pm–5am. 7 Aug. The dubstep
they belong. avant garde arty gathering ‘where the 10pm–3am. £5 before midnight; £7 after. night celebrates the Edinburgh Festival
5 They can’t wait for the weird is normal’ at this Festival Weekly. Ibiza party every Friday all with a special free party of quality
festival ‘I love the multicultural mix Extravaganza with the Freaky Brides, through summer with chart dance hits dubstep, bassline, jungle, grime and
Tequila Star and quirky fashion and Lava’s notorious hot tubs. electro.
of people that it brings to the city, stalls/show plus DJs Gary Mac and Kris
the variety of entertainment that’s Wasabi. Edinburgh Saturdays Chart & Party
available and the way the whole city ■ Dirt at the GRV. 11pm–3am. £tbc. 6 ■ Embrace at Lava Ignite. 10pm–3am.
comes alive,’ says Price. Aug. Techno, electro, breaks, dubstep Club £7 (£2 before 11pm). Weekly. Chart
■ The Liquid Room, 225 2564, and B-more. ■ Beep Beep, Yeah! at Cabaret dance hits from Stuart Lewis plus R&B,
FREE ELECTROsexual at CC Voltaire. 11pm–5am. £3. 7 Aug. Taking 60s, 70s and 80s anthems across the
11pm–5am, Sun 8 Aug, £6 (£5 Blooms. 11pm–5am. 6 Aug. Monthly. over the Speakeasy with a staunchly other dancefloors.
members) An eclectic mix of all your favourite retro soundtrack of 50s rock, 60s ■ I Love . . . at City Nightclub.
anthems from days of yore right up to grooves and 70s psychedelia. 10.30pm–3am. £6 (£5). Weekly. A glam
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✽ Taste at the Liquid Room.
11pm–5am. £6 (£5 members). 8
Aug. ‘We are 16 going on 17’, Fisher &
FREE Random at the Bongo Club.
midnight–5am. Weekly. Psy-trance and
minimal techno night.
Price (plus Miss Chris and Ryan Palys) FREE Samedia at Roxy Art House.
provide an eclectic mix of the very best 11pm–3am. Weekly. See Thu.
in underground dance music and classics FREE Soul Jam Hot at Sneaky Pete’s.
as they reach their 16th birthday. See 5 11pm–5am. Weekly. Old school, real
Reasons, page 82. deal soul, garage and R&B.
■ Tipsy at Lulu. 10pm–3am. £5. FREE Split at Cabaret Voltaire.
Weekly. R&B, urban and hip hop from 11pm–3am. Weekly. Drum & bass,
residents Nick G and DJ Prospect at electro, techno and breakbeat with
what they promise will be ‘the hottest Shadowskill, the Dropout DJs, Dogma
Sunday night party in town’. and a smattering of local guests.

Edinburgh Mondays Edinburgh Wednesdays

Club Club
■ Decadence at Lulu. 10pm–3am. FREE Axis at Sneaky Pete’s.
£tbc. Weekly. OK so fair enough, it’s 11pm–5am. Weekly. Electro, techno,
Mon, but that’s no excuse. dubstep and bassline.
■ Latin Quarter at Medina. ■ B-Sides at Medina. 10pm–5am. Free
10pm–5am. £2 before midnight; £5 after. before midnight; £3 after. Weekly. Rock
Weekly. Mix of salsa and world music. and indie B-sides, covers, rarities and
FREE Mixed Up Mondays at the remixes.
Hive. 10pm–3am. Weekly. R&B, hip ■ Bangers & Mash at the Hive.
hop, pop and floor fillers. 10pm–3am. Free before 11pm; £3 (£2)
FREE Nu Fire at Sneaky Pete’s. after. Weekly. Student night of chart
11pm–5am. Weekly. Showcase of R&B and dance.
underground hip hop, dubstep, drum & ■ Chambles at Opal Lounge.
bass, electro and MCs. 10pm–3am. £5. Weekly. Night of sexy
FREE Samedia at Roxy Art House. music, fantastic cocktails and fabulous
Ultragroove Gareth Sommerville’s house night kicks off the
festival with one of their favourite guests as Fudge
11pm–3am. Weekly. See Thu.
■ Subzero at Opal Lounge.
people. Dress to impress.
FREE Facefook at GHQ. 11pm–3am.
Fingas (pictured) returns to man the wheels of steel. Signed to 10.30pm–3am. £tbc. Weekly. Cool and Weekly. Midweek clubbing from DJ
Edinburgh’s own Firecracker Records he’s sure to keep things deep and classy trendy get-together. Michelle.
■ Trade Union at Cabaret Voltaire. ■ Judgement Wednesdays at
jazzy with the occasional shot of serious funk and Detroit techno. 11pm–3am. Free before midnight; £2 Shanghai. 11pm–3am. £tbc. Weekly. A
■ Cabaret Voltaire, 220 6176, Sat 7 Aug, 11pm--5am, £5 before midnight; £8 (£1) after. Weekly. DJ Beefy and night of Ibiza house, lasers, smoke
after. Wolfjazz mix up house, electro, hip hop, machines and dancers with DJ Scott
techno, breaks and more besides. Granger and Steven Tobin.
FREE Versus at the Bongo Club. FREE JungleDub at the Bongo Club.
selection of chart, cheese, indie and FREE Killer Kitsch at Cabaret midnight–5am. Weekly. Night of midnight–5am. Weekly. Showcasing the
R&B. Voltaire. 11pm–3am. Weekly. Killer pumpin’ techno. Scottish dub, dubstep and jungle scene.
■ Let’s Party at Mood. 10.30pm–3am. Kitsch returns to Edinburgh as Euan FREE Mala Vida at the GRV.
£tbc. Weekly. Big party night of club, Neilson and David Sinclair import their Edinburgh Tuesdays 10.30pm–3am. Weekly. Latin special
chart and pop hits. mix of dance, electro, 80s synth pop, with a selection of Spanish DJs.
■ Love Groove at Stereo. new wave and punk to the Cab. Club ■ Promiscuous at Lulu. 10pm–3am.
10.30pm–3am. £5 (£2) before midnight; FREE Mile High Club at GHQ. FREE Antics at the Hive. 10pm–3am. £5. Weekly. Each night starts with a
£6 (£3) after. Weekly. Mix of chart 11pm–3am. Weekly. Take off with Head Weekly. Rock, emo, punk and metal ‘ladies only hour’ with cocktails,
anthems, disco and classic dance tunes. Stewardess Cilla Slack for a night of dispatches from Edinburgh’s alt.scene. pitchers, chocolate strawberries and male
■ Musicology at Shanghai. mid-air frolics in the cockpit. ■ Couture at Opal Lounge. butlers, followed by a chart/electro mix.
10pm–3am. £10 (£8). Weekly. Funk, ■ Rise at Opal Lounge. 10pm–3am. £5. 10.30pm–3am. £5. Weekly. A space for FREE Samedia at Roxy Art House.
dance, chart hits and classics Weekly. Johnny Frenetic mashes up a ‘Edinburgh’s it-crowd to network’ with a 11pm–3am. Weekly. See Thu.
accompanied by their appropriate videos unique and energetic three deck mix of cool soundtrack of hip hop, funk, R&B ■ We are . . . Electric at Cabaret
from VJ Scott Granger. funky house, sexy urban and indie and party jams from Cunnie and Gino. Voltaire. 11pm–5am. Free before
infused electro, club classics and ■ Dirty Sex at Lulu. 10pm–3am. £tbc. midnight; £2 after (free for members).
Edinburgh Sundays remixes. Weekly. Raunchy dance beats. Weekly. Edinburgh’s busiest midweek
FREE Samedia at Roxy Art House. ■ Enigma at Shanghai. 11pm–3am. electro-funk disco party with Gary Mac
Club 11pm–3am. Weekly. See Thu. £tbc. Weekly. Glamorous student night. joined by Wolfjazz.
FREE Coalition at Sneaky Pete’s. FREE The Sunday Rock Show at ■ Jam Sessions at Medina. ■ We is Eclectic at Cabaret Voltaire.
11pm–5am. Weekly. Drum & bass, the Hive. 10pm–3am. Weekly. Modern midnight–5am. £2. Weekly. Resident DJs 10.30pm–3am. Free before midnight; £2
breaks, dubstep, techno and electro from and classic rock anthems with a dash of and acoustic guests for a night of folk, after. Weekly. DFault and Picasso spin a
the resident team every week. metal. indie, rock and new wave. cocktail of beats in the Speakeasy.

