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​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

On the Mic Edinburgh podcast: Tom Allen - Indeed

On the Mic Edinburgh podcast: Tom Allen - Indeed

A couple of years ago, in an effort to save enough money to get a house, Tom Allen moved back in with his mum and dad. What's it like to be a 33 year old outgoing gay man, living with your parents? It's quite nice actually. Indeed. Continue Reading

On the Mic Edinburgh podcast: Ivor Dembina Times Three

On the Mic Edinburgh podcast: Ivor Dembina Times Three

Veteran comedian, Ivor Dembina, returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with no less than three shows. Given that he's 65 years old, that's probably too many, but then, he hasn't written one of them yet. This is a shame, because the first performance of 'I Should Have Listened to Ivor Dembina' starts today... Continue Reading

Eleanor Conway’s Sober Guide to The Fringe

Eleanor Conway’s Sober Guide to The Fringe

The Fringe is one of the arts calendar’s heaviest drinking months of the year, with performers’ bars open until 4am every night. And great fun though that is, Eleanor Conway thinks that a bit of sobriety could be just what performers need to stay sane and make the most of their month at the largest arts festival in the world. Continue Reading

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. Breach Theatre co-directors Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens tell Adrian Bradley just how close we were to seeing a dolphin pop band on stage. Continue Reading

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. Co-artistic director Nir Paldi talks to Adrian Bradley about the gruelling rehearsal process for his new play, the stress of the Fringe, and why he hates the term ‘physical theatre’. Continue Reading

James Wilson-Taylor\'s First Show About Himself: Ginger is the New Black

James Wilson-Taylor's First Show About Himself: Ginger is the New Black

The festival is a place for the taboo and James Wilson-Taylor has brought the final taboo to Edinburgh… sort of? Ginger is the New Black sets out to rebrand redheads and challenge stereotypes. It’s not just a fiery musical comedy, it’s a movement, says writer-performer James in conversation with Broadway Baby Radio’s Chris Quilietti. Continue Reading

Content vs Style - Poet Joel Auterson on Slam Culture

Content vs Style - Poet Joel Auterson on Slam Culture

Joel Auterson is an otter admirer and a host of the Boomerang Club, a regular poetry night in London. He was an entrant in the 2016 BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, and competed in Heat 4. Poetry Correspondent Freddie Alexander sat down with him before the slam. Continue Reading

​Bedlam Producer Cordelia Grierson on Staging New Writing in Peoples’ Homes

​Bedlam Producer Cordelia Grierson on Staging New Writing in Peoples’ Homes

Three AM in Edinburgh is something of a witching hour. But if you were under the impression that three in the morning might be a respite from the Fringe, you’d be wrong. The Fringe never rests. Venture across to the Bedlam Theatre at such a time and you’d find Floor Play, a new-writing showcase burning the midnight oil. Broadway Baby spoke to producer Cordelia Grierson to find out what keeps her up at night. Continue Reading

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