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Kate Smurthwaite’s TV writing credits include ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ her words have appeared in The Guardian, New Statesman, Cosmopolitan, and more; and she has made countless appearances discussing politics over the years. 2022 saw the award-winning Smurthwaite bring “The News At Kate: Humanity’s Last Hope…
 
This week we’re back to 2012 once more, as former Perrier nominee Sarah Kendall returned to the Fringe after a five-year absence. “Get Up, Stand Up” (or is it “Get Up, Stand-Up”, how delightfully interpretive) takes on a more storytelling approach than a bang-bang-jokes routine, and Kendall’s acting chops wer brought to the fore in an hour of pitch…
 
Just because it’s September, doesn’t mean the Fringe has to end. Join the Edinburgh Fringe Show as we explore our archives of interviews from the Festival. Tiff Stevenson has been a Fringe fixture since 2006, debuting as a solo act in 2009. Stevenson was already established on the circuit in 2012 when, following her appearance in ITV’s ‘Show Me The…
 
Into the archives once more with another Fringe legend. Over the years, Arthur Smith has performed countless stand-up sets at the Fringe, been arrested for some outdoor shows, wrote his own review and snuck it into The Scotsman, kidnapped a puppet, and many more adventures lost to time. In 2013 he performed the second of three shows around his love…
 
As the Edinburgh Fringe 2022 becomes a memory in the rear-view mirror, we’re going to head into the Edinburgh Fringe Show archives to bring you classic interviews each week from nearly two decades of covering the Fringe. We start, as all good Fringe retrospectives are mandated to do, with Fleabag. Directed by Vicky Wood, written and performed by Ph…
 
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022 may be over, but this year the Edinburgh Fringe Show is not going to stop. Instead we’re going to showcase some classic interviews from nearly two decades of covering the Edinburgh Fringe. From the big names that went on to even bigger things, the performers who forged careers, and the legends that keep returning,…
 
As the sun sets on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for 2022, Fin Ross and Ewan look back on this year’s Fringe. How has it felt welcoming the Festival back to the city. Can we offer four more recommended shows for the last night or two in August? And what dangers lie ahead for the Fringe in 2023? All that, and a sneak peek to some Fringe podcasts com…
 
The world is full of stories. Lynn Ferguson works with stories every day, and her show at this year’s Fringe mixes a love of stories, how the tales we all tell reveal who we are, and the stories of invited guests, to create ‘Lynn Ferguson’s Storyland’. Ewan and Lynn sit down to talk about the power of stories as the Fringe begins its final weekend …
 
It might just be a ten-minute appearance at this year’s Fringe thanks to an invite from John Cooper Clark, but Ronnie Golden is once more in Edinburgh during August. Ronnie is a Fringe legend, having taken part in the Festival since 1984, sometimes alone, sometimes with his band, and sometimes with the great Barry Cryer. Ewan sits down to talk abou…
 
Can you do an entire show using only drums? Fills Money has done just that, as they bring their delightful mix of percussion, props, and pantomime to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. The show is full of moments of “ooh, it’s that tune” and we’re not going to spoil it for you, but we are going to talk to one of the drummers about the story of the ban…
 
You can read Ruckus’ self care guide here (PDF Link), on Wildcard Theatre’s page about the show. ‘Ruckus’ deals with issues around coercive control in a relationship. Ewan listens to writer and performer Jenna Fincken explain the research that went into the play, the powerful message that it delivers, and guiding the audience through an emotional a…
 
Max Percy joins Fin to discuss his brilliantly titled ‘This is Not a Show About Hong Kong’. We explore the legal necessity of such a long title, the importance of developing your own artistic language and the challenge in trying to artistically represent a situation as complicated as that of Hong Kong. Click here to book tickets for ‘This Is Not A …
 
Will Pickvance joins Ewan Spence to talk about his mix of music and storytelling at this year’s Fringe. From the first moments of being already on stage and playing as the audience arrive, through a gentle journey, to the final moments that wrap music and story together, his latest show continues to showcase a unique style. Click here to book ticke…
 
Nell Bailey of November Theatre joins Fin Ross to talk about the theatre’s Fringe offering for 2022, ‘How To Build a Wax Figure’. We talk about queer love in 2022, crowd-funding a Fringe experience and how on earth a play was devised in which an anatomical wax sculptor falls in love with a maker of prosthetic eyes. Click here to book tickets for ‘H…
 
A transcript is available for this show (PDF Link). The principle of ensuring that coming to shows at the Edinburgh Fringe is open to as many people as possible is incredibly important. Ewan talks to live captioner Claire Hill (Claire Hill Realtime) and Jonnny Patton (producer and programmer for The Pleasance) about the various accessible shows at …
 
There’s always something notable every year at the Fringe, and 2022 is no different… although nobody had “Jerry Sadowtiz becoming an international media sensation” on their Fringe Bingo card. Fin Ross and Ewan sit down together after another week of The Fringe to talk about the shows they have seen, the marathon of performing in Edinburgh, and to d…
 
It’s time to head out of Edinburgh from a day and take a trip out East Lothian for a story. Fin Ross talks to writer/director Shelley Middler about her new play ‘The Collie’s Shed’. We learn about East Lothian’s mining heritage, the effects of the pit closures on local communities across the county and the eerie parallels between politics then and …
 
Ewan sits down with Igancio Lopez to talk about the family name being passed down the years, performing indoors in the heat of an Edinburgh summer, and why he hasn’t brought his Lockdown Quiz Nights to the Edinburgh Fringe. Click here to buy tickets for ‘El Cómico‘. Follow Ignacio Lopez on Twitterr, @ComedyLopez. Listen to more from the Fringe at e…
 
