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THE SKINNY: August 2018

Comedians on OCD and Attention Defecit Disorder, Sex and Toxic Masculinity, The NHS at 70, Michael Pedersen, Akala, Anna Meredith, Pussy Riot, Since Yesterday, Rabiya Choudhry, Crystal Moselle, Helena Hauff and more...

THE SKINNY SCOTLAND ISSUE 155

Welcome to August, and to the joint-largest issue of The Skinny we’ve ever produced. It’s so jam-packed with stuff that we’ll cut the preamble and just get straight to what’s inside, not least because the volcanic temperatures of this heatwave mean time is very much of the essence.

First up, those lovely Edinburgh festivals. Our Comedy editor has wrangled an enormous cast of interviewees to essentially map out the entire life cycle in laugh form – babies of the bunch Christopher Macarthur-Boyd, Rosco McClelland and Maisie Adam discuss their debut shows, and two trios of comedians talk through the trials and tribulations of Attention Deficit Disorder (Edd Hedges, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Ross Brierley) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Jordan Brookes, Rachel Fairburn and Catherine Bohart). Jack Barry, Brett Goldstein and Norris & Parker talk sex; Marjolein Robertson and Olga Koch share the importance of place to their comedy; we chat character with Beth Vyse, Ada Campe and Enter the Dragons; the changing face of masculinity is tackled by Stephen Bailey, David Correos, Mawaan Rizwan and Joe Sutherland; Paul Sinha and Simon Munnery get reflective; and there’s some true veteran experience from John Hegley, Arnold Brown and John Dowie.

On the other hand, Theatre’s take on the Fringe programme is totes topical. The NHS is 70, so there’s a guide to this year’s health-related shows, and there’s also a look at theatre around #MeToo and the 100th anniversary of votes for (some) women. We've guides to multimedia and immersive theatre, plus a chat with the defunded then re-funded Birds of Paradise. There is also a glossary of theatrical terms (be confused by the difference between ‘devised’ and ‘verbatim’ no longer!) and a look at which Fringe venues have the best toilets; rejected headlines include Pans Labyrinth and Loos Yourself.

The Edinburgh Art Festival once again celebrates the best of new Scottish art in its Platform strand; our Art editor catches up with this year’s quartet, finding a cohort of exciting boundary-pushing, experimental artists. We also chat to Rabiya Choudhry – the Edinburgh-based artist’s flag flies above the Rhubaba gallery this month (that’s not a metaphor by the way, it’s an actual flag), and she talks us through a busy few months of work and exhibitions across Scotland. She also ponders whether it’s better to be an artist or get a job in Lidl; just something to think about when you hit the wall mid-August.

Books takes a dive into the Edinburgh Book Festival programme – we talk to Nikesh Shukla and Claire Askew about their new novels, discuss the impact of letting someone other than A Man organise an archive with Nicola Streeten, and catch up with linguistic polymath Akala ahead of his Skinny-sponsored event at this year’s Book Fest. We also talk to Michael Pedersen about his night celebrating the memory of his not-to-be-forgotten pal Scott Hutchison.

Music-wise, we dial in with Russian punk activists and World Cup disruptors du jour Pussy Riot, while Carla J. Easton discusses Since Yesterday, her celebration of the unsung female heroes of Scottish pop at EIF. Gruff Rhys chats about his residency at the Pleasance (he’s bringing a PowerPoint), and Anna Meredith takes time out of her jam-packed schedule across all of Edinburgh’s festivals to pull us up for getting her job title wrong. It’s a fair cop, we’ll come quietly.

So that’s the front half. After the midway point, we chat to Interpol about returning to former glories on new album Marauder, and Sarah Beth Tomberlin talks us through her sparse, sheltered debut album At Weddings. Kathryn Joseph gives us the heads-up on her new record for Mogwai’s Rock Action label, and Helena ‘The Most Exciting DJ in the World’ Hauff reveals an unexpected affinity with the thrill-a-minute town of Leicester.

In film, we talk to Paweł Pawlikowski and Marcelo Martinessi about their festival hits Cold War and The Heiresses, Brett Haley combats Trump-era rage with a guitar-playing Nick Offerman in the lovely Hearts Beat Loud, and Eye Haïdara reveals that impromptu parties were key to the creation of French wedding comedy C’est la Vie!

Our new Intersections editor tackles the idea of the male genius (it’s bad), and speaks to just a few of the immigrants and non-UK nationals who keep the Health Service ticking over (they’re good), while Local Heroes fill us in on their Made In Glasgow exhibition of top-notch design. And if you aren’t all festivaled out, there are more of the buggers back here as well. Crystal Moselle introduces her new film Skate Kitchen ahead of its screening at Glasgow Youth Film Festival, and Art talks to Robbie Thomson and Louise Harris as Sonica makes a brief return this month to fill the Clyde Tunnel with BRIGHT LIGHTS. We look at the discussion and debate in store at Beyond Borders, and we chat to Bristol punks IDLES about the audacity of positivity and their all-action live shows ahead of their slot at Electric Fields.

So yeah, it’s a busy one. So busy, in fact, that I haven’t had a chance to introduce myself as Ros’ maternity cover, but never mind. As you can see, there’s plenty of stuff for us all to be getting on with. [Peter Simpson]

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