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Pleasance Bytes is a series of in-depth interviews with the greats from the Pleasance stage and beyond. Mark Fisher is our host and uses his vast experience to delve deep into the minds of his guests. Subscribe to automatically download each episode as it is published.

Latest Episodes

Tape Face - Pleasance Bytes

Pleasance Bytes is brought to you in association with Spotlight Sam Wills, AKA Tape Face joins journalist Mark Fisher in the last of the 2017 series of Pleasance Bytes. It's a fascinating chat, covering Sam's master plan for success from street performing to Coast to Coast coverage on television in the USA. Characterisation, confidence and clowning are all key to Tape Face's success, but it still takes a little something special to be as successful as Sam has (and plans) to become.

53 MIN2017 AUG 25
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Tape Face - Pleasance Bytes

Ad Infinitum - Pleasance Bytes

Pleasance Bytes is brought to you in association with Spotlight. Mark Fisher is joined by director Nir Paldi and performerGeorge Mann, as they discuss their current production 'Odyssey'. @TheatreAdInf http://www.spotlight.com https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/odyssey-0#overviewPassionate, highly physical and poignan

47 MIN2017 AUG 16
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Ad Infinitum - Pleasance Bytes

Gecko Physical Theatre - Pleasance Bytes

Created by Gecko's associate director Rich Rusk and devising performer Chris Evans The Dreamer is an international collaboration between Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Gecko, created as part of British Council's 2016 Shakespeare Lives programme. Journalist Mark Fisher talks to the creators in our annual Pleasance Bytes series at the Pleasance Courtyard during the Edinburgh Fringe. Pleasance Bytes is brought to you in association with Spotlight

57 MIN2017 AUG 10
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Gecko Physical Theatre - Pleasance Bytes

Joe Sellman-Leava with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

EThis week's podcast features Joe Sellman-Leava in conversation with Mark Fisher. The theatre writer and performer shares his experiences that have formed his opinions and questions that are challenged in his production Labels. He looks at his years at the Fringe and answers astute questions from the live audience. Mark Fisher is a freelance journalist and critic living in Scotland and specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications he writes for include The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Herald and The Scotsman.

54 MIN2016 AUG 28
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Joe Sellman-Leava with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

Annette O'Toole with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

EThis week's podcast features the highly accomplished Annette O'Toole, currently starring in 'Hamlet in Bed' at the Pleasance Courtyard. In this extended interview with Mark Fisher, reveals her motivations behind her choice of roles and her disassociation from the fame game. Herself a lifelong Superman fanatic, she details her experiences with Christopher Reeves during the filming of Superman III and the continuation of that universe in her role in Smallville years later. Mark Fisher is a freelance journalist and critic living in Scotland and specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications he writes for include The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Herald and The Scotsman.

53 MIN2016 AUG 22
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Annette O'Toole with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

Nick Mohammed with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

EMr Swallow is the creation of actor, comedian and magician Nick Mohammed is the subject of this week's Pleasance Bytes. He talks to Mark Fisher about his childhood fascination with magic, and how that has led him to the writing and production of Mr Swallow: Houdini, a show that is getting five star reviews at the Pleasance in 2016.

52 MIN2016 AUG 15
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Nick Mohammed with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

Rula Lenska with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

ERula Lenska has a career spanning thirty years, and comes to the Pleasance with a glint in her eye as she stars in EuroBeat - a "gentle spoof" of Eurovision as she puts it. This in depth interview discovers how her family escaped tragedy in Europe during the war, how she was held captive in a mediterranean socialite playground, and why she's spent so much of her own time in conservation and animal rights awareness. Mark Fisher is a freelance journalist and critic living in Scotland and specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications he writes for include The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Herald and The Scotsman.

55 MIN2016 AUG 8
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Rula Lenska with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

Stephen Tobolowsky - Pleasance Bytes

Star of Groundhog Day, Californication, Memento and almost 200 other films and shows joins Mark Fisher for an informal retrospective on his career, whilst looking forward to a week of the Tobolowsky Files, where for the first time Stephen performs his celebrated personal stories on stage. Get your tickets at pleasance.co.uk/

59 MIN2015 AUG 23
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Stephen Tobolowsky - Pleasance Bytes

Patrick Ryecart with Mark Fisher on Pleasance Bytes

EThe English actor Patrick Ryecart joins Mark Fisher in this weeks edition of Pleasance Bytes. Patrick's first play, When Blair Had Bush and Bunga, is on at the Pleasance throughout the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and he regales us with tales of the highly expensive lawyers required to put on such a show, ambitions beyond the fringe and his role as both writer and director. Patrick also shares experiences from his time as an actor, and chats about an exciting forthcoming film project.

53 MIN2015 AUG 20
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Patrick Ryecart with Mark Fisher on Pleasance Bytes

John Hannah with Mark Fisher on Pleasance Bytes

In this podcast, host Mark Fisher talks to Scottish film and television actor John Hannah at the Pleasance Courtyard in Edinburgh. John shares experiences from his career, gives insight into both the film and theatre industry, and answers questions from the audience.

