Reviews & features: David Pollock

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Guide to working at the Edinburgh festival and taking a show there

6 Sep 2013

How to find a job and a room at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Most student cities and towns wind down for the summer as holidays are taken or resits crammed for a bit more diligently than first time round. But for the duration of August, Edinburgh opens the doors of every theatre, student union and church hall in…

Birdhouse

20 Aug 20133 stars

A comedic take on Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds by physical theatre company Jammy Voo

In the half-light live four elderly women, old-fashioned spectacles casting shadows across their faces, birds’ eggs nestled in their hair and white splashes of bird excrement running down their shoulders. Around them are clumps of bird feathers and, in…

Cinefringe brings international and experimental screenings to the Edinburgh Fringe 2013

16 Aug 2013

'It's the middle ground between a film festival and the spontaneous, edgy feel of the Fringe'

Although it wasn’t founded specifically for that reason in 2010, one advantage of CineFringe (tagline: ‘The official film festival of the Edinburgh Fringe’) is that it brings a film presence back to August in Edinburgh, ever since the International Film…

Edinburgh Art Festival presents Art Late North and South events

15 Aug 2013

Evening programme of performance and tours held in association with The List

The thread between art and music has always held strong amidst Scotland’s art school culture, and it seems to be booming within the context of the Edinburgh Art Festival as well. A fixture of the programme for some years now, and its expansion to two…

Vic Galloway presents Songs in the key of Fife

14 Aug 2013

TV & radio presenter shines spotlight on the Kingdom

Over the last couple of decades a musical story has been brewing in the East Neuk (literally, the ‘east corner’) of Fife, just the opposite side of the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh, and broadcaster Vic Galloway is the man to finally tell it. Partly…

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FOUND and Young Fathers to appear at Art Late North and South

14 Aug 2013

Evening programme of performance and tours held in association with The List

The thread between art and music has always held strong amidst Scotland’s art school culture, and it seems to be booming within the context of Edinburgh Art Festival as well. A fixture of the programme for some years now, its expansion to two events…

Mostly West: Franz West and Artist Collaborations

11 Aug 20134 stars

Fascinating show packed full of memorable collaborations

A tribute that wasn't meant to be, Mostly West was conceived in 2011, before the Austrian artist Franz West died last year. In its finished form it feels not so much like the high-concept 30-year retrospective which it is, as a fusillade of…

Scratcha DVA

11 Aug 2013

The notorious DVA brings the bass to Sneaky Pete's

As usual there will be a procession of great DJs going through the Cowgate’s clubbing cavern Sneaky Pete’s this month, and in securing Scratcha DVA for this midweek date the venue has confirmed one of the UK’s most versatile names amongst their number.

Tame Impala lead the charge in Australia's current trend for psych rock revivalism

8 Aug 2013

Revivalist psych rock from down under

There’s must be something in the water in Australia these days, for the new wave of psychedelic rock bands emerging from the country is growing. Following the example set in the northern hemisphere by groups like The Flaming Lips and MGMT, various…

Paul Vickers presents Ivor Cutlerian nonsense in Twonkey’s Blue Cadabra

6 Aug 2013

Vickers' adsurdist comic creation returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Tell us, Mr Twonkey, what’s a Blue Cadabra? ‘It’s an enchanted cloth and known aphrodisiac from Casablanca.’ And what’s its story? ‘First we learn about a planet populated entirely by jockeys, which leads to a horse race and some high jinx. Next up we…

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Drum Struck

5 Aug 20134 stars

Family-friendly, interactive drum thumping

Even before we’ve entered the room, the ingredients are in place to make this show by South African drumming group Drum Café one of the sleeper family hits of this year’s festival. The premise is simple – there are lots of drummers onstage and everyone…

Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells For Two

4 Aug 20134 stars

Australian musicians on a mission to recreate a prog masterwork during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

There's a full band's worth of kit and more onstage, and only two young guys dressed all in black in charge of it. That's in contrast to their audience, silver-haired ladies and gentlemen (mostly gentlemen) of a certain age, waiting expectantly for a…

Graphic journalist Joe Sacco appearing as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

1 Aug 2013

Sacco appears as part of the Festival's Stripped comics strand

In its championing of an entire medium within this year’s inaugural Stripped strand, there’s an implied sense that EIBF are trying to further erode the tiresome conceit that stories told with words and pictures are just for kids by placing them closer…

Rise Kagona and the Jit Jive Band set for shows at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

