Top 20 Festival Shows

  • The List
  • 12 August 2009

This article is from 2009

Top 20 Festival Shows

Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal
There are few people who could even imagine the terrors of being a child made to fight in a war-torn homeland. This guy has lived it and come through the other side.

Jen Hadfield
In a year of poetry shocks, this Shetlands-based writer made a few waves of her by scooping the massively prestigious TS Eliot prize.

Dave Gorman
The globetrotting comic reflects upon the time he crossed America by trying to avoid the chainstores and brand names. It sure wasn’t easy, boy.

Mio Matsumoto
The threat of cancer loomed large over this young Japanese artist, but she turned her pain into a graphic novel of much renown.

St Kilda
Multi-media opera inspired by the island of St Kilda, which explores ideas about history, society and nature.

Kid Unicorn and Young Fathers
A stupendous showcase of two of Scotland’s bright young musical things.

The Tartuffe
Wonderful, irreverent fourth-wall blasting adaptation of Moliere’s classic.

Nic Green explores contemporary feminism in a joyous, life-affirming show.

The Hotel
Site-specific, interactive play set in a New Town hostelry, scripted by comedian Mark Watson.

Sea Wall
Hauntingly beautiful family saga by Simon Stephens, with theological undertones.

Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre’s colourful adaptation of Voltaire’s Candide kicks off the EIF’s 2009 theatre programme.

Large-scale adaptation of the iconic tale with music, pantomime and a huge cast.

Alan Davie
Remarkable retrospective from one of Scotland’s greatest living artists at the Dovecot gallery.

Compelling live stone-carving project accompanied by a compelling exhibition on the art of sculpture.

EH1 Festival
The biggest club event Edinburgh has ever seen, with genres ranging from house to techno via rave and drum & bass, with over 100 acts including Carl Cox, Orbital, Seb Fontaine and Josh Wink.

Hans Teeuwen
The Dutch comic-actor breaks free from his Amsterdam cronies to pull more Dadaist tricks from his surrealistic sleeve.

Alun Cochrane
One of the nation’s most merry daydreamers delivers another heavenly set.

Anna & Katy
Madames Crilly and Wix pull out all the Pythonesque stops with a raving hour of all-out lunacy. But in a good, funny way.

Mark Thomas
Indisputably one of the key standard bearers of British political comedy, the authority-bothering TV guy lays out his own manifesto.

Richard Herring
One of the most anticipated comedy shows in this year’s programme delivers its promise amid a blur of passion and hilarity.