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This year my Edinburgh show is drastically overrunning, sometimes by as much as 60 minutes. One night it ran from 6.40pm until midnight. Let me explain. At the end of every show, I try to get an audience member to go on a date with me and whilst I don't think of the date as a part of the show, the beady eyes spying on me and my "quarry" suggest otherwise.

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Bliss, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh<br/>Euridice/La bohème, Peacock Theatre, London

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Agua, Playhouse, Edinburgh<br/>Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

The remarkable and much missed Pina Bausch leaves a glorious legacy in her exuberant work

Magdalena Kozen&#225; Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Where were Magdalena Kozená's trademark killer heels? And where were the usual formalities of a morning concert in the International Festival? Members of the consort of instruments, Private Musicke, made their way casually on to the platform, already strumming, plucking and tapping, joined almost surreptitiously by Kozená. Wearing a summery long dress, her hair tousled, she had stepped off the pedestal of high-heeled shoes and opted for bare feet. Looking unusually relaxed, she launched into a delightful programme of music from the Italian and Spanish Baroque, based around her forthcoming disc with the ensemble, Lettere Amorose.

Edinburgh Festival Diary: 29/08/10

'Caledonia', Alistair Beaton's play about Scotland's failed 17th-century colony in Panama, as directed by Anthony Neilson for the National Theatre of Scotland, was presented as the International Festival's highlight, but critics (including our own Kate Bassett) have deemed it a dud.

My Edinburgh: Brendon Burns

My first time at Edinburgh was in 1996. I don’t think the festival has changed all that much. A lot of people complain that it’s become too commercial but I don’t think that’s the case, at its core it’s no different. The only change is that the audiences have grown – the average ‘crowd’ used to be about three people.

My Edinburgh: Tom Wrigglesworth, comedian

This is my third year coming up to Edinburgh and by now I've found my secret weapon: fruit smoothies, laced with plenty of ginger. I bring a smoothie-making machine up to the Fringe with me and I assign my survival to it, entirely. I also give up smoking for the month – I'm constantly giving up smoking – and stop drinking, or at least massively cut down. Inevitably it ends up slipping.

Ross Sutherland, Underbelly, Edinburgh

Ross Sutherland's debut show melds stand-up, satire and sinuous verse, making the 29-year-old spoken-word artist one of the most exciting new voices to emerge on the Fringe this year. The Three Stigmata of Pacman is loosely the tale of his quarter-life crisis, a journey from music journalist in Manchester to destitute wannabe poet living with his parents in Essex.

Our Edinburgh: The Penny Dreadfuls

Humphrey Ker, David Reed & Thom Tuck...

Jessica Ransom: Ransom's Million, Pleasance Courtyard

The test of an afternoon Edinburgh show is whether it could play an evening slot. Afternoon hours always have an air of audience hesitancy about them, but are likely to be given the benefit of the doubt; evening shows are more exposed to the lust for a punchline. Jess Ransom's multi-character adventure would narrowly fail this litmus test, but not without amassing some brownie points along the way.

Montezuma, King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Continuing its theme of the clash of cultures between the Old and New Worlds, the Edinburgh International Festival has co-produced a rarity, Montezuma, by the 18th-century German Carl Heinrich Graun, with a libretto by his employer, King Frederick II of Prussia.

Speechless, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

"Clamped together like limpets" they were, said campaigning journalist Marjorie Wallace, who told the story of "the silent twins", June and Jennifer Gibbons, diagnosed as "elective mutes", in a book and a television documentary.

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