+3 Interview: The Man Presents: Women

“It’s crazy that now I’ll get to be wearing the passes that I spent lots of my first year printing!”

WHO: Ania Magliano, Director

WHAT: “What happens to the women that men can’t write? In this showcase of strong female characters, a group of Cambridge’s finest lady and non-binary comics will endeavour to find out. Fresh from every screen and stage ever, the cast-offs, the sidekicks, the nonspecific love interests and the straight-up plot devices come together to stick it to the man. Specifically, one man in particular. Their writer. With multiple women actually allowed on stage at once, who knows what might happen? Starring female members of the Cambridge Footlights and more, we wager it’ll be something very, very funny.”

WHERE: Assembly George Square Studios – Four (Venue 17) 

WHEN: 21:20 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is the first time ‘The Man Presents: Women’ is hitting the Fringe! It has previously had three sell out runs in Cambridge, but now we’re ready to take on THE WORLD (starting in Scotland).

I (Ania – director) have been up to Edinburgh every year for three years now, and my first experience was as a reception intern at Assembly. It’s crazy that now I’ll get to be wearing the passes that I spent lots of my first year printing!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

‘The Man Presents: Women’ achieved its third sell out run in Cambridge, with a brilliant new cast and five star reviews.

Tell us about your show.

The show was conceived by Molly Stacey and Kat Weaver (who are now working on the Footlights Tour Show) last year. Since then it has been passed down to myself and Emmeline Downie (performing in a sketch show called ‘Manhunt’), for its first Fringe run.

The show is opened by ‘The Man’ (a drag female act), a writer who has decided that women have been marginalised for too long. His cure for this is to write a variety of ‘three dimensional’ female characters himself, giving women their much needed voice (from a straight cis man). The majority of the show is a series of character comedy monologues performed by ‘the women’, parodying and reclaiming tropes of female characters in films, literature and wider culture.

The Man Presents: Women uses ‘very well written humour to address an important topic in a funny and light-hearted way’ (The Tab). The idea for the show was birthed out of the observation that even when women are cast in a ‘comedic’ role, they are often not funny at all.

Each monologue is written by the performer, however the process has been extremely collaborative which enables us to foster a broad sense of humour. We hope this is only the beginning for our journey at the Fringe!

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

I could go on for absolute hours. I have to start with Emma Sidi’s show ‘Faces of Grace’. Not only is she a stellar character comedian, she is also an ex-footlight and an inspiration for the cast!
There are plenty of other funny women not to be missed: Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Olga Koch, Rose Matafeo and Jayde Adams to name a few.

And if stand up is your thing, I am doing a split hour at 3pm in Tolbooth Market for a sweet £0!


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+3 Interview: Mad Women in My Attic!

“It’s a semi-autobiographical cabaret, but with a quirky setting: I am an asylum patient.”

WHO: Monica Salvi, Performer, Creator, Producer

WHAT: “Powerhouse madwoman Miss Monica Salvi brings back to Edinburgh her scintillating cabaret tour-de-force, with finely-tuned musical gems administered with the aid of her psychothera-pianist. Winner of Best Cabaret Award (NY’s United Solo Festival). ‘Salvi is endearing, funny, and sexy, inviting her fellow “patients” into the darkness with her, always with a wink and a clever costume change’ (TheatreInTheNow.com). ‘Incredible voice and a perfectly judged repertoire of songs. A stunning cabaret, full of wit and weirdness’ **** (FairyPowderedProductions.com). ‘Gem of a show’ **** (FringeGuru.com). ‘A performance of dark, entertaining beauty’ ***** (TheMumble.net).”

WHERE: PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court – PQA One (Venue 277) 

WHEN: 19:10 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my third time as a performer/producer. But I’ve been coming every year for the past 6 years, because it’s like an addiction! When I cannot afford to take a show to the festival for the full run, I just visit it for a few days to enjoy the atmosphere and support other shows.

It’s such a thrilling experience for an artist, whether you are performing or not, as you literally breathe an air which is highly charged with creativity, and you go back home full of inspiration and ideas waiting to be put into reality!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I had my off-Broadway debut at United Solo Theater Festival in New York in 2017, it was exciting but daunting, as I had no idea how the American audiences would react to my quirky show and whether they would like my performing style…

In the end they did, and I came out of it with a Best Cabaret Award!

