Purezza’s Vegan Pizza – a Review

PUREZZA’S VEGAN PIZZA – A REVIEW Jake Levy, Brighton. Imagining a pizza without meat was just about tolerable. Imagining a pizza without cheese, too, was just not something I was prepared to entertain. What a silly idea. But on the advice of a very trustworthy Italian, I gave Purezza a go. I left impressed, surprised, […]


Theatrical Clown: Jo Tomalin talks to Áine Donnelly, producer/author/performer from San Francisco about Theatre Infinite and developing her clown character and show Hi. (Jean-Luc Godard). “Inspired by Jean-Luc Godard, clown Rodeo Debbie conducts an aesthetic investigation, where symposium meets jam session, and the audience contributes vital material. Mr. Godard knows a lot, but you are […]


How and why do we set ourselves challenges.  Jo Tomalin talks to producer and performer Natacha Ruck about her work telling other people’s stories – and writing and telling her own story in a solo performance You’re good for nothing. I’ll milk the cow myself. “Natacha stepped into her French grandmother’s kitchen to pick up […]


What does it take to write and perform a solo show? Jo Tomalin talks to memoirist, published essayist, actor and and lecture agent Jamie Brickhouse about creating solo shows and his latest show: I Favor My Daddy. “Daddy Poo adored bikinis and martinis as much as his homosexual alcoholic son. Was he a sodomite lush too? […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Comedic Storyteller Colleen Hindsley from NYC about what is special to her about performing at different fringes, developing new material, and developing and performing That’s Not How it Happened. Listen to our interview with Colleen Hindsley Visit our audio interviews page Visit our main San Francisco Fringe page for reviews


There are many Fringe Festivals in North America and they are coordinated by different organizations. How can fringers find out about them? Jo Tomalin talks to Grant Knutson, a fringe consultant and Managing Director of Minion Productions, who helps independent artists find out about fringe festivals, how to fringe in North America and about the […]


Shakespeare’s plays are just as relevant today as they were when they were written hundreds of years ago, and adapting Hamlet from Hamlet’s own point of view is a fascinating project. Jo Tomalin talks to San Francisco based Laurel Scotland-Stewart about her academic background in philosophy and The Readiness Is All: A Solo Hamlet by William Shakespeare; adapted […]


How does a performer develop a one person show? Jo Tomalin talks to James Sundquist about his creative process, performance style and AEON. “AEON by James Sundquist is the last chapter of good-humored resilience and personal pain that has been explored in EXPEDITIOUS INTENT (2017) and MINGALABA (2018). Minimalist, Paired Down Monodrama. I’m excited to […]


Telling a personal story is often more difficult to tell than a fictional one. Jo Tomalin talks to Jonathan Euseppi, a comedian and storyteller from Chicago about wanting to create a one person show about his dad, how he couldn’t get started and how he developed Grief is Horny. Listen to our interview with Jonathan Euseppi […]


Bars and Craft Cocktails in San Francisco! Jo Tomalin talks to Brian Waksmunski from Oakland, CA about crafting his experience in this industry and his inspiration for creating and performing his first solo show A Decent Negroni. “Abandoned by another waitress, our bartender takes inventory of his stock.” Listen to our interview with Brian Waksmunski Visit our audio […]


A survivor is always healing. Jo Tomalin talks to Nicia De’Lovely from Oakland, California about her healing process, the community workshops she conducts, theatre as a therapeutic tool and Get Uncomfortable. “Get Uncomfortable is a provocative performance addressing taboo subjects that have been normalized by traumatized silence within our marginalized communities. This one woman recital is […]


Jo Tomalin talks to pioneer lesbian playwright and actress Terry Baum about her work and Hick: A Love Story, Based on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Letters to Letters to Lorena Hickok, written by Terry Baum who also plays Lorena Hickok – Hick. “When Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady in 1933, she had a lesbian lover — Lorena […]


  The Intrepid Theatre Company in San Diego produces plays for all audiences. Jo Tomalin talks to Sean Yael-Cox, the company’s founding artistic director about the importance of outreach in the community, producing plays that have a message and The Thousandth Night by Carol Wolf, performed by Sean Yael-Cox. “One Actor, 38 roles. It’s Paris, 1943. […]


