Performing Arts Reviews

Join us as we highlight reviews from the world of music, opera, dance theatre and film.

'Field - Something For The Future Now' by Christine Devaney. Image © Matt Beech

Dancing in a Field of Dreams at Holyrood Park Edinburgh

Review: Edinburgh-based dance theatre company Curious Seed makes its Edinburgh International Festival debut with Field – Something for the Future Now. This durational and immersive outdoor experience of dance and movement is set in Holyrood Park. 

Damon Albarn. Image copyright Jess Shurte

Damon Albarn Lifts the Veil at Edinburgh

Review: Former Blur frontman continues his quest for the surprising and eclectic with fresh material at the Edinburgh International Festival’s Contemporary Music stage.

'Medicine' Photo Jess Shurte

Medicine for the Head at the Traverse

Review: Celebrated Irish playwright Enda Walsh brings his intense, immersive production ‘Medicine’ to Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre for the city’s International Festival.

SNJO in Full Flow as Rivers of Art and Jazz Meet

Review: The first of four virtual live pieces from the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) brings a crisp and soulful jazz to the sweeping 12th-century arches of Edinburgh’s St Giles Cathedral.

Resol Quartet, 2 Mar 2021

Four is The Magic Number

Review: The Resol String Quartet’s performance on the theme of Prodigies Grow Up, is the second in a series of three Brunton Classical online concerts airing from lunch times in February and March.

Celtic Connections, Transatlantic Sessions: Glasgow band, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Celtic Connections’ Online Atlantic Crossing

Review: Available to view until 6th February, Celtic Connections’ Transatlantic Sessions are a long-standing high point of Glasgow’s folk and roots music festival – this year online, but the performances nonetheless sparkling.

Edinburgh International Festival 2020, 'My Light Shines On'

Over One Million Arts Lovers Embrace My Light Shines On

Review: In a defiant response to the Covid crisis, Edinburgh International Festival brought together a comprehensive collection of major performances on its YouTube channel from a variety of premier international and Scottish artists, together with major national commissions and special light installations in the Festival’s regular venues across the capital.