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Non Nova brings l’Après-midi d’un Foehn to 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2013

Company Non Nova's imaginative use of carrier bags set to the music of Debussy

Many dancers have been described as ‘dancing on air’. But the stars of l’Après-midi d’un Foehn really do. Unlike other dancers, they’ve had no formal training, don’t attend class, never rehearse and wear no costumes or make-up. Largely because they’re…

Little Howard returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his Big Show for Kids

30 Jul 2013

Howard Read combines toilet humour and tech to great effect

The old showbiz chestnut about not working with animals and children might still hold good, but there’s no rule against using material that kids inadvertently offer grown-up entertainers. In Howard Read’s case, his son Sammy provided some lines that…

Playful adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's I Believe in Unicorns explores freedom to read

30 Jul 2013

Theatre director Dani Parr is adapting the book for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

War Horse might be his most famous work, but Michael Morpurgo’s 2005 novel I Believe in Unicorns is just as powerful. In it, a boy called Tomas discovers the joy of reading through a local library storyteller called the Unicorn Lady, before the arrival…

Echolalia show explores Asperger's via clowning at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2013

New-Zealander clown show tackles taboos of autism

‘I don’t know if I would categorically say clowning is the best medium for the subject of Asperger’s,’ says Jen McArthur, performer in New Zealand-based Kallo Collective’s show Echolalia, ‘but I do think it is an excellent medium.’ McArthur developed…

Big Bite-Size Play Factory’s Family Creatures offers five, family-friendly plays

30 Jul 2013

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 show promises 'not to patronise'

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show has been delighting Fringe audiences for years with short plays in the morning, but in 2013 the group brings its first show for children to Edinburgh: The Big Bite-Size Play Factory’s Family Creatures. ‘Big Bite-Size…

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Nirbhaya, Ban This Filth! and The Fanny Hill Project highlight feminism at the Fringe 2013

29 Jul 2013

Theatremakers Yael Farber, Alan Bissett and Tess Seddon tackle the subject from three perspectives

There used to be a time when feminism had to be disguised or excused in order for it to be palatable to the general public. ‘I’m not a feminist, but... ’ became a line used by those who were feminists in all but name, and a reminder that the word still…

Interview: uncategorisable Fringe 2013 performer Red Bastard

29 Jul 2013

Red Bastard is a charming, thrilling, terrifying mix of comedian, performance artist and clown

Caught in the corner of the stage, a stray audience member is pinned down by an impossible logic problem. Another audience member is invited to explore the performer’s costume, discovering hard cash in a soft place. When Red Bastard hit Glasgow as part…

Einstein, Higgs and Feynman provide the scientific basis for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 shows

29 Jul 2013

Andrea Brunello, Jan van den Berg and John Hinto adapt their physics heroes for the stage

For Rob Drummond, award-winning playwright of Quiz Show and the chair of Big Bang Theatre – a panel discussion on the relationship between science and theatre – the connection between the two is simple. ‘Both theatre and science are concerned with the…

The legacy of legendary French mime Jacque Lecoq endures at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

29 Jul 2013

Red Bastard, Clout, Theatre Ad Infinitum and Rhum and Clay all bear marks of his influence

Physical theatre is on the rise: last year, Doctor Brown won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award with a show that displayed his remarkable mime skills, and a generation of graduates from the Lecoq School arrived at the Fringe to reclaim the clown from…

Theatre of Widdershins bring Rumpelstiltskin and the Wheel of Fortune to Fringe 2013

29 Jul 2013

Widdershins' Andy Lawrence appreciates 'strong sense of darkness that runs through' the fairytale

Stories told in childhood stay with us forever, and there can’t be many parents out there who don’t recall the weaselly wonder of little old Rumpelstiltskin. It’s a tale ripe for theatricality, and if ever there was man to do it, it’s Andy Lawrence. In…

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Young Fringe stars Little Bulb explore new territory with Squally Showers

29 Jul 2013

'We’re exploring the world of dance theatre and dance logic' says artistic director Alex Scott

Between 2008’s Crocosmia and 2010’s Operation Greenfield, Little Bulb Theatre have won most of the major theatre awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. This year, they return with the third in their trilogy, Squally Showers. ‘The characters aren’t related at…

Gecko Theatre Company bring childhood memories to life in Missing

29 Jul 2013

The physical theatre show is being staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

For their last visit to the Fringe, Gecko reinvented Gogol’s The Overcoat as an expansive parable about how the quest for material comfort can become a deal with the devil. Missing has an original story – a woman, Lily, feels her soul being eaten away…

Cadre examines the meaning of the fight for freedom

29 Jul 2013

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe production is by South African playwright and actor Omphile Molusi

