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Clique’s Milly Thomas Dives in at the Deep End with Two Plays this Fringe

Clique’s Milly Thomas Dives in at the Deep End with Two Plays this Fringe

Writer and actor Milly Thomas is best known in the theatre world for her 2016 play Clickbait and for writing an episode of Clique on BBC Three. This Fringe she is presenting two plays of her own penning: Dust at Underbelly – which she also stars in – and Brutal Cessation at Assembly. James T. Harding met her to talk about the process behind the two plays, her duty of care to the audience, and how best to support emerging, diverse writers. Continue Reading

Pollyanna’s Pollyfilla Talks Queer Cabaret and Political Anxiety

Pollyanna’s Pollyfilla Talks Queer Cabaret and Political Anxiety

Broadway Baby’s Gordon Douglas met Adam Castle, the host of Pollyanna to talk about the outrageous, late-night queer cabaret that’s on everybody’s minds.As well as directing and hosting Pollyanna, Castle is the director of Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival, an annual festival for the celebration of moving image. In recognition of their efforts in both of these, Castle won The Creative Edinburgh Leadership Award in 2016.Having experienced Pollyanna last year, Gordon was eager to return to the cabaret once again. The morning after the show, Gordon and Adam discuss: the draw for performers to share their work in a social, cabaret format; how to provide space and opportunity for an audience to communally exercise their political anxieties; and the origins of Pollyanna’s host Pollyfilla. Continue Reading

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Jay Weeks

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Jay Weeks

Richard's headed over to Leith to the eclectic bar that is The Mousetrap where he finds today's Edinburgh Barstar, Jay Weeks. Born in England, raised in Spain and educated in Scotland - he gets about! Continue Reading

Mama Biashara Charity Gig at Gilded Balloon

Mama Biashara Charity Gig at Gilded Balloon

Mama Biashara is a tiny charity doing massive things, helping women in the poorest slums of Kenya, help themselves. It gives them a hand up, not a hand out, enabling them to start a small business so they can care and create a safe haven for their children. Continue Reading

Danyah Miller’s Inspection of Perfection

Danyah Miller’s Inspection of Perfection

As a course leader at The International School of Storytelling, Danyah Miller can certainly spin a good yarn. Here at the Fringe, she is turning her talents to the baffling question of why we strive so desperately for perfection, often at high costs. Her one-woman show Perfectly Imperfect Women is a fabulous and diverse performance that cleverly weaves fairytales and audience involvement into fascinating journey through Danyah’s family history. Broadway Baby’s Carla van der Sluijs met Danyah to talk about the show, the art of audience inclusion, and the inclusivity of feminism. Continue Reading

Atlantic: Two New Musicals from RCS set Either Side of the Pond

Atlantic: Two New Musicals from RCS set Either Side of the Pond

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University have teamed up to bring two brand-new musicals to the Fringe. Atlantic: A Scottish Story is a haunting show set on a remote Scottish island that asks the question: what if we didn’t go on the adventure? It follows Eve, a girl who didn’t follow her heart and stays where she thinks she belongs. The second show is Atlantic: America and the Great War. During WWI, a woman searches for her sister, reported missing after serving on the front line. Leaving home for the first time, she uncovers her family’s past and a secret love. Chris speaks to various people from the shows to find out more. Continue Reading

Jack Rooke Opens Up about Mental Health

Jack Rooke Opens Up about Mental Health

Jack Rooke's career was launched by his 2015 Fringe meditation on loss and mourning, Good Grief, which took him on a national tour, sold out at the Soho Theatre in London, and saw him present his own BBC documentary last year. Now he's back where it all started, in Edinburgh, with another frank, honest comedy show dedicated to a friend who took his own life. Henry St Leger sits down with the writer, performer, and mental-health campaigner to talk about his latest Fringe offering, Jack Rooke: Happy Hour. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Is Jan Ravens a Difficult Woman?

#EdFringe17: Is Jan Ravens a Difficult Woman?

Enjoy 15 minutes of comedy and chat with the county’s leading impressionist, Jan Ravens. Hear from Jan, alongside Theresa May, Diane Abbott, Fiona Bruce, Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, Kirsty Wark, Donald Trump and more. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Ed Byrne has a Spoiler Alert

#EdFringe17: Ed Byrne has a Spoiler Alert

Enjoy 10 minutes of stand up and chat with the ‘Mock The Week’ regular, Ed Byrne. Are we all being spoiled? Is Ed spoiling his own kids? Are nettles sent by the devil? Ed’s current show, ‘Spoiler Alert’ is enjoying an Edinburgh run before it goes on tour. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Martha McBrier in Balamory Doubtfire

#EdFringe17: Martha McBrier in Balamory Doubtfire

In an extended 30 minute interview we hear from leading story telling comedian, Martha McBrier, who is back in Edinburgh with a new show, ‘Balamory Doubtfire’. We learn of her origin story, from winning a major competition on her third gig, to getting into bother over a didgeridoo. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Pippa Evans Delivers Joy Provision!

