The Edinburgh Fringe Interview – Scott Matthewman on Reviewing Theatre

Reviews play a critical part in the Arts world, especially during the Edinburgh Festival. Who is reviewing you, did it read like a five-star, why is nobody turning up, and what can you do with them in September?

In this podcast, I’m joined by Scott Matthewman. He has been working as a theatre critic for nearly twenty years, sometimes as a part-time freelancer and at other times as a fully employed staff writer. We talk about the importance of reviews and reviewers in the Arts, how reviewing has changed over the years, and what can be done to improve the review landscape at Edinburgh and other Fringes around the world.

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The Edinburgh Fringe Show 2023 – Bedlam Theatre Returns To The Fringe

Bedlam Theatre is home to the Edinburgh University Theatre Company… and when August comes around Bedlam Fringe comes around with an eclectic and varied programme of shows. Except it’s not been at the Fringe since 2019.

That changes this year, as the gothic 90-seat theatre opens its doors once more. Ewan sat down with venue manager Marie Rimolsrønning to find out what it takes to return to the Fringe, what Bedlam represents, and some of the shows we can expect.

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Edinburgh Fringe Show 2022 – Lubna Kerr (Tickbox)

Fin Ross speaks to fellow Edinburgh native Lubna Kerr about her semi-autobiographical play ‘Tickbox’. Themes include what happens to Edinburgh when the Fringe comes to town, immigration in the 60s vs. today and why it’s important to never let yourself be forced into a tickbox.

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The Edinburgh Fringe Show 2022 – Emily Aboud (Bogeyman)

Our previews of the 2022 edition of the world’s biggest arts Festival continue as we turn to the theatre side of the Fringe. Fin Ross Russell talks to ‘Bogeyman’ director Emily Aboud about misconceptions around voodoo, the Caribbean definition of a play and why the Haitian revolution is the most important historical event that nobody knows about.

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