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Salzburg Festival's NORMA Heads to Edinburgh International Festival 2016Salzburg Festival's NORMA Heads to Edinburgh International Festival 2016
by BWW News Desk - November 4, 2015

Today the Edinburgh International Festival revealed it will present the Salzburg Festival's internationally acclaimed production of Bellini's NORMA as part of Festival 2016. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - Natalie O'Donoghue's Festival HighlightsEDINBURGH 2015 - Natalie O'Donoghue's Festival Highlights
by Natalie O'Donoghue - September 4, 2015

BWW reviewer Natalie O'Donoghue names her favourite shows at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (more...)
Photo Flash: 2015 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert Closes Edinburgh's Summer FestivalPhoto Flash: 2015 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert Closes Edinburgh's Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - August 31, 2015

Tonight the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2015 drew to a stunning close with the sky filled with giant walls of silver and golden crackle effect fireworks bursting 225 metres above Edinburgh Castle to the closing bars of the Thunder and Lightening Polka by Johann Strauss II. Scroll down for photos! (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: GET YOUR OWN BACK: LIVE!, Gilded Balloon, August 29 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: GET YOUR OWN BACK: LIVE!, Gilded Balloon, August 29 2015
by Amy Hanson - August 30, 2015

Truly, playing to the Buzzfeed generation of nostalgia fans seems to be a winning theme at the Fringe, with Get Your Own Back: Live! following in the footsteps of the likes of Knightmare Live with a live action Edinburgh show.  Complete with Benson Phillips at the helm, who seems hardly changed from childhood memories, all neon shirts and wisecracks and demonstrating all the energy and charm that made him a hit first time round, this is a show Fringe goers of a certain age are flocking to experience. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: JOHN ROBERTSON  THE DARK ROOM: SYMPHONY OF A FLOATING HEAD, Underbelly Cowgate, August 29 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: JOHN ROBERTSON THE DARK ROOM: SYMPHONY OF A FLOATING HEAD, Underbelly Cowgate, August 29 2015
by Amy Hanson - August 30, 2015

You awake to find yourself in Edinburgh in August.  What do you do?  Well, if you're the sort of person who enjoys innovative, interactive, nerdy comedy, you go to see John Robertson's The Dark Room: Symphony of a Floating Head.   (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW:UK Guide to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW:UK Guide to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 28, 2015

As the festival begins to draw to a close, seasoned Fringe attendee and reviewer Natalie O'Donoghue shares her tips for surviving the world's biggest arts festival. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: ED BYRNE, Gilded Balloon, August 23 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: ED BYRNE, Gilded Balloon, August 23 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 24, 2015

That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show! (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: SOFIE HAGEN, Liquid Rooms, August 23 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: SOFIE HAGEN, Liquid Rooms, August 23 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 24, 2015

As seen on Russell Howard's Stand-Up Central and BBC Two, and heard on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4. 'Destined to make a name for herself' (Chortle.co.uk). Named Time Out's One to Watch. Overall, a pretty cool dude. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: CELL, Underbelly Cowgate, August 23 2015EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: CELL, Underbelly Cowgate, August 23 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 24, 2015

After being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, Ted goes on the trip of a lifetime... and so does his pet fish. He rushes to experience the world, from the markets of Lille to the romance of Venice. Humorous, heart-warming and uplifting, CELL features charming puppetry, physical theatre and an original score to tell the story of one man's final adventure. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: LINKING RINGS, Le Monde, August 23 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: LINKING RINGS, Le Monde, August 23 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 24, 2015

1926: Houdini's right-hand man deals with the death of his boss. A half century later, a Blackpool joke shop proprietor takes on a wide-eyed young protege. An affectionate look at a misspent youth and unsung heroes; a touching true story of interlocking lives. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: LOVE BIRDS, Pleasance Courtyard, August 23 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: LOVE BIRDS, Pleasance Courtyard, August 23 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 24, 2015

It is the age of vaudeville. A quartet of penguins and a trio of parrots sing and dance, dazzling and delighting their audiences, night after night in this one of a kind, all avian revue. But when the show's temperamental cracker-crazed macaw star mysteriously goes missing, it threatens to close down the show for good. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: NINA SIMONE SOUL SESSIONS, Assembly Checkpoint, August 22 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: NINA SIMONE SOUL SESSIONS, Assembly Checkpoint, August 22 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 24, 2015

From Apphia Campbell, creator of 2014's one-woman Fringe hit Black Is the Color of My Voice, comes a musical journey of her idol Nina Simone. Soul Sessions will feature full-length versions of songs appearing in Black Is the Color as well as other popular favorites. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, Underbelly, August 22 2015EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, Underbelly, August 22 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 24, 2015

