Today’s reviews include The James Plays and Marcel Lucont, while George RR Martin and Alex Salmond visit the Book Festival, and Jay Richardson explores the influence of US improv at the Fringe.
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Theatre: The James Plays
Theatre critic Joyce McMillan gives her verdict on all three James Plays, which received their world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre at the weekend as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Comedy: Marcel Lucont Is
Who can resist Marcel Lucont, poet, charlatan, seducer of women and shameless despiser of all that is not French. We walk into the theatre to see Lucont’s liquid eyes, staring arrogantly at us from a giant projected screen.
Cabaret: Lady Rizo
“Oh, Edinburgh! I feel like we have this tawdry affair,” Lady Rizo purrs at the top of her set. Once a year, she rolls into town for a good ravishing then leaves, already anticipating the next rendezvous.
Book Festival: George RR Martin | William McIlvanney
A palpable air of excitement filled the main tent in Charlotte Square last night, where the sell-out crowd waited for the arrival of Game of Thrones creator, George R R Martin. Here is a man – and he confirmed this – who knows how the whole thing ends, who lives and who dies in the most compelling fantasy series of recent times. But, of course, with two books of his Song of Ice and Fire series still to write, he was giving nothing away.
Book Festival: Alex Salmond
The First Minister gave an impressive if uncharacteristically serious performance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, writes David Robinson
The performers bringing US-style improv to the Fringe
Intro: Comedy performers are turning to America for inspiration in honing their sketch and character shows, finds Jay Richardson
The Book Festival takes a trip to the Middle East
This week sees the Book Festival’s largest gathering of Middle Eastern writers and experts. Tim Cornwell looks at what they’ll be talking about
Best coffee in Edinburgh: 5 places to refuel during the Festival
What better way to escape the madness of the Fringe street performers and bustling streets than to relax in the aroma of a cosy coffee shop? Whether it’s a caffeine buzz you’re needing or just some chill-out time away from the hubbub of the festival, there is something for everyone in the capital…
Alfie Moore: ‘Skegness is like Miami Vice. Only with socks, rain and tattoos’
Comedian Alfie Moore is a former police sergeant turned stand-up, but even as a former ‘bobby’ he still wishes he could have been a cool American cop…
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