Bravo!  Why was there riots at Edinburgh's first theatre?  What was banned from the dance floor at the New Town assembly rooms?  And what exactly could you do in a Pleasure Garden?  Find out these and many more fascinating things about theatre, sports, freak shows and other kinds of public entertainment in this instalment from Kate and Thomas, brought to you by Gladstone's Land and the National Trust for Scotland.

Also - hear about Dame Louisa Lumsden, pioneer of women's education and founder of St Leonard's School, St Andrews.

This week's book recommendations:  Lucy Worsley "If Walls Could Talk" and Peter Frankopan "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World".

Get in touch with the show by tweeting @GladstonesLand or e-mailing thomashenryware@hotmail.com.

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