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Festival Cafe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 9 Aug.

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Rich Preston | 16:08 UK time, Monday, 9 August 2010

BBC Radio Scotland's involvement in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has begun with live shows from both MacAulay and Co, and The Festival Café. Rich Preston tells us more about today's Festival Café:

While the rain in Edinburgh has been lashing down, spirits were high at Venue 150 - The Edinburgh International Conference Centre - for the first of today's live Festival Café programmes.

Simon Callow joined Clare English on the sofa to talk about his new book "My Life in Pieces" and his fringe play "Shakespeare: The Man From Stratford." We were also joined by Diane Atkinson, Pauline Lockhart and Clare Waugh who performed extracts from their Fringe show "Elsie and Mairi Go To War" - a TRUE story about two women who set off on their motorbikes to work as nurses on the Belgian front line during the First World War. Powerful stuff.

Last, but by no means least, former members of cabaret act La Clique were together again for BBC Radio Scotland. Mikelangelo, Meow Meow and Camille O'Sullivan - all of whom are performing individually at this year's Edinburgh Fringe - joined us on the Festival Café to talk about their early Fringe days as well as performing some fantastic numbers from their respective shows this year.

The Festival Café is live at the EICC every weekday afternoon until Friday 20th August and tickets are FREE. To reserve yours, call the Fringe box office on 0131 226 0000. And remember you can follow us on Twitter @BBCFestivalCafe.

Emma Langman, one of the Festival Café volunteers, took the following photos during today's show:

Festival Cafe 9 August

Top Left: Simon Callow and Clare English
Top Right: Meow Meow and Mikelangelo
Bottom Right: (L-R) Simon Callow, Clare English, Diane Atkinson, Clare Waugh and Pauline Lockhart (from the show "Elsie and Mairi Go To War")
Bottom Left: Clare and Pauline (front Left and Right, performing an extract from "Elsie and Marie Go To War"), with Camille O'Sullivan (left) and Meow Meow (right) in background

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