Keep it south for the second week of the Fringe

Nancy Clench is making her way to the Southside Fringe
Nancy Clench is making her way to the Southside Fringe

It’s onwards and upwards for our very own arts festival as we enter the second week of the Southside Fringe.

The Fringe launched last Friday and has been running riot across the southside — but fear not, because the fun isn’t over until May 25.

Today’s line up includes another Pop-Up Politics session, on Women and the Referendum — an informal coffee morning with representatives from both sides of the big debate.

There’s music galore from Iain Hill and Laura Whelan at Heraghty’s, The Optimystics and Fly By Nights at the Queens Park Cafe and the Fringe’s own Crawford Smith heading a special Southside Sessions at Sweeney’s On The Park.

Tomorrow’s highlight has to be the monster mash taking place at The Shed, as ghouls, goblins and creatures great and gruesome descend for the Monster-A-GoGo prom — a burlesque and variety show with a twisted...er, twist.

Saturday sees the country’s best (or is that most willing?) comedians engage in a rap battle, and on Sunday, audiences can get up close and personal at I-Happy-I-Good.

There’s more to come as the week goes on including Southside Songwriters Club (Tuesday), Poetry Royal Rumble (Thursday), as well as one of Scotland’s big drag acts, appearing ahead of her date with the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe.

Nancy Clench’s offering is Southside Style — part of an established repertoire created by Pollokshields’ own Nathan Sparling. The show includes some of the country’s top comedians, including Susan McCabe and Stu Who — and as Nancy herself says: “Expect risque comedy and a lot of audience interaction!”

More info is available at southsidefringe.org.uk — and as ever, we’ll see you on the Fringe.