+3 Interview: Atomic Saloon Show

“To create and rehearse the show we have brought our entire producing team from New York and Las Vegas to Edinburgh for the month of July as well as the fourteen incredible performers who come from Australia, USA, Ukraine, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Sweden, Wales, Ireland and Iceland.”

WHO: Andrew Dunn: Creative Director

WHAT: “The wildest watering hole in town. Madam Boozy Skunkton has been collecting the prettiest, sexiest, dumbest, drunkest troupe of entertainers and acrobats on earth, and is determined to create the greatest saloon show the world has ever known. Moulin Rouge meets Blazing Saddles, and America’s Got Talent meets Westworld. From the creators of the hit Las Vegas show Absinthe. Featuring some of the best names in variety and physical comedy, this world premiere is a must-see before it heads to its permanent home on the Las Vegas Strip. Directed by Cal McCrystal (One Man, Two Guvnors).”

WHERE: Assembly George Square Gardens – Palais du Variete (Venue 3) 

WHEN: 22:10 (70 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Spiegelworld presented a small show in Edinburgh in 2015. Vegas Nocturne was a chaotic cabaret directed by American clowning legend John Gilkey and we were honoured to be named Strangest Show!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

In April this year we celebrated the 8th anniversary of our show Absinthe at Caesars Palace and the first anniversary of our latest Las Vegas show, Opium. We are excited to be creating and premiering our third show bound for the Las Vegas strip right here in Edinburgh.

Tell us about your show.

Spiegelworld has been talking to UK’s leading comedy director Cal McCrystal for years about creating a show together. We have long admired his joyful, madcap, subversive style of physical comedy which is a perfect complement to our incredibly skilled and sexy young circus acrobats. Finally we have the opportunity to make the dream a reality with a show which takes the audience to the Wild West as it never was . To create and rehearse the show we have brought our entire producing team from New York and Las Vegas to Edinburgh for the month of July as well as the fourteen incredible performers who come from Australia, USA, Ukraine, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Sweden, Wales, Ireland and Iceland. After its world premiere in Edinburgh the show will be immediately transferred to its permanent home at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.

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

Our show is definitely adults-only but we can recommend the more family-friendly and brilliant Australian circus company Circa and their show Humans. Cirque Berserk, La Galerie and The Storm are other companies on our list to see.


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+3 Interview: Valentina’s Galaxy

“I think lots of audiences love it because it’s a break from the busyness of the Fringe and there’s so much to do to keep the kids busy.”

WHO: Heather Fulton: Director and Artistic Director Frozen Charlotte

WHAT: “Valentina’s Galaxy: an intergalactic adventure for starry-eyed 2-6 year olds and their adults. Inspired by women in space, this immersive performance captivates children and adults alike with a combustible concoction of experiments, rocket launches and stargazing. From the creators of Paperbelle and Too Many Penguins? Valentina’s Galaxy is a fascinating, funny and moving experience created especially for young audiences. ‘Capturing our imaginations’ (Scotsman). ‘Full of eye-popping surprises’ **** (EdinburghGuide.com). Originally commissioned by Edinburgh Science Festival, in association with Imaginate through support from the Scottish Governments Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Madeinscotlandshowcase.com”

WHERE: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Fletcher Building – Fletcher Building (Venue 370) 

WHEN: Varies (50 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

It’s not our first time in Edinburgh – we were a part of the Made in Scotland programme with one of our other early years shows Paperbelle back in 2012. We were at the Royal Botanic Gardens with Assembly and had such a great time we’re repeating it with Valentina’s Galaxy! We’re delighted to be back at the Botanics as it’s such an amazing and accessible place for families. I think lots of audiences love it because it’s a break from the busyness of the Fringe and there’s so much to do to keep the kids busy.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

We’ve had a great year! We toured our show NESTS by Xana Marwick throughout Scotland, Paperbelle has been to China three (!!!) times since then and we presented Valentina’s Galaxy at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival in May this year – always an amazing honour (whoops, sorry that’s three things)

Tell us about your show.

Valentina’s Galaxy was commissioned by the Edinburgh Science Festival in 2018. It was created by myself and visual artist/Frozen Charlotte associate Katy Wilson. Frozen Charlotte is a leading company producing work in Scotland all year round and I’m delighted to be the company’s Artistic Director. Valentina’s Galaxy was inspired by research that children as young as two are already gender stereotyping. We felt that space exploration was one of the areas were generally the first image that pops into mind when you hear the word Astronaut is of a white man.

