Despite the best intentions of some, the referendum is going to be the all consuming backdrop to this years Edinburgh Festival. But as well as infiltrating every bar room conversation and every stand up show, and even having managed to break through the Charlie and Lola vibe of the Book Festival, there are a load of indyref dedicated shows and venues. Be-straddling these like a giant beast is All Back to Bowie’s, the cabaret-meets-constitutional-culture-zone that runs from 1-24 August every lunch time at the Stand in the Square. This is a giant Yes Yurt that will be the epicentre for all Yesness after the valiant Yestival crew have collapsed in a post-coital heap.
When Bowie used his surrogate at the Brits to plead: “Scotland … stay with us”reactions varied. The most common, and perhaps unkind one was: “What a fanny”. Other etiquette pedants questioned the lack of “please” in the sentence. Still others thought, let’s set up a fringe cabaret show around the idea.
The evil masterminds behind it all are David Greig, Swimmer One, Cora Bissett, Karine Polwart, Peter Arnott and more, to be joined each day by a gaggle of creative genius including poets, musicians, ranters and more considered commentators of all ilks: “Different guests every day make for an hour of gentle thought and hard day-dreaming. If you’re obsessed with indy, undecided, federalist curious, or polymorphously politically perverse you are welcome.”
Each day is themed around a Bowie song or lyric. So, as a random flavour (full programme will be posted soon):
Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed – The Yes Campaign is on Tuesday 12th includes guests such as Jenny Lindsay, Stephen Noon, Brian Cox, Kate Higgins, Kirstin Innes and poet Sam Small.
Hazy Cosmic Jive – Metaphors of Indyref is on Friday 1st August including polemic from Davey Anderson with guests: Janice Galloway, Hannah McGill, and Zoe Strachan.