Based on Rebecca's time in the Royal Air Force serving queen and country, protecting the UK Air Defence Region, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot charts her journey from basic training to the Falkland Islands. From feeling low to flying high (literally, in a Tornado F3), join Crookshank and a host of colourful characters on this hilarious heart warming adventure. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: STORYTELLER STORYTELLER, New Waverley Arches, August 22 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: STORYTELLER STORYTELLER, New Waverley Arches, August 22 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 24, 2015

What happens when two children's storytellers arrive at the same place at the same time to tell their stories? And what happens if both of them think they are The Storyteller? A head to head that leads to a feast of clowning, physical silliness and some magical storytelling, that's what! (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: UNDERMINED, Greenside at Royal Terrace, August 22 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: UNDERMINED, Greenside at Royal Terrace, August 22 2015
by Amy Hanson - August 24, 2015

2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the end of 1984/5 miners' strike, an event that has left a huge social legacy and provided a rich seam of material for many artistic works since, including both the film and musical versions of Billy Elliot, and Matthew Warchus' wonderful 2014 hit Pride.  It's fair to say that Undermined has big boots to fill, but it certainly manages to stand tall in them. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: TITLE OF SHOW, Paradise in the Vault, August 22 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: TITLE OF SHOW, Paradise in the Vault, August 22 2015
by Amy Hanson - August 24, 2015

Probably the most meta-theatrical musical ever made, Title of Show, or [title of show] as it is often represented, tells the story of its own creation.  Two friends want to enter the New York Musical Theatre Festival, but the deadline is only three weeks away, so they begin to jot down whatever they say, rope in a couple of actress friends, and set out to achieve their Broadway dream.  In other words, it's a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.   (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: TONY'S LAST TAPE, Pleasance Courtyard, August 22 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: TONY'S LAST TAPE, Pleasance Courtyard, August 22 2015
by Amy Hanson - August 24, 2015

Tony's Last Tape, by Andy Barrett, takes style and situation from Krapp's Last Tape, and reinvents it by replacing its protagonist with the late great left-wing legend Tony Benn.  One might be justified in imagining that the Edinburgh Fringe is the only place you could expect to see a show melding Samuel Beckett to the life of a veteran (what they call socialists when they're old and dead according to the central character) Labour MP, but the Nottingham Playhouse production has already had successful runs in both Nottingham and London before arriving in Edinburgh this August. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: DIARY OF A SHANGHAI SHOWGIRL, Free Sisters, August 22 2015EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: DIARY OF A SHANGHAI SHOWGIRL, Free Sisters, August 22 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 22, 2015

From the man behind New York's burlesque revival in the mid-90s and the iconic Slipper Room, and the couple who operated the legendary illegal speakeasy The Blushing Diamond, brought cabaret to China, and performed the first burlesque shows in a Muslim country… (more...)
Photo Coverage: Edinburgh Fringe - BWW's Story So Far!Photo Coverage: Edinburgh Fringe - BWW's Story So Far!
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2015

Off to the Fringe? Check out some of our Twitter highlights of the Fringe so far courtesy of our own @BWWEdinburgh account and our correspondents Natalie and Amy! (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: STEVE BUGEJA DAY RELEASE, Mash House, August 19 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: STEVE BUGEJA DAY RELEASE, Mash House, August 19 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 20, 2015

Steve recently went to a friend's wedding and on the way had to pick up the bride's Dad who was leaving prison for the first time in 18 years. This is the story of what happened. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: THE TOBOLOWSKY FILES, Pleasance Courtyard, August 19 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: THE TOBOLOWSKY FILES, Pleasance Courtyard, August 19 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 20, 2015

Hollywood character actor Stephen Tobolowsky shares some of his hilarious, moving, and profound stories about life, love and the entertainment industry. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: WENDY HOOSE, Assembly Rooms, August 19 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: WENDY HOOSE, Assembly Rooms, August 19 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 20, 2015

Laura and Jake just want sex. Late Friday night drunken sex. Nothing more. No strings attached. But getting your leg over is sometimes more difficult than you think. (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: IMPOSSIBLE, Pleasance Dome, August 19 2015EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: IMPOSSIBLE, Pleasance Dome, August 19 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 20, 2015

Seances, spirituality, immortality and magic. The true story of the deadly feud between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Starring Phill Jupitus as Conan Doyle and Alan Cox as Houdini. (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, King's Theatre, Glasgow, August 18 2015BWW Reviews: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, King's Theatre, Glasgow, August 18 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 19, 2015

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain - exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world… (more...)
EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Review: JAMES ACASTER: REPRESENT, Pleasance Courtyard, 15 Aug 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Review: JAMES ACASTER: REPRESENT, Pleasance Courtyard, 15 Aug 2015
by Kevin Sherwin - August 18, 2015

As stand-up comedians go, James Acaster has got to rank among the more unusual. Skulking around the stage like a demented hyena (not that I can claim to have seen one of those), he's almost as entertaining to watch as to listen to. (more...)

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