Ilana Halperin: The Library

Ilana Halperin: The Library

The only ‘books’ in Ilana Halperin’s library are samples of glittering mica - so called by geologists because their flaking layers resemble the pages of a manuscript. 

Zimbabwe Sculptures

Zimbabwe Sculptures

A shoal of fish are suspended in a synchronised leap. 

Sleepless Travellers

Sleepless Travellers

On a technical level, Teresa Cálem’s portraits are very good. 

Timurid Beasties - A Magical Menagerie of Furniture, Rugs, Artefacts and Jewellery

Timurid Beasties - A Magical Menagerie of Furniture, Rugs, Artefacts and Jewellery

The tigers, lions and elephants that strut their stuff in The Nomad’s Tent are a harmless lot – their ferocity having been harnessed for decorative ends and their forms playful… 

Traverse Through Time: The Exhibition

Traverse Through Time: The Exhibition

How much do you know about the history of the Traverse Theatre? If the answer is ‘very little’, don’t expect to leave enlightened. 

A Note of Dischord

A Note of Dischord

Top hats off to Theatre Paradok for bringing something so unashamedly different to the Fringe. 

The Way of the World

The Way of the World

First performed in 1700, William Congreve’s quintessential Restoration Comedy has an appeal which defies the sillier conventions of its genre. 

Ruskin Live

Ruskin Live

In 1853, art critic John Ruskin caused a stir in polite society with a series of Edinburgh lectures lambasting the city’s architectural pretensions. 

Scotsman Best of the Fest

Scotsman Best of the Fest

Best of Fest presents five acts (and one emcee) crowned with four-or five-star reviews by the Scotsman newspaper. 

Hanging Bruce-Howard

Hanging Bruce-Howard

Hanging Bruce-Howard is a good old-fashioned piece of farce. 

Edinburgh Printmakers at ROSL

Edinburgh Printmakers at ROSL

Constituting this exhibition of work by Edinburgh printmakers are a handful of understated prints hung up two flights of stairs at the Royal Over-Seas League. 

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

Don’t come for the breakfast. 

Rough Magic

Rough Magic

Rough Magic is essentially pantomime for the Marvel Comics generation, a light-hearted urban fantasy which feels a bit like a pilot for a wacky teen series. 

Rites: A Children's Tragedy

Rites: A Children's Tragedy

Fans of Wedekind’s taboo-breaking original or its cult teen-rock musical spawn beware: this adaptation is never quite as wryly funny or as heart-wrenching. 

The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

Everyone knows Penelope. 

21st-century Poe

21st-century Poe

Marty Ross drags Edgar Allan Poe into a Glaswegian alley, knifes him in the back and shakes him down for drug money. 

The Actor's Nightmare

The Actor's Nightmare

Take one confused accountant. 

Phoebe Anna Traquair Murals

Phoebe Anna Traquair Murals

In 1893 the Irish artist Phoebe Anna Traquair, a notable adherent of the Arts and Crafts movement, was asked to decorate the Catholic Apostolic Church on Mansfield Place. 

Witches & Wicked Bodies

Witches & Wicked Bodies

Goya, Dürer, Delacroix and Blake are amongst the artists tantalizing their viewers with dark fantasies of Medusas, soothsayers, satanists and Jezebels at Scotland’s National Gal… 

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

When a production’s most memorable aspect is the costuming, you know you have a weak show on your hands. 

Penthesilea

Penthesilea

Apparently there’s a fine line between desire and cannibalism. 

The Trojan Women

The Trojan Women

What happens to the innocent when a war is lost? Troy has fallen, the wooden horse has unleashed its deadly cargo, the men lie slaughtered and the Greek army stands triumphant. 

Print Fusion

Print Fusion

Print is one of the most consumer-friendly art mediums around and this little display proves no exception. 

High Plains (A Western Myth)

High Plains (A Western Myth)

The first few minutes of High Plains was like being cornered after last orders by a sad-eyed drunk intent on regaling me with a digression about his life. 

The Vanish Inquisition

The Vanish Inquisition

It’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, except there are four of them and they have been abandoned by their actor, Richard, who spends most of the play as a cardboard cut-out… 

Mostly West: Franz West and Artist Collaborations

Mostly West: Franz West and Artist Collaborations

The Austrian artist Franz West, who died last year, was eager to form partnerships with his contemporaries. 

Through American Eyes: Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch

Through American Eyes: Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch

Previous visitors to the Scottish National Gallery will be familiar with Frederic Church’s Niagara Falls from the American Side, the only major work by this American artist featu…