Edinburgh Fringe / Spoken Word

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Quines

Quines

When joining Gerda Stevenson for a performance of extracts from her poetry book Quines, you might be expecting an afternoon of her simply reading her excellent poetry. In fact, Stevenson weaves together singing, music, history, guest-performance and poetry together into a stellar show… 

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Umbrella Man
Umbrella Man

In a bar in Cambodia, a young Scottish tour guide is telling stories to travellers. There is a note of grief in his voice, hidden behind sarcasm that is concealed by a grimacing smile… 

Door-to-Door Poetry
Door-to-Door Poetry

Forget flowers, chocolates or even a home-baked cake. Yesterday in Edinburgh, I discovered what I think must be the best gift one human being can give another - a personalised verse, delivered by the poet himself, on your very own doorstep… 

Dan Simpson: Worried Face Emoji
Dan Simpson: Worried Face Emoji

It's what Dan Simpson would want. The complexity and nuance of a finely wrought review, reduced to a few simple emojis… 

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Army @ The Fringe

Army @ The Fringe

When you think of the military and the Edinburgh festivals, it’s natural to think of the Tattoo at the Castle every night, but now there’s a different reason to link the two together. Army @ The Fringe is back for its second and Broadway Baby’s Chris Quilietti spoke to Brigadier Robin Lindsay and others about the venture. 

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Six Shows about the American South
Six Shows about the American South

Looking for a slice of Pecan Pie, Cornbread, or just a feeling like you're back at the homestead? Broadway Baby's found some shows to remind you of the south: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 

Eight tips to make your adverts more effective.
Eight tips to make your adverts more effective.

We’re incredibly grateful to the theatre companies that support Broadway Baby with their advertising... 

Baby Steps: From North Bridge to the Fruitmarket Gallery.
Baby Steps: From North Bridge to the Fruitmarket Gallery.

You don’t need to be in Edinburgh more than an  a couple of hours before realising that it exists on different levels... 

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Calais Jungle Volunteer Matt Abbott Challenges Liberal Attitudes to Brexit

Calais Jungle Volunteer Matt Abbott Challenges Liberal Attitudes to Brexit

In his Fringe show Two Little Ducks, UK spoken-word artist and activist Matt Abbott uses poetry to explore contemporary politics. Native to a city that voted 66% Leave, Abbott delves into the socio-economic climate which led many traditionally working-class communities to vote for Brexit, as well as his experiences volunteering at the Calais Jungle… 

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Neil Hilborn on Self Care as a Poet
Neil Hilborn on Self Care as a Poet

In 2011, Neil Hilborn’s poetry slam team placed first in the US College Poetry Slam. Since then he has toured with Button Poetry and published two collections of poetry, Clatter and Our Numbered Days... 

Leyla Josephine’s Collision of Theatre and Spoken-word Poetry
Leyla Josephine’s Collision of Theatre and Spoken-word Poetry

Leyla Josephine is a performance artist and writer from Glasgow. She’s the former UK Spoken Word Slam Champion and her poem ‘I Think She Was a She’ went viral in 2014... 

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... 

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Barstar Of The Day: Aug 27th. Toby Saltonstall

Barstar Of The Day: Aug 27th. Toby Saltonstall

Saying farewell to the Barstars of Edinburgh with a big thank you to them and all their fellow bar staff during the Festival Fringe and all year round, Richard appropriately ends his tour of the city near Ocean Terminal in what is branded as ‘the finest battlecruiser on North Fort St’… 

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Barstar Of The Day: Aug 26th. Agathe Savignac
Barstar Of The Day: Aug 26th. Agathe Savignac

Many businesses have small beginnings, but Richard next found himself in one that started as a mobile brewery in a campervan... 

Barstar Of The Day: Aug 25th. Alex Cox
Barstar Of The Day: Aug 25th. Alex Cox

Richard heads six degrees north, of Brussels, that is, to find Alex, who is one several people involved in this Belgian-inspired brewery in the north Scotland with bar outlets in a number of cities. 

Barstar Of The Day: Aug 24th. Rory Bonass
Barstar Of The Day: Aug 24th. Rory Bonass

Catering for all taste buds and named Scotland’s Pub of the Year at the AA Hospitality Awards 2017, Richard is sent to The Bow Bar... 

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Greg Byron: Wordshow

Greg Byron: Wordshow

Poetry meets stand-up. Fast-paced witty verses from political to poignant, sardonic to downright comic. Trump, Brexit, memory, guns, plastic. Byron returns after shows in the USA and Australia. ‘A wonderful wandering bard, one just has to admire the very essence of him’ (TheBarefootReview… 

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Diary
Diary

A man reads his diary.  

Tabou
Tabou

Tabou will shake you up and set you down with your senses spinning. Life, love, lust and loss conveyed in a sensuous, provocative way by the WASPI woman: she’s done the whole shebang ;)… 

The Space Gecko Project
The Space Gecko Project

In 2014, The Telegraph released an article headlined: “Five Geckos Freeze to Death on Space Sex Mission…