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Excentricus These spectacular. must-see shows by Canadian troupe Cirque Eloize embue the performers‘ circus skills with a human. even poetical power to amaze. Fringe. Theatre Big Top, The Meadows. until 29 Aug. times vary.

Wreck The Airline Barrier White American racism comes to the surface when a plane-load of passengers get confessional during a mid-air disaster. Controlled hysteria from The Riot Group. Fringe. Garage Theatre. until 29 Aug. 7.30pm.

Laodamia Budapest‘s Merlin International Theatre returns to Edinburgh with an intellectually rewarding pastiche of Greek myth: a woman makes a deal with the gods to have sex with her dead husband for a further three hours. Fringe. Famous Grouse House. until 30 Aug. 8pm.

The Kaos Importance Of Being Earnest With Lady Bracknell snorting coke and Algernon out clubbing. Kaos Theatre brings a classic play up to date without losing any of Oscar Wilde‘s biting wit. Fringe. Theatre llorkshop. until 30 Aug. titnes vary.

Fanny Hill A bawdy tale of one woman‘s erotic rise to fame. starring (and adapted by) Philippa Hammond. Late 18th century antics uncovered in more ways than one. Fringe. Hill Street Theatre. until 30 Aug. [1.45pm.


Ed Byrne A final extra show from the young Irishman who fills the air with cigarette smoke and charming tales of foreign travel. Catch him on tour later in September. Fringe. Queen 's Hall. 27 Aug. 8.30pm.

AI Murray The Pub Landlord opens his doors again for another round of off-centre observations on life as he knows it. One of the most consistently funny men on the circuit. Fringe. Pleasanee. until 30 Aug. times vary; George Square Theatre. 27—29 Aug. II. I5ptn.


Sleeping Beauty Cullberg Ballet reassess the Tchaikovsky favourite as a drug-tinged

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modern-day fairytale. making this the centrepiece of Edinburgh's Mats Ek mini- retrospective. International Festival. Playhouse. 3/ Aug—2 Sep. 7.30pm.

The Most Dangerous Room In The House American choreographer Susan Marshall makes her Festival debut with a psychodrama that questions the comfortable shell of the family home. International Festival. Edinburgh Festival Theatre. 30—31 Aug, 7. 30pm.


Beautiful People ()ne of the hits of Cannes. Jasmin Dizdar's manic comedy about Bosnian refugees living in London in 1993 closes a Film Festival packed with the best of British filmmaking. Film Festival. ()deon l. 29Aug. 9.30pm.

A Room For Romeo Brass Shane Meadows follows tip Small Time and 'IiventyFour Seven with a superb small-scale drama inspired by his childhood friendship with co-writer Paul Fraser. It’s ftill of his trademark impish humour. Film Festival. Cameo l. 27Aug. 8pm: 28 Aug. 3pm.

Best Of The Fest The cream of this year’s crop. featuring the opening night's Rateateher. Genghis Blues. Wonderland. Limbo. Go. Janice Beard 45 WP)". Sud and Run Lola Run among other movies top rated by The List. For individual film titles. times and ticket prices call the info hotline 0131 22‘) 2550 or check the Filmhouse info desk. Film Festival. various venues. 2‘) Aug. various times.


Nick Cave The dark prince of murder balladry returns with an exclusive Edinburgh show featuring sortie new arrangements of old favourites. Hut/Fringe. Princes Street Gardens, 27 Aug. 8pm.

Macbeth Kathleen Broderick and Richard Zellerjoin Scottish Opera for Luc Bondy's atmospheric production of Verdi's opera. International Festival. Edinburgh Festival Theatre. 29 Aug. I. 4 Sep. 7.15pm.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra One of the world‘s greatest orchestras. ()ne of the world's greatest conductors Sir Simon Rattle. Two of

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the world’s greatest symphonies Mahler's Second and Beethoven's Sixth. .»\ two-night package you just can‘t beat. Intermttionul Festival. l'sher Hall. 3—4 Sep. Spin/7.30pm. Tindersticks If their new album (which hits the stores on the same day as this concert) is anything to go by. this rare Scottish gig by the Nottingham sextet awill be filled with smart. sad songs with tenser wound melodies. I-‘Iu.\'/I~‘ringe. Queen 's Hall. -iUAug. 8pm.


Agnes Martin & John McLaughlin The hard- edged geometric abstract style of McLaughlin sits perfectly beside the meditative work of Martin in this wonderfully calm and contemplative gallery. lnverleith House. until 3/ ()et. IIatne5/nn. free.


Jay Mclnerney The US Brat Pack supremo brings his cynical eye to the glamour industry in ll’ltldt’l Behaviour. Book Festival. I’Us‘l Olliee Theatre. 28 Aug. /I.-1’()am.

Toni Davidson And Luke Sutherland Sutherland's Jelly Roll alludes to Dante‘s Inferno while Davidson's Sear Culture takes you straight into the hell of child abuse. Wake yourself with a jolt. Book Festival. Spiege/tettt. 29 Aug. I().3()am.

Ruth Rendell ()ne of the country’s leading female crime-writers delivers this year's :tlillennium Lecture Keep an eye out for her next tome. Harm Done. her 37th crime novel. Book Festival. I’ost (If/ice Theatre. 27 Aug.

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