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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: theatremakers Rachel Chavkin and Chris Thorpe on Confirmation

24 Jul 2014

‘The last thing that I want this piece to be is a narrative retelling of my adventures with a Nazi'

Separately, Rachel Chavkin and Chris Thorpe have been behind some of the most exciting Fringe shows of the past decade. As artistic director of New York’s the TEAM, Chavkin’s impressed audiences and critics alike with genre-bending triumphs like…

Counterpoint at Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: hoping to add to contemporary art in Scotland, not just repeat it

24 Jul 2014

Alec Finlay, Ellie Harrison, Michelle Hannah, Andrew Miller & more contribute to GENERATION showcase

Talbot Rice Gallery is doing GENERATION with a twist. It is one of 60 venues taking part in Scotland’s biggest ever showcase of art – a huge national event celebrating the work of the country’s artists over the past 25 years – but when the project was…

Haven't visited Edinburgh since last year's Festival? Here are the top new restaurants to try in 2014

24 Jul 2014

The best new established restaurants and Festival pop-ups, featuring Caffè, Aizle, Enzo and more

Every year there are a handful of places that open up in slightly unseemly haste in the latter weeks of July, their opening fanfares accompanied by a screeching of brakes and clouds of builders' dust. Being open for August is just too important for…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: Kim Noble discusses performance and mental health

24 Jul 2014

The comedian and performance artist is working with 'the vacuum cleaner' on new play Mental

An audience member tried to have him institutionalised and he once filmed his own arrest for stalking, but controversial comedian and performance artist Kim Noble is back in Edinburgh with not one but two shows. Five years after he discussed his own…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: Tessa Lynch wants your help in building a house in an afternoon

24 Jul 2014

Lynch's show, Raising, simultaneously explores themes of community and property ownership

’I think we’ll just press on,’ says Tessa Lynch, eyeing the steel-grey skies warily. It’s just after lunchtime on a Saturday in July and the drizzle hasn’t stopped all morning, with signs suggesting it’s only going to get worse. The group of 12…

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: Poland's Song of the Goat immerses itself in Scotland's vocal music traditions

24 Jul 2014

Theatrical choral performance Return to the Voice will be performed in St Giles Cathedral

The great Indian cultural theorist Homi Bhabha writes of ‘hybridity’, a cultural phenomenon in which artists bring together aesthetic influences from different times and different places to create new art forms. It is an idea that could almost have been…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: A TED Talk with Clay JW Crowne

24 Jul 2014

Ben Mills buys some valuable exposure with the gift of German pop

Having thoroughly warmed our wrists with our previous bribe, the List staff were ready to pump our fists in the air to some anthemic pop – which is why we were lucky Ben Mills' bribe arrived when it did. Wolfgang Petry is (according to Wikipedia) one of…

Longlist announced for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2014

23 Jul 2014

The award recognises Fringe shows that encourage audiences to consider their environmental impact

The shortlist for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, which celebrates the greenest and most sustainable shows of the fringe that encourage audiences to take responsibility for their own environmental impact, has been announced, with 22…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Sweater Curse - a Yarn about Love

23 Jul 2014

A 'knitting obsessive' buys some exposure with handmade 'small dog sweaters'

Following Chelsea Manders' perhaps too valuable bribe, we were happy to receive something that had more of a homemade vibe to it. 'Writer / actor / obsessive knitter' Elaine Liner sent us an envelope stuffed with woollen wonders; were it not for her own…

Comedians take on dramatic roles at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

22 Jul 2014

Lucy Porter, Richard Herring, Suki Webster and Russell Kane discuss swapping comedy for drama

‘It must be irritating for actors and directors because comedians muscle in everywhere,’ Lucy Porter muses. ‘We’re like, “yeah we’ll have a go at that, why not?” I think we are naturally quite reckless.’ It’s a good year for recklessness. Stand-up…

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Interview: 2011 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Adam Riches returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

22 Jul 2014

The comedian's character-based shows feature a lot of audience participation, so be warned

‘I was too tall to be Tigger, and I couldn’t be Goofy, so I was a waiter.’ Adam Riches is recalling his time as a 19-year-old working at Disneyland Paris. This part of our story doesn’t have a happy-ever-after: Riches was fired for being a little bit…

Bridget Christie: 'For now, there’s still plenty to be "banging on" about'

22 Jul 2014

The comic explains why she's sticking with feminism on her return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

I’m a professional idiot. That’s my job. On both my children’s birth certificates, next to ‘mother’s occupation’ it says ‘Hired Fool’. All I’m required to do is make people laugh. I’m not the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. I don’t work…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: comedian Lucy Beaumont

22 Jul 2014

'Johnny Vegas bigged me up and you need someone like that. There are not enough mentors in the arts'

