Browsing Month August, 2013

Tickets released for Warhol exhibition at Scottish Parliament

By at August 30, 2013 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

Andy Warhol exhibition

‘Tickets’ have been released today (10am Friday 30th August 2013) for the new Andy Warhol: Pop, Power and Politics exhibition which will run at the Scottish Parliament from Saturday 5th October to Sunday 3th November 2013. The exhibition contains significant pieces of Andy Warhol’s work including iconic portraits such as Lenin, Mao, Queen Elizabeth II and Andrew

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New home for Fawkes, the baby caiman

By at August 28, 2013 | 11:20 pm | 0 Comment

Deep Sea World

A captive-bred baby caiman has gone on public display for the first time at Deep Sea World, Scotland’s national aquarium. Fawkes was born at Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire, close to Bonfire Night last November. He currently measures only about 30cms in length but will eventually grow up to six times longer. After spending time in the aquarium’s quarantine

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Review: Murder She Didn’t Write

By at August 24, 2013 | 12:57 pm | 0 Comment

Murder She Didnt Write

It is something of a hackneyed cliché for all reviews of shows like this to begin with the preface “improvised shows are very hard to review” – but the fact remains, this is indeed true. The performers are entirely at the whim of the audience suggestions and, whilst a few other improv troupes have now taken to accepting a few different suggestions and letting

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Scotland’s place in the world debated at this year’s Festival of Politics

By at August 23, 2013 | 11:34 am | 0 Comment

scottish parliament hollyrood

The 9th Festival of Politics gets underway today (Friday 23rd August 2013) examining ‘Scotland’s Place in the World’. The three day festival takes place in the unique setting of the Scottish Parliament and explores what has defined Scotland’s past and debates the big issues that will shape its future. With sessions on defence, immigration, broadcasting, the

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Review: Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

By at August 22, 2013 | 11:52 am | 0 Comment

Taiko Drummers

For those of you unfamiliar with ‘Taiko drumming’, essentially it is the practice of using traditional Japanese drums (such as those which would be used to accompany the Samurai as they marched into battle) in an ensemble performance, with different routines having different specific meanings and origins. I have to say, as a percussionist with a lifelong

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Napier calls on Scottish businesses to connect with IT

By at August 22, 2013 | 11:34 am | 0 Comment

Edinburgh Napier University is highlighting the need for all Scottish companies to embrace the digital agenda – saying it is no longer optional, it is a must have. Bill Buchanan, professor at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing explains: “Whatever sector a company is in, digital technology is increasingly playing a part. It is essential that

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Review: Impromptu Shakespeare

By at August 21, 2013 | 1:28 pm | 2 Comments

Impromptu Shakespeare

One would be forgiven for thinking a show entitled ‘Impromptu Shakespeare’, wherein the entire concept is for the cast to create a brand new Shakespeare play in every show, would be performed almost entirely in the Bard’s synonymous iambic pentameter verse format.  Barring the occasional slightly awkward rhyming couplet, however, this is sadly not the

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Ninjas Storm the Edinburgh Fringe

By at August 19, 2013 | 4:09 pm | 1 Comments

Ninjas storm the Edinburgh Fringe, promoting the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers' show

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummer Ninjas at the Edinburgh Fringe have caused a stir both onstage during the show itself - in a dramatically lit, tightly choreographed spectacle - & also through their on-street publicity stunts. Audiences have been building steadily through the run thanks to phenomenal crowd reactions & the growing buzz on the street that something special

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Review: Songs For A New World

By at August 19, 2013 | 10:34 am | 0 Comment

If you were to say the name Jason Robert Brown to the average theatre goer or Joe Public on the street, ‘Who?’, would be by far the most common response. Indeed, even among “industry people”, the New York based singer/composer greatly divides opinon. Brave then is the decision of Edinburgh company Green Room to tackle Brown’s distinctly American song

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Review: Drum Struck By Drum Café

By at August 18, 2013 | 11:55 am | 1 Comments

Drumstruck at the Edinburgh Fringe

Being a percussionist who owns his own ‘djembe’, to say I was excited about seeing a show which features traditional African drums, including one for EVERY member of the audience, would be the very definition of understatement. Slotting in somewhere between Stomp! and The Lion King, Drum Struck delivers on practically every level. In the beginning, we meet the Drum

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