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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

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

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

​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

Paines Plough’s George Perrin on Directing Interactive Theatre

Paines Plough’s George Perrin on Directing Interactive Theatre

If you were to list Every Brilliant Thing about life, what would you include? This is the idea behind Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed play, broaching the subject of mental health through the story of a six-year-old boy and his heartfelt attempt at making his mum happy after she tries to commit suicide. Sophia Charalambous met director George Perrin to discuss the unusual evolution of Paines Plough’s interactive production at Summerhall. Continue Reading

“I Invented Bloody Mackenzie” Reveals Edinburgh Tour Guide

“I Invented Bloody Mackenzie” Reveals Edinburgh Tour Guide

Anyone who thinks Edinburgh amounts to the Fringe festival, a castle and a zoo with two Chinese pandas clearly hasn’t discovered its gruesome history: while Jack the Ripper was killing five women in London, Burke & Hare slaughtered over 60 people in Edinburgh. Sophia Charalambous met City of Edinburgh Tours founder Davy and tour guide Al, who both prefer to be known as their characters names, William Burke Esquire and the Earl of Drumlanrig, to get the lowdown on what to expect from a ghost tour in the capital city. Continue Reading

Tim Carlsen on the Real-life Homelessness Behind One Day Moko

Tim Carlsen on the Real-life Homelessness Behind One Day Moko

One Day Moko is a devised solo show following the life of a homeless busker and the characters he meets in his daily life. Creator Tim Carlsen talks to Adrian Bradley about the inspiration for the show, what it’s like to be an Edinburgh virgin, and how to perform when the audience aren’t playing ball. Continue Reading

Inspector Sands’ Ben Lewis on What Really Happens in Care Homes

Inspector Sands’ Ben Lewis on What Really Happens in Care Homes

The elderly residents of a care home just off the A1 are waiting to die, some of them less quietly than others. What looks set to be a quiet day spirals out of control in the world premiere of Inspector Sands’ The Lounge at Summerhall. James T Harding met co-artistic director Ben Lewis to ask what really happens in care homes when the families aren’t there, licensing The Jeremy Kyle Show, the magic of parakeets, and the relationship between devised and scripted theatre in this new work. Continue Reading

Brent Thorpe on Highlighting the Domestic Violence in Punch and Judy

Brent Thorpe on Highlighting the Domestic Violence in Punch and Judy

What happens when you take a beloved seaside puppet show, remove the puppets, and give it an Australian accent? That’s what Brent Thorpe wants to find out with The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show. He talks to Adrian Bradley about the differences between Australia and Britain and why making a puppet human lets us have a thought provoking look at domestic abuse and misogyny. Continue Reading

A Boy Named Sue\'s Bertie Darrell on LGBT Erasure

A Boy Named Sue's Bertie Darrell on LGBT Erasure

When safe spaces for LGBT people are shut down, what does that mean for the communities left behind? Bertie Darrell talks to Adrian Bradley about his new play A Boy Named Sue, and why it’s important to explore the barriers that can hide LGBT people in plain sight. Continue Reading

Isle of Edna Explain how Gentrification Affects Public Toilets

Isle of Edna Explain how Gentrification Affects Public Toilets

Anna Brook-Mitchell and Angela Nesi are Isle of Edna. G Street, their latest show, takes apart all things gentrification - from beards and craft beers to bakeries in public loos. They tell Adrian Bradley how they got together, how to find the perfect puppet, and how to deconstruct a flat white. Continue Reading

Countermeasure A Cappella on the Power of Friendship

Countermeasure A Cappella on the Power of Friendship

Canadian a-cappella group Countermeasure are stopping off to perform their show 14 Characters at the Fringe as part of a European tour. Chris spoke to arranger Aaron Jensen, and J-M from the group, who say the group’s six-year friendship is what makes their performance stand out. Continue Reading

Tarot Talk with In Tents and Purposes’ Roxy Dunn & Alys Metcalf

Tarot Talk with In Tents and Purposes’ Roxy Dunn & Alys Metcalf

Does a prophesy merely predict the future, or does it help to make it happen? New comedy drama In Tents and Purposes at the Assembly aims to find out, via time travel, Brechtian alienation and a good does of friendship. Features Editor James T Harding met Roxy Dunn (Channel 4’s Babylon) and Alys Metcalf (Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong) to talk writing, drama schools, and deal a few Tarot cards. Continue Reading

Georgian Director Keti Dolidze calls for more International Theatre at the Fringe

Georgian Director Keti Dolidze calls for more International Theatre at the Fringe

The Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre has been bringing Georgian theatre to Edinburgh for nearly 20 years, filling theatres and getting critical acclaim for foreign-language theatre. Director Keti Dolidze’s tells Adrian Bradley why she wanted to tackle Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, and calls for more international theatre at the largest arts festival in the world. Continue Reading

Dave Chawner’s Late-life Circumcision

Dave Chawner’s Late-life Circumcision

What do you do if you have to have a circumcision at age 27? Well if you’re Dave Chawner, you write an Edinburgh show about it. He talks to Adrian Bradley about why he wants to do a show about masculinity, what dating’s like when you’re a feminist, and how many knob jokes he can fit into a one-hour set. Continue Reading

The Cast of F*cking Men on Not Being About Nakedness

The Cast of F*cking Men on Not Being About Nakedness

An exploration of modern sexual moralities, F*cking Men reimagines Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 La Ronde in the modern world of dating apps and open marriages. Harper James, Richard De Lisle and Haydn Whiteside talk to Adrian Bradley about bearing all on stage - and how Edinburgh crowds aren’t the same as London ones. Continue Reading

No Horizon\'s Andy Platt & Sam Reid on Creative Minds Overcoming Disability

No Horizon's Andy Platt & Sam Reid on Creative Minds Overcoming Disability

It’s the 1600’s, and a blind boy from a village in Yorkshire wants an education. The world around him has already decided his fate, but Nicholas Saunderson has other ideas and his hidden genius takes him to the learned spires of Cambridge. Chatting with Chris Quilietti are the new musical’s writer Andy Platt, and lead actor Sam Reid. Continue Reading

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