We're approaching the end of the Fringe now, and given our dual Edinburgh/London readership, we thought it seemed sensible, for our last Q&A of the season, to focus on a show that's still on for a few more days at the Fringe, but that also has some London dates coming up.

Of course, that's not the only reason why we are interested: It's by a company, Incognito Theatre, that we've admired for some time now, and their contribution to this year's Festival is an original and fascinating play that got a glowing review from our impressed reviewer. I spoke to Alex Maxwell and Atlanta Hayward, who both perform in the show.

CLICK HERE to read today's Caro Meets interview.

'Tobacco Road' is on at Pleasance Courtyard until 27 Aug, and is on at the Greenwich Theatre in London from 29 Aug-2 Sep.
The Review Edition of ThreeWeeks is out now! Inside you will find interviews with The Apricity Project, Colette Redgrave, Egg, Faye Treacy, Neema Bickersteth, Patrick Eakin Young, Rosie Jones, Sid Singh and Victoria Firth. Plus 50 reviews - every one a recommended show - and a guide to past ThreeWeeks Editors' Award winners back at the Festival. Look out for the Review Edition available all around Edinburgh.

Find out where to pick up a copy HERE or read it all online HERE.
We're talking to people who perform or work at the Edinburgh Festival each year to get their perspectives on what performing or producing at the world's biggest cultural event involves, and top tips on how to get the most out of the experience. This time lighting designer Attila Lenzsér.

Attila discovered the magic of theatre at a young age, though originally began his career as a lighting designer in the concert industry. He has since moved into theatre lighting and at this year's Fringe designed the lighting for the remarkable circus show 'My Land'. Needless to say, shows like this pose particular lighting design challenges, with safety as well as aesthetics a key consideration.

We spoke to Attila about his work and the specific challenges of designing lights for circus and Fringe shows.

CLICK HERE to read today's TW:DIY interview.
Three recommended shows to see on Friday 24 Aug...

Lights Over Tesco Car Park | Pleasance Dome | 10.50am (pictured)
We kick off our final Three To See of Edinburgh 2018 with a 5/5 theatre show. "Conspiracy theories, 1980s pop culture and the reality of feeling alone on a big planet are all explored in this brilliant show", says our reviewer. "The line between what is true and what is false is made insignificant, as the talented cast jump from laugh-out-loud humour to hypnotic narration".

The Providence Of Neighbouring Bodies | Underbelly Cowgate | 2.30pm
Our reviewer was initially "nonplussed" about this show because "the programme mentioned beavers – at length". However, they add: "When Ronnie's Airbnb guest arrives in the form of Jane, an anthropomorphic beaver, things started to make sense". So go see it all make sense for yourself!

Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad On Craigslist | Assembly George Square Theatre | 9.20pm
And finally a 5/5 top comedy recommend. "Walt's boyfriend is moving out, so he's posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a new flatmate, and it's Tilda Swinton who's come to stay", our reviewer explains. "A sort of fairy godmother/ghost of Christmas past character, she helps Walt to make sense of his life and stand up for himself". Highly recommended.

Aaron Calvert: Declassified (Lost Luggage Productions)
This show is mesmerising. Hypnotic even. Former doctor Aaron Calvert is a confident performer, in total control of his audience and incredibly skilled at manipulating us. This goes beyond rabbits in hats and card tricks to offer something even more impressive - mind reading - before culminating in a mass hypnosis session. Not everyone will succumb, but those that do become the stars of the show. It's easy to be cynical, but seeing is believing as participants conquer their fears, converting negative emotions into positive ones before our very eyes. Given that this show is all about the power of suggestion, and the ways it can be used to change our lives, I suggest that you see this immediately.
Gilded Balloon at the Museum, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Murray]


Chris Henry: Around The World In 80 Dates (Chris Henry)
It's around the room in 80 jokes. In an effort to create "a balanced relationship", Henry makes the first ten minutes all about the audience, delving into our personal circumstances. His bantering with the crowd is impressive but, like many online profiles, this show isn't quite as advertised. The "80 dates" in the title is more a list of ideas for dates he'd like to go on, while the rest of the show reappraises rom-coms, considers dating apps and offers insights into his last relationship. Some of the show could even be regarded as an advertisement for himself, as he appeals to the audience for their company. If you're looking for a fun and frothy show, this could be The One.
Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Murray]

