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 […]


I want to see… some improvised comedy and theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe

Improvised comedy and theatre has been a growing feature at the Edinburgh Fringe: “Improv comedy” is the classic format where performers respond to audience suggestions. On offer are improvised sketch shows, improvised musicals, novels, murder mysteries, game shows, Shakespeare, sci-fi, storytelling and a lot more. There is also a smattering of more serious improvised theatre […]


Ten Comedy Highlights from Edinburgh Fringe 2019

By Victoria Nangle As ever, it’s easy to get lost in the sheer volume of comedy treats on offer in the Edinburgh Fringe programme. So, in order to get you started, here are just a few – from a variety of styles and genres – to whet your whistle and get you started on your […]


Listen. People Aren’t Going to Buy Tickets to Your Show. They really aren’t. If you assume they will, you are heading for a fairly empty house. Your friends may well come to your show, though don’t even count on that, if their only commitment is an “Attending” or a “Maybe” on your Facebook event. Facebook […]


Hitting the ground running is all about making use of every moment of the first stages of an event in your life. It’s about arriving with the engines already running, with the soul already warmed up. It’s about avoiding stumbling,panic and fire-fighting. Hitting the ground running is an effective way to arrive at the Edinburgh […]


A Performer’s Guide to Having a Depressing Fringe

It is very easy to ensure your experience as a Fringe performer is dire and spirit-crushing. Just follow these top five tips and you’re sure to hit the bottom quickly and effectively… 1. Make it all about money. Become fixated on making a profit and ensure every empty seat is a sign of your personal […]


All you need to know about the much neglected art of putting flyers into flat surfaces and other angles of attack … (Warning: May contain humour) Vertical flyering is done standing up. The flyerer and the flyeree are both on their feet. It takes place mostly on the streets, and occasionally in queues and crowds. […]


The Mystique of Flyering – Six Tips

Here are a few tips for successfully flyering at a Fringe Festival. There are, of ciurse, many more nuggets of fringe wisdom you will pivk up on your fringe journey. These are the half dozen that I have picked up again and again since my first fringe in 1999… 1. Make your flyers useful (include […]


Your fringe show is playing at a fringe venue hub, or a large established venue. But you are new and unknown. How do you ensure you are visible among all the big players? This is a talk by Fringe Review editor Paul Levy, author of The Filthy Guide to the Edinburgh Fringe. Visit our Edinburgh […]


This is a short talk from Paul Levy, Fringe Review’s founder. It’s about the challenges of using microphones at Fringe shows. What can go wrong? What can you do to get it right? Visit our Edinburgh Fringe performer resources here. Visit our Edinburgh Fringe coverage here.


This talk by Fringe Review editor Paul Levy offers practical advice on how to find audience for your show if you are stuck out in the Highlands. Your show is out of town! Literally, it is too much on the fringe of the Fringe. What can you do about it?           […]


The Edfringe July Performers’ Checklist

With a month to go before the start of the Edinburgh Fringe, this is your vital checklist to ensure you stay on track and hit the ground running. FringeReview’s Paul Levy offers some helpful advice…             Edinburgh Fringe July Performers’ Checklist (Click on the player and right click your mouse […]


Hill Street Theatre

Run by the Stand Comedy Club, but with a theatre focus, we have given Hill Street (a legendary venue at the Fringe) its own page.


Sweet Venues

Sweet venues is a legendary venue at the Fringe. It prides itself on its community spirit. It runs two venues at the Edinburgh Fringe. Find out more by visiting the Sweet Venues Web site


Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019

      We have trawled the inch thick Edinburgh Fringe programme and offer you some recommendations from the theatre section. They are organised into three episodes in alphabetical order. We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the Fringe.           FringeReview Edfringe 2019 Theatre Recommendations A […]


PBH’s Free Fringe

PBH’s Free Fringe is one of the two Free Fringe’s at the Edinburgh Fringe. Technically free, you are usually encouraged to pay on your way out. Making Fringe – for both performers and punters – viable and more affordable, PBH’s Free Fringe covers mostly comedy, but also other genres throughout the Edinburgh Fringe. Essential Links […]


