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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Russian authorities ban Pussy Riot member from travelling to Edinburgh

Russian authorities ban Pussy Riot member from travelling to Edinburgh

A member of punk band Pussy Riot has been banned from travelling to the Edinburgh Fringe by Russian authorities. Maria Alyokhina was scheduled to promote her latest book. Posting on Twitter yesterday from Moscow’s Domodevo Airport, she wrote: “the guys from the FSB border service told me that I am barred from leaving the country.” According to the Moscow Times, Alyokhina was blocked from leaving Russia allegedly for evading community service she was ordered to…

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Fringe interview: Chris Turner

Fringe interview: Chris Turner

Los Angeles hasn’t changed Chris Turner – he’s a Manchester lad, born and gluten-free bread. Tricksy wordplay, niche references, and jaw-dropping freestyle raps from an award-winning ‘virtuoso’ (Guardian). He promises to pronounce ‘aluminium garage’ correctly. Is this your first time at the Fringe? Despite my baby face, this will be my 12th Edinburgh Fringe. Admittedly, my first was as an actor in two appalling school plays, and my second was as guitarist in a noise band…

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Line-up revealed for Innis & Gunn Scottish Comedy Festival

Line-up revealed for Innis & Gunn Scottish Comedy Festival

All too often Scottish comedians seem to be forgotten during the world’s biggest arts festival, which is odd, seeing as it takes place every August in – yes, you guessed it – Scotland. So for the last six years the Scottish Comedy Festival has been providing a Fringe venue dedicated to highlighting the talent that entertains Scottish audiences all year round, and in 2018, after teaming up with Edinburgh-based brewers Innis & Gunn, they’re proud to…

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