Interview with Wolfgang Hoffman
In a rare interview, a Fringe-tired Wolfgang Hoffman shares the story of Aurora Nova which brought a series of acclaimed productions to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013.
Interview with James Bannon
As a former undercover policeman James Bannon knows how to act as though his life depended on it. Here he talks with Dan Lentell about his one man show Running With The Firm, based on the book of the same name.
Having come off stage for the final time this Fringe, James Bannon and director Dermot Keaney talk with Dan Lentell about their experience growing their show into an OUTSTANDING piece of theatre.
Interview with Tim O’Shea
Sir Timothy O’Shea has been Principal and Vice Chancellor of Edinburgh University since 2002 and is chair of the Fringe. Dan Lentell speaks to him about the cross currents between Sir Tim’s roles as an educator and custodian of many of the Fringe’s most familiar venues.
Interview with Bryony Kimmings
Bryony Kimmings, and her niece, Taylor, present a unique, challenge, potent and relevant piece of theatre in Credible, Likeable Superstar Rolemodel – enough to earn them one of our coveted Outstanding Theatre Awards – the famous FringeReview teapot. Here the big teapot winner and the smaller teapot winner talk to us about making the show and its impact on them and on their growing audience.
Interview with Shawn Hitchins
Shawn Hitchins, proud ginger, and fine stand-up storyteller talks to Paul Levy about Ginger Nation, his story of being a sperm doner to a lesbian couple. Shawn talks about how the show was created and how it has developed during his Fringe run in Edinburgh.
Interview with A Play For September
Dan Lentell talks with the team behind A Play for September the unflinching story of the relationship between a teacher and his young female pupil told from the point of view of her best friend.
Bedtime Solos, by Jakob Holder, is directed by Bob Paisley and features Amy Kelly and Jordan Fox. Here Bob, from Central Standard Theatre, based in Kansas City, who has directed many other works by Holder (described by Edward Albee as “a gifted and provocative young playwright”, talks about this very unique piece of new writing.
Interview with William Glenn and Trish Perry
A Brief History of Beer is a new show from The Wish Experience. Perfomers William Glenn and Trish Perry talk about the Free Fringe and the creation of a comedy show, through a lot of hands-on and hands-off research.
Natural Shocks have brought an entire venue and a suite of shows to the Edinburgh Fringe this year – a unique venue that invites you to “Pick a booth and peep…” into their work. Here we chat to Donnacadh O’Briain, Director & producer of PEEP and also writer in residence and author of several plays in the venue, Kefi Chadwick,
Interview with Richard Hills-Ingyon and Gaelle Stark-Ordish
Dan Lentell talks with Richard Hills-Ingyon and Gaelle Stark-Ordish of For the Trumpets Shall Sound (and is joined unexpectedly by their colleagues Samuel Morgan, Kayleigh Hawkins and Bill Rose). The story of finding love and support in the most hostile of environments.
Interview with George Evans and Jesse Fox
George Evans and Jesse Fox from Engineer Theatre talk to Kate Saffin about their verbatim theatre production, Missing. We hear about the research process and how mountains of material were distilled into a fine piece of theatre.
Interview with Colin Pip Dixon
Colin Pip Dixon, from the Elsewhere Ensemble brings His Majesty, the Devil, a Play with Music, written by his mother. Here he talks about the play, and the special family connection between performers and writer, as well as the process of blending music with drama.
Interview with Anh Chu, Julie Cheung-Inhin and Siu-See Hung
Dan Lentell catches up with the cast of Something There That’s Missing the lyrical play featuring panda heads and puppets chronicling a struggling young artist’s effort to compose herself and a script.
Interview with Clifford Barry
Clifford Barry wrote and performs the solo theatre production of You all Know Me, I’m Jack Ruby!, a penetrating and powerful examination of the man who shot Lee Harvey Oswald. Here Clifford talks to Paul Levy about how the show came into being and the process of creating an acclaimed solo theatre piece.
Interview with Daniel Cainer
Daniel Cainer has been performing his blend of story telling and singing for quite a few years at the Fringe. We finally managed to track him down for a wonderful chat about making his wonderful brand of entertainment, and why he comes back year after year. This year it is called Schtick and Spiel.
Interview with Matt Morillo, Jaret Sacrey, Jessica Moreno and Joanne Hartson
Dan Lentell talks with the team behind The Inventor and the Escort. The script which is like a Turner Classic Movies, golden era of Hollywood RomCom gem, spiced to 21st century palates.
Interview with Luke Tudball & Heather Bagnall
Dan Lentell talks with the dynamic duo behind Single Married Girl, the adaptation of Laurel Spears’ blog www.singlemarriedgirl.com, which follows the antics of a Chicago native who, finding herself at the crossroads of a dead-end marriage and major identity crisis, decides to take herself on a date…and see what happens next.
Interview with Shelley Knowles & Mervyn Stutter
Following a hectic day at ‘Meet the Media’ Dan Lentell has an off-the-cuff chat with the director of Killing Roger as well as a genuine Fringe legend who’s Pick of the Fringe has been informing audiences since the early ’90s.
