Arts & Culture

Richard Thieriot | Things I have learned – Week One of the Fringe

“In the US we use Cheeky, Naughty and Dirty as synonyms and almost exclusively when doing our best British impersonations. They have all come to mean “slightly provocative behavior from someone who is usually quite tame”. So it is not surprising that as I approached the gleaming counter at Nando’s, my American-sized smile on my face, I chose the wrong adjective.” (Read More)

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Rik Carranza | Star Trek vs Star Wars

“I am a fan of both franchises, or as I call it, Sci Fi Sexual, which is not the late night version of the Sci Fi channel, with some girl dressed up Princess Leia in that gold bikini with her phasers set to stunning. Nor do I have some weird sexual kink involving heavy prosthetics and forced dialogue. What it means is that from a young age I knew the difference between a blaster and a phaser, warp speed and light speed, lightsabers and bat’leths. I love them both dearly but, if I’m honest with myself, there can only be one.” (Read More)

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Sandra Hale | A letter to Edinburgh

“My second bit of advice is this. Don’t stay in Edinburgh after you’ve seen my show on my first performance date, August 3rd. Rent out your house/flat for quadruple the amount you would get normally. Believe me there are loads of comedians and actors who as I speak, are doing all manner of things to get some cash together to pay for accommodation in Edinburgh, so why shouldn’t it be you that reaps the benefit?”
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Your body on vacation: how to be chill

“As Edinburgh Fringe gets underway, thousands of performers will binge drink, pick up smoking and eat cheap crappy food. At least, that will probably be the case for me. I have a strategy for this. My fitness goals are to drink a pint of water for every beer after the third and aim for eight hours of sleep a night. I think that is about all any performer could handle.” (Read More)

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Review: The James Plays

The stories that a nation tells to itself begin with gods and kings and heroes. As James I says, ‘I am Scotland’. And if we live in a time of no gods and precious few heroes, perhaps that’s exactly the time to start finding out where we came from. Hence the need for, and grand occasion of, the James Plays. (Read More)

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Cut @ Underbelly, George Square

Site specific show Cut brings something a little bit different to Edinburgh Fringe this year, taken into an airplane style set-up the air hostess gives instructions and provides a safe-word for those who may need to leave creating a foreboding atmosphere before plunging the room into absolute darkness. (Read More)

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The Glenn Miller Story @ The Kings Theatre Glasgow

Directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright The Glenn Miller Story swings into Glasgow bringing back an era that is often much forgotten. The legendary british entertainer Tommy Steele brings his uniqueness to the role of composer, arranger, musician, and band-leader Glenn Miller, aiding a wonderfully old-fashioned stye of entertainment. (Read More)

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Books

Johann Hari @ Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015

Drugs policy is a controversial topic and may not seem like an interesting topic to use for a book however Johann Hari has done just that. Chasing the Scream uses human tales to advocate the legalization of drugs. Hari has travelled to many countries to speak with many people on their experiences of personal drug abuse or those associated with it. (Read More)

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The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy: The Deliverance @ Assembly Roxy

Stellar Quines Theatre Company present The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Each show can be viewed as stand alone pieces but they are interlinked to create a powerful trilogy. Written by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Stellar Quines, and performed by Maureen Beattie The Deliverance follows the woman trying to fulfill her mothers dying wish of seeing her son one last time. (Read More)

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Fiction @ Pleasance Dome

Fiction is a brilliantly unique theatre experience. After a disjointed start of seemingly random scenes on the screen the audience, each wearing their headphones, are plunged into absolute darkness and stay that way for the duration. (Read More)

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The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy: The Carousel @ Assembly Roxy

Stellar Quines Theatre Company present The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Each show can be viewed as stand alone pieces but they are interlinked to create a powerful trilogy. Written by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Stellar Quines, and performed by Maureen Beattie the second installment of the trilogy, The Carousel, follows a woman as she travels across the Canadian landscape to her dying mother’s bedside and through a series of memories as she attempts to better understand her family and herself. (Read More)

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The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy: The List @ Assembly Roxy

Stella Quines Theatre Company present The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Each show can be viewed as stand alone pieces but they are interlinked to create a powerful trilogy. Written by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Stellar Quines, and performed by Maureen Beattie The List examines themes of family, loss, and regret. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Review: What Would Spock Do? @ Gilded Balloon

This is a show for every geek out there who has ever felt ashamed, embarrassed or isolated within their love of a fandom. Especially Star Trek. Sam Donnelly takes us through his intense love of Star Trek and the bullying he endured because of it, tales of his grandfather’s role in his obsession and his decision to suppress it, through to the love story between him and the girl who has her very own Spock Day. (Read More)

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Review: The Lonely Poet @ Sweet Grassmarket

There are two types of experiences to be had during this performance, one is to view it as an audience member and the other is to be selected to have the entire piece performed to you as if they were the only one there. Both have their perks, and possibly their drawbacks. This is definitely unique in my experience, because it raises the question if you can really break the fourth wall if only for one audience member. Perhaps Tim Honnef has just created a hole in the wall instead. (Read More)

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Review: Bat-Fan @ Pleasance Courtyard

If you love Batman you will love this show. Using songs, musical parodies, and some slightly glitchy graphics to accompany his Bat-lecture James Wilson Taylor has created an outlet for his enthusiasm and frustrations surrounding this popular franchise. (Read More)

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Books

Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner @ Edinburgh Book Festival

As part of Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 Joe Gordon chairs the discussion with author Evie Wyld and illustrator Joe Sumner. Together Wyld and Sumner have created the graphic novel ‘Everything is Teeth’ which is a memoir of Evie’s childhood growing up in Australia and her fixation and fear of sharks. This project began as a short story by Wyld and has taken 6-7 years of collaboration to become what it is today. (Read More)

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Edinburgh Festival

Politics, Distraction and the Digital Inferno

Every year for the past eight years I’ve spent August at the Edinburgh Fringe, seeing shows and writing a few reviews. As founder and editor of FringeReview I have had the opportunity to observe at first hand the changing nature of marketing at the Fringe. Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile is still packed each day with thousands of hopeful artists handing out paper leaflets – the famous ‘flyers’ – in the hope of gaining an audience for their production.

In parallel, the rise of social media has led to Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, Pinterest boards, Linkedin groups to name but the most famous (or infamous) ones. (Read More)