When I first saw the production at the Komische, I worried that the musical performance was restricted by the film, despite 900 live cues that make the movie tick on the night. This time I worried less. Conductor Kristiina Poska summoned flexibility and bright spirit in the pit – some of the Komische orchestral playing was rough-edged but the energy was right, and give me that over polite cleanliness any day. The cast isn’t starry but it is solid. Allan Clayton is wonderful as a rich-voiced, impassioned Tamino. Olga Pudova’s Queen is immaculate and airy; Maureen McKay warmed up into a tender Pamina and Dominik Koninger is a robust, lively Papageno. … [Read more...] about The Magic Flute at Edinburgh festival review – all the makings of a classic
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Their challenge, he said, was to keep the show on the road, embracing new digital and online technology but planning to resume live events. “People do talk as if Covid is never going to end. This a hiatus,” he said. “There are elements of the physical event which cannot be replicated digitally … People will be back.” … [Read more...] about ‘There is a sense of loss’: Reflections on this year’s cancelled Edinburgh festival
“This was very much focused on moving away from the idea of generating growth for growth’s sake,” he said. The strategy included making sure regulations around Airbnb-style short lets were enforced, and making sure local people get the benefit from jobs in tourism. “We worked on the basis of what is good for the residents is good for the tourist.” McVey said that after the 2008 crisis businesses “were pulling up the drawbridge and becoming more risk averse”, and things like fair work for locals were considered “nice to haves”. This time, he said, everyone agreed that the strategy should continue. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s a ghost town’: tourism crisis hits British cities from Edinburgh to Bath
I’ve spent every August, bar one, of the past 14 years at the festival. I’ve probably done untold damage to my body, by wolfing down kebabs and pints of Guinness while having panicked conversations with friends about how some joke has stopped working. Now that I can’t go, I am left with one thought: despite the stress dreams, I’d rather be there than anywhere else. … [Read more...] about Edinburgh’s cancelled. So why am I still dreaming about performing naked there?
There will be no Best of the Fest shows this year, but there will be a Fringe on Friday variety show streamed weekly throughout August. This 60-minute show will showcase highlights across all genres, with artists keeping 100% of the money raised from ticket sales. Alongside this, the Fringe Pick n Mix will see artists upload 60-second films, including snippets of “shows that never were” or off-the-cuff new material. Viewers will be able to comment on the videos and pick select clips or watch a continuous stream of appealingly DIY shows. … [Read more...] about Remotely entertaining: Edinburgh highlights beamed to your living room