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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Liam Rudden’s Edinburgh Fringe

Liam Rudden’s Edinburgh Fringe

He’s a busy man, Liam Rudden. A Leither born and bred and entertainment editor at the Edinburgh Evening News for almost 15 years now, he is also an award-winning writer, director and producer. At this year’s Fringe, Liam has a hand in no fewer than a half-dozen productions – all of which are worthy of inspection. Here, we take a look at those six shows… Thief by Liam Rudden Sailor thrives in the bars, dives and doss-houses of…

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Fringe: Alo again, Will Merrick

Fringe: Alo again, Will Merrick

Will Merrick is no stranger to Edinburgh in August. The versatile young actor, who shot to fame playing farmer boy/party boy Alo Creevey in E4’s Skins, performed at the Fringe in 2010 in a highly-acclaimed production of The History Boys, and returned the following year to take on the role of Charley in the Arthur Miller classic, Death of a Salesman. In 2012, with No Prophet, the theatre company he formed with friends from school, he…

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Edinburgh Festival round-up – Part 2

Edinburgh Festival round-up – Part 2

EACH Edinburgh Festival, Evening News Entertainment Editor Liam Rudden chooses 15 productions to put on his #MustSee list. In part two of a two part feature, here he highlights the final eight on this year’s list. Follow Liam on Twitter @LiamRudden Tonight With Donny Stixx Donny has committed an act that shocked everyone. Tabloids called him The Most Hated Boy Alive. But Donny doesn’t want forgiveness. All Donny wants is… his own television show. This…

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Elvis musical will leave you all shook up

Elvis musical will leave you all shook up

From the producers of Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys and West Side Story comes the hilarious, feel-good musical featuring Elvis Presley’s greatest hits – Love me tender. In a small town in 1950’s USA, a guitar-playing, hip-swivelling stranger rides his motorbike into town. Is he The Devil In Disguise or a Hound Dog in his Blue Suede Shoes? The townsfolk are about to be All Shook Up and could be headed for Heartbreak Hotel, but…

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Edinburgh Festival round-up

Edinburgh Festival round-up

EACH Edinburgh Festival, Evening News Entertainment Editor Liam Rudden chooses 15 productions to put on his #MustSee list. In part one of a two part feature, here he highlights the first seven on this year’s list. The Titanic Orchestra, starring John Hannah The original TV Rebus John Hannah makes his first Fringe appearance for 25 years in the UK premiere of Hristo Boytchev’s madcap comedy of illusion, The Titanic Orchestra. Four tramps huddle together at…

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