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Berkoff’s Women Linda Marlowe draws from 25 years of working with Stephen Berkoff to create an electrifying presence on stage. Directed by Josie Lawrence. Fringe. ()bserver Assembly. until .illAug. /. 15pm.

The Wake Dublin‘s world-famous Abbey Theatre brings Tom Murphy's play about one woman's emotional homecoming to the Festival. National identity explored on an international scale. International Festival. King 3‘ Theatre. 16-21 Aug. 7pm; 2/ Aug. 2.30pm.

Laodamia Budapest's Merlin International Theatre return to Edinburgh with an intellectually rewarding pastiche of (ireek myth: a woman makes a deal with the gods to have sex with her dead husband for a further three hours. Fringe. Famous (Irouse House. until 30 Aug (not [6. 23) 8pm.

Nixon's Nixon Henry Kissinger meets up with Tricky Dicky during the last hours of the Nixon presidency in this superbly acted study of personality and power. Fringe. ()bserver Assembly. until 30 Aug. 3pm.

Box The Pony Prejudice and pugilism meet in this much-lauded semi-autobiographical show from Aboriginal actor/singer Leah Purcell. To find out where the pony fits in. you'll just have to go along yourself. Fringe. ()bserverAssembly. until 22 Aug (not [6) [0.15pm.’ 24—30 Aug. 8.30pm.


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Star Wars Trilogy In 30 Minutes Low-budget laughs and high-speed action as six hours of film are condensed into a short sitting. Better than The Phantom Menace. Fringe. I)I'IIIIIHI()I1(I Community Theatre, until 28 Aug (not [6—17, [9, 22—24. 26) ll.3()pm; I4. 2/. 28Aug. llam.


Artifact A full-length ballet by American choreographer William Forsythe. Artifact makes the most of the ensemble strengths of its performers Dutch National Ballet. International Festival. Edinburgh Festival Theatre. I 6—] 8 Aug. 7. 30pm.

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Gumboots A blend of dance. song and music bursts out ofAfrica and onto the Edinburgh stage. The roots of the gumboot style of dance are found in the gold mines of apartheid South Africa. but this upbeat show puts oppression in the past and looks to a bright future. Fringe. (ii/(led Balloon at The Palladium. until 30 Aug (not 16. 2-?) 7pm; [4—15. 21—22 Aug. 3.15pm; 28—30 Aug. F4377)".


Ratcatcher Glaswegian filmmaker Lynne Ramsay's hauntingly beautiful evocation of childhood complete with stunning visuals opens the Film Festival. Film Festival. ()(It’tttl l. [5 Aug. 9.30pm; (ilasgotv Film Theatre I. I 7 Aug. 8. I 5pm.

Rushmore The great Bill Murray (giving a career-best performance) falls in love and goes head-to-head with newcomer Jason Schwartzman's fifteen-year-old schoolboy over a young. widowed teacher in Wes Anderson‘s fabulously quirky comedy. Film Festival. ABC I. I 8 Aug. 6pm.

Wild Side: The Director's Cut The late Donald (Performance) (‘ammell’s final film starring Christopher Walken. Joan Chen and Anne Heche. has been rescued from its producers and re-edited in line with the director's vision. Includes talk by editor Frank Mazzola. Film Festival. Film/rouse I. l 7 Aug. 5.45pm.


Turandot Saburo Teshigawara directs an all- Asian cast (including the Tokyo Opera Singers and Tokyo FM Boys Choir) in a spectacular version of Puccini's oriental love story. International Festival. Edinburgh Playhouse. I 6. I8. 20, 22 Aug. 7pm.

Orbital The Hartnoll brothers bring electronic music spectacularly into the live arena with a show specially designed for Edinburgh. Support comes from Ritchie Hawtin aka Plastikman. who rocked T in the Park with a hard and funky set. Flux. I’rinees Street Gardens, [3 Aug. 8pm. Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester There's a clue in the title as to what this young orchestra are playing Mahler‘s .S'ymphony No 7. conducted by the redoubtable Claudio Abbado. Internatimial Festival. Usher Hall. [7 Aug. 8pm.

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Gary Hume New work featuring orchids. angels. minstrels and nudes from the former YBA who is also currently taking part in the Venice Biennale. Dean Gallery: until 17 ()et. Mon—Sat l()am~5pnt. Sun [lam—5pm.

Callum Innes 8. Patrick Heron A rare home- ground exhibition of lnnes‘s meditations on colour. set alongside the last pieces of work by Heron. who died in March. lngleby Gallery. until II Sep, Mon—Sat [Ham—5pm.


Marina Warner She thrives on fear and where better does that emotion lurk than in fairytales. new and old'.’ Book Festival. Post Office Theatre. I 4 Aug. 6.30pm.

Gordon Burn He may not be obsessed with serial killers. but he writes about them with glorious style and drama. The Wests and the Yorkshire Ripper are among those he may be talking about. Book Festival. Post Office Theatre. /6 Aug. ~i‘pm.‘ .S'piegeltent. [8 Aug. 4pm.

Ian Rankin Crime Quiz Challenge Pit your wits against the finest literary minds in crime. At no point will any butler have done it. Book Festival. .S'piegeltent. I 7 Aug. 8.30pm.


Derrick Carter One of the men responsible for resurgence in popularity of Chicago house in the mid-90s (alongside DJ Sneak and Cajmere) returns to Tribal Funktion. champion of the jackin' sound in the capital. Tribal Fttnktion. The Venue. 14 Aug. I 0. 30pm.

From left: Linda Marlowe in Berkofl's Women; Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore; Leah Purcell in Box The Pony