Tell us about your show.

It’s a semi-autobiographical cabaret, but with a quirky setting: I am an asylum patient, who, during the recreational hour, entertains her fellow inmates, by recounting how pursuing a theatre career and being often typecast as a mad woman, allowed her an exploration of her own psyche’s demons. It’s my true story, but obviously fictionalised (I haven’t ended up in an asylum, yet). Most of the songs in the show are from the musical theatre and cabaret repertoire, and the characters are characters that I have portrayed on stage in my career: for some reason I’ve always been typecast in this kind of role. I have also researched other songs from various styles that I could fit into the theme of psychotherapy and madwomen.

For the past 4 years it’s been a self produced endeavour, aided only by my wonderful director Clare McKenna who helped me to put my crazy ideas into reality. At every new production of the show, I am accompanied by a different talented pianist, who also portrays my psychotherapist in the story, or as I like to call him, my psychothera-pianist. So far, I have performed the show in London, Brighton, Edinburgh and New York. My plan for the future, is to conquer more and more cities, and spread my mad verb all over the world!

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

I urge everyone to go and see Emily Carding’s one woman show “Hamlet – an experience”, a compelling actress, and an incredible piece of theatre, an interactive take on Shakespeare.
David William Bryan’s “In loyal company” is another show I cannot wait to see, if his social media posts are anything to go by, his script has to be an intriguing and deeply honest piece of writing.
Beloved returning performers are Jo Jo Bellini with her “Agents Provocateurs” and Familie Floz with “Infinita”.

I’m also looking forward to seeing fellow Italian Cecilia Gragnani in her “Diary of an Expat”, which I already saw in London a few months ago and it blew me away for the brilliant and ingenious storytelling. You will laugh to tears throughout, til suddenly you find yourself unexpectedly deeply moved!


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+3 Interview: The Song of Lunch

“It is staged with cartoon animation by Charles Peattie, gorgeous black and white silhouettes which, because The Song Of Lunch is a retelling of the Orpheus myth, uses imagery from Greek pots.”

WHO: Robert Bathurst, Producer

WHAT: “Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Downton Abbey, Toast of London) and Rebecca Johnson (The Trip, The Flood) star in this hilarious and poignant drama of a disastrous attempt to rekindle lost love. Set in a Soho Italian restaurant, Costa Award winner Christopher Reid’s verse comedy is exquisitely intertwined with glorious animations by Charles Peattie (Alex cartoon, Daily Telegraph) in this bittersweet tragi-comedy of love, loss and Chianti. Directed by Jason Morell. ‘Robert Bathurst is a class act and a master of nuance’ (Herald). ‘A beautiful comic actor’ (Financial Times).”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Forth (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 14:20 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I was here when I was a student, doing revues. It had the same manic atmosphere but was less shiny and efficient than it is today, with few performance hubs and no instant ticketing. There was an attractive handmade griminess, cut n paste publicity, a greater sense of amateurs winging it, and the coffee would simply not be acceptable to today’s crowd. Decaff, soy latte, extra shot please.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I’ve done another series of Cold Feet for ITV.

Tell us about your show.

The poet Christopher Reid wrote a book, The Song Of Lunch, as a comic antidote to his previous publication, A Scattering, written in tribute to his late wife and finding some resolution in grief. Both are in verse, both are about love and loss and I thought I could stage them together. Christopher has let me.

I’m trying out The Song Of Lunch at this Festival. It is staged with cartoon animation by Charles Peattie, gorgeous black and white silhouettes which, because The Song Of Lunch is a retelling of the Orpheus myth, uses imagery from Greek pots.

I got funding from the Arts Council and the Jerwood Foundation to help make the animation and, after a short trial run at Chichester, this is the first time I’m presenting it for critical opinion. I’ve put together a really skilful and committed production team, the show’s a two-hander with the wonderful Rebecca Johnson and we’ll see how it goes. With luck people will begin to realise that Christopher Reid is one of our finest living writers.

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

Tim Key, John Hegley, Arthur Smith (who’ll be getting a statue soon), Su Pollard, Esther Rantzen, Margo, Avocado. And all those whispers.