55 MIN2015 AUG 20
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John Hannah with Mark Fisher on Pleasance Bytes

Latest Episodes

Tape Face - Pleasance Bytes

Pleasance Bytes is brought to you in association with Spotlight Sam Wills, AKA Tape Face joins journalist Mark Fisher in the last of the 2017 series of Pleasance Bytes. It's a fascinating chat, covering Sam's master plan for success from street performing to Coast to Coast coverage on television in the USA. Characterisation, confidence and clowning are all key to Tape Face's success, but it still takes a little something special to be as successful as Sam has (and plans) to become.

53 MIN2017 AUG 25
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Tape Face - Pleasance Bytes

Ad Infinitum - Pleasance Bytes

Pleasance Bytes is brought to you in association with Spotlight. Mark Fisher is joined by director Nir Paldi and performerGeorge Mann, as they discuss their current production 'Odyssey'. @TheatreAdInf http://www.spotlight.com https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/odyssey-0#overviewPassionate, highly physical and poignan

47 MIN2017 AUG 16
Comments
Ad Infinitum - Pleasance Bytes

Gecko Physical Theatre - Pleasance Bytes

Created by Gecko's associate director Rich Rusk and devising performer Chris Evans The Dreamer is an international collaboration between Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Gecko, created as part of British Council's 2016 Shakespeare Lives programme. Journalist Mark Fisher talks to the creators in our annual Pleasance Bytes series at the Pleasance Courtyard during the Edinburgh Fringe. Pleasance Bytes is brought to you in association with Spotlight

57 MIN2017 AUG 10
Comments
Gecko Physical Theatre - Pleasance Bytes

Joe Sellman-Leava with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

EThis week's podcast features Joe Sellman-Leava in conversation with Mark Fisher. The theatre writer and performer shares his experiences that have formed his opinions and questions that are challenged in his production Labels. He looks at his years at the Fringe and answers astute questions from the live audience. Mark Fisher is a freelance journalist and critic living in Scotland and specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications he writes for include The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Herald and The Scotsman.

54 MIN2016 AUG 28
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Joe Sellman-Leava with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

Annette O'Toole with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

EThis week's podcast features the highly accomplished Annette O'Toole, currently starring in 'Hamlet in Bed' at the Pleasance Courtyard. In this extended interview with Mark Fisher, reveals her motivations behind her choice of roles and her disassociation from the fame game. Herself a lifelong Superman fanatic, she details her experiences with Christopher Reeves during the filming of Superman III and the continuation of that universe in her role in Smallville years later. Mark Fisher is a freelance journalist and critic living in Scotland and specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications he writes for include The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Herald and The Scotsman.

53 MIN2016 AUG 22
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Annette O'Toole with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

Nick Mohammed with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

EMr Swallow is the creation of actor, comedian and magician Nick Mohammed is the subject of this week's Pleasance Bytes. He talks to Mark Fisher about his childhood fascination with magic, and how that has led him to the writing and production of Mr Swallow: Houdini, a show that is getting five star reviews at the Pleasance in 2016.

52 MIN2016 AUG 15
Comments
Nick Mohammed with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

Rula Lenska with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

ERula Lenska has a career spanning thirty years, and comes to the Pleasance with a glint in her eye as she stars in EuroBeat - a "gentle spoof" of Eurovision as she puts it. This in depth interview discovers how her family escaped tragedy in Europe during the war, how she was held captive in a mediterranean socialite playground, and why she's spent so much of her own time in conservation and animal rights awareness. Mark Fisher is a freelance journalist and critic living in Scotland and specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications he writes for include The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Herald and The Scotsman.

55 MIN2016 AUG 8
Comments
Rula Lenska with Mark Fisher - Pleasance Bytes

Stephen Tobolowsky - Pleasance Bytes

Star of Groundhog Day, Californication, Memento and almost 200 other films and shows joins Mark Fisher for an informal retrospective on his career, whilst looking forward to a week of the Tobolowsky Files, where for the first time Stephen performs his celebrated personal stories on stage. Get your tickets at pleasance.co.uk/

59 MIN2015 AUG 23
Comments
Stephen Tobolowsky - Pleasance Bytes

Patrick Ryecart with Mark Fisher on Pleasance Bytes

EThe English actor Patrick Ryecart joins Mark Fisher in this weeks edition of Pleasance Bytes. Patrick's first play, When Blair Had Bush and Bunga, is on at the Pleasance throughout the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and he regales us with tales of the highly expensive lawyers required to put on such a show, ambitions beyond the fringe and his role as both writer and director. Patrick also shares experiences from his time as an actor, and chats about an exciting forthcoming film project.

53 MIN2015 AUG 20
Comments
Patrick Ryecart with Mark Fisher on Pleasance Bytes

John Hannah with Mark Fisher on Pleasance Bytes

In this podcast, host Mark Fisher talks to Scottish film and television actor John Hannah at the Pleasance Courtyard in Edinburgh. John shares experiences from his career, gives insight into both the film and theatre industry, and answers questions from the audience.

55 MIN2015 AUG 20
Comments
John Hannah with Mark Fisher on Pleasance Bytes