introduction EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
The List's Guide to the 1997 Edinburgh Festival
RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW you’re smack bang at the epicentre of world culture. Nowhere else in the galaxy are so many people entertained in so many ways by so many performers. With all the frantic buying and selling and yelling, it’s like Wall Street out there. What you need is a bit of insider knowledge.
THAT’S WHERE THE LIST comes in. We’ve been covering the Edinburgh Festival for twelve years, and we don’t plan to stop now. This is our third and final Festival issue this year (though we’ll be covering a select few shows in our next issue, out on Thursday 28 August). Inside, you’ll find 150 reviews and previews, giving you clear guidance about what tickets you’re going to want, and how to get them.
IT’S THE LAST WORD on the shows you must not miss . . .
Using The List
TOP TWENTY: On page 11 we give our twenty tips for the very best Festival events taking place this week. If you can only take in a few, choose them from here.
THEATRE, DANCE, COMEDY AND KIDS: To help you plan your daily Festival diary, our coverage of Theatre, Dance Comedy and Kids is divided into six time bands, from 9am until late at night. Each section covers what we think will be the most interesting shows in that time band.
FILM, MUSIC, CLUBS, BOOKS AND ART: Each of these is covered in a separate section, which you can find following on from the time band sections.
HIT LISTS: The first page of each section covers the most exciting events in that section.
STAR RATINGS: Events that we’ve reviewed are assessed for quality and given one to five stars, according to how good we think they are. Our previews highlight events which we have not been able to review before the Festival, but which we think are worth seeing. Previews are not given star ratings.
FREE TICKET OFFERS: Through our special contacts with Festival and Fringe promoters, we’ve secured some free tickets just for our readers. See pages 5 and 7 for full details.
Cover Image Action Man Photograph by Paul Watt & Stephen Kearney of Creative Photography Styling by Ma Watt
Doll supplied by Jenners
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Complete listings for all Festival events
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