Arts & culture

Fringe comedy review: Elf Lyons – Pelican ****

Elf Lyons – Pelican **** How many ways can you put across that you love your mother – but also at times find her infuriating? In numerous, joyfully melodramatic and thoroughly entertaining ways if you’re Elf Lyons. The 25-year-old comedian brings one of life’s most complicated relationships to giddy life…

Wedding bells at the Fringe

Between flyering, promoting, rehearsing and actually getting on stage performers at the Fringe barely have time to squeeze in a tea break, let alone an entire wedding - but comedian Bec Hill managed to do it all this week after she decided to get married at the place she got…

Comedian makes breast cancer awareness star of the show

She’s already picked up critical acclaim for her theatrical solo performances, but this year award-winning Melbourne comedian Lana Schwarcz is not just raising the roof with laughs, but also awareness. A breast cancer survivor, Schwarcz is using her Fringe run to put the spotlight on an illness affecting 60,000 women…

All fired up for the Edinburgh International Festival

  The Edinburgh International Festival launched in explosive style on Sunday as pioneering digital artwork lit up the western façade of Edinburgh Castle and Castle Rock. The Standard Life Opening Event, Deep Time, was another visual stunner for the award-winning 59 Productions, who also created last year’s Harmonium Project. Scottish…

Fierce dresser

People sometimes think of orange as a difficult colour to wear, but we shouldn’t fear its bold vibrancy. A natural healing colour, orange is also thought to stimulate creativity and motivation. Lady Luck’s colour is also said to be orange - so it may just be the ideal choice for…