My Edinburgh: Maureen Beattie from Stellar Quines production The Carousel

Show running at Traverse for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

This article is from 2014.

My Edinburgh: Maureen Beattie from Stellar Quines production The Carousel

My first Edinburgh festival experience was …
When I was about 16. I did the make-up for a show that pupils at my brother Paul’s boarding school were putting on. I had no idea what I was doing but – in the true spirit of the Fringe – I blagged my way through and learnt as I went along.

Edinburgh’s unique selling point is …
The utter, breathtaking beauty of the city itself.

I am likely to be found …
In the central courtyard at Summerhall, enjoying a glass of wine and a natter with fellow Fringe performers.

My favourite place to eat is …
Spoon. Lovely, airy venue with delightful staff, delicious food and reasonable prices.

My favourite place to drink is …
The bar at the Traverse.

Best spot to get away from the festival madness …
Why would you want to? You’re in the middle of the greatest arts festival in the known universe!

Edinburgh’s little-known gem is …
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street. A gorgeous building and a wonderful collection.

Make sure you see …
The John Byrne exhibition at the SNPG, and his Dead End at Bourne Fine Art, Dundas Street. The man's a genius – and he's ours!

The best thing about the Edinburgh festival is …
Never knowing what new delights might be round the corner.

The worst thing about the Edinburgh festival is …
It's too short!

One day I will …
Come to the festival with no show to do and just wallow in all the wonders on offer.

Maureen Beattie stars in The Carousel, Traverse, 228 1404, until 24 Aug (not 11, 18), various times, £18 (£13).

This article is from 2014.

The Carousel

  • 4 stars

Jennifer Tremblay's follow-up to The List charts a woman's quest through a labyrinth of memories. Directed by Muriel Romanes and starring Maureen Beattie.