A Capella Radio Special: All The Kings Men & The Magnets

A Capella Radio Special: All The Kings Men & The Magnets

A capella is something of a phenomenon at the Edinburgh Fringe. Some groups start at colleges and universities and become fringe staples, while others have been performing for 30 years or more... 

Kelly Burke & Joe Atkins on their Kurt Weill theatrical cabaret, Love for Sale

Kelly Burke & Joe Atkins on their Kurt Weill theatrical cabaret, Love for Sale

Love for Sale a theatrical cabaret celebration of the music of Kurt Weill set in 1930s Paris. Singer and creator Kelly Burke and musical director Joe Atkins talk about the inspiration for the show, how they became a partnership, and striking it lucky with your first Edinburgh show. 

Boylesque Briefs Factory's Shivannah and Captain Kidd on the Magic of Raffles

Boylesque Briefs Factory's Shivannah and Captain Kidd on the Magic of Raffles

The Briefs boys are back at the Fringe with their wild and sexy burlesque circus. Here Shivannah (Fez Fa’anana) and Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Winmill talk to Adrian Bradley about why they return to Edinburgh year on year, their favourite audiences, and just why you need to buy a raffle ticket! 

Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Nir Paldi on The Bucket List

Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Nir Paldi on The Bucket List

Theatre Ad Infinitum have become a fixture of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, having won two Stage Awards, two Argus Angels, and a Guardian Best of EdFringe. Their latest production, Bucket List, follows a Mexican woman’s quest to avenge her mother’s murder... 

Breach Theatre on Teaching Dolphins how to Speak - Tank at Pleasance

Breach Theatre on Teaching Dolphins how to Speak - Tank at Pleasance


In the 1960s, NASA funded scientists set out to try and teach dolphins to speak. Breach Theatre company use transcripts, verbatim theatre and improvisation to tell this story in Tank this Fringe at the Pleasance... 

Tim Carlsen on the Real-life Homelessness Behind One Day Moko

Tim Carlsen on the Real-life Homelessness Behind One Day Moko

One Day Moko is a devised solo show following the life of a homeless busker and the characters he meets in his daily life. Creator Tim Carlsen talks to Adrian Bradley about the inspiration for the show, what it’s like to be an Edinburgh virgin, and how to perform when the audience aren’t playing ball. 

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 6

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 6

Join Adrian Bradley for Fringe Diary, your bulletin on the news, views and schmooze at the Edinburgh Fringe. In which Ade sees the best and the worst of the Fringe, why some people have more money than sense, and why not to pretend you’re a level four if you’re really not a level four. 

Brent Thorpe on Highlighting the Domestic Violence in Punch and Judy

Brent Thorpe on Highlighting the Domestic Violence in Punch and Judy

What happens when you take a beloved seaside puppet show, remove the puppets, and give it an Australian accent? That’s what Brent Thorpe wants to find out with The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show... 

Hip-hop Cabaret Hot Brown Honey on Making Diverse Spaces

Hip-hop Cabaret Hot Brown Honey on Making Diverse Spaces

Hot Brown Honey is loud, proud, in your face, and at the Fringe for the first time. The hip-hop cabaret’s creators Lisa and Busty tell Adrian Bradley why putting diverse faces centre stage is crucial - and how a show can be fun, raucous and powerful at the same time. 

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 5

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 5

Join Adrian Bradley for Fringe Diary, your bulletin on the news, views and schmooze at the Edinburgh Fringe. In which Ade finds his favourite show so far - and talks about the highs and lows of Edinburgh audiences. 

A Boy Named Sue's Bertie Darrell on LGBT Erasure

A Boy Named Sue's Bertie Darrell on LGBT Erasure

When safe spaces for LGBT people are shut down, what does that mean for the communities left behind? Bertie Darrell talks to Adrian Bradley about his new play A Boy Named Sue, and why it’s important to explore the barriers that can hide LGBT people in plain sight. 

Isle of Edna Explain how Gentrification Affects Public Toilets

Isle of Edna Explain how Gentrification Affects Public Toilets

Anna Brook-Mitchell and Angela Nesi are Isle of Edna. G Street, their latest show, takes apart all things gentrification - from beards and craft beers to bakeries in public loos. They tell Adrian Bradley how they got together, how to find the perfect puppet, and how to deconstruct a flat white. 

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 4

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 4

Join Adrian Bradley for Fringe Diary, your bulletin on the news, views and schmooze at the Edinburgh Fringe. In which Adrian Bradley learns some more Fringe lessons and speaks up for the little show. 

