The annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival is an event unlike any other. Free street performances, comedy, drama, musicals, food stalls and everything in-between – it can be hard to know where to start.
This year there are 1,281 comedy shows listed during the month-long event. That’s a whole lot of laughs to pack into this year’s Fringe, all before dipping your toes into the other events celebrating the arts. Put the brochure down, we’ve got some must see performances not to be missed during a month of frivolity.
FOR THE ADULTS
Underbelly, Bristo Square £14
Returning for the seventh year, Austentatious is a whirlwind of improvisation and comedy. Each day an all-star cast improvise a brand-new Jane Austen novel based solely on a suggestion from the audience. Performers include Cariad Llyod, Andrew Hunter Murray, Rachel Parris and many more, this is sure to be an unmissable performance. Running from 15-24 August, Austentatious has already had sell-out national tours, a West End run and a BBC Radio 4 special so settle in for a joyous performance.
New Town Theatre, Edinburgh £12
My @TheOrwellPrize winning book Poverty Safari is officially republished by @picadorbooks today in association with @LuathPress. It has a snazzy new cover and additional reviews and quotes. The audiobook, narrated by me, is also available on @audibleuk. pic.twitter.com/I0W76wuKct
— Darren Loki McGarvey (@lokiscottishrap) August 9, 2018
Blending comedy, spoken word, music, politics and the social class structure into an hour-long set, Loki aka Darren McGarvey is bringing his 2017 Orwell Prize winning book, Poverty Safari to life. Poverty is a complex issue that leads many people down a dark path, but there is light at the end of said path, it’s just that the government won’t turn it on. Loki shines a spotlight on these social issues with anecdotes from his life and the changes that need to happen. Leave the kids at home for this one.
Assembly George Square Theatre £14
Grab your tickets quick for this show, Thrones! The Musical Parody has been a complete sell-out for the last three years! And not surprisingly with the humours and harmonic renditions of classic Game of Thrones scenes. Admittedly, if you’ve never watched the hit series this one might not be the show for you, but if you have, come on into the world Westeros. From the minds of Baby Wants Candy get comfy for a night of gore, music and hilarity. Unfortunately, handsome Jason Mamoa (Khal Drogo) didn’t make the cut.
FOR THE KIDS
Assembly George Square Gardens, £10
The queens of late-night drag cabaret, Denim are bringing their glittery act to the kids. Retaining all their wit and glamour, Crystal, Elektra, Glamrou, Aphrodite and Shirley from Denim treat the show as if they’re playing to a crowd of adoring fans. This is perfect for parents and children alike, who doesn’t love a good drag queen singalong?
Pleasance Courtyard, £10
Cooking is wonderful. Turning simple ingredients into a tasty meal for the family, or even a delicious cake. What’s better than cake? Birthday cake! Come along to Kika’s Birthday as Danyah Miller brings the magic of cooking to life. Follow a tale of mice planning a birthday celebration away from the watchful eye of the house cat all whilst host Danyah prepares a cake on stage. Feel comforted with the smell of cake, the giggles of children and celebrate the innocence of cooking.
Thankfully, some shows have parents in mind. Cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat is bringing his family friendly performance to The Fringe. Immerse yourself, and the rest of the family, in mish mash musical offerings from the Lion King all the way to the Pussycat Dolls as the plot unfolds. A slight darkness hangs over Duckie, a young duckling who doesn’t quite quack or kick the right way to join the circus, but the performance will leave everyone getting involved and singing along.
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