David Bleese: So we got chatting to a few of the acts last Fringe, and this is the outcome

David Bleese has established a brand-new comedy record label, Monkey Barrel Records, clearly connected to Monkey Barrel Comedy in Edinburgh. Last year, they recorded a select number of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and are making them available on vinyl for the first time. The first three releases can be pre-ordered now and include Double Take & Fade Away from John Kearns, If/Then from Olga Koch and Eagle Fire Iron from Ari Eldjárn. The records are available as part of their crowdfunding campaign (, and they will only be produced if they exceed their goal by this Thursday. David spoke with The Fountain about the project in more depth.

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Review: In the Shadow it Waits Rating 66%

Review: In the Shadow it Waits

Award-winning director Michael Beets premiered his live horror film experience on 4th June, In the Shadow it Waits, using the tech at most of our fingertips right now. With a Blair Witch feel using lockdown as the premise in Australia, the film is performed live and edited in real-time with actors performing from their own homes in different states across Australia. Uniquely, the audience is witnessing a film being made as they’re watching it. However, this does come with some drawbacks.

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Cameron Foster: There is a really community of folk out there who like to support the arts

Quarantine Cabaret has been a brilliant response to the closure of venues for the foreseeable with COVID 19, ensuring a platform for artists to perform live and get paid for their work. Cameron Foster who kicked this off has a contact book for performers in Scotland and has been trying to connect them live through Instagram for the last month. The Fountain caught up with Cameron to discuss his rapid response to the situation and who is coming up on Quarantine Cabaret in the near future.

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Chris Stuart Wilson: It once again recognises the value of the arts to older people

At 2pm every Tuesday and Friday over the coming weeks, and possibly months, a new short film will be posted online by Luminate to inspire and guide older people through a creative activity that can be done at home or in a care home. The [email protected] programme is designed to help people stay engaged and active until the crisis has passed and the activities will be presented by professional artists who work regularly with older people in community and care settings, and will feature different arts forms. Chris Stuart Wilson who led an online dance class on Friday 27th March spoke with The Fountain about this project, and what inspired him personally to get involved.

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Review: I Think We Are Alone Rating 70%

Review: I Think We Are Alone

Since its inception 25 years ago, Frantic Assembly has blazed a trail as perhaps the most innovative and exciting physical theatre company in the UK. I saw their second-ever production, Generations Trilogy: Klub, at a small theatre in Dorset in the late 1990s and was blown away, by the high octane, contemporary and energetic production.

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Review: Dial M for Murder, Granite Noir 2020 Rating 93%

Review: Dial M for Murder, Granite Noir 2020

Running in line with the Granite Noir festival this is a story of love and murder, set in 1963. Tony Wendice, played by Tom Chambers, finds out his wife Margot (Sally Bretton) has been having an affair; and so plots “the perfect crime”. Written by Frederick Knott as his first play, the story is well known from Alfred Hitchcock’s movie version in 1954.

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Review: Swan Lake Rating 80%

Review: Swan Lake

It’s not every day that an audience gets to witness the process and development of artists, which is exactly what we were able to do in this gorgeous performance of this pinnacle ballet.

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Review: The Three Sisters Rating 78%

Review: The Three Sisters

When approaching Chekhov, the big question is this: are his plays funny, or tragic? On a rare trip to Bedlam Theatre, I was curious to see how the EUTC had tackled this tricky issue in The Three Sisters. As director Sara Cemin said of the play, it is “the classic every actor dreams of starring in and every director dreads putting on.”

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Janey Godley: I first did the voiceovers live at the Wild Cabaret club in Glasgow

She’s been dubbed the ‘godmother of Scottish comedy’ and numbers Billy Connolly among her fans. Now, Janey Godley is set to spread her appeal across the nation as this quintessentially Glaswegian comic takes the Soup Pot Tour over the border and down south. “There will be a different demographic politically at these shows, but remember Nicola Sturgeon gets it in the neck from me as well. I will have to speak slower and make sure that it’s not all about just hating the Tories, though that will be difficult. But by and large, people who come to stand-up are open-minded people, they tend not to be died-in-the-wool Brexiteers who hate the Scottish.”

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Susie McCabe: I’ve written a show’s worth of material about Brexit

Susie McCabe needed to have a strong word with herself as she set out on writing her new show, Born Believer. This rising star of the UK stand-up scene, who has supported the likes of Jason Manford, Zoe Lyons and Stewart Francis along the way and has been the fastest-selling act at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival for three years in succession, is not a natural optimist. But she was determined to prove that she could change her disposition from cynical to positive.

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