Edinburgh Festival

Tony Adams: ‘I put down alcohol. But I couldn’t put down fish and chips’

<b>I</b> <b>regret my own parents not teaching</b> me to cook. Thank god for my wife, a fantastic cook. Her name was Poppy Teacher [a member of the whisky family] when I met her, when I’d given up drink and self-medication. I encountered a loving family, very knowledgeable of the bad effects of alcohol, but I can …

Edinburgh Festival

Lyn Gardner: Touring a concept | Edinburgh Festival Fringe

As we enter the third week of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, companies, producers and programmers will be making plans to tour their shows in the …

European Union

Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2018 Vol 33

Another 2 hours of eclectic music to broaden your horizons. 22 tracks reflecting the first 16 days of August in 2018 in the life of Mr CBQ, including …

Pink Floyd

Week in pictures: 11 - 17 August 2018

World News

Who is Stephen Bailey? Comedian who co-hosts BBbots with Rylan Clark-Neal and presenter on Channel 5's Celebs On The Farm

STEPHEN Bailey is one of the UK’s best loved comedians and is the resident agony aunt on Zoe Ball on Saturday/Sunday.<p>And for those who adore the …

Celebrity (UK)

Drip Feed review – heartbreaks and hangovers in Cork

You can imagine another writer telling this story with a gothic flourish or pity-me pleading. But the attraction of Karen Cogan’s monologue is its matter-of-fact acceptance of life’s dramas. It touches on death, heartbreak, mental illness, hard-drinking abandon, obsession and loss, yet relates it …

The Theatre

Stardust review – powerful exploration of the politics of cocaine

One-person shows that have both a human and a political edge are a tricky tightrope to walk, and few stories are as steeped in the politics of humanity as that of cocaine and its effect on the lives of Colombian people. Blackboard Theatre’s Stardust, which won the people’s choice award at this …

The Theatre

Glaswegian comic Hardeep Singh Kohli makes surprise entry into Celebrity Big Brother house

Glasgow funny man Hardeep Singh Kohli has swapped the cobbled stones of Edinburgh for the bright lights of the big smoke.<p>The comedian made a surprise …

Celebrity Big Brother

Kids Play review at the Space, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Within the first few minutes of Kids Play, you think you’ve got the premise pretty much tied up. Booted and suited, Greg is playing away from home at …

Edinburgh Festival

Your pictures of Scotland: 10 - 17 August

A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 10 and 17 August. Send your photos to scotlandpictures@bbc.co.uk or via Instagram at #bbcscotlandpics.<p>Roy Mitchell jumping for joy as he approached the finishing line of the Touch of Tartan Perth Half Marathon.<p>This puffin was photographed on …

Beaches

Full Cast Announced For World Stage Premiere Of HIGH RIDIN'

Em-Lou Productions today announces full casting of world première of James Hogan's High Ridin' at the King's Head Theatre. Peter Darney directs Linda …

Love Stories

Celebrity Big Brother 2018’s Hardeep Singh Kohli age, wife, children and The One Show scandal

Hardeep Singh Kohli became the surprise last minute entry to Celebrity Big Brother as the new series launched on Thursday night.<p>But who is Hardeep …

Entertainment (UK)

The Best Free Shows At The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

From emerging stars and big name acts, to the surreal and the brilliant, one of the most appealing parts of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is its open …

Banking (UK)

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Orpheus / Bottom / Backup

<b>Orpheus</b> <b>★</b><b>★★★</b><p>This unashamedly sentimental storytelling show got its premiere a couple of years back in the back garden of a cheese shop in Cromarty, …

Shades of Grey

‘Snowpiercer’: ‘Walking Dead’ Alum Steven Ogg To Recur In TNT Drama

<i>The Walking Dead</i> alum Steven Ogg is set for a key recurring role opposite Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs in TNT’s <i>Snowpiercer,</i> a futuristic …