Creating a successful show pitch at the Edinburgh Fringe

Here is some advice from FringeReview editor Paul Levy on creating a successful show pitch at the Fringe. Whether you are flyering, networking and writing to reviewers, promoters or producers, you may only have a few seconds to pitch your show. Here are some practical tips for getting that right. Listen here…


The Fringe is a noisy, loud and chaotic place throughout August. it is easy to get caught up in the good and bad of this swirl of activity. It can be a distraction that undermines the focus you need to keep your show on the road. Paul Levy, FringeReview’s editor talks about the importance of calm […]


The Fringe Click Through

A video from FringeReview founder Paul Levy on why it is important to have a proper, working web site and a link from your fringe listing and social media pages. Many companies at the Fringe have not thought about the follow up that audiences and arts industry people undertake before and after seeing a Fringe […]


Facebook at the Fringe

Facebook can be your friend and your worst enemy at the Edinburgh Fringe. In this video you can find out why, and what to do about it…


        Here you’ll find regularly updated help and advice for making your fringe show at the Edinburgh Fringe as successful as possible. What are the critical skills you need to hit the ground running at the Edinburgh Fringe? We will be adding more advice in the run up to the Fringe.   […]


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 […]


Hosted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and FringeReview, The Rialto Theatre was the venue for this annual and rather helpful talk, discussion and Q&A about taking a show to the world’s largest Arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe. Alan Gordon, a theatremaker himself and wide man from the Edfringe Society joined us online along with […]


FringeReview Interviews

Welcome to our audio interviews and podcasts. We talk to those who make and influence fringe theatre and arts.


Going Down the Rabbit Hole: Emma Plotkin talk to Writer and Director Billie Aken-Tyers about Your Alice

Emma Plotkin talks to Billie Aken-Tyers about Your Alice.  An imaginative and intimate exploration of Alice, Wonderland, and the people behind the characters, Billie talks about the processing of developing a show seven years in the making. “On the Golden Afternoon, Charles Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) tells his child muse, Alice, her favourite story […]


Stand up on the free fringe: Kate Saffin talks to comedian Joel Sanders

Kate Saffin finds comedian Joel Sanders out on the street flyering for his stand up show, Angry Boater. He shares some of the ups and downs of doing comedy on the free fringe and possibly convinces some new Edinburgh arrivals to come to his show… Listen to our interview with comedian Joel Sanders


Emma Plotkin talks to Nikki Muller and Jason Rosario about developing Definition of Man “A sexier, more violent Waiting for Godot, Definition of Man is a physicalised post-apocalyptic decreation myth that won Best in Dance and Physical Theatre and Ripest Show at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe. Drawing from Kenneth Burke’s essay of the same name, the show […]


  Emma Plotkin talks to with Abigail Zealey Bess, director of Leviticus about developing and bringing their show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  “Leviticus It is the mid-90s, the dot-com millionaires are kings… Austin and his wife Jess host a dinner party to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of friends Robert and Stacia. Austin and Robert are estranged […]


Paul Levy talks to Anders Lee about Dummy. “Diagnosed at a young age with an autistic spectrum disorder, Midwestern American comedian Anders Lee brings his signature, sincere and plainspoken manner to the stage as he recounts struggles with school, work and dating while being ‘on the spectrum’. Through funny, heartwarming and thought-provoking stories, Lee dives […]


              Paul Levy talks to writer Eddie Coleman from Nerd2 Productions about Fan Girl. “Geraldine is a lonely young secretary living with her invalid and overbearing mother. Her only respite is a hit American television show loosely based on the life of Zenobia, a third-century Syrian Queen. Using her life […]


          Writing, Directing, Adapting: Paul Levy talks to Nick Hennegan. Nick is involved in adapting three shows at the Fringe – adaptations from original classic texts.  Hamlet – Horatio’s Tale, A Christmas Carol, Henry V – Lion of England. How do you adapt classic work? Where does the adapter stop and the writer […]


Writing a Play about War: Paul Levy talks to Peter Maddern about Kokoda

              Paul Levy talks to writer Peter Maddern about Kokoda. “With the Japanese army rampaging through the South Pacific in 1942, the battle to save Australia is being fought along New Guinea’s infamous Kokoda track by a motley militia of poorly trained young Australians plucked off the streets of […]


