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Chrisy Hurn: I think you can look forward to a journey

Canadian indie-rock trio, Basement Revolver, are releasing new LP, Heavy Eyes, on 24th August via Fear of Missing Out records. The trio of Chrisy Hurn (vocals, guitar), Nimal Agalawatte (bass, synth) and Brandon Munro (drums) embarked on their first tour of the UK earlier this year, with a tremendous set at The Great Escape Festival and are looking forward to the album reception.
Chrisy spoke with The Fountain about their upcoming plans as well as what we can expect from the record.

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Peter Baker: There really is nothing like the Fringe

Fresh from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe at Pleasance last year, and currently enjoying a West End residency at Leicester Square Theatre, Degrees of Error bring their hilarious and innovative Murder, She Didn’t Write back up to Fringe Festival 2018.
Peter Baker who plays Mr Green in the comedy, spoke with The Fountain about their joy in bringing Murder, She Didn’t Write back to Edinburgh audiences.

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Nell Leyshon: It’s a transformation story, an inspirational tale

Three Letters is one of nine specially-commissioned audio dramas being recorded in front of a live audience for BBC Radio 3 at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. Playwright and star, Nell Leyshon, was specifically commissioned for this project, telling her own story of how her reinvention of herself after children was halted by illness.
Nell spoke with The Fountain about the autobiographical aspect of this play as well as providing great advice for aspiring playwrights.

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Henry Maynard: We’ve always created work where the fourth wall is at least flexible

From the makers of Boris and Sergey, Tatterdemalian and Skrimshanks, Flabbergast Theatre are back at Edinburgh’s Fringe to bring audiences a spectacularly immersive experience where they will be transported back to the 1800’s for a night of clowning, cabaret and debauchery.
Henry Maynard talks to The Fountain about the premise of The Swell Mob as well as his plans for the Fringe.

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Denise Mina: It’s a good time to be talking about positive things in politics, being hopeful

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has opened it’s doors today for two weeks of thought-provoking, stimulating discussion, readings, cabaret, music, theatre and much more, all lingering behind this thematic thread of Freedom. Unfortunately this “Freedom” has been constrained as the Home Office have rejected a dozen or so author visas that were scheduled for the festival but this will not dampen spirits. There is still a great deal to look forward to in a culturally rich programme, including an event combining Glasgow-based crime writer Denise Mina alongside Liam McIlvanney, discussing their crime novels.
Denise spoke with The Fountain about the theme of the Book Festival, and how crime fits within this thread, as well as what we can expect from her in the near future.

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Short & Curly: It’s a chaotic mish mash of nostalgic sketches.

Curly is convinced that appearing youthful is the answer to success and he will do whatever is necessary to get ‘youth’. Cut a long story short. Short ruins it. Curly & Short bring their show Young at Start to Edinburgh’s Pleasance Courtyard for the Fringe this August.
Curly and Short both spoke with The Fountain about where the show stemmed from and provided top tips for first timers.

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Gypsy Snider: We are always looking for familiar theatrical contexts to ground our circus

Internationally renowned The 7 Fingers return with this unique, riveting mix of theatre, circus, dance, music and acrobatics. Reversible hits the Assembly Rooms for the month of August, performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
The 7 Fingers’ Artistic Director, Gypsy Snider, spoke with The Fountain about what inspired the show and her plans to prepare her liver for the Fringe.

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Zach Zucker & Viggo Venn: This show is essentially a sci-fi melodrama performed by a bunch of clowns

Following the first space war of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, a lone detective is contracted to find the love in this absurdist, avant-garde, funk opera. LA-based, intergalactic dance force, Thumpasaurus teams up with anarchic, Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach & Viggo for an hour of madness! This has resulted in Where Does the Love Go? which is at the Underbelly, Cowgate, at Edinburgh’s Fringe during the month of August.
Zach and Viggo spoke with The Fountain about the premise of the show and what they hope to work on once the Fringe is over.

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Bex Lindsay & Dan Simpson: We’re a children’s radio station, and we’re taking the show on the road

Fun Kids is the UK’s children’s radio station for kids, families and parents. The station, offering a mix of ‘music, games and silliness for six to twelve year olds,’ began broadcasting digitally seven years ago, and has built to have hundreds of thousands of weekly listeners, winning some of the most prestigious broadcast awards along the way. Now, for the first time, they are taking their show off the waves and onto the stage.
Bex and Dan from Fun Kids spoke with The Fountain about taking the show to Edinburgh as well as their desires whilst in Edinburgh.

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Libby Rodliffe: Skin A Cat has been driven by such a badass group of artists

Following a sell-out, award-winning run at The Vault Festival 2016 and a highly successful run at The Bunker in London 2016, Rive Productions have brought Isley Lynn’s Skin A Cat to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Performer Libby Rodliffe spoke to The Fountain about what she is looking forward to seeing this August as well as detailing why all should go see Skin A Cat.

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