EDINBURGH ■ CC Blooms action. ■ The Jazz Bar ■ Mood Street, 270 3900. Slick
Club venues 23-24 Greenside Place, ■ Faith 1 Chambers Street, 467 Omni, Greenside Place, and stylish venue in the
556 9331. One of the Wilkie House, Cowgate, 2539. Cool beats from 550 1640. Chart, dance heart of Edinburgh.
■ Bacaro city’s most enduring gay 225 9764. Commercial global sounds to and party tunes. ■ Siglo
7–11 Hope Street Lane, clubs, with hi-NRG dance sounds, pop hits straight ahead jazz. See ■ Opal Lounge 184 Cowgate, 240 2850.
247 7004. Stylish bijou tracks every night of the and R&B. listings for details. 51 George Street, 226 Charty, party, indie
clubbbing and cocktails. week. ■ GHQ ■ Karma Nights 2275. House and funky nights until 3am.
■ Berlin ■ The Citrus Club 4 Picardy Place, 550 23 Lothian Road, 229 beats for a dressed up ■ Stereo
3 Queensferry Street Grindlay Street, 622 1780. Swish gay club. 9197. Club classics, crowd. King Stables Road, 229
Lane, 467 7215. 7086. Mainly studenty See listings for details. chart nuggets and party ■ Opium 7986. More big party
Selection of cool house venue that goes for an ■ The GRV tunes. 71 Cowgate, 225 8382. tunes and drunken
nights. See listings for indie vibe as well as a 7 Guthrie Street, 220 ■ Lava Ignite Rock, punk and metal, dancing.
details. dash of punk, new wave 2987. Intimate club 3 West Toll Cross, 228 no messing. ■ Studio 24
■ The Bongo Club and 80s classics. See venue mixing art, techno, 3252. Chart favourites, ■ Po Na Na Calton Road, 558 3758.
Moray House, 37 listings for selected dub, live acts and beats. pop hits and R&B. 43b Frederick Street, Down and dirty club
Holyrood Road, 558 highlights. See listings for details. ■ The Liquid Room 226 2224. Student nights, specialising in
7604. One of the coolest ■ City: Edinburgh ■ Henry’s Cellar Bar 9c Victoria Street, 225 nights, funky beats, techno and rock. See
and most eclectic clubs 1a Market Street, 226 8-16a Morrison Street, 2564. Recently house and more. See listings for details.
in town. See listings for 9560. From student 228 9393. Eclectic and reopened after 18 listings for selected ■ The Voodoo Rooms
details. nights and pop to big experimental nights from months away. See Five highlights. 19a West Register
■ Cabaret Voltaire guest DJs. See listings surf rock to electro. See Reasons on p82. ■ Potterrow Street, 556 7060.
36-38 Blair Street, 220 for selected highlights. listings for details. ■ Lulu (under Tiger Teviot, Bristo Square, Sophisticated clubbing
6176. Mixed bag from ■ Electric Circus ■ Hive Lily) 125b George 650 9195. Student and entertainment. See
house and techno to 36-39 Market Street, 15–17 Niddry Street, 556 Street, 561 2245. Cool heaven and home to listings for details.
drum & bass and indie. 226 4224. Eclectic 0444. Rock, indie, funk, house and other soem big one off ■ The Wee Red Bar
See listings for details. dance beats and indie student nights and grooves from the people parties. Edinburgh College of Art,
■ The Caves plus private rooms for a electronica. See listings who brought you the ■ Sneaky Pete’s Lauriston Place, 229
Niddry Street South, 557 unique clubbling for details. Opal Lounge. 73 Cowgate, 225 1757. 1442. Student nights for
8989. Great subterranean experience. ■ HMV Picture House ■ Medina Underground clubbing the arty set. See listings
venue (as the name ■ Espionage 31 Lothian Road, 0844 45-47 Lothian Street, at its best, from techno for details.
suggests) getting more 4 India Buildings, 847 1740. Home to indie 225 6313. Laid back and dubstep to indie. ■ Why Not?
and more popular due to Victoria Street, 477 clubbing and big name vibes with cool hip hop See listings for details. 14 George Street, 624
its unique atmosphere. 7007. Five floors of one-off special events. and other sounds. See ■ Shanghai 8311. Hits from the 80s
See listings for details. varied chart and dancey See listings for details. listings for details. Le Monde, 16 George to last week.

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These days the Mela is just as much of a
ceremonial start to Edinburgh’s Festivals as
the (often far less exciting) Fringe
Cavalcade. This year, alongside Bollywood
dance shows, multi-artform companies from
China, traditional Sufi music from Rizwan- ✽ The Prisoner of
Muazzam Qawwali and the now-traditional Azkaslam The Auld Reekie
international food market, the commissioned Roller Girls (pictured) take on
part of the programme is particularly strong. the London Rockin’ Rollers All
The Naturally Inspired strand is a series of Stars in a special festival roller
collaborations between Scottish and derby bout. Expect magical
international musicans and storytellers, moves and terrifying levels of
while Cargo (pictured), a huge-scale competitiveness.
aerial/physical theatre work by those old ✽ World Kitchen in Leith A
risk-takers Iron Oxide, explores the human three-course experience of total
need to migrate (although the production foodie fusion: starters from
itself will be staying on at Leith Links for the
Scotland, Ireland and India,
duration of the Fringe).
main courses from India, Africa
■ Edinburgh Mela, Leith Links, Fri 6–Sun 8 Aug, Cargo also runs Wed
and the Middle East, and cakes
11–Sun 22 Aug (not Mon 16), Leith Links, Venue and fruits from all over for pud.
167, 9.15pm. Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Thu 5
✽ Hi Fives for Diversity
Our Dynamic Earth gets stuck
in about the International Year
of Biodiversity. See picture,
page 86. Our Dynamic Earth,
Thu 5, Fri 6, Wed 11 & Thu 12
Aug, Meadowbank Sports
Centre, Sat 7 Aug.
✽ Edinburgh Mela Festival
Celebrating the cultural diversity
of Scotland, the Mela (Sanskrit
for ‘gathering’) brings together
musicians, singers and dancers
from a huge variety of ethnic
groups for performances amid
a carnival atmosphere on Leith
Links. See Big Picture, left.
5QUESTIONS Leith Links, Fri 6–Sun 8 Aug.
✽ Edinburgh Festivals’
Elaine Henry, owner of Word Power Books and the director of the Cavalcade Singing kids on
Edinburgh Book Fringe
lorries and the entire cast of the
Why did you set up the Edinburgh Book Fringe in the first place? Tattoo marching through
To give local writers, small publishers and writers outwith the mainstream the sort Holyrood Park? That’ll be your
of voice or platform they wouldn’t get access to during the festival period. official start to the festivals,
Can you describe the ethos of the festival in one sentence? then. See picture, page 85.
All the events are free, everything’s accessible, and there’s a spirit of exchanging Holyrood Park, Sun 8 Aug.
information, so we give plenty of time to discussion as well. ✽ Children’s Storytelling
Most memorable writers you’ve had on over the past 14 years? Tours Marion Kenny leads a
We had Mark Thomas come – that was great fun, because in the spirit of the tour of two major exhibitions –
Fringe he mixed humour and politics. And we’ve had Tom Leonard many times. Edward Weston at the City Art
He’s always great, and is opening the festival this year. Centre and Martin Creed at the
Which other writers are you looking forward to this year? Fruitmarket – with art, stories
Blake Morrison, who’s reading with Kei Miller. The comedians Stewart Lee and and music. City Art Centre,
Richard Herring are both appearing, although not together. Ewan McVicar is Wed 11 Aug.
running an event on Scottish political songs and promising ‘singing, laughter and ✽ Edinburgh Book Fringe
much merriment’. And we’ve got John Holloway coming from Mexico to talk about A nifty, necessary alternative to
his book Crack Capitalism. the Book Festival’s marqueed
What do you hope to do with the Book Fringe in the future? glamour; some of the best local
We’re limited in terms of space while we hold it at the bookshop, but that has its and radical writers read free of
advantages – it creates a specially intimate atmosphere for writers to engage with charge. See 5 Questions, left.
their readers in – they’re only ten inches away, and seem to feel far more able to Word Power Bookshop, Wed
ask questions. We’re keeping it small. Small is beautiful. 11–Wed 25 Aug.
■ Edinburgh Book Fringe, Word Power Books, Wed 11–Wed 25 Aug.
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the Scottish International Storytelling
Telephone Booking Festival.
Bat-tastic! Thu 12 Aug, 2–4pm &
Fringe 0131 226 0000 8–9.30pm. Afternoon activities included
International Festival 0131 473 2000 in admission; evening walk £4 (children
Book Festival 0845 373 5888 £2). Inveresk Lodge Garden,
Art Festival 07500 461 332 Musselburgh, 0844 493 2124. Bat-based
games and crafts for children in the
afternoon, and a walk along the Esk to
Activities & Events see if you can spot any in the evening.
FREE Thursday Health Walks Thu 5 Booking essential for walk.
Aug & Thu 12 Aug, 10.15am. Royal
Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 552 Books
7171. Enjoy fresh air and meet new Havers and Blethers Until 21 Aug,
people on a health-boosting garden walk 7.30–8.30pm. £2. Captains Bar, 4 South
at the RBGE. Part of the Paths for all College Street,
Partnership. Under 16s must be A nightly
accompanied. spoken word-based event from the
FREE Amble Around Arthur Mon 9 Captain’s Bar, hosted by fiddler Kirsty-
Aug, 1–2.30pm. Holyrood Park, Jacqueline Lingard and featuring writers,
Holyrood Lodge, 652 8150. A guided poets, actors and musicians performing
walk with park rangers exploring many short snippets from their works. Free
different aspects of Arthur’s Seat. acoustic folk sessions every night after the
Booking essential. show.
FREE Arthur’s Adventure Wed 11 FREE Launch of Time Loop, an
Aug, 1–4pm. Holyrood Park, Holyrood Adventure in Dream Time Fri 6 Aug,
Lodge, 652 8150. A challenging walk 6pm. Word Power Bookshop, 43 West
over some of the tougher routes around With floats from all Nicolson Street, 662 9112. Launch of a
Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat.
Booking essential.
Edinburgh Festivals’ Cavalcade aspects of the Edinburgh
new novella by Morelle Smith, the action
of which takes place partly in 13th-
FREE Tracks Through Time Thu 5 Festivals, as well as community groups and commercial ventures and century France, and partly in fin de siècle
Aug, 7–9pm. Pencaitland Railway Walk, the entire cast of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the cavalcade returns to 20th-century France and Scotland.
Ormiston Station Car Park, Tranent,
01620 827421. Go for a jaunt down the
old Pencaitland Railway, and learn about
Holyrood Park to kick-start yer official Edinburgh Crazy Season. Before
and after the procession through the city, grab a chance to see some of ✽ FREE Edinburgh Book Fringe
Wed 11–Wed 25 Aug, times vary.
Word Power Bookshop, 43 West Nicolson
the people that used to live and work the acts performing in Holyrood Park. Street, 662 9112. Word Power’s very own
along this line. Booking essential. ■ Sun 8 Aug, noon–4pm. Holyrood Park, Book Fringe, featuring readings,
Edinburgh Ceilidhs Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, discussions and book signings from the
8pm. £6–£10. Lauriston Hall, 28 likes of Ewan McVicar, Louise Welsh,
Lauriston Street, 339 5374. Traditional the cultural diversity of Scotland, the The Stewart Lee, Max Schaeffer and Richard
fun with ceilidh bands and a piper, and Mela (Sanskrit for ‘gathering’) brings official start to the Festivals, all in one Herring. See 5 Questions, page 84.
some international folk dances to together musicians, singers and dancers handy green area. See picture, below.
complement the Scottish classics. from a huge variety of ethnic groups for FREE Naturally Inspired Sun 8 Aug, Exhibitions
Refreshments available. performances with a carnival atmosphere 1–5pm. Royal Botanic Garden, 20a FREE A Swing Through Time: The
✽ Edinburgh Mela Festival Fri
6–Sun 8 Aug, Fri 9–9.30pm; Sat &
Sun noon–8.30pm. £2.50 (children free).
on Leith Links. See Big Picture, page 84.
✽ FREE Edinburgh Festivals’
Cavalcade Sun 8 Aug, noon–4pm.
Inverleith Row, 552 7171. Nature-inspired
new performances commissioned by the
Edinburgh Mela Festival, the Edinburgh
Story of Golf in Scotland Until Sun
14 Nov, Mon–Fri 10am–8pm; Sat
10am–5pm; Sun 2–5pm. National Library
Leith Links, Leith, 473 2000. Celebrating Holyrood Park, International Jazz and Blues Festival and of Scotland, George IV Bridge, 623 3918.


