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Adorable Deplorable’s Catriona Knox on Making Heroes Out of her Audience

Adorable Deplorable’s Catriona Knox on Making Heroes Out of her Audience

Behind every tyrannical leader is a complicit partner rolling their eyes, and in this new show from comedian Catriona Knox they get a voice. Catriona Knox: Adorable Deplorable delves into the peripheries of power and the minds of the people who know our world leaders the best. Chris Quilietti met Catriona to talk about character comedy, the perils of audience participation and the unique properties of Fringe shows. Continue Reading

100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace on Sensitive Issues in Theatre

100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace on Sensitive Issues in Theatre

Having made their Fringe debut last year with The Life and Times of Lionel, theatre company Forget About The Dog are back with their new show, 100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace. Kat has had an accident and has trouble remembering things. The show presents her journey and relationships with her mind and her family. This group have so far gone from strength to strength using their own style of charming physicality. Actors Leanne Stenson and Joshua Ling spoke to Chris Quilietti. Continue Reading

Queerness and Colonialism in Lilith: The Jungle Girl at the Traverse

Queerness and Colonialism in Lilith: The Jungle Girl at the Traverse

In nineteenth-century Holland, a leading neuroscientist tries to ‘civilise’ a wild girl who was raised by lions in the heart of Borneo. Broadway Baby’s Theatre Editor, Liam Rees, met some of the creators of Sisters Grimm’s latest show, Lilith: The Jungle Girl – Ash Flanders, Candy Bowers and Declan Greene – to talk about queerness, colonialism and the differences between Australian and British audiences. Continue Reading

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. The move is not without its critics, but its contribution to the Fringe is welcomed by many. They invite us to join them for a ‘cutting-edge performance programme sparking conversations about what the Army is and what it stands for in twenty first-century society’. Richard Beck inspects the front line. Continue Reading

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Nathan Hinze

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Nathan Hinze

Warm and welcoming, and always entertaining, 99 Hanover Street is at the heart of Edinburgh's bar scene. Richard popped along for a fruity cocktail and to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Nathan Hinze - and if you ask him nicely he might even mix you a Del Famoso. Continue Reading

The Edinburgh Cocktail Festival is this Year’s New Kid on the Block

The Edinburgh Cocktail Festival is this Year’s New Kid on the Block

Back in 1947 the founders of the Edinburgh International Festival could hardly have imagined what their legacy would be. Over the years their inspiration has not only spawned the Fringe but a host of claimants to International Festival status: Film (1947); Television (1976); Book (1983); Science (1988); Children’s (1990); Storytelling (1990); Internet (1999) and Marketing (2010). In addition there are many other celebrations that abjure the international title and are content with just being a Festival. The creators of this latest addition hail the Edinburgh Cocktail Festival as a first. In a city with a long history of distilling, brewing and imbibing, never before has there been a festival dedicated entirely to cocktails. Continue Reading

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Dale Welstead

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Dale Welstead

In the heart of the Old Town, Cabaret Voltaire is a legendary live music venue in the vaults beneath North Bridge. Richard went exploring and found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Dale Welstead, a child star of kayaking who turned his sporting talents to swimming. He can also knock up an excellent Edinburgh Iced Tea. Continue Reading

Charlie Duprè on Meeting Tony Blair, the Man he Now Portrays

Charlie Duprè on Meeting Tony Blair, the Man he Now Portrays

Betrayal, money, power, politics and love. All thing you find in a standard Shakespeare play. And modern politics. Macblair, written by Charlie Duprè, Bard-ifies the rise and fall of Tony Blair with rap, verse and tongue firmly in cheek. Chris Quilietti spoke to Charlie about the piece. Continue Reading

Comedian Sarah Kendall on the Power of Storytelling, Silence and Cartwheels 

Comedian Sarah Kendall on the Power of Storytelling, Silence and Cartwheels 

In Sarah Kendall: One-Seventeen, Fringe stalwart Sarah Kendall breaks down what we mean when we talk about good and bad luck. In her own inimitable style she takes the audience to her past in order to discover how she reasons with the chaos and uncertainty of modern life. Chris Quilietti from Broadway Baby Radio caught up with her to talk about the influence of space on stand-up, forgiving latecomers, and more. Continue Reading

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Lainey Corroon

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Lainey Corroon

The Three Sisters – renamed the Free Sisters during the Fringe – has long been a festival hub and a jewel in the crown of the Free Festival. Richard popped along to the busy pub on Cowgate to chat to today's Edinburgh Barstar, Lainey Corroon, and discovered this Irish gal is fond of glitter and a drop of spiced rum with her Coke. Continue Reading

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Erik Stenersen

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Erik Stenersen

Just around the corner from the iconic Greyfriar's Bobby you'll find the Oz Bar, and that's also where Richard found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Erik Stenersen. Born in Luxembourg to Danish parents, his favourite drink is Chocolate Milk.  Continue Reading

