Edinburgh Festivals news and reviews, 5 August

Michael Che. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL
Michael Che. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL
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Is your head a little fuzzy after the opening weekend of the Fringe? Need a little inspiration for the week ahead? Here’s a snapshot of what’s on Edinburgh Festivals today.


Theatre review: Blam!

You’re unlikely to find a better way of starting your festival than this. It’s a blast, a pistol at the start of a race. And yet it begins in near silence, in the yellowing white of a torrid office. No women work here, just three men and their manager, with his greasy hair and try-hard ways. Read more »

Comedy review: Laura Levites

She looks like a cross between a young Ruby Wax and a young Judy Garland, rocking reams of unruly pre-Raphaelite tresses and a serious caffeine high. She is an extraordinary stage presence, even in front of ten people at her “completely reworked this morning … so … hey !” show. Read more »

Comedy review: Michael Che

From the projects of New York’s Lower East Side, Michael Che shows future star potential with this entertaining Fringe debut. Relaxed, reflective and endearingly frank, the 30-year-old African-American shares his intermittently insightful and dubious wisdom with a nonchalant, take-me-as-I-am attitude. Read more »

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10 Fringe shows in weird and wonderful venues

It’s not all about plush theatres and pub basements – for some Fringe shows the venue is as important as the performance itself. Lindsey Johnstone runs through 10 weird and wonderful Fringe venues in this year’s programme. Read more »

Clubbing highlights during the Edinburgh Festival

While the focus of the Fringe is undoubtedly skewed towards its staple dishes, principally comedy and theatre, the boost to the city’s nightlife is a welcome side effect. Ray Philp looks ahead to some of the most exciting club nights this August. Read more »


Peter Doig on his No Foreign Lands exhibition

Everywhere is home to Peter Doig, which is why his pictures take you to a strange place, he tells Susan Mansfield. Read more »

The Fringe and Scottish Independence

With a year to spare, the Fringe embraces the Scottish independence referendum debate in earnest – and in fun, finds Brian Ferguson. Read more »


Jo Caulfield’s Fringe Diary

Edinburgh-based comedian Jo Caulfield shares her experiences of the Fringe along with her pick of the shows and events. Read more »

Video: Flamenco flashmob opens festival season

Scotland’s biggest flamenco flashmob surprised passers-by in Edinburgh to mark the opening of the capital’s festival season. More than 50 dancers, aged between 18 and 75, took part in the spontaneous performance at the bottom of the Mound. Read more »


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