Edinburgh Festivals daily guide: 13 August

Josie Long is getting personal in her new show. Picture: Idil Sukan

Josie Long is getting personal in her new show. Picture: Idil Sukan

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Today’s reviews include Josie Long, Alan Bissett’s new play and veteran performer Lynn Ruth Miller, while Helen Macdonald discusses her new novel, Theatre Uncut take on the referendum and The Hilliard Ensemble prepare to say goodbye.

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REVIEWS

Comedy: Josie Long: Cara Josephine

After the whimsy that made her name, and the political fervour that confirmed her as one of the most compelling expressions of rage in UK stand-up, Josie Long is belatedly baring the innermost anguish of her love life.

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Theatre: The Pure, The Dead And The Brilliant

Alan Bissett’s The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant emerges as a jolly and enjoyable extended sketch about the probable fate of Scotland’s ancient supernatural forces – the Bogle, the Banshee, the Selkie and the Devil – in the event of the country becoming independent.

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Cabaret: Lynn Ruth Miller: Not Dead Yet

Now the American-born performer has passed the landmark of turning 80 and returns to the Fringe with a different kind of solo show, an hour of scripted storytelling punctuated by new songs.

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INTERVIEWS

Helen Macdonald interview: ‘I didn’t want to be human’

In a bid to cope with the death of her father, Helen Macdonald devoted a year to training the notoriously difficult bird of prey, the goshawk. Her account is a journey into falconry and grief, writes Susan Mansfield

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The Hilliard Ensemble on their Edinburgh curtain call

The Hilliard Ensemble may be retiring after 40 years at the top of their tree, but not before making one final visit to Edinburgh, hears Ken Walton

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Theatre Uncut takes on the independence referendum

From protests in Turkey to the referendum, Theatre Uncut is putting political theatre centre stage, finds Joyce McMillan

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GUIDES

Cheap eats in Edinburgh: 16 of the best budget restaurants and cafés

From Indian street food to bijou tea rooms, Edinburgh is bursting with budget options for food lovers. Gillian Furmage selects 16 gastronomic gems that will make your money go further.

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BLOG

10 of the funniest Fringe comedians on Twitter

Given that most tweets are normal people trying to be funny, Twitter would seem like the perfect medium for Fringe comedians too. But how to cram those carefully crafted witticisms and 10-minute routines into 140 characters? We run through ten comedians appearing at the Fringe who manage to do just that…

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