1 Aug 2013

Guitarist from Zimbabwean group The Bhundu Boys play with new band

Zimbabwean group The Bhundu Boys took the world music scene by storm in the 1980s, drawing praise from Elvis Costello and supporting Madonna at Wembley, but the subsequent story of fall-outs, death and trouble with the law is one of music’s sadder…

Song Noir gives film & TV themes a dark makeover at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2013

Music duo Pumajaw interpret music from Twin Peaks, The Night of the Hunter and more

Scottish duo Pumajaw – aka Pinkie Maclure and John Wills – are a pair of musicians who embrace the theatricality of rock music, with performances characterised by a dark, dramatic sense of power and sexuality, set off by Maclure’s torchsinging vocal.

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Interview: Dutch artist Krijn de Koning discusses his Edinburgh Art Festival project, 'Land'

29 Jul 2013

de Koning's installation is set to transform the Edinburgh College of Art's sculpture court

In this new work by the Dutch artist Krijn de Koning, his first exhibited piece in the UK, the intention is dramatic. ‘I wanted to make an artwork as a place,’ he says, reflecting on a project in which the interior of Edinburgh College of Art’s…

The value of art in society is under fire in Banksy: The Room in the Elephant

29 Jul 2013

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 show is inspired by a true story

For their tale based on a real-life event, the team behind Banksy: The Room in the Elephant – director Emma Callander (of Theatre Uncut), writer Tom Wainwright and actor and former Eastenders star Gary Beadle – have lucked out with a story that provides…

Darts Wives explores world of women behind the sporting men

29 Jul 2013

Sharp humour beyond the oche at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Even to the uninitiated, there’s something inherently compelling about the spectacle of watching live darts. It feels particularly British, from the sight of portly guys with gelled hair and ill-fitting sportswear roaring themselves on like Usain Bolt…

The Bongo Club's best club nights live on at Underbelly through the Fringe

29 Jul 2013

Confusion is Sex, Four Corners, Electrikal and Soulsville are among the twin venues' club highlights

‘It’s an amazing building,’ says the Bongo Club’s manager Ally Hill of the long-serving cult venue’s new premises in a multi-level warren which stretches between Victoria Street and the Cowgate, ‘and we’re glad to be the ones making sure it’s not only…

Cadre examines the meaning of the fight for freedom

29 Jul 2013

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe production is by South African playwright and actor Omphile Molusi

With the world’s media camped outside Mandela’s hospital, it’s an important time to revisit the history of his nation’s civil rights movement. In his follow-up to 2008’s Fringe First-winning Itsoseng, playwright and actor Omphile Molusi presents an epic…

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Tortoise in a Nutshell returns with Feral, a play animating the Trumpton Riots

29 Jul 2013

The performance, which is part puppetry, part film, will be staged at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Even leaving aside the subject matter, there can be few more potentially stunning Fringe plays in the pipeline than Tortoise in a Nutshell’s Feral. A co-production with Cumbernauld Theatre after the previous success of Grit and The Last Miner, Feral is…

Artist Emma Bowen discusses her contribution to the Edinburgh Art Festival 2013, GARAGE

29 Jul 2013

Project space and micro gallery hosting temporary installations and exhibitions

‘Artists have been making work in different spaces for years,’ muses Emma Bowen of her own contribution to this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, GARAGE. ‘It’s exciting. Things come alive. Interesting accidents can happen.’ The sometime Edinburgh College…

Four Corners club outing for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

11 Jul 2013

Mark Ronson and Jamiroquai collaborators Haggis Horns set for Four Corners live show

Their usual home at the new Bongo Club might be on ice for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival while Underbelly moves in, but it’s pleasing to see that funk and soul night Four Corners has found a temporary new venue in the atmospheric festival-only…

Catherine Bennett is a Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model

10 Jul 2013

The new show from performance artist Bryony Kimmings attempts to create an alternative popstar

Catherine Bennett is a young pop star with a purpose. ‘CB’ doesn’t wear skimpy clothes and lots of make-up or sing about boys and sex and dancing in nightclubs, or anything else you might hear being bandied around in the charts. Instead, she works in a…

Ilana Halperin: the Library

3 Jun 20134 stars

Geologically-themed show repurposing museum exhibits as art

Location is everything for this new exhibition by Glasgow-based, New York-raised artist Ilana Halperin, the first recipient of an artist's fellowship at National Museums Scotland. Flying in the face of even the richest modern art's essential…