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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Playwright Anna Jordan: ‘Writing can feel so isolating, but when it’s great, it’s really great’ by Lyn Gardner

Since her breakthrough play Yen, Anna Jordan has gained a reputation for tackling grim subjects. She tells Lyn Gardner how new touring

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Lyn Gardner: New voices challenge our idea of ‘good’ theatre by Lyn Gardner

On almost my final day in Edinburgh, I went to see Samira Elagoz’s Cock, Cock…Who’s There? at Summerhall, which was part of

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Polka Theatre’s Stephen Midlane: ‘Polka is an extraordinary place, it’s where my family grew up’ by Lyn Gardner

After 40 years running Polka Theatre, Stephen Midlane is retiring. He tells Lyn Gardner about working with world-famous children’s authors, why it’s

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Lyn Gardner: My 20 magical moments of Edinburgh Fringe 2018 by Lyn Gardner

1. The smell of Toast in Nigel Slater’s Toast at the Traverse. The lemon meringue pie was pretty good too. More fringe

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 has shown that if you put diversity on stage, audiences will come by Lyn Gardner

“It’s time to free ourselves from the obsession with the perfectly formed, beautifully diverse audience,” declared Nicholas Hytner in the Sunday Times

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Lyn Gardner: There may be trouble ahead as fears mount that we’ve reached peak Edinburgh Fringe by Lyn Gardner

Have we reached peak fringe? It was a question asked at the Devoted and Disgruntled session at Fringe Central on Monday discussing

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Supporting performers in Edinburgh is crucial, but so too is supporting audiences by Lyn Gardner

In recent years, a great deal has been written and discussed about the toll that a month at the festival can take

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Lyn Gardner: With no five-star shows yet, I’m still searching for THE fringe show of 2018 by Lyn Gardner

“At this point, you might be thinking you’d like to exchange your ticket for Thor and Loki, the musical,” says US soldier

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Touring a concept can be as powerful as touring a finished show by Lyn Gardner

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

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Lyn Gardner: As Edinburgh drowns in discarded flyers, companies should think about sustainability by Lyn Gardner

Plenty of people think that all the Edinburgh Fringe does is generate rubbish. That may be unfair to the shows that receive

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Why I love queues (during Edinburgh Fringe at least) by Lyn Gardner

Waiting in queues is usually dull. But on the fringe, I love queues, largely because they are such a terrific source of

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lyn Gardner: For new Scottish work, the Traverse is for life, not just for August by Lyn Gardner

Every show and every venue is under scrutiny during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but few experience the level of examination that the

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Lyn Gardner: The Edinburgh International Festival is right not to force shows into the Playhouse by Lyn Gardner

So, you are Fergus Linehan, and you are programming the Edinburgh International Festival. What to do? Do you look to find shows

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Lyn Gardner: It’s the industry’s duty to support new work that couldn’t make it to the fringe by Lyn Gardner

It is easy to be swept away by enthusiasm at the fringe. I know I am guilty of it. I find it

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Venues are joining forces to host hit shows after the Edinburgh Fringe by Lyn Gardner

Many companies and artists currently in Edinburgh will be looking to tour their shows after the festival. It’s one of the reasons

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Success at EdFringe is hard to measure, but it’s not over until it’s over by Lyn Gardner

Every morning in Edinburgh I pass through a courtyard where gaggles of students take it in turns to warm up for their

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

How the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can supercharge careers: ‘You can go as a nobody and be Off Broadway a year later’ by Lyn Gardner

For many theatremakers, the festival is fraught with financial risk and competition for punters, but it can provide rocket fuel for an

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Lyn Gardner: Is the Edinburgh Fringe revaluing the standing ovation? by Lyn Gardner

Twenty years ago, the standing ovation was almost unheard of in British theatre. Even on press nights, giving a standing ovation was

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Controversial Edinburgh Fringe play may offend, but it’s a small price for freedom of expression by Lyn Gardner

The Austrian playwright Peter Handke once wrote a play called Offending the Audience, which was designed to do just that. The history

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Lyn Gardner: To have your cake and eat it at Edinburgh Fringe don’t bring a half-baked show by Lyn Gardner

The Scout movement’s motto is “Be Prepared”, and it’s a good one to adopt for anyone performing at the Edinburgh Fringe where

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Lyn Gardner: In week zero of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the city shimmers with promise by Lyn Gardner

I have been in Edinburgh since Wednesday. I always love these first few days of the festival before the city becomes crazily

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Lyn Gardner: £5,000 price tag doesn’t help theatre’s image problem by Lyn Gardner

In Hamlet, the Danish prince commissions a troupe of players to perform at King Claudius’ court in Elsinore. Shakespeare own’s company, the

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The reality behind the myth of Camille by Lyn Gardner

Camille - the first tart with a heart - has inspired countless plays and films. But her life, says Lyn Gardner, was far from romanticOn February 5 1847, the prostitute known as Marie Dupless…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Lyn Gardner: The future of criticism lies with its audiences by Lyn Gardner

The Stage criticism survey makes for fascinating reading, and I don’t say that because I and other writers for The Stage did

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Elizabeth Freestone: ‘I’m trying to make theatre for the 16-year-old I once was’ by Lyn Gardner

A country childhood instilled in Elizabeth Freestone a love for touring. After leaving her ‘dream job’ with Pentabus Rural Theatre, she tells

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Finding a good mentor is crucial for a successful theatre career by Lyn Gardner

In Daniel Kehlmann’s The Mentor, seen at the Ustinov in Bath and in the West End last year, F Murray Abraham played

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bins, bogs and beer: why running a theatre is about more than art by Lyn Gardner

Taking over a theatre building for the first time can come as a shock for artistic directors and they soon learn that

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Scaramouche Jones, Bristol by Lyn Gardner

Old Vic, BristolScaramouche Jones, born at midnight on December 31 1899, a strange, pale, white-skinned "oyster" who popped out of his Gypsy prostitute mother in a fishmongers in Trinidad. A…

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Lyn Gardner: Don’t be ashamed of your day job, you can be a waiter and an artist by Lyn Gardner

“Please don’t feel ashamed of having a day job to support your dream of working in the arts. A lot of people

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Mind the Gap: the company that’s raised the bar for theatre with learning-disabled artists by Lyn Gardner

Mind the Gap has become a world leader in creating work with, and not just for, learning-disabled actors and theatremakers. Lyn Gardner

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Why today’s play publishers ‘are like greyhounds straining in the slips’ by Lyn Gardner

Competition to find the next hot emerging playwright can be fierce among theatre publishers hoping for a long and rewarding relationship. But

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