So Katy and I found ourselves two amazing female space explorers (we actually discovered hundreds of them!) so actually we picked two of the hundreds of amazing space travellers – Valentina Tereshkova, a Russian Cosmonaut and the first white woman to go into space in 1963 and Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to go into space in 1992.

We finished a run of shows at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival this May – after one of these shows a little girl in the audience said ‘I want to be an Astronaut’ – job done!

We’re working with Mhari Robinson of Independent Arts Producers on the show and delighted to be presenting as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase.

We’re hoping to tour throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally. It’s an exciting time for the space industry at the moment and we hope to inspire as many young people as possible to explore and find out more about the wonders of space.

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

There’s some really great work out there for young audiences I’d recommend. Little Top by Starcatchers – a circus inspired show for 0-18 months and Islander by Helen Milne Productions, a new musical for everyone aged 8+ (both are part of the Made in Scotland showcase)


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+3 Interview: With Child

“When I first started writing this show pregnancy was on my mind, friends were having children and I really wanted to have a baby myself.”

WHO: Clare Pointing: Writer & Actor

WHAT: “A solo show – six different women, one thing in common. Inspired by society’s expectations and the pressures on women to be maternal, kind, considerate individuals. There is one thing these women share, they are all pregnant, however they rarely refer to this – but do we as an audience judge them differently because of their impending motherhood? This series of talking heads style monologues will make you laugh and cringe as we share a glimpse into these women’s daily lives, warts and all. ‘Perhaps inspired by Alan Bennett’s monologues, Pointing’s writing is funny and true’ **** (Scotsman).”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – The Cellar (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 15:30 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This will be my 9th fringe but my second performing a show that I have written.

I first came to the fringe in 2007 with theatre company ‘The River People’ performing in ‘The Ordinaries in an Awkward Silence’ and ‘Lily through the Dark’ with these shows we were lucky enough to win a total theatre award for best-emerging company and also the Edinburgh International Festival award.

I have also performed in other companies productions as well as attended as a director for a play ‘The Head of the Fork’ and comedy duo ‘That Pair’.

Every year is different but every time it feels like coming home… to a mad very busy home but I love it and can’t wait to be back again this year.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

In September 2018 I gave birth to my daughter Rae, she’s been a huge part of this show’s journey as I performed a work in progress version of it throughout the pregnancy. This will be her first fringe experience and I’m so looking forward to taking her to some baby shows, baby disco’s and letting her explore the meadows etc.

Tell us about your show.

I wrote this ‘With Child’, it is my second solo show that gives an audience a glimpse into the everyday lives of six women.

When I first started writing this show pregnancy was on my mind, friends were having children and I really wanted to have a baby myself. Then it got me thinking about my career, what would happen if I was lucky enough to become pregnant myself. It struck me that we never really see pregnant actresses on screen or stage unless the scene is focused on this fact and I thought, what about a show where everyone is pregnant but they’re not talking about it, does it still work or does it change how the audience feels about them as people?

In my team I have Flick Morris working on PR, she is also a new mum so it felt like the ideal match for this show and a meeting of minds.

My technician Simeon Miller is an absolute hero, I’ve been working with him for a few years now, he makes lights do their best thing and he’s also an all-round technical superstar.

Claire Harvey has done a stage/prop design for me, she has a great eye for visuals and used to co-run ‘The River People’ so we’ve been working together a long time. Other than this I have had guest direction from a variety of brilliant people alongside other help along the way.

I performed a work in progress of this show last year whilst pregnant at Vault, Brighton and Plymouth Fringe festivals. I then took it to Camden Peoples and Soho Theatre.

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

My Husband is bringing a show that he has written called ‘Who is Daniel King’ it’s on at Assembly, 18.55. He’s great and it will be great.

Some very talented and lovely friends are in shows, here are the details:

Catch Kathryn bond in ‘It’s True, It’s True, It’s True’ by Breach Theatre … I saw this last year and it was absolutely brilliant!

‘Shaw and Order’ comedy from Lorna Shaw

‘Gun’ A former member of comedy sketch troupe ‘Clever Pever’ William Hartley has written this.

‘Gabby Best – 10,432 Sheep’ I’ve never actually seen one of Gabby shows but so many people tell me to go and I will be, sounds right up my street.

