It’s been a busy old time at the Wee Review these last few months. We’ve had a few things in the pipeline for a while and as a result, we are pleased to announce three exciting pieces of news.

You’re looking at the first one. We’ve given the site a visual revamp. Among other things, we’ve made it more mobile-friendly, we’ve made the images bigger and bolder, we’ve made content easier to find. It’s all part of our ongoing plans to improve the visitor experience and we’ll be making additions to it over the coming months.

The second news is even more exciting – for this year’s Fringe, we are joining forces with Fringe Guru, one of the other leading voices on the UK Fringe scene and a site we’ve long admired for their thorough and thoughtful approach to reviewing. You can read the full announcement here. In short, we are combining our skills and expertise into one team of over 50 writers with Fringe Guru’s Richard Stamp taking up a role as our new Editor-at-Large. The move means we can bring you more in-depth Fringe coverage than ever before. With over 20 years Fringe reviewing experience between the two sites, we’ll be one of the largest, most-experienced reviewing operations at the Fringe.

And that brings us to our third piece of news. As part of our preparations for August, we went straight to the heart of the matter and secured an interview with Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Fringe Society. With ongoing worries over who gets to perform here, how much it costs and where it’s all heading, we asked her to talk us through what the Fringe Society is doing to make the Fringe work for everyone. “This is part of the solution for the city, rather than a problem,” she told us. Read the full interview here.

Exciting times for the site and there’s more to come. We’ll be launching this year’s Fringe microsite very shortly featuring interviews and features with Fringe favourites. We’re also going to be publishing another edition of The Wee Short, the free Fringe magazine we create with our friends at Shortcom. Pick one up at a Fringe venue near you from the end of July.

In the meantime, keep using the site, keep following us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, and keep supporting the arts.