Hello one and all! And here we go again with another Edinburgh Festival! Things have been quietly getting going since the weekend, with the first big set of preview shows kicking off yesterday, before the official launch of this year's Fringe and International Festival tomorrow. It's all getting very busy indeed!

For those of you in or heading to the Festival City, make sure you pick up a copy of our preview guide, which is in all the key venues right now. It is packed full of interviews and columns, plus all of my Three To See tips for 2016.

And don't forget, the TW Daily is now arriving in inboxes every afternoon. If you are only signed up to the TW Weekly bulletin, but would like the Edinburgh-specific daily updates throughout August too, then click here to get signed up. Though you will find today's helping of Edinburgh Fringe interviews and columns right here in this very email!

Our Edinburgh Festival reviewers are also out and about right now taking in shows. We will start publishing reviews in the TW Daily next Tuesday, and in our weekly magazine from next Wednesday.

If you have a show at the Fringe, you can tell my colleagues all about it at the Meet The Media event this coming Saturday.

Plus, why not check out our very special advertising offers to get your show in front of thousands of ticket buyers as they are making their show-going decisions? You will find special offers on digital ads in this bulletin, plus look out for an email from Sam tomorrow with some very special last minute offers for our week one magazine.

But what about everyone back there in London? Well, we continue to tip three shows every day for Londoners throughout August, and you can find all this week's recommendations in this TW Weekly. Enjoy!

Caro Moses
Editor, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh and ThisWeek London
Meet Mikey, an aartist from New Zealand who wants to take you on a journey into the world of AART. Plasticine will almost certainly be involved.

Comedy performer Andrew Bridge brings both Mikey and 'AART' back the the Fringe this month, having presented the show as a 'work in progress' during last year's Edinburgh Festival.

We caught up with Andrew to find out more about the show, his Festival plans, and why Fringe comedy fans should be searching for their inner aartist. Read the interview here.

'AART' is on at Pleasance Courtyard until 28 Aug.

I think it's fair to say that Flabbergast Theatre have wowed Team ThreeWeeks at recent festivals with their brilliant 'Boris & Sergey' shows, in which the titular puppets cause plenty of mayhem.

The shows arguably push the boundaries of what puppetry can be, which is very much the aim of the company, as Flabberghast's Henry Maynard explains in this exclusive column here.

'Boris & Sergey's Preposterous Improvisation Experiment' is on at the Assembly George Square Theatre Omnitorium until 28 Aug.
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Allegro | Southwark Playhouse | 5 Aug-10 Sep
This nearly-seventy year old hit from Rodgers and Hammerstein has waited all this time to get its European premiere, despite the fact that back in 1947 The New York Times called it "A work of great beauty and purity". It's the story of an average Joe from a midwestern town on a journey of self-discovery. For more info, see this page here.

Transmission | Jackson's Lane | various dates
Jackson's Lane's Transmission strand is back for a fourth year of circus residencies from international companies, during which performers from all over the world develop new work and test ideas, then share the results. The first showing is today, and they go on until early September, see the venue website here for more info.

And The Ugly | Camden People's Theatre | 5-7 Aug (pictured)
This one is part of the previously mentioned and definitely brilliant Camden Fringe, and appears to a be a piece that falls somewhere between dance and theatre, as a duo of performers experiment with storytelling and movement. Two women come together to discuss the important elements of everyday life, and explore themes of love and loss, friendship and mental health. Head this way for details.


A David Greig Double Bill | Jermyn Street Theatre | 2-13 Aug
Well, you can't go wrong with prolific, acclaimed playwright David Greig, can you? And it's not just the one piece, you get two plays in return for leaving the house and heading over to Jermyn Street. The first is 'Kyoto', which has, as you might expect, a UN/political backdrop, and the second is 'Letters Of Last Resort', which you might have come across whilst listening to BBC Radio 4... See the venue website here for details.

Respect Existence Or Expect Resistance | Cockpit Theatre | 6 Aug (pictured)
This is our latest pick from the Camden Fringe, and it's a presentation which will address resource colonisation, including uranium and coal mining, and the protection of sacred places, brought to you by Klee Benally, a Diné (Navajo) musician, traditional dancer, filmmaker and Indigenous anarchist engaged in a fight to retain a liveable and healthy world. See the venue website here.

Jay Foreman - Family Comedy #3 | Dalston Square | 6 Aug
This is one of four events - organised by Arcola Theatre and taking place in Dalston Square - featuring open air family friendly comedy over the course of the summer. I picked this one because I love Jay Foreman and so does my eight year old daughter: two years after seeing him perform a collection of often mildly gruesome and always hilarious songs, I still hear her singing them when she's on her own in her room. More info here.


Bec Hill - Bec Isn't Doing A Show This Year| Phoenix Fringe | 7 Aug
Hurrah! It's Phoenix Fringe, which is great news for those of you who can't go to that other Fringe, up there up north. The title is a bit misleading I suppose, because here she is, performing a show, but it's only once, and it's a work-in-progress for 2017. Don't be put off by that, she'd be brilliantly entertaining if she stood there and read the phone book. One of our all-time faves. See this page here for info.

Dave Hill - The Trouble With Harry | Aces & Eights | 1-7 Aug
Hurrah, and of course it's also Camden Fringe, which is more great news for the myriad people out there who don't care what's going on in the Scottish capital this month. And today's pick (which I stupidly got mixed up about and am recommending on its last night) from their sumptuous cultural spread is the very excellent Dave Hill, whose CV reads like a list of credits on US TV, radio and other media, because it is a list of credits on US TV, radio and other media. Head this way for details.

Tom Goodliffe Is Full Of Beans | Camden Comedy Club | 7 + 28 Aug
Oh, no, I accidentally picked yet another thing from Camden Fringe. And worse, it's the aforetipped Bec Hill's performance partner in kid-show crime Tom Goodliffe. But you know, it's not my fault if Camden Fringe and Phoenix Fringe are conspiring to put on all the best stuff in London this month. Anyway, Mr Goodliffe is a highly talented and delightful stage presence, and you won't regret seeing this show, which is about coffee. Yes, coffee. Who doesn't like coffee? All you need to know is right about here.


I Relate To The Sparrow | Cecil Sharp House | 8-11 Aug
Aaaaand back to Camden Fringe, for yet another very promising looking show: a funny song cycle about birds by Susannah Pearse, which features the very fabulous Margaret Cabourn-Smith and is directed by Lottee Wakeham. Definitely one for twitchers, birders and other bird-friendly humans, but I reckon the rest of you would get a lot out of it too. See this page here for all the info.

How We Think We Think | King's Head Theatre | 8-13 Aug
Some intriguing looking new writing over at King's Head theatre, with an interesting title which was very much the thing that drew me in... "When Tom witnesses the suicide of a stranger he has had a chance encounter with on the London Underground, he makes it his mission to understand why the events unfolded as they did. He tears apart his own world view while trying to piece together the life and mind of a man he will never know." Have you been drawn in, too? See the venue website here.

Aunty Donna - New Show | Soho Theatre | 8-13 Aug (pictured)
This acclaimed sketch outfit head to Soho Theatre for what might be regarded as something of an Edinburgh preview, before they head north to somewhat controversially start a run about half way through edfringe. Yes, okay, it's not so very controversial, I'm just easily shocked. Anyway, head this way for some seriously hilarious and even "high-octane" fun.


The Fall | Finborough Theatre | 9-13 Aug
This is the first of three productions taking place at the Finborough Theatre this month by National Youth Theatre, and this one's from award-nominated playwright James Fritz, and promises to be a funny, moving and candid look at young people's relationships with the old that explores the scary process of ageing in a country undergoing a crisis of care. See the venue website here for more info on this and the other two upcoming shows.

The Lamellar Project | Arcola Theatre | 9-13 Aug
"Science fiction meets eco-activism in a gripping story of love and betrayal" apparently, which had me very much intrigued, I must confess, along with the discovery that this story is told via film, theatre and a live video link to the USA. This piece explores climate change and other problems which might potentially tear things apart. See this page here for more info.

Andrew Ashong | Battersea Arts Centre | 9 Aug (pictured)
Borderless is a live music series which "brings the festival feel to your doorstep" with artists from the UK as well as international musicians taking part. The first event from the strand to catch my eye was this one, courtesy Ghanaian-British artist Andrew Ashong, winner of track of the year at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards in 2013, but there are loads of great acts appearing, so have a look at them all. See this page here for details.


Luke Toulson | Phoenix Fringe | 10 Aug
Yay, back over to the Phoenix Fringe for some quality comedy from the very lovely Luke Toulson, who, I must confess, I last saw on stage at Comedy Club 4 Kids. But you know, he was great then, and he will also be great on 10 Aug when he performs 'Grandpa, Hitler and Aunty Sue', which is based on 200 letters his grandfather wrote to his grandmother during World War II. See this page here for all the info.

Scenes From The End | Camden People's Theatre | 10-11 Aug (pictured)
Camden Fringe, again, folks, and this time we are heading for Camden People's Theatre for this one woman opera about grief performed by soprano Héloïse Werner. I think this sounds like an amazing and theatrical performance which promises historic, comical and tragic content. See the venue website here for details.

Children Of Eden | Union Theatre | 10 Aug-10 Sep
This musical is basically about all the parent-types out there. Funny and heartfelt, it explores just what it means to be the owner of a small human. "When we bring our children into the world, all we want is to protect and cherish them. When they then begin to grow up, paradise is never quite as perfect again. The hardest part of love letting go." Amen to that. Head this way for more information.


Nick Doody | Phoenix Fringe | 11 Aug (pictured)
"Nick Doody wasn't going to do an Edinburgh show this year because there wasn't anything to talk about. This work in progress is an admission that he was very wrong..." He's one of my absolute favourite comedians, so I am pretty glad he was very wrong, and I feel incredibly confident about recommending this work in progress. A class act. See this page here for info.

Therese Raquin | Southwark Playhouse | 11 Aug-3 Sep
This is a new staging of  Émile Zola's extremely sensational-for-the-times Thérèse Raquin, in which the protagonist, trapped in a sexless marriage, has an affair with her husband's friend, an act which leads to what's been described in this particular blurb as a "horrifying conclusion". Yikes. Take a look at the venue website here to find out more.

The Burnt Part Boys | Park Theatre | 10 Aug-3 Sep
It's a European premiere for this musical centred on tragic events: 'The Burnt Part Boys' depicts a group of teenagers living through the aftermath of a mining accident that claimed the lives of their fathers, and it sounds as though despite the slightly grim subject matter, it manages to be a heart-warming coming of age adventure. For info and booking, follow this link here.
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