TV Series

Florida space launch, Washington protest and Genoa disaster | Financial Times

<b>Leap of faith</b> Maryna Bekh of Ukraine competes during the Women’s long jump final at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin<p><b>Sky standards</b> People …

Florida

The Beggar's Opera review, Edinburgh International Festival: a scabrous, virulent, gleefully profane production

To wailing alarms, thugs and yobs hurtle on stage to loot the towering cardboard boxes, distributing their pricey contents among themselves with carefully practised choreography – until the on-stage ensemble from Les Arts Florissants has been duly supplied with cardboard music stands and …

Percussion

How old is Mathew Horne, is the Gavin and Stacey star friends with James Corden and who's his girlfriend?

MATHEW Horne rose to fame as one of the titular characters in the hit BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey.<p>The success of the show led many to tip Mat and …

James Corden

Alex Edelman review – a Jewish comic walks into a Nazi meeting …

A young Jewish guy goes to a Nazi meeting assuming he’ll be OK … it’s the definition of white privilege, the Bostonian comic Alex Edelman’s friend tells him. Edelman, a best newcomer winner at Edinburgh four years ago, has always been upfront about his advantages in life – though it has not stopped …

The Theatre

'Freedom to think' theme of UK publishing event

The 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival that opened on Aug 11 calls upon authors, participants and audiences to consider the importance of …

News (China)

The Beggar's Opera review – the original jukebox musical reimagined

Several centuries before anyone thought of stringing together a series of pop numbers with a flimsy excuse for a plot and turning it into a hit musical, John Gay wowed 18th-century London with pretty much the same idea.<p>The Beggar’s Opera was based on popular tunes cobbled together by a bawdy story …

Music (UK)

The best jokes from Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year from Mark Watson, Imran Yusuf and more

Comedians from all over the world are quick-firing their best one-liners at Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe until the end of the month.<p>Here’s our best of …

Jokes

Laser cutters and 3D printers revive century-old a magic lantern show of Erewhon at the Edinburgh Fringe

James Coutts writes, "Indiana University Victorian Studies PhD candidate Mary Borgo Ton assembled an international group of artists/makers, a media …

Magic Lantern

Malaprop Theatre's Jericho review at Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

One of two shows by Irish company Malaprop at this year’s Fringe, Jericho again sees them, among many other things, exploring communication and the …

Vince McMahon

Momentum faces divisions over whether Labour should adopt full international definition of antisemitism

Divisions have emerged in the influential Jeremy Corbyn-backing Momentum group over whether Labour should adopt an internationally-recognised …

Codes of Conduct

EdFringe 2018: Mark Down on Henry

Two-times Fringe First winners <b>Blind Summit</b> (<i>The Table</i>, <i>Citizen Puppet</i>) are back at the Pleasance this year with <b>Henry</b><i>.</i> Renowned for his …

Biographies

VILLAIN: DEBLANKS Fringe Debut Promises International Shenanigans

After presenting dozens of star-studded benefit performances in New York, Los Angeles, London and elsewhere, Villain: DeBlanks makes its Edinburgh …

Box Office

The refugee list's destruction in Liverpool has a chilling significance

This summer, the Turkish artist Banu Cennetoğluinstalled on the streets of Liverpool the latest version of a project that has obsessed her for years. It is not a work of art, but a work of activism: a list of all the people who are known to have died attempting to travel to Europe to make a new …

Posters

The Pin review – one of Edinburgh's most dazzling comedy shows

Cleverness comes as standard from sketch duo the Pin. In the past, they have never quite shaken the suspicion of smugness and a sense, perhaps, that we’re buying all that flamboyant invention at the expense of warmth. No such danger with their new show, Backstage, which is simultaneously one of the …

The Theatre

A drag show is being held in a Swansea church

Drag show isn't what you'd normally expect to see on a list of church services.<p>But that's what's happening at one Swansea church to celebrate it …

Same-sex Marriage