Just Another Tickle

Rob Newman, making his only Festival '99 appearance, joins Johnny Vegas, Ed Byrne, Jo Enright and Brendon Burns for this year's Amnesty International benefit gig, Just Another Tickle. ‘I wrote letter campaigns for Amnesty when I was twenty,’ Newman recalls. 'I wrote one to General Pinochet about political prisoners in Chile, but I think it was too polite, because he wrote back and we became pen pals. So Amnesty chucked me out.’ But seriously . . . 'I'Il do stuff about corporate power abuse, but this is going to be more of a good night out.‘ To that end, Newman and Vegas will adopt the roles of Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra, respectively, to sing 'Some Velvet Morning'. Classy. (Miles Fielder)

Just Another Tickle (Fringe) Amnesty International UK, Assembly Rooms (Venue 3) 226 2428, 8 Aug, 10pm, £12 (£10).


Somewhere out there in the world of multi-channel TV surfing, someone is flicking back and forward between a re-run of Ready, Steady, Cook, an old Bruce Lee movie and a Discovery Channel special on world music. But the programme mix couldn't be more uniquely energetic than Cookin’, the Korean comic performance piece where four acrobatic chefs create a five-course meal to the rhythm of chopping kitchen utensils and Samulnori music. Blades fly, drums pound and crispy noodles come served on a plate - a recipe for Festival success. , Cookin' (Fringe) Cookin', Observer Assembly (Venue 3) 226 2428, 6-12, 15-19, 23-26, 30 Aug, 10pm, £9 (£8); 13-14, 20-21, 27-29 Aug, 10pm, £10 (£9). See Festival Freeloaders for free ticket offer, page 23.