Interview: ​Natasha Granger & Kerrie Thompson from 90s Girl-band Musical ​2 Become 1

Interview: ​Natasha Granger & Kerrie Thompson from 90s Girl-band Musical ​2 Become 1

Natasha Granger and Kerrie Thompson wrote, produced and star in 90s girl-band musical 2 Become 1, a story about romance, speed dating and the ideal post-night-out meal. They talk to Adrian Bradley about how dating has changed over the years - and why they wanted to do a musical all things 90s pop. 

Georgian Director Keti Dolidze calls for more International Theatre at the Fringe

Georgian Director Keti Dolidze calls for more International Theatre at the Fringe

The Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre has been bringing Georgian theatre to Edinburgh for nearly 20 years, filling theatres and getting critical acclaim for foreign-language theatre... 

Dave Chawner’s Late-life Circumcision

Dave Chawner’s Late-life Circumcision

What do you do if you have to have a circumcision at age 27? Well if you’re Dave Chawner, you write an Edinburgh show about it. He talks to Adrian Bradley about why he wants to do a show about masculinity, what dating’s like when you’re a feminist, and how many knob jokes he can fit into a one-hour set. 

The Cast of F*cking Men on Not Being About Nakedness

The Cast of F*cking Men on Not Being About Nakedness

An exploration of modern sexual moralities, F*cking Men reimagines Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 La Ronde in the modern world of dating apps and open marriages. Harper James, Richard De Lisle and Haydn Whiteside talk to Adrian Bradley about bearing all on stage - and how Edinburgh crowds aren’t the same as London ones. 

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 3

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 3

Join Adrian Bradley for Fringe Diary, your bulletin on the news, views and schmooze at the Edinburgh Fringe. In which Ade Bradley reveals his dark secret, and why he thinks size isn’t everything at the Fringe. 

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 2

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 2

Join Adrian Bradley for Fringe Diary, your bulletin on the news, views and schmooze at the Edinburgh Fringe. Today: the behind-the-scenes reason why Brexit is NOT a big hit at the Fringe. 

Andrew Hunter Murray’s “Profound Discomfort with Talking About Myself”

Andrew Hunter Murray’s “Profound Discomfort with Talking About Myself”

Andrew Hunter Murray has been coming to Edinburgh for years with Austentatious - but now the QI researcher come quiz show panellist in his own right is bringing a very special pub quiz to Edinburgh... 

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 1

Fringe Diary with Adrian Bradley - Day 1

Join Adrian Bradley for the inaugural Fringe Diary, your bulletin on the news, views and schmooze at the Edinburgh Fringe. How far will some performers go to promote their shows? 

Brave new venture for Underbelly in Hong Kong

Brave new venture for Underbelly in Hong Kong

The iconic purple cow makes its first trip overseas and has taken up residency at the harbour front in Hong Kong. As one of the most recognisable features of the Edinburgh Fringe, the purple cow has promised to bring the best of the Edinburgh to Hong Kong. 

Steffan Alun: The Festival is Always Worth It

Steffan Alun: The Festival is Always Worth It

Stand Up Steffan Alun has a fair few things to say about stepping up to stand up at the Free Fringe. We’ve asked him to write an irregular column for us about the whys and indeed hows of performing comedy in Edinburgh. 

PieOfTheDay: Pork Pie

PieOfTheDay: Pork Pie

Every now and again you may fancy a little decadence. A little indulgence. A little extravagance. Where better to take a moment away from it all than the National Gallery of Scotland? In the light and airy Contini Restaurant there is not only a pie, but a platter to be celebrated... 

Pie Of The Day: Tangy Lemon Tart

Pie Of The Day: Tangy Lemon Tart

On a sunny day there's nothing better than enjoying a cup of tea and a fruity tart in the sun while enjoying the world, and a lovely place to do that is The Richmond Cafe. You'll find a suggestive selection of tasty treats including today's choice, the tangy lemon tart... 

'What we did to Alan Turing is terrible' - Gwydion Rhys and the cast of To Kill A Machine

'What we did to Alan Turing is terrible' - Gwydion Rhys and the cast of To Kill A Machine

To Kill a Machine by Catrin Fflur Huws tackles the life and times of Alan Turing. Jack Lawson sat down with Gwydion Rhys (Alan Turing) and the rest of the cast to discuss Machine's heavy contextual references and their characters' humanity, or lack thereof. 

Pie Of The Day: Sticky Toffee Pudding

Pie Of The Day: Sticky Toffee Pudding

For the sweet-toothed among you there's a special joy in today's daily delicacy. Overlooking the Scott Monument, the National Gallery of Scotland, and the beautiful Princes Street Gardens is North Bank Street, home to The Makar's Rest and the amazing Sticky Toffee Pudding... 

