As Festival 08 welcomes a new fleet of international artists, the papers preview this week's anticipated opening productions.
Metro Life boasts a cover story on East West Theatre Company and an interview with Haris Pašović about directing plays while under siege from Serb forces in Sarajevo. Pašović's Festival 08 offering transports Nigel Williams' play, Class Enemy, set in South London in the late 1970s to post-war Sarajevo. Class Enemy opens at The Royal Lyceum Theatre tomorrow and runs through to Saturday 23 August.
See The Guardian's festival photos of the week taken by Murdoch Macleod - featuring Mortal Engine's amazing laser dance show - here. Metro gave Mortal Engine five stars today calling it ‘terrifying, beautiful, unique and absolutely unforgettable'. The Scotsman agreed, giving it four stars and calling it ‘Utterly captivating and, that most illusive of theatrical goals, utterly unique'. Mortal Engine closes tonight at The Edinburgh Playhouse, to hear what the audience thought of last night's performance, click here.
The Scotsman profiles New York duo Nancy Walsh and John Clancy, who present the first of two performances today at The Hub titled ‘Captain Overlord's Folly or the Fool's Revenge' as a result of winning the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival Award. For ticket info about these two limited ticket events, click here.
The Financial Times gave Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra's Prokofiev Seven Symphonies concerts five stars today. Gergiev returns to EIF next week to conduct the Mariinsky Opera Company in their staged opera Król Roger at The Festival Theatre.
There is also a feature story in The Australian (Australian National Broadsheet) with Jonathan Mills about programming EIF 08, click here to read it.
Steve Reich Evening
‘consistently commands, challenges, enlightens and uplifts' The Guardian *****
‘an electrifying performance by the leading Polish actress Magdalena Cielecka' The Times ****
‘a remarkable, powerful piece of work' The Financial Times ****
‘I have experienced one of the great joys of theatre; finding myself quite in love with a production, affected to the heart, without having noticed how or when it so won me over.' The Financial Times *****
Le Roi David
‘a rich panoply of emotions' The Scotsman ****
Leonidas Kavakos / Enrico Pace
‘intense intimacy' The Scotsman ****
‘a volatile tour de force' The Herald ****