You may or may not have heard of Gitta Mallasz, but hers is an amazing story. Moved and inspired by that story, and the events Mallasz wrote about in her book 'Talking With Angels', actress Shelley Mitchell retells it all in her one woman play of the same name, which debuts at the Edinburgh Fringe this August. We spoke to Shelley about Mallasz, the events described in her book, and how they were adapted for the stage.

ThreeWeeks' Chris Cooke chats to Shelley about the show here
Look out for the preview edition of ThreeWeeks arriving through the letterboxes of Edinburgh, and at all key Festival venues, over the next few days.

Inside: Stuart Bowden, Maddy Anholt, Linda Cattaneo, Karen Koren, Penny Ashton, Shelley Mitchell, The Dead Secrets, House Of Blakewell, LetLuce, Will Pickvance, Matthew Harvey, Jennie Benton Smith, Stewart Francis, Yianni, Andrew Ryan, Máire Clerkin, Chris Martin and 81 show recommendations.

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It's the TW Podcast at the Edinburgh Festival. This week, with Festival 2015 kicking off next week, ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Chris Cooke chats to MJ Hibbett and Tez Ilyas about their brand new shows, plus enjoy a snippet of children's theatre production 'According To Arthur' and music from Simon Thacker.

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We like the number three. For obvious reasons. Though let's not forget, three is also the magic number. Do you know who also likes threes? Writer-performer John Hinton, who gives some thought to the rule of three right here, as he completes his award-winning musical 'Scientrilogy' at this year's Fringe.

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Each day this week we're looking at some of the venue innovations that are occurring at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, with the focus today on C venues.

For a number of years, while Edinburgh procrastinated about what to do with the site of the original Gilded Balloon venue, which was destroyed in a fire in 2002, the C venue, which backed onto that area, spilled out of its back door to create C soco. But eventually the developers arrived and a whole load new buildings were erected on the site. But amongst them was an Ibis hotel, and this year the team at C are joining with that chain to create a whole new performance space.

"We're delighted this year to return to C soco" says C boss Hartley Kemp to ThreeWeeks, "where so many fantastic companies have had so many amazing experiences. Rising from the ashes of the old soco building, this spectacular outdoor courtyard space is in the centre of Edinburgh, with entrances from Chambers Street, Cowgate and Southside".

Explaining the background, he goes on: "C venues and Ibis hotels have worked together to help create this unique performance space right next to the Ibis bar. With a range of events from comedy to children's shows, storytelling to music, there's something to interest everyone. And best of all, it's a free daily programme where you'll see not only the best of C venues, but also the best of the Fringe as we welcome companies from across the Festival into the space and give them the special C venues help and support".

As C soco returns, Kemp's team will also be further evolving C south, the building in Newington that it took on for the first time last year. "C south is a fantastic festival oasis in the heart of the Southside" Kemp says.

"Ideally placed for the festival accommodation district, it's a natural hub for Fringe audiences, performers and residents of Edinburgh. This year C south has a huge international programme in some truly unique spaces. The sumptuous garden hosts an eclectic range of outdoor shows and gives the kids their first taste of Shakespeare. With a main space rigged for aerial performances, you'll also witness some of the most stunning physical performances at the Fringe".

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses tips three shows from the Fringe's growing circus programme.

The Elephant In The Room
So, folks, if you do still think that circus is all about lion tamers, trapeze artists and grumpy clowns, it's time to take a look at what modern circus practitioners are doing, and here's a very good one to start you off. This world-class company present the UK premiere of what's described as an "hilarious fusion of world-class circus, film noir and physical theatre", and it doesn't look to me like there's a ringmaster in sight.
Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, from 7 until 29 Aug

This sounds utterly breathtaking, but I bet it will sell out quickly because this is a one-to-one performance which only lasts for about ten minutes. Ringside. A girl on a trapeze. The ghost of every glamorous girl you've ever seen on a trapeze high up in the big top, performing to the roar of the crowd. But she's up-close in this intimate one on one aerial performance made for your eyes only. You can hear her breathing, watch every muscle twitch, see the bruises as her body performs revolt not acceptance. Get booking.
Summerhall, from 5 until 29 Aug

Sonics in Toren (pictured)
Renowned international circus troupe Sonics return to Edinburgh with 'Toren', which is set in a land of make believe where dreams come to life; as wishes are granted, the performers twist, spin and defy gravity in an extraordinary display. If you like acrobatics (who doesn't like acrobatics?) then this should be a real treat for you.
Gilded Balloon, from 5 until 31 Aug
More comedy recommendations from ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses, this time only featuring shows with rather fine titles.

Imagine There's No Ben Target (It's Easy If You Try)
There are always a few show titles in the programme that make me hoot, snort or indulgently groan, and as this is a mildly pleasurable experience for me, I thought I would reward the creators of said titles with a mention. Obviously, it's not just the title. I'm not going to recommend anyone completely rubbish just because of one laugh. Anyway, first up is Ben Target, of 'Discover Ben Target' fame (yes, that title made me laugh a bit too), who has elicited a number of highly rated reviews from our discerning review team in recent years, so I expect this year's show will be a winner too.
Heroes @ The Hive, from 6 until 30 Aug

David O'Doherty: We Are All In The Gutter, But Some Of Us Are Looking At David Doherty (pictured)
Does David O'Doherty need recommending? Is there anyone out there in the comedy creating, comedy watching or life-living communities who hasn't been exposed to his award-winning comedy stylings? Probably not, but I still have to mention him, because his show name made me snort, and that is the rule for this section of the tips. This year he is delighted to present a new hour of talking and songs played on a stupid keyboard from 1986. Life is like a box of chocolates, but one where somebody else has eaten all the chocolates. And replaced them with mouse heads and dishwasher tablets. Added bonus, the blurb made me hoot as well.
Assembly George Square Theatre, from 5 until 31 Aug

Return of The Danish Bagpipe Comedian
How could anyone in their right mind not want to go and see a Danish bagpipe comedian? Just the very idea makes me laugh out loud. Not because he's Danish, I'm not Danish-ist, but the combination of Danish-ness, bagpipeness and comedy just makes me happy. It's not the first time I've recommended this chap based solely on the kooky-sounding-ness of his act, but the last time I did it my faith was borne out by the very complimentary ThreeWeeks review that followed.
Laughing Horse @ Espionage, from 6 until 30 Aug
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