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Talent spotters, Karine Polwart, Political theatre

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Two talent spotters reveal what they look for when they come to Edinburgh. Plus Scottish singer Karine Polwart.

With Kirsty Lang at the Edinburgh Festivals.

How do shows make the transition from big on the Fringe, to mainstream success? Two talent spotters reveal what they look for when they come to Edinburgh.

Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart discusses her award-winning Edinburgh International Festival show Wind Resistance, a love letter to the flora and fauna of her home terrain, Fala Moor just south of Edinburgh.

A new play examines what happened during Ukraine's Euro Maidan revolution through an intense immersive experience. Creators, and husband and wife team, Mark and Marichka Marczyk explain why for them theatre was the best way to process what happened.

And Viv Groskop reviews US/THEM, a play charting the Beslan siege of 2004 through the eyes of two children who were caught up in the violence.

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30 minutes


  • Talent spotters

    Duration: 09:00

  • Karine Polwart

    Duration: 07:23

  • Us/Them

    Duration: 04:47

  • Political Theatre: Counting Sheep

    Duration: 00:56

Talent spotters

Talent spotters

Images- main image above and image to the left: backstage with Front Row at the Edinburgh Festival

From Left: Julia McKenzie, Executive editor of BBC Radio Comedy; Kirsty Lang, philanthropist and theatre lover Carol Tambor; writer and comedian Viv Groskop (front)

Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart

Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart is performing her show Wind Resistance at The Rehearsal Studio, The Lyceum, Edinburgh until 21 August 2016.

Image: Karine Polwart

Image credit: Judith Burrows


Us/Them review

Us/Them review

Us/Them by Bronks Theatre for a Young Audience is at The Summerhall, Edinburgh from 17 to 21 August, then from 23 - 28 August.

Image: Us/Them cast members Gytha Parmentier (Left) and Roman Van Houtven (Right)

Image credit: Bronks

Political theatre

Political theatre

Counting Sheep, a guerrilla folk opera by The Lemon Bucket Orkestra  is at The Summerhall @The King's Hall, Edinburgh from 17 - 21 August and from 23 - 28 August 2016.

Image: the Lemon Bucket Orkestra


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Karine Polwart
Interviewed Guest Mark Marczyk
Interviewed Guest Marichka Marczyk
Interviewed Guest Viv Groskop




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