21286
Scotland
Independent: Arts In-Depth at the Edinburgh Festivals
Discover Scotland’s cultural legacy as you enjoy a week of insider access at the Edinburgh Festivals with renowned producer and director Giles Ramsay.
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9 days
8 nights
10 meals
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DAY
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In transit
In Flight
DAY
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Introduction to the Edinburgh Festivals by Giles Ramsay
Edinburgh
L,D
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Morning: Arrival in Edinburgh. Independent transfers to Edinburgh First campus (please see transfer information for available options). Check in at the Reception building.

Lunch: Self service lunch with a wide selection of hot and cold dishes, salads, desserts and beverages. John MacIntyre Conference Centre (JMCC) adjacent to Chancellors Court accommodation. Elevators available.

Afternoon: Free time to settle in before a 5:00pm welcome meeting and Introduction to the Festivals by Giles Ramsay.

Dinner: In the John MacIntyre Centre.

Evening: After dinner join the Group Leader and relax in the Bar of the JMCC.

DAY
3
Guest speaker. Theatre performance
Edinburgh
B
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast, breakfast rolls, croissants, danish pastries, fruit, juices, smoothies, porridge and cereals, filter coffee, Breakfast, speciality & herbal teas.

Morning: Your Course Director will brief you on the Edinburgh Festivals, what's on and how to make the most of your experience. After the lecture you are invited to join your Group Leader in taking public transport (bus) to the city centre where they will lead an orientation of the major venues for the Festivals. A record-breaking number of shows and performances - 2453 at the Fringe alone, taking place at hundreds of venues spread throughout the city. Festivals include the famous Edinburgh International Festival-- The finest in classical music, theatre, opera and dance gather to present one of the most innovative and accessible Festivals of the performing arts. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe - The largest arts Festival in the world transforms Edinburgh with live theatre and comedy performances in the streets and across over 250 venues around the city. Also see the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival-- The largest Book Festival of its kind, with over 700 world-class writers and thinkers taking part in more than 800 events.

Lunch: Excluded so that you can make the most of your time in Edinburgh. Your group leader and Giles will be on hand to make suggestions for meals, performances and public transport. Helpful advice and leaflets etc. are available at Reception.

Afternoon: Free time. Many performances take place all time of the day and night and there is much street theatre to enjoy.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Performance - Krapp's Last Tape at the Church Hill Theatre: An old man sits alone at a table, preparing for his annual ritual: to archive the last year of his weary life on tape. As he’s done on his birthday, ever since he was a young man. Listening in on an earlier recording, he’s drawn into a chilling dialogue with his younger, brashly confident self – but are the memories he evokes better left unheard? Beckett’s haunting one-man play is a brief but highly intense experience, giving voice to the conversations we have with ourselves across time – an essay in loneliness, but shot through with grim humour.

DAY
4
Festival briefing
Edinburgh
B
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the self service restaurant of JMCC.

Morning: Giles interacts with a guest speaker, such as renowned Scottish arts journalist Joyce Macmillan, on "What's Hot and What's Not" to enhance further your knowledge of all the festivals in Edinburgh during this period. Followed by free time to explore this lively city.

Lunch: Excluded. Lunch and dinners may be purchased at the JMCC. Ask at Reception.

Afternoon: Free to enjoy the festivals.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Theatre performance
Edinburgh
B
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Breakfast: In the JMCC.

Morning: After breakfast join your Group Leader to discuss further the Festivals' main events and those more avant garde 10:00am-10:30am. Free time.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Performance - Mies Julie at the Assembly Rooms: In the smouldering kitchen of a remote South African farmhouse, 23 years after apartheid, a single night of brutality and tenderness unfolds between a black farm labourer and his white master's daughter. The visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa are laid bare as the couple's deadly attraction spirals out of control and they battle over power, sexuality, memory, mothers and land.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Theatre performance
Edinburgh
B
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Breakfast: In JMCC.

Morning: Giles Ramsay gives a briefing on performances you've seen and will see.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Performance - Nederlands Dance Theatre at the Edinburgh Playhouse: Considered by many to be the finest dance company in the world, Nederlands DansTheater has taken a radically progressive path since its founding in 1959 – and has a long history of acclaimed dance theatre shows at the International Festival. Blurring movement, theatre and exquisite stage images, NDT is a breeding ground for some of the world’s most individual dance talents. A surreal Lynchean thriller; a sumptuous meditation on time and memory; an unsettling glimpse into three couples’ love lives. All three come together in a powerfully contrasting trio of works – and all three equally potent in their emotional impact.

DAY
7
Theatre performance
Edinburgh
B
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Breakfast: In JMCC.

Morning: Free at the Festival.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free at Festival.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Performance - Oresteia, This Restless House at the Lyceum: A father’s horrifying sacrifice of his daughter sets in motion a cycle of bloody revenge. Murder and madness ensue, testing the loyalties of his remaining children and propelling them to the edge of reason. The curse that has gripped the family for generations looks as if it will never end as the ghosts of the past continue to haunt and torment the survivors. Award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris reimagines Aeschylus’s 2,500-year-old drama Oresteia. In this blistering new version Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, Orestes and Electra are a dysfunctional family of today, coping with the huge emotions and dark consequences of their deeds.

DAY
8
Round up and a traditional Scottish whisky tasting experience and dinner
Edinburgh
B,D
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Breakfast: In JMCC.

Morning: Round up with Giles Ramsay.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: At leisure until 5:30pm, when you can enjoy a whisky tasting experience at the historic Scotch Whisky Society. An expert will talk you through four drams of the finest local whiskies, allowing you to savour the flavour of the highlands.

Dinner: A fantastic three course meal follows, blending local ingredients with hearty Scottish cuisine.

Evening: At around 9:00pm a coach will take you from the centre to Chancellors Court.

DAY
9
Program concludes
Edinburgh
B

Breakfast: In JMCC.

Morning: Independent transfers to Edinburgh Airport for departures to North America.






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