Jessica Clark is performing in a show at Summerhall, I’m not sure of the name but I am sure we’ll all have heard of it within the first week, she is brilliant.

Oh and Aphra Campbell in ‘Woke’


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+3 Interview: Maria Shehata: Hero

“It’s about my life in the UK after my move for love didn’t work out.”

WHO: Maria Shehata: Writer/Performer

WHAT: “Failed love, crippling debt and living with an angry 83-year-old. Not exactly what Maria had in mind when she left LA for the UK. ‘A slick, gag-driven US-approach’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘A charming, engaging storyteller’ (BroadwayWorld.com). ‘I love Maria Shehata’ (Bill Burr).”

WHERE: Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market – Bottom (Venue 98) 

WHEN: 17:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

The first time I came to Edinburgh was in 2015. I was doing a week-long run, and they had to cancel my first performance because they found human remains the venue. I would have performed anyway, not my worst audience.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

My ass. I gained a lot of new relationship weight. But it’s a happy weight!

Tell us about your show.

I am the writer and PBJ Management is partially producing it. It’s about my life in the UK after my move for love didn’t work out. With two trash bags full of stuff, I went from my fiancé’s flat to living with an 83 year old, which wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I moved from LA to the UK. I am premiering it at Edinburgh, and I hope to tour it throughout the UK after Edinburgh!

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

Daniel Audritt’s Better Man and Helen Bauer’s Little Miss Baby Angel Face. They are both make me laugh in person and on stage and I love watching them perform.


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+3 Interview: Tokyo Rose

“We make gutsy female-led theatre that blends spoken word and music.”

WHO: Tanya Agarwal: Producer

WHAT: “Turn back the dial to 1949. Iva d’Aquino stands accused of treason in one of the most controversial trials in American history. Faced with accusations of peddling Axis propaganda, Iva becomes known as the notorious Tokyo Rose – but was she the villain she was made out to be? Five female wartime disc jockeys spit piercing verse in a rap-packed musical broadcast going live in 5, 4, 3… From the team behind The Half Moon Shania: ‘Best Musical Award 2018’ ***** (MusicalTheatreReview.com). **** (Stage). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). New Diorama Theatre and Underbelly Untapped Award 2019.”

WHERE: Underbelly, Cowgate – Iron Belly (Venue 61) 

WHEN: 18:55 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is our second time and we can’t wait to be back! Last year we took our debut show, The Half Moon Shania, which won Best Musical! It was such a huge learning curve and a really brilliant way to cement what we are about as a company. We can’t wait to come back this year!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

The biggest thing that has happened to us is that we won the Untapped Award in association with New Diorama Theatre and Underbelly. Without this award we definitely couldn’t have made Tokyo Rose, and we feel so lucky to have gained so much support from these two great organisations.

Tell us about your show.

Tokyo Rose is an electrifying new musical about one of America’s most controversial trails. Accused of peddling axis propaganda, Iva Toguri became known as the notorious Tokyo Rose – but was she the villain she was made out to be?

Burnt Lemon Theatre was formed by East 15 graduates Hannah Benson and Cara Baldwin, with Tanya Agarwal joining later on as producer. We make gutsy female-led theatre that blends spoken word and music.

We are so excited to be previewing the show at Derby Theatre as part of Departure Lounge Festival on the 18th of July. We have some plans for after Edinburgh, so watch this space!

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

Go see the other Untapped Award shows! Poltergeist’s Art Heist and Barrel Organ’s Conspiracy promise to be amazing. Some of our other favourite companies are also up at Fringe this year, including Trip Hazards with their show Progress and Bric a Brac Theatre with Mustard Doesn’t Go With Girls.


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+3 Interview: Wit and Mirth

“I was put on its trail by an audience member who I got chatting to in Edinburgh last year, and when I found a copy of the book and started reading it I was enthralled.”

WHO: David William Hughes: Writer/Performer

WHAT: “In 1698 Thomas d’Urfey published the smash-hit book of comic songs, Wit and Mirth. David William Hughes sings some of them, some of his own, and some of yours which he’ll make up for you. ‘A hoot, a bawdy entertainment, and a display of consummate musicianship which brings tears to the eyes both of laughter and sadness’ **** (ScotsGay.co.uk). ‘Hilarious’ **** (FringeGuru.com). ‘A witty gem’ **** (MusicalTalk). ‘Accomplished musicality and bawdy ribaldry’ **** (The730Review.co.uk). **** (Advertiser, Adelaide).”

