Shameless and Subversive: The Feminist Revolution Hits the Edinburgh Fringe

Smashing the patriarchy has never seemed quite so much fun as it does in Hot Brown Honey (Assembly Roxy), an all-female cabaret-style show from Australia that takes on gender, sexism, colonialism and race with a raucous glee, while giving a feminist makeover to circus, hip-hop and burlesque. There is an extraordinary straps sequence that conjures

Edinburgh Theatre Review – A Week of Masks, Music - and a Swiped Notebook

The Edinburgh fringe is like a game of Scottish whispers, I think, as I sit on the train north. You have to listen out – as well as making your own choices. With 3,269 shows in 294 venues this year, some quadruple checking seems in order. And the whispers are sure to be in every

Summerhall Shows Dominate Initial Fringe First List

Three of the six shows awarded a Fringe First today were at Summerhall The initial Fringe First winners have been announced after the first week of the Edinburgh Fringe. The Scotsman gives out the awards, which are in recognition of ‘outstanding’ new writing premiering at the Fringe. The judging panel consists of Joyce McMillan, Jackie

Summerhall Dominates First Round of Fringe First Awards

Summerhall has bagged half the Fringe First awards given out by the Scotsman newspaper in the first week of the Edinburgh Fringe. The venue hosts three of the six productions recognised in the awards, which celebrate new writing on the fringe. There were also wins for the Traverse, C Venues and the Gilded Balloon. Two

10 Things to Do in Edinburgh

If you’re spending summer vacationing this year, the Scottish city of Edinburgh is an excellent option. There are some unmissable things you need to tick off your list, from the best coffee in town, to where to get your culture fix – not to mention the lowdown on the legendary Fringe. Keep our check list

Edinburgh Festival Planner: Three Shows to See Today

Bilal Zafar: Cakes 3.40pm, Just the Tonic at the Mash House (until 28 August) Bilal Zafar won the prestigious New Act of the Year award earlier this year, after which you might expect he’d hit Edinburgh eager to show off his acclaimed standup chops. Instead, he makes his debut with a gentle PowerPoint show, telling

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 – Remember To Breathe

Grapevine gossip (the life-blood of The Fringe) about a particularly recommended show has just caught the receptive ears of The Edinburgh Reporter – we take the plunge… Like the famine driven diaspora of her Irish ancestors, playwright Orla Murphy, became a reluctant émigré to New York following the 2008/9 economic Celtic Tiger crash. She watched

Another chance to see … Edinburgh shows gambling on repeat success

It takes time to create a buzz around a festival show, and soon the run is over. Bringing a hit back can give companies a publicity head start – and a cash boost to their next venture. But there’s no guarantee of glory second time around. “Assumption is the mother of all cock-ups. We can’t

Edinburgh Festival 2016: The Shows We Recommend

MORNING SHOWS Us/Them 10am, Summerhall (until 28 August) This remarkable piece of theatre – playful, surprisingly and painfully funny as well as moving – presents the Beslan terror siege of 2004 from the point of view of two unnamed children who were there. It makes you question the way such events are usually presented and

Jonny & The Baptists: A bit of politics and ping pong

Rock solid ThreeWeeks favourites Jonny & The Baptists return to the Fringe once again with a brand new show about inequality and the wealth gap. Which might sound a little serious, though this musical comedy duo have demonstrated before that they can take on political issues while keeping us well and truly entertained. Which is

People of the Eye

This August The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble will be performing their first full production, People Of The Eye as part of the Northern Stage Programme at Summerhall. In addition they have teamed up with Fringe Central to provide a number of workshops exploring the process of developing new work with D/deaf and hearing artists. The

Edinburgh Festival: 7 Shows To See This Week

The first full week of the Edinburgh Festival means there’s a wealth of cultural delights to indulge in. Here we take a look at some recommended shows for the next seven days. Monday: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs The Scottish Broadway star comes home for a late-night residency at The Hub. The Olivier Award-winning Cumming

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: The weird, the whacky, and the wonderful

An aubergine, a naked magician and Jesus Christ on a BMX stroll into a bar … is this the start of a strange joke? Well, yeah, but it is also some of the performers you might find at The Last Drop bar in Edinburgh after a day’s work at this year’s Fringe. The arts festival

Edinburgh festival planner: three shows to see today

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons 12.10pm, Roundabout @ Summerhall (until 28 August) Last year, playwright Sam Steiner’s debut show was in the hottest room on the fringe, but it (and the audience) will have room to breathe now that it is staged in Paines Plough’s Roundabout tent. This smartly conceived, pared-back love story imagines a

Best New Scottish Music to Listen to in August

You’re going to have to indulge us on two counts with this month’s carefully selected round-up of Scottish musical highlights, we’re afraid. The first; it’s obviously August, and try as we might, we just can’t avoid filling half of what follows with recommendations for things to do in Edinburgh (see below). And second, the album

Bringing Circus Back

The revival of circus at the Edinburgh Fringe – from the creation of the Circus Hub as part of Underbelly’s portfolio of venues to the inclusion of more intimate shows in venues like Summerhall – reflects an international trend towards the incorporation of circus skills into theatre and dance. With Elixir and Only Bones, both

Natasha Tripney’s Edinburgh Fringe picks

The Stage’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe team – Paul Vale, Stewart Pringle, Nick Awde, Gerald Berkowitz, Brian Cooper and myself – will be reviewing a huge array of shows over the next few weeks. In the meantime here are a few of the shows I’m looking forwards to seeing. Don’t Wake the Damp – Pleasance Dome,

Festival shows are too English-language dominated, says venue chief

The owner and director of one of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s biggest venues has lamented the domination of the English language at the festival. Robert McDowell, who with his family bought the former Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies building in 2011, establishing the 650-room academic building as a major arts venue and now key

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Our Pick of the Bunch

Little ripples. That’s how it starts. Little ripples getting bigger. And then suddenly you’re eye to eye with a dinosaur. The Edinburgh Fringe is the T-Rex of arts festivals and it has a way of creeping up on you. For ages it’s a faint shape on the horizon, reassuringly far away, and then it pounces.

Edinburgh Festivals 2016: Our Top 5s

Our section editors narrow down their Edinburgh Festival picks to an tick-’em-off-as-you-go top five; here are their music, books, comedy, art and theatre selections Best Music at the Edinburgh Festivals 1) Anohni: Hopelessness “A scream of fury against the evils of today’s world: mass surveillance, drone warfare, ecocide.” It’s fair to say that margin walker