What to look out for at the Fringe
new Fringe programme has productions listed under their titles in the
main sections and the venue section has also been changed. Result? There's
less info there about all the productions at a venue in one place though
they have added a new section, a calendar for productions. So I predict
venues' own guides and the daily diary will become even more useful.
That favours the big guys who can afford large print runs and distributions.
The Fringe Society hope this researched revamp will make shows easier
to locate. I'm not convinced wholly after using it to write this preview
and starting to plan my reviewing. Let them know how you find it - I
As always theatre and physical
theatre productions feature heavily in programme and there are quite
a few musicals too. Whilst some will appear
under the section you would expect, some musicals and physical theatre
productions are listed in the main theatre section only. I've gone mainly
for work premiering at the Fringe with longer runs, check programme
for times and days they're not on.
Thelma's picks for
All About A Goose (page 10, 17 - 26 August) free 45 minute programme
including clown workshop and the Bros Grimm tale from Albert and Friends
Instant Circus Royal Botanic Gardens 45 mins 3+
Cinderella (page 11, 5-17 August) Shona Reppe comes with her
new show, great inventive puppets, with a lovely unique charming storytelling
style. A must see at the Netherbow. 55 mins 6+
Panic At The Circus (page 12, 4 - 26 August) An ill tiger, a
circus in peril. Theatre Du Risorius bring this and Volpino to The Garage
Chapiteau in Princes St Gardens West. 45 mins 5+
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (page 12, 14 - 21 August) Blunderbus
bring the tale alive with music, puppets and songs in the Underbelly.
50 mins 6+
Something Else (page 13, 1 - 25 August) Tall Stories new show
based on Kathryn Cave's very popular book they're also bringing back
their marvellous take on The Gruffalo same dates, both at C too. 50mins
The Spookmaster: :Scary Stories For Children (page 13, 2 - 26
August) From the maker of the transporting Monsters in The Wardrobe
(which you can briefly catch at Brunton Theatre 7 - 10 August) a new
thrilling, glow-in-the-dark adventure. 45mins 8+
Creating The Past (Page 61, 19 - 26 August), UK's Restless Sleepers
are doing a free 15 minute performances, Royal Museum, Chambers St.
Nouvelles Folies (page 65, 15 - 26 Aug) by France's Compagnie
Fiat Lux at the Gateway has a smart city couple encountering lively
Breton fishermen all without words.
5065 "Fancy A Lift" (page 63, 3 - 25 Aug) free 10 mins
performances in the two metre Square lift at Theatre Workshop promising
to touch everybody in different ways!
The Goverment Inspector (page 64, 31 July - 26 Aug) Gogol's work
in a new Theatre De L'Angel Fou production at the Pleasance
Into The Antiworld (page 64, 15 -25 August) Swiss company Mimescope
with light, physical theatre and acrobatics bring a 20 Century breakthrough
in physics to life at George Square Theatre.
The Mute That Was Dreamed (Page 65, 3 - 18 Aug) a dark, mesmerising
story of a deaf mute and her carer, very striking when seen in Glasgow
in April, at Theatre Workshop
Soul in A Suitcase (page 66, 13 - 18 Aug) An angel helps Clown
Luna in the supermarket of spirituality, Augustine's
Uncle Wolodja - Alexej Markushev (Page 67, 3 - 24 August) From
Russia an ordinary man's life without words, an inventive performance,
Assassins (page 102, 4 - 24 August) a rare change to catch the
Sondheim darkly comic musical about the American Dream and its nightmare
Dorothy's Friends (page 103, 31 July - 25 August) A gender bending
trip down the yellow brick road to Soho at C.
Matata (The Big Problem) (page 105, 2 -11 August) in the year
of the World Cup Football, Zimbabwe and missionaries make a comic musical
from Sunduza Dance Theatre at George Square Theatre
Sins Attached (page 106, 13 - 26 August) Company of Ten present
a new, sinful don't go if you're too good musical at Augustine's.
