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Edinburgh Fringe

A Friend Indeed -- Social Network Friendships Are No Substitute for the Real Thing

Allen Barton | Posted 07.25.2014 | Technology
Allen Barton

I'm the annoying friend who pesters other friends to get together in person. It's difficult. It's practically a secondary career for which I've developed strategies, persistence, long-term goals.

Girls Gone Fringe: Three Feminist Observations from Katie Goodman at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Katie Goodman | Posted 10.16.2013 | Comedy
Katie Goodman

"Who here masturbated already today?!" This was the opening line of a cabaret I just saw at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where I'm performing my solo musical satire show all month in Scotland.

The Underground Theater World Of Belarus

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 10.07.2013 | Arts

MINSK, Belarus — Two emotions course through spectators at the Belarus Free Theater – excitement at watching avant-garde drama and fear th...

Beyond Words, a Mime's Story Coming to Edinburgh Fringe

Monica Bauer | Posted 09.23.2013 | Arts
Monica Bauer

The journey of this young gay boy from the Big Sky country of one of the USA's most under populated western states (Montana) becomes something much, much more than a series of "amusing things that happened." That's because the performer is Bill Bowers.

How To Strike It Lucky In The Biggest Cultural Casino In The World

Bob Golding | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bob Golding

I don't think any of the team who put Morecambe together could have predicted the success of the play as it unfurled in what was in many ways unfathomable. A sell out run is a big ambition in the biggest arts festival in the world but to be followed by a West End opening, two Olivier Award nominations and one Olivier Award win, was way beyond our wildest dreams.

Transitioning out of Our Past and Into Our Future

Amanda Draughn | Posted 12.08.2012 | Arts
Amanda Draughn

To us, it is more than just a play, it is a journey. Our journey. Nothing can replace it, or even come close. And now, after all this time of sharing the stories of the underworld, we finally get to tell our own; moving on to new memories and new beginnings.

What Happens After the Fringe?

Amanda Draughn | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Amanda Draughn

Leaving Edinburgh is difficult. We share stories and fall into a deep sleep as the plane takes us home. But home doesn't mean that the journey is complete. On the contrary, the journey continues.

After Orpheus Arrives at the Fringe

Amanda Draughn | Posted 11.12.2012 | Arts
Amanda Draughn

The opportunity to be able to perform in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was beyond my wildest dreams. It was the first time that I had ever been a part of a touring show, and producing After Orpheus was no small feat.

The End is Nigh

Anne McGrath | Posted 11.04.2012 | Arts
Anne McGrath

What you've done become eclipsed by what you won't do, because there's no way to come to the Fringe and expect to experience even half of what it has to offer.

The Short Venue For The Tall Comic

Naomi Hefter | Posted 10.31.2012 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

Like a month into your first year at University, just one week in to the festival I was overly tired, bloated, and erratically emotional and my new white converse were ruined from cheap drink spillage and muddy rain.

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: David and Goliath

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.30.2012 | Arts
Monica Bauer

If you don't get press or reviews, how will the audience know that you, little David, are out there somewhere giving a performance?

From Rehearsals to Performances and Beyond

Amanda Draughn | Posted 10.28.2012 | Arts
Amanda Draughn

When we arrived in Lexington, we all realized one thing: we finally have an audience, and none of us knew what was going to happen next.

That Awkward Moment when you Body-Check a Pulitzer Prize Winner

Anne McGrath | Posted 10.27.2012 | Arts
Anne McGrath

Imagine, if you will, the following scenario: You are at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This is your fifth time in the city, yet somehow you have only just discovered that this event exists.

Edinburgh Fringe Diary: She Hearts Hamas

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.24.2012 | Arts
Monica Bauer

Politics demonizes. Theater humanizes. Some prefer their demons. But that may be a harder preference to maintain, after understanding why Jennifer "hearts" Hamas.

The Downside of Being Neil Armstrong

Jake Martin | Posted 10.23.2012 | Arts
Jake Martin

Years and years ago when I was a wee improviser in Chicago, I expected that I would one day perform at the Fringe; I just never imagined it would be as a vowed celibate.

I'll Show You Mine...

Anne McGrath | Posted 10.23.2012 | Arts
Anne McGrath

You want your fellow performers at your show for the same reason you should go to theirs -- the ideal audience is made up of your peers, other theatre-makers who know that a venue in a closet is still better than where the ceiling doubles as the floor for a dance show.

The One Where Mabel & Bob Absentmindedly Wander Into a Comedy Show

Michael Blomquist | Posted 10.21.2012 | Comedy
Michael Blomquist

After the second sketch there was mock applause. During each sketch there were "hushed" whispers that my deaf-in-one-ear grandfather wouldn't have had much trouble hearing, though the accents were so cartoonishly thick that he would have had trouble deciphering.

The Contemporary Shakespeare Drinking Game

Anne McGrath | Posted 10.20.2012 | Arts
Anne McGrath

As we looked more closely at the disparate shows, we realized that although the plays themselves are incredibly diverse, contemporary productions, whether great or terrible, tend to have a lot in common.

The Fringe: I Am Garbage

Bronston Jones | Posted 10.19.2012 | Comedy
Bronston Jones

My most depressing moment at the Fringe was the first time I realized the imploring eyes staring at me from the shriveled flier on the rain soaked sidewalk were, in fact, mine. That's my flier?!

Pussy Riot in Edinburgh

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.18.2012 | Arts
Monica Bauer

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival held an event in solidarity with the Pussy Riot artists yesterday. About 35 people attended. About 10 took part in the direct organization and performance. Was it significant?

Is Anybody Here? (Echo)

Jake Martin | Posted 10.16.2012 | Arts
Jake Martin

They said they would come to see my show. They promised they would come! Liars! My show is amazing, my mom even said so! I'm amazing, who wouldn't want to see my amazing show?

'Balls to the Wall'

Anne McGrath | Posted 10.14.2012 | Arts
Anne McGrath

Selling tickets at the Fringe Festival is a risky business. If nobody's heard of you or your play, you just might be sh*t out of luck.

Dear Fringe Diary

Monica Heisey | Posted 10.14.2012 | Comedy
Monica Heisey

DeAr FrInGe DiArY: If U don't have a !BiG AuDiEnCe! for your show, a cool way to get ppl 2 come CU is to scream at them while already in costume for that show. Ppl will be so impressed that u r in character 24/7 that they will HAVE to come see you.

For the Love of God, Come See My Show!

Jake Martin | Posted 10.14.2012 | Arts
Jake Martin

I wake up screaming, soaked in sweat thinking about it. No, I'm not talking about my show, I'm talking about flyering.

Claire Sweeney Spotting

Up & Over It | Posted 10.13.2012 | UK Comedy
Up & Over It

We're officially half way through the fringe people - HALF WAY! Two weeks down, two to go. That's two weeks without watching the news or reading a newspaper (besides scouring them for reviews). So apart from Tom Daley getting a medal for doing some sexy showering and Louise Mensch fecking off to America, we have no idea what's going on in the rest of the world. Not that'd matter if we did know.