Fringe 2011 - behind the scenes

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  • 26 August 2011

This article is from 2011

Fringe 2011 - behind the scenes

Some highlights from the folks who keep the Assembly venues running

Laura Donaldson – press tickets officer

This is my first time working for any festival. There’s always good banter in the press office to get you through mountains of last minute requests. Meeting performers such as The Twoks who have blown me away and working for the same venue whose bill includes some of my favourite performers like Kristen Schaal have been massive highlights.

Adam at The Outsider Festival Kitchen

‘It’s been great. This is our first festival; we wanted to bring something fresh and exciting to surprise people and show them what’s possible for food during a festival. I’ve become an expert meteorologist. The Magnets, Henning Wehn, Lili La Scala, Jimeoin, Shirley & Shirley, Le Gateau Chocolat and Hannah Gadsby are often here.’

Charlotte Workman – front of house at Assembly George Square

‘My favourite experience was watching a group of people manically trying to spot The Magnets. The worst was accidentally trying to stop a comedian getting into his own show because he didn’t have a ticket!’

Dougie – projectionist, Assembly Festival

‘It’s been great playing around on the new site – so aside from projection and pre-production work I’ve been able to do a bit of everything including groundworks (i.e. mud manoeuvring!).’

Emily Taylor – Members Club Bar supervisor

‘This is my favourite VIP bar to have worked in, it’s got great atmosphere and the performers have all been very lovely – especially David Mitchell, Daniel Sloss and Paul Daniels who does magic tricks with straws for us.’

Michael Harris – producer / programmer

‘Three words: Japanese. Endurance. Gameshow.'

Jimeoin - Lovely!

Stunning show of world-class stand-up from one of live comedy’s masters. No gimmicks, pure and simple great craic from star of Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. ‘Hilarious. It gets no better than this. He’s not trying to preach to you, he won’t change your life but he will make you laugh…

Lili La Scala: Songs to Make You Smile

In these uncertain times, we all need a little something to make us smile. With vintage pin-up looks and the voice of a nightingale, Lili la Scala wants to do just that with joyous songs of yesteryear. ‘Ravishing Retro Glamour’ ★★★★ (Telegraph), ‘An evocative delight’ ★★★★★ (Musical Talk), ‘Pure Joy’ ★★★★ (Advertiser…

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen

Hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, this cult New York variety show features comedy from some of the best acts around, along with new music and the occasional oddity. Time Out New York voted Hot Tub the Best New Variety Show, ‘Ranging from highly produced to positively bizarre, Braunohler and Schaal deliver some…

Paul Daniels: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

  • 3 stars

The most successful magician of the 20th-century and international sex symbol comes to town with the very lovely Debbie McGee with a show full of comedy, magic and amazement. He promises not to dance.

Le Gateau Chocolat

A charmingly cheeky solo debut from the showstopper of La Clique. This outrageous operatic diva, with a penchant for lycra, delivers a delectable confection of mesmerising songs. Conquering a vast spectrum of musical genres, Le Gateau Chocolat lends his cheeky attitude and exquisite baritone voice to jazz, pop, musical…

Shirley and Shirley: The Wonder Years

Honed in from this year’s Latitude Festival and their monthly sellout residency in London, Shirley & Shirley are back and even bolder than before! The sketch and character comedy show that was a smash hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival returns for its third consecutive year with fresh and original physical…

Hannah Gadsby - Mrs Chuckles

  • 4 stars

Hannah doesn’t smile much and she laughs even less. For a comedian that’s like being a transformer that doesn’t fancy driving. But don’t let that deter you. There is great pleasure to be had in laughing at her. Mrs Chuckles is tale of mild success and utter failure told in a manner of vague indifference and total…

Hannah Gadsby - Mary. Contrary.

She had a famous son and has been paparazzied by painters for centuries since. Comedian Hannah Gadsby takes you on an art historical tour of the many faces of everyones favourite virgin.

Henning Wehn No Surrender

  • 3 stars

Surely the German Comedy Ambassador will never find a more subtle show title than last year's My Struggle. Well, he'll die trying. Come along. Or else. Deutschland uber alles! Since last year, Henning has been heard numerous times on BBC Radio 4's The Unbelievable Truth, Act Your Age, The News Quiz, Now Show and BBC Radio…

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