Aarsian Chronicles episode three

  

Dear Blogfans, it's been a while since I last put index to qwerty and it's for a reason.
There's a show on up here called Who Writes This Crap (Joel Stickley and Luke Wright, Underbelly),
which I haven't had the chance to see, but I've read the blurb, the reviews, the flyers, the flyers, the flyers, the.
And fair play, we're all doing it.   Continue reading 

Edinburgh Bloggers’ Biographies

For Edinburgh 2008, Whatsonstage.com has recruited a team of 12 bloggers who are sending regular dispatches from this year’s festival frontline. Here – in no particular order – is the team:

  • Chris Grady – Chris is programming the Musical Theatre @ George Square, the Fringe’s first-ever venue dedicated to musicals. As part of this brand new initiative, 29 new musicals and 39 free workshops are being presented in the George Square complex’s three auditoria. A freelance arts project manager and developer, Chris was previously head of international licensing for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd for five years and before that general manager of the Pleasance. In his time, he’s also sold box office computers, run Buxton Opera House, been publicity manager of Edinburgh International Festival and the Traverse, and spent many years developing musical theatre projects including the first Quest for New Musicals, the Vivian Ellis Prize, the Cardiff Festival of Musicals and the Highland Quest for a New Musical. He is currently chair of Musical Theatre Matters (MTM:UK), the network of producers/theatre managers in the UK, and a judge for the New York National Alliance for Musical Theatre new works programme. >>>Click here to read Chris’ blog
  • Terri Paddock – Terri is the co-owner and editorial director of Whatsonstage.com and our sister print title What’s On Stage magazine. She’s been writing about theatre for more than a decade. At this year’s festival, she’s scheduled to see 22 shows in three-and-a-half days during a visit at the start of the Fringe. >>>Click here to read Terri’s blog
  • Russell McGilton – Australian Russell is a writer and actor who’s been performing in theatre shows around Melbourne for over ten years. His last show, a live radio play he directed and wrote called Seditious Delicious: A Portrait of John Howard “brought down the Australian government”. In his new comic adventure, he attempts to cycle from Bombay to Beijing in the quest of writing his travel opus, offering an honest handlebar view of travel from the saddle. Bombay to Beijing by Bicycle runs at 5.00pm at the Gilded Balloon until 25 August. >>>Click here to read Russell’s blog
  • Dominic Cavendish – Dominic is the second string critic on the Daily Telegraph and founder of the critics’ podcasting website TheatreVoice. He’s been coming to the Fringe in a reporting capacity since 1995, but this year he crosses over to make his playwriting debut, with his premiere stage adaptation of George Orwell’s lesser-known 1939 novel Coming up for Air. He’s also producing the one-man show, which is performed by comedian Hal Cruttenden. Coming up for Air runs at 11.00am at the Assembly Rooms, George Street until 25 August. >>>Click here to read Dominic’s blog
  • InvAsian Festival – InvAsion is the Fringe’s first all-Asian festival, with 30 companies from all parts of Asia – China, Japan, India, Russia, Israel, Korea and a host of British-based Asian companies – presenting 40 events under one roof at the newly-built Quincentenary Hall at the Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street in Edinburgh. Kevin Wilson, managing director of the InvAsion Festival, is overseeing the blog and soliciting comments from various companies taking part. >>>Click here to read InvAsian’s blog
  • Dan Atkinson – Following his debut solo in 2007, comedian Dan is back at this year’s with a new show tackling the thorny issue of global fiscal meltdown. Dan has performed warm-up duties on TV’s The Late Edition and Bremner, Bird & Fortune and headlined at the Comedy Store in London. Dan Atkinson: The Credit Crunch and Other Biscuits runs at 9.30pm at the Pleasance Courtyard until 25 August. >>>Click here to read Dan’s blog
  • Richard Hurst – Richard has been to every Fringe since 1992 and, over the years, he’s done it all – acting, writing, directing, designing, stage managing, reviewing and leafleting while also seeing thousands of shows. This year, he’s directing Potted Potter and duo Dan and Jeff’s new show Potted Pirates (which he also co-wrote), Pegabovine: Polite Club and Girl and Dean, all running daily at the Pleasance Courtyard. >>>Click here to read Richard’s blog
  • Simon Brodkin – Award-winning stand-up Simon – who’s TV credits include The Wall and Al Murray’s forthcoming ITV programme Multiple Personality Disorder – returns to the Fringe with his most successful character to date, geezer Lee Nelson. Simon Brodkin Is Lee Nelson runs at 8.30pm at the Pleasance Courtyard until 25 August. >>>Click here to read Simon’s blog
  • The Domestic Goddi – Comedy double act and Fringe first-timers Helen O’Brien and Rosie Wilkinson will be co-authoring their blog. Their debut show serves up an organic, gluten-free feast of freshly-slaughtered comedy sketches; featuring TV chefs, divorcé DJs, fascist debutants and Irish dancers. Domestic Goddi: How Not to Be a Domestic Goddess runs at 12.55pm at the Pleasance Courtyard until 25 August. >>>Click here to read the Domestic Goddi’s blog
  • Luke Sheppard – Luke’s Bristol-based company Take Note Theatre has two productions at the new Musical Theatre @ George Square this year, the premiere of Jake Brunger’s Jet Set Go! The Cabin Crew Musical and a revival of the Off-Broadway hit I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!, both of which he directs. >>>Click here to read Luke’s blog
  • Rob Benson – Rob makes his Edinburgh debut with his one-man show Borderline, a provocative and punchy verse-driven drama exploring life, love, obsession and all the pills in between. It’s billed as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the ecstasy generation. Borderline runs at 9.00pm at the Underbelly until 24 August. >>>Click here to read Rob’s blog
  • Chris Larner – Following the award-winning 2004 Fringe hit The Translucent Frogs of Quup, Chris is back with a new musical. He’s written the book and is performing in On the Island of Aars, in which love blossoms on a remote rock, despite a bad haggis harvest, draconian EU regulations and a double helping of Calvinist ministers. On the Island of Aars runs at 2.10pm at the Pleasance Courtyard until 25 August. >>>Click here to read Chris’ blog