+3 Interview: John Hastings: Float Like a Butterfly, John Hastings Like a Bee

“I have a director named Paul Bryne but he does not like being spoken about.”

WHO: John Hastings, Comedian

WHAT: “Last year, John Hastings was hit by a car and broke his arm. He then became homeless (his choice) with a long distance girlfriend (her choice) and now has a lot of thoughts on pigeons and bicycles (your choice). Now he’s written this comedy show. A tale of displacement, death and denial (don’t worry, there are jokes too). As seen on Comedy Central.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – The Cellar (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 20:30 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Nope, this is my 7th fringe IN A ROW! I am excited about this one because honestly, I think if anything I am funnier than I was last year.

Tell us about your show.

I wrote this silly bill show with all the jokes and trappings all by my lonesome. Well, I have a director named Paul Bryne but he does not like being spoken about so I get to take all the credit. This show is premiering at Edinburgh and everyone I know is excited about the show (because of my begging).

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

I got hit by a car, I became a homeless man. I continue to be in love with myself and my girlfriend.

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

Go see Chris Betts, Ben Target, Carl Donnelly and come to see me again.


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+3 Interview: What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

“The culmination of eighteen months of research that I have undertaken at St Mungo’s, New Horizons and Cardboard Citizens.”

WHO: Emma Bentley, Performer & Co-Writer

WHAT: “Molly is unpacking the in/consequential moments of her life. The un/usual, in/significant, un/interesting moments. But these un/remarkable moments brought about an un/remarkable change in Molly’s life. At just nineteen years old, following the death of her mother, with deteriorating mental health, and no network of support, Molly finds herself homeless. From the team behind the 2015 Edinburgh success, To She or Not to She, joue le genre return to the Festival Fringe, working with Calum Finlay (National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Almeida Theatre).”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)

WHEN: 12:45 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

The company is returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the second time after taking To She or Not To She to Pleasance Courtyard in 2015.

Tell us about your show.

Our show is a one-woman play that addresses youth homelessness through the use of television screens, live cameras and recorded sound. It has been co-written by myself and Calum Finlay, as the culmination of eighteen months of research that I have undertaken at St Mungo’s, New Horizons and Cardboard Citizens. This is the premiere of the show, excluding a few previews in London before we traveled up to Edinburgh!

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

The Shape of the Pain at Summerhall- we cannot wait to see it!


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+3 Interview: 1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

“Expect facts, puns and a whiskey bottle attached to an ear trumpet.”

WHO: Samantha Baines, Writer/Perfromer

WHAT: “Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) returns to Edinburgh after a smash-hit, sell-out run in 2016. This year she’s exploring the lost women of science. Expect facts, puns and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle. It’s science meets funny.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) ​

WHEN: 15:30 (60 min)

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What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’16?

Gosh well quite a bit has happened! I got married that was a big event and a big bill. I am in Netflix series The Crown which came out last year and includes a stella cast the like of which makes me think “why am I in it?!” – I think there was a mix up with the casting and they just didn’t realise but I had the best time filming it. I also published a comedy poetry book which I have two boxes full of at home if anyone would like one? My father also died this year which has been really tough but I mention some fond memories of him in my show this year.

Tell us about your show.

I wrote it, I perform it and it’s all about me! Actually my show this year is about the lost women of science with a bit of me thrown in for good measure. I set myself the challenge of finding some amazing women in science to readdress the balance of doing a whole show last year about Cox (Professor Brian).

I introduce three wonderful women from science that I’ve discovered during my research with the aim of celebrating them and raising awareness of their amazing achievements. Expect facts, puns and a whiskey bottle attached to an ear trumpet.

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

Well… I also have another show called 2 Girls 1 Cup of Comedy which is a comedy line up of TV names and some of the best new comedians. I host the show and it’s produced by Kate Lennon and we always have at least two women on the bill but usually many more! 2 Girls 1 Cup of Comedy bears no relation to THAT youtube video and is on at 11pm at Just the Tonic at the Mash House, 3rd – 27th August.


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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: Yokes Night

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“It’s amazing to be back in this incredible city.”

WHO: Isabella Javor – Producer

WHAT: “Dublin, 11th March 2015. A slip-up loophole in the law declares all drugs legal for 24 hours. On this night of rebellion, Harry finds himself under the influence of Saoirse. Bound by the ecstasy of their union, secrets are shared, and the stench of bloodshed is looming. Stay Up Late and Bear Trap Theatre fuse cut-throat dialect with stylized movement, forging a fresh, progressive theatre experience.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)

WHEN: 14:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my first time in Edinburgh with my own company! I came up as an assistant with Ornamental Theatre for the fringe two years ago, which marked my first time in Edinburgh. It’s amazing to be back in this incredible city feeling like I’ve got a bit more experience under my belt, but nothing ever prepares you for the ride.