              Paul Levy talks to director Matt Owen and co-producer Kate Chalmers from Pound of Flesh Theatre about Fires Our Shoes Have Made. “Excalibur, equipped. School, skipped. Six months ago, when they lost their mum, their names shot past the sun and echoed through the stars. Today they become […]


              Paul Levy talks to Jacqueline Haigh about Goddess. “A peek behind the velvet curtain! Hilarious one-woman sitcom based on Jacqueline Haigh’s true experiences working as a receptionist in a tantric massage parlour. Fringe hit 2018! Directed by award-winning Alan Short (co-director Watership Down, Netflix/BBC) ‘Well written and conveyed… […]


              Paul Levy talks to Elliot Hughes from Hidden Track about award-winning theatre game Standard: Elite. “There are two types of ticket. Everyone gets a Standard ticket. You have to earn an Elite ticket. Together, we’re going to tell a story… of a girl from Lowground spun from spiderweb and […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Jacob Standbridge cast member and producer, who offers advice to first time producers at the Fringe, from his experience in Sidekick, a new musical. “It’s the final year of university for Tom, but he’s afraid he’ll never be good enough to become a superhero. When Lily mysteriously arrives with powers stronger than […]


              Paul Levy talks to Cristina Lark about satirical theatre piece Rich Bitch – How to Make Money with the Power of Your Mind. “GFH builds on the runaway success of Gabby’s last Edinburgh show and offers a new series of life hacks on today’s dating and partying scene. From […]


Ensemble is a group of dancers who get together to create, for friendship and to challenge themselves, for the past six years. Jo Tomalin talks to Robbie Synge and Lucy Boyes, choreographers and co-Directors of Ensemble, a dance production working with people of different ages. “Ensemble is a joyous expression of togetherness involving five performers […]


Choreographing collaboratively with dancers is an organic way to create new work. Jo Tomalin talks to award-winning choreographer from Hong Kong, Victor Fung, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Victor Fung Dance, and dancers from his company about From the Top. “From the Top is a witty contemporary dance work that explores the power relations between […]


Growing up in a small town in Wales, Youth Theatre offered an introduction to acting. Jo Tomalin talks to Ryan Lane about how this interest grew, led to training with Philippe Gaulier, and how he found inspiration to create and perform his new solo show Ryan Lane Will Be There Now in a Minute. “A show for […]


              Paul Levy talks to  award-winning author and political campaigner Jennifer Nadel about Medea Speaks. “Medea Speaks is a rallying cry to take the conversation begun by #MeToo further. Franca Rame’s acclaimed interpretation of Medea is co-directed by award-winning author and political campaigner Jennifer Nadel and Myles O’Gorman from […]


              Paul Levy talks to Lucy Farrett about her solo character comedy show Lucy Farrett: Lois. “Lois: your new favourite action hero. She fights the man, steals from the rich and eats yummy punks for breakfast. She’ll avenge the death of your mother, your brother, even your good-for-nothin’ goldfish, […]


              Paul Levy talks to storyteller Turan Ali, here at his first Edfringe, about Don’t Frighten the Straights! “International slut and mouthy, old, ethnic poof, Turan Ali tells outrageously funny true gay stories from around the queer world, some heard on Radio 4. Jaw-droppingly hilarious sluttery from this BBC comedy […]


Creating a dance piece that is simple and complex at the same time is an interesting concept. Jo Tomalin talks to Chiara Bersani, an italian dancer and choreographer, with a disability, about her career and new solo show Seeking Unicorns. “A fragile and abandoned symbol is made manifest by an extraordinary artist. The unicorn is […]


Jo Tomalin talks with physical theatre performer Tom Bailey who is also Artistic Director of award-winning theatre company, Mechanimal. His company is interested in devising physical theatre projects exploring the relationship between human and non-human species. After last year’s successful physical theatre show ‘Zugunruhe’ a sound-theatre project exploring both human migration and bird migration, Bailey […]


Making creative theatre for very small audiences in a caravan depends on the size of the caravan. Jo Tomalin talks to Emma Brierley, about developing and performing immersive visual theatre, including puppetry, poetry and storytelling and touring Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre. “From the absurd to the moving, magical, funny and intriguing. Swallow the Sea […]


