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Popcorn Writing Award 2023 – winner will be announced this week

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The winner of an award made by Popcorn Group will be announced on Thursday in a ceremony at Gilded Balloon.This award is made to the best of new writing at the Fringe - championing "fearless new writing" and "distinctive unique voices" and awards a...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – Asexuality!

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What does it mean to be a man in the 21st century? How does toxic masculinity affect those of us assigned male at birth? Here are some answers in a solo musical written and performed by transgender artist Rebecca McGlynn"What’s so great about sex, and why...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – Alison Skilbeck’s Uncommon Ground ★★★★

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In Alison Skilbeck’s Uncommon Ground we are introduced to seven characters, all of whom frequent an unnamed common every day during the Covid lockdowns. Skilbeck portrays each of the characters – female and male – with the help of just a few props. She’s...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Steve Richard’s Rock and Roll Politics

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Steve Richard's Rock and Roll PoliticsFive StarsSTEVE Richard’s podcast “Rock and Roll Politics” has become very popular but it is clear that the veteran journalist also really enjoys the live shows.It allows plenty of time for Steve to express his views on a number...

Edinburgh Fringe: Last Stand at Honey Hill

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Last Stand at Honey HillFour StarsLIZ Cotton’s Last Stand on Honey Hill really grew on us. When she started, we thought this was going to be an hour of songs in the style of Pam Ayres meets Jake Thackery.But as it progressed, her style,...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – Alan Turing – Guilty of Love ★★★

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Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician, computer scientist and cryptanalyst.His work at Bletchley Park during World War Two is credited with having shortened the war by at least two years and saved the lives of 14 million people.In 1954, at the age of...

All night trams on festival weekends

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An all-night tram service will run on August weekends to help visitors and local residents to make the most of Edinburgh’s festivals.Edinburgh Trams is gearing up to play its part in helping to keep the city moving as tens of thousands of people flock...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – The Only Punk Rocker in the Village ★★★★

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If you remember the 1970s you will love this show. And if you don’t, you’ll probably love it anyway because it’s hilarious.In a hugely entertaining 50 minutes, Dermot Petty takes us back to his teenage life in Lisdoonvarna, North Clare‘a village cut off from...

Brickie hitting right notes at Fringe

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Bricklayer Stuart Alexander has been playing a part in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe after swapping his spirit level for a guitar.The West Lothian brickie who used to perform in local venues in the late ‘80s, turned back the clock to hit the stage as...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – Mrs President examines Mrs Lincoln

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The memory of President Lincoln is widely revered – there is even statue of him in Edinburgh – but the First Lady who supported him through the Civil War is forgotten in Scotland and reviled in America.A new play, which has its international premiere...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – Kravitz, Bernstein Cohen and Me

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Renowned Kiwi/Canadian/Jewish comedienne Deb Filler recounts her hilarious quest to meet ‘The Three Lennys’ in Kravitz, Bernstein, Cohen, and Me.Deb Filler is an internationally acclaimed comic, musician, writer-performer, producer and character actor. Her Jewish identity forms the basis of much of her work, creating...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – is talent or sound more important?

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What happens when an Action Hero walks into a small sound booth by themselves, alone on a dark stage? That’s what audiences can find out over six performances starting on 22 August when Summerhall hosts a collaboration between the Action Hero partnership and Deborah...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – News Revue HMS Unthinkable

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From King Charles to Keir Starmer, Prince Harry to Putin, Sunak to Strikes and Sleaze, no stone will be left unturned.Expect 100% brand-new material from this multi award-winning institution where much of the content is written by the preposterously talented cast and creative...

Salmond is ready to take on the Fringe

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The former First Minister Alex Salmond is back on the Fringe in a new show called The Ayes Have It! The Ayes Have It!Appearing at the Palais de Varieté Salmond will spar with David Davis MP, former Brexit minister on important matters such as...

Comedians pay daily tribute to colleague Gareth Richards

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Dozens of comedians have joined together in Edinburgh to pay a special tribute to a tragic stand up in a daily show that has become one of the most popular performances on the Fringe.Stars from the world of comedy including Frank Skinner, Dara Ó...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 Review: Moderation ★★★★★  

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“A poignant, Black Mirror esc exploration into trauma, toxic workplaces and the deepest, darkest corners of the internet”On the opening night of 2023’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, among the vast saturation of comedy, theatre, dance, music and all other kinds of artistic performances on offer,...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – Jeremy Corbyn in conversation

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‘The London property market is the fundamental driver of inequality; it makes everything very difficult and it’s getting worse.’Jeremy Corbyn has been MP for Islington North since 1983.  Helping his constituents is his favourite part of the job, and housing issues are the number...

