Staging an Important Interactive Fringe Show: Paul Levy talks to Geoff White and Glenn Wilkinson about The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

Paul Levy talks to Geoff White and Glen Wilkinson about The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone. What does your phone get up to behind your back? Why does the battery go flat even when you’re not using it? What’s it telling spies, governments & shadowy corporations? “The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone is […]


A Comedy Origins Story Exploring Imperfection: Paul Levy talks to Marijn de Vries and Bannie Cheff about The Guardians of Imperfection

A Comedy Origins Story Exploring Imperfection: Paul Levy talks to Marijn de Vries and Bannie Cheff about The Guardians of Imperfection. One has Multiple Sclerosis, the other Cerebral Palsy. Both have a trilogy in their heads and this is the first of three. Bannie and Marijn talk to Paul Levy about how The Guardians of Imperfection […]


Staging Motivation: Paul Levy talks to Phil Ainsworth about MoMentum: A Motivational Mind Reading Experience

Mentalist and motivator, Phil Ainsworth talks to Paul Levy about bringing a show to the Fringe that could leave audience members more motivated! He also chats about how he made the show, MoMentum: A Motivational Mind Reading Experience,  and how mentalism in performance can be respectful, entertaining and affecting, without manipulating or humiliating audiences. “Experience […]


Creating Powerful New Writing: Paul Levy talks to Julie Shavers and Dan O’Brien about Mary Go Nowhere

Paul Levy talks to writer and performer Julie Shavers and producer and performer Dan O’Brien from Black Rocking Chair Productions about Mary Go Nowhere. How did Julie write the piece? How was it realised on stage? “Mary is on the edge of a breakdown trying to keep her foul-mouthed three-year-old in preschool. Drought. Flies. Earthquakes. Apocalypse? […]


Solo Theatre and the Decline of Celebrity: Paul Levy talks to Matt Greenhough about #Vile: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star

Paul Levy talks to writer and performer, Matt Greenhough about #Vile: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star, a solo theatre piece from Wound Up Theatre. “Satirical pitch-black comedy chronicling the social media-induced breakdown and homecoming of a D-list celebrity. Wound Up Theatre present a one-man show exploring despair, ego, existential loneliness, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter […]


PosleSlov Physical Theatre Company from Russia: Jo Tomalin talks to Alyona Ageeva, Anna Gerzhan and Konstantin Konstantinos about On This Side of Time

  Jo Tomalin talks to Alyona Ageeva, Anna Gerzhan and Konstantin Konstantinos from Russia’s PosleSlov Physical Theatre Company about the choreography and meaning of their show On This Side of Time Listen to our interview with Alyona Ageeva, Anna Gerzhan and Konstantin Konstantinos from PosleSlov Physical Theatre Company    


Political Comedy at the Fringe: Paul Levy talks to David Sheeran about I am Donut

Political Comedy exploring the Trump Presidency through the prism of Hollywood Blockbusters comes to the Fringe.  Paul Levy talks to David Sheeran about I am Donut. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Skyfall and Love Actually: three films President Trump will encourage the Prime Minister to stream during his state visit to the UK […]


The Number Shop: Jo Tomalin talks to artist Alessandro Di Massimo and performance artist Joe Coghill about their work and participation in the Edinburgh Arts Festival

  The Number Shop: Jo Tomalin talks to artist Alessandro Di Massimo and performance artist Joe Coghill about their work and participation in the Edinburgh Arts Festival. The Number Shop is a combination of Art Studios and a Gallery in Edinburgh. Listen to our interview with artists Alessandro Di Massimo and Joe Coghill about their […]


Bulgarian Folklore: Jo Tomalin talks to Miro Kokenov about The Burning Gadulka

Bulgarian Folklore: Jo Tomalin talks to Miro Kokenov about The Burning Gadulka and how he hopes to tour it beyond the Edinburgh Fringe. The play for one actor is directed by Milena Aneva, written in Bulgarian by Rayko Baychev and translated into English by Angela Rodel. Following a series of failures at music festivals, a Bulgarian […]


Manual Cinema: Jo Tomalin talks to Drew Dir and Sarah Fornace, directors, designers and puppeteers of Lula del Ray by Manual Cinema from Chicago

Manual Cinema: Jo Tomalin talks to Drew Dir and Sarah Fornace, directors, designers and puppeteers of Lula del Ray by Manual Cinema from Chicago. Manual Cinema creates and performs live cinematic shadow puppet shows. From the company that brought you Ada/Ava (total sell-out Edinburgh 2016), hit of the Fringe and critically acclaimed Manual Cinema return […]