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+3 Interview: The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

“We’ve got a band of the Baron’s fellow adventurers with us and between us we’ve been to the Fringe almost a hundred times. If that doesn’t sound like many then I mean almost a thousand times. If that still doesn’t sound a lot then I obviously mean a hundred billion times.”

WHO: Lord Lovell of Leytonstone, Adventurer, explorer, inventor.

WHAT: “Amazing tales, elegantly told. Top award-winning comedians and improvisers tell extravagant stories, all based on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. There will be swords, duels, elephants, castles built of cheese and all of it completely and irrefutably true! Discover how the Baron invented morris dancing, how his actions saved the Isle of Skye from sinking beneath the waves, why every fourth child in Bruges is named after him and other fantastically delightful stories. This show will delight adults and children with its wonderful joie de vivre and other pretentious words!”

WHERE: The Stand’s New Town Theatre – Studio (Venue 7) 

WHEN: 12:10 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

By goodness no! We’ve got a band of the Baron’s fellow adventurers with us and between us we’ve been to the Fringe almost a hundred times. If that doesn’t sound like many then I mean almost a thousand times. If that still doesn’t sound a lot then I obviously mean a hundred billion times. The Baron isn’t great at maths.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

Well, modesty prevents us from mentioning that ‘The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen’ was nominated for “Best Kid’s Show” at the Leicester Comedy Festival this year. If we weren’t so modest and could tell you that this show is an award-nominated show, then that would definitely be the biggest thing that has happened to us this year…oh apart from discovering a living dinosaur, but that’s another story.

Tell us about your show.

Well, the show is, of course, based on the real-life adventures that we have all had whilst in the company of Baron Munchausen. Fortuitously a chap named James Wallis also wrote a role-playing book based on the great Baron, with permission we used some of his suggestions for the absolutely true tales that we make up on the spot. Last year the show existed as a loose framework where guest improvisors came and told stories, the very best of those acts were invited to join the company and since the last fringe, it’s visited the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Shaftesbury Fringe and the Stanley Fringe. We are hoping that the show will tour the UK following the Edinburgh Fringe.

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

For families then we highly recommend Bumper Blyton at 16.10, Underbelly, Bristo Square. John Robertson’s Dark Room for Kids (even though it did pip us to the post for Best Kid’s Show in Leicester). Star Trek vs Star Wars – a cracking show that settles the argument about which is better forever (well, it doesn’t but it’s a lot of fun).

For adults: Worst Show on the Fringe, Subway, 69 Cowgate 2.30pm Only acts who’ve ever had a one star review can appear! 101 Comedy Club Hanover Tap 2.30pm. And Will Seawards Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories. At the Gilded Balloon. At midnight. Obviously.


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+3 Interview: Kieran Hodgson: ’75

“The last few shows have gone alright, but this year may well push me into the next phase: taiko drumming.”

WHO: Kieran Hodgson. Performer

WHAT: “Ask most people to remember the early 70s and they won’t. But for character comedian and tedious party guest Kieran Hodgson, they might hold the answer to the biggest question of our time: Europe? Twice nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award, Kieran returns to the Fringe with the epic tale of how Britain joined Europe in the first place. An overambitious hour of history, politics and enduring friendship punctuated by stunningly accurate impressions of dead politicians you’ve never heard of. ***** (Guardian, Telegraph). **** (Times, Sunday Times, Time Out, Scotsman). Leavers and Remainers welcome.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Beneath (Venue 38) 

WHEN: 20:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Sadly not. The fire is dim, the joints are stiff, and I’m back for Fringe number twelve. Technically I only did one night last year, though – does that count? I started off doing a uni revue (’07-’08), then migrated through the rough-and-tumble of sketch (’09-’12) into solo character comedy (’12 – Present). The last few shows have gone alright, but this year may well push me into the next phase: taiko drumming.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I got married! That was wonderful, though I’m such a Fringe addict that I got married in Summerhall. You cannot keep me away. Also, they let me be in a sitcom called ‘Two Doors Down’, which was a dream. They gave me silly hair and a denim jacket so I knew I’d made it.

Tell us about your show.

It’s called ‘Kieran Hodgson: ’75’, the epic story of how we went into Europe in the 70s. History, politics and character comedy, somehow. I’m afraid to say that I’ve been a bit selfish and written it myself, so all the blame will fall on me if it goes badly. It’s produced by the rising stars of Fringe comedy, Berk’s Nest, who’ve been my producers and guiding lights for years now and whom I would thoroughly recommend to any budding comedians out there.

