It's Festival time again. Here is what we've seen and enjoyed so far:
Victoria Crowe at the Scottish Arts Club
Being a member, I got to invigilate the show one afternoon and so had plenty of time to look at her work. Amazing, beautiful and very poetic. She's a truely wonderful artist.
Bizarrely, this is to be found in the children's section of the Fringe Programme. It's a work of art that you can take a walk in. Mirazozo is a giant inflatable tent made out of colourful plastic. Sections of the plastic are transparent so that the sunlight forms amazing patterns of light and colour inside the organic space. Add meditative music and this is the most otherworldly place you're going to find in the whole festival. Beautiful and strange.
Out of the Blue
Yes, I admit it, I watched them on X-Factor and all the family loved those preppy Oxford boys who suddenly surprised everyone with a whacky a capella rendition of Lady Gaga. Live, they were even better. It's like a toff, geeky version of Glee, only much, much better!
If you like Tom Waits, Nick Cave and other moody singers and are not afraid of a mixture between Sally Bowles, the Wicked Witch of the East and Mrs Doyle, then this is for you. Try her on Spotify if you're not sure or watch her on YouTube. Her show is unique, beautiful, tender and quite mad. I loved it!