Category Archives: Music

Review: Tipping the Velvet

12196294_10208824967687805_2180465700563062819_nWhen I found out that Tipping the Velvet was opening at the Lyceum Theatre, I immediately wanted to see it. Not because I had read the book or seen the BBC adaptation, not because the successful duo Wade/Turner was at the head of this performance, or because I had to find an event to write about for my first contribution to this blog. The reason I was drawn to seeing this performance was its theme: the coming of age of a young woman in the Victorian period. Continue reading Review: Tipping the Velvet

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Review: Hidden Door Festival, Monday

HidDoorOn Monday I returned to Hidden Door festival for their fourth evening, to what promised to be a great line-up. I was hoping to catch Glasgow band Featherwest at 6pm, but after waiting around for half an hour I gave up and went around exploring the venue some more. I discovered more art on this second visit and particularly worth mentioning was a performance consisting of human bats sampling real bat sounds while having a jam session. This was one of those moments of art-awkwardness where you’re wondering if you’re actually supposed to be there. Great sock-sandal combo, though. Continue reading Review: Hidden Door Festival, Monday

Review: Hidden Door Festival

HidDoorHidden Door started in Edinburgh as a mini-festival at the Roxy in 2010, providing a platform for various local artists to interact, collaborate and showcase their work. Now, the no-profit festival allows the public into hidden and abandoned locations in Edinburgh before they become lost forever. There’s an abundance of different art forms at the festival: theatre, music, visual arts and cinema. It would be impossible to capture all these aspects in one review so here I’ll just focus on my experiences at the daytime events of the first days. Continue reading Review: Hidden Door Festival

Review: Il Trovatore, Scottish Opera

IlTrovThere is an inherent problem with reviewing opera from a modern, and in my case feminist, perspective: a lot of the material is a century old or more. The stories and characters of opera often reflect a world in which issues such as race, class, religion and gender were viewed very differently from the way they are now. There are new productions, but mostly we see the classic stories, with the score and libretto basically unchanged since the premier. Continue reading Review: Il Trovatore, Scottish Opera

Review: Slavery & Song, St Andrew’s & St George’s West

Slavery and SongThe concept of this show seemed brilliant. Obviously, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have gone. And although it takes quite a lot to get me into a church, Slavery & Song: New insights into the songs of slavery sounded like the kind of event where I could learn a lot, particularly since my knowledge of US slave music is more or less limited to Paul Robeson singing Ol’ Man River and I’m pretty sure that that doesn’t count. Continue reading Review: Slavery & Song, St Andrew’s & St George’s West