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No Guts, No Heart, No Glory - a Fringe First winner. Picture: Joel Chester Fildes

No Guts, No Heart, No Glory - a Fringe First winner. Picture: Joel Chester Fildes

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Today’s reviews include comedian Richard Gadd and Jeremy Paxman’s festival debut, while the final Scotsman Fringe First Award winners are revealed.

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REVIEWS

Comedy: Richard Gadd: Breaking Gadd

Following on from last year’s cult smash, Cheese and Crack Whores, Richard Gadd delivers another wonderfully intense, psychologically disturbed hour, degrading and dragging himself through the mire for a grippingly entertaining show.

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Theatre: Sirens

What emerges – from a script written by the performers and directed by Alexander Devriendt – is a vividly episodic show, in which sequences of pure voice, wailing, singing and shrieking at sometimes ear-splitting volume, alternate with a range of reflective monologues and images.

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Spoken Word: Paxo

Seeing the grand old inquisitor ever so slightly out of his depth was a novel experience. But I’ll admit to liking Jeremy Paxman considerably more after this surprisingly vulnerable Fringe debut.

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Theatre: No Guts, No Heart, No Glory

They’ve never performed their show for a live audience before but at lunchtime in Craigmillar the company of five young Asian women from Bradford who make up the cast of No Guts, No Heart, No Glory deliver a theatrical experience to remember.

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IN-DEPTH

Scotsman Fringe First Awards: Third set of 2014 winners announced

Today we reveal our final Fringe First winners of 2014 – and the full line-up for tonight’s awards show. See you in St Andrew Square at 5.15pm?

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Instead of exposing racism, is Exhibit B complicit in it?

Exhibit B, which tackles slavery and colonialism by placing black actors in horrific tableaux, has received high praise from critics in Edinburgh. Yet is its undoubted power to move white audiences a good enough reason to objectify, instead of celebrate, the people in it, asks Andrew Eaton-Lewis

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GUIDES

10 ways to escape Edinburgh in two hours or less

The Edinburgh festival is nearing its end. You’re probably tired and weary after a month of crowds, queues and congestion. So if you’re looking for a quick getaway this Bank Holiday weekend or any time, here are ten places to try, all within an easy drive of the Scottish capital.

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BLOG

Dan Clark: ‘From Holyrood to Hollywood’

Having made his name on a BBC sitcom, Dan Clark admits surprise at how Fringe audiences react to him as a stand-up. He talks to Alex Watson about the emotional slog of the festival, and why he’ll soon be going stateside

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Mark Dolan chats with Dane Baptiste and Danny McLoughlin

Mark Dolan presents a chat with comedians Dane Baptiste and Danny McLoughlin about their Edinburgh experience and potential festival agonies.

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Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominees announced

The Fringe season may currently be winding down but there is still time to for some weepy-eyed award speeches… the shortlist of nominees for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award has been revealed.

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COMPETITION

Win tickets to The Trial of Jane Fonda

We have two tickets up for grabs to see The Trial of Jane Fonda at the Assembly Rooms, plus the chance to meet and have a drink with the show’s star Anne Archer and writer and director Terry Jastrow

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TOP RATED SHOWS

Scotsman festival reviews: Top rated of 2014

Want reviews that you can trust? Here you will find an overview of every Scotsman review published in 2014, arranged by star rating.

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Half-price Edinburgh Festival tickets

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