Fringe interview: Scott Bennett

Fringe interview: Scott Bennett

People say it’s brave to do stand-up comedy. It’s braver to let someone you love do it. This year Scott Bennett has finally made a decision and it’s changed his life and the lives of those around him. What does it mean to follow your dreams when you feel like you have so much to lose? Rob Brydon tour support, BBC News Quiz writer, The Chris Ramsey Show writer and Amused Moose Edinburgh Award nominee…

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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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Edinburgh Fringe: Jeffrey Jay Fowler (Fag/Stag) interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Jeffrey Jay Fowler (Fag/Stag) interview

One story, two unreliable narrators. Heartfelt, funny and direct from multi award-winning seasons at Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe, Fag/Stag asks what it means to have your best mate when you’re stuck being your worst self. Written and performed by two of Australia’s sharpest young writers Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs, Fag/Stag is a truthful and comic insight into the mind of the modern man. AAA caught up with Jeffrey for a chat in…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Athena Kugblenu (KMT) interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Athena Kugblenu (KMT) interview

Tired of the conventions of both the left and right, KMT – acronym for the Caribbean Patois expression ‘kiss mi teeth’, a mouth gesture used to show annoyance – is a debut hour that finds a new way to talk about politics, class, race and identity at a time both ends of the political spectrum couldn’t be any further apart. Whether you agree or disagree, Athena Kugblenu’s thought-provoking observations will have you laughing out loud….

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Edinburgh Fringe: Abi Roberts interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Abi Roberts interview

Anglichanka is an exhilarating comedy show about living in the USSR in the 90s and going back as the first UK comic to perform comedy in English and Russian. In Abi Roberts’ new show, find out about gay rights and censorship in Russia, the consequences of drinking hardcore vodka, studying opera and using outdoor loos in -20 temperatures, and see how Russia has changed since the 90s. Discover what we need to know about Putin,…

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Underbelly’s Fringe shows on sale now

Underbelly’s Fringe shows on sale now

Underbelly’s full Edinburgh Fringe season of over 150 shows is now on sale, with over 40 shows announced today, including exciting theatre, comedy, circus, musicals and children’s shows. Part of a stellar line-up in comedy for 2017, Jason Manford performs seven shows in the infamous upside down purple cow, Ruby Wax brings her new show Frazzled for three nights only and Al Porter and Alexei Sayle both grace the stage of the Cowbarn. Alexei says:…

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Lift To Experience set for first Scottish show in 15 years at Fringe

Lift To Experience set for first Scottish show in 15 years at Fringe

Nothing Ever Happens Here – the ever-excellent series of year-round concerts at Summerhall – has confirmed the latest of its headliners for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe live music programme. Indie supergroup Lift To Experience will be bringing their fabled shoegaze to Summerhall’s Dissection Room on 17 August. This is NEHH’s second confirmed headliner for their curated run of fringe events, joining Charlotte Church’s Pop Dungeon two-night run, and following in the footsteps of last year’s headliners…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Trainspotting review

Edinburgh Fringe: Trainspotting review

In Yer Face Theatre’s stage production of Trainspotting was one of the hottest tickets in town during last year’s Fringe Festival – and for very good reason. Performed in George Square’s graffitied, atmospheric and intimate Underground venue, the 75-minute play immerses the audience from the moment they take their ‘seats’ on the cold, hard floor. What follows is a gritty, fast-paced and fascinating look into Edinburgh’s drug scene in the Eighties – immortalised first by…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Showstoppers’ Kids Show review

Edinburgh Fringe: Showstoppers’ Kids Show review

Whoever said you should never work with children or animals had clearly never been in the audience for a performance of The Showstoppers’ Kids Show. Interactive, fun and completely crazy, the improvised musical gives an audience full of kids the rare opportunity to create the stage musical of their dreams by deciding everything from who the characters are to where the story is set and what happens to them. It’s an interesting concept, and one…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Trash Test Dummies review

Edinburgh Fringe: Trash Test Dummies review

The Trash Test Dummies’ pre-show banter is funnier and more entertaining than a lot of popular kids shows are in their entirety. As the audience enter the venue and struggle to find their seats, the mischievous cast members keep the early birds entertained by energetically climbing up the rows, jokingly telling off cheeky children and rummaging through the backpacks of those unlucky enough to have chosen seats in the front few rows. As funny as…

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