Immerse Yourself

August 16th, 2011 by

Leaving Edinburgh mid-fest is always a weird one. It doesn’t seem right somehow, and hard to imagine that it all carries on without you. But it does! It does! Just take a look at the reviews section and you’ll see what a busy bunch of bees the TT reviewers have been, swarming all over Edinburgh. Meanwhile, I’ve […]

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Nowhere to run

August 14th, 2011 by

Sometimes the Edinburgh festival gets a bit suffocating. Whether it’s artistic differences, Fringe fatigue, illness or something worse, there’s no point suffering in silence. So here are some possible escape routes from the festival bubble. First, the Spotlight promoters’ centres. These offer free Internet access and advice for performers. There’s one at the Pleasance Dome, […]

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Culture Clash

August 12th, 2011 by

As the international festival opens, I’ve been pondering cultural differences. Edinburgh International Festival caused a little controversy by accepting money from the Chinese government this year. ‘Festival under fire for China’s key cash role’ is the headline in The Scotsman today. It reports that human rights organisations have criticised the organisers in the wake of […]

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If it’s Tuesday it must be Edinburgh…

August 11th, 2011 by

So where was I? Ah yes, Stockton! Well, I left there Saturday, heading for the station with a friendly taxi driver who called me ‘pet’, caught a train to Darlington and learnt all about the footie from the Middlesborough supporters, just about made the connection at Darlington, arrived at Edinburgh Station 9pm and got transported […]

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Round Table

August 10th, 2011 by

I’ve been told to keep it general and a bit mysterious when it comes to describing the work behind the Total Theatre Awards. Discussions at the assessing meetings, at which we share our thoughts on productions, are confidential. However, it also seems worth giving a little insight into what goes on behind the scenes. Each […]

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