Lead Pencil: Sex, Drugs And Toilet Roll (Lead Pencil)
Ever wonder what happened to your favourite childhood telly presenters? That's the basis for this high octane show, setting the scene for a series of sketches, songs and even an investigation into what happened to co-host Mr Sausage. There's also fighting, outbursts and innuendo - like Rod, Jane and Freddy at their most outrageous. You can't fault the energy invested in this show - clearly they're giving it their all and loving every minute - but the script isn't particularly original. They joke about ripping off songs and second-hand plot twists, despite featuring both. Like a lot of kids' TV, it's brash, in yer face and occasionally incomprehensible, meaning that, at times, you may find yourself reaching for the remote.
Underbelly Cowgate, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Murray]

Raymond And Mr Timpkins Revue: Ham (Brett Vincent for Get Comedy)
Music fans – prepare to have your favourite songs twisted into new shapes. This is like musical Dingbats for people with short attention spans – a high-speed conveyor belt of song snippets whizzing past, and this quick fire approach ensures that even if you don't laugh at one, you will at the next. It's so slick and stylised, you wonder how they can keep it up. There is some padding, with a silly, cartoonish storyline providing the filling in this musical sandwich, and it's all very 'Carry On' - Mr Timpkins is reminiscent of Charles Hawtrey, and his rivalry with Raymond is hilarious. There are misheard lyrics and even some satirical swipes amongst lavatorial gags. Sublime.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Murray]

Russell Hicks: A Fist Full Of Ideas (Russell Hicks)
A fist full might be overstating it. Only once or twice does Hicks dip into his notebook for new material, and even then, the temptation to chat to the audience proves too strong. Some comics don't really need material though, and he succeeds in weaving comedy gold based on the people in the room. Rather than using us as hooks to hang his gags on, however, he seems genuinely interested. In terms of routines, Hicks alludes to his alcoholism, his accommodation and the difficulties of forming relationships later in life. He is a fascinating character, visibly bruised by life, yet he ensures that the focus is firmly on us. This is just the beginning – it'll be interesting to see the finished product.
The City Café, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Murray]


Sowhereto Africa (Njobo Productions - FKA After Freedom Productions / African Connections CIC)
I wasn't sure I'd be well-placed to review a show like 'Sowhereto Africa', as I had next to no experience of these dancing and music styles. But I think that's exactly the point of the show; it brings something to the UK that you don't see a lot of here. And you can't deny the sheer energy and power of this performance - I was drawn in by the dancing, especially the gumboot, and these performers have RHYTHM. My only criticism is that the show never quite decided whether it had a storyline or not. Now I find myself looking at Youtube videos of Sbujwa and Pantsula freestyle dancing, so maybe this will become my thing after all.
Dance Base, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ela Portnoy]


In Loyal Company (Lab Rats)
David William Bryan, who last year presented an alcoholic binman in 'Trashed', returns with a new solo play that tells the story of his uncle Arthur Robinson, a soldier captured by the Japanese army in the Second World War. The script, written in collaboration with Sascha Moore, is performed energetically, and Bryan's Robinson has a wide-eyed innocence that draws our sympathy as he heads toward the front line. It's a shame that, in trying to capture a flavour of those times, the play sometimes strays into ugly territory. Talk of "shooting the Japs" is jarring but, I suppose, may be nigh-on inevitable; describing a brother's bringing home a German-speaking Czech wife as "stealing from the enemy" is pitiful.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Alexander Hartley]

It's True, It's True, It's True (Breach Theatre / Untapped By Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre)
In 1612, the painter Artemisia Gentileschi endured a seven-month trial, during which her claim to have been raped by Agostino Tassi was subjected to every kind of prejudice. This play ingeniously turns the court transcripts into verbatim theatre. It's made to work beautifully; only when the writing ventures out on its own does it ever feel remotely unsteady. Still, it's true: this is a beautiful, tender, captivating piece, impeccably staged and with high-powered performances. It's true: these documents and their records of injustice call out across four hundred years of history to our present day. It's true: this piece affirms the power of theatre to form these dialectical images, to ignite these constellations.
Underbelly, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alexander Hartley]

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