This year, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe reached an impressive milestone as it celebrated its 70th anniversary. For seven decades now, the society behind the Fringe Festival has sought to push the boundaries of entertainment, offering a plethora of comedy, theatre, spoken-word, improv and physical theatre (and that’s only to name a few mediums). Here at […]
Author: Beth Blakemore
Former Senior Culture Editor (2016-7) and Fringe Editor (2017). MSc student researching the Spanish Baroque. Most likely to be found in either the library or bailando in El Barrio.
An Evening With an Immigrant
For 14 years, Inua Ellams has been searching for a place to belong. Once enjoying an idyllic upbringing in middle-class Nigeria, the Ellams family found themselves victims of extremism, and following their escape to the UK, were then subjected to racism and unjust immigration laws with their lives drastically changed overnight. In An Evening With an Immigrant, Ellams transforms this traumatic tale into a night of evocative storytelling through a blend of beautiful […]
In recent years, we have found ourselves talking more often about the importance of improving mental health and removing the unfair stigma associated with conditions like depression. Yet there are still some subjects that we struggle to discuss; one of them being the rising number of male suicides. In Fragile Man, David Martin and Richard […]
Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz
In her first appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Courtney Act brought Down Under up North, as this queen reminded us of all the great things to come from Australia (including herself, of course). When Courtney Act first rolls on stage (in sparkly red roller skates, no less), we quickly realise what makes Act such […]
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
On Wednesday 16th August 2017, at the Pleasance Courtyard’s Grand theatre, a new musical was born. Set in a newsroom and inspired by Hairspray, In the Heights, Mamma Mia, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Cats, the cast of Showstopper! presented us with Guardian of the Galaxy, an entirely improvised show that was out of […]
Andrew Ryan: Did You Get Here Alright?
During his fifth appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Irish comedian Andrew Ryan sets out to teach us to forgive people and their mistakes, as he tries to find humour in the senseless (and sometimes cruel) actions of others. Born in Cork and now living in Watford, Ryan also uses his latest show to discuss […]
As I entered the Wee Room of Gilded Balloon Teviot and sat down, my stomach dropped when I noticed the floor covered in tarpaulin with a bucket sitting close by. It was at that moment that I feared that it was a mistake to have sat in the second row. Well, when it comes to […]
Alice Marshall: Blood
Alice Marshall is someone who immediately stands out among the crowd. Not only is she incredibly tall, but her posters also display her drenched in blood, her eyes gazing out at you. This bloody intensity was what I was looking for in Alice Marshall: Blood – but while the passion was there, the gore was […]