Review: Martin Creed’s Words and Music, EIF 2017

Martin Creed’s most recent installation for the Edinburgh International Festival is an insight into his meandering mind, almost like witnessing a visual slicing of the head, a gush of thoughts pouring out onto a performance stage. With his most recent piece, Martin Creed’s Words and Music, the Turner Prize winning artist gives us an insight into his eccentric, surreal, procrastinating habits in a set that evokes his anguish and frustration, yet also demonstrates his talents as he presents us with vocal ramblings involving wordplay and song.

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Review: Nina, Fringe 2017

Nina, a show devised and performed by Olivier Award-nominated actress Josette Bushell-Mingo, weaves together the tales of Nina Simone’s life with the more contemporary experiences of Bushell-Mingo. Receiving a standing ovation at this sold out show, this powerful performance is well-received, and admired by the audience. Showcasing her strength in singing, Bushell-Mingo also surprises us whilst singing Simone classics such as Sinnerman, Feeling Good and Mississippi God Damn. 

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Review: A Kind of Seeing & LeithLate presents Drifters

Jason Singh, international beatboxer, was highly impressive as he demonstrated his skills as a one man cinematic score for John Grierson’s 1929 debut documentary, Drifters. As part of a tour along the North Sea, A Kind of Seeing (AKA Shona Thomson) and LeithLate took this ‘trawler’ film to Destiny Church in Leith, which used to be a cinema in the 1920s. 

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Michael Pedersen: They are fantastically bizarre, confusing and conflicting aliens

“I want this to be a poetry book for people that don’t normally read poetry.”
That’s how Michael Pedersen described his new collection in a conversation with The Fountain. Created in collaboration with Frightened Rabbit’s lead singer Scott Hutchison, Oyster is Pedersen’s second publication with Polygon Books, a tragic yet playful collection of poetry and illustrations.

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