Edinburgh Fringe / Spoken Word

Latest Reviews

Circled in the Radio Times by John Osborne

Circled in the Radio Times by John Osborne

TV has a special place in our hearts, for comforting us on a very personal level, and for giving us the communal experience of watching and talking about it. It is part of our national identity; all brits look at Inspector Morse or Eastenders or James Bond as a distinct part of their culture, whether high or low... 

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Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You?
Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You?

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is an initiative set up to ‘take the academics out of their ivory towers and engage with the public’... 

Loud Poets
Loud Poets

Loud Poets is loud. And by loud I don’t mean in volume but in sheer gravity of subject matter. The five poets, Kevin McLean, Doug Garry, Catherine Wilson, Katie Ailes and guest Sage Francis were tenacious... 

In Conversation With… Rab Noakes
In Conversation With… Rab Noakes

The In Conversation series at New Town Theatre in George Street is an hour of chat with a celebrity guest each day... 

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Features

How To Write A Press Release

How To Write A Press Release

Writing a press release that a journalist will use is a skill even experienced PRs can get wrong. Broadway Baby publisher, Pete Shaw, has been a journalist for over 30 years and can give you some pointers to getting it right. 

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How To Sell Your Show At The Edinburgh Fringe
How To Sell Your Show At The Edinburgh Fringe

Broadway Baby Publisher, Pete Shaw, offers a comprehensive guide to marketing your show at a fringe festival such as Edinburgh with tips on budgets, creating a press release, social media and branding. 

Star Inflation is Real
Star Inflation is Real

Mutterings about star ratings are as much a part of the Fringe as plastic pint glasses. Some people think critics are too generous, some people too harsh (mainly about their own shows), and others think star ratings should be abolished altogether... 

Summerhall’s army@TheFringe: An Affront to the Arts or an Ambitious Alliance?
Summerhall’s army@TheFringe: An Affront to the Arts or an Ambitious Alliance?

The Army has set up camp for the first time at the Fringe and is stationed with Summerhall in its own premises... 

Interviews

Calais Jungle Volunteer Matt Abbott Challenges Liberal Attitudes to Brexit

Calais Jungle Volunteer Matt Abbott Challenges Liberal Attitudes to Brexit

In his Fringe show Two Little Ducks, UK spoken-word artist and activist Matt Abbott uses poetry to explore contemporary politics. Native to a city that voted 66% Leave, Abbott delves into the socio-economic climate which led many traditionally working-class communities to vote for Brexit, as well as his experiences volunteering at the Calais Jungle... 

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Neil Hilborn on Self Care as a Poet
Neil Hilborn on Self Care as a Poet

In 2011, Neil Hilborn’s poetry slam team placed first in the US College Poetry Slam. Since then he has toured with Button Poetry and published two collections of poetry, Clatter and Our Numbered Days... 

Leyla Josephine’s Collision of Theatre and Spoken-word Poetry
Leyla Josephine’s Collision of Theatre and Spoken-word Poetry

Leyla Josephine is a performance artist and writer from Glasgow. She’s the former UK Spoken Word Slam Champion and her poem ‘I Think She Was a She’ went viral in 2014... 

What Would Kanye Do?’s Clare Marcie on Connecting with Kanye West
What Would Kanye Do?’s Clare Marcie on Connecting with Kanye West

Broadway Baby’s Gordon Douglas is joined by Scotland-based theatre-maker Clare Marcie to talk about her new show What Would Kanye Do?, part of the programme at theSpace @ Jury’s Inn... 

Latest Listings

Words Is Words Is Words

Words Is Words Is Words

Memorable. Moving. Motivational. Poetry by Tess Adams. Co-narrated by vocalist Marie Boyle. Influenced by a career in psychotherapy and inspired by her interest in the natural and spiritual world, Tess’s hard-hitting words will leave you speechless... 

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The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini
The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

Arthur Conan Doyle investigated psychic phenomena objectively as a member of the Society for Psychical Research for years, before becoming convinced of their reality and following spiritualism as a religion... 

Reverend Richard Coles: Confessions
Reverend Richard Coles: Confessions

Join former 80s pop star turned vicar and broadcaster Reverend Richard Coles – co-host of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live and BBC One's The Big Painting Challenge, star of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 and panelist on Have I Got News for You, QI and Would I Lie to You? – for an hour of candid chat and confessions with special guests and celebrity friends... 

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

With five years of sell-out shows behind her Ann Treherne, Chair of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, talks about Edinburgh's famous son, a man of literature and world spokesman of spiritualism!