Festival flies high to have proper blast

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FLYING women, a bullet being caught in teeth and an “exploded” version of Tam o ’Shanter are some of the Scottish highlights at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

The Scottish Government-funded Made in Scotland programme supports Scottish work at the Festival.

Twelve of 56 productions successfully bid for some of the £2 million available from the Expo Fund, including choreographer Caroline Bowditch’s outdoor aerial dance spectacular complete with two scaffold towers, an aerial rig, a wall of water and six female performers.

Another of the dozen shows unveiled yesterday was playwright and actor Rob Drummond’s theatrical take on the classic trick of catching a bullet, fired by a member of the audience, between his teeth.

Also successful was director Gerry Mulgrew’s “exploded” version of Robert Burns’ classic poem Tam o ’Shanter, which is amplified by being put in a Burnsian context.

The “romp through Burns” features about 20 of the bard’s poems and songs.