              Jo Tomalin talks to Naomi Paul about Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits. “Satirical and hilarious. She’s back! Deadpan humourist Naomi Paul returns to the Fringe with her one-woman show Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits. With her dry Jewish humour, Naomi comments on political issues, shares personal […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Johnny Autin, Creative Director and choreographer of Autin Dance Theatre and the cast of Queer Words: Bethany Slinn. Joshua Toft-Wild and Oliver Sale about developing their show. “Queer Words: stand-up comedy meets dance theatre! Performed by an all-LGBTQ cast of three exceptional performers, Queer Words is a bold, provocative, and multidisciplinary […]


Jo Tomalin talks to David Block, musician and sound designer, about working with Alyona Ageeva PoslesLov Physical Theatre Company,  creating music for Sky Labyrinths and (Some)Body. “I looked up in the skies. The Sky river changed its bed’ (Hattori Ransetsu). Once in a lifetime Sky Labyrinths open to everyone, but not everyone risks entering. These […]


Jo Tomalin talks to performers and co-creators Sally Boon and Neil Broughton, and Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, Department of Sociology, School of Arts & Social Sciences, City, University of London about political comedy, food, Brexit and Drowning Not Waving. “A DJ. A raver. A professor of Food Policy. A […]


Performing and writing about serious subjects – Jo Tomalin talks to Matthew Roberts about this experience and developing his latest show, Canoe. Interview 2 of 2 with Matthew Roberts. “Fatherhood. A fatal canoe accident. ‘Who are we now, we don’t have kids? A couple come face-to-face with the powerlessness of parenthood. For Director/Dramaturg Struan Leslie, […]


A debut solo play: Kate Saffin talks to Rosie Fleeshman about Narcissist in the Mirror

Kate Saffin talks to Rosie Fleeshman about her portrayal of life as a millenial.  She describes her difficulties finding work after drama school and and how that led her to start writing and performing spoken word pieces. Travelling and meeting other millenials experiencing similar frustrations started the journey towards this, her solo debut play, which […]


Welcome to Cristina’s Brain: Cristina Lark about Caution: Paul Levy talks to Cristina Lark about Deadline Ahead – A Comedy About Procrastination

              Paul Levy talks to Cristina Lark about Deadline Ahead – A Comedy About Procrastination. Cristina talks about where the idea for this solo show came from, as well as her fairly solo writing and development process. “Devised, new-writing comedy unlike any other. With this mix of different character […]


  Jo Tomalin talks to Neil Arthur James about Gothic Storytelling and creating Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard! “New York City’s critically acclaimed satirist and cult horror raconteur, Dandy Darkly, returns to the Fringe for another horrific, hysteric, late-night frolic. Join Dandy aboard the infamous Gaybird Steamer for the smartest, sleaziest ride of your life. Enjoy a […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Ailin Conant, Artistic Director of Theatre Témoin about their devising process based on research and developing their latest show Feed “Welcome to the stimulating world of Feed, where emotions are the currency, and your passions and fantasies will be indulged… for a price. Témoin return, bringing their vibrant visual style to […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Samantha Miles (Writer and Performer) and Simon Panay (Director) about developing a devised and compact family show – to tour on a low budget and The Search for a Black-Browed Albatross, produced by their company The Backpack Ensemble. “Coat? Check. Tent? Check. A father’s lifelong ambition to complete? Check. Charlie is about […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Yu Chia Huong, Director/Producer/Puppet maker, and puppeteer/mask performers Celine Yen Leh Tsang, Zailyn Cuevas, and Brenda Liz Lopez about creating a children’s Show:  A Cockroach and Furry Blurry Fluffy Things. “A sad and lonely cockroach climbs out from a cardboard box; she doesn’t know where she is and there in front […]


  Jo Tomalin talks to Alyone Ageeva from Physical Theatre PosleSlov about building Bridges between countries through Contemporary Russian art and their two new shows (Some)Body and Sky Labyrinths: “‘I looked up in the skies. The Sky river changed its bed’ (Hattori Ransetsu). Once in a lifetime Sky Labyrinths open to everyone, but not everyone […]


