It's a strange thing coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can spend from the moment you wake to the moment your head hits the pillow watching, talking and writing about theatre. I've been in Edinburgh for a week now and the question I keep asking is 'why?'. What drives the industry up to this city each year? What purpose does it serve? Why are theatre-makers putting on shows and sharing with audiences? Why, god ...

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Tea in Edinburgh

In a recent article for The Stage on advice to performers and creatives I wrote that you should "Share your learning with others. Support your peers. Open your books and share data." I also suggested that "tea fuels theatre" (it really does), which is why I'm combining the two and offering some time for informal 'advice sessions' during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe over a cup of tea. In the last six years of working in ...

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My close friend Chris Withers is on the other side of the world working at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and sending me texts about how devastating and amazing Bryony Kimmings' new show, Fake It Til You Make It, is. Kimmings is trialling the new show which she has made with her partner Tim Grayburn about men and mental health. Withers, for all his love and devotion to theatre (he's a brilliant lighting designer) rarely ...

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I've just finished reading Sarah Thornton's 33 Artists in 3 Acts, a look at contemporary art seen through interviews with thirty three different artists from across the world. Thornton - writing for The Economist as their chief contemporary art writer - has covered much of the contemporary art world several times over; from Mexico, to China and countless biennale's her airfares would be enough to make your head spin. In ...

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With the announcement of the Royal Academy of Art launching their first crowdfunding campaign to bring Ai Weiwei's Tree to London I find myself asking a question: can crowdfunding become addictive? Back in 2014 I made a new year's resolution that I would donate monthly to the arts. Most of the companies I greatly admire, including most of our largest institutes, are charities. If you've been following anyone who works ...

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Is it possible to hear art; to look at a painting and hear the textures and tones? Not just technical sounds but emotive qualities; can a painting evoke music from our curious gaze? The National Gallery in a newly commissioned exhibition, Soundscapes, has given six composes, musicians and sound artists the opportunity to explore a piece from their extensive collection through music. The result is a dizzying and ...

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