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Elvis McGonagall performs spoken word in the #WOWwagon

Comedy poet Elvis McGonagall reads ‘The Scottish Lion’s Rampant’ (inspired by the independence referendum) live in the #WOWwagon. Watch Elvis perform ‘The Scottish Lion’s Rampant’ in the back of the #WOWwagon: Elvis McGonagall: Countrybile, Stand in the Square, until 31 Aug, 1.40pm / listings Edinburgh Festivals 2015: complete coverage • Get everything on our Festivals homepage – on …

The OK Social Club perform a live session in the #WOWwagon

Edinburgh band The OK Social Club formed in 2011 and have been gigging, recording and releasing music ever since. Frontman Raff Eragona popped by the #WOWwagon to play a live acoustic session in the backseat and treat us to some tunes from the band’s latest album Baby Eat Your Heart Out. Fun fact: according to Raff the …

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Phil Jerrod on the Fringe, freebies and Batman

Comedian Phil Jerrod answers some quickfire Fringe-related questions and takes us to some strange places inside his head – from cork-lining the #WOWwagon to his thoughts on the best Batman. Watch the interview: Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal, Pleasance Courtyard, until 30 Aug, 10.45pm / listings Music: Feel Good (Instrumental) by Broke For Free Edinburgh Festivals 2015: complete coverage …

Comedy review: Underwhelmed

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Underwhelmed, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★ Twanya Mayne is a distinctive new voice on the comedy circuit but she’s got barely 25 minutes of material right now, let alone the billed 40. Contrarian and aridly deadpan, her default hostile attitude is appealing and she shows her potential with …

Comedy review: Underwhelmed

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Underwhelmed, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★ Twanya Mayne is a distinctive new voice on the comedy circuit but she’s got barely 25 minutes of material right now, let alone the billed 40. Contrarian and aridly deadpan, her default hostile attitude is appealing and she shows her potential with …

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Theatre review: A Reason To Talk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Reason To Talk, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ With relations between Iran and the west undergoing a gradual thaw, there’s never been a more vital moment to try to learn and understand more about this beautiful, troubled and hugely creative powerhouse nation at the centre of most …

Theatre review: A Reason To Talk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Reason To Talk, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan. ★★★★ With relations between Iran and the west undergoing a gradual thaw, there’s never been a more vital moment to try to learn and understand more about this beautiful, troubled and hugely creative powerhouse nation at the centre of most …

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Cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ “Who am I today?” That’s the refrain of one character we meet in K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, a remarkable show whose form is as fluid and shifting as its subjects. Created by New Zealand’s Okareka …

Cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ “Who am I today?” That’s the refrain of one character we meet in K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, a remarkable show whose form is as fluid and shifting as its subjects. Created by New Zealand’s Okareka …

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Comedy review: Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★★ Expanding on last year’s strong introductory debut, Pierre Novellie derives tremendous capital from his unlikely background, delivering an erudite, intelligent, scholarly but accessible hour that’s full of wry, self-effacing humour. His name itself is a gift from the …

Comedy review: Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★★ Expanding on last year’s strong introductory debut, Pierre Novellie derives tremendous capital from his unlikely background, delivering an erudite, intelligent, scholarly but accessible hour that’s full of wry, self-effacing humour. His name itself is a gift from the …

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Theatre review: Old Man’s Gift

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Old Man’s Gift, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★ At the titular old man’s birthday party, his daughter rebuffs a friend’s marriage proposal while others plot her father’s murder. It turns out the old man abused all in different ways, and this fact should rankle when the show is …

Theatre review: Old Man’s Gift

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Old Man’s Gift, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★ At the titular old man’s birthday party, his daughter rebuffs a friend’s marriage proposal while others plot her father’s murder. It turns out the old man abused all in different ways, and this fact should rankle when the show is …

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Theatre review: Mrs Shakespeare

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Mrs Shakespeare, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ What if William Shakespeare was a woman? And how do we know that he wasn’t? These may sound like ridiculous questions, but beneath the superficial irreverence of this one-woman show is a small-scale subversive comedy about the lack of female voices …

Theatre review: Mrs Shakespeare

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Mrs Shakespeare, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ What if William Shakespeare was a woman? And how do we know that he wasn’t? These may sound like ridiculous questions, but beneath the superficial irreverence of this one-woman show is a small-scale subversive comedy about the lack of female voices …

