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I've just been to One Flew Over the Cuckoo 's Nest at the Assembly Rooms. and was surprised to see that your reviewer only gave it a two-star rating. While I don't agree that it necessarily justified the breathless hype and fawning reviews in some of the papers. I do think you were unfairly harsh on the performance. Considering the stories of chicken pox and fisticuffs, I found Christian Slater's performance pretty powerful. This alone makes up for the shows many other flaws. Mike Stanmore


Originally, press critics were to have been Invited in for reviews on 12August, but due to Christian Slater 's illness this was pushed back to 78 August. Our issue was published on the following day. If we 'd gone along with that, it would have been impossible for us to review the show until the end of its run. Normal/y, any shows which go up prior to the press day are previews technically they 're rehearsals and visitors can enter at less than full price. Since punters were made to pay full price prior to the press view of Cuckoo 's Nest, we felt justified in commissioning a review from a journalist who paid to enter, incognito. She saw a performance five days before the official press view, and rated it as a two-star show. However, we sent a second reviewer a week later, and on the basis of this second

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Just writing to say how very pleased I was to catch Mark Thomas' (somewhat truncated) run at the Bongo Club during the Edinburgh Festival before it ended. Not only is Thomas a very, very funny bloke indeed. but his show was certainly one of the more thought-provoking things I could imagine seeing in Edinburgh during August. Lambasting multinational brands like Coca-Cola is not exactly a new concept. but the comedian weaves his argument with more conviction, humour and pathos than most worthy stage plays and any number of Michael Moore best-sellers.

A highlight. and so much better than Ricky Gervais' one- night. very-loosely-themed show at the Playhouse. Gervais is also a barrel of laughs, don't get me wrong, but a few near-kn kle gags about Nazis and t e handicapped ma e a mockery of his politics theme. Next time. Ricky, remember to bring a point.

Iain Brown Edinburgh

GLASGOWING GONE? I know it's the time of year when Edinburgh becomes the centre of the universe (if you're from Edinburgh at least). but can't The List remain a little more even handed? Your last issue featured a Festival supplement that had twice the number of pages of the main magazine.

Carol M


We take the view that, for the vast majority of our readers. the Edinburgh Festival is a highlight of the cultural year in Scotland, whether or not they live in the city. If you agree with Carol that we 're not getting the balance quite right, let us know.


Re: Letters (502) Congratulations on your response to the funny guy [Jon G] who blamed Rachael Street for 'not really knowrng that much about football'. For a start, he evidently thinks that no woman can know much about football. and secondly he's obvrously a Hearts fan. For both these sins, he deserves to catch hrs foreskin in his trouser zip on a regular basis. Besides. everyone knows that Killre are going to grab third place. Katrina

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I have just been told of something which has upset me a great deal. On Monday of this week I ernarled the Lesley Riddor:h show on Radio Scotland. They had a debate about Scottish Music and the Edinburgh Festival in which The List and other Scottish media were criticised for their lack of support for local

In my email I stated the case that most publications had seemed to concentrate on overseas or 'sexy' acts. Due to whatever reason my entire mail wasn't broadcast. I made the point in the email that the only support we had received had been from The List (we had been given a si/eable page allocation in a David Pollock article, prevrewi. We had been absolutely thrilled by the expOSure and are veny grateful for it. My email to the show stated ‘God bless The List for the coverage that they have given us."

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