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Culture Edinburgh International Book Festival Literature

EIBF 2022: Abdulrazak Gurnah, ‘Migration, The Story of Our Times’

Though initially intrigued but nonetheless unfamiliar with Abdulrazak Gurnah and his work, I sat mesmerised by the Nobel Prize winner for the hour he had been allotted at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The man, with fifty years of writing behind him along with a career in academia, carried with him none of the pretensions […]

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Comedy Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: Michael Spicer: The Room Next Door Review

Walking out onto the stage wearing his classic red-hoodie black-top combo, Michael Spicer appears as though he’s stepped straight out of our lockdown Twitter feeds. To his right, is a large lecture podium; to his left is an overflowing, mug-laden desk; and behind him, a projector screen. Immediately adopting a droll, on-stage persona, he gives […]

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Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: A Time Traveller’s Guide to the Present Review

A Time Traveller’s Guide to the Present, if it were really used as a guide to the present, would be a very confusing one to say the least. Doug Harvey is ambitious in his attempt to incorporate multiple different characters, using multiple accents and position himself in multiple different time periods, and the show certainly […]

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Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: This is Not a Show About Hong Kong Review

Tucked into the alcoves of Underbelly’s Cowgate venue, in a room with stone walls and arched ceilings, there is a fantastic play being performed for the Fringe. The room itself feels old and historic, but the play shown within is entirely new: a topical, fresh portrayal of life in currently oppressed Hong Kong. Produced by […]

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Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: Mudfish: Might as Well Review

Dan and Molly Mudfish are stuck down a well – accidentally, of course! Aside from being dung beetle activists and twins, the two ex-Cambridge Footlights are hilariously confident and wildly silly. This is the best hour I’ve spent watching two people stuck down a well. Which might not be saying much, but trust me when […]

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Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: 100 Seconds to Midnight Review

John and May were sixth-form lovers who haven’t seen each other in five years. One evening, the end of the world is announced. In a moment of lonely panic, May calls John. Can she come over? Five weeks later, the world is still standing but the pair are trapped in John’s studio apartment. The stage, […]

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Features

In conversation with the Three Pound Theatre Company

Queer as a three-dollar bill – we don’t think so. This phrase has been used throughout the twentieth century as an insult against the Queer community. The Three Pound Coin Theatre Company are reclaiming it. The Student met with Co-founders and Executive Producers Issi Ladd (she/her) and Doug Stephenson (they/them) to talk about what the […]

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News

Edinburgh Festival Fringe to go ahead

On 13 April 2021 the Edinburgh International Festival announced that the celebrated Fringe festival will be returning this summer, although with a series of social distancing measures in place.  The Fringe society announced that productions can go ahead in outdoor pop-up venues to ensure spectators are able to simultaneously comply with Covid-19 safety regulations.  At […]