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Interview: Cora Bissett and Peter Arnott discuss Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Janis Joplin: Full Tilt

22 Jul 2014

The play stars Angie Darcy as the iconic 60s singer-songwriter and member of the infamous 27 Club

The way in which this part-concert part-play came together is fitting tribute to both the free and easy spirit of the age it remembers, and the wonderfully no-nonsense manner in which the late David MacLennan ran Òran Mór’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint…

The 20 best shows at the 2014 Edinburgh Festivals

15 Jul 2014

Stuck to know what you must see this festival? Here's 20 suggestions from across the festivals

The James Plays. Edinburgh International Festival. Sofie Gråbøl, Blythe Duff and Jamie Sives are among the actors appearing in Rona Munro’s highly anticipated historical trilogy.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 sex-themed theatre shows

29 Jul 2014

Featuring 50 Shades: The Musical, Oleanna, Naked in Alaska and Deep Throat Live

50 Shades: The Musical! Determinedly a parody of the publishing sensation, the BDSM best-seller gets the musical theatre treatment, via an overly interactive book club. Assembly Hall, 623 3030, 31 Jul–25 Aug (not 13), 10.30pm, £10–£15.

Anne Archer stars in controversial show The Trial of Jane Fonda at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

Academy-award nominated Anne Archer plays actress at the height of her anti-Vietnam protesting

Jane Fonda is famous for plenty things. Writhing around in wet-look silver as a coquettish space traveller in thigh boots for Barbarella. Lunging and reaching through aerobics workouts, shrink-wrapped in Lycra leotards and building up her own fitness…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Swiss Cheese

28 Jul 2014

Bawsoot Theatre Company swap some cheesy craftsmanship for valuable exposure

There was a marked contrast between the last bribe we received – Gary from Leeds' ultra-minimalist Yeti Action Pack – and our most recent arrival: a painstakingly assembled cheese house. Hand-delivered by two members of Bawsoot Theatre Company, the…

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: Kim Noble discusses performance and mental health

24 Jul 2014

The comedian and performance artist is working with 'the vacuum cleaner' on new play Mental

An audience member tried to have him institutionalised and he once filmed his own arrest for stalking, but controversial comedian and performance artist Kim Noble is back in Edinburgh with not one but two shows. Five years after he discussed his own…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: Poland's Song of the Goat immerses itself in Scotland's vocal music traditions

24 Jul 2014

Theatrical choral performance Return to the Voice will be performed in St Giles Cathedral

The great Indian cultural theorist Homi Bhabha writes of ‘hybridity’, a cultural phenomenon in which artists bring together aesthetic influences from different times and different places to create new art forms. It is an idea that could almost have been…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 13 Sunken Years explores family ties in an isolated rural setting

29 Jul 2014

The drama is a collaboration between Finnish National Theatre, Stellar Quines and Lung Ha

Fifteen years after moving to Scotland, Finnish-born director Maria Oller is bringing a piece of work from her native land to the Scottish stage. A co-production between Finnish National Theatre, Stellar Quines and Lung Ha, 13 Sunken Years is set in an…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Whoever Fights

29 Jul 2014

Triad Pictures secure some free publicity for their Free Fringe boxing drama

While we at The List always appreciate an edible bribe, we were left a bit bloated and immovable following the consumption of an entire cheese house. Thankfully, Triad Pictures' delivery of a board game and puzzle book (with a free pen!) meant we could…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: South African theatre shows

28 Jul 2014

Featuring David Mamet's Race, Mbongeni Ngema's The Zulu and Magadi: The Bride Price

'It's great to be able to present a range of work from this very vibrant country,' says William Burdett-Coutts, artistic director of Assembly Festival, who are presenting their third South African season. 'There is a range of talented theatre people…

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: three Scottish theatre productions

28 Jul 2014

Homegrown Fringe theatre highlights include MacBheatha and referendum satire Spoiling

Scotland Befitting a nation deciding its future shape, Scottish theatre is thriving, as evinced by the diversity on offer at this year's Edinburgh Festivals. Whether provocative, crowd-pleasing or challenging, there are grand, universal themes being…

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: three stage productions from New Zealand

28 Jul 2014

Highlights include Arthur Meek’s On the Upside Down of the World and Lemi Ponifasio's I AM

In the popular view of the northern hemisphere – and indeed, much of the country’s neighbours – New Zealand is a remote idyll populated by hobbits and sheep where not very much ever happens. Yet history tells us that a country so young is unlikely to be…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: experience music and poetry in arty environments with Festival Detours

28 Jul 2014

Luke Wright, Meursault, Eilidh MacAskill and John Osborne prepare to perform in gallery settings