18 July – 30 September
Join a guided tour of the historic Abbey ruins
and discover 900 years of fascinating history.
FREE daily tours, included as part of a standard admission
0131 556 5100
Photographer: Peter Packer

Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX

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Find out why whacking a ball with a stick Reekie Roller Girls take on the London
whilst wearing Argyle socks is so very Rockin Rollers All Stars in a special
important to Scotland’s culture, history festival roller derby bout. See Hitlist.
and economy.
Skin Deep: The Restoration of Talks
Form and Function Until Fri 3 Sep FREE Exhibition Opening and
(not Sat/Sun), 10am–4pm. Included in Keynote Talk Thu 5 Aug, 6pm.
admission: £5 (£3). Surgeons’ Hall Surgeons’ Hall Museum, Royal College of
Museum, Royal College of Surgeons of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street,
Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, 527 1649. An 527 1649. Dr Emily Mayhew, author of
exhibition investigating plastic surgery The Reconstruction of Warriors, gives a
relating to war, punishment, psychology, talk to open the museum’s new exhibition,
congenital defects and cosmetic reasons. Skin Deep: The Restoration of Form and
FREE From Another Kingdom: The Function. Booking essential.
Amazing World of Fungi Until Sun 21 FREE Denmark in the time of
Nov, Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Christen Købke Fri 6 Aug,
Inverleith Row, 552 7171. The UK’s first 12.45–1.30pm. National Gallery of
major multi-media exhibition to focus on Scotland: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre,
the fascinating world of fungi. The Mound, 624 6200. Neil Kent
FREE Persian Art and Rug examines the historical and cultural
Exhibition Until Mon 30 Aug, context of the Danish painter’s work.
10am–noon & 2–4pm. Persian Rug FREE Impressionist Garden Tours
Village, 34 Morningside Road, 446 7071. at RBGE Sun 8 Aug, 2pm. Royal Botanic
Step into a land far away inside a Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 624 6560. An
traditional nomadic tent and discover art historian from the National Galleries
rugs, ceramics, cushions and fine art from leads a tour around the Royal Botanic
Persia, meet craftsmen and enjoy films Garden. Booking essential.
and live music from the region. FREE Where is Public Art Today?
It’s the kids’ last chance to take part in Sun 8 Aug, 6–7.30pm. Portobello Public
Antiques & Collectors Fair Sat 7 &
Hi Fives for Diversity Our Dynamic Earth’s International Year
Art House, 56 Kings Road, Portobello,
email for
Sun 8 Aug, Sat 10am–4.30pm; Sun of Biodiversity celebrations this week, with activities all over the centre. tickets. Guest speaker Kenny Hunter and
10am–4pm. £2.50. Royal Highland High five the Community Tree, learn about how Arctic animals have representatives from Big Things on the
Centre, Ingliston, 335 6200. Up to 300 adapted to their harsh environment, find out which bug is your bug, or Beach discuss the state and concept of
exhibitors offering ceramics, glass, just follow a treasure trail around the exhibits. Entrance to events public art today.
Treen, pictures, furniture, jewellery, FREE A Palpable Flesh: Realism in
vintage and retro clothing and much included in admission. Contemporary Figurative Sculpture
more. ■ Thu 5, Fri 6, Wed 11 & Thu 12 Aug, 11.30am–3.30pm, Our Dynamic Earth, Mon 9 Aug, 12.45–1.30pm. Scottish
FREE Morningside Makers Market Holyrood Road, 550 7800, National Gallery of Modern Art, 75
Sat 7 Aug, 10.30am–4.30pm. Columcille Belford Road, 624 6200. A talk by
Centre, 2 Newbattle Terrace, 447 7404. A Stephen Feeke on artists renowned for
monthly boutique craft and design market Fun Things to Make and Do Until shiny mosaic. Price includes drink and hyper-realistic sculpture and the
with artists, crafters and designers Sun 29 Aug, 2–4.30pm. National Gallery snack. techniques and materials they use.
offering ceramics, jewellery, glassware, of Scotland: Clore Education Centre, The Water Force Thu 12 Aug, 2–3.30pm. Why Did Edinburgh Transform
photography, textiles and art. Mound, 624 6200. Make flying birds, Children £3.50 (accompanying adults Itself into Athens? Tue 10 Aug,
jumping fish and sprouting flowers to free). Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 10.30am. £8. Lauriston Castle, 2a
Food & Drink bring the Impressionist Garden alive. Lanark Road, 455 7367. Harness the Cramond Road South, 529 3963.
FREE The Village Store Sat 7 Aug, Children must be accompanied. tremendous power of water! Booking Professor Charles McKean explores
10am–2pm. Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Summer Holiday Cookery essential. Aimed at ages 5–12. possible answers. Includes refreshments
30–36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, 555 7100.
A weekly local shop for Leithers in
search of quality ethical goods including
Workshops Until Sun 15 Aug,
10am–4pm. £25. Cookingmania, 1 North
West Circus Place, 0131 220 2040. A
✽ Children’s Storytelling Tours
Wed 11 Aug, 11am–1pm. Children
£5 (accompanying adults free). Meet at
and a tour of the castle. Booking essential.
FREE The Gallery of Modern Art at
50 Tue 10 Aug, 12.45–1.30pm. National
food, drink and household items. chance for budding chefs to get their City Art Centre Reception, 2 Market Gallery of Scotland: Hawthornden Lecture
✽ World Kitchen in Leith Thu 5
Aug, 7.30–10.30pm. Three courses
£15; two courses £12. Out of the Blue
fingers sticky, and learn something too.
Ages and times vary.
Behind the Ropes – Family Tour of
Street, 529 3993. Marion Kenny leads a
tour of two of this summer’s major
exhibitions – Edward Weston at the City
Theatre, The Mound, 624 6200. A behind-
the-scenes look at the gallery with Chief
Curator Keith Hartley.
Drill Hall, 30–36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, the Palace Sun 8 Aug, Sun 11am, noon, Art Centre and Martin Creed at the
556 4646. A three-course experience of 1pm & 2pm. Included in admission: Fruitmarket – with art, stories and music. Workshops
total foodie fusion: starters from Scotland, £10.25 (£9.30; under 17s £6.20; under 5s Ages 4+. Booking essential. See Hitlist. FREE Sketching in the Park Fri 6
Ireland and India, main courses from free; family ticket £27). Palace of FREE Behind the Scenes at the Aug, 10.30am–3pm. West Princes Street
India, Africa and the Middle East, and Holyroodhouse, Royal Mile, 556 5100. Botanics Wed 11 Aug, 2–3pm. Royal Gardens, 624 6200. Sketch the beautiful
cakes and fruits from all over for pud. See the State Apartments at the Palace Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 552 views from Princes Street Gardens, with
Advance booking essential: email under the guidance of an expert from the 7171. Find out what goes on behind artists on hand for tips and advice. All or phone. education team. Suitable for families with closed doors at the Botanics. Ages 8+. materials supplied.
See Hitlist. children aged 5+. Magical Felt Slippers Sat 7 Aug,
FREE Glenmorangie Whisky Really Rotten Day Sat 7 Aug, LGBT 10.30am–3.30pm. £15. Lauriston Castle,
Sampling Fri 6 Aug, 10am–5pm. Scotch 10.30am–3.30pm. Included in admission. Badminton Drop-in Sun 8 Aug, 2a Cramond Road South, 529 3963.
Whisky Experience, 354 Castlehill, The Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, 334 2–4pm. £3. Crags Sports Centre, 10 Create a pair of quirky colourful felt
Royal Mile, 220 0441. Try samples of 9171. Smelly fun including interactive Bowmont Place, 523 1100. A fun and slippers from handmade felt. Ages 16+.
Glenmorangie’s Single Malt and Bailie workshops and lots of activities so you easy sport to pick up (and plenty of Booking essential.
Nicol Jarvie blend. can find out why farts smell and which punning opportunities to boot) these Life Drawing Classes Sun 8 Aug,
FREE Morrison Bowmore Whisky animals eat their own sick. sessions are for all abilities. 2–5pm. Two hours £7; three hours £10.
Sampling Sat 7 Aug, 10am–5pm. Scotch FREE Real Life Science: Glow in FREE LGBT Glee Club Tue 10 Aug, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30–36
Whisky Experience, 354 Castlehill, The the Dark Fungi Sun 8 Aug, 1–4pm. 8–10pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Dalmeny Street, Leith, 555 7100. Drop-in
Royal Mile, 220 0441. Three varieties Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. life drawing classes. For further
from three different areas of Scotland – Row, 552 7171. Patrick Hickley Learn some songs and recreate the magic information please contact Leigh Chorlton
Auchentoshan in the Lowlands, Glen introduces some amazing bioluminescent of the TV phenomenon. Email on Please note:
Garioch in the Highlands and Bowmore fungi, which produce light for reasons for more The Drill Hall Café is closed on Sundays:
on the Isle of Islay. nobody knows. information. See Hitlist entry via 36 Dalmeny St (buzzer 040).
My Favourite Animals Kitbags and FREE ShuttleScots Badminton Tue Painting Fungi Tue 10–Thu 12 Aug,
Kids Pencil Cases Mon 9 Aug, 10 Aug, 7–9pm. Crags Sports Centre, 10 10am–4pm. £100 (members £90). Royal
Children’s Activities Until Mon 30 10.30am–12.30pm & 1.30–3.30pm. £4. Bowmont Place, 523 1100. Social Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 248
Aug, 10am–6pm. Included in admission: Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road badminton group meeting. Contact 2937. A course on depicting fungi in
£5.50 (£4.50; family ticket £10-£15). South, 529 3963. Decorate your own bag for further pencil and watercolour, taught by Claire
Georgian House, 7 Charlotte Square, and pencil case for going back to school information. Dalby. Price includes lunch. Booking
0844 493 2117. Take the kids to see using stencils, crayons and pictures. FREE Different Strokes Thu 12 Aug, essential.
history come alive this summer. Booking essential. 4–6pm. Glenogle Swim Centre, Glenogle FREE Discovering Family History
✽ Hi Fives for Diversity Thu 5, Fri
6, Wed 11 & Thu 12 Aug,
11.30am–3.30pm. Included in admission:
River Dipping Tue 10 Aug, 2–3.30pm.
Children £3.50 (accompanying adults
free). Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24
Road, Stockbridge, 523 1100.
Transgender people can enjoy the sole use
of a swimming pool, steam room and
at NLS Wed 11 Aug, 2pm. National
Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge,
623 3918. Practical workshop on
£9.45 (£8.10; children £6.30). Our Lanark Road, 455 7367. Splash around in sauna at this new fortnightly event. Email genealogical research techniques. Includes
Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, 550 the river and find out about some of its or telephone the a short tour of the library. Booking
7800. Celebrate the International Year of more unusual inhabitants. Booking LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing essential.
Biodiversity. See picture, above. essential. for info and to sign up. FREE The Drawing Room Thu 12
FREE Messy Play and Arts Drop-In Mosaic Mirror Workshop Wed 11 Aug, 5.30–6.45pm. Scottish National
Thu 5 Aug & Thu 12 Aug, 10am–noon. Aug, 10.30am–12.30pm. £12. Kiss the Sport Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road,
North Edinburgh Arts Centre, 15a
Pennywell Court, 315 2151. Crafty, arty
fun for wee ones aged 0–5.
Fish Studios, 9 Dean Park Street,
Stockbridge, 332 8912. Bring along
broken shells, crockery or tiles, or just
✽ The Prisoner of Azkaslam Sat 7
Aug, 2pm. £7 advance; £8 on the
door. Meadowbank Sports Centre, 139
624 6410. Monthly experimental drawing
session inspired by works in the
collection. All materials provided. Please
FREE In the Impressionist Garden: use what’s there to make a beautiful London Road, 661 5351. The Auld book in advance.
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Despite our enthusiasm for the Edinburgh Festivals, there's a lot
happening beyond the Royal Mile this week that's worth shouting about.
We're taking the opportunity to test List readers who think they know
Glasgow with our fiendish quiz from page 92, set by the great and the
good of Glasgow's cultural scenes. What's more, we're peeking into
Jamie Oliver's new place on George Square on page 90, and conjuring
our own Restival from the best of the events in Glasgow and the rest of
Scotland on page 96. Plus, we've all the usual previews and listings for
Glasgow and other cities. There's never been a better time to get out!

