Sadly due a summer full of gorgeous friends getting married, I wont be attending the Edinburgh Fringe this year *sniff*. I am sad to miss out on the funny/fabulous/fantastic/frankly quite odd productions/experiences/sights that the fringe has to offer but I have perused their bursting programme of shows and compiled a list of 10 shows I am sad to miss. Enjoy!
DO NOT MISS THIS. Are you crippled by student debt? Working an unpaid internship? Trying to find Prince Charming on Tinder and spending the majority of your time watching Netflix? Welcome to the life of a modern day twentysomething! Join actress and blogger Katie Brennan for a new show, packed with music, comedy and cabaret all about living that Quarter-Life Crisis. From facebook to flatshares, weddings to woeful bank accounts, career conundrums to chronically crap sex, come and raise a big glass of gin to all those twentysomethings struggling to find their place in the world. Underbelly George Square (The Wee Coo) from 3rd August at 22:50. COMEDY
Fresh from the world premiere of Closer in London, internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning circus company Circa (The Return, Barbican) return to Edinburgh’s George Square to dazzle and amazing. Join five astounding performers in Closer as they reveal breath-taking, up-close acrobatics in this elegant and intimate encounter of sophisticated fun. Circa are known for presenting circus without spectacle: Closer looks at the authenticity of the performers as they confound expectations and prompt an emotional connection with the audience. This beautiful show takes us on a magical and delicate journey. As the masterful acrobats gracefully ascend a tower of chairs, our hearts skip a beat and we feel something without knowing what we’re feeling. Underbelly George Square from 3rd August at 18:55. CIRCUS
From the company that brought you the sell-out production of Bakewell Bake-Off at the Fringe last year and the winner of nine National Student Drama Festival Awards, DULOG presents Ushers: The Front of House Musical. Follow Lucy as she ventures into the wonderful world of the box office. With co-workers including a tyrannical boss, a seductress and an aspiring actor, navigating her way through the audience’s odd requests was never going to be easy. Ushers portrays the frequently moving stories of ice cream and programme sellers who dare to dream. C venues – C from 3rd August at 19.20. MUSICAL
Winner of Les Enfant Terribles Award 2016, The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole prompts us to consider how we make the most of our heartbeats. If you knew you had a finite number of heartbeats, how would you make each beat count? Gavin is given a life-changing diagnosis. In the time between the beat before this revelation and the beat after, he assess his entire life; what has he done with those beats? Which has he thrown away? And how many did he lose when she broke his heart? Gavin may need to borrow some of your heartbeats… SharkLegs will measure audience members’ heartbeats during the show and these readings will influence the action and experience of the production every single performance. Pleasance Dome from 3rd August at 13:40. THEATRE
You are expected to behave. Use the right words. Act appropriately. Don’t break the rules. Just behave. This play is not well behaved. Alice Birch examines the language, behaviour and forces that shape women in the 21st century, and asks what’s stopping us from doing something truly radical to change them. Traverse Theatre from 16th August at 10:30, 13:30, 16:15, 19:15. THEATRE
What should you do in a zombie apocalypse? Well, according to Rob and Paul, just try to have fun. Because what is the point of surviving if you’re not going to live a little? We meet Rob, the typical try-hard, laddish bloke and his best friend Paul, the gayest straight man ever, living the cushty life with their TV, iced cocktails and video games. Meanwhile Penelope has been out on the road, fighting to stay alive. And when Penelope enters their surreal world, fighting, killing, drinking, drugs, dancing, singing, swearing and great banter ensues. New Town Theatre from 4th August at 19.40. THEATRE
Sell-out hit returns! Singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe pays tribute to much-loved movies. Self-confessed film buff Joe raids his collection and adds his own original and stylish orchestrations to the most memorable moments in cinematic history. From Hollywood’s golden age, to the classic films of the 80’s, to Tarantino, Tati, Paramount and Pixar. Joe and his remarkable band perform your popular favourites in a show of virtuosic musicianship, breathtaking theatricality and wit. Assembly Checkpoint from 3rd August at 20.20. MUSIC
Mr Incredible is a brutal new play about modern love and old-fashioned entitlement from the award-winning writer/director team behind Edinburgh Fringe 2015 sell-out show Where Do Little Birds Go?. Camilla Whitehill’s second play is a stark exploration of control, anger, and the lengths we go to stay in one place. It asks difficult questions that call for us to explore ourselves, talk and take action, not simply to think and then forget – questions that are paramount within the vital discourse around male privilege and sexual consent. Mr Incredible is the study of one man who is forced, through circumstance, to self-reflect. Underbelly Cowgate (Big Belly) from 4th August at 16:40. THEATRE
A traveller stands on a beach in Morocco with a group of friends. Tonight, they are getting ready for a journey to change their lives. Decades earlier, a young man is getting strapped into a tiny sphere, ready for his mission: to become the first human in outer space. Experienced on headphones, this award-winning production creates a world of immersive sounds and stories, interweaving driving live music with accounts of those who risk their lives for distant dreams. Assembly Hall from 4th August at 13.25. THEATRE
Have you heard the one about the birth at a funeral? Or the one with the monkey? How about the one about the end of the world? Three men are in a pedalo. They’ve survived the apocalypse. Now they’re going to save humanity. After highly-acclaimed hit shows Fade, Inheritance Blues and The Sunset Five, Fringe favourites DugOut Theatre return to examine how lies become stories and stories become legend. With DugOut’s usual blend of toe-tapping live music, laugh-out-loud comedy and consummate storytelling, Swansong is guaranteed to be a real adventure. DugOut’s use of sound to create different worlds filled with colourful characters, transports audiences on a captivating journey. Pleasance Courtyard (Above) from 3rd August at 17:00. THEATRE
So there you have it. Let me know if you’re going and what you’re excited to be seeing.