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, […]

Emerging artists entertain at the Usher Hall

Posted on Sep 1, 2015
Emerging artists entertain at the Usher Hall

I was blown away by the talent of Ian Watt (classical guitar) and Laura Sergeant (cello) this morning at the Usher Hall. The talented musicians entertained as part of the ‘Emerging Artists’ morning concerts, which run on Tuesday mornings in September in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland. Lasting around 45 minutes each intimate concert […]

Mad Woman in St John’s Church, Edinburgh

Posted on Aug 25, 2015
Mad Woman in St John’s Church, Edinburgh

Such a powerful voice, Monica Salvi is perhaps mad, but definitely talented. One of the bonuses of setting up my ‘Sketching The Shadows’ exhibition in St Johns Church chapel, was listening to Monica Salvi rehearse, set up and sound check her one woman cabaret show ‘Mad Woman In My Attic’.   Accompanied by a piano […]

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 […]

Edinburgh International Festival 2015 launch

Posted on Mar 19, 2015

Director Fergus Linehan presented his first Edinburgh International Festival launch at the Usher Hall last night I was there sketching and captured the doodles to the left.   The line up looks as exciting and diverse as ever and kicking the festival off on the 7th of August will be a free outdoors event I am […]

Aladdin at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh

Posted on Jan 8, 2015
Aladdin at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh

Yesterday Mrs Sketcher and I took our three year old twins to the panto for the first time, with mixed results… The pantomime at King’s Theatre is a Christmas tradition for many in Edinburgh. Just like the brussels, cranberry sauce and turkey, Andy Gray, Allan Stewart and Grant Stott are all back this year, to […]

Nutcracker explodes into Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre this Christmas

Posted on Dec 13, 2014
Nutcracker explodes into Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre this Christmas

Filled to the brim with wonder, colour, costume and sparkle, Peter Darrell’s magical world of The Nutcracker comes to Edinburgh this weekend at the Festival Theatre. Mixing new creative ideas with designs and scenarios from the original 1973 production, with rich sumptuous colours and heavy luxurious materials bring a lavish Victorian feel to the stage. Peter Darrell’s choreography […]

A Blooming Surprise at Assembly Roxy

Posted on Dec 12, 2014
A Blooming Surprise at Assembly Roxy

24 hours ago I didn’t think I would be watching a clown on stage going through an emotional journey about loneliness, hope and love. But here I am in a dimly lit theatre at the Assembly Roxy in Roxburgh Place, watching the magical, hypnotic Sáras Feijóo tell the tale of a brave soul, on a […]

It’s not easy being a Stick Man in the Spiegeltent

Posted on Nov 24, 2014
It’s not easy being a Stick Man in the Spiegeltent

Yesterday the Sketcher family met the Stick family in the wonderful Spiegeltent at St Andrews Square. As fans of Stick Man and his endeavors for many years it was great for us all to see the Julia Donaldson story come to life. Telling the tale of Stick Mans many dangerous scrapes, including being bitten by […]

Helen Lawrence, at the Edinburgh International Festival

Posted on Aug 26, 2014
Helen Lawrence, at the Edinburgh International Festival

Tonight at the King’s Theatre catch this Canadian Stage production of Helen Lawrence, a tale of corruption and murder set in 1940’s Vancouver.   The production combines numerous visual techniques to bring the post war tale to life. With a combination of theatre acting, on stage filming which is then projected (with computer generated back […]