Detours is a series of live shows by music, poetry and theatre artists taking place in galleries across the city. As part of Edinburgh Art Festival, it aims to bring a new audience to visual art by transforming the traditional gallery space. This…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: top 5 thought-provoking shows

28 Jul 2014

Five theatre productions tackling sensitive issues, including far right politics and sex trafficking

Blood Orange A frank exploration of the alarming rise of the new far right in modern Scotland. When his father’s business fails, a young man blames local Asian market sellers, forcing him to violently confront issues of race, religion, faith and…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 autobiographical theatre shows

28 Jul 2014

Shows tackling abuse, emigration, feminism and high school from a personal perspective

Jamaica Farewell Debra Ehrhardt escaped Jamaica for America, using the romantic aspirations of a CIA agent: a witty thriller from an experienced storyteller and directed by Joel Zwick who happened to direct the highest grossing romantic comedy ever, My…

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: theatremakers Rachel Chavkin and Chris Thorpe on Confirmation

24 Jul 2014

‘The last thing that I want this piece to be is a narrative retelling of my adventures with a Nazi'

Separately, Rachel Chavkin and Chris Thorpe have been behind some of the most exciting Fringe shows of the past decade. As artistic director of New York’s the TEAM, Chavkin’s impressed audiences and critics alike with genre-bending triumphs like…

Longlist announced for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2014

23 Jul 2014

The award recognises Fringe shows that encourage audiences to consider their environmental impact

The shortlist for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, which celebrates the greenest and most sustainable shows of the fringe that encourage audiences to take responsibility for their own environmental impact, has been announced, with 22…

Comedians take on dramatic roles at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

22 Jul 2014

Lucy Porter, Richard Herring, Suki Webster and Russell Kane discuss swapping comedy for drama

‘It must be irritating for actors and directors because comedians muscle in everywhere,’ Lucy Porter muses. ‘We’re like, “yeah we’ll have a go at that, why not?” I think we are naturally quite reckless.’ It’s a good year for recklessness. Stand-up…

Edinburgh International Festival 2014: 10 unmissable programme highlights

22 Jul 2014

Featuring Kronos Quartet, Helen Lawrence and Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

Czech Philharmonic Two concerts from the orchestra conducted by Jiri Belohlavek. The first features Nicola Benedetti as they tackle Janácek, Korngold and Martinu together, while the second has mezzo soprano Bernarda Fink singing the powerful ‘Biblical…

Verbatim theatre exploring sensitive issue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

22 Jul 2014

‘It accesses an emotional honesty, an immediacy that is rare in conventional scripted performance'

Max Stafford-Clark, former artistic director of the Traverse and collaborator with writers as diverse as David Hare, Mark Ravenhill and Caryl Churchill, regards verbatim as ‘the last great pulse in theatre’. Often used in a documentary format, it takes…

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 10 strange, site-specific venues

22 Jul 2014

Featuring phone shops, police boxes, rickshaws, caravans and a boxing gym

A boxing gym An amateur boxing club becomes the set for this verbatim theatre piece based on interviews with Muslim female boxers, using a cast of 16–18-year-olds. No Guts, No Heart, No Glory, Sandy’s Boxing Gym, Craigmillar, 226 0000, 18–25 Aug…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 shows that straddle contemporary dance and physical theatre

22 Jul 2014

Featuring Maria Addolorata, Pss Pss, Missing, Malasombra and Origin

Maria Addolorata Italian duo Carlo Massari and Chiara Taviani are C&C Company, and here they deliver an intense investigation into coping with pain. This piece has already won an award in France, and is the first chapter in their proposed Trilogy of…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 family-friendly circus acts

22 Jul 2014

Featuring The Little Big Show, Freedom Family Circus and Comedy Allsorts

The Little Big Show A global assortment of clowning and comedy promising ‘ginormous laughs’ in a small space. For ‘kids and very big kids’. That’s you lot. Assembly George Square Gardens, George Square, 0131 623 3030, 31 Jul–24 Aug, 10.45am, £10…

Interview: Sofie Gråbøl on The James Plays at 2014 Edinburgh International Festival

15 Jul 2014

The Killing star talks about why she chose her first project outside of Denmark to be in Scotland

It’s not a career path any Danish actor would dare to imagine. Even for the most celebrated of that country’s stars, the prospects of working abroad remain slim. So although Sofie Gråbøl was one of Denmark’s best-known actors long before being cast as…

Interview: Diana Rigg on making her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with No Turn Unstoned

15 Jul 2014

Diana Rigg on Games of Thrones and her 2014 comedy show based on bad theatre reviews

Something fishy is going on in theatreland. There’s a meeting of the Critics’ Circle but one of the members hasn’t shown up. Every time a concerned journo goes to investigate, they disappear too. At the mystery’s heart is Edward Lionheart, an actor in…