Niki Boyle

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21 Things You Should Know About Toronto's Crack-Smoking Mayor

17 Aug 20143 stars

Rob Ford-themed political theatre at 2014 Edinburgh Fringe that credits audience with intelligence

Canadian politician Rob Ford had a non-existent profile on the world stage until May last year, when clickbait news website *3Gawker*2 published evidence of him smoking crack cocaine. When Ford’s eventual admission only made things worse (‘Yes, I have…

The Generation of Z: Edinburgh

5 Aug 20144 stars

Entertaining interative zombie show at 2014 Edinburgh Fringe

'That’s like every movie I absolutely love,’ grins one punter as he emerges, breathless and ecstatic, from immersive action-horror production The Generation of Z. He’s not wrong – all the familiar tropes from modern zombie flicks are present and…

Interview: Jeff Baena discusses new film Life After Beth

19 Sep 2014

Director talks suburbia, working with his girlfriend and the psychology of smooth jazz

Life After Beth stars Dane DeHaan as Zach, an affluent suburbanite moper whose girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza), has recently died. Luckily for Zach, it turns out she’s not gone for good. We had a sit-down with director Jeff Baena (and, briefly, his star…

First Aid Kit – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Tue 16 Sep 2014

17 Sep 20144 stars

The Swedish alt.country outfit cover Jack White and Paul Simon on their Stay Gold tour

Following the somewhat dramatic onstage collapse of support act Jo Rose (a fair enough solo singer-songwriter who, thankfully, turned out to be alright), you could forgive Swedish alt.country outfit First Aid Kit for being out of sorts for a few moments…

GENERATION By Night - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Sep 2014

16 Sep 2014

Golden Teacher and Optimo enhance a celebration of contemporary Scottish art

We’ve already awarded a well-deserved five stars to Modern Art One’s strand of the GENERATION project, which celebrates the past 25 years of contemporary Scottish art. Our reviewer on that occasion was especially impressed by Douglas Gordon’s ‘24 Hour…

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Student Guide 2014: The best places to watch movies in Edinburgh and Glasgow

10 Sep 2014

A guide to the cities' cinema scenes, with info on money-off deals at all your local picturehouses

First, some bad news: even with student discounts, it still costs between £6–£9 to see a movie in your average multiplex. So it’s worth paying attention to the money-off offers available at the big chains: Vue’s Super Tuesday deal knocks a third off…

Sven Vath to host Cocoon night at London's Building Six in November 2014

2 Sep 2014

Tickets for the techno titan's winter event are on sale now

Techno boss Sven Vath will headline another of his legendary Cocoon nights at Building Six, London on Sat 22 Nov. As well as label boss Vath, the event will feature an as-yet-unannounced line-up of some of Cocoon's biggest hitters – and, considering the…

Maroon 5 announce London, Birmingham and Manchester arena dates for 2015

2 Sep 2014

Tickets for the group's summer 2015 UK tour dates go on sale from Fri 5 Sep

Chart-topping 'Moves Like Jagger' posse Maroon 5 are heading to the UK as part of the their 2015 European tour. The arena dates in London, Birmingham and Manchester will take place in late May/early in June next year, and will feature material from…

Lee Nelson to tour UK in 2015 with Suited & Booted tour

2 Sep 2014

Tickets for the comedy creation's new show will go on sale from Fri 5 Sep

Comedy character Lee Nelson is set to travel across the country as part of his 2015 Suited and Booted tour. Nelson (the creation of stand-up Simon Brodkin) will play indigo at The O2, London on Sat 9 May 2015, with further dates to be…

Interview: Idlewild singer-songwriter Roddy Woomble

27 Aug 2014

The musician talks crying at kids’ films and being starstruck by Morrissey

First record you ever bought Five Star, ‘Silk & Steel’. Last extravagant purchase you made Probably a nice meal somewhere – generally though, extravagance is overrated. First film you saw that really moved you Ghostbusters. First movie…

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God Help the Girl and Roger Christian's Black Angel among highlights of Dunoon Film Festival 2014

27 Aug 2014

The fest aims to bring international and local cinematic gems to Scotland's west coast

Corinne Orton, co-director of the Dunoon Film Festival, is reflecting on the level of audience commitment shown at the inaugural 2013 fest. ‘We had a screening of Wadjda, which is a Saudi Arabian film, and there was a problem with the subtitles, but…

Autumn film preview 2014: Anton Corbijn, Zach Braff and Tommy Lee Jones among top director comebacks

27 Aug 2014

David Cronenberg and the Farrelly brothers are also signalling hopeful returns to form

A Most Wanted Man Photographer Anton Corbijn burst onto the filmmaking scene with his 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control. 2010’s The American was less attention-grabbing, but hopes remain high for this new espionage drama starring the late Philip Seymour…