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Comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ Some people have likability in spades. And Tom Stade charms his audience from the moment he heckles the pre-show safety announcement in his trademark husky, sweary and irreverent voice. Canadian, but now living in Edinburgh, Stade strides on to …

Comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ Some people have likability in spades. And Tom Stade charms his audience from the moment he heckles the pre-show safety announcement in his trademark husky, sweary and irreverent voice. Canadian, but now living in Edinburgh, Stade strides on to …

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Children’s show: The Bookbinder

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Bookbinder, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★★ With much love, care and attention to detail, New Zealand’s Trick of the Light Theatre spin an old-fashioned and, yes, magical adventure yarn to get lost in for an hour. A young boy (never named) is taken on as an …

Children’s show: The Bookbinder

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Bookbinder, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★★ With much love, care and attention to detail, New Zealand’s Trick of the Light Theatre spin an old-fashioned and, yes, magical adventure yarn to get lost in for an hour. A young boy (never named) is taken on as an …

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Children’s show review: The Hiawatha

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Hiawatha, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★ There’s a lot of promise in this kids show from Theatre With Teeth, a co-opting of the native American title character myth which tells of a small boy who sets off to save his kidnapped mother from an evil magician. …

Children’s show review: The Hiawatha

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Hiawatha, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★ There’s a lot of promise in this kids show from Theatre With Teeth, a co-opting of the native American title character myth which tells of a small boy who sets off to save his kidnapped mother from an evil magician. …

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Theatre review: The Cupboard

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Cupboard, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ Shortlisted for this year’s Les Enfants Terribles Award, this young company, with their smoky black eye make-up, seem to have been heavily influenced by the popular group’s work. But while this piece isn’t as slick as Les Enfants’ shows, it is …

Theatre review: The Cupboard

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Cupboard, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ Shortlisted for this year’s Les Enfants Terribles Award, this young company, with their smoky black eye make-up, seem to have been heavily influenced by the popular group’s work. But while this piece isn’t as slick as Les Enfants’ shows, it is …

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Dance review: By the Bi

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: By the Bi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ Described as a “provocative step forward in the movement for social equality”, this is a well intentioned but on-the-nose exploration of being bisexual and dealing with society’s expectations and prejudices. Earnest and at times accusatory dialogue addressed directly to the …

Dance review: By the Bi

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: By the Bi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ Described as a “provocative step forward in the movement for social equality”, this is a well intentioned but on-the-nose exploration of being bisexual and dealing with society’s expectations and prejudices. Earnest and at times accusatory dialogue addressed directly to the …

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Theatre review: Broken Biscuits

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Broken Biscuits, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ Two best friends, torn apart when one’s son gives his life to save another’s in Afghanistan. While Rita sits crying behind her front door, drinking wine and downing pills, Maggie speaks to her from outside through the letterbox, trying to persuade …

Theatre review: Broken Biscuits

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Broken Biscuits, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ Two best friends, torn apart when one’s son gives his life to save another’s in Afghanistan. While Rita sits crying behind her front door, drinking wine and downing pills, Maggie speaks to her from outside through the letterbox, trying to persuade …

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Theatre review: Bortle 8

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bortle 8, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ In A tiny room at the very top of the Counting House, we are trying to find true darkness. Sailing in the ship of writer and performer Chris Davis’s imagination, accompanied by a bubble machine and Dumbo the elephant, we go …

Theatre review: Bortle 8

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bortle 8, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ In A tiny room at the very top of the Counting House, we are trying to find true darkness. Sailing in the ship of writer and performer Chris Davis’s imagination, accompanied by a bubble machine and Dumbo the elephant, we go …

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Comedy review: Alice Fraser: Savage

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Alice Fraser: Savage, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★ Having initially sought to write a light-hearted show, fate intervened and led Alice Fraser to this darker, more thoughtful hour. Although it doesn’t always click as stand-up, Savage provides an ambitious and often poetic, existential musing on mortality inspired by …

Comedy review: Alice Fraser: Savage

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Alice Fraser: Savage, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★ Having initially sought to write a light-hearted show, fate intervened and led Alice Fraser to this darker, more thoughtful hour. Although it doesn’t always click as stand-up, Savage provides an ambitious and often poetic, existential musing on mortality inspired by …

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