Young Edinburgh actors to sing for Jonathan Reid Gealt

Young Edinburgh actors to sing for Jonathan Reid Gealt

Two local aspiring stars of the stage will this weekend have the opportunity to perform some of musical theatre’s most popular songs — in front of the New York composer who wrote them. Teenagers Kieran Cooper and Ross Jamieson, from Granton and Currie respectively, will star in An Evening With Jonathan Reid Gealt on Saturday night in Edinburgh after auditioning for the American composer and lyricist via a YouTube video. Tickets remain on sale for…

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Godspell cast on Susan Boyle and Gok Wan

Godspell cast on Susan Boyle and Gok Wan

Showbiz A-listers Susan Boyle and Gok Wan enjoyed a Saturday night performance of hit musical Godspell by Edinburgh’s MGA Academy of Performing Arts at the Assembly Roxy Theatre in the Capital. Boyle, the singer who has sold more than 19 million albums worldwide and who is now a regular visitor to MGA Academy shows, joined How To Look Good Naked television star Gok in the audience for the production by young actors from the leading…

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Young Edinburgh actors have Wicked time with Kerry Ellis

Young Edinburgh actors have Wicked time with Kerry Ellis

Aspiring local stage stars from The MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh have taken part in a masterclass with one of musical theatre’s biggest icons. Kerry Ellis, famous for appearing in shows such as Wicked, Cats and We Will Rock You on Broadway and in London’s West End, travelled to Edinburgh to mentor the next generation of stage professionals during a workshop organised by Beyond Broadway Productions. Eighteen-year-old Sarah Dickson, a former pupil of…

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West End leading ladies will join the cast of Tonight…A West End Christmas

West End leading ladies will join the cast of Tonight…A West End Christmas

Edinburgh is in for a treat this November as two West End leading ladies will join the cast of Tonight…A West End Christmas. Musical theatre stars Ruthie Henshall (Miss Saigon, Follies, Chicago, Billy Elliot) and (pictured, right) Louise Dearman (Wicked, Evita, Jekyll & Hyde) will jet in for one night only to appear in this glitzy extravaganza. The show will feature classic Broadway tunes as well as West End showstoppers. The audience can also expect a…

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David Greig’s AAA Edinburgh

David Greig’s AAA Edinburgh

Scotland’s most successful playwright, Edinburgh’s David Greig has had his work performed in every major British theatre since starting his career in the early 1990s. A highly regarded theatre director, too, his work has been produced Internationally, winning many awards along the way. Now living in Fife with his wife and two children, Greig has gone on to become a chief political commentator where the arts is concerned. A leading voice on the Scottish Independence…

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Fringe: Donal O’Kelly (Little Thing, Big Thing) interview

Fringe: Donal O’Kelly (Little Thing, Big Thing) interview

Little Thing, Big Thing is a darkly comic thriller from Fishamble by Donal O’Kelly, both double Fringe First winners. In it, an ex-con and nun are chased across Ireland for a roll of film… why the bleedin’ fuss? Sorcha Fox and Donal O’Kelly play Martha and Larry, who take a high octane jump into the world of international energy skullduggery, awakening passions they thought were dead. AAA caught up with O’Kelly for a chat earlier this…

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Fringe: Ryan Marten (Follow/Unfollow) interview

Fringe: Ryan Marten (Follow/Unfollow) interview

YouTube is the new rock and roll and audiences are rejecting other entertainment to find their idols on phones and tablets. Vlogger Ryan (#ryano) Marten has a legion of fans for his shallow videos and shirtless selfies. But both his manager, Dee, and fan, Chloe, are tiring of his product placements and sponsorship deals. As social media, fame and integrity all come under the spotlight, is the next big star just round the corner? AAA…

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Fringe: Edward Cory interview (May I Have The Bill Please?)

Fringe: Edward Cory interview (May I Have The Bill Please?)

We’ve all been there. The meal is over. It’s time to settle up. But who had what? In May I Have The Bill Please?, a hilarious new comedy from Robin Mitchell, two couples agree to split the bill, leading to confusion and laughs galore as their true personalities are revealed; in future you’ll agree to go Dutch! AAA caught up with Edward Cory, who plays Michael in May I Have The Bill Please? and King Pumpalot…

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Fringe: Amelia Kallman interview (Diary Of A Shanghai Showgirl)

Fringe: Amelia Kallman interview (Diary Of A Shanghai Showgirl)

In Diary Of A Shanghai Showgirl, Virginia native Miss Amelia Kallman and Bristolian Norman Gosney expose the astonishing story behind their pleasure palace, Chinatown, where they introduced nightly, new-vaudeville, risqué performances to the Chinese. AAA caught up with Amelia earlier this week for a chat. How has your Fringe been so far? We got here the 17th and have only just finished our third show, but so far I’m loving it. It’s amazing to have…

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Fringe preview: No Exit

Fringe preview: No Exit

M+E Theatre take on Jean-Paul Sartre’s nightmarish No Exit at this year’s Fringe. The celebrated French thinker and writer’s one-act existential play concerns three dead characters, locked in a room together, for eternity, and questions who put them there in the first place – their own guilt, or a wicked god? Soon they will come to the realisation, “Hell is other people”. AAA caught up with Melissa Jean Woodside, winner of the Royal Reel Award 2015, who stars in…

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