elcome to the first of The List’s weekly Edinburgh Festival specials. For ease of comprehension. because we love you all every last one. we have devised a friendly little system of time zones. Using these, you can gain a unique insight into whatis going on at any given moment in Festival City. Time-sections each have their own highlights picked out for the lazy ones amongst you who demand instant gratification, and just over the page you will find our tips for the guaranteed smashes ofthe first week.

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The List's easy-to-tollow guide gives details of all the addresses and telephone numbers you need to enjoy every aspect of thisyear's Festival.


10Aug—1 Sept.

I INFORMATION Free programme available from Festival Box Office. 21 Market Street. 225 5756. Open 9am—6pm (Mon—Sat) and 1()am—5pm (Sunday). Festival Hotline.()89888191 1. from 11am every morning details general information. ticket and accommodation availability. The Festival Information Centre in the car park of the National Gallery. The Mound provides a similar service.

I TICKETS Available from the Box Office. Market Street. by post or by telephone. 031225 5756. Half-price tickets are sold for that day's performance from the ticket booth at the bottom ofThe Mound from 1()am—5pm.


11—31 Aug.

I INFORMATION Fringe Programme available free from The Fringe Office. 180 High Street. 226 5257/5259. Open 10am—7pm every day.

The Daily Diary is available free from i many venues and details the days events including late additions not listed in the programme.

I TICKETS Tickets are available over the counter for most shows from The Fringe Office. 180 High Street. although most venues also sell tickets on the night. Telephone sales by credit card on

031 226 5138 and postal sales are available from the address above.

I KEY VENUES Over recent years a number of larger venues have developed their own identity to such a degree that many have become very much festivals within the Festival. Below are a few of the most important ones. Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. Open ' 1()am—midnight (9—31 Aug). Telephone bookings and information on

031 220 4349.

The Traverse Theatre. Grassmarket, 226 2633. Open 10am—5pm (Mon).

10am— 10.30pm (Tues. Wed. Sun) and 10am—midnight (Thurs-Sat). Credit card hotline 031 2251974.

The Gilded Balloon Theatre. 233 Cowgate. Open 10am—1.30am. Telephone bookings 031 226 2151.

The Pleasance. 60The Pleasance. 556 6550. Credit card bookings 031 5561513.

2The List 9— 15 August 1991

Fringe groups. there are some ! difficult shows that are on at more than one time. In that case. applying our usual commonsense, we have covered it in the time-zone where it appears most frequently, and cross-referenced it at the end of the article. Simple eh?

Ah, you say. but what ifl want to see a specific show, and don’t know what time it‘s on? Do we tell you to get knotted. No way. Just consult our zippy little index (over there, look) which lists every show we cover alphabetically. lfthe show’s not there, odds are it‘ll be in next week. Place your orders now.


10—25 Aug.

I INFORMATION Programme available from Film Festival Main Box Office. Filmhouse. 88 Lothian Road. 228 2688. Open noon—9pm (1—9 Aug). 9am—9pm (10—25 Aug) and until 11.30pm (late shows). Full programme listings for this week see page 60.

I TICKETS Available from Filmhouse. Lothian Road and Cameo Cinema Box Office. 38 Home Street. 2284141. Open 4.30-10pm ( l—ll) Aug) and 1—1 1pm (11—25 Aug). Phone bookings on

031 229 2550.


10—26 Aug.

I TICKETS Available from The Fringe 5 Office and. until 10 Aug. James Thin. The Edinburgh BookshOp, 57 George Street. Open Mon—Fri 1()am—6pm; Sat 1()am—5pm.

From 10 Aug tickets available from Book Festival Box Office. Charlotte Square. Open Mon—Sat 1()am—8pm (Mon 26 Aug 1()am—6pm ). Also available by post from Box S. Edinburgh Book Festival. 27a SW Thistle Street Lane. Edinburgh. EH2 1EW and by telephone on 031 220 4067.


17—25 Aug. I TICKETS Available from EIJF. 116

Canongate. Telephone bookings 031 5571642.


Events between 19-30 Aug.

I TICKETS Available Queen‘s Hall Box Office. Clerk Street. Phone bookings on 031 666 2019.


Until 24 Aug

Tickets are available from The Tattoo Office. 22 Market Street. Open 1()am—9pm (Mon—Fri) and 1()am—10.30pm (Sat). Phone bookings 0312251188.


Industry event with the MacTaggart Memorial Lecture being given by David Elstein. Director of Programmes at Thames Television on 23 Aug at 7pm in the Kirk of St Cuthbert (contact 071 379 4519).

The Overcoat (Fringe) Tottering Bipeds, Demarco Gallery (Venue 22) 557 0707. 12—24Aug.10.30pm.£5.50(£4.50).