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The things to catch this week

Simon Yuill: Fields,

Gourmet Glasgow Factories and Workshops

2 Good deals on meals and

themed food and drink
events at decent restaurants
around Glasgow, right through the
3 Solo exhibition by Glasgow-
based artist Yuill, whose
work explores the
relationship between space,
Bratchy and the Wee Man’s Comedy Pub Quiz month. See preview, page 85. community and politics. See preview,
AROUND TOWN Various venues, Glasgow, until Mon page 124. CCA, Glasgow, Sat 7

1 The free monthly comedy quiz event takes place once again, with
special rounds including Name the Wrestling Move and
Schwarzenegger quote. Arches Café Bar, Glasgow, Thu 5 Aug.
30 Aug. Aug–Sat 18 Sep.

Salvador Dali:
Liars A Tale Of Two Cities

4 The nomadic, ever-changing

band catch up with The List,
during a tour pitstop in
Kansas. See interview, page 115.
5 Jack Bond reflects on his
1965 film Dali in New York,
made with the eccentric artist
and feminist writer Jane Arden. See
Stereo, Glasgow, Mon 9 Aug. page 103. 3DD Entertainment.

Rizla Riverboat Shuffle Piping Live!


6 The Optimo and Melting Pot

DJs bring their party to the
river once more, with a Sub
Club after-party featuring
7 Bagpipe-related workshops,
masterclasses, ceilidhs,
concerts and street
performances in the world’s largest
Festival of the Imagination
Retro/Grade. See preview, page 99.
Boat departs from Glasgow Science
Centre, Fri 6 Aug, 8pm.
piping event. See preview, page 122.
Various venues, Glasgow, Mon
9–Sun 15 Aug.
8 Live performance, music, art exhibitions, workshops and more at the
debut outing for this fun new fest. Springburn Park, Glasgow, Wed
11–Sun 15 Aug.
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FoodDrinkRestaurants > RECENT OPENINGS
The best of the new restaurant, café and

Cheeky chapel
bar openings in Glasgow and Edinburgh
from the last four weeks, reviewed in every

And it came to pass that a branch of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Glasgow

chain arrived in Glasgow and the word became flesh. Andrea
Pearson took bread

17 Vinicombe Street, West End, 0141 576 1700,, £8 (lunch) / £14
The surroundings of this latest enterprise to take on
the former Salon cinema are spectacular, and a quirky
sense of fun pervades the place. This doesn’t always
work, particularly on the menu: describing something
as ‘very good soup’ raises expectations unnecessarily.
A typical main is a pork chop with tasty bhajee-like
butter nut squash fritters, with desserts such as
chocolate cake with amaretto cream to follow. Service
is slow and a little erratic – all in all, quirkiness seems
to trump quality.


73 Hanover Street, New Town, 0131 225 5755,
£13.50 (lunch) / £22 (dinner)
Nargile’s recent closure, refurbishment and reopening
has brought a shift in emphasis from the new
management of Ruya Iridag, daughter of the Turkish
couple who first established Nargile in Aberdeen in the
1980s, and her chef-partner Stuart Anderson. With
both menu and interior they’re offering a
contemporary take on traditional Turkish cooking.
ou may think Glasgow does not need some weaknesses in the main dishes. The

Generous meze, fish, vegetarian and kebab options all
another 250-covers-worth of Italian pounded steak is a little stringy, although appear on the pricey but not over-expensive menu,
restaurant but there’s no doubt that the prosciutto, fresh sage and a tomato salsa cover with specials like kuzu kus kus (tender leg of lamb
sainted Mr Oliver brings something a bit this adequately. The puttanesca is spicy with cooked in a thin soup of tomato and parsnip on cous
different. The place is brimming with plenty of tomato, olive and caper showing cous) more appealing to the adventurous.
creativity: the house wine is shipped in eco- through, but the ‘homemade’ pasta itself is
friendly tetra paks; a superb selection of disappointingly ordinary. Still, at these prices GOOD SEED
antipasti is served on a wooden plank; and it is only a quibble. 100-102 Dalry Road, Haymarket 0131 337 3803,
kids are offered a Disney-style viewfinder as a, £11 (lunch/dinner)
menu. The proprietor’s God-like status infuses + Exciting combinations of flavours This corner spot punches above its weight with a
the place and its fired-up staff; less expected, – Pasta concise Mediterranean-leaning menu. Homely and
but certainly welcome, are the strong generous-hearted, customers are as welcome to pop
messages about seasonality and local sourcing. in for a slice of cake as a full meal and all dietary
OK, the scrummy figs adorning the chocolate JAMIE’S ITALIAN requirements are well catered for. Chickpea flatbread
tart are not from around these parts, and the 1 George Square, City Centre, Glasgow, and egg poached in a cherry tomato sauce impresses
olives, served on ice, have a few air miles 0141 404 2690,,
with fresh flavours while meatballs are moist and
behind them, but waiters evangelise so much savoury. Stellar desserts include a dense and fudgy
about Scottish produce there’s clearly Mon–Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–10.30pm chocolate cake and tart rhubarb cheesecake. Good
significant substance to go with the style. For Ave. price two-course meal £16 (lunch)/£20 (dinner) Seed is good stuff, set to become a classic
all the imaginative flair, however, there are neighbourhood bistro.
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Think you know Glasgow? If so, you can pit your wits against these fiendish questions,
set by real Glasgow insiders. To find out the answers, and see how you did, turn to page 105
Illustration: Lizzy Stewart


Set by Bratchy and the Wee Man, organisers Glasgow has a long and fruitful history in the music Set by Eugene Kelly, founding member of The
and hosts of The Arches’ Comedy Pub Quiz industry. We even foisted the ponderous mediocrity Vaselines
of Snow Patrol upon the world. But what bunch of
1 glaikit Mancunians were famously ‘discovered’ by a 1
Glasgow has a reputation for being a tough crowd ginger in King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut? The third track on The Vaseline’s first EP was a cover
for comedians, (although those comedians have of a song by an American performer whose name is
obviously never played Fraserburgh, where 4 also the same as Glasgow’s longest running club, held
sometimes jokes must be delivered from within a Believe it or not, the world’s first international football at the Glasgow School of Art. Name the performer.
burning Wicker Man). But what performing brothers match was held in Partick. Yes, Partick. But who was
endured the scathing (and rather hilarious) heckle the match between? 2
‘Christ, there’s two of them!’ as they took to the Nirvana played one show in Glasgow. Where?
stage of the Glasgow Empire? 5
The Wee Man likes nothing better than cruising up 3
2 the West End, relieving students of their student loan Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream used to run a
We can often be found in The Shed nightclub in money. Glasgow University tends to provide rich club in Glasgow. He named it after a song by an
Shawlands, regaling women of questionable virtue pickings, as it contains the highest number of greasy American rock band. Name the club and the band.
with astonishingly feeble chat. But what was the bookish whelps. But what is the main campus of
original name for the building that now houses The Glasgow University? 4
Shed? ■ The Arches Comedy Pub Quiz, Thu 5 Aug, 8pm. Which US rock star allegedly received a pay-out from
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Not enough quiz for you? Need more? Niki
Boyle runs down the best pub quizzes on
offer in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Ashton Lane, West End, 0845 166 6011,
Quiz: Mondays, 9.30pm
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: £50 cash for first place, £25 for second
Average pint: £2
Sample round: Music intros


