Luke Wright is a British poet, performer and broadcaster. He has written eight poetry shows, three books of verse and his poems can often be heard on BBC Radios 3 & 4. This year, he has two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe: What I Learned From Johnny Bevan and Stay-at-Home Dandy. Carly Brown sat down with him to discuss poetry, creating characters and what his two Fringe shows have in common.
Matt Tedford’s drag incarnation as Margaret Thatcher started life as a simple Halloween joke but has since taken on a bit of a life of her own, winning him Best Male Performer at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. James T Harding quizzes Matt about his Fringe show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, the not-so-true story of how Margaret Thatcher got lost in Soho one dark, rainy night, became a cabaret sensation, and single-handedly defeated Section 28 before it is passed by parliament.
Paula Varjack is a writer, filmmaker and performance maker. She has performed at numerous arts festivals including Glastonbury Festival and Berlin International Literature Festival, and is the creator of the Anti-Slam, a satirical take on poetry slams where the lowest score wins. Her solo theatre show, How I Became Myself (by Becoming Someone Else), is at the Edinburgh Fringe. Carly Brown chatted with her about building a multi-media show, creating a persona and her favorite aspect of the Fringe.
Every now and again you may fancy a little decadence. A little indulgence. A little extravagance. Where better to take a moment away from it all than the National Gallery of Scotland? In the light and airy Contini Restaurant there is not only a pie, but a platter to be celebrated. Named for restaurant owner Robert Corrigan this sumptuous pork pie is served with homemade cannonball chutney, Scottish garden salad and a hearty mug of the daily soup. At the end of the Fringe you may like to treat yourself, and there's no better place than this.