Johnny O’Callaghan’s true story, rendered as a comedy play, Who’s Your Daddy?, is one of those true life tales that has to be shared. Shared it he has, but here we get a revealing insight into the craft of writing, and then performing one’s own unbelievable story.
Ken talks about this unique piece of theatre where, as writer, and as real life experiencer of the story, he has stepped into the role of this five-star production,A Soldier’s Song, directed by Guy Masterson. Interviewer: Dan Lentell.
“FringeReview’s Edinburgh Editor, Dan Lentell, chats with Des McLean, star of I, Tommy the comi-tragic story charting the rise and fall of Socialist Scotland’s answer to William Wallace. Has Des come to a better understanding of Tommy Sheridan? How have audiences, including individuals represented on stage, reacted? And has the play the potential to act as a kind of truth and reconciliation process for the SSP and Sheridan’s new party Solidarity?
FringeReview’s Dan Lentell, chats with Gordon Russell and Tim Swinton, the star and producer of On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco / Can Cause Death– a double bill of Chekhov and a piece of new writing by rising star Alison Carr.
Gordon and Tim talk about how their first Fringe experience measures up to their recent acclaimed tour of Scaramouch Jones through the highlands and islands; about the People’s Theatre in Newcastle, where they met; as well as how their bromance has endured the stresses and strains of three hectic weeks in the world capital of theatre
FringeReview’s Edinburgh Editor, Dan Lentell, chats with Jimmy Chisholm about Jimmy’s part in Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut. What’s it like being in such an unrelentingly physical piece of theatre day after day? What’s does it feel stepping into the shoes of Paul Henreid and Claude Rains as well as acting opposite Gavin Mitchell’s unparalleled portrait of Humphrey Bogart?
Where next for the show which FringeReview has described as “Outstanding” two years in a row?
In an update interview with Amy Curtis from Trailblaze Theatre, Amy talks about how the show has developed since Brighton Fringe 2012 (first interview here) and in the challenges of bringing a cabaret performance space to life for their production ofA Dirty Martini.
Tanju Duncan is artistic director of by Moonlight Theatre and talks of the dynamic between being both artistic director and director of their Edinburgh Fringe show, East, as well as the challenge and opportunity of playing at the unique Douglas House.
Jonathan Young from Shams Theatre takes us on a creative journey from The Garden to Thin Ice, Shams’ latest production at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012. Priceless reflections on creativity and theatre making. My favourite interview of the Fringe so far!
Ed Eales-White brings Championsto the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe. One part of Clever Peter and Whitebone Productions, Ed talks about experimenting with a one-man show while this acclaimed sketch troupe take a short sabbatical. An interesting conversation about creating solo material out of a sketch group backdrop.
A frank discussion with the founder of the Infringement independent festival movement that began in Canada. Can a fringe festival be truly free, non-corporate, and focused on sustainability and art unhindered by corporate greed and interference?
Dan Lentell talks to Steve Richards, columnist for The Independent, about his show Rock N Roll Politics. Steve talks about the runners and riders on the political scene of today, the great and the good of yesterday and where it might all end up in the future. Steve is a Fringe newcomer who has hit the ground running with a fabulously engaging show for peps, pundits and pols of all political stripes.
The Blanks, aka Ted’s Band from the hit TV show Scrubs and ” a quartet of friends who sing a cappella music and perform sketch comedy”, are up in Edinburgh with their first show,The Blanks’ Big Break. Here they chat to Dan Lentell.
Dan Lentell talks with Flanders and Swann tribute duo, Tim FitzHigham and Duncan Walsh-Atkins at the Pleasance Courtyard. The pair discourse on their first meeting, long running collaboration as well as their other offerings this Fringe. What does it take to keep a recurring act fresh? Is it true they have now been Flanders and Swann for longer than the originals? Why was Tim recently spotted swimming in the Arctic and will Mike McShane please stop interrupting from across the yard?
Fourth Monkey Theatre Company bring a clutch of shows to Edinburgh Fringe 2012. Artistic Director Steve Green attempts to join them all up, discussing the ideals and approach of Fourth Monkey along the way.
Interview with Rebecca Vaughan and Elton Townend-Jones from Dyad Productions
Rebecca Vaughan and Elton Townend-Jones from Dyad Productions discuss Female Gothic and the process of creating a solo show, uncovering the importance of the female Gothic tradition, as well as giving insights into Dyad’s other work.
Mechanical tables, a legendary house with a rich history, stories, songs and a harmonium, Jane Bom-Bane talks of storytelling, songwriting, and the creation of hats. She also shares insights about creating her Edinburgh Fringe show, Jane Bom-Bane.
