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Learn all about the special guests who attended our garden.  Want to see all the fun you missed?  You can view each interview and special event in our archived collection, please email to purchase a viewing pass.

Past Events  & Chats with Daff

* With a virtual festival pass you can view all past chats and special events at anytime through Aug 27th.  Buy your ticket here.

Chat with Shona McCarthy

Shona McCarthy is the Chief Executive at Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the world's largest arts festival! Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)


Chat with Mark Morris

Mark Morris, “the most successful and influential choreographer alive” (New York Times), founded the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980. His work is acclaimed for its ingenuity, musicality, wit, and humanity. In addition to creating works for his company, he conducts orchestras, directs opera, and choreographs for ballet companies worldwide.

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Chat with Matias Tarnopolsky

Matías Tarnopolsky is the President and Chief Executive Officer of of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Center, Inc.


Chat with Brian Ferguson

Brian Ferguson is an arts journalist who writes news stories, features and opinion columns for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News. He loves all forms of Scottish theater and I'm delighted to show him tortoise theater!   


Chat with Linda Crooks

Linda Crooks is the CEO and Executive Producer of the Traverse Theatre.

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Chat with Paul Higgins

Paul Higgins is a Scottish actor from Lanarkshire, Scotland.  He is best known for appearing in the British television series The Thick of ItUtopia and Line of Duty.


Chat with Rob Bailis

Rob Bailis is the Artistic and Executive Director of Broadstage in Santa Monica, CA (USA)

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Chat with Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is the Programme manager at Tivoli in Copenhagen, Denmark


Chat with Mary Contini

Mary Contini, OBE, second generation Italian is a bestselling author and an avid campaigner for good, home-cooked food. She has a passion for promoting a healthy diet for children. Mary is also a director of world- renowned Italian delicatessen Valvona & Crolla in Edinburgh. 

She is a supporter of Theirworld, global charity calling for the rights of education for every child . ( )

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Chat with Tom Mayhew

Tom Mayhew is a stand-up comedian and writer.  His new show for 2022 - Trash Rich - is currently being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe at The Stand 2​​.

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Chat with Chris Lorway

Chris Lorway is the executive and artistic director of Stanford Live. He was born on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Chris has held leadership positions at Luminato and Roy Thomson and Massey Halls and also consulted globally for major organizations such as Carnegie Hall, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the San Francisco Opera. In his current role at Stanford, he oversees over 150 performances and events a season and continues to commission and develop new works.


Chat with Don Roth

Don Roth is the Executive Director at Mondavi Center in Davis, CA.


Chat with John Luckacovic and Eleanor Oldham

John and Eleanor founded 2Luck Concepts in 2001 and are North American Representative for three shows at this year's EIF. Apart from being partners in 2Luck, they have also been married for 23yrs (all Mr Mushalla's fault). John is a New Yorker and Eleanor was born in Leith, Edinburgh.

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Chat with Tom Creed

Tom Creed is a theatre and opera director based in Dublin. He was recently appointed by Minister Catherine Martin to the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland


Chat with Allen Moon

Allen Moon is the Director of Touring & Artist Management of David Lieberman Artists' Representatives.


Chat with John Stalker

John Stalker created Music & Lyrics Ltd. in 2011, alongside forming his own theatre production company – John Stalker Productions. His move into executive producing came after a 29-year career leading major UK theatres, which include: The Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster, Liverpool Playhouse, Birmingham Rep and Edinburgh’s King’s and Festival Theatres. West Midlands, England.


Chat with David Baile

David Baile is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) based in New York. A Canadian, David worked in the arts in Toronto for 20 years prior to joining ISPA in 2007. His career has included senior management positions in contemporary dance, theatre and music – most recently as the General Manager of Opera Atelier.


Chat with Wils Wilson

Wils is a theatre maker and director whose varied work often has at its heart an interest in and exploration of the relationship between audience and performer, space, story and experience.  She is currently the co-creator and director of "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart" currently playing in Fringe 2022.

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Chat with Neil Murray

Neil Murray is a Cultural leader, with more than thirty years experience, at the highest levels in theatre, particularly, in Scotland, Ireland and England. Produced theatre work at all levels, from rural touring to West End and Broadway.

Currently, based in Glasgow, working as a freelance producer and consultant.​​


Chat with Sofie Miller

Sofie Miller is no stranger to the Fringe and performed Meet Astrid Lindgren’s "Pippi Longstocking" in Edinburgh Fringe 2021.  In 2019 Sofie wrote and performed in her debut solo spoken word play ‘Never Stop Loving You’ at Edinburgh Free Fringe.  She studied screenwriting at The New York Film Academy and has written two full length screenplays. ​​

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Chat with Todd Wetzel

Todd Wetzel just rode his bike across the state of Iowa in the USA. He is Assistant Vice Provost, Student Life and Executive Director, Purdue Convocations & Elliott Hall of Music/Hall of Music Productions.

