+3 Interview: JoJo Bellini: Crash-Bang Cabaret!

“Audiences will need to buckle up for a wild ride!”

WHO: Joanne Marsh (JoJo Bellini), Performer/Writer

WHAT: “A hilariously naughty cabaret about car accidents, kink and cucumbers. Take a look into the life of cabaret queen JoJo Bellini. Who is this woman? Where has she come from? How did she recover from such a crippling car accident? Why is she touching me? Why isn’t she touching me? Is this love? Yes. Yes it is. Sit back and indulge in the unbridled naughtiness, clowning and comedy that is JoJo Bellini.”

WHERE: The Stand Comedy Club 2 (Venue 5)

WHEN: 22:05 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my second time doing a full Fringe run with a solo show. Last year was such a blast I just had to come back with another saucy show to get audiences motors running.

Tell us about your show.

Audiences will need to buckle up for a wild ride! It is my personal story of how I found fun, kink and sequins after a horrific car accident. It has been directed by Sameena Zhera and is filled with songs, clowning and salacious dance moves.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Rosalind Blessed’s play The Delights of Dogs and The Problems of People, the clowns Zach & Viggo, but most definitely John Robertson’s Dominant.


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+3 Interview: Murder, She Didn’t Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

“We frequently outnumbered the audience but to be honest we were just happy to be performing.”

WHO: Lizzy Skrzypiec, Director/performer

WHAT: “A classic murder mystery is created on the spot in this ingenious and hilarious show from Bristol Improv Theatre’s resident company. Miss Crimson poisoned in the parlour? Mr Gold exploded by cannon in Sainsbury’s? You decide! But will you guess whodunnit? And for your Sunday night entertainment, don’t forget our additional late night shows!”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) 

WHEN: Varies (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is Murder, She Didn’t Write‘s fifth time at the fringe and it’ll be my eighth/ nineth time as a performer. I started off with a small part-improv-part-sketch group putting on a free show that was on at about 1pm in a pub far beyond the Meadows. We frequently outnumbered the audience but to be honest we were just happy to be performing. This year we have moved to the Pleasance and I couldn’t be more excited.

Tell us about your show.

Murder, She Didn’t Write is an improvised murder mystery where the cast make up a bespoke play based on audience suggestions, but it doesn’t stop there, one member of the audience decides who they want to be the victim and murderer and then it’s up to the rest of the audience to guess whodunnit. We came up with the format about five/six years ago and have been tweaking it, changing it ever since to maximize our creative freedom and the audience’s enjoyment.

When I say we, I mean Degrees of Error – a group of improvisers based at the Bristol Improv Theatre. Many of us used to perform with Bristol University’s Improv Society and the group formed with university graduates who still wanted to perform improv. However, since then our group has grown and we now have members from more theatrical backgrounds with proper acting chops! It’s lead to a truly gorgeous group of talented improvisers I’m proud to be a part of.

I am the director of the show, which is an odd thing to imagine in a play without a script. But it’s my job to make sure we are all in the same page tonally, visually etc and to see how we can continue to make the show better. We tour during the year to various theatres and festivals and we are also developing completely new shows that we premier at the BIT.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

We heartily recommend checking out some other improv shows like Showstoppers, Austentatious, And Now For Something Completely Improvised, Happily Never After, Scribble and This Is Soap. They are a hoard of varied and delightful shows by a hoard of incredibly talented improvisers.


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+3 Interview: Richard Carpenter is Close to You

“I’ve had more Edinburghs than boyfriends. In fact, Edinburgh is my boyfriend.”

WHO: Matthew Floyd Jones, Performer/Writer

WHAT: “Richard from The Carpenters used to be on top of the world looking down on creation, to the left of (and slightly behind) Karen. Now, he’s back at the piano once more in this razor-sharp tragicomedy that takes you on the ultimate ticket to ride. Cos solitaire really is the only game in town! Written and performed by Matthew Floyd Jones, the piano player from Frisky & Mannish.”