Fin Ross speaks to fellow Edinburgh native Lubna Kerr about her semi-autobiographical play ‘Tickbox’. Themes include what happens to Edinburgh when the Fringe comes to town, immigration in the 60s vs. today and why it’s important to never let yourself be forced into a tickbox. Click here to buy tickets for ‘Tickbox‘. Follow Lubna Kerr on Twitter, @…
 
Every stand-up has something special to bring to the microphone. For Alice Brine the starting point is her ADHD and how it allows her to look at life in a different way to her audience. Ewan sits down with Alice to talk about her debut at the Edinburgh Fringe, living with ADHD, and bringing her life experiences and unique viewpoint to the stand-up …
 
Fin’s travelling back in time to talk to Chewboy Productions duo George Bailey and Hal Darling about their new show ‘Caligari’. How is a silent German film that’s over 100 years old still relevant to audiences today? How is music so important to protecting the story’s legacy? How does it feel when a company you started with your childhood friend en…
 
Emo Majok joins Ewan Spence to talk about his Edinburgh Fringe debut show ‘African Aussie’. He talks about how comedy has become a part of him, an immensely layered journey through life, and the power of story-telling at home and on the stage. Click here to buy tickets for ‘African-Aussie‘. Follow Emo on Twitter, @Emo_Majok. Listen to more from the…
 
Yes, there was a weekend as the Fringe started last week, but they always felt like the final previews. This weekend, this is when the Fringe feels like it has reached the first summit for our artists to climb. Ewan and Fin Ross sit down after a week at The Fringe to talk about how this year is feeling, from the joy of returning performers, through…
 
Fin Ross welcomes Amie Enriquez to the podcast chair to discuss her solo show, ‘Lightweight’. How has the discourse around mental health changed over the last 20 years? What is a “debilitatingly positive attitude”? Why do we need to laugh about the scary stuff in order to normalise it? Click here to buy tickets for ‘Lightweight‘. Follow Amie Enriqu…
 
Can you convince an audience that you can record not just an album, but the greatest album of all time? That’s the challenge that Tom GK has set himself at the Fringe this year. Ewan sits down with Tom GK to talk about the power of song, his Wikipedia-fuelled years as a music critic, and coping with hearing loss. Click here to buy tickets for ‘How …
 
Kick The Door’s Fraser Scott joins Fin Ross Russell to discuss the group’s first Fringe Festival excursion with their original musical ‘Land’. We discuss Scotland’s musical storytelling identity, how the group drew parallels between the 18th and 21st centuries and how the group developed such a unique brand of theatre. Click here to buy tickets for…
 
Italian comic Luca Cupani has always been a popular face at the Free Fringe, but in 2022 he has a one-hour tickted show called Happy Orphan, and the adventure he took when the rent ran out for mother’s grave He joins Ewan to talk about his show, his first experiences of open-mic comedy, why he looks younger now than he did ten years ago, and why It…
 
Fin Ross Russell begins his month as the podcast’s theatre correspondent by speaking. to ‘Brown Boys Swim’ Director John Hoggarth. They cover everything there is to know about Oxford’s finest offering at this year’s Fringe including the awkwardness of adolescence, needing to see it to be it and the many faces of masculinity. Click here to buy ticke…
 
It’s time for the Fringe interviews to begin. As Fin Ross and I discussed in yesterday’s pod, we’re not going to do a big Saturday show with lots of interviews like some Edinburgh version of The One Show; instead we’re giving each interview its own moment to stand out. First up in our Edinburgh studio is Aliya Kanani. She’s making her Fringe debut …
 
A year has passed since we were last here at the Edinburgh Fringe, but for many it feels like we left Edinburgh in 2019 and are only returning now. However long the wait, the wait is over as Fringe 2022 gets under way here in Edinburgh. Ewan and Fin Ross sit down to talk about their love of the Fringe, what to expect over the next three weeks, how …
 
Our final preview before the Edinburgh Fringe kicks off with a mix of press launches, opening nights, and people going to Edinburgh Zoo instead of the Zoo on South Clerk Street (Hi, Ian!), and we’re heading into the world of stand-up comedy with one of the legends on the circuit. Dave Johns started out in the comedy clubs of the UK almost thirty ye…
 
Our previews of the 2022 edition of the world’s biggest arts Festival continue as we turn to the theatre side of the Fringe. Fin Ross Russell talks to ‘Bogeyman’ director Emily Aboud about misconceptions around voodoo, the Caribbean definition of a play and why the Haitian revolution is the most important historical event that nobody knows about. C…
 
With just under two weeks to go until the official start of the Edinburgh Fringe 2022, our podcast has lined up some interviews to preview the Festival. Coming up next week we’ll be speaking to comic Dave Johns about his show ‘A Comic’s Tale‘, and director Emily Aboud about ‘Bogeyman‘. We’re going to start off with a great friend of the podcast. Da…
 
Welcome back to The Podcast Corner’s Edinburgh Fringe Show. With the Edinburgh Fringe coming returning after a limited programme in 2021, the Edinburgh Fringe Show returns to the podcasting and radio world. This episode is all about two big topics. The first is “does everything work?” It’s been a few years since we used this feed to its full potent…
 
Following the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 the world… changed, especially for those in the live arts and those covering the arts. With no Edinburgh Fringe in 2020, the show moved into hiatus. What follows in this feed are some select shows from our coverage of the Fringe in previous years. You’ll find… The chaotic good of John Robertson’s Dark Room Cel…
 
With the cast of Spontaneous Sherlock, David Gant (King Arthur), Patrick Monahan (Pub Quiz for Kids), John Robertson (The Dark Room), and the cast of Captain Flinn And The Magic Cutlass. Introduced by Ewan Spence, hosted by Eilidh and Mairi Spence.The Podcast Corner による
 
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