War of words breaks out between Underbelly and union organiser over employment conditions of Fringe staff
Fair Fringe representative challenges one of the festival’s biggest employers to commit to the real Living Wage
UNDERBELLY, one of the biggest venue operators and events promoters at the Edinburgh Fringe, have strongly denied accusations of unfair employment conditions made by Unite Scotland hospitality organiser Bryan Simpson on behalf of the Fair Fringe campaign, who defended his criticisms of the company.
Exclusive: Underpaid, overworked and kept ignorant of their rights: the exploitation of Edinburgh Fringe workers – and the fight against it
As the Fair Fringe campaign releases a damning report on the working conditions of Edinburgh festival employees, a source within a major Fringe venue reveals to CommonSpace that management are instructed not to reveal their workers are underpaid
Edinburgh Fair Fringe Campaign: New code of practice “does little” to ensure improved pay & conditions
New guidelines from Edinburgh City Council criticised as voluntary and tied to a “fake” Living Wage
A NEW SET OF GUIDELINES for employers and venues participating in the Edinburgh festival season have been criticised by a representative of the Fair Fringe campaign for its voluntary nature, its lack of detail over how it would be enforced and its commitment to an insufficient Living Wage.
"If I walk out there, I've got something to say": CommonSpace talks to comedian Barry Crimmins
The legendary radical American comedian talks Trump, Russia, Central America and leftwing organising in the wake of Charlottesville
IT’S RARE to find a veteran comedian with no prior experience at the Edinburgh Fringe, much less one of Barry Crimmin’s reputation. Nevertheless, this year marks the Fringe debut of the legendary American comic, who mentored figures such as Louis CK, Steven Wright and Bobcat Golthwaite.
A clear and uncompromising take on Europe's refugee crisis
Theatre critic Tara Fitzpatrick reviews The Sky is Safe, Dogstar Theatre Company, Summerhall’s main stage, 4– 27 August (then touring Scotland)
THE Sky is Safe, Dogstar Theatre Company’s fifth Edinburgh Fringe show, is a play with a clear and uncompromising take on the misery and injustice of Europe’s Refugee Crisis.
Award-winning production explores the inner conflict inside the head of women
Theatre critic Tara Fitzpatrick reviews Mouthpiece, Canada Hub at Summerhall, Quote Unquote Collective, 3rd – 27th August
“NO one wants to see a woman get angry.” This is the lightbulb moment in Mouthpiece, the UK premiere of Quote Unquote Collective’s award winning piece exploring the inner conflict inside the head of women.
"Scottish culture is more politicized now than it's ever been": Alan Bissett Q & A ahead of Fringe show
Scottish playwright, novelist and performer Alan Bissett speaks to CommonSpace about art, the importance of Scots, politics, and culture in a post referendum Scotland
THE Falkirk born English teacher turned playwright, novelist and performer has published several books, many of which are written in Scots.