2014 Episode 8 – The Beserker Residents present The Post Show

Episode eight sees me sitting down with the very interesting company  The Beserker Residents - Bradley Wrenn, David Johnson, and Justin Jain. This is their first year at the Fringe, and they have brought with them The Post Show – a post show discussion for a play the audience hasn’t seen! It does involve some improv, some audience participation, and lots of fun. We talked about the challenges of bringing a show to the Fringe for the first time, how they have evolved as a company, and the importance of understanding your audience.

If you’re on twitter, give them a follow @theberserkerres, and you can like them on Facebook here.

Of course, you should also check out the show! You can get all the relevant information and tickets here – go check it!

To listen to the podcast, click on the Podcast Episodes link on the top of the right hand side of the page. You can also subscribe on iTunes!

Thanks for tuning in! Don’t forget to share, and check back tomorrow for another episode!

Love,

Andra xo

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2014 Episode 7 – Bronston Jones

Episode seven sees me sitting down with the very tall American comedian Bronston Jones. We spent a lot of time talking about the nature of comedy, and the importance of storytelling. He also told me about the best gig he had ever been at – and it just happened to be one of his!

If you’re on twitter, give him a follow @bronicus, and you can check out his website at www.bronston.com. You can find the podcast he talks about with Bill Burr and Pete Holmes here.

Of course, you should also check out the show! It’s official title is What Comes Out. You can get all the relevant information here,  and don’t forget to bring some cash for the bucket at the end! He is also hosting another show called LOLympics Live, and you can get more info about that here.

To listen to the podcast, click on the Podcast Episodes link on the top of the right hand side of the page. You can also subscribe on iTunes!

Thanks for tuning in! Don’t forget to share, and check back tomorrow for another episode!

Love,

Andra xo

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2014 Episode 6 – Hurt and Anderson

Episode six features the female sketch comedy duo Hurt and Anderson. We talked about how they got into sketch, what they’ve learned from doing the festival, and why a 1:00am slot is not your friend.

If you’re on twitter, give them a follow @HurtandAnderson, and you can find them on Facebook at Hurt and Anderson, and check them out on YouTube at: HaHaHurtandAnderson.

Of course, you should also check out the show! It’s official title is Bringing Sketchy BackYou can get all the relevant information here,  and don’t forget to bring some cash for the bucket at the end!

To listen to the podcast, click on the Podcast Episodes link on the top of the right hand side of the page. You can also subscribe on iTunes!

Thanks for tuning in! Don’t forget to share, and check back tomorrow for another episode!

Love,

Andra xo

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Hanging at the Fringe 2014 – Call for Guests!

Hello all!

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 is fast approaching, and here we are gearing up for another year of fantastic podcasts! Right now, though, we need more guests!

Are you coming to the Fringe with a show this year? Fringe virgin or vetran? Performer, director, or technician? We want to hear from you! I’m interested in chatting to people from all the sections of the Fringe guide. It’ll give you a chance to promote your show, and to chat about your time and experiences at the Fringe.

If you are interested in joining me, please drop me a line at: andra.roston@gmail.com.

Looking forward to hearing from some of the amazing acts coming to Edinburgh this year, and stay tuned for new episodes!

Love,

Andra xo

Hanging at the Fringe 2013 Roundup

Hello all,

I had originally intended (and started recording) a roundup podcast in the same vein as last year’s episode. However, I have decided instead to write a blogpost about my feelings about the Fringe this year.

Sitting here, a week later, I am still only processing my experience. It is odd to think that it has only been over for a week, and yet feels like it was forever ago. I had the opportunity this year to be involved in a lot of amazing projects, and to meet a load of interesting people. Everyone who I have spoken to about their festival has said that it was a very positive experience – there was a good vibe around the city, and a lot of great shows to see!

I witnessed some amazing things this year, but one of my favourites was on the very last day. I was out flyering on the Royal Mile at around 11:00am. It was quiet – many people had already left, and so it was even more quiet than usual. Although there were no official Fringe stages up, many acts had clearly decided to perform anyways – just do their usual “set” in the middle of the road. One cast was performing their song, and then slowly people from different casts joined in. At the end, everyone got a chance to plug their show, and they all hugged each other. This felt like the spirit of the Fringe to me. This was a community of people that had established itself on the street, and at the end of the day they all supported each other. Maybe it was because it was the last day, but I definitely got teary at that.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made my Fringe so special. I got to interview a lot of crazy cool people, and I thank you all for being friendly and interesting. I got to help promote shows for some of the most lovely people ever – so thanks to Gordon/Julz, Mark, and Emma/Gary for allowing me to be a part of the cool things you were doing.