Will Naameh, Steve Hartil and Sean McCann Talk Improv at the Fringe

Will Naameh, Steve Hartil and Sean McCann Talk Improv at the Fringe

Improv is as big as it’s ever been at the Fringe, with well over a hundred shows for you to choose from. Chris Quilietti leads a panel discussion with improvisors from some of the festival’s most popular shows: Will Naameh (Spontaneous Sherlock/Men With Coconuts) Steve Hartil (Murder She Didn’t Write), and Sean McCann (Showstopper! The Improvised Musical/Rhapsodes). Topics include new trends in improv, rehearsing to improvise, the nature of the troupe, and the Edinburgh energy. Continue Reading

The Scottish Story Telling Centre: A Venue for Voices

The Scottish Story Telling Centre: A Venue for Voices

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is, in its own words, ‘a vibrant arts venue with a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events, and festivals’. Open all year round, it hosts TradFest, a traditional arts festival in the spring, and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October. Predictably, in August it becomes a Fringe venue. Broadway Baby’s Richard Beck explains why the Centre is so important. Continue Reading

‘Teen books will always be the most important books’ – Geek Girl’s Holly Smale

‘Teen books will always be the most important books’ – Geek Girl’s Holly Smale

Holly Smale is the author of Geek Girl, a teen book series that follows the comic adventures of a high-school girl turned high-fashion model. Smale – herself a former model – returns to the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year for the release of Forever Geek, the final book in the series. Broadway Baby’s Carly Brown sat down with her to discuss travel, writing from a teenage perspective and why teen books are so important. Continue Reading

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Danny Smith

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Danny Smith

Edinburgh is Festival City for good reason, and amongst all the theatre, comedy, books and arts there's even a Scottish Gin Festival. Richard popped over to Gin 71 which plays host to this event (and keeps 150 Scottish Gins in stock) to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Danny Smith who's planning a career in advertising photography.  Continue Reading

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Denise Garland

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Denise Garland

Formerly a parsonage, Cloisters Bar is a uniquely traditional Edinburgh pub. Richard ventured over to the north west tip of the Meadows to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Denise Garland, a New Zealander who's travelling the world. Continue Reading

Scottish Playwright Linda Duncan McLaughlin on the Birth of A Play A Pie and a Pint

Scottish Playwright Linda Duncan McLaughlin on the Birth of A Play A Pie and a Pint

Architect Rob can't find his Rotoring mechanical pencil. A small event, perhaps, but the early onset dementia it heralds will challenge Rob and his wife Cathy's relationship to its very core. This is a new production of Descent at the Gilded Balloon. Broadway Baby’s James T. Harding met Scottish playwright and actor Linda Duncan McLaughlin to discuss the play, the Scottish new-writing scene, and the twin creative-writing courses of Glasgow. Continue Reading

‘What I like about Edinburgh audiences is that they’re up for adventure’ – Meow Meow

‘What I like about Edinburgh audiences is that they’re up for adventure’ – Meow Meow

Meow Meow is an international actress, singer, and dancer. She’s performed her works with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, played Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe and toured her own work around the world. She returns to the Edinburgh International Festival for the European Premiere of Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid, a playful cabaret reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale. Features Writer Carly Brown spoke with her about the original fairytale, creating her show and why she likes performing in Edinburgh. Continue Reading

Pete Shaw: Is PR Worth the Money?

Pete Shaw: Is PR Worth the Money?

Earlier this month I saw an amusing post on Twitter from Garrett Millerick who decided not to drop £2K on an EdFringe PR and instead buy a top-of-the-range flatscreen TV instead. He then proceeded to staple reviews of the telly from the likes of What HiFi? to his flyers. A stunt worthy of a Malcolm Hardee Award.But this raises the point about the value of PR. A couple of years ago one PR posted on Twitter “Fringe Guru want me to do a questionnaire but I can’t be arsed. Instead I’m going to send them a job lot of these” with a link to a knitted penis hat. Needless to say their clients seemed less than impressed with their lack of enthusiasm to do their job when an opportunity was handed to them on a plate. Continue Reading

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. Freddie Alexander met him to chat about self care, the show, Neil Hilborn – Live Poetry, and the differences between the UK and US scenes. Continue Reading

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. This year, she brings her show Hopeless to the Edinburgh Fringe. Hopeless has been Longlisted for the Freedom of Expression Award from Amnesty International. Features Writer Carly Brown sat down with her to discuss creating a solo show, her work with refugees and how we might find hope in turbulent times. Continue Reading

7 Ways to Escape the Fringe

7 Ways to Escape the Fringe

With the second and most exhausting weekend of the Fringe nearly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to have a rest day. It’s tempting to curl up in bed and succumb to the hangover that’s been building for a fortnight, but there are other options to get a few hours respite from the crowds and the flyers for less than the cost of a show. Frankie Goodway takes us through the options. Continue Reading

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