Edinburgh Festivals Daily Guide - 9 August

Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan is relishing the challenge of performing at this year's Fringe
Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan is relishing the challenge of performing at this year's Fringe
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Spoken word review: Ban This Filth!

When the American feminist writer and thinker Andrea Dworkin died in 2006, after a short lifetime of fierce polemic against male power and those who abuse it, she was still widely dismissed as an extremist of the feminist movement, a woman whose dark vision of male intentions towards women made her views irrelevant to the vast majority. As the brilliant Scottish writer and performer Alan Bissett has noticed, though, something has changed, even in the half-decade since Dworkin’s death.

Theatre review: Ali J

Part Bollywood romance, part social commentary on the after-effects of the partitioning of India, this perfectly pitched play by Shekinah Jacob, produced by Evam Theatre, never lets the weighty issues it tackles overshadow a heartfelt personal story.

Comedy review: Shane Mauss – Mating Season

It is a proper test of a comic who is “big” elsewhere to come to Edinburgh and play to half-a-dozen people in a converted car park. Shane Mauss is big in America. He has awards and TV shows and celebrity pals. When I saw him, early in the Fringe, he totally rocked the aforementioned car park. It is wonderful watching a smart, talented, very funny bloke have an obvious absolute ball making other people laugh. That is what a comic should do.

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The best nights out during the 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. We look ahead to some of the most exciting club nights this August.

All The Scotsman’s 2013 festival reviews, sorted by star rating

The Scotsman’s team of respected critics sees a huge amount of shows during Edinburgh Festival season. Here you will find an overview of every review this year, arranged by star rating.

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Prog rock legend Rick Wakeman says Yes to excess

Rick Wakeman never did anything by halves, not beer or cars (22 in the driveway at the one time) or marriages (he’s currently on his fourth). He lived to excess and played music to excess, as a member of prog-rock potentates Yes.

Versatile Gemma Whelan balances comedy and drama

From proud warrior in Game of Thrones to troubled teen to foul-mouthed Victorian, Gemma Whelan is nothing if not versatile, finds Susan Mansfield

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From the Blog…

Jessica Fostekew: Moving from the big four to the big free

I’m performing my third solo stand up show in Edinburgh and having done my first two in paid venues, this one’s on the Free Fringe. I moved because it’s insane that so many people are making money out of the festival and that the people writing and performing the entertainment, the artists, are losing so much. I don’t think enough punters are aware of what’s really going on.

Ron Woodward: (It is unusual) how I know Tom Jones

Rod Woodward, past winner of the BBC’s Funny Business comedy award, explains his unusual links to fellow Welshman Tom Jones.

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Books, Borders and Bikes: 2-for-1 offer

Books, Borders and Bikes is a unique literary festival held in the historical surroundings of Traquair House in the Scottish Borders, with 2013 marking the fourth year of the annual event. In anticipation of the festival, we are offering readers a special 2-for-1 offer on day and weekend passes.

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