2014 Edinburgh Festivals
Ian McMillan is joined at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival by comedian Josie Long, actress Olwen Fouere, playwright and poet Liz Lochhead, and comedy duo Frisky and Mannish.
Recorded at the the BBC Tent at Potterrow, The Verb celebrates the Edinburgh Festivals.
Ian's guests are stand-up Josie Long, who won the Best Newcomer award at the Fringe in 2006 and has been a staple of the festival ever since. Josie's new show is called 'Cara Josephine', more personal than her previous shows, she examines her life as she turns 30, and proclaims her love for Radio 3.
The theatre artist Olwen Fouéré has created the one-woman show 'riverrun', in which she tackles that great 'unread' book, Finnegans Wake, and becomes the voice of the river.
The playwright and poet Liz Lochhead is Scotland's Makar. Alongside Steve Kettley on Tenor Sax, she performs from her Edinburgh show 'Somethings Old, Somethings New'.
In their live performances, Frisky and Mannish have taken us through school, college and to the Job Centre using pop music. Now, in 'Just Too Much', they examine the pop-culture meltdown.
Josie Long has been performing stand-up at Edinburgh since winning the Best Newcomer award for her debut show in 2006. For her debut appearance on Radio 3, Josie performs an extract from her 2014 Edinburgh Hour ‘Cara Josephine’, where, appropriately enough, she exclaims her love for Radio 3.
Liz Lochhead is Scotland’s ‘Maker’, and at the festival this year she’s been performing ‘Something’s Old, Something’s New’, a retrospective of her work, with some new poems thrown in for good measure. Liz performs one of her new pieces, ‘In Praise of Old Vinyl’, accompanied by Steve Kettley on saxophone.
Olwen Fouere is a writer and performer. Long fascinated by the dramatic possibilities of James Joyce’s notoriously difficult book ‘Finnegans Wake’, she has adapted the book into ‘riverrun’, a one-woman show focusing on the voice of the river. Olwen explains her approach to the book, and why we shouldn’t be scared of the language Joyce uses.
Frisky and Mannish
Frisky and Mannish have been exploring the pop landscape in shows like ‘School of Pop’ and ‘Pop Centre Plus’. Their latest show is ‘Just Too Much’, an examination of the pop meltdown. Rarely changing the lyrics of the songs they perform, we get a masterclass in how they use performance to show us what pop lyrics really mean.