Elvis McGonagall: Full Tartan Jacket

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Following my attendance at his show Full Tartan Jacket (see review below) I spoke to Elvis McGonagall about what he was doing, and why. “The aim of the show was to bellow my material into the void while it is still relevant, ie before the good ship lollipop sails completely down the shitter.” 

The Edinburgh Fringe crowd is largely leftish, liberal and on message, but with such a strong politica...

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Edinburgh Fringe Reviews: Porky the Poet and Stand Up & Slam

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As the world’s largest arts festival rumbles and ricochets onwards and upwards through to the end of August, there’s still time to visit Scotland’s capital and take in a few cheeky shows.  Some are cheekier than others but one thing is for sure; if you like your spoken word gigs in handy, accessible...

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Edinburgh Fringe Reviews: Jess Green and Rowan McCabe

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As you may be aware the Edinburgh Fringe is well under way. Every August the entire city is taken over by comedians, thespians, promoters, poets, musicians and all manner of downright weirdos in what ...

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Editor's Review: Benjamin Zephaniah at the Hay Festival

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The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah  **** (four stars)

Benjamin Zephaniah is definitely a modern master of poetry, and this thousand-plus sold out Hay Festival gig was his opportunity to indu...

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Editor's Review: Spoken Word at Brighton Fringe

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A whistle-stop, two-day visit to the Brighton Fringe on a glorious bank-holiday weekend at the start of May was always going to be unsatisfyingly brief.  In true Fringe tradition events were everywher...

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