#EdFringe17: Pippa Evans Delivers Joy Provision!

Enjoy 15 minutes of chat with Pippa, an award-winning comedian, actor, songwriter and improviser. As heard every week on Radio 4’s ‘The Now Show’ and as seen the world over on the stage with ‘Showstoppers: Improvised Musical’. In many ways, she is the new Brian Conley. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Tiff Stevenson Drops a Bombshell

#EdFringe17: Tiff Stevenson Drops a Bombshell

Enjoy 15 minutes of stand up and chat with the brilliant Tiff Stevenson. This is her eighth solo show at the Fringe, and she’s better than ever. Direct, uncompromising, but with a mischievous twinkle in her eye, Tiff chats about the things that matter. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Dane Baptiste talks G.O.D.

#EdFringe17: Dane Baptiste talks G.O.D.

Enjoy 15 minutes of stand up and chat with comedian, writer and actor, Dane Baptiste. Fresh from his success with original BBC sitcom, ‘Sunny D’, Dane returns to Edinburgh with a new show about G.O.D. – namely, Gold, Money and Drugs. Is Christianity the new ‘C-bomb?’ Continue Reading

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.Clare Marcie grew up in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and moved to the UK to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Since then, she has been a prominent and supportive member of the local scene. She is most well known for her productions The Flinching, Outside Eyes, and the series of podcasts Bill & Me, a self-described ‘smorgasbord of Shakespeare geekdom’ that adventures into her nuanced relationship with the powerful historical figure.Continuing on this research into cultures of fandom, What Would Kanye Do? introduces us to the character of Marcy, a teenage girl from Christchurch, New Zealand, whose frustration and anxiety about her life, procures language through her obsession with Kanye West.In a domestic setting perched on a dinner table, Gordon and Marcie talk through: how feelings of belonging can emerge through a globalised popular culture; the similarities between the fictional character Marcy, and the cultural character of New Zealand; and the complex legacies of colonial empire. Continue Reading

The Royal Court’s Elyse Dodgson on the Joy of Directors who Support Writers

The Royal Court’s Elyse Dodgson on the Joy of Directors who Support Writers

As part of the Edinburgh International Festival the Royal Court was invited to present a series of rehearsed readings by playwrights from Chile, China, Cuba, Lebanon, Palestine and Ukraine under the theme of New and Now. Broadway Baby’s Theatre Editor, Liam Rees, caught up with director and curator Elyse Dodgson to discuss the Royal Court’s international work, the challenges of producing said work, and the changing face of British theatre. Continue Reading

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sophie Malone

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sophie Malone

Just off George Street you'll find the Thistle Street Bar (the TSB as it's affectionally known). There you'll also find today's Edinburgh Barstar, Sophie Malone, who's cycled and busked around Spain after turning down a university place twice. Richard had a chat to find out more. Continue Reading

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Donald McGhie

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Donald McGhie

An authentic Tiki bar in the New Town? Richard popped on his hula skirt and hotfooted over to the Auld Reekie Tiki Bar to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar - Donald McGhie, former banker; football coach and English teacher. Continue Reading

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Briar Russell

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Briar Russell

Hidden away in the Old Town on Advocates Close you'll find The Devil's Advocate, and if you're lucky today's Edinburgh Barstar will also be on shift. Meet Briar, joining the ranks of our best bar staff at the Fringe. Continue Reading

The Laramie Project wins first #BobbyAward of #EdFringe 2017

The Laramie Project wins first #BobbyAward of #EdFringe 2017

When Matthew Shepard was brutally tied to a fence, beaten, and abandoned outside Laramie, Wyoming, members of Tectonic Theatre Group came to ask questions. Those interviews turned into The Laramie Project, a piece that touches on grief, recovery, hate, love, finding out we’re not as good as we think we are, and endeavouring to be better. Continue Reading

Taggart Creator Glenn Chandler\'s Gay Boarding-school Play

Taggart Creator Glenn Chandler's Gay Boarding-school Play

Glenn Chandler, creator of the legendary Taggart, has become known at the Fringe for his plays exploring different facets of gay life. This year, Lord Dismiss Us, from the 1967 novel by Michael Campbell, is amusing audiences at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall. In conversation with Broadway Baby’s James T. Harding, Glenn talks about his process of adaptation, overcoming suicidal feelings during his schooldays in Edinburgh, and the London gay scene of the 1970s. Continue Reading

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