Sara Pascoe: how I overcame my Jane Austen prejudice
Austen’s women have the same rights as children; her ‘romantic’ match-making smacks of desperation. So how did the standup see the funny side of Pride and Prejudice for her new stage adaptation?“Why does no one talk about how funny Jane Austen is?” I ask my friend Katie... [Read More]
Lydia Towsey: how I discovered the Venus in me
From Botticelli to glossy magazines, women have been idealised and misrepresented for centuries. Performance poet Lydia Towsey reveals how her own near-fatal eating disorder set her on a path to explore new ways of looking at female bodiesBotticelli’s painting of the Birth of Venus was the fir... [Read More]
Edinburgh’s double comedy winners mix humour with darker takes on life
Shows about relationship breakdown and homophobia pick up a prize – or two – for John Robins and Hannah GadsbyThe longest ever shortlist. The first ever joint winners. And clearly, the most indecisive judging panel ever.It was indeed, as the publicity would have it, an “unprecedent... [Read More]
Edinburgh’s double comedy winners mix humour with darker takes on life
Shows about relationship breakdown and homophobia pick up a prize – or two – for John Robins and Hannah GadsbyThe longest ever shortlist. The first ever joint winners. And clearly, the most indecisive judging panel ever.It was indeed, as the publicity would have it, an “unprecedent... [Read More]
Spider-Man's dad, Ruby Wax and Labour v Tory standup: Edinburgh festival 2017 – in pictures
The Edinburgh festival 2017 is still going strong with unlikely film stars, black-history monologues and toddler comedy sidekicks – here’s a selection of the latest shows photographed by Murdo MacLeod Continue reading...... [Read More]
Jon Pointing review – a cringeworthy new comic monster is unleashed
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Pointing’s egocentric creep Cayden Hunter and his spoof acting masterclass is mesmerisingly ghastly and deliciously daft Towards the end of last summer’s Edinburgh festival, tongues started wagging about Jon Pointing’s below-the-radar work-in-progress... [Read More]
Jon Pointing review – a cringeworthy new comic monster is unleashed
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Pointing’s egocentric creep Cayden Hunter and his spoof acting masterclass is mesmerisingly ghastly and deliciously daft Towards the end of last summer’s Edinburgh festival, tongues started wagging about Jon Pointing’s below-the-radar work-in-progress... [Read More]