253 Argyle Street, City Centre,
0141 565 1000,
Quiz: First Thursday of the month, 8.30pm
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: Cash, Arches tickets and cake. Booby
prizes as well
Average pint: £3.30, with promos from £1.50
Sample round: Name the wrestling move (with
live demonstration)


7a Lansdowne Crescent, West End,
0141 334 4653,
Quiz: Mondays, 9pm
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: Meal for four at the restaurant, case of
beer, bottle of wine
Average pint: £3.25 (with bottle promotions)
Sample round: Play Your Cards Right

Teenage Fanclub’s record label after claiming that a) Commes des Garçons
their album artwork breached his trademark of the b) Mr. Ben’s REVERIE
dollar sign? c) Ichi Ni San 1-5 Newington Road, Southside,
0131 667 8870,
5 3 Quiz: Mondays, 9pm, hosted by Scotland’s quiz
Chemikal Underground Records name all their What 2001 shopping-related film was shot largely in guru Dr. Paul (see for more info)
releases and projects numerically, as Factory records Glasgow and remains relatively unknown despite Entry fee: Free
used to. What is the name of their recording studio? awards from BAFTA Scotland, the Berlin Film Prizes: Cash, a good bottle of wine
Festival, the San Diego Film Festival and Stockholm Average pint: £2.90
Film Festival, among others? Sample round: Name ten things you can do in
FASHION bed with a carrot
Set by Camille Lorigo, owner of Che Camille a) Late Night Shopping
fashion house b) Shop Till You Drop IT’S FUNTIME AT THE BONGO CLUB
c) Sauchiehall Street Diaries 37 Holyrood Road, Old Town,
1 0131 558 7604,
Quiz: Tuesdays throughout the festival, 7.30pm
I am a GSA textiles graduate with a career spanning 4
Entry fee: £6 (for a full TV game show-style
three decades in fashion, music, and film. My punk Alistair and Maggie Darling presented tweed wraps
band opened for the Pogues in the late 1970s. Lady to guests at the G20 London summit. But who
Prizes: Selection of novelty cheeses, vintage
Gaga, Souxie Sioux and Kylie have all worn my sexy designed and produced them?
(store-brand) whisky
future-punk clobber. My one-woman show in 1990 at
Average pint: £3.20
Kelvingrove Art Gallery was the first design exhibition a) Deryck Walker for Ultimo
Sample round: Kazoo/Limbo challenge
held at the museum. Who am I? b) Sophie Dahl for Pringle
c) NELFIN at Che Camille for Harris Tweed Hebrides TRAVERSE CAFÉ BAR
a) Christel Kane 10 Cambridge Street, West End,
b) Pam Hogg 5 0131 228 5383,
c) Louise Gray The area running from Sauchiehall Street down Quiz: One Monday a month, usually around the
Buchanan Street to Argyle Street is also known as: 15th to the 20th.
2 Entry fee: £1 (all proceeds go to Maggie’s
This groundbreaking Glasgow boutique brought a) The Golden Triangle Cancer Caring Centre)
cutting-edge labels such as Dries van Noten to the b) The Pubic Triangle Prizes: A couple of bottles of wine
Scottish audience. The founding duo remains c) The Hen Run Average pint: £3.40
passionate about design and culture, and has since Sample round: Anything arty – absolutely no
founded a boutique hotel in the same area of the ■ Che Camille, Floor 6, Argyll Chambers, 34 sport!
Merchant City. Name the store. Buchanan Street, Glasgow.
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between Hope and Union Streets? city’s patron saint, Glaswegians spoke a language
akin to:
a) Swing Hammer Swing by Jeff Torrington
b) Trumpet by Jackie Kay a) Gaelic
c) The Magic Flute by Alan Spence b) Welsh
c) Norse
Where in Glasgow does Robert Wringhim meet 2
Gilmartin in James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Clementina Walkinshaw was the Glaswegian
Confessions of a Justified Sinner? common-law spouse of which 18th-century celebrity
a) Finnieston
b) Glasgow Green a) Robert Burns
c) The Necropolis b) Adam Smith
c) Charles Edward Stuart
What name does Denise Mina’s crime-busting 3
journalist share with a victim of a miscarriage of Which 18th-century Virginia tobacco lord originally
justice? occupied the city-centre mansion that is today’s
Gallery of Modern Art?
CLUBS What does Alexander Trocchi’s Young Adam find in a) Andrew Cochrane
Set by JD Twitch, one half of Optimo the Forth Clyde Canal? b) William Cuninghame
c) John Glassford
1 a) A life-changing copy of Being and Nothingness
Trainspotting was of course set in Leith, but large b) A cache of heroin 4
chunks of the film were actually filmed in Glasgow. A c) The body of his ex-girlfriend. In what year did the shipbuilding burghs of Govan
now-demolished West End club was featured in the and Partick finally yield their independence and
scene where Renton and Diane first meet. What was 5 become part of Glasgow?
it called? Fill in the blanks: in 1982, Janine by Alasdair Gray,
Jock McLeish declares that Scotland has been a) 1891
a) The Volcano ‘______’, going on to admit that ‘I am one of the b) 1912
b) Cleopatra’s _______ that ______ her’. c) 1920
c) Delmonica’s
2 HISTORY Who was elected by her fellow councillors as
The Sub Club opened in 1987 but the space was Set by Irene Maver, Senior Lecturer in Scottish Glasgow’s first female Lord Provost?
used as a nightclub going way back to the 1960s, History, Glasgow University
called what? a) Susan Baird
1 b) Liz Cameron
a) The Basement In the early 7th century at the time of St Mungo, the c) Jean Roberts
b) Lucifer’s
c) Hellfire

Glasgow DJ duo Stuart Macmillan and Orde Meikle
are best known by what alias?

a) Silicone Soul
b) JY Project
c) Slam

Optimo (Espacio) started in which year?

a) 1997
b) 1998
c) 2000

A very small number of Glasgow DJs have had top
40 hits. However, only one of the following has taken
a song as high as number two in the UK singles
chart. Which DJ was it?

a) Harri
b) Oscar Fullone
c) Michael Kilkie

Set by Louise Welsh, author of Naming the

In what musically-titled book do a pair of lovers meet
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The following are all photos of things you might glimpse walking around Glasgow. But can you say what, and where, they are?
A B C 105



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What’sOn ■

Comedy 113

Visual Art



✽ Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art
Class The Glasgow branch of
the worldwide burlesque
lifedrawing phenomenon
(pictured). See preview, left. The
Arches, Sun 8 Aug.
✽ Gourmet Glasgow A series
of dining offers and special
events in restaurants across the
city, run by the Glasgow
Restaurateurs’ Association. See
preview, left. Various venues
across Glasgow, throughout

