Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Perhaps the best analogy for the Martha Reeves live experience is the city which made her, Detroit: both still iconic, both now diminished from their past lives.

Making News: A new comedy from Robert Khan and director Tom Salinsky

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Making News - A BBC drama so improbably daft it isn't funny

There is an excellent satire to be written about the trials of the BBC over the last 12 months. Making News is not it. A new comedy from Robert Khan, a Labour councillor for Islington, and director Tom Salinsky, who last lampooned the government in Coalition, it focusses on the BBC's tendency to become the story, rather than report it.

Writer Jack Thorne

My Edinburgh: Jack Thorne, writer of Stuart: A Life Backwards

This is my third Edinburgh as a writer. The first time I came was with my University drama society doing a reworking (my 'radical feminist' reworking) of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. It sounds as bad as it was. Three Weeks called it, simply, 'wanky', The List went even further with the reviewer describing it as 'the stupidest show I've ever seen'.

Comedian turned author Mitch Benn

Edinburgh 2013: Mitch Benn talks stand-up, science fiction snobbery and Doctor Who

I meet Radio 4 comedian Mitch Benn outside Piccadilly Circus tube station, where he’s slouched against a railing checking his phone. Passers-by ignore him, presumably because, in his own words, he “isn’t on telly properly”.

Stewart Lee performs as Baconface

Edinburgh 2013: Baconface- an in-joke for Stewart Lee devotees

B-b-b-b-baconface. It's hard not to think of Lady Gaga when you're watching someone perform with raw meat draped over their head, albeit with a Mexican wrestling helmet as a protective layer in between.

Lost Voice Guy, comedian Lee Ridley

Edinburgh 2013: Lost Voice Guy- comedian Lee Ridley on living with cerebral palsy

Ridley cannot speak, but delivers his stand-up show thanks to an iPad app

Dave Johns as Entwhistle, Kyle Secor as Andy and Omid Djalili as Red

Edinburgh 2013: The Shawshank Redemption- Omid Djalili stars as hardened murdered Red

This year’s main production in the Assembly Rooms brings comedian Omid Djalili back to the “legitimate” stage – he’s already played Fagin in Oliver! and an insane doctor in Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw — in the Morgan Freeman role of Red, the hardened murderer and Mr Fixit in the Maine County gaol, Shawshanks; Red befriends the innocent banker, Andy Dufresne – Tim Robbins on screen – who is convicted of killing his wife and her lover.

Josh Widdicombe

My Edinburgh: Josh Widdicombe finds watching other comedians a struggle

I am trying to go and see more shows this year. You'd think, at the Edinburgh festival, that watching shows would be a given. For a month my life is a combination of the world's largest arts festival and day upon day of free time - what else is there to do? A lot, it turns out. I am good at finding excuses. Last year the Olympics was on TV, I can't miss history in the making. And the year before that we had a Playstation in my flat. I'm only human.

The Events

Edinburgh 2013: The Events - David Greig's play drawn on Anders Breivik's Norway killings

David Greig caused a flurry earlier this year when it was reported that in between rehearsals for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End he had written a new play about Anders Breivik and the Utoya shootings.

Adam Buxton

Edinburgh 2013: Adam Buxton's Kernel Panic is comedy for the YouTube generation

If you like to spend your free time laughing at mad, misspelt and hyperbolic comments on web forums, then Adam Buxton's brand of piss-take comedy for the YouTube generation will be right up your street.

BLAM!

Edinburgh 2013: Blam! is set to be the Fringe's unexpected hit of the summer

At the end of Blam! the audience catapulted themselves to their feet as one and applauded wildly in a riotous standing ovation. Every festival has one totally unexpected hit and at Edinburgh 2013 it is Blam!.

Jamie Demetriou: People Day

Edinburgh 2013: Jamie Demetriou: People Day - A Steve Coogan in the making?

To embody a pious, chubby choirboy and a creepy, wizened nanny with equal conviction takes talent and twisted imaginative powers: Jamie Demetriou has both in spades.

James Hillier and Matthew Bulgo in I'm With the Band

Edinburgh 2013: I’m With The Band - A compelling allegory on the issue of Scots independence

A rock band, whose No 1 hit glory days are long gone, is on the point of breaking up. Its four members are an Englishman, Scotsman, Welshman and Northern Irishman. The band, pointedly called The Union, is in financial crisis because it transpires the manger hasn’t paid any VAT for 12 years. The Scots guitarist has decided he is going solo.

Edinburgh 2013: Apart from a Finn and a Welshman – festival says No to Scots independence

Works about Scottish self-determination are conspicuously absent at the Edinburgh Fringe

Blythe Duff in Ciara

Edinburgh 2013: Ciara - A complex and rewarding meditation on gangland Glasgow

The Traverse Theatre has always been the powerhouse of new Scottish writing for the stage and, as it enters its 50th year, now under the tutelage of its impressive new artistic director Orla O’Loughlin, it is once again at the top of its game.

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