Tell us about your show.

Yokes Night is a new Irish play set in Dublin, March 11th 2015. The night where all drugs were legal for 24 hours in Ireland. Scott Lyons – who co-founded Stay Up Late Collective with Zoe Forrester – wrote Yokes Night last year in our Easter holidays of our second year of drama school.

At East 15 Acting School we all trained on the BA Acting & Contemporary Theatre course as actors and devisors, and were encouraged to pitch a show idea for the annual Debut Festival. After producing Debut Festival’s 8 new plays, which included Yokes Night‘s embryonic scratch performance, I joined the company to develop the show professionally.

Jesse Briton of Bear Trap Theatre, and Dimitris Chimonas from Ugly Collective came aboard to co-direct the piece together for Edinburgh. We’ve had a lot of support on the way, and a fantastic sold-out preview at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London!

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

TOO MANY RECOMMENDATIONS!!! Juice Straw Are Bleak, Triumvirette, and Buzz: A New Musical at Greenside. Blush by Snuffbox Theatre and Starship Osiris at Underbelly, Family Values and Ladies inIn Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII at theSpace on the Mile, Police Cops by Pretend Men and The Mission by The Outbound Project at Pleasance, I Keep A Woman In My Flat Chained To A Radiator at ZOO Venues, Lies, All Lies, at the Laughing Horse Bar and Coup de Grace at Sweet Grassmarket.

Oh, and for God’s sake please go see Camille O’Sullivan sing.


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+3 Interview: Alice Unhinged

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“Prepare for a phantasmagorical adventure.”

WHO: Kathryn Norton – Producer, Co-Director

WHAT: “Young Pleasance present a phantasmagorical reinvention of Lewis Carroll’s warped world. With the turbulent logic of a dream Alice Pleasance Liddell is catapulted back into the vortex to unpick her own chaos and confusion. YP breathe new life into Carroll’s refreshingly amoral shape-shifting fantasy, where Alice becomes aware that everything is possible, one second lasts forever and consequences evaporate into thin air. With their trademark ensemble cast Young Pleasance have created another thrilling show to delight audiences.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)

WHEN: 13:30 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is the 21st year for YP at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

Tell us about your show.

Young Pleasance specialise in large scale ensemble theatre staging original writing and adaptations tailored to the company who are involved in the creative process. This is the world premiere of Alice Unhinged

Renowned for showcasing the talents of promising young actors and delivering the highest production values on the Fringe – prepare for a phantasmagorical adventure. This is a contemporary Alice which pays homage to much of the surreal narrative and bizarre characters in Carroll’s original, layered with a contemporary steampunk twist. It is a riotous visual feast of colour, hats and bubbles…

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

All Quiet on the Western Front – featuring XYP actors and directors
Swansong – gloriously anarchic and witty comedic theatre
Beasts – future sketch-show comedy legends


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+3 Interview: All Quiet On The Western Front

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“We felt it was important to make a show that told the story of the young men that lost their lives during The Great War.”

WHO: Angus Castle-Doughty

WHAT: “In the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme, Incognito theatre revives Erich Maria Remarque’s classic tale that exposes the mental and physical strain of trench warfare, All Quiet on the Western Front. Adapting the story in their trademark physical style, Incognito harnesses the tragic energy of Remarque’s novel and creates a stunningly poetic, poignant and expressionistic theatrical experience in order to tell the breaking story of the German soldiers who fought on the Western Front during the Great War.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)

WHEN: 13:45 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is our third time at the festival as a company. Previously however we’ve performed at the past 6 festivals. Our previous two shows (adaptations of Government Inspector and Dorian Gray) had sell out runs and so we have returned to try and challenge ourselves further!

Tell us about your show.

Being the centenary of the battle of the Somme we felt it was important to make a show that told the story of the young men that lost their lives during The Great War, using Remarque’s Classic and harrowing tale as the base of our adaptation. We have always received massive amounts of support from the Pleasance having been borne out of the Young Pleasance and this year they have given us the opportunity to perform in a larger space on three sides, allowing us to expand our unique physical style to interrogate what it meant to be a young man in WWI.

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

Lemons X5
We Are Ian
Nina Conti
Alice Unhinged (Young Pleasance)


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