Fringe Q&A: Rory O’Keeffe

Fringe Q&A: Rory O’Keeffe

Stuart and Zoe meet for their first date and do ‘The 36 Questions’, a psychological experiment designed to make strangers fall in love. It works. Now, after four years as a couple, is it time for the next question? Thirty Six Questions. One couple. One interactive Choose Your Own Adventure-style story. How has your Fringe been so far? Good, thanks. Tell us about the show you’re in… It’s a comic storytelling show about a fictional…

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Fringe interview: Anthony Jeannot

Fringe interview: Anthony Jeannot

A letter from the past, a date with a doomsday survivalist and the start of your dream career. What would you do if you could find out what your teenage self thought of your current life? Life Coach (Age 14), by Anthony Jeannot, is a show about accepting who we are and what we’ve done, even the time we accidentally slapped a girl in the face with our man boob. AAA caught up with Anthony for a chat….

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Fringe interview: Olaf Falafel

Fringe interview: Olaf Falafel

Critically acclaimed idiot Olaf Falafel is back at the world’s biggest arts festival with another hour of inventive jokes, audience participation and the very loosest of themes. You’ll laugh, you’ll be confused, you’ll enjoy most of it. AAA caught up with Olaf for a chat in between Fringe shows. How has your Fringe been so far? Loving it so far – a few tech issues on the first couple of days but now we’re running smoother…

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High 5, with Laurie Black

High 5, with Laurie Black

Classically trained pianist turned cabaret anarchist Laurie Black recently released third album Kink! – a collection of songs about BDSM and books. Laurie was crowned Emerging Artist at this year’s Adelaide Fringe 2018, and she is bringing her synth-rock cabaret show Bad Luck t0 the Edinburgh Fringe. AAA caught up with Laurie for a quick chat ahead of her visit. Bad Luck, Underbelly, Cowgate – Big Belly, 8.50pm, Aug 20-26, www.edfringe.com     Favourite Film  I’ve recently discovered two…

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Russian authorities ban Pussy Riot member from travelling to Edinburgh

Russian authorities ban Pussy Riot member from travelling to Edinburgh

A member of punk band Pussy Riot has been banned from travelling to the Edinburgh Fringe by Russian authorities. Maria Alyokhina was scheduled to promote her latest book. Posting on Twitter yesterday from Moscow’s Domodevo Airport, she wrote: “the guys from the FSB border service told me that I am barred from leaving the country.” According to the Moscow Times, Alyokhina was blocked from leaving Russia allegedly for evading community service she was ordered to…

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Fringe interview: Laurence Clark

Fringe interview: Laurence Clark

An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting sees Laurence Clark tackling important issues like how best to balance crutches on his son’s baby walker to make him look like a Dalek! Laurence starred in BBC One documentary, We Won’t Drop the Baby and recently featured on The One Show. He’s been shortlisted for Funniest New Comedian, is an Amused Moose Edinburgh Laughter Awards finalist and is currently developing a sitcom for Channel 4. AAA caught up with Laurence…

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Fringe Review: Alex Kealy ***

Fringe Review: Alex Kealy ***

Seating about 60, the small subterranean venue based at Cabaret Voltaire was packed for Alex Kealy’s afternoon set. Returning after good reviews following his 2017 festival show The Art of the Keal, his new show Kealy’s Heel revisits the mix of the politics and the personal that, by his own opening gambit, delivers “something for everyone and everything for no-one”. The 20-something rattled off to a good start by addressing his own pedantic ticks on…

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New Jesus And Mary Chain album in the works

New Jesus And Mary Chain album in the works

Legendary Scottish noisemongers The Jesus And Mary Chain have confirmed they’ll be working on their new album later this year. The band will begin working on it after their North American tour with Nine Inch Nails, which kicks off on September 13 and runs until December 12. “We’re thinking of doing a new album soon after this tour,” said lead singer Jim Reid. “I reckon that will be the next thing we do. “We work…

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High 5, with A Ritual Spirit

High 5, with A Ritual Spirit

Formed from the ashes of a previous band, A Ritual Spirit debuted in the Edinburgh live scene in early 2011 after self-recording a four-track demo during 2010. Shows around Scotland and Northern England followed, along with a three-track EP, before attention turned to writing, recording and touring an album. Carnival Carnivorous was released in 2013 with debut single The Way I Died leading the way, followed by a video for second single Visceral Decay, all…

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Fringe interview: Imran Yusuf

Fringe interview: Imran Yusuf

Imran Yusuf’s Saint, Sinner, Sufi is a show for bleeding heart liberals and angry disenfranchised victims. AAA caught up with Imran ahead of his visit to Edinburgh. This isn’t your first time at the Fringe… No, been up plenty of times but this is my fourth solo show. Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year? It’s a kind of coming of middle age show, where I have learned why life does indeed…

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