In this first of two interviews, Jo Tomalin talks to Matthew Roberts about writing and producing a one man show, and his latest show, Canoe. “Fatherhood. A fatal canoe accident. ‘Who are we now, we don’t have kids? A couple come face-to-face with the powerlessness of parenthood. For Director/Dramaturg Struan Leslie, diversity is the name […]


              Guest interviewer Daniel Cainer (Whose   talks to director Kate Valentine from Digital Drama about Fast. “Washington State, 1910. “Doctor” Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive… Fast by Kate Barton is a new dark psychological drama based on true events. Complex, […]


            Paul Levy talks to Robert Peacock about The Wee Review. The Wee Review, once known as TV Bomb,  is ‘Scotland’s online arts and culture magazine’. Editor, Robert Peacock shares his vision of the magazine, tells about its role at the Edinburgh Fringe, the ethos for reviewing and how he […]


              Paul Levy talks to Assistant Producer Molly Merwin (amidt the noise of a stapler attaching favourable reviews in the show’s Flyers) about Dangerous Giant Animals, which is written and performed by Christina Murdock. “A kick. A scream. A tantrum. With a disabled sister, what’s allowed? What’s forbidden? Dangerous […]


Bringing New Work to Edinburgh: Donald C Stewart talks to Jenna May Hobbs of White Slate Theatre

Since their debut in 2014, White Slate Theatre, a female led company out of Canterbury, has brought three shows up to Edinburgh, their latest being Re: Production. White Slate is a collaborative effort between playwright Jenna May Hobbs and Director Suzanna Ward. Here Jenna talks of how the company began, developed and finds itself back at Edinburgh with a new […]


Writer, Kat Woods, past winner of a FringReview Outstanding Theatre Award for Belfast Boy, talks to Paul Levy about a new autobiographical piece, KillyMuck. “Inspired by real events, Killymuck is a housing estate built on a paupers graveyard in 1970s Ireland. Niamh navigates life through the parameters of growing up, with the trials and tribulations […]


Jo Tomalin talks to Miro Kokenov about The Burning Gadulka, written by Rayko Baychev – and his experiences performing in theatre and a Solo Storytelling show. “Following a series of failures at music festivals, a Bulgarian musician faces a midlife crisis. Is his lifelong love affair with his instrument, the gadulka, about to be challenged […]


            Paul Levy talks to Rosy Carrick about Passionate Machine. How do you explore time travel through theatre? How can a play involving time travel help a theatremaker to tell their own story? “Remember P.E. kit. Cancel Free Trial. Call mum. Everyone writes instructions to their future selves. But what […]


As part of the Women of the Fringe Networking Event 2018 Luke Tudball chats to Valentina, Producer of Onstage Dating, about live dating events, audience interaction and producing at the Fringe. “Bron is going on first dates. Live onstage. Featuring a different person each night, this hilarious and award-winning show has thrilled at festivals all […]


  Luke Tudball talks with members of the company of Your Alice at the Women of the Fringe event about Fantasy, Reality, Personal Relationships, and Translating Classic Literature for the Edinburgh Fringe. “On the Golden Afternoon, Charles Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) tells his child muse, Alice, her favourite story for the last time. Your […]


Luke Tudball catches up with the company of Social Media Suicide – a new solo comedy show in the Free Festival Fringe and talks about marketing, online presence, and Instagram parties. “@izzybaby1991: ‘You’re invited to a very special 27th birthday party. One I promise you won’t forget!’ Social Media Suicide is a dakly comic one-woman […]


              Paul Levy talks to Stephen Linstead about Black Snow. “A screening of multi award-winning film Black Snow, about the legacy of Britain’s biggest ever mining disaster (Barnsley, 1866), and how a community absorbed that heritage into their lives today. This uplifting show, with songs, laughter, some tears, is a […]


Luke Tudball and Heather Bagnall from Tasty Monster Productions talk to guest interviewer Joanne Allan from Theatraverse, whose own show, Monsieur Somebody, is at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018,  about Falkland – The War the World Forgot Listen to our interview with Luke Tudball and Heather Bagnall about Falkland – The War the World Forgot  


              How do you make award-winning Solo Theatre: Paul Levy talks to actor and playwright Joanne Hartstone about That Daring Australian Girl and The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign. Joanne is back at the Fringe with a new show, and also brings back her successful show from 2017. […]