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Festival Café at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 10 Aug.

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Karen Miller Karen Miller | 16:14 UK time, Tuesday, 10 August 2010

It's day two of The Festival Café's run at the Edinburgh Festival. The programme runners have been kept busy, not only working on the show, but sending us blogs and photos...

Emma Langman:

The Festival Café has now begun and our first two live shows have gone very smoothly - phew! Our job as runners is to prepare the venue before the programme and look after the guests while we're on air before coming back to the office to get ready for the next show. It's been a great experience to see how a live show works and to be part of it too. The guests we've had have all been lovely, as well as shown us and the audience a great selection of what's on at the Festival. I'm really looking forward to the rest of our guests to come.

Catriona MacLeod

The most nerve-wracking part of my job is being delegated the task of greeting a guest and having no clue what they look like. I was lucky today. Gordon Munro arrived in a sharp suit as Dick Cavett, and Grant Smeaton strutted in dressed as Bette Davis. I didn't have to approach strangers and ask hesitantly, "Good morning, Mr Smeaton...?" The little black dress spoke for itself and, unfairly, his make-up looked better than mine. Soon our comfy "green" room was filled with big characters, in reality and in spirit. We welcomed Ian Dury, as re-created by actor Mark White, and Britney Spears as sung by Aussie chanteuse, Ali McGregor. Kate Fox, the poet news reader, completed our line up of distinct voices. The show was as vibrant as Dury's lyrics, as impressive as McGregor's pitch, as slick as Cavett's toupee, and as witty as Fox's poems... But seriously, how quickly a short taster of a show on Clare English's couch can inspire - and going to see yet more shows based on Festival Café's recommendations is no hardship. The Festival Café is on air weekdays from 1.15pm live from Venue 150, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. We're there till the 20th, so make sure you join us! There are good muffins too. How's that for a recommendation?

Catriona also found time to take the following photos:

Behind the scenes of the Festival Cafe
Top left: Runner Fiona Carlyle with Presenter Clare English running through her script in the background
Top right: Senior Producer Carolyn Becket, Presenter Clare English and Producer Ian Boffey going over the production running order
Bottom right: Sound checking between shows at the EICC
Bottom left: Presenter Clare English and Senior Producer Carolyn Becket briefing themselves on the day's show


Festival Cafe guests
Top left: Mark White and Josh Darcy performing an extract from their show "Hit Me: The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury"
Top right: Grant Smeaton and Gordon Munro as Bette Davis and Dick Cavett in their verbatim-theatre play "Bette/Cavett"
Bottom right: Mark White, Award-winning soprano Ali McGregor and Josh Darcy
Bottom left: Newsreader-turned-poet and star of BBC Radio 4's 'Saturday Live' Kate Fox recites some of her own work to the crowd

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