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NEWS: Two Mates launch Network of Independent Critics for Edinburgh Fringe

In Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, Inspiring people, Native, News, Press Releases, Quotes, Regional theatre, Scotland by Press Releases1 Comment

Two syndicate Mates in the My Theatre Mates collective – Katharine Kavanagh and Laura Kressly – today announce the Network of Independent Critics for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Read on for full details including how to apply. Well done, Katharine and Laura! Providing accommodation for established independent critics to visit Edinburgh Fringe without breaking the bank. Increasing media coverage of …

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THIS WILL END BADLY – Southwark Playhouse

In Edinburgh Festival, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

The playtext of Rob Hayes’ monologue austerely insists that performance “should not exceed 60 minutes in duration”. This author doesn’t want it larded with significant pauses or dreamy mannerisms: and in honouring his intention, the remarkable Ben Whybrow (directed by Clive Judd) brings it in just under. No mean feat: for all its emotional intricacy and verbal subtleties, the play at that length requires rapid-fire delivery bordering, quite often, on gabble.

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NEWS: 2015 Edinburgh Fringe draws to a close after 50,459 performances

In Awards, Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, News, Press Releases, Regional theatre, Scotland by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

After 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues across Edinburgh, the curtain falls and the house lights go up on the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has announced that by Monday afternoon, with hundreds of performances still to take place, an estimated 2,298,090 tickets had been issued for shows across Scotland’s capital. The number of …

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A busy and buzzy August update list

In Edinburgh Festival, Features, Festivals, Inspiring people, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Chris GradyLeave a Comment

My last blog was 6th August and so I am offering two catch-ups. The first is a celebration list of all that I have done and seen since then. August is full of critical commentary and noise for anyone involved in Edinburgh or Tète â Tète or any of the amazing festivals, and some years […]

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In Cabaret, Circus, Edinburgh Festival, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; 11th August 2015 The trademark beards of Cirque Alfonse are back in a new show that seems a world away from the lumberjack theme of previous hit Timber! (which, I’m sad to say, I haven’t seen). The Electro of the title is reflected in the nightclub style set-up, complete with a […]

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Love Birds: How to cast penguins and parrots in a new musical

In Children's theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion by Guest BloggersLeave a Comment

How do you cast a new musical that requires a cast of parrots and penguins? After 14 years of casting films, TV dramas and plays, seasoned casting director Stephen Moore makes his musical theatre casting debut with Love Birds, a family musical by Robert J Sherman (son of Robert B Sherman of the Sherman Brothers fame) which premieres at next month’s Edinburgh Fringe.

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#AlsoRecognised winner Christina Bianco: From Best Ensemble to Best Solo?

In Awards, Cabaret, Edinburgh Festival, London theatre, Musicals, Native, News, Regional theatre, Video by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

The Forbidden Broadway actors, winners of the inaugural #AlsoRecognised Award for Best Ensemble Performance, are gifts that keep on giving. First we had Damian Humbley‘s multiple #certificateselfies, including the famous Superman semi-nude one (steady, ladies … and lads). Then Anna-Jane Casey sent us her naked #certificateselfie …. and then we got a pair of them from Christina Bianco, such a …

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Producer cries foul on ATG after free tickets request

In Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, News, Opinion, Quotes by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

What chutzpah! Producer David Johnson’s reaction to a request from ATG, the UK’s largest theatre owning group, for complimentary tickets to his production of Fascinating Aida’s Charm Offensive at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe is extraordinary. It shows the frustration of independent producers feeling the squeeze. I reprint Johnson’s letter to ATG’s Peter Evans in full… And will […]