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Fringe review | East Belfast Boy | ★★★★

  To a soundtrack of techno ebbing and flowing behind him, Davy alternates between dancing wildly, spitting rapid-fire verse at the audience and teetering at the edge of a podium, ready to jump.   He’s telling us about his life: the drugs, his pals, peer pressure...

Fringe review | Rights of Passage | ★★★★

  Light vs shade and bright vs dark are played with throughout Rights of Passage. Three main characters are dressed in black, while the others - mainly their detractors - are all-white jeans and tees. The lighting flickers on and off at times of high emotional stress,...

A Mentally Well Fringe

  This is the second year of A Mentally Well Fringe. After being approached by Fringe Central in 2017, NHS Lothian and Division of Clinical Psychology within the British Psychological Society have banded together again to create a space for performers, as well as...

Interview: Lucy Hopkins, Secrt Circl

  The SpiegelYurt is an unassuming little venue, next to the Potterrow Underpass and opposite Bob’s Blundabus. Step inside, however, and it’s a cosy, opulent space with benches laid out in a semi-circle and gentle twinkling lights. It only takes Lucy Hopkins and Bob...

Fringe review | Ruby Wax: Frazzled | ★★★

  Ruby is interviewing herself. From a chair she sometimes sprawls in, sometimes does leg stretches again, she asks herself questions about stress, mindfulness and being frazzled. Is there more stress now than ever? Are all your problems caused by your parents? Are...

Interview: Dave Chawner

Dave Chawner is an award-winning comic, published author and mental health campaigner. He’s been featured in the Guardian, the Independent, the Metro, Tomorrow’s World, Mental Health in the Metropolis, and BBC Breakfast. His Fringe show, Mental, is a vulnerable look...

Fringe review | Laura Lexx: Trying | ★★★★

  Laura Lexx’s Trying is a show packed with nostalgia - memories of growing up in the 80s, and holidays in the 90s: making friends in French campsites, Pez dispensers, snap-on bracelets. There’s real admiration and love for her family, particularly her sisters and...

Fringe review | Duke Pop | ★★★★

  Duke Pop - aka Sophie Duker and Lulu Popplewell - are taking turns in the spotlight. Tonight, Duker goes first, immediately charismatic as she chats about making resolutions to stay mentally sane and physically well. She discusses not being a white man, being...