WHERE: Laughing Horse @ Bar 50 – Upstairs (Venue 151) 

WHEN: 22:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I first came to the Fringe in 2011 as part of the improv group the Oxford Imps. It was an amazing experience! Despite 2011 being an exceptionally rainy year, I had the time of my life – one moment that stands out from that year is seeing Adam Riches’ show and just being bowled over by the weirdness, the level of engagement with the audience, and laughing until I cried. Since then I’ve been back many times with many different shows – 2019 will be my 6th Fringe. There’s no-where else like it for seeing the most amazing, innovative, and strange comedy, theatre and cabaret.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

After last year’s Fringe I was invited to perform my 2018 show “Elizabethan” at the Adelaide Fringe. This was a fantastic experience, and involved me spending as much time (4 days) sat in aeroplanes as I spent actually in Adelaide. The atmosphere there was incredible – as was the food and wine – and it was a huge privilege to fly all the way around the world to perform.

Tell us about your show.

My new show “Wit and Mirth” is a comic cabaret based on a songbook called “Wit and Mirth”, which was first published in 1698. It was one of the biggest-selling publications of its day, but is now almost completely forgotten. I was put on its trail by an audience member who I got chatting to in Edinburgh last year, and when I found a copy of the book and started reading it I was enthralled. There’s all sorts of strange songs in there – one of my favourites is about a boy who chokes to death during a custard eating competition – which I’ve taken, re-arranged, and been inspired by. I’ve already performed the show in Boston and London and hope to take it to more cities in the US after Edinburgh.

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

One group I’ve seen a few times, and will be sure to catch again, is the Owle Schreame. They do these amazingly bawdy versions of 17th century plays called “Drolls” which are fascinating and hilarious. There’s also some really innovative cross-overs between comedy and theatre – Daniel Nils Roberts is one act that I’d heartily recommend. And the stand up Sophie Duker is doing her debut solo show this year – having seen her at the Fringe over the past few years I definitely want to see her full hour. Other than those, just go to something totally strange that you wouldn’t get to see anywhere else!


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+3 Interview: Jekyll and Hyde

“Our show is like a dress-up party in that we tell wild and outrageous stories together.”

WHO: Comfrey Sanders: Performer

WHAT: “Meet the most delightfully evil man alive, Mr Hyde. A man so evil he punches the cleaner, drop-kicks a precious puffin, and yells ‘shark’ at the beach. From the creators of 2018’s hit Don Juan, this bonkers rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Jekyll and Hyde is retold by a team of charmingly “French” performers with the help of the audience. Experience theatre at its most joyous with audacious performers, twisted pop songs and brilliant physical comedy. Praise for Don Juan: ***** (FringeGuru.com). **** (List). **** (Scotsman).”

WHERE: Assembly George Square Gardens – Piccolo (Venue 3) 

WHEN: 15:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

We came last year for the first time with our show Don Juan, and we loved Edinburgh and the people so much we are back for round two. We pounded the pavements flyering and meeting people that way. We definitely bought our flyering A game – we flirted shamelessly with everyone we met.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

I helped make and then performed in a new musical based on a long-running soap in NZ called “Shortland Street: The Musical”. It was a loving homage to the 90’s version of Shortland Street I played 90’s Rachel McKenna – she was a teenager then.

Tell us about your show.

Our show is like a dress-up party in that we tell wild and outrageous stories together. But it’s for adults, so we can be a little flirty and you can have a drink or two as well. We tell you the very terrifying story of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Mr Hyde is a terrible man and we have a lot of fun exploring all the terrible things he does (and some of the terrible things we wish we could all do)….
It’s a devised work produced by our theatre company A Slightly Isolated Dog and directed by Leo Gene Peters. The show was first made by the company in 2016 and we have toured around NZ a lot over the last 3 years. Robert Louis Stevenson was inspired by Edinburgh so Hyde-like naughtiness will probably be lurking behind every corner, which is rather thrilling. Next year we are hopefully touring it through Australia, and we’ve just started work on the third show in our party-play trilogy.

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

I would highly recommend the solo comedy show Aunty. She’s a fellow traveller from New Zealand, also on at Assembly and she’ll treat you very well – like one of the family in fact.


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