              Paul Levy talks to Chelsea Mountney and Rich Foyster about immersive theatre piece  Anti Depressed? the latest piece from Pop Heart Productions and Happenings Theatre Company. Their aim is to open up the conversation abour mental health. Award-winning Happenings Theatre Company and sell-out Pop Heart Productions present their new collaboration. […]


Having formed their company Clownfish just over a year ago they have created their first show for the Edinburgh Fringe. Jo Tomalin talks to actors and directors Jess Clough-MacRae and Jonathan Tilley about their company and Sir david and His Animals. “The magic of David Attenborough live on stage! A blue whale swims through the […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Rhum & Clay’s Artistic Directors, Matthew Wells and Julian Spooner, about their physical theatre company, how they choose topics for their devised shows and how they developed and adapted The War of the Worlds from Orson Wells’ 1938 radio broadcast adaptation of H.G. Well’s sci-fi novel of the same name. “‘No-one […]


          Benjamin Alborough from Percals about Cream Tea and Incest and Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddle Gang. Cream Tea and Incest “Romance! Adventure! Murder! Aristocrat Eddie Spangler and valet Jeffrey must learn the meaning of these words and more in this new knockabout Edwardian comedy. Delight in their capers, mix-ups, and […]


From Japan, Masashi Kadoya and Keisuke Hamaguchi (wearing glasses) talk to Jo Tomalin on the busy and famous Mile at the Edinburgh Festival, about mime and physical theatre in Zeroko’s Teatime. “The teatime show by mime and clowning comedy duo Zeroko from Tokyo. The heart-warming performance represents the breathing sigh of after-teatime relief.” Listen to our […]


Storyteller and stand up comedian Matthew Fong has performed around the world and is a regular on the UK circuit. Jo Tomalin talks to Matthew Fong about developing his comedy, making a living in this career and BBC British-Born Chinese playing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. “BBC is the debut show from british born chinese comedian […]


Roya the Destroya, Phax Said Cheik Ahamada and Hello Shelly are three of the six international hip hop/breakin’ street theatre performers performing in one show.  Jo Tomalin talks to  them about their specific acts and how they came together to perform in FrontX. “FrontX shows a range of international street artists who combine exceptional energy and […]


Trick of the Light Theatre, from New Zealand, is known for their storytelling and innovative use of shadow and object puppetry. Jo Tomalin talks to Ralph McCubbin Howell and Hannah Smith about the techniques used in their latest show, Troll. “It’s 1998. Otto is 12 but online he’s 13 and he’s pretty sure he gets […]


              Sketch Comedy at the Fringe: Paul Levy, joined by FringeReview’s comedy reviewer Joe Angella, talk to Dan Robinson about Sketch You Up! “Comedy sketches that are observational and familiar but with a contemporary Sketch You Up! twist. Think Catherine Tate meets Little Britain and you’re almost there! Let […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Louise Hunter and Robin MacPherson about their new series of discussions and events at the Fringe this year. Already with a strong list of interesting talks (from AI to slavery, and much in between) with renowned speakers, they hope to develop EduMod in the future. Listen to our interview with Louise Hunter […]


Using memories and life events to create a humourous show:  Jo Tomalin talks with writer and performer Rohan Candappa about spoken word, developing humor and One Starts in a Barber’s. One Starts in a Bar. Being made redundant after several years  years in a job was a source for material that touched a nerve with […]


The Female Role Model Project: Kate Saffin talks to the creator, Tjasa Ferme

Tjasa Ferme talks about this ground breaking mix of theatre and multi-media exploring the science of the brain. She describes how the idea emerged and developed into an interactive experience as much as a ‘show’ using live neuroscientific monitoring and recording which the audience see and hear as video and soundscape. And volunteers from the […]


              Paul Levy talks to Brian Joseph and Daria Roland about Normaler Than Everyone. “A solo musical featuring multi-instrumentalist and award-winning polymath Brian Joseph. Through his songs, writings and photographs, made while his wife was going through cancer treatment, Joseph presents a funny, moving and altogether original portrait of […]


              Paul Levy talks to Alex Curtis about (Chalk) A Silent Comedy. “If everything you drew became real, where would your imagination take you? A charismatic clown discovers magic chalk that makes everything he draws come to life in this fantastical one-man show guaranteed to delight audiences of all […]