The Restival
Kirstin Innes puts together a Festival experience without setting foot in Edinburgh
✽ Sloans Market Outdoor
shopping market with stalls full
of gourmet treats, vintage one-
offs and classy crafty things.
Argyll Arcade, Sun 8 Aug.
o, during the Edinburgh Festival the rest of the Anti-Art School, where burlesque dancers and drag ✽ Zine Workshop A chance
S country is effectively closed for business,
right? Er, wrong. Here’s our guide to great
August experiences outside the capital.
artists reveal themselves for the pleasure of your
pencil (Arches, Sun 8 Aug, 4pm, 0141 565 1000).
Foodie types in Glasgow should take advantage of
to learn about the wonderful
world of zines with Marceline
Smith (Asking For Trouble) and
Rather than paying through the nose to sit passively the slightly quieter restaurants to pick up special Jen Collins. Have a go at making
in a darkened room with 12 uncomfortable strangers offers: Gourmet Glasgow is a culinary festival with your own and browse a
while some bloke who almost appeared on Mock the dining deals in restaurants across the city, including selection of classics. See
Week runs through a hastily shoehorned set of Raoul Red Onion, Alla Turca and Café Andaluz, as well as preview, left. Welcome Home,
Moat jokes, why not express yourself? In Glasgow, a number of special events throughout August (look Keith Street, Sun 8 Aug
Bar Bloc’s rather lovely interactive orchestra (yes, it’s out for the Sunday afternoon teas with string quartets ✽ Fringe by the Sea Just a
called Blochestra) is carrying on regardless – bring in Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery). Full details at bus ride out of Edinburgh there’s
any sort of instrument you’ve got hanging around the pop-up poetry performances,
house (we suspect they may even accept a comb and Finally, if you’ve sworn off Edinburgh but still need concerts, theatre, walks, talks
paper) for a combination workshop and jam session a bit of a Fringe in your life, take a wander down to and kids’ activities, all in a
led by Craig Grant from Union of Knives (Mon 9 North Berwick, where the Fringe by the Sea (Tue delightful village setting complete
Aug, Bloc, Bath Street, 9pm). More music-making at 10–Sun 15 Aug) will be recreating the Fringe with excellent fish and chips and
the Arches, where Scottish bhangra outfit Tigerstyle atmosphere in a slightly more relaxed fashion. So, out good fresh sea air. See preview,
are running two workshops in creative music-making with the screaming street performers, Dizzee Rascal, left. North Berwick, various
(Arches, Argyle Street, Thu 5 &12 Aug, 6pm, call bloated stand-up programme and high falutin’ Book venues, Tue 10 Aug–Sun 15 Aug.
07811 097821). Festival, in with wandering Pavement Poem-Catchers, ✽ Piping Live! This brilliant
Welcome Home on Keith Street are running a Zine lo-fi folk gigs featuring Eddi Reader and Julie Fowlis, festival, celebrating the humble
Workshop , led by Marceline Smith, who writes a select Scottish comedy programme and talks from bagpipe, has become a major
Asking For Trouble and Jen Collins (hellojenuine) for Quintin Jardine and Simon King, OBE. We force in the Glasgow tourism
those who reckon this magazine publishing business particularly like the look of the film festival landscape, and is doing great
looks pretty easy (Welcome Home, Keith Street, Sun programme, and the historical walking tours of the things for Scottish culture. See
8 Aug, 2pm, call 0141 334 9598), while artists can town. They’ve even got a Spiegeltent, and the fish and picture, opposite. Various
either work their easels at GoMA’s potraiture chips are guaranteed to be better. Probably no salt and venues across Glasgow, Mon
workshop (Sun 8 Aug, 1pm) or at that hardy sauce, though. See for 9–Sun 15 Aug.
perenium – sorry, we mean perrenial – Dr Sketchy’s details.
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Events are listed by city, then FREE A La Mode: Parisian fashion
type. Submit listings at least 14 from the Journal des Dames et
days before publication to des Modes Until Sun 31 Oct, Tue–Thu for sport or & Sat 10am–5pm; Fri & Sun 11am–5pm. for all Scotland Street School Museum,
other events. Listings compiled Museum of Education, 225 Scotland
by Laura Ennor. Street, 287 0500. Parisian chic comes to
✽ Indicates Hitlist entry
Glasgow in the form of an exhibition of
forty exquisite fashion plates from the
Journal des Dames et des Modes.
Glasgow Food, Drink & Markets
Activities & Events
FREE Blochestra Mon 9 Aug, 9pm.
Bloc+, 117 Bath Street, 574 6066. Bring
✽ Gourmet Glasgow Until Tue 31
Aug, times vary. Prices vary.
Various restaurants, see
along any instrument you might have Themed and fixed
(from tubas to triangles) for a price menus, wine tastings and
workshop/jam session with Craig Grant demonstrations all across the city. For
(Union of Knives). details and booking, see the Glasgow
FREE Saltire Thistle FC Sun 8 Aug, Restaurateurs’ Association’s website.
4pm. Powerleague, Kennedy Street, FREE Queen’s Park Farmers’
Townhead, 553 1515. Gay-friendly kick- Market Sat 7 Aug, 10am. Queen’s Park,
about in a relaxed environment. Email 520 Langside Park, 287 2500. Local for more produce, from local people.
info. FREE Blochairn Car Boot Sale Sun
FREE Museum Tours Mon 9–Fri 13 8 Aug, from 6am. Wholesale Fruit, Veg,
Aug, 11am & 3pm. The National Piping Flower and Fish Market, 130 Blochairn
Centre, 30–34 McPhater Street, Road, 287 2500. Over 500 sellers, with
Cowcaddens, 353 0220. Guided tours just about anything you could think of on
around the National Piping Centre’s sale, from curtains to cakes.
Museum of Piping. Part of Piping Live!
FREE Family History Tours Tue 10
Aug, 2.30–3pm. Mitchell Library, 201
✽ FREE Sloans Market Sun 8
Aug, 11am–5pm. Argyll Arcade,
Buchanan Street/Argyll Street, 812 0937.
North Street, 287 2999. Learn about the Outdoor shopping market with stalls
While the masses have been busy groaning and
library’s genealogical research resources.
Dinner by Candlelight and Murder
stuffed full of gourmet treats, vintage
one-offs and classy crafty things.
Piping Live! cringing at our national instrument, Piping Live! has
by Pheasant Wed 11 Aug, 7–10.30pm. FREE Glenfiddich Whisky Tastings spent the last seven years building up a vibrant, exciting and
£30. Pollok Country Park, Pollokshaws Wed 11–Fri 13 Aug, 4.30pm. The internationally-reaching festival in celebration of the old bags, now
Road, 0844 493 2202. A three-course National Piping Centre, 30–34 McPhater typically attracting over 30,000 fans over a week. It’s actually turned into
meal served in Pollok House’s Kitchen Street, Cowcaddens, 353 0220. An more of a celebration of various older Scottish traditions, in their new
restaurant, followed by a bit of light opportunity to learn how to sample
sleuthing as guests compete to work out whisky. Part of Piping Live! See picture, forms: highlights this year include the Glenfiddich tent in George Square,
whodunnit and how on earth the pheasant right. with whisky tasting and barrel-making workshops, and Gaelic classes
came into it. for beginners, being held at CCA throughout the festival, as well as a
Grand Highland Summer Ceilidh Talks chance to see some of the international stars of the Scottish folk music
Thu 12 Aug, 7.30pm. £10. Saint Andrew’s FREE Themed Tours at the scene. Or you could get involved yourself: try out a taster session of the
in the Square, 1 St Andrew’s Square, 559 Burrell Thu 5 & Tue 10 Aug, 2pm.
5902. A chance to dance with the Fergie Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws pipes and drums, or register for a week-long summer school workshop.
MacDonald Ceilidh Band. Part of Piping Road, 287 2550. Thursday’s tour is For more info, see
Live! entitled ‘What do your clothes say about ■ Piping Live!, various venues across Glasgow, Mon 9–Sun 15 Aug.
you?’ and is led by Celia Cameron.
Books Tuesday’s is led by Liz Gibson and takes
FREE Poetry Discussion Group Thu
5 Aug, 6–7pm. Mitchell Library, 201
North Street, 287 2999. Lively and
in the embroidery collection housed at
the Burrell.
The Venus Project Sat 7 Aug, 2pm.
✽ Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art Class Sun
8 Aug, 4–7pm. £7 (£5). The Arches,
253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. Burlesque
Aug, 3pm. £4. The National Piping
Centre, 30–34 McPhater Street,
Cowcaddens, 353 0220. Interactive clinics
informal discussions of poetry on the first £15. Royal Concert Hall: Strathclyde art class with a relaxed atmosphere, and demos on pipe band drumming. Part
Thursday of every month. Suite, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. A music, drinks and interesting models. of Piping Live!
FREE Paul Ritchie Wed 11 Aug, dsicussion on the direction of the planet Summer Piping School Mon 9–Fri 13
2.15pm. The Street Cafe, The National and human society with noted futurist Aug, 9am. £80. The National Piping Centre,
Piping Centre, 30–34 McPhater Street,
Cowcaddens, 3530220. Launching his
Jacques Fresco.
FREE Burrell Walking Tours Sun 8
30–34 McPhater Street, Cowcaddens, 353
0220. Week long course in piping. Pre-
Outside the Cities
new book and CD of solo pipers, small Aug, noon. Burrell Collection, 2060 booking at is Lammas Fair Thu 5–Tue 10 Aug, times
pipes and mini bands. Part of Piping Live! Pollokshaws Road, 287 2564. A tour of recommended. Part of Piping Live! vary. Prices vary. Various venues, St
Poetry @ the Ivory Wed 11 Aug, the Burrell’s 15th-century stonework, FREE The Pipers Trails Mon 9–Fri Andrews, 01334 417846 . Annual street
7–9pm. Suggested donation £2. Ivory followed by a walk through Pollok Park 13 Aug, 10am. George Square Bar, fair that has been held on the streets of St
Hotel, Langside Avenue, Shawlands, 636 to Crookston Castle (moderate, 2–3 Join Army pipers Andrews since Medieval times.
0223. The regular poetry night is hours). Booking essential. and drummers for a come and try session. FREE West Kilbride Scarecrow
headlined by Brian Whittington. To take FREE Pipe Up Mon 9–Fri 13 Aug, Part of Piping Live! See picture, page ?? Festival Until Sat 7 Aug, all day. Various
part, email jacqueline.smith99@ noon. The National Piping Centre, 30–34 Come & Try Session Mon 9–Fri 13 venues, West Kilbride, 01294 823616. or telephone 0141 632 2701. McPhater Street, Cowcaddens, 353 0220. Aug, 11am & 2.30pm. £2. The National Businesses and residents make and
A series of lunchtime talks on the history Piping Centre, 30–34 McPhater Street, display a host of scarecrow characters
Exhibitions of piping. Part of Piping Live! Cowcaddens, 353 0220. A chance to try around the town.
