Jo Caird: Some Thoughts on Audiences
By Jo Caird
It's a cliché these days to talk about the huge disparity between audiences and shows at the Fringe, but the point still stands that there are simply not enough bums for all the available seats
Whingein' in the Rain
Well, I think we're making the best of it but, honestly, this weather is no fun at all. I'm looking out over the crags where eagles swoop and mists swirl, and the rain has been so heavy all night an
Boss Blog: Theatre's Debt to Comedy
By Terri Paddock
It’s a common complaint amongst theatre fans that the Edinburgh Fringe has gone to the comedy dogs. And there are plenty of stats that would seem to back up this view. Just six years ago, thea
Taking Part on the Fringe
I'm not going to be able to take part, alas, in the dance marathon show at the Traverse, but I did join in yesterday evening at Doris Day Can F*** Off at Zoo Southside. This proved a surprise gem,
Assembly Changes the Landscape
It is weird to find Assembly on the other side of town, forced out of George Street to make way soon for offices and a Jamie Oliver restaurant. The debate over whether this makes the "fringe villag
This Is MY Gnome
By Jo Stephenson
I have finally got round to seeing a show and couldn't have got off to a better start with Bob and Jim's Modern Urges at the Underbelly on Cowgate. One of the highlights of the show is a song about a ...
Becoming an Actor: The Importance of Music
By James Warwick
Berthold Auerbach, a German born writer and poet, on the subject of music once said: “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Now, I knew neither Auerbach nor this quot
Boss Blog: She-wee, He-wee, We all wee for She-wee
By Terri Paddock
An office conversation about camping and toilet facilities in the wake of last month’s Latitude festival has come back to haunt me. When our office manager Laura ripped open an intriguingly bulk
Festival Starts on Platform
The first bad news came at King's Cross, when I tried to buy a copy of The Scotsman. None to be had. Why? "We only have it on Saturdays," I'm told, so I can't be sure I'm heading in the right ...
McKellen Marches on Chichester
There is something marvellous about Ian McKellen leading a large company in a small theatre -- the Minerva in Chichester -- before taking the show on the road and resuming the hobbit trail in New ...