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Hyslop's Festival Highlights

James I:

The Key Will Keep The Lock, at the Festival Theatre

"It was great and I really enjoyed it. I thought it all felt very real and I found the language to be really clear and accessible.

"I loved how James I began so fragile and the experience made him hard, although less likeable.

"I loved Rona Munro's language, she has made a period of Scottish history so accessible, and James' speech was very poetic about the nature of what makes Scotland. I thought having the audience on stage was very strong."

Feral by Tortoise in a Nutshell, at Underbelly

"It is a remarkable way of telling a story but I was not 100 per cent sure about it. I thought it was very interesting, it is very hypnotic and it takes you down with it. It is like a kind of orchestrated puppetry and one of the most unusual pieces I have seen."

Miann, Scottish Dance Theatre and The One Ensemble, at Summerhall

"It was so primordial, powerful and emotional. SDT continue to amaze me."

Generation at the National Galleries of Scotland

"It is such a strong showing, a great collection of art from modern Scotland and great collaboration between all the galleries involved, that has been so important. The Steven Campbell room [On Form and Fiction] is incredible. It is something that you have to experience, there is such a wealth talent in one room."

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