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Chat with Jonathan Holloway

As Artistic Director/CEO of three of the world’s largest international festivals, Jonathan has led teams of 400+ people in high profile and high pressured environments, promoted events for over 5M people, sold almost $40M of tickets, and delivered learning and engagement for a quarter of a million people.

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Chat with Stevie Small

Stevie Small is the Production Manager at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (Edinburgh, Scotland).  I can hear the pipes already!


Chat with Louise Mitchell

ouise Mitchell is the Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust, which was created by Bristol City Council in 2011 to manage Colston Hall and take a regional overview of music promotion and formal music education and where she is currently overseeing a £48 million building transformation.

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Chat with Danyah Miller

Danyah Miller is a storyteller based in the UK.  As an award-winning writer, storyteller, and solo performer she has performed across the UK, including multiple seasons in London’s West End, and internationally in Europe, Asia and USA.


Chat with Mel Kenyon

Mel Kenyon was literary manager of the Royal Court Theatre and joined the agency Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Ltd in 1992. Her clients are among the most celebrated theatre practitioners in the world - writers include: Alan Ayckbourn, David Hare, Caryl Churchill, Simon Stephens, Dennis Kelly, David Greig, Lucy Kirkwood, the late Tennessee Williams and Sarah Kane; directors include John Tiffany, John Crowley, Marianne Elliott, Polly Findlay and Ed Hall; designers include Bunny Christie, Vicki Mortimer and Rae Smith. She also handles the theatrical rights for several prestigious rights holders including the Dahl Estate and the novelist Neil Gaiman.

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Chat with Bobby Asher

Bobby Asher is an Arts Administrator with 19 years experience connecting audiences and communities in higher education.

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Chat with Valerie Hillier

Valerie Hillier comes to us from Liverpool, England.  She is a Block Booking Coordinator for Atlantic Presenters Association and an Independent Presenter for Younique. Lover of the performing arts.

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Chat with Rob Cross

Robert W. Cross founded the Virginia Arts Festival in 1997 and has served as its only Executive Director and Artistic Director.

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Chat with Dani Fecko

Dani Fecko founded Fascinator Management an agency, production house and consultancy.  She has a long history working in contemporary theatre in Vancouver.  She sits on what feels like every committee for multiple arts service organizations and lives with her husband and their pet fish, Dash.


Chat with Julia Miller

Julia Miller is a director, puppeteer, designer and Co-Artistic Director of Manual Cinema. With the company she has directed Mementos Mori and The End of TV as well as originated roles in Frankenstein (The Creature/Elizabeth), Ada/Ava (Ada), Lula del Ray (Lula's Mother), The Magic City (Helen), and Hansel und Gretel (Hansel).

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Chat with Jim Beirne

Jim Beirne is the Chair of Tyneside Cinema and founding Chair of Urban Green Newcastle. A great friend and a regular visitor to the garden - Jim will delight you with his stories.


Chat with Mike Griffiths

Mike Griffiths is the Executive Director at Royal Lyceum Theatre.  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)


Chat with Laura Colby

Laura Colby founded Elsie Management in 1995 specifically to represent contemporary dance. Twenty-seven years later, she wonders where all these puppet shows came from and actually knows how the acrobats get up those poles. It’s a wild, wild life as an artsworker, that’s for sure.

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Chat with Mary Roeder & Omari Rush

Mary Roeder is the Programming Manager of University Musical Society & Omari Rush is the Executive Director of CultureSource.

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Chat with Eileen O'Reilly

Eileen O'Reilly is a Producer with the National Theatre of Scotland. Glasgow, Scotland


Chat with Scott Silven

Scott Silven is a modern-day marvel like no other. As a renowned illusionist, mentalist, and performance artist, he pushes the boundaries of his craft. Scott has strived to share the experience of true and elegant mystery in the most inspiring way.


Chat with Simon Shaw

Simon Shaw is the founder and Chief Trouble Maker of Shaw Entertainment Group.

Bring it, Simon.  You have met your match with Daff!

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Chat with David Epley

David Epley, popularly known as Doktor Kaboom, is a German/American science communicator, stage actor, and comedian.  Is it possible that there will be science in the walled garden?   Tune in later today.

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Chat with Jemima Charrett-Dykes

Jemima is a multi media artist based in Edinburgh, and this is her first fringe. Originally from the South West of England, she studied photography in London and is now training to be an art psychotherapist. The Fringe is a minefield for her given her chronic fear of audience participation. 

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Chat and Lettuce Eating with Luke Morley

Luke is a Welshman with a Scottish calling. Originally hailing from South Wales, he has lived in Edinburgh for eight years and works in the theatre industry. He is celebrating his fifth fringe festival, and is still desperately asking his friends and colleagues for festival recommendations. 

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Chat with Ally Haynes Hamblen

Ally Haynes Hamblen is the incoming executive director at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. Dallas, TX (US).


Daffodil's Fringe calendar is quite full.
Check back daily to see who's visiting the garden! 

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