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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Fringe interview: Djuki Mala

Fringe interview: Djuki Mala

Unique, infectious, high-energy… like a confetti cannon point blank to the heart! Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that’s a marvel of timing and comedy with a hefty dose of heart and soul! Is this your first time at the Fringe? No, our first season was last year and we had a brilliant time! Really looking forward to returning this year. Tell us a bit about the…

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AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Billie Eilish, You Should See Me In A Crown

AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Billie Eilish, You Should See Me In A Crown

The precociously talented Billie Eilish is still putting the finishing touches on her debut album, but if latest single You Should See Me In A Crown is any indication of what’s to come, her career is going to go stratospheric. Still only 16, but with songwriting abilities which belie her age, this silver-haired pop sensation is starting to look like the second coming of Lorde. Eilish made a name for herself with her Don’t Smile…

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Almost a quarter of 2018 Fringe theatre shows relating to social issues

Almost a quarter of 2018 Fringe theatre shows relating to social issues

The SIT-UP team has released its analysis of the 2018 Fringe theatre programme, which reveals that just under a quarter of all theatre productions (235 of the 966 shows, 24.3%), relate to social issues. With 2018 being the 70th anniversary of the NHS, five productions relate to our health service. Mental Health remains the biggest issue to be talked about on the Fringe. Given the recent press of the #metoo campaign and women in society…

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Review: The Band, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: The Band, Edinburgh Playhouse

The Smash Hits generation will be flocking to the Edinburgh Playhouse this week for the Scottish premiere of Tim Firth’s The Band which is, surprisingly, so much more than just a nostalgic run-through of the boyband’s greatest hits. First things first: The Band is not about Take That. Instead, it is a heartwarming tale about four estranged school friends – Rachel (Rachel Lumberg), Claire (Alison Fitzjohn), Zoe (Jayne McKenna) and Heather (Emily Joyce) – who…

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Review: Peppa Pig’s Adventure, King’s Theatre

Review: Peppa Pig’s Adventure, King’s Theatre

To those of a certain age, Peppa Pig has near pop-star-like status. That much was evident when she arrived on stage at the King’s Theatre last week, her grand entrance eliciting high-pitched screams befitting of the billion-dollar grossing global icon she has become. Sure, those excitable pre-schoolers in attendance will eventually have their little heads turned by the pop stars of tomorrow. But for now the precocious piglet is the object of their affection. Peppa…

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Review: An Office And A Gentleman, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: An Office And A Gentleman, Edinburgh Playhouse

It’s one of the most iconic romances ever to be told on the big screen – and now An Officer And A Gentleman flies into the Edinburgh Playhouse as part of its first ever UK tour. Based on true events and the Oscar-winning ​film of the same name, An Officer And A Gentleman tells the story of the motorbike riding, troubled army recruit Zach Mayo (Jonny Fines) and fellow cadet​ ​Sid Worley​ ​(Ian McIntosh) ​​as…

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Review: The Last Ship, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Review: The Last Ship, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Opened on Broadway in 2014, Sting’s The Last Ship tells the story of the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard in his hometown of Newcastle. Earlier this year, the musical set sail across the UK and Ireland for its first ever national tour and it has finally docked at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. It’s refreshing to see that Sting, one the music industry’s most well-known figures, has used his fame to create a truly interesting debut…

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This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week. Funbox: Underwater Adventure Anchors away with Anya, Gary and Kevin (formerly the stars of The Singing Kettle) for their all new show for 2017, where they voyage beneath the waves to the bottom of the ocean. The Funbox is locked and the gang will have to cause a splash because their magical keys are all tucked up in the sea bed. Can they find them…

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This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week. Agatha Christie’s Love From a Stranger A play by Agatha Christie and Frank Vosper. In association with Fiery Angel LTD. ‘Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody’ – Agatha Christie A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet. Little does she know the ghastly truth about her new beau… Electric with suspense…

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