25 August, 2008

Guest Blogger - Keith Bruce from The Herald

Every Saturday morning during the Festival, The Herald newspaper presents its Angel awards at The Festival Theatre, with the support of the Bank of Scotland. This coming Saturday its usual line up of Angels, Archangel (for sustained contribution to the festivals over the years), and Little Devil (for demonstrating commitment to the principle that the show must go on) will be joined by a fourth award, the Wee Cherub. Only one Wee Cherub winner will be chosen, the writer of the best review published as part of The Herald's Young Critics scheme.
Each year, after the Festival programme is announced, Herald critics visit a number of Edinburgh schools to talk to pupils about writing reviews. The students then attend a festival performance and submit reviews to a proper deadline, with the best one from each show appearing in The Herald alongside those of the professional writers. This year four young people - Eleanor Morton from Royal High, Scott Clair of Holyrood High, Kyna Bowers of Boroughmuir High, and Joanna Ramasawmy of Broughton High - have had their work published during the Festival. On Saturday, one will become the Herald's first Wee Cherub.

To read Joanna Ramasawmy's review of The Budapest Festival Orchestra click here.
To read Kyna Bowers' review of Mortal Engine click here.
To read Scott Clair's review of 4.48 Psychosis click here.
To read Eleanor Morton's review of The Tell-Tale Heart click here.

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