The Edinburgh International Festival 2017 launches with a spectacular light show

Posted on Aug 4, 2017
The Edinburgh International Festival 2017 launches with a spectacular light show

To celebrate the launch of the 70th Edinburgh International Festival St Andrews Square will bloom into glorious life with a light and sound show. The EIF runs from the 4th to 28th August and tonight the city will be lit up as part of ‘Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom’, an epic outdoor spectacle of light […]

Festival Theatre sketching with the Edinburgh International Festival

Posted on Aug 19, 2016
Festival Theatre sketching with the Edinburgh International Festival

Super excited to be back sketching in the theatre and watching Scottish Ballet perform MC14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) at the Festival Theatre. MC14/22 is an emotional piece, sometimes violent, tender, confusing but ulitmately unforgettable. Using 12 male dancers it’s energetic and intense choreography is inspired by St Mark’s version of The Last Supper in the Bible: ‘Take, […]

Sketching a dragon, at the Royal Lyceum Theatre

Posted on Aug 15, 2015
Sketching a dragon, at the Royal Lyceum Theatre

Dragon, the wonderful and moving story of a boy meeting a dragon, told without words and with amazing puppetry and stage magic that will leave you believing the unbelievable.   Created by Vox Motus, the National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin Children’s Art Theatre, Dragon tells the story of Tommy whose life, since the death of his […]

Drawing inspiration from the Harmonium Project and the Edinburgh International Festival

Posted on Aug 8, 2015

I am looking for your inspirational photos of the Harmonium Project for a new original work of art. Unfortunately I was unable to witness the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival and the spectacular Hamonium Project at the Usher Hall last night in person. However I was so blown away by the photos on social […]

Patrias, at the Edinburgh Playhouse

Posted on Aug 27, 2014
Patrias, at the Edinburgh Playhouse

Tonight and tomorrow night the Edinburgh Playhouse plays host to some fabulous flamenco guitar playing with a story to tell, thanks to the Edinburgh International Festival. My sketch is in black ink with a water colour wash, the following are the words I wrote around the drawing…   ‘Gunfire sounds loud booming bangs, rattatat of […]

Posted on Aug 6, 2014

Yesterday I witnessed the press call for The James Plays, a fascinating tale of Scotish history and the lives of James I, II and III of Scotland. Penned by Rona Munro and directed by Laurie Sansom the epic tale is told over three individual plays, each on at the Festival Theatre on the North Bridge. […]

American Lulu at the King’s Theatre

Posted on Aug 30, 2013
American Lulu at the King’s Theatre

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of ‘American Lulu’ at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, part of the Edinburgh International Festival and performed by Scottish Opera and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.    Set against the backdrop of the US civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1970s the audience are […]

Eh Joe at the Royal Lyceum

Posted on Aug 22, 2013

I attended my first press call for this years Edinburgh International Festival tonight. I felt a little old fashioned surrounded by photographers, each with a huge bag of equipment, multiple lenses and cameras as bigger than their heads. Me with my little A5 sketch pad and fine liner pen. It was very exciting to be ushered through […]

Final 2012 EIF sketchblog

Posted on Sep 9, 2012

Just over a week ago the Edinburgh International Festival sent my wife and I along to see the Mariinsky Ballet’s production of Cinderella at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. It was a wonderful experience, our first to the ballet but not the last. Here are the sketches I made for the EIF blog and a few words to go along side.

EIF SketchBlogger 2012 b

Posted on Aug 26, 2012

Last week I was lucky enough to visit the Usher Hall to see the London Symphony Orchestra, here is my sketchblog montage of the night. “What a treat, back at the Usher Hall for my second performance in a week. On Monday I saw Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s production of A Midsummer Nights Dream and tonight […]