City Guide: Edinburgh

A theatre lover’s guide to Edinburgh written by Lindsey Campbell, star of Right Now.

Lindsey Campbell as Alice in Right Now. Photo by Helen Murray.

Lindsey Campbell as Alice in Right Now. Photo by Helen Murray.

Best place to see new plays, new work and why?


Traverse Theatre

Without a doubt The Traverse, the variety of work that is programmed there is brilliant. ‘A Play, a Pie and a Pint’ is also just one of the most genius set ups ever, and I love that it happens over lunchtime so people can escape the working day for an hour creatively. During the Edinburgh International Theatre I’ve seen some unforgettable shows at The King’s Theatre, in particular Blackbird directed by Peter Stein and Dmitry Krymov’s A Midsummer Night’ Dream (As You Like It).

Best place to have a coffee and write?


Spoon Cafe

If you can catch a quiet moment in Spoon on Nicholson Street at the right time of day the light can be quite beautiful. Porto and Fi is lovely down by Newhaven, excellent cake. Or if you like hustle and bustle nip into Cafe Marina off the Royal Mile for some delicious pasta. Hmmm I could go on and on about food places…..

The playwriting/theatre/artistic community in Edinburgh is…

Brave. Funny. Friendly.

Where to go to get inspired?

Old Tollbooth Alley

Old Tollbooth Wynd

Edinburgh has some wonderful old pubs and alleyways that send my imagination into overdrive. Also The National Portrait Gallery, and any of the many live music venues also do the trick.

New plays from Edinburgh are…

EVERYWHERE. The Wardie Church Pantomime which happens every year is what gave me the performance bug. Lung Ha Theatre Company is brilliant. Strangetown Youth Theatre is always creating and building young people’s futures. And of course the Edinburgh Fringe Festival every year is basically the birthing place of hundreds of new plays!

Three essentials for your visit:


  1. A walk down the Royal Mile/Armstrongs in the Grassmarket.
  2. A visit to The Stand, comedy venue.
  3. An umbrella.

Where should you go to escape the city?

Gullane Beach

Gullane Beach

Arthur’s Seat or a trip to Gullane beach will always blow the cobwebs away and make you feel revitalised. North Berwick is also very pretty and offers the best fish and chips.

An image that represents the city for you.

From Calton Hill

From Calton Hill

Right Now is totally sold out at the Bush after receiving a series of rave reviews. However if this blog has inspired you to visit Edinburgh, we suggest going over the next few weeks as Right Now will be showing at the Traverse from 19 April.

We think you’d have a LOVELY time.