Edinburgh Festivals daily: Sara Pascoe | Traverse Breakfast Plays

Today’s reviews include Sara Pascoe, Alex Edelman and theatre show Mental, while Joyce McMillan makes an early start to watch the Traverse’s Breakfast Plays and David Robinson hears about the Book Festival’s Moth Event.

The cast of Broth bring Tim Primroses script to life in the Traverse Breakfast Plays. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
The cast of Broth bring Tim Primroses script to life in the Traverse Breakfast Plays. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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Theatre: Mental

James Leadbitter is about to tell us of the last 15 years of his life, and this moment is the end of it so far. We’re somewhere far, far away from the festival, and it feels like sanctuary from the noise and the people.

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Comedy: Sara Pascoe vs History

Steadily improving with successive festivals, to the point where she’s now a must-see, Sara Pascoe has taken a huge leap forward with her latest hour exploring the evolution of sexuality.

Comedy: Alex Edelman: Millennial

Even contemplating the possibility that you might be the voice of your generation requires significant chutzpah. But Alex Edelman has the sharp comic brain and documentary evidence to suggest that he should at least try.


How to turn an opera into a comic strip

Opera, the grand dame of high art, is being brought to a new audience via the medium of its pop culture cousin, the comic strip, and the talents of one graphic artist-turned-Wagner buff

The Moth Event: A new kind of open-mic contest

The Moth Event is a new kind of open-mic contest which puts storytellers in the spotlight. But egotists and windbags need not apply, says David Robinson

Joyce McMillan on the Traverse Breakfast Plays

Joyce McMillan finds the early start demanded by the Traverse Breakfast Plays is well worth it


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


Video: ‘Politicians are fair game, but not Lulu’

Vladmir McTavish and Keir McAllister discuss referendum-themed shows and surprising audience reactions at the Fringe in our video blog

Video: ‘It caters for Yes and No supporters’

The Pure, Dead and The Brilliant team talk to WOW247′s Matthew Dunne-Miles about their show’s surreal elements and the independence referendum.


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