I’m very confident when I say that for me, nothing beats Edinburgh in August. The Fringe Festival is a goldmine of precious theatrical gems all jostling for position across a multitude of venues throughout the city. I appeared in new plays there aged 19 and then again when I was 22 and having just returned as a visitor 12 years later, it’s magic and uniqueness is as fresh as ever. I saw several dance pieces (including an extraordinary acrobatic quintet in the iconic 1930’s “Spiegeltent”), but the standout performance was “POP UP DUETS” which took place within the National Museum of Scotland. At 3:30pm an expectant crowd gathered around a strange looking portable music system, fashioned out of an old suitcase, not knowing where and how the dancers might appear. What followed was a skillful, fluid and thoroughly enjoyable series of duets weaving through the various spaces of the museum with the audience in tow. I particularly noticed how hooked the children in the audience were – boys and girls below the age of 10 all silent. At one point between dances, I saw a little boy spiral and float his way down to the floor in an attempt to emulate what he had just seen. If children are engaged by choreography, you know it’s good! Enjoy the following clip…….