Back Door

18 Aug 20143 stars

A gender-bending twist on Alfred Hitchock’s Rear Window at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Offering a gender-bending twist on Alfred Hitchock’s Rear Window, Off-Off-Off-Broadway’s Back Door joins truculent war reporter Tabitha Montgomery (Laura Louise Baker) in 1920s Paris as she recovers from a broken leg. Attended to by wittering fop John…

Interview: First Aid Kit

15 Aug 2014

Swedish folk sisters on their musical influences and why they sing in English ahead of UK gigs

Johanna, according to Wikipedia it took you a while to be persuaded about the merits of country music, as you were a big fan of German techno. Is that still something you enjoy? We made a joke about that in an interview at one point; Johanna did have a…

Come Heckle Christ

14 Aug 20143 stars

Josh Ladgrove's Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy show is entirely dependent on audience interaction

You get no prizes for guessing that Come Heckle Christ is a show dependent on the quality of its audience. Character comedian Josh Ladgrove props himself on the cross for (almost) the entire duration, responding to a mix of insults, theological queries…

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Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Misa-Lisin

14 Aug 2014

Langasan Theatre company buy some easy exposure with traditional Taiwanese jewellery

Since receiving our rubber duckie from WithWings, the incessant tide of Big Fat Fringe Bribes had ceased almost immediately. Perhaps it was because all the other Festival performers sensed they wouldn't be able to top a visit from a metaphysical entity…

FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out

12 Aug 20143 stars

Plot gets lost in this enjoyable exploration of Internet age sensation at the Edinburgh Festival Fri

FOMO is the name for the Internet age sensation of looking at all the fun and success your friends are having on social media and feeling like you’re missing out. Zoe McDonald (a name shared by both the character and the actress who plays her) is in a…

He Had Hairy Hands

11 Aug 20144 stars

Kill the Beast's 1970s werewolf horror comedy is just shy of perfection at the Edinburgh Fringe

I let out a giddy gasp of relief when He Had Hairy Hands experienced a small lull in the second act – up until that point, it was headed for a perfect rating, and who would have credited that? ‘Five stars for a silly retro horror comedy about…

Ablutions

11 Aug 20143 stars

FellSwoop Theatre perform deft but needless adap of Patrick deWitt's novel at the Edinburgh Fringe

Ablutions, adapted from the novel of the same name by Booker-nominated author Patrick DeWitt, has a straightforward, unflashy premise: a nameless barman reflects on his dead-end life, recounting the tales of his own alcoholic excesses and those of the…

Sophie Wu is Minging, She Looks Like She’s Dead

10 Aug 20143 stars

Amusing monologue on teenage years from Fresh Meat from Kick-Ass actress

Sophie Wu is currently forging a decent acting career for herself, picking up supporting roles in the Kick-Ass franchise and Channel 4’s Fresh Meat. She wasn’t always so successful, though: in her teenage years, she suffered intense bullying at the…

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George Ryegold: Iron Face in a Velvet Beard

10 Aug 20143 stars

Sturdily constructed and potent Edinburgh Fringe show from disgraced medic

Disgraced medic George Ryegold has an impeccable and reassuring bedside manner. He wears a fuzzy beard and corduroy jacket; his speech is peppered with avuncular Old Etonionisms (everything’s ‘bloody’ or ‘a bugger’); and his Radio 4-friendly voice is…

Foil, Arms and Hog

9 Aug 20142 stars

Likeable enough trio suffer from acute lack of originality

You’ll find nothing especially wrong with affable Irish sketch trio Foil, Arms and Hog. You’ll go along and be vicariously charmed by how much fun they seem to be having on stage; you’ll be swept up in the merriment of the battle of the mimes, or the…

Jay-Z and Me: A Fast-talking Memoir

8 Aug 20142 stars

Impressive mastery of Hova's verses fails to disguise empty plot at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

60-year-old New Yorker Brenda Cullerton is a massive Jay-Z fan. Forced to attend his concerts alone (her husband isn’t a hip hop fan; her children are too embarrassed), she stands in awe of the man whose love of words equals her own, and whose…

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: The Duck Pond

7 Aug 2014

WithWings Theatre Company buy some easy exposure for their Swan Lake adap with a rubber duckie

There was no way the invasion-based bribe trend could continue, so after visits from an inept waiter and Death himself, we were relieved to receive a modest rubber duck bribe from Wings Theatre Company. It came with a rustic hand-written label and show…

Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked

5 Aug 20143 stars

Blacker-than-black comedy has solid in-depth character study but lacks significant story-line

When booking tickets for this blacker-than-black comedy, it may be worth bearing in mind the words of Mike Myers’ Wayne Campbell, who, upon hearing that rock band the Shitty Beatles make awful music, quips: ‘So it’s not just a clever name.’ Yes, the…