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​‘You can get away with anything dressed as Thatcher’ - Matt Tedford on inhabiting the Iron Lady for Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

​‘You can get away with anything dressed as Thatcher’ - Matt Tedford on inhabiting the Iron Lady for Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Matt Tedford’s drag incarnation as Margaret Thatcher started life as a simple Halloween joke but has since taken on a bit of a life of her own, winning him Best Male Performer at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. James T Harding quizzes Matt about his Fringe show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, the not-so-true story of how Margaret Thatcher got lost in Soho one dark, rainy night, became a cabaret sensation, and single-handedly defeated Section 28 before it is passed by parliament. Continue Reading

“We can be anything behind the puppet” - Puppetry Panel with Les Enfants Terribles, Puppet Soup and Smoking Apples

“We can be anything behind the puppet” - Puppetry Panel with Les Enfants Terribles, Puppet Soup and Smoking Apples

This year's Fringe - both in the children's and adults' sections of the programme - is full of innovative and exciting puppet shows. Broadway Baby’s puppet panel includes some of the creators behind three of them - Fiona Porritt from Les Enfants Terribles, Cass Gastaldon from Puppet Soup, and Molly Freeman from Smoking Apples - as well as Cariad Astles, an international expert on puppetry. Tom Moyser met them to explore the materials, techniques and ideas that bring their shows to life; and puppetry at the Fringe more generally. Continue Reading

‘We just ran up and down the Royal Mile shouting at people’ - The IdeasTap Underbelly and Les Enfant Terribles Award Winners’ Panel

‘We just ran up and down the Royal Mile shouting at people’ - The IdeasTap Underbelly and Les Enfant Terribles Award Winners’ Panel

The Fringe can be a tough place for emerging talent, struggling to be heard over the crowd. Fighting this trend, the IdeasTap Underbelly Award supports four original productions each year with funding, mentoring, and support at Underbelly while the Les Enfants Terribles Award brings a brand-new production to the Pleasance with cash and mentoring from Oliver Lansley and James Seager of LET. James T Harding finds out more from this year’s winners, Ben Norris, Toby Peach, Giles Roberts of the MolinoGroup, Joel Samuels of Fine Mess Theatre, and Izzy Tennyson. Topics covered include the effect of winning an award on the life of a Fringe show as well as the individual shows. Continue Reading

Clout Theatre, Superbolt Theatre and Tooth+Nail: The Lecoq Theatre Panel

Clout Theatre, Superbolt Theatre and Tooth+Nail: The Lecoq Theatre Panel

L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris is one of the world's most influential theatre schools. Lecoq-trained companies, or those inspired by Lecoq's style of movement and play, are staples of fringe theatre both in Edinburgh and elsewhere. Tom Moyser meets members of three companies who were trained at the school - Jenny Swingler from Clout Theatre, Frode GuerlØw from Superbolt Theatre and François Lecomte from Tooth+Nail - to explore their Edinburgh Fringe shows and the ways their intense two-year training has shaped their current work. Continue Reading

Dickens Quiz with the cast of Dickens Abridged

Dickens Quiz with the cast of Dickens Abridged

Dickens Abridged, a fast-paced musical romp through Charles Dickens's life and works, has been entertaining audiences in Edinburgh and beyond for the last eight years. It was written by The Reduced Shakespeare Company's Adam Long and features scores of Dickens's best loved stories, characters and, of course, deaths. But how well do its current cast - Matt Bateman, Matthew Hendrickson, Andrew Gallo and Martin Sarreal - really know Dickens? Tom Moyser met them to find out. Continue Reading

‘This is the aftermath’ - Sue MacLaine’s Can I Start Again Please

‘This is the aftermath’ - Sue MacLaine’s Can I Start Again Please

Sue MacLaine’s play Can I Start Again Please combines her writing with her other profession as a sign language translator, and uses these two very different languages as a starting point for engaging in a discussion of silence and trauma. We send Grace Knight to discuss the different strengths of sign language and spoken English, the intellectual approach to playwriting, and feminism. Continue Reading