Physical Theatre and Comedy: Jo Tomalin talks to Trygve Wakenshaw about his show Trygve Wakenshaw & Barnie Duncan: Different Party

Physical Theatre and Comedy: Jo Tomalin talks to Trygve Wakenshaw about the show Trygve Wakenshaw & Barnie Duncan: Different Party. Their style of comedic physical theatre is a blend of physical acting, slapstick and mime, with fascinating reactions to office life, expressed through their naive and all knowing characters who work in an office. They seem to […]


Going solo after15 years of being duo: Paul Levy talks to Paul Valenti about The Long Miserrable Journey to Happiness

Paul Valenti talks about his new solo comedy-clown show at the Fringe, The Long Miserable Journey to Happiness. How do you step free, positively and creatively from a fifteen year comedy partnership? The answer: You take the friendship and the wisdom with you and transform it. “Fringe 2011’s Best Newcomer nominee Paul Valenti is back, […]


The Director-Facilitator: Paul Levy talks to James Haddrell from Greenwich Theatre

          Paul Levy talks to James Haddrell from Greenwich Theatre. Greenwich Theatre, regulars at the Fringe, are bringing and supporting eight shows this year. James discusses his style of directing and reflects on the process of theatre-making and his role as artistic and executive director at Greenwich Theatre. Listen to our […]


Immersive Audience-Involved Theatre: Paul Levy talks to Bryn Mitchell and Ashley Gillies about A Clock Face Exhibition

              This is an interview about Immersive Audience-Involved Theatre: Paul Levy talks to director Bryn Mitchell and performer Ashley Gillies about A Clock Face Exhibition. “A near-immersive theatre show encompassing and delving into the lives of six recovering addicts. A Clockface Exhibition is a piece of new writing by […]


Arab Arts Focus – Jo Tomalin talks to Egyptian Choreographer Shaymaa Shoukry about her work in Dance Double Bill

Arab Arts Focus: Dance Double Bill – Jo Tomalin talks to Egyptian Choreographer Shaymaa Shoukry about her two pieces in the show. She talks about her inspiration for creating new contemporary dance works, her background as a dancer and her substantial training in Cairo. Listen to our interview with Egyptian Choreographer Shaymaa Shoukry about her work […]


Improvised, Site-specific Theatre: Paul Levy talks to Tim Williams and Ali Flores about Joe’s NYC Bar

            In a fascinating interview about immersive, improvised, site-specific theatre: Paul Levy talks to Tim Williams and Ali Flores about Joe’s NYC Bar. “An interactive, improvisational immersive theatre experience, in which the audience is transported to a bar in New York City. Fresh from a sell-out Off-Broadway run, Joe’s returns […]


Cirk La Putyka: Jo Tomalin talks to Anna Schmidtmajerová about Batacchio and Czech Contemporary Circus

Cirk La Putyka: Jo Tomalin talks to Anna Schmidtmajerová about Batacchio, a Czech Contemporary Circus show inspired by the lavish extravaganzas of the 1800s. “Award-winning contemporary circus company mixes breathtaking acrobatics, original music, magic tricks and unexpected illusions in a fantastical journey to the spectacular comedies of the 19th century. Batacchio fluctuates between real and […]


Exploring Kafka through Theatre: Paul levy talks to Alon Nashman about Kafka and Son

Paul levy talks to Alon Nashman, Artistic Director, writer and performer from Theaturtle  about Kafka and Son, a show that was a hit at Prague Fringe as well as elsewhere. “Winner of Outstanding Production at the Prague, Canada, Germany, and South African Theatre Awards, and a five-star, sell-out hit on four continents. At age 36, […]


Civil Disobedience at the Fringe: Paul Levy talks to Barry Church-Woods

Paul Levy talks to Barry Church-Woods about Civil Disobedience at the Fringe, who are here in 2017 with 14 shows across a range of genres. Barry talks about this year’s programme and the ethos underlying it. Listen to our interview with Barry Church-Woods about Civil Disobedience at the Fringe  


Poetry Theatre: Paul Levy talks to Gavin Robertson about Slooshy Wordshow

Paul Levy talks to Gavin Robertson about Slooshy Wordshow, a show offering the live poetry of Gavin Roberston, delivered via Greg Byron, a character he has created. How can poetry be delivered via character acting? How do you make a show like this so easily accessible to both a spoken word and a theatre audience? […]


The Essence of Improv: Paul Levy talks to John Cremer about The Maydays and Improvisation

          Happily Never After is The Maydays improv show returning to the Fringe. “Award-winning improvisers The Maydays present this skin-prickling tale full of black comedy and haunting music, inspired by the warped imaginations of Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket and the Brothers Grimm. Starting with your suggestion, The Maydays take you on […]


Devising Theatre: Paul Levy talks to Andrew Allen about Cacophony.