FREE William Hunter: Man, Medic FREE Curators’ Favourites Wed 11 your hand at basic piping. Part of Piping ScottsLand Until Sat 25 Sep, times
and Collector Until Thu 12 Aug (not Aug, 12.30–1pm. Burrell Collection, Live! vary. Prices vary. Loch Lomond & the
Sun), 9.30am–5pm. Hunterian Museum, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. A Orain nam Piobairean: Gaelic Trossachs National Park,
Gilbert Scott Building, University of talk by Rebecca Quinton, Curator of Taster Session Tue 10–Fri 13 Aug, A new celebration
Glasgow, 330 4221. Last chance to see European Costumes and Textiles, on a 12.30pm. £2. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall marking the bicentenary of the
the display exploring the life and work of 17th-century beaded basket. Street, 352 4900. Workshop giving you an publication of Sir Walter Scott’s The
the founder of the Hunterian Museum. introduction to the Scots language. Part of Lady of the Lake. Based in the stunning
FREE Pipe Band Photograph & Workshops Piping Live! Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
Memorabilia Exhibition Mon 9–Fri 13 FREE Tigerstyle Thu 5 & 12 Aug, Orain nam Piobairean Tue 10–Fri 13 National Park, a varied programme of
Aug, 10am–4pm. The National Piping 6–8pm. The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Aug, 1pm. £5. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall events is on offer including walks, loch
Centre, 30–34 McPhater Street, 07811 097821. Creative music making Street, 352 4900. A series of workshops cruises, lectures and literary talks,
Cowcaddens, 353 0220. Learn about programme headed by Scottish bhangra focusing on Seudan (9 Aug); free rhythm musical performances, family fun days
piping through the years. Part of Piping outfit Tigerstyle. in Ceol Maor and song (10 Aug); and a mini film festival.
FREE Shotts – 100 Years Mon 9–Fri
13 Aug, 10am–4pm. The National Piping
FREE GoMA Bites: Adult
Workshop Sun 8 Aug, 1–4pm. Gallery
of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square,
Strathspeys or old Highland reels (11
Aug); Canntaireached with Rona
Lightfoot (12 Aug) and Abair Amhran –
✽ Fringe by the Sea Tue 10
Aug–Sun 15 Aug, times vary. Prices
vary. Various venues, North Berwick,
Centre, 30–34 McPhater Street, 287 3050. Brush up on your oil painting the Irish song tradition – with the Armagh 01620 892337. A trip out to the seaside
Cowcaddens, 353 0220. An exhibition skills in this portraiture workshop. All Pipers Club (13 Aug). Part of Piping Live! may be just what the doctor ordered if
celebrating the famous Shotts & materials provided. Booking essential. FREE Adult Art Workshop: you’re approaching festival burnout, but if
Dykehead Pipe Band. Part of Piping Live!
Wallace and Gromit Present . . . a
World of Cracking Ideas Until Tue 30
✽ FREE Zine Workshop Sun 8
Aug, 2pm. Welcome Home, 19
Keith Street, 334 9598. A chance to learn
Beadwork Beasties Wed 11 Aug,
10am–noon. Burrell Collection, 2060
Pollokshaws Road, 287 2564. Keen eyes
you can’t quite bear to be that far away
from a bit of culture, here’s a nice
compromise: a bus ride out of town
Nov, 10am–5pm. Included in admission: about the wonderful world of zines with and a steady hand art are essential in this there’s pop-up poetry performances,
£9.95 (£7.95). Glasgow Science Centre, Marceline Smith (Asking For Trouble) workshop exploring 17th-century concerts, theatre, walks, talks and kids’
50 Pacific Quay, 420 5000. Take a tour and Jen Collins (hellojenuine). Have a go beadwork. Limited places – booking activities, all in a delightful village setting
around Wallace and Gromit’s home, 62 at making your own and browse a essential. complete with excellent fish and chips
West Wallaby Street, to see some of their selection of classics and future classics D2 Percussion Pipe Band and good fresh sea air. See preview,
wacky inventions. from the last 20 years. Drumming Clinics Wed 11–Fri 13 opposite.
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Books Reviews
FAMILY DRAMA voodoo kit for a little trip
to Haiti,’ declares self-
The Old Romantic styled mad man Jerry 5 LITERARY
(Fig Tree) ●●●●● Della Femina, in this re- NOVELS
release of the rambling Monique Truong
1970s cult classic. Bitter in the Mouth
Although enjoyable and Linda Hammerick is
ever so of-their-time, a young woman
eyebrow-raising epithets growing up in North
such as this aviation gag Carolina during the
are sadly dulled by a 70s and 80s before
barrage of name- escaping to the
dropping, tangential north in this
industry specifics and Southern Gothic tale.
an irksome over-reliance Chatto.
on the full-stop. Short Helon Habila Oil
sentences are epic. on Water Two
They create punch. But Nigerian journos
There’s plenty of get a nasal New Yorker search for the
mileage to be had, both stuck in your head and kidnapped wife of a
in terms of pathos and they grate. Big time. British oil engineer,
comedy, from the An insider’s account and in the process
subject matter of death. and a cultural history to uncover corruption
Sadly, this tepid novel be swallowed with a and violence.
fails to capitalise on its large pinch of salt, Hamish Hamilton.
dark premise, being Femina’s monologue Ian Holding Of
neither moving nor hazily traces Madison Beasts and Beings A
funny, despite trying for Avenue’s heady golden novel about two men
both. Ken is an old man years. Like the rightfully in Africa, one having
living in Kent, who is successful TV series been seized by
obsessed with his own that it has spawned, this militia, the other a
death and planning his offers a smokin’ portrait schoolteacher in a
funeral, to the extent of an enviable city stricken by fear
that he even helps out profession and a hokey, CRIME DRAMA
LIN ANDERSON and intimidation.
at the local undertakers. satiric homage to a Simon & Schuster.
The Reborn
He’s curmudgeonly, recognisable era. (Hodder) ●●●●● Annabel Lyon The
divorced once and (Rosalie Doubal)
Golden Mean
heading for a second, A baby sliced from the womb in a fairground hall of mirrors; Jeff Coulter, a
SOCIAL DRAMA Canada-based short
and estranged from his charming psychopath luring girls into a pact of sex and murder while he
son Nick.
HOWARD creates baby dolls from his prison cell for bereaved parents; dark,
story writer with a
JACOBSON reimagining of the
There is another son, The Finkler Question disturbing rituals; the Russian mafia; an enigmatic, driven and irresistible
relationship between
Dave, who is so tedious (Bloomsbury) ●●●●● investigative journalist; lost love and longing. This is the life of forensic
Aristotle and
and clichéd a character scientist Rhona MacLeod as she attempts to decipher the ‘daisy chain’
Alexander, who later
he makes your head code that appears to link the murders with only the minutest clues. All she
had ‘The Great’
throb. In fact, The Old has to do is catch the killer and find the man she once loved and believed
added to his name.
Romantic is full of wafer- to be dead.
thin stereotypes, from Set in Glasgow, The Reborn is a chilling, absorbing chase through
reinvented Nick to his contrasting worlds: a middle-class pretence of respectability, the darkness Jill McGivering
miserable father and all and cruelty of mafia dealings, police cover-ups and gory murders. Lin The Last Kestrel A
points in between. Anderson has clearly done immense research into forensic science and debut novel about
Louise Dean is clearly while such dedication is refreshing and all too rare, the information two women: a British
aiming for something gathered is used too heavily in the novel. Instead of maintaining focus on reporter who returns
insightful about modern her characters she has a tendency to insert unnecessary, lengthy clinical to Helmand to
families and their explanations, which often detract from the intensity. search for the truth
dysfunction, but she Using a mentally-ill man as the masterminding villain is unoriginal and concerning the death
misses the mark by a unlikely to improve the public perception of or sympathy towards mental of a friend, and an
long way. Fans of Howard illness. A psychologist visiting Coulter in prison fleetingly remarks on Afghan determined
(Doug Johnstone) Jacobson’s skilfully unfortunate public misconceptions, but thereafter he is dismissed as a to protect her only
constructed storytelling sadistic lunatic. More intriguing would have been to drop Coulter and son. Blue Door.
FICTION REISSUE will not be surprised to create greater mystery around the girls, making them responsible for the
JERRY DELLA hear that his latest work tangle of events. (Kate Gould) The Invisible Man,
From Those Wonderful seems to centre around entitled The Nobody.
Folks Who Gave You male-female Set in the ravaged
relationships, a theme each others’ moods and SCI-FI COMIC heart of North America
Pearl Harbor
(Canongate) ●●●●● the London-based writer achievements
JEFF LEMIRE some years after a
Sweet Tooth
has explored often. But throughout, lock horns (Titan/Vertigo) ●●●●● mysterious plague has
as The Finkler Question and ask the types of virtually wiped out the
introduces us to three existential questions that It’s hardly surprising that human race, Sweet
old acquaintances – come with maturity. And Jeff Lemire’s current Tooth tells the story of a
romantic dreamer Julian the way that Jacobson ongoing series (the first young boy named Gus
Treslove, his seemingly depicts these largely five issues of which are who was born with
arrogant and hugely loveable characters and collected here) should stag’s antlers, one of a
successful uni pal Sam weaves their experiences be a bleak, post- number of
Finkler and their together, clearly relishing apocalyptic yarn that human/animal hybrids
charming former lecturer each elegant word recalls, among other who may offer salvation
Libor Sevick – we soon choice and sumptuous precedents, Cormac to what’s left of
realise the book is as phrase, ensures that McCarthy’s The Road. mankind. It’s
much an insight into while we are delving into Lemire established pared-down but highly appropriately dark stuff
their complex the pasts and psyches of himself as a new talent emotive storytelling style but, five issues in, it still
‘I know guys who would relationships with each the world-weary, there is to watch with his to explore themes of feels a bit thin and
make you fly Nazi other as it is a tale of lost a beauty and humour in achingly sad rural saga identity and alienation in somewhat derivative
Airlines in a minute or female loves. their sadness. The Essex County a graphic novel narrative-wise.
get you to pack your They constantly assess (Camilla Pia) Trilogy, before using his reinvention of HG Wells’ (Miles Fielder)
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caption here

