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Fringe Festival séance so scary audience beg to leave early

A FRIGHTENING Fringe event is leaving audiences so terrified that some shows are being cancelled mid-performance.

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Video: Bid to save Greyfriars Bobby from ‘lucky’ nose rub gains support

TOUR guides have stepped in to help the campaign to save Greyfriars Bobby from damage by warning tourists not to rub the beloved statue.

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A street entertainer performs on the Royal Mile during the Fringe. Picture: Getty

Edinburgh Festivals should be run ‘from June to September’ says city MP

Edinburgh’s festivals should be “stretched out” from June through till September, according to one of the city’s MPs.

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Could a change of dates ease the congestion on the likes of the High Street in August? Picture:  Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Tommy Sheppard: Changing festival dates could be beneficial

A long summer season might be beneficial on a number of counts, argues Tommy Sheppard

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Andrew O'Hagan was delivering a keynote lecture at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Andrew O'Hagan: Britain 'smashed' by Brexit and Scotland under threat

The prospect of Brexit has “smashed” Britain and left Scotland under threat from a “belated Little England,” one of the nation’s leading writers has declared.
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Alexander McCall Smith revealed plans to turn his No 1 Ladies Detective Agency novel into a musical.

Alexander McCall Smith reveals plans for stage musical

Author Alexander McCall Smith has announced he is to turn one of his most successful creations, the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, into a brand new musical.

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Prince Charles, left and Prince William will attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Picture: Getty Images

Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge to attend Tattoo

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge are to attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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Nicola Sturgeon: ‘Alex Salmond is not sexist’ after Fringe joke

Nicola Sturgeon has leapt to the defence of her predecessor Alex Salmond over a joke he made during his Edinburgh Festival show.

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Tommy Sheppard has called for the living wage to be paid to Fringe staff.

Tommy Sheppard calls for Fringe staff to be paid ‘living wage’

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe should introduce a new code of practice to help ensure a fairer pay deal for venue workers, according to one of the city’s MPs.

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Video: Couple get engaged at the Edinburgh Fringe

A free comedy event at the Fringe isn’t the first place you would think of for romance.

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Former First Minister Alex Salmond on stage at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. Picture: PA

Alex Salmond under fire over ‘sexist’ joke during Fringe show

First Minister Alex Salmond has come under fire after making a crude joke about female politicians during his show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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10 outrageously-titled Edinburgh Fringe shows (warning: may offend)

This is almost certainly NSFW.

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David Davis was Salmond's first guest today

David Davis wins over nationalists at Alex Salmond Fringe show

Tory Brexit Secretary David Davis today won a warm reception from an audience of independence supporters with a tale about the Prime Minister's lack of humour at Alex Salmond's Fringe show.

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Ewen Bremner speaks at the Leith Theatre. Picture: Sheila Masson

Ewen Bremner and Irving Welsh return to Leith to aid theatre

Irvine Welsh returned to Leith last night for a special charity event to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the release of Trainspotting, Danny Boyle’s film version of his 1993 novel about young drug addicts growing up in Edinburgh during the ‘80s. The film became an era-defining pop cultural success upon its release in 1996 and inspired a film sequel, also directed by Boyle, earlier this year. He described the huge gig in the historic Leith Theatre as “the wildest night I’ve had in Leith since Hibs v Partick Thistle last week.”

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Shona McCarthy, Fringe chief executive, suas BBC's coverage is geared too much towards comedy. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

There is too much focus on comedy at the Fringe, says chief

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe needs to tackle the dominating presence of stand-up comedy at the event, its chief executive has admitted.

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Video: Mash Report on Edinburgh Festival goes viral

The Satirical BBC show the Mash Report had viewers in stitches with a ‘news’ report on the Edinburgh Festival that had capital locals ‘wondering where all the twats had come from’.

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10 things to do at the Edinburgh Festival this week

Going to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this week? Here’s the shows you won’t want to miss.

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Conchita Wurst was due to perform in Edinburgh on Friday night. Picture: comp

Eurovision winner Conchita cancels Festival show after band barred

Conchita Wurst, the bearded drag artist and Eurovision Song Contest winner, has withdrawn from the Edinburgh International Festival because her Syrian band was denied visas.

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Pamela Epps was at the first Edinburgh Festival in 1947  and after attending every one since, will return to the opera which started it all. Picture: Neil Hanna/JP

Festival fan to mark 70 years in a row at event

When Pamela Epps went to a performance of the opera Macbeth 70 years ago, she hardly imagined it would start a habit of a lifetime.

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Edinburgh Mela 2015, Leith Links, 
Bollywood Love Story

Edinburgh’s Mela set to return

The Edinburgh Mela is being brought back from the dead and turned into a week-long festival – 12 months after it was abandoned when its funding was axed due to behind-the-scenes turmoil.

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