Brian Ferguson: The Brian Ferguson play

Anything That Gives Off Light is a foot-stomping collaboration exploring the tension between self-interest and sacrifice Picture: Jon Savage
Anything That Gives Off Light is a foot-stomping collaboration exploring the tension between self-interest and sacrifice Picture: Jon Savage
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I’ve lost count of the number of people telling me that I really, really need to check out “the Brian Ferguson play” at the Edinburgh International Festival.

They need not have worried as Anything That Gives Off Light – a raucous road trip following two friends heading for the Highlands – caught my eye as soon it was announced in January.

As someone who spends much of July roaming around the Outer Hebrides in search of music, whisky and adventure, I did not need much convincing to check out the National Theatre of Scotland’s new collaboration with Brooklyn-based ensemble The Team.

Adding to the allure was the casting of my acting namesake, whose stage career I’ve been following with keen interest since he appeared in the first run of Black Watch at the Fringe ten years ago, now appearing as one of the three main characters in Anything That Gives Off Light.

But it was only when I watched the show unfold at the weekend that I realised the other Brian Ferguson is playing yet another Brian Ferguson on stage. Any others out there? Let me know.

You can check out from an Edinburgh festival any time you like, but you can never leave…

Sir Jonathan Mills, the enigmatic Australian impresario, may have left the Edinburgh International Festival two years ago, but he seems to have been a permanent presence in the city ever since.

But it was still a surprise to see him warming up for the international cultural ­summit he is masterminding this week by opening Alan Cumming’s after-hours party with a recital of some distinctly racy poetry from his homeland.

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