Nick Abrams: That’s tens of thousands of people to help make sure have the best Fringe experience possible

With the sun now emerging there’s further reason to bring a little extra cheer into your life as theSpaceUK announced the first shows on sale for the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Over thirty shows are already on sale, so The Fountain spoke with theSpaceUK’s Head of Press & Marketing, Nick Abrams about some of his personal favourites already available to purchase.

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Joan Clevillé: This wasn’t just any dance company, it was Scottish Dance Theatre!

Born in Barcelona, Joan Clevillé is an independent choreographer based in Dundee (Scotland), and since 2015, Artistic Director of Joan Clevillé Dance(JCD). He has worked for seventeen years as a dancer, teacher and rehearsal director in companies across Europe, including Scottish Dance Theatre (2009-2013), Lost Dog, Dog Kennel Hill Project (London), the Ballet of the Graz Opera (Austria), the Choreographic Centre of Valencia, and Ballet Carmen Roche (Madrid) and has recently been appointed the Artistic Director of the Scottish Dance Theatre. With this exciting news, Joan spoke with The Fountain about this appointment and working in Scotland.

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Phill Jupitus: You do feel like you are doing a private party sometimes

The unstoppable Phill Jupitus is back on tour again and this time, thankfully, it’s in his new chosen home: Scotland. In SASSY KNACK (hope you enjoy the pun), Phill will be sharing yarns and thoughts from his time up north with his usual wit and flavour. With the tour commencing in Dunkeld on 19th May, Phill spoke with The Fountain about what the audience can expect from this show as well as his wider plans whilst north of the border.

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Review: Stones in His Pockets Rating 50%

Review: Stones in His Pockets

Stones in His Pockets comes with a considerable reputation. This two- hander penned by Marie Jones in 1996, has won numerous awards including two Oliviers. But this incarnation doesn’t live up to its theatrical cred, and for much of its duration, risks leaves the audience feeling somewhat unmoved and uninvolved. The play explores events when a pocket of Hollywood arrives in town to make yet another movie set in Ireland. Unfolding mainly from the perspective of protagonists Jake and Charlie, the story charts the impact on the locals, as we meet those from both sides of the pond.

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Review: Nora, A Doll’s House Rating 80%

Review: Nora, A Doll’s House

A woman walks into a theatre, discovers she has an aisle seat, almost spills wine and sits down to watch Nora, a new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House The original (which this woman has never seen performed) caused outrage when it was first staged in the late 1800s for questioning the institution of marriage and specifically the role of women. As written by Stef Smith, Nora takes this and runs, it runs far and wide drilling into how the rights and roles of women have changed, or not, over the course of the century.

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Review: Interference Rating 70%

Review: Interference

Interference is a three-part ponder on the role and reliability of AI. The existence of Black Mirror and the pretenders to its perfectly crafted throne may make this seem obsolete, but there is something refreshing about seeing the beeps and blips of cleverly created technological interaction IRL. Three different writers have provided the three different scripts in response to the same brief. All the pieces are directed by Cora Bisset, providing a sense of continuity as the cast slip seamlessly between different roles. The show takes place at Park City, well away from the proscenium or studio theatre in a grey and generic office building where a disembodied voice invites us to move towards a small stage. It’s setting apt for the colour palette and content of the pieces as well as opening theatre up to new spaces.

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Mike Jones: My preference is in the thought-provoking stuff

Salt ‘n’ Sauce promotions recently announced the new appointment of their Managing Director, Mike Jones. Taking over from the much-loved and well-respected Kenny O’ Brien, Mike Jones, the Executive Director of The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, has accepted the invitation to join The Stands across the three cities, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle and spoke to The Fountain about his comedy preference.

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Review: Glasgow Girls Rating 98%

Review: Glasgow Girls

If there was ever a musical that captures the heart and warmth of Glaswegian culture, this is it. Glasgow Girls tells the story of a group of Drumchapel school girls, who campaigned against the practice of sending families (including minors) to detention centres, going as far as the First Minister and Holyrood. A governmental decision in the late 1990s to move families seeking asylum out of London to cities and areas around the rest of the UK, had resulted in a mass influx to Glasgow’s under populated high rises. Around this time one in eight pupils at ‘one of the toughest schools, in one of the toughest areas, in the toughest city in Scotland’, was an asylum seeker. The musical directed with well observed detail by Cora Bissett, charts the girls’ experience as they fall in love with Glasgow and Drumchapel – their safe haven from the horrors of war.

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