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Playwright Becky Owen Fisher Lets Actors Change the Order of her Scenes

Playwright Becky Owen Fisher Lets Actors Change the Order of her Scenes

In a world boiling over with police invasion of privacy, romance and rising sea levels, what could possibly go wrong? Part eco-political rally cry, part meditation on the collapse of a relationship, Generation Zero is the bold new play from Lamphouse Theatre. Al Gillespie chats with playwright Becky Owen Fisher (Perfect Straight Line, Can You Fall Up?) to learn about how the play came to be. Continue Reading

Throwback’s Thomas Ball: In Defence of Feel-good Circus

Throwback’s Thomas Ball: In Defence of Feel-good Circus

Silver Lining’s Throwback is an aerial and acrobatic circus caper about the power of nostalgia and collective memory. Here’s company founding member Thomas Ball to tell us why, despite innovative directions in the art form, the core of circus is still risk and reward, and the feeling the audience takes away from the big top. Continue Reading

Desmond O\'Connor on Royal Vauxhall and the Magical Power of Gay Clubs

Desmond O'Connor on Royal Vauxhall and the Magical Power of Gay Clubs

It’s the late 80s. Princess Diana, hounded by the press, wants to escape from it all. What better plan that to go gay clubbing to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern with her pals Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett? And what better disguise than dressing up as a man? Features Editor James T Harding checks in with the Royal Vauxhall musical’s creator Desmond O’Connor (Scott Mills: The Musical, But First This: A Musical Homage to Radio Four) to find out more about this legendary story, the redemptive power of gay clubs, and Des’s musical-writing rehearsal process. Continue Reading

​The Marked’s Ailin Conant ‘Ripping and stomping a delicately crafted mask to shreds’

​The Marked’s Ailin Conant ‘Ripping and stomping a delicately crafted mask to shreds’

Homelessness is increasing, nationwide, with rough sleepers in London alone doubling since 2010. Theatre Témoin returns to the Fringe with The Marked, a mask, puppetry and physical theatre show exploring the links between childhood trauma and adult homelessness, aiming to give some of the most vulnerable people in our society a voice on stage. Director Ailin Conant tells Broadway Baby a visceral story about the power of masks in theatre, and in life. Continue Reading

Sebastian de Souza & Preston Thompson talk Kids in Love

Sebastian de Souza & Preston Thompson talk Kids in Love

Kids in Love made its world premiere at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film follows the disruption of Jack (Will Poulter)’s gap-year plans when he meets a beautiful girl (Alma Jodorowsky) and is drawn into young bohemian London. Broadway Baby’s Features Editor James T Harding was on hand to ask co-writers Sebastian De Souza (known for his acting roles on Skins, The Borgias, and Recovery Road) and his high-school friend Preston Thompson (who plays Cassius in the film) about their screenwriting collaboration and how they think we can fix the inaccurate portrayal of young people in drama and comedy. Continue Reading

The Carer\'s Tom Kinninmont on Brian Cox, Shakespeare, and script executives

The Carer's Tom Kinninmont on Brian Cox, Shakespeare, and script executives

Screenwriter, producer and director Tom Kinninmont’s latest feature film, The Carer, starring Brian Cox, made its European premiere at 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival. Features Editor James T Harding met Tom (known for producing Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell and After Alice) to learn more about the film’s unusual journey, and how the production industry has changed over Tom’s career so far. Continue Reading

Naman Ramachandran talks Brahman Naman, Indian film, and Masturbation

Naman Ramachandran talks Brahman Naman, Indian film, and Masturbation

Naman Ramachandran is a screenwriter, critic, and film journalist whose co-authored monograph Lights, Camera, Masala: Making Movies in Mumbai was published in 2006. Features Editor James T Harding met him at the European Premiere of his film Brahman Naman, directed by Q, to discuss brahmanism, the economics of Indian filmmaking, and masturbation methodology. Continue Reading

Duncan Paveling talks My Feral Heart, Down\'s Representation

Duncan Paveling talks My Feral Heart, Down's Representation

Duncan Paveling makes his feature screenwriting debut with My Feral Heart, a portrait of Luke (Steven Brandon), a man with Down’s syndrome who has been the sole carer for his elderly mother for some time. When she dies, he is sent to the a rural care home where he forms an unorthodox friendship with a young man doing community service in the park next door. Features Editor James T Harding caught up with Duncan as the film made its UK premiere at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival. Continue Reading

Kevin Mclean: \'The Edinburgh Fringe is a monster\'

Kevin Mclean: 'The Edinburgh Fringe is a monster'

Kevin Mclean is one of the organizers of Loud Poets, a poetry collective entering its third year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His poem ‘Evelyn,’ performed at the 2015 Loud Poets show, won StAnza Best Poem of the Fringe. He released his first collection and CD, Learning to Write, last August. Frederick Alexander sat down to speak with Kevin about the upcoming Loud Poets Fringe show, as well as his experience of fringe festivals outside of Edinburgh. Continue Reading

​9 Winning Tips for Surviving the EdFringe Media Matrix

​9 Winning Tips for Surviving the EdFringe Media Matrix

Fringe folk, I’ve been where you are. It’s a few months, weeks or days before your show opens at the ginormous Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You know your lines. You’ve had posters and flyers printed. Time to pump out press materials to convince media to cover this precious thing you’ve invested heart, soul and so much money in. Continue Reading

Steffan Alun: The Festival is Always Worth It

Steffan Alun: The Festival is Always Worth It

Stand Up Steffan Alun has a fair few things to say about stepping up to stand up at the Free Fringe. We’ve asked him to write an irregular column for us about the whys and indeed hows of performing comedy in Edinburgh. Continue Reading

​‘Dance can often be very, very pretentious’ - Tumbling After

​‘Dance can often be very, very pretentious’ - Tumbling After

Part nursery rhyme, part domestic drama, Tumbling After charts the story of two young couples as they 'stumble in and tumble out of love'. RedBellyBlack Productions return to the Fringe with a controlled blend of romcom disaster and sharp physical theatre that examines how we love – or how we don't. Henry St Leger caught up with the company's artistic director and actress Kate Goodfellow, along with the rest of her cast: Robert Boulton, Steven Laverty, and Marietta Melrose. Continue Reading

Bobby or not Bobby? Emily Carding as Richard III is Broadway Baby’s pick of the Fringe

Bobby or not Bobby? Emily Carding as Richard III is Broadway Baby’s pick of the Fringe

In Brite Theatre's production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, Emily Carding stars as Richard but all the world’s a stage and the audience literally players in it - taking on the parts of all the other characters in the play. Dave House met Emily, who co-adapted the play with director Kolbrun Sigfusdottir, to talk innovation in Shakespeare, the appeal of Richard in particular, and surprises her with a Bobby Award for the show. I know that quote’s actually from Hamlet but it was too good to not use. Forgive me. Continue Reading

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