With the world’s media camped outside Mandela’s hospital, it’s an important time to revisit the history of his nation’s civil rights movement. In his follow-up to 2008’s Fringe First-winning Itsoseng, playwright and actor Omphile Molusi presents an epic…

I’m With the Band tackles Scottish independence from a different angle

29 Jul 2013

Welshman Tim Price's Fringe performance uses inter-band tension as an independence analogy

It’s not the subtlest metaphor: when a Scottish guitarist leaves successful indie-rock band The Union, its remaining members – an Englishman, a Welshman and a Northern Irishman – question their alliance. But with the independence referendum just a year…

Kevin Tomlinson charts man's progress through life in Seven Ages

29 Jul 2013

The erstwhile comedy performance is returning as a drama to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Although last year Kevin Tomlinson’s extended improvisation on Shakespeare’s seven ages of man speech was a success under the comedy label, its return is firmly in the theatre section. ‘I didn’t just want to be judged by whether I was being funny,…

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Gruffalo geniuses Tall Stories deliver My Brother the Robot

29 Jul 2013

The mechanical family story will appear at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Annoying as siblings can sometimes be, having an in-house playmate has definite advantages. Unable to procure one through the usual route, the little girl in Tall Stories’ new show obtains one from her father, an inventor who knows a thing or two…

Playground politics take centre stage in kids' theatre production Hush

29 Jul 2013

The first work from Moon Mission Theatre Company will play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

The first play from Moon Mission Theatre Company, Hush is a tale that all children can relate to. ‘The story is about playground politics,’ says Flemish writer and director Anne Stoffels. ‘It explores how a playground can be a great imaginative setting…

If These Spasms Could Speak is a touching account of everyday life as a disabled person

29 Jul 2013

The play, a big hit at the Arches in 2012, is coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

‘At its simplest, the show looks at how disabled people see their own bodies,’ says Robert Softley of If These Spasms Could Speak, a big hit at The Arches last year that returns for a full Fringe run as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase. ‘It does…

Irish company Big Telly gives Melmoth the Wanderer its theatrical debut at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013

29 Jul 2013

Charles Maturin's novel is a Gothic condemnation of the Catholic Church

Oscar Wilde’s uncle, Irish cleric and party animal Charles Maturin, wrote Melmoth the Wanderer in 1820. It’s strong stuff, a Gothic condemnation of the Catholic Church with a Faust-influenced hero who sells his soul to the devil and then decides he…

Florence Minder comes to terms with loss in Good Mourning! VOstBil

29 Jul 2013

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy-drama examines the role of language in expression

Although the Institut Français has a year-round remit to champion the French language, it doubles as an intriguing Fringe venue. Florence Minder’s Good Mourning! VOstBil might be performed in English, but it connects to the grand European tradition of…

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TV star Natalie Casey talks about performing in 9 to 5: The Musical

19 Jul 2013

A stage version of the Dolly Parton-starring comedy is touring the UK

Toe-tapping transitions from the silver screen to the theatre stage have become common practice for those writing musicals in recent years, with several popular films being revisited and revitalised for a new audience. Cultish 80s romp 9 to 5 is the…

Theatre show Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks explores shift in power in UK society

15 Jul 2013

Wrestling-themed show at 2013 Edinburgh Fringe on north/south power shift between 1976 and 1988

When British professional wrestling legend Mick McManus passed away in May at the age of 93, it was the end of an era that this cauliflower-eared villain helped to define. Two other icons of the original sports entertainment no longer with us are…

Bard in the Botanics - Much Ado About Nothing

11 Jul 2013

Outdoor theatre group interpret Benedick and Beatrice as modern gay couple

For the tenth anniversary of Gordon Barr’s reign as artistic director of Glasgow’s popular outdoor Shakespeare season Bard in the Botanics, there’s a real sense of renewed confidence in the choice of works being performed and the space in which the…

Everyday Vengeance at Glasgow's Surge Festival

11 Jul 2013

Al Seed returns to the stage with one-man performance during Surge Festival

Revenge has a healthy theatrical history: the Jacobeans liked nothing more than on-stage justified carnage, and even Hamlet covers the ground. Al Seed might be concentrating on its more mundane forms, but Everyday Vengeance marks his return to the stage…

Surge festival brings strand of Catalonian street theatre to Glasgow

11 Jul 2013

Catalonian street theatre companies Kamchatcka and Fadunito take part in SURGE 2013

This year’s SURGE festival brings an exciting strand of Catalonian street theatre to Glasgow. Over the last weekend of July, five shows by acclaimed Catalan theatre groups will make their way through the Merchant City. One of them is Kamchatka, in which…