WHERE: Underbelly, George Square (Venue 300)

WHEN: 17:20 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I’ve had more Edinburghs than boyfriends. In fact, Edinburgh is my boyfriend. In a Bill Sikes-Nancy way. Like, as long as Edinburgh needs me, I know where I must be, in spite of what you see, I’m sure that Edinburgh needs me. My biggest success at the Fringe was in 2011 when I sold out the purple cow with my dear friend Frisky, and we were on the cover of magazines everywhere. It was a golden era of musical comedy infotainment!

Tell us about your show.

I wrote Richard Carpenter is Close to You, I’m producing it, and I brought the company together by begging my favourite past collaborators to help me. Luckily I know a ton of brilliant people. The production has been on a preview tour since May, playing Brighton, Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford, Manchester, Buxton, Bristol and York, so it’s REALLY REALLY ready now…

It’s a comedy/theatre piece about the innermost thoughts of Richard Carpenter, who is now my hero but used to represent the worst fears I had about myself. If you saw Frisky & Mannish, you’ll know what I mean. I’m definitely a Richard, not a Karen. This show depicts the frustrations I’ve faced coming to terms with that fact, but also the joy of realising that that’s ok, and that the world needs Richards too.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

See a sunrise from Arthur’s Seat, or see a sunset from the Castle – see something of Edinburgh while you’re here, because it’s such a beautiful city. Then see Kate If You Wanna Go Butcher.


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+3 Interview: Losers

“Edinburgh’s bloomin’ expensive. We’ve finally emptied our piggy banks and taken the plunge.”

WHO: Arthur Jones, Performer

WHAT: “Grab a voting handset, meet four dangerously desperate contestants and decide their formidable fates. It’s the most nail-biting TV game show of the decade and no one’s going down without a fight. Theatrical mischief-makers Tit4Twat bring their critically-acclaimed satire to Edinburgh for the first time. 16+ (stupidity and real violence guaranteed).”

WHERE: Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61) 

WHEN: 23:20 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

As a company – yes. We’ve been performing Losers all over the place for the last 3 years – but Edinburgh’s bloomin’ expensive. We’ve finally emptied our piggy banks and taken the plunge.

Tell us about your show.

We’re bringing Losers to Underbelly Cowgate: a rowdy, late-night and interactive satire about the depths reality TV contestants will go for a ‘big break’. Audience members are armed with electronic voting handsets, and introduced to four performers who’ll do anything (and we mean anything) to win the audience’s affection and avoid getting punished.

We, Tit4Twat Theatre, devised the show together in response to a couple of (now banned) reality shows that took torture and degradation of contestants so far that people very nearly got hurt. Google The Chair and The Chamber to see what we mean. The fact those formats were permitted to air in the first place and (indeed) people signed up to ‘star’ on them troubled us though – so we did a lot of research, and Losers is the result.

Tit4Twat is three Warwick University Theatre graduates (Arthur, Rachel and Sophie), who share a love for creating messy interactive performance. We formed the company soon after graduating, and have spent the last 3 years creating and touring Losers predominantly around London venues (Camden People’s Theatre, Rosemary Branch, Etcetera and Rag Factory) but also further afield (Warwick Arts Centre, Derby Theatre and now Underbelly).

Post-Edinburgh, we’re taking the show back to London – Rich Mix in Shoreditch – to feature in We Are Now Festival, which celebrates performance that utilises emerging and innovative technology. A Spring 2018 tour is then (excitingly) in the pipeline.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Barely Methodical Troupe’s Kin. We just re-watched it at Latitude this weekend and it’s SO GOOD. Circus with charm, attitude and a banana.


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+3 Interview: Rock of Ages: High School Edition

“The cast is full of talented, young, eager performers who are well-equipped to perform classic American songs favored worldwide.”

WHO: Peelee Clark, Director/Choreographer

WHAT: “It’s the end of the 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness aspiring rock star Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing, but the fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into another capitalist strip mall.”

WHERE: SpaceTriplex (Venue 38) ​

WHEN: Varies (85 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

As part of the American High School Theatre Festival, this is my second time bringing our theatre company to the Fringe after getting our start at the 2013 Capital Fringe in Washington D.C. with an original piece called Urban Legends.

In 2015 we performed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to sold out audiences at Space Triplex (V 38).

Tell us about your show.

