Posts by David Petherick

Meeting Jim

Meeting Jim

I’ve invited myself to Sunday dinner at Jim Haynes’ Montparnasse atelier at least four times.  Hold on. What kind of jackass invites themselves to dinner? Well, since he first started his dinners in 1978, there have been about 200,000 such jackasses visiting Paris by Jim’s reckoning. He says he has a mission to introduce everyone…

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The hour we knew nothing of each other

(L-R) David Hunter and Cecile Menard in The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other. Photo: Aly Wight

This was almost absurd in its ambition: nearly 100 members of the Edinburgh public play almost 500 parts, with dazzling costumes, and often bizarre props, and for 90 minutes, nobody speaks a word. It was a dadaesque town square with a succession of movements in and out and a variety of characters from the everyday…

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Creditors

Lyceum Production of Creditors: directed by Stewart Laing: Edward Franklin: Adolph Stuart McQuarrie: Gustav Adura Onashile: Tekla

I really wanted an interval. And I was not alone: one audience member, at the end of the first act, when the stage went dark, started to clap hesitantly before realising that they were all alone, and the lights went up again on stage. An hour and fifty minutes is not an eternity to sit…

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Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin - Scottish Opera

Eugene Onegin towers over the Russian literature of the 19th century, and Tchaikovsky’s decision to create an opera based on a text which is still widely read (and regularly re-read) by Russians today was highly audacious. It is a sign of Tchaikovsky’s brilliance that the Opera, rather than the novel in verse it was based…

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Ariadne auf Naxos

Eleanor Bron and Sir Thomas Allen in Ariadne auf Naxos. Scottish Opera 2018. Photo: Richard Campbell.

In the mansion of the richest man in Glasgow (no capital sensibilities are pandered to here) preparations are underway for an evening’s entertainment supervised by a formidable party planner. But there’s a slight problem – a new opera has been commissioned, however, there is also a burlesque troupe performing – and the highbrow Opera troupe as just as outraged as Zerbinetta’s burlesque troupe…

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Traverse Theatre announce Traverse 1 Festival 2018

Traverse Theatre Edinburgh Festival 2018 - Underground Railroad Game

The Traverse Theatre has unveiled its flagship Traverse 1 production line up for the Edinburgh Festival 2018 Mark Thomas and Soho Theatre return with political new productions Innovative Headlong visit for the first time, as do The Lowry with their stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s ‘Toast’ Tickets now on sale  A collection of five vibrant, compelling…

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Scottish Opera’s Bambino returns to Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Timothy Connor as Pulcino in BambinO. Scottish Opera, MIF and Improbable 2017. Photo Credit: James Glossop.

Scottish Opera’s Bambino returns To Edinburgh Festival Fringe and tours to Paris and around Scotland Following sell-out runs in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2017, the five star ‘opera for babies’ BambinO is touring to Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, as well as Paris and five venues around Scotland. Written by Scottish Opera’s former Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson and…

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Preview: Buchanan + Demarco: Building a world-class city

Buchanan & Demarco

Book your free ticket today Monday 30th April from 18:00- 21:00 Early booking is recommended. Book Today… Day Hour Minute Second Tickets booked at 17-Apr-18 10:00 66% Book your places HERE On 30th April 2018, two of Edinburgh’s most innovative and acclaimed figures in the Arts and Science will meet on stage for the first…

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Mr Blue Sky

Mr Blue Sky

Mr Blue Sky is a piece of stunning, vibrant and life-affirming theatre that had me horrified, aching, and laughing, and by the end, I felt like simply getting up and dancing. The raw (and sometimes dark) humour coming from the stage was like a bolt of electricity. Mr Blue Sky. Photograph by Andy Catlin. Image…

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Angus Macfadyen on the Braveheart Effect and Scottish Independence

Angus Macfadyen photographed by David Ho

UPDATE 02-March-2018 13:14 GMT: At the Production’s request, we’re delaying the release of our exclusive interviews to better time with the film’s distribution. WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Angus Macfadyen talks to David Petherick of EdinburghFestival.org about ‘The Braveheart Effect’ and Scottish Independence Originally playing the role of Robert The Bruce in 1995’s Braveheart, Angus talks on location in…

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