Ariadna is a new production brought to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe by Alyona Ageeva Physical Theatre PosleSlov, based in Russia. The company explores physical theatre and expression of themes and abstract physical storytelling through outstanding movement quality. Jo Tomalin talks to eight members of the cast and creative team, including Alyona Ageeva, artistic director, Constantine, creative director, […]


Gig Theatre is a genre of theatre that is increasing in popularity. Jo Tomalin talks with Niall, a co-producer of Pound of Flesh Theatre Company’s contemporary spoken word play Fires Our Shoes Have Made at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Niall is in his last year studying Drama at Warwick University and the rest of the […]


Lifelong teacher and author Dr. Emma Kell talks with Jo Tomalin about how data published in her latest book How to Survive in Teaching: Without Imploding, exploding or walking away is included in TEACH, a new solo play about the challenges a teacher faces, written and performed by Matthew Roberts, at this year’s Edinburgh Festival […]


Georgina Russell, actor and new graduate from Manchester University talks with Jo Tomalin about her training in devising, what devising is and how to start devising. Georgina and a friend from Manchester devised this show – Life Between Yes and No – using creative ideas such as instruments to express feelings and emotion and how to express […]


Helen Tennison directs different genres of theatre – from solo shows to Shakespeare in the UK and  internationally. Jo Tomalin talks to her about her approach to directing, and how she collaborates on her latest project, directing Matthew Roberts in TEACH, at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe: Listen to our interview with Helen Tennison about directing […]


Kate Saffin talks to Jeremy Nicholas about… talking (in public)

Jeremy describes himself as the 11th most famous Jeremy at the BBC and has many years experience as a broadcaster and as an international speaker. Last year he shared some of his most colourful moments at the BBC. This year it’s stories of public speaking. He describes the show as for anyone who ever listens […]


              Paul Levy talks to performer and improviser Justin Brett about Showstopper! – The Improvised Musical. The company are back at the fringe again with their ever-popular improv musical comedy show. But what is the true craft of improvising a musical night after night? “Justin Brett (cast member) trained at […]


Ronan Dempsey wrote and performs the physical theatre new writing solo piece The Words Are There for his company NTH Degree Productions. He talks with Jo Tomalin about devising the show and reactions from audiences. “Mick awaits Trish. He stands in his little seaside flat in oh-so-dreamy Bettystown, Ireland: like that little town in Murder […]


Tara Lacey of Peppered Wit Productions directs, produces and acts in The Wasp at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. She talks about how and why she started producing plays for the company and what skills she needs to be able to produce. “A gripping electric thriller, exploring the far-reaching, unexpected and devastating effect childhood bullying can […]


              Paul Levy talks to actors Nicholas Collett, Patrick Miller and writer and director Hyun-suk Cha about Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor from Group: Theatre Hooam as part of the Korean Season presented by AtoBiz Ltd. This was a fascinating conversation about translation, transposition and transfer of a theatre […]


              Gavin Robertson about Stand-Up Poet. Gavin Robertson is veteran live poet on tour Greg Byron. But Greg Byron Gavin Robertson? We called it an ‘Excellent show’. “Sardonic, comic, whimsical, sometimes just poignant or cathartic, but always ‘keeps you constantly engaged’ (Kansas City Star) delivering verses on life, the universe […]


              Listen to our interview with Christina Gulick about CLAW: The Confederation of Lady Arm Wrestlers. “Are you ready for some serious competition?! Welcome to the stage, the phenomenal, the whimsical, the international movement of Ladies Arm Wrestling currently sweeping the globe! Over-the-top characters, ringmasters, referees, musical intros, lights, […]


              Paul Levy talks to Brett Johnson, standup comedian and storyteller about Brett Johnson Poly-Theist. “Brett was a 21-year-old, married, monogamous Evangelical. Then he became the opposite. After sell outs across the US, stand-up Brett Johnson’s show about (non)monogamy, God and KFC hits the Fringe. ‘A uniquely poignant story, […]


              Two accomplished comedy writers and performers are at the Fringe with the Scottish Play in a Cafe: Paul Levy talks to Tim FitzHigham and Thom Tuck about Tim FitzHigham and Thom Tuck in Macbeth. “413 years ago Macbeth was first performed. 2019 sees the definitive production by multi-award […]