Most importantly, I would like to say thank you to everyone I got a chance to perform/get creative with this festival. I never thought I would perform in a full length musical at the Fringe, and I did! I certainly didn’t think I would ever do children’s theatre, but I did that too! I never thought I would perform in a real Fringe venue, let alone rehearse a whole show in the meadows, and yet those things happened for me as well. This has been a creatively fulfilling festival unlike no other, and I can’t thank all of you enough for helping make that happen.

Okay, enough soppy-ness…

Stay tuned for the next incarnation of the podcast – Hanging Off the Fringe. Are you doing something cool and creative in Edinburgh during the other 11 months of the year? Get in touch so we can talk about it!

Love,

Andra xo

Episode 13 – Featuring Jess Abrams

Hello listeners,

In this episode I got to sit down over a coffee with a lovely person – Jess Abrams, who this year is doing a show at the Jazz Bar called Cat Stevens Reconstructed. We had a really interesting chat – we talked a bit about reviewers and what reviews can mean, but spent a lot of time talking about the importance of having a good and supportive audience. We also talked about how hard it can be to re-imagine something that people love, and make sure that you are still honouring the original work.

Her show is on at 19:00 at the Jazz Bar the 19th and 20th of August (Monday/Tuesday.) You can get tickets here:

https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/music/cat-stevens-reconstructed

You can also check out her website at www.jessabrams.co.uk, or follow her on twitter at @JessAbrams

To listen to the podcast, please click on the link to the right. So listen, comment, share and enjoy!

Love,

Andra xo

Episode 12 – Say It Again, Sam!

Dearest listeners,

In this episode I had the chance to sit two with two cool guys called Conrad and Michael. They are doing a show at Sweet Venues in the Grassmarket called Say It Again, Sam, which is a film noir/detective story parody. We spent most of our chat discussing different ways of flyering, and how to get people to take a chance on your show. To listen, please click on the link to the right. If you want to take a chance on theirs (and you should,) the show is on every day at 13:35 at Sweet Venues, and you can get tickets here:

https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/say-it-again-sam

If you want, you can follow Conrad on twitter at @ConradCohen_

Please listen, comment, share and enjoy!

Love,

Andra xo

Episode 11 – Tubular Bells for Two

Hello listeners, 

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting down with Aidan and Daniel, the two musicians who make Tubular Bells for Two happen! They play the whole of Mike Oldfield’s album Tubular Bells using only the two of them and 26 instruments! We sat down in the Abbatoir bar (the VIP area of the Udderbelly – very fancy,) and chatting about a wide range of things, including the nature of making mistakes in performance, how to let things grow organically, and the feeling of a festival. To listen, please click on the link to the right. They are on every day (not the 19th) at 17:45 at the Udderbelly Cowbarn. If you want to see the show, you can get tickets here:

https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/music/mike-oldfield-s-tubular-bells-for-two

If you want to find out more about them, visit: www.tubularbellsfortwo.com

You can also find them on Facebook at: facebook/tubularbellsfortwo

Follow them on twitter” @tubularbells42, and follow them individually @elspanielo, @themapletrail

Listen, comment, share and enjoy!

Love,

Andra xo

 

Episode 10 – Chatting with Ben Champion

Good morning listeners,

In this episode, I have the good fortune of being able to chat with a very interesting man called Ben Champion. This year is his first year as a performer, and he actually changed careers into doing comedy songs! We had a really cool chat about some of the ups and downs of the festival, how to handle a bad review, and what it’s like to change careers! To listen to the podcast, please click on the link to the right.

His show is every day at 12:45 at the Gilded Balloon. You can buy tickets here:

https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/ben-champion-human

If you want to find out more about him, visit his website at: www.benchampion.co.uk, or find him on twitter: @mrbenchampion

Listen, share, comment and enjoy!

Love,

Andra xo

Episode 9 – Veronica Elizabeth

Hello all,

Today, we return to comedy. In this episode I chat with a great girl called Veronica Elizabeth who is doing a show called Gay Straight Alliance, where gay and straight comedians come together and entertain a diverse audience. In this episode, we chat about comedy and the Fringe, and even a little about her Mom! Her show is on every night (except the 13th and 19th) at 22:00, at the Phoenix. Click on the link to the right to have a listen.

If you want to go, her show is free! All information is available here:

https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/gay-straight-alliance

Follow her on twitter: @veronicacomedy , and you can also follow the show at @GSAshow

Please listen, comment, share, and enjoy!

Love,

Andra xo