Festival focus

This article is from 2008

Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne, in town to talk Wilde

With just a fortnight to go until the floodgates open on Edinburgh’s festival mayhem, new spaces, new acts and new events are being announced daily.

The Book Festival last week added to additions: a brand new event from Alexander McCall Smith on 23 Aug, as well as an appearance from Clive James on 21 Aug.

Across town, the Fringe has announced that their High Street Team will manage additional performance spaces on the Mound Precinct next month. Two large circular performance pitches will be positioned ether side of the pyramid steps overlooking East Princes Street Gardens, with space also available for living statues and 20 market stalls.

Amnesty International has also announced its line-up, extending their programme across the Fringe Festival, the Book Festival, the Festival of Politics, and the Festival of Spirituality and Peace. Highlights include their Stand Up for Freedom comedy nights (in association with the Co-operative Bank) at the Assembly Hall on 6 and 13 Aug. Compered by Ed Byrne and Andrew Maxwell respectively, the midnight comedy gigs will feature Rich Hall, Brendon Burns, Mark Watson, Stephen K Amos, Reginald D Hunter, David O'Doherty and Jo Caufield.

Other Amnesty highlights include two visual exhibitions, a play on Burma, an Amnesty lecture, two debates, readings from imprisoned writers and the annual Amnesty award for a theatre production about human rights.

Last but by no means least, Edinburgh International Festival Towers have announced that choreographer and director Matthew Bourne is to take part in a conversation about his adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Portrait of Dorian Gray. Bourne will discuss the inspiration behind his production of Wilde's classic tale, which receives its world premiere at Festival 08 at the King's Theatre, at the Hub, on 27 Aug.


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