3 Aug 2013

Is Scottish independence on the line-up at the Fringe?

It’s 13 months until Scotland decides whether to stick with Britain or become an Independent country. So what better place than the Edinburgh festival to gauge how the Scots are feeling?

There’s not a lot of referendum chat on the Royal Mile.

There it’s mainly clowns, rather earnest student-types from south of the border with a show to flog – and the odd woman dressed as a deer (I didn’t catch the name of her play).

But there are quite a few Scottish shows that do look at independence.

How would Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman poet Robert Burns, vote? That’s one fringe show.

Another, I’m With The Band has an Englishman, an Irishman, a Welshman and a scot in a band called the Union – but the Scot wants to leave.

What’s palpable is the energy – many in Scotland’s cultural community are fired up about the future and it’s infusing what they do.