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 […]


Zero Waste Fringe: BoxedIn get creative at the Greenhouse

A rather casual conversation at last year’s Edfringe about all the waste it creates led to the question ‘could we do it differently?’ and it turns out we can. Or, at least, BoxedIn Theatre can. They have created a zero waste venue, The Greenhouse, and an eco themed programme. It was a bit of a […]


              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 […]


  Raised Voices is a registered charity that  provide creatives writing and performance workshops for homeless people in Edinburgh. Founder Blair Christie talks to Kate Saffin about the regular workshops they run and the shows that they create each year: for the Fringe and at Christmas. The shows are written by and performed by those […]


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 […]


Following the international success of Testosterone, exploring the culturally and socially different world a transperson has to learn to navigate, Kit talks about his new play, Passengers, described as: ‘A dark comedy about the epic battles and alliances within the psyche and the beautiful power of the mind to protect itself from pain. Max wants […]


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 […]


A Solo Meditation on Love and Morality for Us All: Paul Levy talks to Brian Joseph and Daria Roland about Normaler Than Everyone

              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 […]


It runs in the family: Kate Saffin talks to Joan Lawrence and Christian Gittings about Gilbert & Sullivan

Sometimes things just run in families and it was quite by chance that I learned that Joan Lawrence who sang with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company from 1956 to 1962, would be watching her grandson, Christian Gittins, perform in Coily Dart’s Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical: Less Miserable The Spaces. Here they talk about […]


The Silent Clown, Chaplin and A Goofy Testament to the Power of a Childlike Imagination: Paul Levy talks to Alex Curtis about (Chalk) A SIlent Comedy

              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 […]


London, baby!

The Transfer! So, it’s happening. We’ve dusted the costumes, shaken off the post-fringe hangovers and taken a surgical knife to the script. The Death of Ivan Ilyich is going to the Camden Fringe next week. It’s the first time we’ve toured a show in a little while, and we’re very excited. Problems we’re facing The […]


              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 […]


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?           […]


Advertise on FringeReview at Camden Fringe 2019

  Boost your box office sales at the Camden Fringe. The perfect time to book an advert at our special Camden Fringe “from now until the end of your Camden Fringe 2019 run” rate.  Book an advert on the good fringe guide. In August, traffic to our site goes nuts, up in the tens of […]


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


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.   […]


So, Brighton Fringe 2019 comes to an end and I am not going to name drop or specifically hyperlink – partly because I can’t be arsed and mainly because this isn’t about this show or that show; it is about the Fringe beast as a whole. There has been some very reflective work – some […]


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 […]


BREXIT – the 5 ingredients of Populism

We’re finally in Brighton. Today I’ve been walking about flyering a little bit while enjoying the city at the same time. Given that yesterday I woke up at 5 am and didn’t go to bed until 2 am of the following day I’m feeling a bit weak, to say the least. In any case, I’m […]