Edinburgh Festivals Daily Guide - 14 August

Highlights today include Alasdair Gray at the Book Festival, jazz musician Martin Kershaw’s one-off Eduardo Paolozzi-inspired piece at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and Dead Man’s Waltz, a late-night multimedia cabaret at Summerhall. What are you going to see? Tweet us with #wow247fest

Robert "Bo" Burnham. Picture: submitted

Latest Reviews

Comedy review: Bo Burnham – What

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Claiming that he’s isolated himself for the past five years “in pursuit of comedy”, the preternaturally talented Bo Burnham returns with a show that will scramble and titillate your mind; so dense, multi-layered and creatively rich is his sophomore hour. Taking the stage to a level of whoops and cheers usually reserved for the sort of corporate-churned, generic pop he later demolishes in a song of bristling fury and artful resistance, the American’s introductory number is sublime.

Music review: The Poet Speaks

‘Channelling Allen’ is how Patti Smith described her collaboration with minimalist composer Philip Glass to pay homage to their mutual friend, the hugely talented Allen Ginsberg, one of the Beat Generation poets. But although striking images of Ginsberg looked down on proceedings, this was by and large the Phil and Patti Show.

Theatre review: HeLa

It’s not unusual for a comedian to inject a little topical humour into their set mid-Fringe – but rarely do theatre shows get re-written after opening night. Recent events in the world of medical science, however, have led to a new ending being added to HeLa a week into its Fringe run. Which, given that the whole show is about breaking new ground, feels very right.

Latest Features

Why so many performers are joining the Free Fringe

Flooding the Fringe with amateurish greenhorns or providing a much-needed space for experimentation? Jay Richardson gets to the bottom of the Free Fringe.

Interview: Roy Hattersley on his writing career

Former deputy leader of the Labour Party Roy Hattersley has also made a career out of writing. But didn’t penning a history of one of the English nobility’s richest families rankle with his socialist heart? He talks to Susan Mansfield

Latest Guides

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 published this year, arranged by star rating.

From the Blog…

Although I’m American, I’ve been asked to talk for a moment about the Scottish referendum on independence. I may have a unique perspective on this because I grew up in Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy.

Edinburgh’s waterfront is still all but detached from the Fringe – with the only major venue Out of the Blue still to crank into gear and not even listed in the official programme. Yet a tiny cafe in Newhaven is staking a claim for the coup of the festival so far, after playing host to a secret gig by American singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh.

Daily Deals

Half-price Edinburgh Festival tickets

Today’s selection of half-price ticket deals for Edinburgh Festival shows, from The Scotsman and WOW247.

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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