Coming off a very successful season which included School of Rock (regional premiere), American Idiot, Night of the Living Dead and Billy Elliot, which won the National Capital Area Cappies Award for Best Musical at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, we are ready to melt your face off with Rock of Ages.
Rock of Ages by Chris D’Arienzo and Ethan Popp is a highly demanding show, representing the perfect challenge for Beyond the Page.

Each individual who is a part of the production has the necessary talent and drive to pull off such a musical. This show caters to the strengths of our company as a whole and is sure to have the audience rocking in their seats. The cast is full of talented, young, eager performers who are well-equipped to perform classic American songs favored worldwide.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Without a doubt Trainspotting Live. This immersive, in-yer-face theatre company performs one of the most disgusting and offensive, passionate plays I’ve ever had the privilege to see. This year will be my third time seeing it and I cannot wait. Unfortunately it’s a bit rated R for my students.

However, if my students were asked this question, they would say Bruce. The two actors that manipulate the most adorable yellow block of foam have the best comic timing and we were in stitches when we saw them in 2015. Our entire cast and crew will be in the audience this time around.


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+3 Interview: Seven Crazy Bitches

“I did that horrific ‘lying on the floor like you’re a dead body to hand out flyers’ thing. Won’t be doing that this year!”

WHO: Holly Morgan, Diva

WHAT: “Join the Diva on a budget as she guides you through the Seven Ages of Woman. Pit stops include seduction via Kate Bush, an interview with the woman who lived in Prince’s head, and finding out how many two pence pieces a man can insert up his foreskin. This is standing up cabaret on a budget as you’ve never seen it before. Because the Diva’s pretty sure she just invented it… ”

WHERE: Assembly Hall (Venue 35) ​

WHEN: 19:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my first year with my own show! I was in Bat Boy! the Musical when I was a student and I did that horrific ‘lying on the floor like you’re a dead body to hand out flyers’ thing. Won’t be doing that this year!

Tell us about your show.

So I’ve written it and I’ve been very lucky to have some very talented people to draw on to help out with it; my boyfriend Tom is in it and gets roundly abused by me and has to sit in a cardboard box for an hour, my mate Lisa is a fabulous director and crazy bitch herself and Esh is best described as the show’s Guru! Roshan Conn is a wizard. Or she’s really organised, great at Q lab and always has my back…that or a wizard.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Cat Loud’s phenomenal one woman show, Wayward.

My beautiful venue-mate Lucy Farrett has brought her hilarious show, Ladyface to Assembly. She’s on just before us and she’s awesome.

A Hundred Different Words for Love is a beautiful hour of storytelling by James Rowland – a must see.


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+3 Interview: The Older Brothers’ Almanac

“Much of my actual childhood has disappeared and been replaced by events that can be told in 50min.”

WHO: Richard Thieriot, Writer, Producer and Actor

WHAT: “From NYC comes a darkly comic guide for brothers everywhere: how to teach, protect and permanently traumatise each other. All (almost) techniques applicable to Sisterhood. Free beer for siblings who come to the show together! Features classic techniques and time-honoured rituals such as The Headlock, The Dead Leg and Psychological Torture, plus Historical Accounts and Science! Guest appearances include Cain and Abel, The Wright Brothers, The Kennedys, Liam and Noel Gallagher, Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine, and Billy Baldwin. Have we said already? Free beer for siblings who come to the show together!”

WHERE: C venues – C (Venue 34)

WHEN: 17:30 (50 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my first time bringing a show to the festival although I spent two rain-soaked days there last year and absolutely loved it!

Tell us about your show.

The Older Brothers’ Almanac began out of telling stories from my childhood. I grew up with three older brothers and we did a lot of crazy, funny, violent things. It absolutely shaped show I am. I started working it into smaller pieces years ago and when I saw the Fringe last summer I realized that it was the perfect place to bring it all together. I reached out to Zach Evenson first.

We went to The National Theater Conservatory together a decade ago and I don’t think there is another actor who feels more like family to me. Then I went to Wes Grantom to see if he’d direct, again, we’ve worked together a bunch and we’ve fallen into comfortable grooves in the rehearsal room. Since then we’ve been refining and shaping the piece (much of my actual childhood has disappeared and been replaced by events that can be told in 50min). We’re hoping to get a run in NYC at a late night venue when we return.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

13 and not Pregnant and Obfuscation


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