They’re a bunch of people who just live for comedy and whose main concern is for your show to be as true to who you are as possible. With their help I’ve been previewing the show around the little theatres of London for months now, sometimes tweaking it but mostly tearing it apart and starting again. If I’ve gotten it right by the time we get to Edinburgh I’ll be very relieved, and then if people like it I’d love to take it on tour round the UK, and maybe even to Brussels to see what the unelected Eurocrats make of it.

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

I think after they see my show they should go and see something silly and extravagant to get away from all my finickiness. I think Jayde Adams and Denim will be providing late-night glamour in that tasty post-Hodgson slot. If you’re at the Fringe for more nights you should definitely see ‘Mr Swallow And The Vanishing Elephant’, as well as Sheeps, Emma Sidi, Tessa Coates and Rory O’Keeffe and YES THEY’RE ALL MY FRIENDS. If anyone has any interest in ‘further reading’ combining politics and comedy then there’s a play called ‘Brexit’ and it’s a bumper year for impressions, with Matt Forde, Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens and Rory Bremner all up. But can they do a good Ted Heath?


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+3 Interview: Bubble and Squeeze

“The show is unscripted, you just never know what is going to happen with bubbles and with audience participation, but it will be funny.”

WHO: Louis Pearl, Creator and Performer

WHAT: “People think bubbles are for little kids. Not anymore! Bubble and Squeeze is the bubble show for grown-ups the world has waited for. Bubble and Squeeze is a late-night risqué cabaret of bubble magic, mad effervescent music, and multimedia display that takes bubble art to a higher level… and beyond. Prepare to be transported to a world of wonder unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard. ‘Has to be seen to be believed’ (ThreeWeeks). ‘Jet Black Pearl is the most eccentric and equally the most talented woman you will see in Edinburgh this month’ (BroadwayBaby.com).”

WHERE: The Stand’s New Town Theatre – Lower Hall (Venue 7) 

WHEN: 22:20 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my 12th August in Eddy! It will mean I have spent a year of my life there, all in August. Our family show is always a sell-out success and this year, for the first time, we are also doing a show for adults, Bubble & Squeeze.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I’ve worked on doing new zero-gravity bubble effects!

Tell us about your show.

This show has evolved over 30 years. When I started, there were no other family bubble shows. It is all about the physical spectacle and magic of bubbles. The show is unscripted, you just never know what is going to happen with bubbles and with audience participation, but it will be funny. Jet Black Pearl is half of the show, her songs and music are beyond description.

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

A great show that I have seen is the circus show Circolumbia at 21:00 at Underbelly Circus Hub.


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+3 Interview: Ed Night: An Aesthetic

“I 100%-ed Crash Bandicoot 2. I also got a show on Radio 1, but I feel like that’s not as hard to do.”

WHO: Ed Night, Performer

WHAT: “‘Ed Night stands at the dawn of the new age of stand-up’ (Fest). He ‘has no right to be as good as he is’ **** (Fest). ‘One of the future stars of British comedy’ (iNews.co.uk). ‘Blisteringly quick fire and jam-packed with jokes’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2017. Star of BBC Radio 1’s Ed and Lauren Get On. Tour support for Paul Sinha, Phil Wang, Dane Baptiste and Simon Amstell.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker Two (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 21:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

No, it’s my fourth year as a comic. But, I’ve been up before as like a runner/fan.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I 100%-ed Crash Bandicoot 2. I also got a show on Radio 1, but I feel like that’s not as hard to do.

Tell us about your show.

I wrote it (read: am telling my agent I’ve finished writing it) and it’s being produced by the amazing gang at Mick Perrin Worldwide. We met because they took out a “comedian wanted” advert in the church newsletter, and I responded because it’s been my lifelong dream to go to Scotland. Hopefully, the show will be good enough to take somewhere after Edinburgh.

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

They should see Catherine Bohart, Sarah Keyworth, Red Richardson, Pierre Novellie, Sid Singh, Chris MacArthur Boyd, and Rosco Mclelland and a million other shows cos you should support live comedy. But especially those ones


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