Edinburgh Festival

Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary

By Lee Levitt, August 11, 2011

He's back, he's Jewish, and he's the only comedian with a sausage-hating Jewish dog, who used to bark whenever Yasser Arafat came on the TV. "His barkmitzvah still brings a tear to the eye," quips Zaltzman, in a six-minute off-stage warm-up before he appears in a lurid scarlet and black shirt and non-matching cords, with an arrow through his head.

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Terezin: Children of the Holocaust

By Lee Levitt, August 11, 2011

The kindest thing that can be said about "Terezin: Children of the Holocaust" is that it might have been better placed in the children's section of the Fringe programme for its didactic value. Or that as an American production, its emotional impact doesn't translate to British audiences.

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Josh Howie: I Am A Dick

By Lee Levitt, August 11, 2011

In his previous two highly successful Edinburgh shows, Josh Howie focused on his time training to be a rabbi in Jerusalem (he was ejected from the programme after being caught with a naked non-Jewish girl), and his four-year sojourn with his grandma in Arnos Grove. This year, he fancied trying something less constrained by a fixed narrative, a bit more freeform.

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Oedipus by Steven Berkoff (After Sophocles)

By Lee Levitt, August 9, 2011

Berkoff first grappled with the Sophocles tragedy with his 1980 verse play "Greek", which transferred the plague-ridden action to London's grimy, boozy East End.

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Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave

By Lee Levitt, August 9, 2011

The unlikely, unconsummated, largely internet-based love affair between a squinting Derbyshire "accountint" and the unhappily married Pearl from Surrey forms the basis of Isy Suttie's winningly whimsical solo show.

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Brett Goldstein Grew Up In A Strip Club

By Lee Levitt, August 9, 2011

Brett Goldstein studied film and feminism at the University of Warwick, and then left his Sutton home for Marbella, along with his father, who was suffering from a mid-life crisis, for what turned out to be a late gap year with a difference.

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Shlomo: Mouthtronica

By Lee Levitt, August 9, 2011

At the start of his first theatrical one-man show, Shlomo promises "an entire hour of loud beat-boxing and polite conversation".

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Why go to Edinburgh this year? Here are at least 12 good reasons

By Lee Levitt, August 4, 2011

1. Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary/political animal
The Oxford classics graduate, experienced stand-up and co-star of BBC Radio 5 Live's 7 Day Sunday, has been performing at the fringe since 1999. This year he brings his popular brand of political satire to the Stand Comedy Club. Performance details: www.thestand.co.uk

2. Ruby Wax: Losing It

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Nazi refugee story to star at Fringe

By Robyn Rosen and Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

An American teacher is to bring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the true story of a child who fled Nazi-occupied Austria, after her diary was donated to him.

Andrew Geha, a teacher at Friends Academy, a Quaker school in New York, was given the diary of Inge Fischer by her niece Lisa Waldstein.

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The rise and rise of the 'Jewish Edinburgh Fringe'

By Alex Kasriel, December 2, 2010

It began in 1980 when a group of 70 British Jews who did not have much on over the Christmas period decided they wanted to inject some excitement into the ailing world of Jewish adult education. Thirty years on, Limmud attracts more than 35,000 people per year across 55 communities around the Jewish world.

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