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The Nuclear Family Team on Creating Interactive Theatre Formats

The Nuclear Family Team on Creating Interactive Theatre Formats

Do you work well under pressure? How about life-or-death pressure? Nuclear Family gives you the chance to find out by inviting the audience to mount an enquiry about a pair of sibling security guards at a nuclear power plant. Chris Quilietti caught up with this interactive theatre show’s cast and creative team Eva O’Connor, Adam Devro and Jonathan Carr. Continue Reading

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis’s Asad Mecci on the Science behind the Show

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis’s Asad Mecci on the Science behind the Show

You don’t know this, but somewhere inside you is a comedy genius just waiting to be unleashed - all you need is a hypnotist to help you let it out. Asad Mecci’s new show Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis turns audience volunteers into improv stars alongside veterans Colin Mochrie and Mike McShane. Chris Quilietti caught up with Asad to find out about the links between hypnotic disassociation and comedy gold. Continue Reading

Sun, Chen-Chieh on Inspiring Children to Becoming Puppeteers

Sun, Chen-Chieh on Inspiring Children to Becoming Puppeteers

The Adventure of Puppets charts the voyage of two explorers as they venture into the unknown. After fifteen years of touring it comes to the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Taiwan Season. Children’s Correspondent Tom Moyser spoke to the show’s director and original creator Sun, Chen-Chieh (AKA Jack Sun) about the magic of children’s laughter. Continue Reading

Andrew Roberts & Josh Mathieson are Dealing with Death in Children\'s Theatre

Andrew Roberts & Josh Mathieson are Dealing with Death in Children's Theatre

The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad is a brave and engaging work about how children and families process and communicate grief. Children’s Correspondent Tom Moyser met writer/actor Andrew Roberts and his co-star Josh Mathieson to discover how children’s theatre can be used to start conversations that some school curriculums are shying away from. Continue Reading

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. Adrian Bradley speaks to members of The Magnets and All The Kings Men: with the rise of Glee and Pitch Perfect, a capella is cool - but is it cut throat? Continue Reading

How to Win Against History\'s Seiriol Davies on Making a Musical

How to Win Against History's Seiriol Davies on Making a Musical

How to Win Against History is a new musical about Henry Cyril Paget, an eccentric, cross-dressing marquis who was written out of history by his family. James T Harding met Seiriol Davies (Mess, Underbling & Vow) to learn more about the marquis behind the musical, the show’s development into what we see today, and how to repel Roman troops using only the power of dance. Continue Reading

Cocktail of the Day: Mojito

Cocktail of the Day: Mojito

Mojitos at The Abattoir with my improv team The 838. Just after this pic we sent the cocktails back as it was essentially just soda water and got a margarita instead. Continue Reading

​Linda McLean on her Adaptation of The View From Castle Rock

​Linda McLean on her Adaptation of The View From Castle Rock

Alice Munro’s short-story collection The View from Castle Rock fictionalises the real-life history of her ancestors’ economic migration from Scotland to Canada. Stellar Quines has taken up residence St Mark’s Church for a half-Fringe half-Edinburgh International Book Festival production, the first time any of the Nobel Prize winner’s work has been dramatised in Scotland. Features Editor James T Harding spoke to playwright Linda McLean to learn more about her unusual adaptation style. Continue Reading

On the Mic Edinburgh podcast: Simon Munnery 30 Not Out

On the Mic Edinburgh podcast: Simon Munnery 30 Not Out

In this, the 100th episode of 'On the Mic at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe', Martin Walker talks to Simon Munnery.Simon is celebrating his 30th year in Edinburgh with a one off show featuring some very special guests. They talk about Simon's past work, his creative process and his experiences at the École Philippe Gaulier clown school.We also hear the 'offensive' joke that got Simon booed off stage at an Edinburgh gay bar. Continue Reading

​Dracula Director Danny Wainwright on Mixing Politics with Comedy

​Dracula Director Danny Wainwright on Mixing Politics with Comedy

There couldn’t be a more poignant time to retell the story of Dracula with a 21st-century twang. With both the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign being at the forefront of politics since the turn of the new year, it is somewhat ironic that a 1897 novel about a Transylvanian vampire could make such a poignant message on issues of immigration. In the Pleasance Courtyard Let Them Call It Mischief are retelling this tale of a Romanian immigrant with comic flare. Director and co-writer Danny Wainwright tells Sophia Charalambous about what drew him to inject the funny into such a politically-charged, Gothic horror story. Continue Reading

​Paines Plough’s James Grieve & Remy Beasley on the Magic of Theatre for Teens

​Paines Plough’s James Grieve & Remy Beasley on the Magic of Theatre for Teens

I Got Superpowers for my Birthday by Katie Douglas is an action-packed fantasy adventure about the pains of growing up and learning you can shoot fire from your fingertips. Broadway Baby Children’s Correspondent Tom Moyser met actor Remy Beasley and Paines Plough’s artistic director James Grieve to discuss the power and responsibility of making theatre for teenagers. Continue Reading

The Ruby in the Smoke Team on Working with Philip Pullman

The Ruby in the Smoke Team on Working with Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke sees the author’s Victorian mystery novel come to the stage for the first time. Broadway Baby Children’s Correspondent Tom Moyser met writer-director Madeleine Perham, producer Madeleine Golding and lead actor Rebecca Lenihan to discuss Pullman, skirt-hoiking and why it is so important to have the right hats. Continue Reading

​Milk Playwright Ross Dunsmore on Bravery in New Writing

​Milk Playwright Ross Dunsmore on Bravery in New Writing

What do we need to nourish ourselves? Is love enough? Can we definitively say that Nandos are the kings of fast food? Such questions and more are explored in the invigorating new play Milk, on at the Traverse Theatre this festival. Alexander Gillespie sat down with first-time playwright Ross Dunsmore to learn more about his journey from open submissions to the Traverse One stage. Continue Reading

Jonny Labey & Quentin Beroud on Rediscovering Rupert Brooke for Verge of Strife

Jonny Labey & Quentin Beroud on Rediscovering Rupert Brooke for Verge of Strife

Poet Rupert Brooke is known for the patriotic poetry he wrote as World War One got under way, but most know little about the trail of broken hearts he left through Edwardian counter-culture beforehand. A new play Verge of Strife by Nick Baldock aims to change all that by bringing Brooke’s life and work back into prominence. Star Jonny Labey (EastEnders) and director Quentin Beroud (Richard II, House of Parliament) join Features Editor James T Harding to talk about getting into Brooke’s usually cruel character, his bisexuality, and the way he has and hasn’t been remembered. Continue Reading

Interview: Poets Against Humanity\'s ​Andrew Blair & Ross McCleary

Interview: Poets Against Humanity's ​Andrew Blair & Ross McCleary

Andrew Blair and Ross McCleary are Edinburgh-local writers and collaborators. In 2015 they won the PBH Free Fringe ‘Best Double Act’ award for their show Is this Poetry? This year they are bringing two shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, McCleary and Blair Panda to the Audience, and their regular monthly night Poets Against Humanity. Continue Reading

Julia Sutherland on Prison Romance, Staging Radio, and her show Jailmates

Julia Sutherland on Prison Romance, Staging Radio, and her show Jailmates

Based on it’s performers’ real-life stand-up material, Jailmates is a love story about an unlikely couple who meet on a pen-pal website jailmates.com. The Radio Scotland comedy drama is previewing at the Fringe before being recorded later this year. Features Editor James T Harding met co-writer and performer Julia Sutherland to talk about the shows unusual writing process. Continue Reading

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