Fringe Q&A: Alun Cochrane

Fringe Q&A: Alun Cochrane

Alun Cochrane has been doing solo shows at the Fringe since 2004. He’s performed droll, anecdotal, observational comedy on TV panel games and stand-up shows and he’s part of the award-winning Frank Skinner show on Absolute Radio. During these offence-taking times he has decided he may as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb. Apols to vegans. Is this your first time at the Fringe? No. I have been doing solo shows since…

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Fringe Q&A: Esther Manito, Crusade

Fringe Q&A: Esther Manito, Crusade

Has history taught us nothing? Crusades don’t work! Esther Manito, So You Think You’re Funny finalist 2017 and co-author of Don’t Panic I’m Islamic, brings you her debut hour. Esther takes you on a whirlwind tour of what life is like when you can’t meet the expectations of your identity. From battling comments online to facing head-on confrontations in person, she’s not sure she wants to battle the crusade! Is this your first time at…

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Fringe Q&A: Milo McCabes, Troy Hawke in Tiles of the Unexpected

Fringe Q&A: Milo McCabes, Troy Hawke in Tiles of the Unexpected

Following a sell-out run in 2018 in which he exposed bingo as the deadliest sport in the country, the empty Marxist promise of Poundland’s false advertising and Aldi being responsible for Princess Diana, 1930s throwback comedic investigator Troy Hawke returns, applying his scrabble mentalism to Kanye West, xenophobia and the ugly truth of IKEA’s link to the CIA. Perth Fringe World 2019 Best Comedy nominee, Perth Fringe World 2019 Weekly Comedy Award winner. Is this…

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Fringe Q&A: Sadie Clark, Algorithms

Fringe Q&A: Sadie Clark, Algorithms

Brooke has it all: the job, the flat, the girlfriend… but what happens when things go tits up just before your 30th birthday? A bisexual Bridget Jones for the online generation, this tragicomic one-woman play and its lovably hapless heroine is for anyone who’s wondered why they feel so lonely when connecting with others is meant to be easier than ever. Developed on the Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab and longlisted for the Tony Craze Award…

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Fringe Q&A: Bethany Heath, Definitely Louise

Fringe Q&A: Bethany Heath, Definitely Louise

From the comfort of her flat, an excitable, precocious, irrepressible woman with a dirty mouth and a lot to say discusses life, her many opinions and her best friend, all the while avoiding the advances of her over-eager neighbour. At times both funny and moving, this one-woman show explores themes of confidence and insecurities, friendship and loss, and finding your way in the modern world. Is this your first time at the Fringe? My first…

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Until The Flood to receive world premiere in Edinburgh

Until The Flood to receive world premiere in Edinburgh

Arcola Theatre has announced that the European premiere of Until The Flood, written and performed by Pulitzer Prize nominee Dael Orlandersmith, will take place in Edinburgh this summer. The production, directed by Neel Keller, will be the first by Arcola Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival. It opens at the Traverse Theatre on 2 August, with previews from 1 August, and runs until 24 August. It then transfers to Arcola Theatre, London, opening on 6 September,…

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Tenth annual MagicFest brings extra sparkle to Christmas and Hogmanay

Tenth annual MagicFest brings extra sparkle to Christmas and Hogmanay

The first details have been revealed for the 10th annual MagicFest – Edinburgh’s much-loved celebration of all things magical. It will perform a special trick of its own – vanishing from its old spot in the summer only to reappear, transformed, in the festive season at the end of December and early January. The event, which will have lots to entertain adults and children, will add extra sparkle to Scotland’s Christmas and Hogmanay with mind-blowingperformances plus…

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Review: Club Tropicana, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Club Tropicana, Edinburgh Playhouse

As former X Factor star Joe McElderry bounces onto the stage and demands the audience stand up to learn a synchronised dance routine, it’s difficult to have high expectations for Club Tropicana The Musical. Thankfully, the only way is up after such an anxiety-inducing intro and what follows is a surprisingly fun and professional stage show bursting with cheese, laughter and nostalgic 80’s hits. The Club Tropicana story is simple: it follows what happens when…

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Rona Munro discusses bold new staging of Frankenstein

Rona Munro discusses bold new staging of Frankenstein

A new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s seminal 1818 gothic horror novel, Frankenstein, is coming to the stage of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh later this year. Adapted by award-winning writer Rona Munro, the production will tour nationwide from 2 September – 30 November 2019. Further dates and casting are yet to be announced. Munro’s brilliant new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece places the writer herself amongst the action as she wrestles with her…

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Five-star sell-out show returns to Underbelly

Five-star sell-out show returns to Underbelly

Underbelly welcomes back CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation after a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe 2018. The show is a murder mystery with a twist. When “CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation” take to the stage, no one knows who the killer is; not even the cast! The audience provides the victim’s name, their profession and how they were killed. From there the cast improvise a comedy play set during the aftermath and investigation. With the help of…

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