Paul Levy talks to Andrew Allen about Cacophony. “Hear me roar! In a world full of sound and fury, and bells and whistles, one woman is ready to listen. Cutting through the confusion and finding meaning in the madness, this vital and dynamic show proves that we can say exactly what we want when we […]


Staging History, Staging Character: Paul Levy talks with Colin Alexander and David Leeson about Chamberlain Peace in our Time and Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy

Paul Levy talks with Colin Alexander and David Leeson about Chamberlain Peace in our Time. “In the last two years, Searchlight Theatre have cast their beam on Noel Coward and most recently on Laurel and Hardy. Both productions received rave reviews and played to full houses. Now a British Prime Minister, who is often regarded […]


Stand-Up Comedy: Paul Levy talks to Sid Singh about A Singh in the North!

In an interesting  and honest conversation about how a comedian makes his stand-up comedy a success at the Fringe and on tour, Paul Levy talks to Sid Singh about A Singh in the North! “You probably don’t know who Sid Singh is, but he’s really funny. Sid manages to showcase hilarious, well-crafted jokes that also […]


Solo Theatre: Jo Tomalin talks to Actor Claira Watson Parr about Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour Izzy’s Manifestos

Jo Tomalin talks to actor Claira Watson Parr about the Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour Izzy’s Manifestos. “It’s time to think outside the box, go crazy, go skydiving or just go to a different pub this Friday. Running at something is better than just running away, right? Or maybe it’s both? Especially when you start referring to […]


Absurdist Theatre. Paul Levy talks to David Calvitto about Enterprise

Paul Levy talks to David Calvitto about Enterprise. This year the actor arrives at the Fringe in director mode and shares his approach to directing this piece of absurdist comedy theatre. “With their corporation on the brink of collapse, four panicking businessmen have one desperate night to save their futures. Emergency proposals, email hacking, animal […]


The Fringe Directorial Debut: Paul Levy talks to Stefania Bochicchio about The Principle of Uncertainty

The Fringe Directorial Debut: Paul Levy talks to Stefania Bochicchio about The Principle of Uncertainty. In a frank interview, Stefania talks about stepping into the director’s shoes after working in promotion at the Fringe. She draws upon past experience and a love of the script. “Dr Laura Bailey knows how to explain to everyone counter-intuitive double […]


Paul Levy talks to Elton Townend-Jones, Rebecca Vaughan and Stephen Cunningham about The Time Machine

Writer and director, Elton Townend-Jones brings The Time Machine,  a new Dyad Productions show to the Edinburgh Fringe, with a modern relevance brought to bear upon H.G Wells’s classic novella, The Time Machine. In this insightful interview, he is joined by producer Rebecca Vaughan and performer Stephen Cunningham. “In this age of uncertainty, where shadows […]


Paul Levy talks to Bill Nolden about Short Plays and Bite-Size Theatre

              Bill Nolden has performed with White Room Theatre for a few years now. Here, with the help of FringeReview’s Paul Levy, he unpacks the secret of their success, with packed houses year after year. What is the allure of short plays? What is the skill in writing so […]


Paul Levy talks to Roger Kay, theatre producer, director and show hunter

          Roger Kay, owner and director at the Rialto Theatre in Brighton is looking for shows at the Edinburgh Fringe – productions to possibly invite to his venue based in Brighton which also plays host to Brighton Fringe, one of the world’s largest arts festivals. In this interview Roger provides insight […]


Making Youth Theatre a Success at the Fringe: Paul Levy talks to Director, Tanushka Marah

Edinburgh Fringe and Brighton Fringe 2017 Tanushka Marah, founder and director of Windmill Young Actors, won an Outstanding Theatre Award at Brighton Fringe 2017 for their production of Agamemnon. In this interview, Tanushka, a veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe, talks about how to make youth theatre a creative and critical success, providing priceless advice for […]


Paul Levy talks to Madeleine Perham and Rebecca Lenihan about Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke

