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ThreeWeeks Editor’s Letter: Week One edition is out!

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

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Whoa, is the Week One edition of ThreeWeeks out already? It doesn’t seem that long since I was thinking about the whole week I had to finish it off. And now that week is clearly up, the Festival is in full swing, and our reviewers have been out there en masse for seven days, sampling all the delights that this August in Edinburgh has to offer.

Yes, our hand-selected, crack team of young journalists have been through their ThreeWeeks training and induction programme, they’ve come out unscathed the other side, and are now seeing shows as we speak, while putting together the most informative and helpful reviews that they can.

There are a great many of them, and they see an awful lots of shows between them. Those reviews, plus the interviews, columns and podcasts me and my fellow editors put together, combine to provide the most comprehensive guide to this vast cultural behemoth, all to help you choose your shows wisely.

The Week One edition of ThreeWeeks, out today, features a helping of those reviews. You can pick up a copy at pretty much every venue across the Festival City, or check out the PDF version here or a digital version here.

And don’t forget we add to the supply of reviews every day with the daily sheet, which you can pick up from more venues than ever this year (details here – or download PDF versions here). Though we see far too many things to be able to publish them all in print; and in the next few days a flood of extra reviews will also appear on the huge ThreeWeeks website.

You can check all the reviews as they appear here, plus filter by TW rating. Or check out reviews by genre, along with interviews, columns and podcasts, here: cabaretchildren’s showscomedydance and physical theatremusicmusicalstheatrevisual art, and spoken word and other events. Or for all the recommended shows, follow @TWittique on Twitter.

Talking of features, which I was, briefly, there are loads of them in the Week One edition. To begin with, we have some great guest columns from some of our favourite Fringe performers. We hear from comedy newcomers The Dead Secrets about their Edinburgh, er, secrets; from comedian Ben Van Der Velde about his mission to extend the life of the handwritten letter; and from Bryony Kimmings, whose show this year documents her attempt to be a ‘Credible Likeable Superstar Rolemodel’.

Elsewhere, in the land of Q&As, we have spoken to Cbeebies star Cerrie Burnell, spoken word supremo Monkey Poet, a cappella giants The Magnets, one of our favourite dance companies 2Faced Dance, ‘Oh My Irma’ star Haley McGee, super comedy troupe The Grandeesthe folks behind past Fringe hit ‘Alvin Sputnik’ who are back with a new show, and, of course, our brilliant cover stars EastEnd Cabaret. Oh, and we also have a rather special interview with The Boy With The Tape On His Face.

And on top of that little lot, in the first of a series of columns from former Festival regulars not at the Fringe this year, Tiernan Douieb writes, and we have the first of our Festival poems from Luke Wright.

What a lot to be getting on with! And that’s before the regular podcast and all those podcast extra performances, and the Quick Quiz interviews, and so much more. Do keep an eye on our daily email updates (tell friends to sign up at www.threeweeks.co.uk/subscribe) for news of other features to check out, and follow us on Twitter for all the latest bits n pieces.

I hope you’re all having a great Festival!

Caro Moses, Co-Editor, ThreeWeeks



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