By THEO BOSANQUET on Whatsonstage.com on 07/08/2014 | Full Article

The stereotypical late night Edinburgh Fringe experience involves a bunch of comedians fending off the heckles of drunk people until the small hours. But I’ve found over the years that, although this experience is still widely available, there’s been a sharp growth in ‘alternative’ late night options at the festival.

Earlier this week I visited This Is Ceilidh, a rousing hour and a half of Scottish dancing held in the Spiegeltent at George Square, which sees two men – one wearing antler horns – calling the crowd through a series of dances whilst telling a Romeo and Juliet love story involving warring clans.

The music features bagpipes (of course), fiddling and even rapping, and I’ve rarely seen such a high spirited Edinburgh gathering. The dancing, whilst hardly refined, is impossible to resist, and all told it has the atmosphere of a rowdy wedding reception where you don’t know any of the guests but all of them are having the time of their lives.

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