  Paul Levy talks to adapter and director Madeleine Perham and actor Rebecca Lenihan about Reprint Production’s version of Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke. This adaptation of the first of Pullman’s Sally Lockhart series has his full blessing and even direct involvement. In this interview we hear about the processes of bringing the book […]


Lost in Blue: Kate Saffin talks to storyteller Debs Newbold

A man, deep in a coma, hides out in the bedroom of Vincent Van Gogh while his teenage daughter struggles to understand her part in the accident that put him there. Paintings, pigeon racing and a family about to implode meet in this vital, gripping story, told using innovative sound technology and gate-crashed by Vincent […]


Producing Excellent Fringe: Paul Levy talks to Producer Joanne Hartstone

Paul Levy talks to Producer Joanne Hartstone about the life of a producer and balancing that career with a childhood wish to be an artist. Joanne has no intentions of losing touch with her urge to write and perform. In this interview she discusses what it means to produce and promote work on the Fringe, […]


Powerful Solo Theatre: Paul Levy talks to Lorenzo Novani about Cracked Tiles

  Lorenzo Novani is a writer, solo actor and magician. In this interview Paul Levy discusses the development of Cracked Tiles, an already fine play that Lorenzo continues to develop. “His father is dead now but for Riccardo the past is just coming to life. Riccardo has inherited the keys to the family chip shop, […]


Solo Deadpan Comedy: Paul Levy talks to Naomi Paul about Price (Still) Includes Biscuits

Paul Levy talks to  Naomi Paul about Price (Still) Includes Biscuits. “Satirical and hilarious deadpan humourist Naomi Paul returns to the Fringe with her quirky four-star one-woman show Price (still) Includes Biscuits. Naomi uses characteristic dry Jewish humour to comment on topical political issues, share personal stories and perform catchy handmade songs. The show takes […]


A Poetic Call to Arms: Paul Levy talks to Roy Hutchins about Poetry Can F*ck Off

Paul Levy talks to Roy Hutchins about Poetry Can F*ck Off. “Combining words from Heathcote Williams with poems from Mesopotamia to Tahrir Square and an original score composed and performed by Mike Dr Blue, this is a rabble-rousing call to arms that celebrates the revolutionary power of words. Brainfruit’s epic production charts the great resistance […]


A Shocking, Beautiful Story: Paul Levy talks to Delia Olam about Just Let the Wind Untie My Perfumed Hair… or Who Is Tahirih?

Paul Levy talks to Delia Olam about Just Let the Wind Untie My Perfumed Hair… or Who Is Tahirih? “Experience the shocking, beautiful true story of Tahirih, a Persian poetess and the first female suffrage martyr. Captivating theatre starring Delia Olam, heightened by evocative live music. Using Tahirih’s original poetry penned before her execution in 1852, […]


Comedy and a Cup of Tea: Paul Levy talks to Mark Silcox about Helping Aamer

Paul Levy talks to comedian Mark Silcox about Helping Aamer described as: “an experimental show for Guardian readers by Dr Mark Silcox (deluded academics), regular listener of Radio 4. He uses his analytical skills to build a profile of Aamer Rahman (described by Silcox as an ‘angry Australian comedian’) to pin point the reason of his […]


Romantic Comedy: Paul Levy talks to Jessica Moreno about All Aboard the Marriage Hearse

Paul Levy talks to Jessica Moreno about All Aboard the Marriage Hearse from KADM Productions. “Sean and Amy are your typical cohabiting, Catholic/Jewish, thirty-something couple living in Manhattan. After four years together, Amy wants to get married but Sean doesn’t believe in the institution. The game is on! Tonight the pair will settle the marriage question once […]


Rural touring: Kate Saffin talks to Ralph Lister of the National Rural Touring Forum

Rural touring schemes work with voluntary promoting groups (village hall committes, pubs, local schools, church halls, community groups) to bring professional performing companies and artists to perform in their village or community venue. Ralph talks about the work of the forum in providing an umbrella organisation for local networks and the resource available to help […]


Spontaneous Performance: Paul Levy talks to Rikki Howard about Is it Tabu

Paul Levy talks to Rikki Howard about Is it Tabu? “Hilarious and moving spontaneous show reveals the dramas that transpire when an older TV actress from Hi-De-Hi and a younger classical actor get together and stage their own play. Confronting issues of age, gender and prejudice, in a cross between Chorus Line and Kinky Boots. […]