On the cusp of her debut Fringe show, Lucy Beaumont is not one to follow traditional paths. Two years ago, struggling to find acting work, she ended up as a cleaner at the same university where she’d studied drama. The ability of her co-workers to tell…

Interview: Cora Bissett and Peter Arnott discuss Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Janis Joplin: Full Tilt

22 Jul 2014

The play stars Angie Darcy as the iconic 60s singer-songwriter and member of the infamous 27 Club

The way in which this part-concert part-play came together is fitting tribute to both the free and easy spirit of the age it remembers, and the wonderfully no-nonsense manner in which the late David MacLennan ran Òran Mór’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint…

Interview: comedian Camilla Cleese comes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

22 Jul 2014

'Six-foot blonde, slightly resembles John Cleese but not that much, thank God'

It’s a brave move going into comedy when your dad is John Cleese, but if you’re currently thinking that the offspring of celebrities get an unfair break because of their bloodline, you can forget that now. Camilla Cleese has the goods to back it up…

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Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: 10 must-see exhibitions

22 Jul 2014

Featuring Augusto Corrieri & Vincent Gambini, Dalziel + Scullion and Isa Genzken

Augusto Corrieri and Vincent Gambini Could Augusto Corrieri be a fan of the Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup, with its famous mirror scene? After all, his video work, ‘Diorama’, features a human and a sheep copying each other’s actions over the course of…

Edinburgh International Festival 2014: 10 unmissable programme highlights

22 Jul 2014

Featuring Kronos Quartet, Helen Lawrence and Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

Czech Philharmonic Two concerts from the orchestra conducted by Jiri Belohlavek. The first features Nicola Benedetti as they tackle Janácek, Korngold and Martinu together, while the second has mezzo soprano Bernarda Fink singing the powerful ‘Biblical…

Interview: comedian Josh Ladgrove wants you to Come Heckle Christ

22 Jul 2014

The Aussie satirist is bringing his blasphemous show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

Of all the returning acts at this year’s Fringe, Jesus Christ might appear the most unlikely. Of course, Come Heckle Christ doesn’t feature the real Jesus any more than Jim Davidson: No Further Action is the work of the devil. Australian comedian Josh…

Verbatim theatre exploring sensitive issue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

22 Jul 2014

‘It accesses an emotional honesty, an immediacy that is rare in conventional scripted performance'

Max Stafford-Clark, former artistic director of the Traverse and collaborator with writers as diverse as David Hare, Mark Ravenhill and Caryl Churchill, regards verbatim as ‘the last great pulse in theatre’. Often used in a documentary format, it takes…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 10 strange, site-specific venues

22 Jul 2014

Featuring phone shops, police boxes, rickshaws, caravans and a boxing gym

A boxing gym An amateur boxing club becomes the set for this verbatim theatre piece based on interviews with Muslim female boxers, using a cast of 16–18-year-olds. No Guts, No Heart, No Glory, Sandy’s Boxing Gym, Craigmillar, 226 0000, 18–25 Aug…

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 interview: Clive Anderson vs rising improv stars

22 Jul 2014

BattleActs, Austentatious and more quiz the Whose Line is it Anyway? host

David Allison, This is Your Trial As an ex-lawyer, you will appreciate that what appears as a witty adlib may actually be the result of anticipating the responses of ‘witnesses’ or improv participants and some carefully planned prompts: how much is this…

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: The best attractions off the tourist trail

22 Jul 2014

Visiting the Fringe this August? Here are some lesser-known attractions worth visiting

Jupiter Artland This self-described ‘garden of discovery’ is a treat for those seeking some non-traditional art in a natural setting. Upon arrival, visitors are given a map of the grounds with no set route, and are let loose to discover a wealth of…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: Jessie Cave & Emer Kenny on friendship

22 Jul 2014

True friendship is 'being able to cry in front of them for no reason. Or emoticons.'

Comedy buddies Jessie Cave and Emer Kenny are tackling various things with their Fringe team-up including notions of friendship in this crazy, tech-heavy modern age. We paged them some questions on the subject and they faxed answers back. UPDATE…

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: the essential visitor attractions

22 Jul 2014

Visiting Edinburgh for the Fringe? Make sure you don't leave without visiting these tourist hotspots

Edinburgh Castle An obvious choice perhaps, but with good reason: the castle is an iconic part of the city’s history (not to mention skyline), steeped in stories of sieges, battles and generations of royal scandals. Best to make an afternoon of it, as…

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: a guide to the city's LGBT scene

22 Jul 2014

Visiting the Fringe this August? Here's an insider's guide to the local LGBT nightlife

Edinburgh’s gay scene converges at the top of Leith Walk, where the city’s most infamous gay club, CC Blooms has had a bit of a revamp in recent years. A club so gay it was named after Bette Midler’s character in Beaches, what was once Edinburgh’s…