✽ Deep Cover Formerly

known as Harsh 70s Reality,
this night continues to explore
the outer reaches of
psychedelic rock’n’roll, surf and
garage. With live sets from
Phat Trophies and Tokamak.
Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 6 Aug.
✽ Depthcharge Residents
Frazer Devine and Jaya offer up
a slice of Belgian house music
at their latest monthly date, as
DJ and producer Massimo
DaCosta (formerly one half of
duo Vernon & DaCosta) comes
out to play. Flying Duck,
Glasgow, Fri 6 Aug.
✽ The Rizla Riverboat

Roll Up! Roll Up!

Shuffle You can read all about
it in the article on this page, but
in essence: Optimo and Melting
Pot DJs on a beautiful paddle
David Pollock climbs aboard the Waverley Steamer as Optimo and Melting Pot steamer sailing the length of
set sail on another Rizla Riverboat Shuffle the Clyde, then Retro/Grade at
the Sub Club afterwards. The
t wasn’t meant to be more than a one-off party in a playing Italo for a long time, so it’s nice that it’s

party of the week, no question.
unique location, but the DJs from Glasgow’s reached a position where it’s not so underground. Tom Leaving from the Science
Optimo and Melting Pot nights had such a good and I have known each other for years, way back to Centre, Glasgow, Fri 6 Aug.
time organising last year’s inaugural Riverboat our days in Brighton, and once we’d both carved out ✽ Doppelganger An all-day
Shuffle on the Waverley Steamer that they’ve decided our own niche and moved to London we eventually party featuring many fine DJs
to go round again. ‘Last year the people who run the decided to work on a track together. That was a re-edit from Glasgow’s scene,
Waverley were reluctant to let hundreds of people on of Kano’s “It’s a War” [from 2004], and it turned up including (deep breath)
board for a dance event,’ says Keith McIvor, aka so well we thought we should do something again Spectrum, R-P-Z, Itch, Synth,
Optimo’s JD Twitch. ‘Eventually they were talked soon. It took a few years, though . . .’ Zombie Porn Factory, DDD,
into it, and we could tell the crew were wondering Eventually getting round to their first single release Leigh Myles, Sexboss, Via
what they’d let themselves in for when they saw all with ‘Moda’ in 2009, the pair have since earned Nassa, Discetro, Mark David
the people queueing up and the massive PA we were support from the likes of Annie Mac and Pete Tong, and Matthias. Capitol,
taking on board. But at the end they said, “Please with their second single ‘Zoid’ forthcoming and the Glasgow, Sat 7 Aug.
come back, that was a lot easier than having a boat album Motion due on Deconstruction early next year. ✽ La Roche Rumba One of
full of pensioners, everyone was better behaved.”’ ‘This is totally different from Radioslave,’ he says. Glasgow’s most individual
McIvor says that the opportunity to play in such an ‘Then I was young and wet behind the ears, and it clubs returns with a live set of
iconic Glasgow landmark, the last ocean-going was totally a learning curve for me, with good and electronic singing and
paddle-steamer in the world, was as much a factor in bad mixed in. It was cool, but this is what I want to be songwriting from local lady
bringing the event back as the reaction to its first known best for now.’ Patricia Panther and a guest
instalment. ‘It’s a beautiful boat,’ he says, ‘with a real Long-time targets of Optimo even before the night DJ set from Wrong Island’s
resonance for anyone who grew up on the west coast, mutated into Hung Up! earlier this year and finally Teamy. Pollok Ex-Servicemen’s
who probably went for a day trip on it as a child.’ booked by Melting Pot’s Mark Mackechnie, Club, Glasgow, Sat 7 Aug.
Kicking off at 8pm sharp, the Shuffle will see the Retro/Grade should close the Riverboat Shuffle in ✽ Slabs of the Tabernacle
Optimo and Melting Pot DJs play sets on board until style – particularly if this night ends up being the last A summer Italo special from the
about 11.30pm. Then the crowd will be bussed to the one. ‘In my heart of hearts I think it will be,’ says highly regarded electronic
afterparty at the Sub Club, where up-and-coming McIvor. ‘And then we’ll try and do something new night, with special guest Casco
Italo disco revivalists Retro/Grade (a collaboration next year. But who knows? If it has the same buzz as (pictured) aka Salvatore
between Serge Santiago, formerly one half of last time, it could be back.’ Cusato, a veteran of the
Radioslave, and Tom Neville) will be waiting for original Italo style who’s been
them. Here it’s an afterparty, but on most other nights The Rizla Riverboat Shuffle is on the Waverley DJing for nearly 40 years. La
this would be the main event. Steamer, Glasgow, Fri 6 Aug; afterparty with Cheetah, Glasgow, Sat 7 Aug.
‘I’ve been waiting to work on a project like Retro/Grade at the Sub Club, Glasgow, Fri 6
Retro/Grade for years,’ explains Santiago. ‘I’ve been Aug.
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■ Eureka at Bamboo. 11pm–3am. £4 ■ Fiasco at Bacchus. 10.30pm–3am.
Glasgow (free with a matric card). Weekly. DJ £8 (£6 advance). 6 Aug. A Chicago
Weekly. The West End comes alive with
Friday night chart and party sounds.
Toast plays rock, indie, dance and hip hop. house night with a Dutch guest. Joining ■ Old Skool at the Buff Club.
Events are listed by city, day,
■ iDJ at the Shed. 11pm–3am. £2. resident Ed Marco on the decks will be 11pm–3am. £6. Weekly. Funk, soul and
type then alphabetically by name. Weekly. DJ Li’l Rich plays party sounds Arnhem’s Tommy Largo (Herbal disco from DJs Craig Thompson, Jack
Submit listings at least 14 days to start the weekend early. Monthly Essence, Phood, Lost My Dog). and Gordie.
before publication to special events include bouncy castles, ■ Friday at Maggie Mays ■ Relax/Famous at Kushion. karaoke nights and the famous Shed Basement at Maggie May’s. 4pm–3am. Free with Social Animal
Glasgow listings are compiled by roller disco. 11pm–3am. £5. Weekly. Indie keyring before midnight; £7 (£5) after.
David Pollock. ■ Onederful at Play. 8pm–3am. Free rock’n’roll from the 60s to the 00s. Weekly. DJ Fozzie Maden kicks off the
✽ Indicates Hitlist entry before 11pm; £tbc after. Weekly. Party ■ Friday at Oran Mor at Oran Mor. music with relaxed house, funk and soul.
sounds from DJ Chris Stewart and Tobin. 10.30pm–3am. £6 (£4). Weekly. Friday Joe Smith then takes over, and finally
Glasgow Thursdays ■ Rumble Thursdays at the Garage. night party tunes from the Oran Mor James Lithgow and DJ Status take it
11pm–3am. Free before 11.30pm; £5 residents. through to 3am with indie, electro, house
Club (£3) after. Weekly. Chart, pop, indie, ■ Phonic at Basura Blanca at the and hip hop.
■ Cheap & Nasty at Nice’n’Sleazy. R&B and hip hop fight it out for your Brunswick Hotel. 10pm–2am. £5. 6 ■ Tempted at Tusk. 5pm–2am. Free
11.30pm–3am. £2. 5 Aug. Everything aural affections. Aug. A new monthly electronic night. before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. Party
from disco to indie and electro to funk, ■ Satisfaction at Byblos. Expect live sets, vinyl and machine sounds from DJ Norman Robinson.
with Matthew Craig of One More Tune 10.30pm–3am. £3. Weekly. Stuart music from Chris Bennie, Jamie ■ Tipsy at Karibu. 11pm–3am. £6.
and Define Define. McCorrisken mixes up R&B, dirty chart Thomson, Headspeath and Paul Weekly. Super-stylish R&B and urban
■ Classic Grand Thursdays at music and anything fun. Bendoris. sounds from Iron Ill, Prospect, Nick G
Classic Grand. 11pm–3am. £6. Weekly. ■ Skint at the Viper Bar & Club. ■ Religion at 96 Maxwell Street. and Kash. Note the venue points out that
DJs Barry, Dec and Young Blood provide 11pm–3am. £tbc. Weekly. Stephen Foy 11pm–3am. £5 before midnight; £7 ID is a must.
a mix of rock, electro, emo and industrial. plays indie dancefloor anthems, pop hits after. Weekly. House, electronica and ■ United Nations of Dance at the
■ Cloak & Dagger at the Flying Duck. and classic house. techno from Harry Bennett. Tunnel. 11pm–3am. £8. Weekly.
11pm–3am. £5 (£4 students). 12 Aug. A ■ Thursday at Milan at Milan. ■ Resonance at Admiral Bar Clubland anthems, hip hop and R&B
night of electro, techno and fidgit house. 11pm–3am. £tbc. Weekly. DJ Naeem and Basement. 11pm–3am. £5. 6 Aug. from Scotty Boy, Marc Anderson,
FREE Dub’n’Grub at the 78. DJ Sketch presents a night of sleek and Techno, minimal and deep house from Steve Clarke, John Thomson and
5pm–midnight. Weekly. Back at the old sexy urban tracks to get you moving. Forbes and Johnston. more.
Stereo (now The 78), the Mungos Hi-Fi ■ Thursday Thrust at Bennets. ■ Riot Radio at Maggie May’s.
boys play reggae, dub and dancehall 11pm–3am. £tbc. Weekly. Party tunes for 11pm–3am. £5. Weekly. DJ Dan South Glasgow Saturdays
while you tuck into a bit of decent grub. an up for it gay crowd with Marc. presents indie rock’n’roll from the 60s to
Remember, be there before 6pm to get a ■ Vibe at Boho. 10.30pm–2am. £5 (free the present day. Club
■ I Heart . . . at O2 ABC. 11pm–3am.
£6 (£5). Weekly. A new Thursday night
before midnight; £4 after). Weekly. DJ
Bobby B, DJ Gully and Mr Vin mash up
hip hop, R&B, house and club classics.
✽ The Rizla Riverboat Shuffle at
Glasgow Science Centre/Sub Club.
7.45pm–3am. £28 (£25 boat party only).
■ Absolution at Classic Grand.
10.30pm–3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Rock,
metal, industrial and punk to liven up
student special with resident Gentleman 6 Aug. The second annual club event on your Saturday night.
Johnny. Glasgow Fridays the historic Waverley Steamer, with ■ Canvas at Arta. 11pm–3am. Free
■ Misbehavin’ at the Cathouse. Optimo’s Twitch and Wilkes and before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. See Fri.
11pm–3am. £3 (£2). 5 Aug. Dolly Club Melting Pot’s Simon Cordiner and ■ Colours Presents Markus
Daydream and Drucifer serve up a ■ Audiokandi at Byblos. Andrew Pirie. Be at Glasgow Science Schulz at the Arches. 11pm–3am. £15.
steamy mix of electro, disco, alternative 10.30pm–3am. Free before 11pm; £8 Centre by 7.45pm for a sailing time of 7 Aug. Scotland’s biggest commercial
and sleazy sounds. (£6) after. Weekly. Ian McNab, Stu 8pm, with an afterparty at the Sub Club house and techno event presents a guest
■ Mixed Bizness at Glasgow School Laurie, Gary O’Connor and Andy featuring Serge Santiago and Tom set from Markus Schulz for a night of
of Art. 11pm–3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Robson play vocal house anthems. Neville’s new Italo project Retro/Grade trancey sounds, with support from Jeroen
Cutting edge underground beats and ■ Ballbreaker and Vice at the thrown in. See preview, page 99. Isma-ae.
classic dancefloor gems from resident Cathouse. 10.30pm–3am. £5 (£4). ■ Squelch vs Hyperphylo at the ■ Divine at the Glasgow School of Art.
Benny Boom. Weekly. DJs Billy and Martin Bate play a Universal. 11pm–3am. £4. 6 Aug. 11pm–3am. £5 (£4). 7 Aug. Monthly.
■ Rubbermensch at O2 ABC2. selection of rock, metal, emo and even Electro, house and techno, with Squelch Glasgow’s longest-running club
11pm–3am. £4. Weekly. A night for indie hip h