What happens when the glass slipper doesn’t fit? Kate Saffin talks to Michelle Madson and Lizzie Shakespeare about Bait: Kill the Princess

Described as a ‘savagely playful subversion of identity’ talk about the stereotypes of princesses that all little girls face and their different experience of growing up with those stereotypes. They discuss how the work developed as they explored whether you can kill the princess or whether she will always reappear in a slightly different guise. […]


Fourteen years of breakfast and short plays: Kate Saffin talks to Claira Watson-Parr and Billy Knowelden of the Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

It isn’t always easy becoming a Fringe institution. Claira and Billy reveal some of the work behind creating and growing such a rare and valuable plant (with a total of 15 short plays across a rotating programme of three menus I reckon I can mix a few metaphors). This year sees the company take a […]


              Paul Levy talks to Carmina Bernhardt from Stolen Cactus about R’n’J – The Untold Story of Shakespeare’s Roz and Jules. “Juliet is double pregnant, Rosaline decides she does indeed want Romeo dick, but Romeo is definitely dead. Join Roz and Jules on an epic Thelma and Louise-style multimedia tragicomedy […]


              Paul Levy talks to Tamsin Shasha and Maisy Taylor about Everything I See I Swallow. “Everything I See I Swallow is a provocative examination of a mother/daughter relationship, set against a backdrop of shifting attitudes to empowerment, feminism and sexuality. In a world where #MeToo and #TimesUp have […]


              How do you make simple, accessible, quality children’s Theatre? Theatre that children love to watch and engage with? Paul Levy talks to Natasha Granger and Jack Faires from acclaimed theatre company Fideri Fidera about Ogg ’n’ Ugg ’n’ Dogg. “Hail Ogg ‘n’ Ugg! Heroes! And ta so much […]


              How do you put important History into a Modern Context Using Theatre: Paul Levy talks to Tim Marriott from Smokescreen Productions about Mengele and Judas, two theatre pieces that explore issues of important relevance today. Judas is “a political thriller with biblical bite. In a contemporary single-faith Middle Eastern state, […]


              Cameryn Moore brings three shows to the Edinburgh Fringe this year – is there a linking thread? Could it be storytelling? Could it be facilitation? Cameryn discusses her work with FringeReview’s Paul Levy. MUSE: An Experiment in Storytelling and Life Drawing – “In a world where we learn to […]


Donald Stewart talks to Simon Weir about Benny Lynch

Donald talked to Simon Weir. Listen to Donald Stewart’s interview with Simon Weir It’s always an immense pleasure to catch up with one of the most enthusiastic theatre makers in Scotland and Simon never disappoints. Following his hit tour of The Benny Lynch Story I caught up with him for over an hour of hearing […]


BREXIT – You cannot predict the future

As we’re about to stage our second performance here in Brighton I’m writing this final post from an undisclosed location of the city. The day seems to be blessed with a warm summer sun, people are out on the beach or sipping a drink in the many bars scattered along the seafront and I have […]


After a successful run of his second solo show, Canoe at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Matthew Roberts talks about developing his latest show TEACH, working with director Helen Tennison and returning to the Edinburgh Fringe, August 2019. Canoe is about universal ideas of love and loss through the lens of a gay couple who […]


          Paul Levy talks to acrobat Adam McMahon about Railed. “From the creators of the smash hit ‘Elixir’ (winner of Best Circus and physical theatre award at Adelaide Fringe 2018). Welcome to ‘Railed’, a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiseled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the […]


          Paul Levy talks to Faynia Williams from Brighton Theatre about Mozzz! “A highly topical, 5* tour-de-force from Festival Best Production Award Winners, director/designer Faynia Williams and actor/playwright Richard Crane. “A one-day-old male mosquito looks forward to joining the mile-high club. He invites you to donate a sip of your blood […]


            Paul Levy talks to performer Beth Hodd about Coming Home With Me. “A night exploring the grimy underbelly of a girls’ night out. The perils of creepy dudes, lad culture, and general unwanted attention face almost every girl when partying, so why aren’t we talking about it?  Using verbatim […]