About death (mostly): Kate Saffin talks to Dr Phil Hammond

Dr Phil Hammond is a passionate and outspoken supporter of the NHS. And, co-incidentally, a well known comedian. He has two shows in Edinburgh in 2016; here he talks about death (mostly), the value of the festival within the festival ‘Death on the Fringe’ and more widely about how the arts and healthcare can work together. […]


Grimm tales: Kate Saffin talks to Jane Deane and Eden Ballantyne about telling tales of death to children

Jane Deane, director of Avvalaff Productions, and Eden Ballantyne talk about retelling some of the unknown Brothers Grimm tales that concern death. They discuss the ways that we try to protect children and how stories and humour can help to introduce difficult concepts in safe ways. Listen to our interview with Avalaff theatre about death in stories […]


VENUE FOCUS: Paul Levy talks to Bruce Adams about Theatre Arts Exchange

  Paul Levy talks to venue creator Bruce Adams about new and growing Fringe venue, Theatre Arts Exchange. “Brand new to Edinburgh Fringe this year and created by the groundbreaking Theatre Arts team at Middlesex University, Theatre Arts Exchange is the new home for theatre that’s innovative and ambitious from the ground up. Our unique programme of amazing theatre, comedy and […]


Paul Levy talks to Ben Rigby about All in the Timing

Paul Levy talks to  Ben Rigby about All in the Timing. Ben is back at the Fringe after his success in 2015 with Nick Pearse and The Gambit. Ben talks about his reasons for returning with All in the Timing. A series of absurd short plays ask: “How long does a monkey take to randomly […]


Multimedia Theatre: Paul Levy talks to Duncan Joseph about Smart

Where do you draw the line online? Paul Levy talks to writer Duncan Joseph from Empty Vessel about Sm@rt. “Thirtysomething online dating can be tragicomic, especially when you shouldn’t even be on Tinder. Lost and mired in tedium, Grace obsessively seeks instant gratification and a new sense of self online. Is it betrayal if it is […]


Creating Epic Adventure: Paul Levy talks to Siân Richards and Kara McLane Burke about The Convolution of Pip and Twig

Paul Levy talks to Siân Richards and Kara McLane Burke about The Convolution of Pip and Twig. “Epic adventure! Spills and thrills! Complicated love! Heart strings! Song and dance! Twin sisters’ world of safety and routine is blown open when one twin follows her heart into the unknown. An original work from Kara McLane Burke […]


Paul Levy talks to Erin Hutching about People of the Eye

Paul Levy talks to writer and performer, Erin Hutching, from The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble, about People of the Eye: “‘Of course, you shouldn’t use sign language’. Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through the Deaf world. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love […]


Paul Levy talks to Kat Woods about Mule

Paul Levy talks to writer Kat Woods about Mule. “Naive and threatened or calculated and planned? How does the seemingly innocent adventure of a summer spent in the party capital of the world spiral out of control and end locked up in a notoriously hard core South American prison? Inspired by the real events of […]


Immersive, Improvisational and Innovative Theatre: Paul Levy talks to Christian Kelty and Carla Stanton about Joe’s NYC Bar

How do you bring a New York City bar to believable life at the Edinburgh Fringe? Paul Levy talks to creator Christian Kelty and producer Carla Stanton about Joe’s NYC Bar. “Joe’s is an interactive, improvisational, immersive theatre experience in which the audience is transported to a bar in Brooklyn, New York City. Live music!” Listen […]


Unique Game Show Theatre: Paul Levy talks to Helen White about Stamp

Paul Levy talks Helen White from Spun Glass Theatre, and the “host” of Brighton Fringe hit,  Stamp: “Hosted by the love child of Sandi Toksvig and Frank N Furter, Stamp is a cheeky, challenging game show where you make the rules. A man and a woman must pit their wits against your choices to fight it […]


Jessica Cheetham, producer for Spun Glass Theatre describes the devising process that led to the creation of this Brighton Fringe hit theatre production. Operation Love Story, which she also directed: “Mission accepted. Plot: greatest love story ever. Gadgets: flowers, chocolates and a balaclava. An anti-romcom, satirising the dreams Richard Curtis sells us. Poignant and imaginative […]


Paul Levy talks to Gavin Roberston and Nicholas Collett about The Six-Sided Man

Gavin Roberston and Nicholas Collett are back at the Fringe with The Six-Sided Man. Based on the cult novel, The Dice Man, the play is more relevant that ever. “There are two rules: Never give the dice an option you’re not prepared to follow, and never disobey the die! Darkly hilarious, seductive… from Luke Rhinehart’s cult […]