Fringe

Try the Tassel Trend

Sarah McGiven | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

It's a bold High Summer look that's currently populating high street stores and designer boutiques alike, particularly in the form of holiday kimonos, but choose your weapons wisely and the pieces you pick up now will see you through next season too.

The UpShot of Being an Ugly Teen

Felicity Ward | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Felicity Ward

I was not a 'natural beauty' per se. Ahem. I was... gawky. I had pointy teeth at the front. I was whooping cough skinny. I had a big nose for my age. It's a shame it doesn't work for noses the same way it works for IQs. "My daughter has such a big IQ for her age." "Well my daughter has an enormous nose!" *awkward slow nodding.*

Chekhov on Jermyn Street

Jez Fielder | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jez Fielder

So here I am, on the great man's birthday, on an incredibly mild January night at the Jermyn Street Theatre, sitting next to a young actress, recently graduated from drama school (and I didn't even have to slip the box office lady any notes), and I in my late thirties, feeling all Trigorin with my projected gravestone reading: "not as good as Michael Billington."

20 Tips to Get Your Show on the West End in Under Six Months

Gemma Hurley | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Gemma Hurley

I am a producer, marketer, publicist, designer, video editor, stage manager, fundraiser, production manager, accountant, digital marketer, social media marketer, promoter, flyer-er, sound designer, and general tea maker.

I'm Not Racist, But...

Xavier Toby | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

Here's one quick way to work out if someone's racist. If they say, 'I'm not racist, but...' Then they're definitely racist. Really, that phrase should be outlawed. The phrase should be, "I am a racist, and..."

Sickness, Travel and Work

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I've been pretty ill with possibly a mild version of dengue fever, which is caused by mosquitoes, last week, so I missed a fair bit of work and slept practically all day, every day!

Escape the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe

Sara Sheridan | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

The Festival in Edinburgh is a marvel. There really isn't anything like it anywhere else in the world. But don't forget to sneak off now and then and discover what's made this city a world-class destination ever since the Enlightenment - take a peek beyond the fringe.

Smells Like Fringe Spirit

David Moon | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Comedy
David Moon

A lot was written and discussed at the end of last year's Edinburgh Fringe about bubbles bursting, audiences voting with their feet and growing resistance to the commercialisation of the fringe.

The Fringe's Own Guide Book

Tim Clark | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Tim Clark

With this guide we have tried to approach a visit to Edinburgh with a more honest view of what it's like to visit the city as a festival-goer, or a comedian. It's true that the Royal Mile is a cacophony of fun, and also as Jeff Leach puts it, a 'Gauntlet of Broken Dreams' which has to be navigated by many acts on a daily basis.

People Love to Moan But the Fringe Is Here to Stay: All Over the World

Julian Caddy | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Julian Caddy

Chronically underfunded, defiantly commercial or both, the inherent fragility of fringe festivals has also become their greatest strength. Everyone mucks in and makes do, building a resilience that defies sound logic. As Britain languishes in the doldrums, Brighton Fringe saw ticket sales grow by more than 30% in one year. And it's surely not alone.

Edinburgh Begins

Matthew Highton | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matthew Highton

It may not be in existence yet, but one day there will be a very targeted calendar where August has been aptly renamed Edinburgh. This is how a small niche of the country consisting of comedians, actors, performers and varying industry professionals refer to the dying lights of summer.

Janey Godley's Daughter Ashley Storrie Returns to Comedy and Tells of Lugs, Bear & Gangrel

John Fleming | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Scots comedienne Janey Godley's daughter Ashley Storrie has decided to take up comedy again, after a gap of about 11 years (depending on how you calculate it). Ashley got her first acting part at the age of three as 'the wee girl in the metal tea urn' in the movie Alabama.

Canned Laughter Aims to Expose Reel Laughter at the Cannes Film Festival

John Fleming | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Jonathan is also half of comedy duo Teakshow. But, as well as the comedy streak running through him there is an entrepreneurial streak.

Measuring My Success

Gavin Roach | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Gavin Roach

It's been two weeks since my exhausting 24-show run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival ended and I have thrown myself right back into my day job. My days at the moment seem to be spent working and sleeping, though I am able to fit in the occasional meal or two. My body still feels weighted down by the heavy jetlag and inevitable performance come down

A Stich in Time - The Dog-Eared Collective Reveal Where They Were Hiding Out During the First Week of the Festival

The Dog-Eared Collective | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK Comedy
The Dog-Eared Collective

It is clear The Dog-Eared Collective will never be famous for their diary keeping. Sammy Pepys or Adrian Mole we are not! At the start of the Fringe we agreed to blog for the lovely Huffington Post but have failed to do so, until now.

Chris Martin - Spot the Difference - Gilded Balloon

Pete Strauss | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

Chris Martin's Spot the Difference is an enjoyable and fun hour to be had at this years' Fringe. He finds humour in the middle class tribulations of h...

So What Is The Spirit Of The Fringe?

Mark Nicol | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Mark Nicol

Even before arriving in Edinburgh for my first Fringe as a participant I had heard the same phrase being used repeatedly 'Spirit of the Fringe'. I think I'm getting a sense now of what that phrase means, at least to me.

James Mullinger - 'The Man With No Shame' - Etcetera Theatre - Third August

Pete Strauss | Posted 05.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

Every year for about a month, London gets a lot less funny. Vast swathes of the nation's favourite comedians all flock up to Edinburgh for the month of August. However, a few valiantly stay behind to participate in the ever growing Camden Fringe and one man gallantly at the forefront of this years fringe is James Mullinger.

The Cowards Guide to Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Tony Cowards | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Comedy
Tony Cowards

Well the excitement is building as the big event is now only a matter of days away. And despite organisational chaos, worries about the cost and the weather, the participants are ready for the off, having spent months, if not years in meticulous preparation. No, I'm not talking about the Olympics, but the annual comedy trade fair/booze up that is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Chris Dangerfield - Sex Tourist

Chris Dangerfield | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Comedy
Chris Dangerfield

It's strange that for centuries we've happily paid for other humans to exert their bodies for our pleasure, whether it be a postman, a waiter, a boxer or comedian, whatever. We've also a long, long history of having sex for pleasure. Is bringing those two things together and paying for sex such a bad thing?

Review - Operation Greenfield

Jack Pelling | Posted 15.08.2012 | Home
Jack Pelling

Little Bulb Theatre Company are literally in residence at Battersea Arts Centre this month with their latest show, Operation Greenfield.

The Brighton Festivals - Better Than Edinburgh?

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

Most people probably aren't aware that 'Festivals in Brighton' is England's largest annual arts festival. With over 700 events running throughout May, 'the Festivals' encompass Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, Artists Open Houses and HOUSE.

'A Woman Inside' - How Prison Changes Femininity

Tony Curzon Price | Posted 17.06.2012 | Home
Tony Curzon Price

A fringe play by a prison therapist about the impact of incarceration on femininity presents an intense and brutal world, yet one in which humanity still gets a redeeming look in.

Pagliacci at the Edinburgh Fringe - But Will Laughter Get Women into Bed?

John Fleming | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Last week, I had a drink with Italian-born British-based comedian Giacinto Palmieri - after seeing the first try-out of his show Pagliaccio which he w...

The Man with Advice on How to Stage Successful Edinburgh Fringe Shows

John Fleming | Posted 17.04.2012 | Home
John Fleming

I have occasionally blogged advice on the perils and pitfalls of staging a show at the Edinburgh Fringe. But it really requires a whole book - which is what Mark Fisher has now done.