Fringe review 2023: Upstart! Shakespeare’s Rebel Daughter Judith ★★★★

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Upstart! Shakespeare’s Rebel Daughter Judith tells the story of the playwright’s younger daughter.Stuck at home in Stratford while her father enjoys life in London, expected to marry well and settle down to the business of childbearing, Judith has other ideas. What she makes of...

Super is simply Super at the Pleasance Courtyard

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Super at the Pleasance CourtyardTHE secret to the success or otherwise of many fringe shows is pacing and timing. You have an hour in a stuffy dark room. Use it well.Superb was a superb example of using all sixty minutes as it brought us...

Christopher Biggins invites you to tea

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Christopher Biggins would love you to join him for tea at Prestonfield House where he will entertain Dean Friedman on Friday - (yes Dean who had a hit with Lucky Stars which he sang with Denise Mara in 1978) - and the Artistic Director...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – The Gil Scott-Heron Songbook ★★★★  

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Scottish jazz guitarist and singer Aki Remally, who also performed in the Hendrix & Us show at this year’s Fringe, brings the music of black conscious American poet and author Gil Scott-Heron back to Edinburgh for a sell-out show.Along with Fraser Urquhart on...

Fringe actors commemorate Colonel Anne at Leith Churchyard

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Actors preparing for this year’s Fringe picked a fitting location to make an appearance in full Jacobite costume: North Leith Churchyard, where the heroine of their play Colonel Anne lies buried.Anne Farquharson Mackintosh defied her husband, the Laird of Mackintosh during the 1745 Jacobite...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – Let the Bodies Pile ★★★

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The town of Hyde just outside Manchester has an unfortunate reputation for being home to not one but three prolific killers.Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley carried out their final murder there in 1960. Almost 40 years later, Harold Shipman, a local...

Edinburgh Fringe: Gabby Killick: Conversations with my Agent

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Gabby Killick: Conversations with my AgentThree StarsTHIS show was a bit of a curates egg. We weren’t entirely convinced that one woman stand up is the best showcase for Gabby Killick’s work.It was only later when we saw her work on social media that...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – Sufiana – The World of Spiritual Love

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The internationally acclaimed Indian dance company Lok Chhanda returns to the Fringe this year presenting "Sufiana, - The World Spiritual Love" performing from 16-20 August at 3pm at C-Venue Aurora. The Indian dance group from Delhi who sold out their 2018 presentation, are back this...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – Birthmarked

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This is an intensely personal story written, performed and composed by Brook Tate who was disfellowshipped from the Jehovah's Witnesses after coming out as gay, but it is also a very Fringe show.Tate has been unable to retain contact with his nieces and...

Scent: The sweet smell of loss perfectly told

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Scent at Greenside Infirmary Street4 StarsTHIS performance deserved more than the small audience it got on Thursday evening so we hope this review will encourage you to go.This was a thoughtful, honest, emotional performance by Stacey Cullen, who really brought us into this woman's crisis...

New names added to Underbelly’s Big Brain Tumour Benefit

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Underbelly has added more names to the already star-studded roster of artists who will perform at its charity fundraiser.With Frank Skinner and Adam Kay confirmed today Underbelly has announced that Comedian Larry Dean will host the event with Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Abandoman will also perform on the night....

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 – Brotipo

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Two clown friends plan to put on a show but Dede goes off the idea – can Tibeh get him to change his mind? Canadian “masters of slapstick” (The Scotsman) and multiple international award-winners Les Foutoukours make a welcome return to the Edinburgh Fringe with Brotipo.  It’s a hit show...

Drag artists begin their run of shows in Edinburgh

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RuPaul stars Baga Chipz and Anita Wigl'it pose at Virgin Hotels Edinburgh as they begin their Fringe shows at Gilded Balloon. Baga Chipz and Anita Wigl'it performed at a one-off Drag Brunch at Virgin Hotels Edinburgh, in the midst of their run at Gilded Balloon...