Liam Williams

Edinburgh 2013: Liam Williams - A comedian of existential introspection

If the hero of John Osborne's Look Back In Anger, Jimmy Porter, had ever performed stand-up, he'd look and sound a bit like Liam Williams. Similarly deracinated and disillusioned, Williams sets out to extricate himself from the restrictions of a lower middle class upbringing and thereby express his dissatisfaction with the world as a whole.

Elizabeth McGovern flyering for Sadie and the Hotheads at the Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh 2013: Sadie & the Hotheads - Elizabeth McGovern's musical turn is a far cry from Lady Cora

“We try to be cool,” Elizabeth McGovern tells us with the languid sigh so beloved of jazz bar crooners the world over, “but I haven't been up this late in 30 years.”

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Edinburgh 2013: Dance Odysseys

The International Festival’s dance strand opens with Dance Odysseys, a programme of chamber dance that takes over the whole of the Festival Theatre for a weekend. Dances pop up in the foyers, along with talks and film screenings. The audience is taken backstage for many performances, sitting on the stage to watch.

Red Bastard, the provocative creation of the American clown Eric Davis.

Edinburgh 2013: Red Bastard - The so-called Marmite of comedy actually tastes quite mild

For a buzz show deemed to be Marmite, I'm surprised to feel almost ambivalent about Red Bastard, the provocative creation of the American clown Eric Davis.

Lloyd Langford

My Edinburgh: Lloyd Langford on playing Russian roulette with luck at the Fringe

Upon arriving in Edinburgh for the Fringe, my show aside, my main concern is my accommodation. For performers, finding suitable accommodation for the festival is often a mixture of trial and error, following tip-offs and plain dumb luck.

Howling woof: Terence Blacker

Edinburgh 2013: Terence Blacker's My Village and Other Aliens is an accomplished Fringe debut

For a writer to share his or her problems with writer's block is, says Terence Blacker, like bleeding into shark-infested waters. He has taken the plunge nonetheless and in this, an accomplished Fringe debut inspired by his struggles with ideas and wrangles with publishers, the risk pays off.

Andrew Maxwell finds independence a laughing matter

Edinburgh comedy review: Andrew Maxwell's Banana Kingdom - Alex Salmond, and the funny side of medieval theology

A year before the referendum,  Andrew Maxwell deserves credit for doing material about Scottish independence, not least because he’s a London-based Irishman whose jokes could easily divide the room. But such is his skill, charm and Banana Kingdom’s faultless construction that he takes the crowd with him.

Mary Queen of Scots in white mourning

Exhibition review: Mary Queen of Scots at the National Museum of Scotland - A Tudor whodunnit to rival Mantel

The nailbiting story of one of Britain’s most enigmatic and misunderstood figures is thrillingly told in a one-off show

Edinburgh 2013: The Love Project - Documentary theatre with a big heart

Sixteen different real-life accounts of love are delivered by four actors in this nicely realised piece of verbatim theatre.

My Edinburgh: Rob Delaney, comedian

I'm expecting to have a great time at Edinburgh. I've never been to Scotland, let alone Edinburgh, so it's a massive privilege to finally get to perform there. My prime directive for these shows will be to make them FUN, since the festival will be well underway once I get there. So I'll have to blast the cobwebs off anyone who's tired, or jaded, or "festivaled out" and let them know right away that I am going to sweat buckets for them so they can relax and know they're safe in my hands, as it were.

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Alex Horne

Edinburgh 2013: Alex Horne: Lies - The multimedia maestro returns

Comedians deconstructing their own art is commonplace at the Fringe, but rarely is this tic be treated to such an elaborate exploration. Alex Horne's latest show comes with no PowerPoint presentations this time ("I'm good at them, but now everyone else is doing them I am not allowed"), but the multimedia maestro still has a gimmick: he uses audiobooks as cast members in a homage to fabrication.

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