A couple of general pieces about the Fringe: Tense times for festival performers
By Charles Pamment for BBC News Online in Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in full swing. While the sponsored venues and big name acts start to pull the crowds, BBC News Online goes behind the scenes at one of the festival's smaller venues.
After a year of preparation, the curtain has finally risen on the church hall-cum-make shift theatre that is Venue 45, and with it, the unique experience of performing and working here is being forged.
The catalogue of shows begins daily at 11am, concluding some 15 hours later at 2am. In between, back to back shows ensure a constant flow of performers and audiences through the tiny cafe. click for more
**************************** No fringe benefit
By Margaret McCartney in The Times
Taking children to the Edinburgh Festival is an endurance course. But does it do them any good culturally?
LET’S FACE IT, it was never going to be easy for me to become Edinburgh’s biggest fan. Not just because I come from Glasgow. Edinburgh is now torpid, in full-on Festival mode and, far from going to cool Beckett plays or witty transvestite dance the way I did BC (Before Children), I now have two pre-schoolers to entertain. But groovy! The Fringe, hipper than the Festival, caters for children. Oh yes. click for more
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