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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Fringe review: And I Ran With The Gang

Fringe review: And I Ran With The Gang

They sang Shang-a-Lang, made tartan scarves trendy, stole the hearts of teeny-boppers everywhere and then self-destructed in spectacular fashion. And while the Bay City Rollers were one of the biggest bands on the planet for a short but fervent period in the 1970s, quite what happened to the millions they raked in is still a matter of contention today. No matter, the Rollers still hold a special place in the hearts of many middle-aged women, and evidence of this can be seen nightly at Le Monde, where they’re dancing in the aisles during the Fringe…

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Fringe preview: Zanna, Don’t!

Fringe preview: Zanna, Don’t!

For the local actors making their professional Fringe debut in The MGA Academy of Performing Art’s production of Zanna, Don’t!, bringing the show to sold-out audiences at the world’s largest arts festival reflects both a personal triumph and professional success. The Off-Broadway musical, running at C Venue on Chambers Street until August 30, aims to use comedy and music to help tackle homophobia and discrimination. The upbeat musical is set in a parallel universe where…

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Fringe: Camille O’Sullivan interview

Fringe: Camille O’Sullivan interview

A Fringe institution since 2004, raven-haired half-French, half-Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan is at her sensational best again this year, wowing The Queen’s Hall with her vaudevillian singing style and dramatic interpretations of the songs of the great Jacques Brel. AAA caught up with kooky Camille on a taxi ride through the Capital to see how she’s enjoying this year’s fest. How has your Fringe been so far? I’m an emotional wreck at this stage –  but it’s been…

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Fringe review: Thief

Fringe review: Thief

This is a one-man tour de force, most engagingly played by Jack Elliot. A rent-boy sailor tells his story. It’s harsh and loveless, yet Elliot manages great tenderness and humour in the telling. It’s not all scary brutality. As the play’s press blurb warns: ‘Sailor thrives in the bars, dives and doss-houses of squalid ports. Look, you will see him. ‘Sailor lives for robbery, imprisonment and expulsion. Be his victim. ‘Sailor’s ‘virtues’ are simple: rent,…

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Fringe Review: Dyer & Whitney – You and I

Fringe Review: Dyer & Whitney – You and I

Dyer & Whitney – You and I Mata Hari, Espionage August 6-16 and 18-30 at 16.15 A man who has trouble keeping his new wife inflated, a disgruntled Edinburgh trinket shop owner and a brother and sister dance duo who are way too close for comfort are just some of the characters brought to life by Dyer & Whitney. Sometimes cheeky and often hilarious, local lad Andrew Dyer and his comedy partner Michelle Whitney return…

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