Top 20 Festival Shows
This article is from 2009.
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.
In a year of poetry shocks, this Shetlands-based writer made a few waves of her by scooping the massively prestigious TS Eliot prize.
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.
The threat of cancer loomed large over this young Japanese artist, but she turned her pain into a graphic novel of much renown.
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.
Wonderful, irreverent fourth-wall blasting adaptation of Moliere’s classic.
Nic Green explores contemporary feminism in a joyous, life-affirming show.
Site-specific, interactive play set in a New Town hostelry, scripted by comedian Mark Watson.
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.
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.
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.
The Dutch comic-actor breaks free from his Amsterdam cronies to pull more Dadaist tricks from his surrealistic sleeve.
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.
Indisputably one of the key standard bearers of British political comedy, the authority-bothering TV guy lays out his own manifesto.
One of the most anticipated comedy shows in this year’s programme delivers its promise amid a blur of passion and hilarity.