Aye Elvis.

I went to see “Aye, Elvis”.   It was such good fun. It’s a  musical.  So poignant ,  I laughed tears and wept at the pathos.   A Scottish woman, leading desperately lonely life, looking after her wheelchair bound mother, working for next to nothing as a checkout girl at the local supermarket, not well educated but... Continue Reading →

Titus Andronicus at the Edinburhg Fringe

The greatest power struggle ever staged.  Shakespeare.  Assassination, murder, the ravishing of virgins, betrayal by mother, slicing off of hands and the tearing out of lounges, feasting a father on the flesh of his sons, revenge, honour corruption and  barbecuing your enemies face.   What authoritarian monsters what power hungry goths are called before us.  Why... Continue Reading →

Kierkegaard – the comedy for philosophers

A comedy about the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard?   Got some balls those Danish!  First they invade us with their Vikings, then their detective/crime novels and now their comedians. Claus Damgaard is the Danish funnyman, appearing at C aquilla, up by the castle, in a deadly serious, deadly funny interpretation of Kierkegaard’s existentialist approach to love, relationships... Continue Reading →

Scottish Portrait Gallery Edinburgh and Lavery’s war paintings

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh has re-opened in its dramatic, neo gothic palace on Queen Street.  Ruskin would be delighted.   It is a rather rambling interior and quite difficult to navigate.  I wondered about with nothing really grabbing my interest, until I stumbled upon, entirely by good fortune, the exhibition of war paintings by Sir... Continue Reading →

A review of the play “Deepcut” written by Phillip Ralph and performed at the Edinburgh Festival

Written by a Welshman, from the valleys, about a Welsh soldier, also from the valleys, who died from gunshots from  her own  weapon while on guard duty at the railway gate of Deepcut garrison, perhaps more commonly known to the soldiers who served there, as Blackdown. As a piece of theater it is at once,... Continue Reading →

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