‘He Could Take on Four Soldiers and Still Win’ - Wojtek: The Happy Warrior Interview

‘He Could Take on Four Soldiers and Still Win’ - Wojtek: The Happy Warrior Interview

Wojtek: The Happy Warrior is a physical theatre ensemble retelling of the real-life story of a Syrian bear who joined the Polish army to fight in World War II. Larry Bartleet sat down with Kitty Myers, Glenn Tillin, and Christian Woolf from Quarter Too Ensemble to find out more about Wojtek and getting inside his mind, the company’s devising process, and how the whole show fits together. Continue Reading

‘The fact it’s in an underground car park… we couldn’t have asked for more!’ - Greg Esplin from Trainspotting

‘The fact it’s in an underground car park… we couldn’t have asked for more!’ - Greg Esplin from Trainspotting

It’s the iconic Edinburgh film and book - and now nearly 21 years since the film opened - a young theatre company brings Trainspotting to the Edinburgh Fringe. Fresh from winning rave reviews at London’s Kings Head Theatre, it’s now got it’s own exclusive space at Assembly. Artistic Director Greg Esplin talks to Adrian Bradley about the nervousness of bringing Trainspotting back home, how to get people seated after a 20-minute rave and why dads make the most awkward audience members. Continue Reading

The Molly Vevers Three Minute Interview

The Molly Vevers Three Minute Interview

Ross & Rachel is a story of what happens after a happily-ever-after ending. It lifts the veil on ‘perfect’ relationships and explores the insecurities that all couples must feel, like when did you start being referred to as ‘they’ rather than individuals? Olivier Award-nominee James Fritz has written this one-woman play, ably performed by Molly Vevers, who talks to Adrian Bradley about preparing for the role, the enduring popularity of Friends and performing every day in bowling robe and pool of water. Continue Reading

\'It’s so violent what we’ve done to her book\' - Annie Ryan\'s Adaptation of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing

'It’s so violent what we’ve done to her book' - Annie Ryan's Adaptation of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing

Annie Ryan is the founder and Artistic Director of The Corn Exchange. Her stage adaptation of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing, based on the award-winning novel by Eimear McBride, is playing at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe. Broadway Baby's Carly Brown sat down with her in the Traverse to discuss adaptation, staging traumatic material and the importance of sharing female stories. Continue Reading

‘The Festival is Like Nothing Else’: Meet Shane Robson from Hedwig and the Angry Inch

‘The Festival is Like Nothing Else’: Meet Shane Robson from Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell’s rock opera, has passionate, protective fans. Self-confessed Hedhead, Shane Robson, is putting on the 10th anniversary revival of Hedwig at the Greenside Royal Terrace - bringing wigs and rock guitars to Leith. Here he talks to Adrian Bradley about keeping the show relevant for a new generation, the nervousness of putting on a show you love so much, and who might make the perfect West End Hedwig. Continue Reading

\'39 Steps meets Naked Gun but for children\' - Adapting the Falcon’s Malteser for the Fringe

'39 Steps meets Naked Gun but for children' - Adapting the Falcon’s Malteser for the Fringe

The Falcon’s Malteser is the story of private detective Tim Diamond and his younger brother Nick becoming embroiled in a malteser-related mystery. New Old Friends bring their adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s novel to the Edinburgh Fringe. Tom Moyser caught up with company directors (and married couple) Feargus Woods Dunlop and Heather Westwell to talk car chases, barcodes and bad jokes. Continue Reading

‘Did you All Come in the One Car?’ - Worbey and Farrell Interview

‘Did you All Come in the One Car?’ - Worbey and Farrell Interview

Four-handed piano duo Worbey and Farrell (that’s two hands each, silly) have been wowing audiences with their unique blend of pianistic skill and peerless patter for nearly a decade. James T Harding squeezes onto the piano stool to learn more about the mechanics of the piano, how Steven and Kevin met, and how audience enjoyment is really all about choosing the right colour of gin bottle. Continue Reading

