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Poetry in Motion: The Legacy of Robert Burns

On Monday 25th January, Scotland celebrated Burns Night. Haggis was cooked, Buckfast was poured and the ephemeral words of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, were recited. Each year, on the anniversary of his birth, the self-evident national bard is commemorated over tatties and neeps, paired with the reading of his iconic works. Having been […]

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Fringe Spoken Word

Choose Life, Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location

It may be August, but then again, this is Scotland. So if you gather outside the Leith Dockers Club on any given morning as the rain begins to fall in earnest and the wind blows it into your face, don’t be surprised. Leith feels a world apart from the Old and New Town architecture of […]

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Fringe Theatre

Filth

If Quentin Tarantino is the king of violence, then Irvine Welsh is the undisputed king of filth. Filth, incidentally, is the title of Welsh’s 1998 novel. It was adapted into a one-man play by Harry Gibson, first performed in 1999 by veteran Leith actor Tam Dean Burn, and in 2013 was adapted into a film […]

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Fringe Theatre

Performers

Here’s what was expected from Performers, as a black comedy co-written by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh: intrigue, glamour, and two sharp-witted gangsters with greater ambitions than testosterone-fuelled one-upmanship. Alas, the criminal duo comprising George Russo’s Bert and Perry Benson’s Alf came across as a bit dim. The script unfortunately does not reflect Welsh’s legendary […]

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Fringe Theatre

Trainspotting

Trainspotting is located in the Assembly Underground; the set resembles a derelict warehouse with graffiti covering the walls. Upon entrance, each audience member is given a glow stick and you are placed on the floor, a metre away from the main cast engaging in the throws of a very realistic rave. The energy of the […]

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Culture Literature

Irvine Welsh and Robert Carlyle host talk, ‘Grim, nasty, and fun – Begbie’s back!’

Irvine Welsh and Robert Carlyle: ‘Grim, nasty, and fun – Begbie’s Back!’ was recently hosted by Usher Hall as part of their Book Festival. Although Edinburgh’s Book Festival is usually reserved for the crowds during the Fringe, when you’ve got such high profile guests and a film to promote, it seems exceptions can be made. […]