Pie Of The Day: Wild Mushroom and Leek Pie

Pie Of The Day: Wild Mushroom and Leek Pie

During our Pie of the Day journey we've visited some amazing places and sampled some delicious pies We've brought you everything from fruit pies to steak. We have, however, neglected the non-meat-eating readers and so today we headed down Princes Street over to Rutland Place to the wonderful Ghillie Dhu to highlight their fantastically flavoursome Wild Mushroom and Leek Pie - totally vegetarian friendly! The totally tasty serving is topped with flaky pastry and accompanied by creamy mash and garden peas... 

Pie Of The Day: Cottage Pie

Pie Of The Day: Cottage Pie

If you're like me and don't get a lot of time to sit and enjoy a home-cooked meal but hanker for some comfort food from time to time, head on over to George Street and grab a bite at the Slug and Lettuce... 

Pie Of The Day: Angus Steak Pie

Pie Of The Day: Angus Steak Pie

At the end of a long week you may find your reserves are running low and you're in need of a refueling. Drive yourself over to George IV Bridge and take a pit stop at Angus Fling for their tasty Angus Steak Pie... 

Pie Of The Day: Apple Pie

Pie Of The Day: Apple Pie

Where pie is concerned I would almost always disregard the 'less is more' philosophy. More pie is always awesome. In today's case, however, I will actually break my own rule as the glorious simplicity of this perfect pie is its ultimate draw... 

Pie Of The Day: Fisherman's Pie

Pie Of The Day: Fisherman's Pie

Today's fabulous feast is a must for all seafood fans and can be fished up at Cafe 1505 - the new addition to Surgeon's Hall. The neatly packaged Fisherman's Pie, topped with crispy mash is satisfyingly saucy and fabulously filling despite its diminutive size... 

Pie Of The Day: Chicken and Mushroom

Pie Of The Day: Chicken and Mushroom

Smack bang in the middle of town is the sought-after Edinburgh pie-ery with a huge selection of choices, Piemaker. No pie blog of the Fringe would be complete without a visit here and today's special dish is totally delish! Make sure to leave room to take a peck at the delectable Chicken and Mushroom! 

Steffan Alun: Everything You Feel In Edinburgh Is A Lie

Steffan Alun: Everything You Feel In Edinburgh Is A Lie

Round two from our stand-up columnist Steffan Alun. This week he writes about how the performance space effects comedy routines (or, should effect comedy routines) and how everything is different in Edinburgh. 

Pie Of The Day: Pumpkin and Sage

Pie Of The Day: Pumpkin and Sage

There's never a moment with pie that doubling up is a bad thing and so today we are returning to Mums for a wonderful vegetarian delight and who better to sample it than my own other half in life and art, Heather! This is a huge pie and not for the faint hearted but totally tasty from top to tail... 

Pie Of The Day: Shepherds Pie

Pie Of The Day: Shepherds Pie

Everyone loves home cooking and in Edinburgh you can't get better than Mum's. If you're hankering for some comfort food graze on and corral yourself their amazing Shepherds Pie - our wonderful pie for today... 

Fringe Food Bank Invites Performers to Donate Unused Food

Fringe Food Bank Invites Performers to Donate Unused Food

Every year performers stock up their flat fridges with sustenance for the Fringe, but what happens to their leftovers when August winds up? Comedian Simon Caine has founded the Edinburgh Fringe Food Bank Collection in partnership with Edinburgh City Missions’ Basics Bank and the Laughing Horse Free Fringe to make sure the Fringe’s spare food is distributed to those who need it... 

Pie Of The Day: Chicken Curry

Pie Of The Day: Chicken Curry

If you're feeling a little sedate this Sunday and fancy spicing things up somewhat, saunter sexily down the Newington Road to seek out the seductively simple Edinburgh Bakehouse. A selection of pies to be rivaled you'll find but the superb Chicken Curry is what you'll have to find... 

Pie Of The Day: Chicken, Chardonnay and Pancetta

Pie Of The Day: Chicken, Chardonnay and Pancetta

In the middle of the Fringe it seems appropriate to spend some time at The Shakespeare, especially with their great menu and extensive drinks list. Sitting next to the Usher Hall and the Traverse Theatre, this homely pub is home to our excellent pie for today - the glorious Chicken, Chardonnay and Pancetta... 

Pie Of The Day: Apple Walnut

Pie Of The Day: Apple Walnut

We've devoured our dinners, scoffed our snacks, and tested our tastebuds with some perfect pies, but there's something missing. Something excitingly important. Disgruntled devourers everywhere are demanding desert! I only aim to please and so today's delicious daily delicacy is none other than the admirable Apple Walnut from Patisserie Jacob... 

