aunty donna

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

10 of the hottest tickets at this year’s Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has launched its 2015 programme and it’s set to be the biggest (and potentially best) yet. With 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows across 49 countries in 313 venues, the Fringe will bring the city to life in August. It’s the first time the number of performances has gone beyond 50,000 in the festival’s …

Never Mind the Bawbags

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (comedy): Never Mind the Bawbags at Scottish Comedy Festival @ the Beehive Inn (Venue 178a). Reviewed by Claire Smith This two handed show, in a room behind a curtain in a busy pub, is full of curious, slightly drunk punters who have wandered in off the Grassmarket hoping to have …

Kraken

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (comedy): Kraken at Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61). Reviewed by Jay Richardson Lurking in the same room as Dr Brown when he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award, and emerging, slowly, enigmatically, one limb first from behind a curtain, Kraken is obviously going to attract comparisons to Phil Burgers’ alter-ego. Not least …

Front

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (theatre): Front at the Royal Lyceum Theatre. Reviewed by Joyce McMillan What are they staring at, the 11-strong cast of Luk Perceval’s great two-hour meditation on the horror of the First World War? Ranged along the front of stage, empty eyes fixed on the audience, each holding a microphone and …

Guys and Dolls – musical review

Guys and Dolls is running at Chichester Festival Theatre until September 21. Review by Anne Cox Chichester Festival Theatre is on a roll with its sparkling debut of the classic Broadway hit musical Guys and Dolls. There was a full house last week for this award-winning show about New York gamblers and their wise-cracking dames. …

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