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David Petherick is the owner of edinburghfestival.org and was born in and lives in Edinburgh. He is a father, writer, marketer and tweeter. Follow @edinburghfest for festival news and updates and @petherick for personal news and views. David has previously worked as UK Editor for The Next Web.

(More) Moira Monologues

Ye dinnae huv to be fae Fawkirk to pish your pants at this yin. If you don’t get that sentence, you could struggle with the dialect in this show. But not much. It’s Lowland Scots, Falkirkus Hallglenia Vulgaris variety. But there were Canadians in the audience who, although they admitted it took them a while to get into the groove, joined the rest of the audience in belly-bursting, raucous laughter [...]

By | August 24th, 2017|5-star|0 Comments

My Audience reviewed by Jo Caulfield

This is a review of the audience watching Jo Caulfield's performance by Jo Caulfield. First impressions are very important in comedy. The accepted wisdom being, the audience have 2 minutes before the comedian makes up their mind about them. With that in mind, this audience lost me in the first 30 seconds. Does no-one dress up for an evening out nowadays? I've seen better dressed wounds. My first thought was [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|5-star|0 Comments

The Darling Monologues

You’re not likely to meet three much more different women in 50 minutes than Lily, Sadie and Ruby, but all are revealed in acute detail and vivid characterisation by Angela Jackson, until now better known as a writer than an actress. The main character of the Darling Monologues is male - Mark Darling. The clever part is the way his story is told through the women’s funny but unsentimental stories, [...]

By | July 30th, 2017|4-star|0 Comments

Glory on Earth

[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] A vibrant, youthful and feisty Mary Stuart duels verbally with a dark, dour and determined John Knox. But when you suddenly realise that the harp playing on stage is actually rendering Party Fears Two, an '80s Associates song,  you realise that this play is here to remind us that history can still deliver a definitively contemporary message. Although born in Scotland, Mary Stuart lived in France for [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|4-star|0 Comments

Hay Fever

L-R: Rosemary Boyle, Susan-Wooldridge, Charlie Archer. Photo credit-Mihaela Bodlovic Noel Coward was, and still is known for his fast wit, and for snappy dialogue in his writing, and Hay Fever is one of his most enduring works. But it’s difficult to follow a conversation when the dialogue is too fast. Unfortunately, that’s what’s taking place on stage right from the start. The actors playing siblings Sorel and Simon [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|3-star|0 Comments

The Winter’s Tale

Photo Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic If ever you wanted to know just how joyous and vibrant Shakespeare can be, come see this production. But don't expect the cast to be leaping around in tights and cod-pieces. The shift of costume is to the 21st century, and to a very Scottish place - it also has a shift of language and attitude that, like the best of Shakespeare's work, makes [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|5-star|0 Comments

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock - Photo: Pia Johnson There’s a volcanic rumbling beneath this deftly staged production, and the stark minimalism of the set design and staging add to the sense of something dark, primal and unstoppable at work. The story at the heart of Picnic at Hanging Rock centres on the unexplained disappearance of three schoolgirls and one of their teachers on Valentine’s Day, 1900, based on [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|4-star|0 Comments

That 2,500 year old feminist

There are a few things that immediately set this production of The Suppliant Women apart. One is the libation at the start - a local politician is invited to use a bottle of wine to anoint the thrust-forward, open stage. Real politician. Real wine. The names of those who have contributed financially to the play are read out at the start. Real names. Real numbers. And the chorus, being the [...]

By | October 2nd, 2016|5-star|0 Comments

Isabelle Georges – Oh Là Là

Oh boy - can this lady sing! And move. Isabelle Georges is a force of nature - and it’s a very specifically Parisian force of nature. From the very start, she dominates the room with her stage presence and her voice and movement. You’re in the presence of a brilliant performer, with a brilliant band to accompany her - piano, double bass, drums and sax/clarinet. It’s a 7:45 show, but [...]

By | August 27th, 2016|5-star|0 Comments

Can I Stop You There?

In this show, the compères interrupt the comedians. Several times over. And every night, it’s a new set of comedians and a new set of interruptions. Add to this the fact you’re in an intimate venue, it’s after 11pm, and many of the audience are ‘quite receptive to laughter’ or ‘a wee bit drunk’ and you have a promising recipe for success. Jo Caulfield and Stuart Murphy are our hosts, [...]

By | August 25th, 2016|5-star|0 Comments