Pandora: New friends at the Fringe for Hurt

Fringe theatre isn't known for its glamour (think grimy bathrooms and changing rooms the size of broom cupboards) – which is not to say it doesn't get its share of A-list sparkle every once in a while.

Pandora hears that this year's Edinburgh Festival has been enjoying the attentions of William Hurt, the Oscar-award-winning American actor, who is currently in the UK filming Robin Hood alongside Russell Crowe.

Indeed, so keen is Hurt for the full fringe experience that, after watching one particularly compelling production, Killing Alan at Edinburgh's Underbelly, he decided to head backstage and invite the cast out for a round of drinks.

"It was brilliant," enthuses Phil King, the show's writer. "He waited for us afterwards and we went to the theatre bar. We tried to buy him a drink but he insisted on buying all of ours and then stayed out chatting until midnight."

Apparently, Hurt has been trying to catch the world-famous festival for over 30 years but this is the first year he's been able to. "He is here on his own, just going to shows. We've arranged to go to see a show with him soon. It really is unbelievable."

* Life on the Fringe diary

Shayler goes home-hunting (again)

*Alas! It seems that David Shayler's time squatting on a Surrey farm has come to an end. Despite promising us that he would attend his court hearing ("just for a laugh"), neither the former spook nor his alter-ego Dolores chose to make an appearance. Instead, Shayler stayed away, leaving the judge to rule that he should vacate the National Trust property next week.

Home owners in the area would do well to keep an eye on their land. Last time Shayler et al were evicted they wasted no time in finding a new place to squat.

Deyn takes a back seat at the shows

*Pandora very much hopes that London Fashion Week hasn't seen the last of Agyness Deyn.

The coltish supermodel, whose regular appearances have become one of the event's highlights, appears to be in some doubt as to whether or not to return. "She isn't doing as much stuff anymore," Deyn's fashion designer friend Henry Holland tells us.

"She's trying to concentrate on different things. For me it's all hands on deck and if she wants work, I'll always give it to her. But whatever she does I'll be proud. She could be in a Tesco advert if she wanted!"

Blackburn FC's colourful technique

*Winning methods from Blackburn FC's manager Sam Allardyce. We're told he has hit upon the (no doubt highly scientific) tactic of colour therapy to boost his players' performance this season, deciding to repaint the team's changing room a particularly garish shade of tangerine, complemented by a hardly less subtle turquoise. Apparently the shades are "colour opposites" chosen to "stimulate and promote a feeling of energy". Any wincing side effects aren't, we're assured, a cause for concern. Still, you wouldn't catch Pandora in there.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £50,000

£40000 - £50000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £...

Recruitment Genius: Recruitment & HR Administrator

£17000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Guru Careers: HR Manager / HR Business Partner

£55 - 65k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: A HR Manager / HR Business Partner i...

Recruitment Genius: Senior HR Assistant

£23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company's vision is to be t...

Day In a Page

Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test