Thursday, August 17, 2006

Edinburgh Festivals 2006

17 August 2006

Just a brief visit to the delights of the Edinburgh Festivals this August but still time to pack in something like 15 shows. Particular highlights so far (at the time of writing) include a wonderful performance of Beethoven's 'Eroica' symphony by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras at the Usher Hall on Tuesday, the live broadcasts of BBC Radio Scotland's 'MacAulay & Co' at the Spiegel Garden, Tony Benn talking about democracy at The Radio Cafe - and loads of great Fringe theatre. We particularly like the intensity of high quality performances in small, out of the way venues. Yesterday we saw 'The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches' - an adaptation of the Quebecois novel by GaƩtan Soucy at the Underbelly - inventive, funny, strange and fantastically acted. Still not sure exactly what it was about but we were still talking about it for hours afterwards!

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