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James Hamilton: Stories don’t go out of style

Sketch is dead! Sketch is alive! Stand-up’s boring! Stand up’s pure! Clowning’s a fad! Clowning’s rad! Meta’s better! Meta’s pretentious! After five years making award-winning live comedy, James Hamilton (of Casual Violence acclaim) has learned one thing: story is king, and kings don’t go out of style. Unless people decide they’d prefer a constitutional republic. …

In Cahoots: ‘You’re really funny, AND you’re a British Asian guy’

Conversations with comedians can be painful. They’re creative beings, and as such are sensitive. It’s important to treat them with respect; then write an article about the painful conversation you’ve had. With the help of their inner thoughts, In Cahoots paint a picture of a successful new material night’s surprising post-show-bar-chat with a pair of aspiring …

Gideon Irving: A brief history of the wandering minstrel

Gideon Irving is a self-defined 21st century Troubadour – who better to explore the fascinating history of the wandering musician? From 11th century Troubadours, with their relatively static locale of plush princely palaces and themes of courtly love, through to jongleurs and minstrels who really racked up the miles padding from village to village selling …

Xun brings Chinese artistry to the Fringe – watch the trailer

Xun, a sensational Chinese physical dance show, is set to be performed in Edinburgh for the very first time this August. Performed by the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, China’s most elite academy, the show integrates oriental movements with modern Western music. The performance explores the idea of collectivity, the world as one. Watch the …

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Aunty Donna: Is silliness a universal language?

Last year, Aussie sketch group Aunty Donna wrote about the differences between Australian and British humour. Now, with their first Edinburgh Fringe under their belt, they divulge a little of what they learned from their experience at Edinburgh last year. What topics are funny across the globe? Are there jokes Aussies see one way and …

Amy Howerska: Dead funny

Every comic has a terrific story about the worst time they died on stage, and it’s true that there has been no shortage of Edinburgh comedy shows over the past few years that confront the realities of sickness and death. But for Amy Howerska, death has been so commonplace it makes her stand up regarding …

Kelly Kingham: From lorry-yard to arts festival

This year I shall be performing my fourth stand-up show on the Edinburgh Fringe but my love affair with the greatest arts festival in the world actually began in 2010 when I wrote a musical comedy called JUMP. This came about when, at 45 and working in a lorry-yard, I suddenly realised that if I didn’t …

Ken Jaworowski’s top five monologues

The soliloquy is a powerful thing, be it on stage or screen. Writer Ken Jaworowski’s Acts of Redemption is seven mini one-man plays providing little windows into his characters’ worlds. He guides us through what he thinks are the most inspiring and iconic monologues in any medium… eveeer There’s so much great writing out there. …

Blog Theatre July 24, 2015
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