Kate Saffin talks to Jasmine Smart about Panning for Gold from Bristol’s Thrice Three Muses present “the journey of three jilted brides, from their first group therapy session to the start of their new lives”.
Philip Stokes makes me cry; for all the ‘write’ reasons. Philip founded, and is the pen behind, the mighty Horizon Arts sword. Here he talks about Razing Eddie, the process and writing, and what “theatre for a new generation” means.
Interview with Kefi Chadwick and Donnacadh O’Briain
Three specially commissioned new short plays about sex, featuring award-winning writers and theatre-makers Leo Butler, Pamela Carter and Kefi Chadwick and directed by Donnacadh O’Briain are the subject of this interview in which Kefi and Donnacadh talk about the process of writing and directing short plays, in this case, the production, Peep.
“On the 1st of May 2004, Kneehigh’s Tristan Sturrock fell, head first, off a wall. Paralysed in hospital and about to become a father, he was told he may never walk again. He tells his unique story”. In this interview, director Katy Carmichael from Theatre Damfino discusses the play, Mayday Mayday.
I saw an earlier version of this production quite a few years ago at the Komedia in Brighton. The piece has developed and comes to the Edinburgh Fringe as something quite unique. Still Life: An Audience With Henrietta Moraes is performed by Sue MacLaine. Sue talks about Henrietta, the fourth wall and the development of the production.
From Start to Finnish is based on a ground-breaking partnership between Pleasance and ACE Production bringing Finnish work to the Edinburgh Fringe. Johan describes the initiative, gives a fascinating picture of the vibrant Finnish theatre scene, and tells us about My Elevator Days.
Spun Glass Theatre‘s Laura Lexx (performer) and Jessica Cheetham (director) discuss the process of creating You Left Me in the Dark. They provide fascinating insight into the process of devising, creating, rehearsing and realising this work on stage.
Interview with Sandra Prinsloo and Hennie van Greunen
“After more than 400 performances in South Africa this funny, poignant play tells the story of an 82-year-old woman, portrayed by a South African acting legend, who has to sell her sewing machine after 55 years. As she cleans it for the last time, we follow the story of her family, her life and her unique view of the world. ”
Dan Lentell and Kate Saffin chat to Sandra and Hennie about his award winning play, The Sewing Machine, from South Africa.
Guy Masterson gives a very frank for of the state of theatre in the UK, and reflects on whether it can ever work again in the same way as it once did. Playing solo in The Half, there are some interesting resonances from person to portrayal.
Staging silent comedy, inspired by the silent comedy greats of the past and the present is the challenge that Awkward Cough Theatre Company have set themselves. Here Sam and Ian discuss the process of create silent comedy on stage in the form of The Election.
Frimston and Rowett chat to Paul Levy and never apologise for a comedy style they describe as warm. This acclaimed comedy duo discuss the process of getting ideas onto stage and how they feel comedy can be funny without being cruel.
I was wrong and he was right. Find out why in a conversation with award-winning Joe Bone about Banes 1-3, and, perhaps, 4. Joe Bone, of Whitebone Productions, is a master of the solo physical theatre show. He he shares his creative process.
It’s rare to see a play about Tony Hancock on the Fringe. If anyone can pull it off it would be a link up between writer, Roy Smiles, and Treason Show’s Mark Brailsford. Mark discusses Hancock, comedy, and stepping into the shoes of a legend in The Lad Himself.
FringeReview gave an outstanding review to Gavin Robertson‘s The Six Sided Man at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe. Here he talks about his new production, Robertson’s Crusoe, and the importance of precision in theatre.
Simon Egerton‘s Fag Ends and Families is a journey into Englishness! Here Simon Egerton chats to Paul Levy about a show that is billed as “Jacques Brel meets Alan Bennett! Here he talks about music, theatre, narrative and the role of the director in a one person show.
Adrian conceived, wrote and directed Kemble’s Riot, which premiered in 2011 at the Brighton Fringe. Here he discusses the unique staging of a riot in a theatre and how audience involvement helps to bring the production to life create powerful and engaging theatre.
DeeDee Stewart is writer, director and performer of this one-woman show that takes her own childhood as its starting point. Here DeeDee and producer, Ray Nedzel, talk about bringing the show, Dirty Barbie, to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Matt and Michael, from Confused Moose, trained in Chicago, bring their unique brand of character comedy to Edinburgh with their showMen of Character. Here they talk about their improvisation roots and how they create their comedy material.
Early Worx hit five-stars from FringeReview in Adelaide with Joanna Murray-Smith’s modern Australian play, Love Child, about a daughter who meets her biological mother for the first time. Actor and director share their thoughts on the play and the processes of rehearsal, directing and character creation.