Interview with Steven Green
Steven is Artistic Director of highly acclaimed, London based Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. Here, Steven talks about how the company finds and develops work. In 2013, they bring three productions to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Interview with Steve Richards
Lifelong politico and respected pundit Steve Richards has returned to Edinburgh with a second outing of his Rock ‘n’ Roll Politics. Here he talks with Dan Lentell about happenings at Holyrood and Westminster as well as the up and downs of the greasy pole climbers in both parliaments.
Interview with Rory McGrath and Phillip Pope
Two golden oldies share their thoughts on Edinburgh Fringe 2013 and their show Bridge Over Troubled Lager with Dan Lentell. (Contains adult themes).
Interview with Patrick Collier
One of the hardest working people at this year’s Fringe, Patrick Collier is the producer of both The Fantasist and The Little Soldiers. Here he talks with Edinburgh Editor Dan Lentell about the shows as well as sharing his views on life, the Fringe and everything.
Interview with Nir Paldi
FringeReview doesn’t give out many of its legendary Outstanding Theatre Awards. Yet it was an easy decision to award Theatre Ad Infinitum with an award for Translunar Paradise in 2011. Their current production, Ballad of the Burning Star is a very different piece. Here Paul Levy talks to writer and performer Nir Paldi about this unique work, a “story of victimhood, persecution, aggression and love.”
Interview with Alison Pollard-Mansergh
Interactive Theatre International have been touring Faulty Towers The Dining Experience since 1997. Here, in a frank interview, Alison talks of the show’s relationship to the original, and how the company keeps this consistently highly reviewed show fresh.
Interview with Sofia Price and Brian Portsmouth
P & P Theatre bring Grated Expectations to the Edinburgh Fringe. Here, writers Brian Portsmouth and Sofia Price talk about the play, “An original new comedy based on a man’s obsession with one of the greatest British novelists of all time.” They also talk about the process of co-authoring.
Interview with Tina Kronis and Richard Alger
FringeReview gave an Outstanding Theatre Award for Theatre Movement Bazaar‘s Anton’s Uncles at the Fringe in 2011. Here writer Richard Alger, and choreographer Tina Kronis, (both founders of the company) talk about the realisation of Track 3, a new physical theatre work inspired by Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, brought to the Fringe in collaboration with Greenwich Theatre.
Puppeteer-performers, and children’s theatre makers, Roddy Peters and Anna Wheatley from Tucked In Productions have collaborated with Greenwich Theatre to bring two shows to the Fringe – The Golden Cowpat and Sam Rose in the Shadows. Here they talk about their work and their belief that puppets are real.
Interview with Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter
Two of cricket’s most famous voices descend from the commentary box to talk with Dan Lentell to discuss Blofeld and Baxter, the show which perfectly captures the irreverent spirit of their very special bromance.
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Interview with Penny Jackson and Joan Kane
Safe comes to the Edinburgh Fringe from the pen of writer, Penny Jackson, working with Director/Developer Joan Kane from Ego Actus. Offering fascinating insight into the relationship between writer and director, Paul Levy finds out how a novelist becomes a willing writer of plays!
Interview with Yael Karavan
Yael Karavan (Karavan Ensemble) and Tanya Khabarova (Derevo), a unique collaboration, whose show at Summerhall, Somnambules and the 7 Deadly Sins, invites us “on an epic voyage into the mysteries of what we are made of, transporting us through archetypes, icons and the ancestors within us”. Paul Levy talks them about that, about light, and much more…
Interview with Ross Drury
We last interviewed Ross when he was directing Private Lives at the Grand Hotel in Brighton for Something Witty. Here he chats to Paul Levy about bringing Ed Harris’s absurdist comedy, The Cow Play with new company Smoke and Oakem. (Watch a teaser here). A revealing conversation about directing new work and a young company.
Interview with Brian Mitchell
Brian Mitchell, along with co-writer, Joseph Nixon, hails from the Foundry Group. The writers of the acclaimed Those Magnificent Men, bring their new play, Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks to the Edinburgh Fringe. Here Brian talks about the decision to bring the show to Edinburgh and the process of writing this already highly reviewed play.
This is called the “Must See Show” rating and our reviewers can nominated a small number of shows for this extra category.
We do this in our chosen role as the ‘Good Fringe Guide’ – seeking out quality work and sharing that with our readers.
The rationale behind the new “MUST SEE SHOW” label is to flag up work of any rating that our review team feels is exciting or interesting in some way. Some work may need improvement, may have flaws but will still represent something potentially ground breaking, bold and a different.
Our “MUST SEE SHOW” rating will help to point that work out and celebrate that boldness. Not all experiments in theatre succeed first time, but the spirit of experimentation and creativity can make for compelling work.
Dan Lentell (Editor, Edinburgh)
Paul Levy (Publisher and Chief Editor)
You can listen to our announcement of must see shows below.
Paul was interviewed recently by John Murray on Edinburgh’s Castle FM Radio. Here he chats to John about the Edinburgh Fringe, Fringe Review and the role of the reviewer.