FRINGE – Keith’s Editor’s Award 2010

There were many shows at this year’s Fringe which featured – or claimed to feature – burlesque. Lola LaBelle and her House of Burlesque promised much with their Fringe debut show – based on the seven deadly sins and claiming to be a captivating and energetic hour of ‘razzle-dazzly’ entertainment. Circus Burlesque not only lived […]

FRINGE – Alison’s Editor’s Award 2010

Oompah Brass I have seen many fabulous shows this year, but one show stood out for me above all the others – Oompah Brass, The A to Z of Oompah.  My pink highlighter sought out the listing as soon as I had the programme in my hands and I caught Oompah Brass  the first weekend. I fell in love […]

FRINGE – Edinburgh Spotlight Best Newcomer Award 2010

Each year, certain performers and companies visit Edinburgh for their first time, full of hopes and dreams of making it big. Some fail, some succeed – all of them help to make the Fringe that wonderful thing it is: a showcase of new and emerging talent where stars of the future are born. In recognition […]

FRINGE – Edinburgh Spotlight Best Music Award 2010

This year’s Fringe had a fantastic selection of musical acts, ranging from rock, soul and pop, through to some exotic and exciting world & traditional music. Choosing three proved to be a difficult task indeed – and we therefore would like to give honourable mentions to Something Relevant from Mumbai, Ariul from South Korea and […]

FRINGE – Edinburgh Spotlight Best Cabaret Award 2010

More than ever before, 2010’s Fringe seemed to sparkle with sequins and glitter; with late-night variety entertainment, glamourous singers and stylish stars. New venues appeared – such as Assembly in Princes St Gardens and the Pleasance’s Ghillie Dhu – ready to be filled with all the bawdy fun and high-kicking high jinks of the cabaret […]

FRINGE – Edinburgh Spotlight Best Comedy Award 2010

How many comedians does it take to change a light bulb? None – they’re all too busy in Edinburgh. The comedy section of the Fringe programme is by far and away the largest, and the comic fare on offer ranges from the big name stand-ups packing out huge venues every evening, to the rising stars […]

INTERVIEW – Joe Tree of Blipfoto

Given he was still reeling from winning Sunday night’s Scottish BAFTA Best Web award, we considered ourselves extremely lucky to be granted an interview with Joe Tree, co-founder of – the now award-winning ‘photo-a-day’ website. As he was looking after his young daughter yesterday, Joe hadn’t overdone things on Sunday night, despite rubbing shoulders […]

Edinburgh Festival Insider – Pick of the Fringe 2009

Although I’d seen Zen Zen Zo’s showreel and read about Zeitgeist‘s bold, cutting-edge take on contemporary physical theatre and dance, nothing prepared me for actually seeing this live. The only point I didn’t sit and marvel open-mouthed as their startlingly original and visually outstanding show progressed was when they threw eggs into the audience. Even […]

Edinburgh Festival Insider – Venue of the year 2009

With 100s of venues across the city – from the ‘big three’ of the Assembly, Pleasance and Gilded Balloon to the likes of private residences and restaurants – there’s almost as wide a choice of places to see shows as there are performances to enjoy. The nominations for the Edinburgh Festival Insider Venue of the […]

Edinburgh Festival Insider – Dance / Physical Award 2009

Perhaps my favourite category of the Fringe programme, the dance / physical section always contains shows which challenge, delight and impress with feats of skill, fluid movements and some of the most original works to grace Edinburgh’s stage during August. The nominations for the Edinburgh Festival Insider Dance / Physical Award 2009 are: The Chair […]