Fringe Notes, 18/08/10
Wednesday 18 August 2010
- It's a hard-fought category at this year's Fringe, but top prize for discomfort goes to HighTide's 'Lidless'. For the play about Guantanamo Bay audiences are shipped into a brightly lit white box and made to sit on tiny fold-out picnic stools around the edge. Great play, though.
- 'Gutted' at the Assembly Rooms is great fun, not least for a game of spot the comedian. Doc Brown, The Penny Dreadfuls, Sara Pascoe and Colin Hoult all star. And that strangely familiar seedy wedding singer? Jim Bob from the 1990s indie rockers Carter USM.
- Punters leaving Kevin Eldon's show on Sunday were surprised to be met by Stewart Lee handing out flyers for his wife Bridget Christie's show. Sweet.
Joke of the day
"I was on the website for the charity Shelter the other day. Did you know they've got a home page? That's a bit insensitive, isn't it?" - Chris McCausland
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
- 3 Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: In defence of Mesut Ozil - the Arsenal midfielder works magic in the shadows
- 4 Pornhub pleads with users to stop uploading videos of Brazil 'getting f**ked by Germany' in World Cup match
- 5 Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories