If you were at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018, you might have come across a show called 'A Good Service On All Other Lines', a mixture of storytelling, music and comedy that won many fans.

When we heard that the show had been turned into a five part podcast -slightly altered for a more audio-tailored experience - we thought that's just the kind of thing our readers will be interested in during our current, shut-in times.

To find out more about the podcast, the original show, and the talented people behind it, I spoke to creators David Head and Matt Glover.

CLICK HERE to read this Caro Meets interview.

You can listen to 'A Good Service On All Other Lines' on Acast, Apple Podcasts and Spotify - and most other podcast apps.
With London's venues in temporary shutdown as efforts continue to restrict and delay the spread of COVID-19, for the next few weeks we'll be putting the spotlight on great comedy, theatre and other Fringe-style entertainment that is available online - both streaming live and on-demand.


Bubble by Kieran Hurley
I'm pretty sure many of our readers are big fans of the work of Kieran Hurley, so you'll no doubt be delighted to hear that you're able to view online his piece 'Bubble'. It's a topical play about identity politics, performed by actors from eight European countries who have never met. You've got a wee while to see it, as it's available until 23 Apr. Click this link here.

Going Viral by Daniel Bye
This one has a rather topical title and, in fact, rather topical themes, because this isn't about creating a very successful internet meme. It won oodles of praise when it was on up at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe back in 2015 and our own reviewer gave it full marks. It's one of a number of shows available to view via the rather good Live Stream Archive and you can find it here.

Barn Theatre: Henry V (pictured)
A few nights ago Cirencester's Barn Theatre streamed a recording of their recent production of 'Henry V', directed by Hal Chambers, and yes, you can still go and watch it if you're up for enjoying some critically acclaimed Shakespeare. You can watch it on YouTube here; things start to happen about eight minutes into the stream.


Home Tasking
If you're a fan of 'Taskmaster', this may appeal. Or even if you're not, frankly, because it's handily giving out tasks to keep you occupied, and let's face it, unless you are a key worker, you probably need this. As this preamble may have made obvious, Alex Horne has been dishing out tasks for the general public to have a go at, and Greg Davies, as you might expect, has been judging. Not sure how long they are planning to go on for, but see this introductory video here and follow the #hometasking hashtag on Twitter.

Breach Theatre: It's True, It's True, It's True (pictured)
Breach Theatre's highly acclaimed show about highly skilled baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi - and the months long trial that followed her rape and subsequent abandonment by fellow artist Agostino Tassi - was another edfringe hit, and was due to be staged from 31 Mar at Barbican. You won't any longer be able to see the show there, but you will be able to see it on YouTube for thirty days from 31 Mar instead. See the trailer here.

Hoopla Improv online drop-ins
If you are the type of person that goes to things like improv workshops and actually joins in - because you are a) potentially good at that kind of thing and b) not terrified of improvising - then here's a thing you might be able to do to fill an evening. I won't, because I'm shy, but you could take part in one of Hoopla's sessions being held via Zoom. See this link here for info and to book your place.


Gigglemug Theatre: Timpson The Musical
If you enjoy a musical, some comedy, musical comedy, or even a comedy musical, here's a great option for you: a musical (yes indeed) replete with amusing themes and the sort of corny gags you are surely all crying out for in these trying times. This one won many fans when it was on at the old Edinburgh Festival Fringe back in 2018, and now, for your convenience, you can see the show online. Head right this way to get watching.

Carl Hutchinson: I Know I Shouldn't Behave Like This
We do love Carl Hutchinson - and our reviewers have said loads of great things about him in the past. Things like "instantly likeable", "effortlessly hilarious", "captivates the audience" and "one Carl Hutchinson show is not enough for me". View this live show on YouTube right about here.

Eleanor Morton: Lollipop
When we saw Eleanor Morton's show 'Lollipop' up at the edfringe quite a long time ago (I believe it was 2014) we really did love it. And you know, it occurred to me that, because it was a long time ago, many of you may not have had the chance to see it. But you can see it now, courtesy of NextUp Comedy, if you have a subscription. And if you don't have a subscription, I feel very strongly that right now might be a good time to get one. See the website here.
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