Ethical Quandires and Sequin Jackets: Tonight with Donny Stixx\'s David Mercatali and Sean Michael Verey

Ethical Quandires and Sequin Jackets: Tonight with Donny Stixx's David Mercatali and Sean Michael Verey

In their companion piece to 2013’s Fringe First Award-winning Dark Vanilla Jungle, writer Philip Ridley and director David Mercatali tell the story of Donny, a boy who has committed a shocking and terrible crime. Tonight with Donny Stixx stars Sean Michael Verey in a commanding - and often disturbing - solo performance. Tom Moyser talks to David and Sean about the show, public shame and imaginary jackets. Continue Reading

\'We are All Possessive of Jane\' - Austen Panel with Penny Ashton & Barbara Landis

'We are All Possessive of Jane' - Austen Panel with Penny Ashton & Barbara Landis

Deputy Features Editor Grace Knight interviews two artists from opposite ends of the Jane Austen-adaptation spectrum. Barbara Landis adapted and stars in Jane Austen's Persuasion: A Musical Drama, an operetta with a live orchestra. Penny Ashton is the writer-performer behind Promise and Promiscuity, a comical new 'Austen-esque' one woman show. The panelists discuss Austen's enduring popularity, the triumphs and pitfalls of adapting the classics, and the enduring spirit of Jane Austen in today's writers. Continue Reading

‘I’ve always found it very easy to fall in love with life, and people, and sparkle’ - Brigitte Aphrodite Extended Interview

‘I’ve always found it very easy to fall in love with life, and people, and sparkle’ - Brigitte Aphrodite Extended Interview

Brigitte Aphrodite describes herself as a punk pop poet showgirl who was on the 2009 shortlist for the Musical Comedy awards - but she’s almost impossible to categorise. Her latest show, My Beautiful Black Dog is a brave autobiographical memoir of her depression, whilst still keeping all of her usual love for colour, fashion and of course sparkle. She talks to Adrian Bradley about why it’s so important to talk about depression, how social media makes it harder to avoid reviews, and why glitter is just so hard to get rid of. Continue Reading

Sharing Israeli and Jewish culture: Ariella Eshad Extended Interview

Sharing Israeli and Jewish culture: Ariella Eshad Extended Interview

Ariella Eshad is the artistic director of Tik-Sho-Ret, an anglo-israeli theatre company that looks to share Jewish and Israeli culture between the two countries. 5 Kilo Sugar is their Fringe debut, a semi-autobiographical family comedy set in Tel Aviv. Ariella tells Adrian Bradley about the challenge’s of bringing Israeli culture to a British audience, fears about protests and just what she thinks of Edinburgh. Continue Reading

​Mad Scientist Academy: Interactive Children’s Theatre at Boxsmall Festival

​Mad Scientist Academy: Interactive Children’s Theatre at Boxsmall Festival

Mix ‘N’ Pick Theatre is reinventing the rooftops of Princes Mall this summer with the Boxsmall Festival, providing fun-packed interactive theatre shows for children every half hour in their Showbox venue. With previews of a variety of children’s shows from the festival and plenty of games and arts and crafts on the go, there are plenty of things to do for children of all ages. We had a chat with Artistic Director Stewart McLaren to find out what Mix ‘N’ Pick has to offer during the festival season. Continue Reading

BB Radio: Beard \'Joyful and Bizarre\'

BB Radio: Beard 'Joyful and Bizarre'

Martin Walker talks to Matilda and Rosa, of sketch comedy double act, Beard. They aren’t sisters, but they are close and together they return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for another intimate hour of joyful and bizarre sketches. They perform an excerpt from the show for your delectation. Continue Reading

BB Radio: Austentatious \'You don\'t have to love her too\'

BB Radio: Austentatious 'You don't have to love her too'

Austentatious are Graham Dickson, Cariad Lloyd, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Andrew Hunter Murray, Charlotte Gittins, Rachel Parris and Joseph Morpurgo. Broadway Baby comedy editor, Martin Walker speaks to Charlotte, who explains that although he knows nothing about Jane Austen, the show is still for him. Continue Reading

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