Die Roten Punkte and Daniel Kitson (below) are just two of the acts at this year’s Fringe


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with local lads Franz Ferdinand, who’ll be heading to the Scottish Borders tor a special ROAR gig in Selkirk’s Victoria Hall on Wed 17 Jun. For the chance to

Stars, an outdoor cinema on Fri 19 and Sat 20 June. The idea has been developed from the highly successful open air screenings, previously held on the Mound, and will include screenings of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the

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oll up, roll up. It may just seem like yesterday that the Edinburgh Fringe packed its bags for 2008 but now it‘s

back with a vengeance. Against stiff

competition from its international and national counterparts, this year‘s Fringe line- up looks suitably robust.

Linda Marlowe makes a welcome retum to the capital with a show based on newly appointed Poet Laureate, Carole Ann Duffy's book, The World's Wife. For the festival’s obligatory ensemble number look no further than the Pleasance’s adaptation of RB Sheridan‘s The School for Seandal. starring. among others. Lionel Blair. Stephen K Amos. Marcus Brigstocke and Phil Nichol. Across at the Assembly Rooms. it’s all a bit Muriel Spark-tastic with the world premiere of The Girls of Slender Means and a major production of her most celebrated celebrated book, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Elsewhere, Frank Skinner, Julian Clary, Ricky Gervais, The Tiger Lillies. Dylan Moran, Daniel Kitson and Stewart Lee, all return to the Fringe fold, with American actress Janeane Garofalo proving a pleasant addition.

Early risers can look forward to Theatre for

, to do their bit for ' Breakfast at the Traverse, With new works by the environment, DaVld Tennantr i Zinnie Harris and David Greig. T in the Park takes up narratlng ;

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indeed sell, porn star Ben Dover and sex

reporter Ashley Hames both rock into town with solo shows.

Also back this year is The Laughing Horse’s Free Festival. which boasts shows in l‘) perfonnance spaces. and 13 venues across the

city. This year will see a large expansion of

the Free Festival‘s non-comedy programme. with the introduction of the Free Music Festival. located outdoors at The Counting House and Pear Tree venues every day of the Fringe.

In other festival news. the Edinburgh Fringe‘s biggest comedy awards have found a last-minute sponsor. Nunhead—based New York comic Lewis Schaffer. The awards. known as the Pen’iers for 25 years. are to be rebranded the ‘l.ewis Schaffer Comedy Awards' or “Lewies’ for short. producer Nika Burns has announced.


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A GROUP OF UP and coming Scottish artists from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. have been given the opportunity to work as gallery assistants during the 53rd International Art Exhibition —- La Biennale di Venezia. after receiving professional development bursaries. They will appear alongside visual artist Martin Boyce until November.

DYNAMIC LAUNCH Edinburgh attraction Our Dynamic Earth has launched new 360 de ree film tec nolo y as part of the ga ax azing We re stronomers event. Dr Who’s

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