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Establishing a national theatre, Comedy about mental health, Edinburgh flyering tips

August 17th, 2015

Episode 977 of 1300 episodes

In a devolved Britain, how many national theatres do we need? John McGrath of the National Theatre of Wales and Laurie Sansom of the National Theatre of Scotland discuss the pros and cons of running theatres without buildings. Many shows at the Edinburgh Festivals this year are tackling issues of mental health. Performers Bryony Kimmings, Tim Grayburn and Brigitte Aphrodite discuss how to turn this challenging and sometimes taboo subject matter into entertainment. Every year thousands of performers attempt to sell their Edinburgh shows by flyering on the Royal Mile. One theatre group, at the festival for the first time with their show, UKIP The Musical, give Kirsty a lesson in flyering at the Edinburgh Fringe. And award winning beat boxer and rapper Testament talks about why he's devised a show based on the poetry of William Blake.