The Molly Vevers Three Minute Interview

The Molly Vevers Three Minute Interview

Ross & Rachel is a story of what happens after a happily-ever-after ending. It lifts the veil on ‘perfect’ relationships and explores the insecurities that all couples must feel, like when did you start being referred to as ‘they’ rather than individuals? Olivier Award-nominee James Fritz has written this one-woman play, ably performed by Molly Vevers, who talks to Adrian Bradley about preparing for the role, the enduring popularity of Friends and performing every day in bowling robe and pool of water. 

‘The fact it’s in an underground car park… we couldn’t have asked for more!’ - Greg Esplin from Trainspotting

‘The fact it’s in an underground car park… we couldn’t have asked for more!’ - Greg Esplin from Trainspotting

It’s the iconic Edinburgh film and book - and now nearly 21 years since the film opened - a young theatre company brings Trainspotting to the Edinburgh Fringe. Fresh from winning rave reviews at London’s Kings Head Theatre, it’s now got it’s own exclusive space at Assembly... 

‘The Festival is Like Nothing Else’: Meet Shane Robson from Hedwig and the Angry Inch

‘The Festival is Like Nothing Else’: Meet Shane Robson from Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell’s rock opera, has passionate, protective fans. Self-confessed Hedhead, Shane Robson, is putting on the 10th anniversary revival of Hedwig at the Greenside Royal Terrace - bringing wigs and rock guitars to Leith... 

Pie Of The Day: Warlock Pie

Pie Of The Day: Warlock Pie

Traversing the infamous Royal Mile can certainly be daunting during Fringe time, but there are hidden rewards if you stay the course. Point your compass south, head towards Holyrood and seek out the historic Tolbooth Tavern... 

Steffan Alun: Edinburgh Is The World’s Largest Green Room

Steffan Alun: Edinburgh Is The World’s Largest Green Room

Stand Up Steffan Alun has a fair few things to say about stepping up to stand up at the Free Fringe. We’ve asked him to write an irregular column for us about the whys and indeed hows of performing comedy in Edinburgh. 

From Lenny Bruce and Rowan Atkinson to Frankie Boyle and Dapper Laughs

From Lenny Bruce and Rowan Atkinson to Frankie Boyle and Dapper Laughs

On Friday, Frankie Boyle took to the stage at the Féile an Phobail festival in West Belfast. ‘I cannot say how sorry I am to have divided a united city’, he joked, to riotous applause, referencing the weeks-long campaign from local disabled groups to have Boyle dropped from the bill. 

Pie Of The Day: Haggis

Pie Of The Day: Haggis

You couldn't get more traditional than today's Pie Of The Day – it's Haggis! From the First Class Butchers on Nicolson Street, and for less than a quid too, it's a tasty treat that won't break the bank! 

Pie Of The Day: Scotch Pie

Pie Of The Day: Scotch Pie

When in Rome the old adage says and today I'm taking that advice and seeking out a true local star with the help of some well informed Edinburghians. Heading to the north of the city we come across Broughton Road and our goal is spotted nestled amongst the pretty gardens and historic row houses... 

‘I’ve always found it very easy to fall in love with life, and people, and sparkle’ - Brigitte Aphrodite Extended Interview

‘I’ve always found it very easy to fall in love with life, and people, and sparkle’ - Brigitte Aphrodite Extended Interview

Brigitte Aphrodite describes herself as a punk pop poet showgirl who was on the 2009 shortlist for the Musical Comedy awards - but she’s almost impossible to categorise. Her latest show, My Beautiful Black Dog is a brave autobiographical memoir of her depression, whilst still keeping all of her usual love for colour, fashion and of course sparkle... 

William McGeough: Swearing in Front of Old People

William McGeough: Swearing in Front of Old People

Actor William McGeough was terrified to perform a sexually explicit extract from his one-man play Mistaken to the august Edinburgh establishment that is the Scottish Arts Club. Would they boo him out of the building? 

Sharing Israeli and Jewish culture: Ariella Eshad Extended Interview

Sharing Israeli and Jewish culture: Ariella Eshad Extended Interview

Ariella Eshad is the artistic director of Tik-Sho-Ret, an anglo-israeli theatre company that looks to share Jewish and Israeli culture between the two countries. 5 Kilo Sugar is their Fringe debut, a semi-autobiographical family comedy set in Tel Aviv... 

Pie Of The Day: Vegetable with Gravy and Mash

Pie Of The Day: Vegetable with Gravy and Mash

If you're pottering around Edinburgh and fancy a few of your five a day then rest a spell at The Elephant House. Amongst some magical offerings is our Pie of the Day - Vegetable with Gravy and Mash...