Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour
The Scottish Literary Tour Trust Ltd
There are always two sides to every story - something that is well conveyed by this thoroughly entertaining tour which reveals just how important the grimy drinking establishments of Edinburgh have been to literary inspiration over the centuries. The two actor guides each championed one version of history; the textbook versus the more disreputable (what they didn't want you to know about Burns). With scripted interruptions and witty banter along with poetry extracts, characterisation and even a bit of singing, they created a dialogue between history and hearsay that brought out the richness - and the seediness - of Edinburgh's cultural history. Humour and storytelling are favoured above dreary facts and sampling the tipple along the way is heartily encouraged!
Outside the Beehive Inn, 27 Jul - 30 Aug, 7.30pm (9.30pm), £10.00 (£9.00), fpp 197
tw rating: 4/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival