Today’s reviews include Alexis Dubus, Bec Hill and Lynn Barber at the Book Festival, while Ubu and the Truth Commission returns to the International Festival and The Scotsman hosts its annual Fringe awards.
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Spoken Word: Alexis Dubus: Cars and Girls
I don’t know what plans you have for the few 3pms that are left between now and the end of the Fringe, but if you want to give yourself an hour to treasure, to mull over, to marvel at and to laugh about for a long time to come, then change them and come here and see Alexis Dubus tell you a story.
It’s visibly inspired by the world of burlesque; and there are echoes, too, of the brilliant magical-realism voice of Angela Carter. Yet as Annie Siddons takes the stage to tell the story of Raymondo, she’s also weaving a completely original 21st-century tale of inspiration, exploitation, love and death.
Comedy: Bec Hill in… Ellipsis
There can be few better reasons to create a show than winning an award to impress Superman. That, at least, is the expressed conceit of Bec Hill’s typically exuberant, daft and inventive new hour, to which she’s bolted a freshly found storytelling rigour.
Book Festival: Lynn Barber | Alan Warner
Do writers end up by ‘growing out of’ novels – and how on earth do they ever manage to get started in the first place, asks David Robinson
The return of Ubu and the Truth Commission
Twenty years after exploring the legacy of apartheid, Ubu and the Truth Commission is back and asking awkward questions about power, violence and inequality, says director William Kentridge. By Brian Ferguson
Withered Hand at the Queen’s Hall: ‘Here we are again’
Withered Hand shows at the Queens Hall have become a regular fixture of the Edinburgh Festival. Alex Watson hears why Dan Willson loves the gigs so much he’s thinking of getting more acts involved
10 ways to escape Edinburgh in two hours or less
The Edinburgh festival is nearing its end. You’re probably tired and weary after a month of crowds, queues and congestion. So if you’re looking for a quick getaway this Bank Holiday weekend or any time, here are ten places to try, all within an easy drive of the Scottish capital.
Scotsman Fringe First Awards
Miss the most prestigious theatre awards of the Fringe? See who won what, and watch our video highlights of the ceremony
Mark Dolan talks to Tom Rhodes and Julian McCullough
Comedian Mark Dolan took on presenting duties for WOW247 this week, and chatted to American comics Tom Rhodes and Julian McCullough about their differing Fringe experiences
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