Six Women with Brain Death (page 106, 1 - 26 August) The National
Student Theatre give us in Europe the first chance to see this cult
hit musical from the US in Pleasance Dome.
This is the biggest section though Comedy is getting closer.
The Al-Hamlet Summit (page 108, 2 - 26 August) Zaoum Theatre
their version of Hamlet set in the modern Middle East at Pleasance Dome.
Arches Theatre - Bright Colours Only (page 110, 2 - 26 August
One to watch, Pauline Goldsmith invites you to an Irish Wake at the
Assembly Rooms. Enjoy!
Cincinnati (page 116, 3 - 26 August) Fabulous Nancy Walsh (American
Adsurbum) gives Don Nigro's sharp, comic monologue its European premiere.
Comic Trust - St Petersburg Theatre Company (page 117, 2 - 26
August) bring their wordless play of a white kingdom, a white queen's
passion for power and three clowns at Gilded Balloon Teviot
Did You Used To Be R. D. Laing? ( page 121, various days 5 -
22 August) great show about the significant Scottish psychiatrist wrote
Knots at the best delli in Edinburgh Valvona & Crolla
Go Go: The Boy With The Magic Feet (page 128, 2 - 30 August)
Toby Gouch's Theatrum Botanicum brings football, Africa and spectacle
to the Royal Botanic Gardens
The Golden Pavilion (Company East) (page 128, 4 - 26 August)
from the company that brought a Noh influenced Medea, this is based
on Mishima's novel - in the Garage.
Jumpers (page 132, 1 - 25 August) From America comes one of several
9/11 plays, this promises it has a dark comedy in the Underbelly. For
something more serious try Project 9/11 (page 143, 2 - 26 August) from
members of the Playwrights New Horizons Theatre School at Assembly Rooms.
Kitchen (page 133, 31 - 25 August) European premiere from Australia's
highly thought of Vanessa Badham Tension in the Kitchen at venue C
Looking Up (page 134, 3 - 26 August NY Travelling Light Productions
involving romance and live trapeze work on at the Assembly Room
Lucifer (page 134, 4 - 26 August) Canada's Glenn Tkach temptingly
performs as the person most likely too....lead you astray, in former
church The Tron.
Memory Hill ( page 136, 13 - 31 August) John Shedden in a new
play with Amelia Parton about Scotland's and the world's early photographer
D. Octavius Hill on at Netherbow Theatre
Ordinary Miracles (page 140, 2 - 26 August) Open Theatre Istanbul
An illusionist , a woman in a play which has magic tricks and is a European
Premiere on a Gateway Theatre
Outlying Islands (page 141, 30 - 24 July) Traverse Company gives
the world premiere of David Greig's new play set at the dawn of WW2.
at Traverse Theatre.
The Play O' The Wather (Page 143, 1 - 25 August) Scottish professional
actors in a new Scottish translation on the Fringe in the Underbelly
directed by the up and coming Kate Nelson.
Rite of Passage ( page 145, 2 - 26 August) Nikos Dionysios Greece's
most well-known actor in a new play fusing drama and physical movement
and it's in English on at Assembly Theatre.
Shut Eye - Pig Iron Theatre (page 149, 1 - 24 August0 Director
Joseph Chaikin brings a musical fantasy from Philly's famed theatre
for its European premiere at Traverse.
Stomach Ache (page 151, 15 - 24 August) A child's death is a
awful thing, Robyn Cruze writes and performs the bereft mother while
Alan Dunnett directs, at Venue 13.
The Taming Of The Shrew (page 153, days between 6 - 26 August)
Zimbabwe's Over The Edge bring us their all male version set in modern
Africa on at Augustine's.
Telling Wilde Tales (page 153, 3 - 25 August) Oscar Wildes tales
from a young, vibrant mix of creative people aimed at all ages, I expect
this to be a one to see at Southside.
Have fun and talk to people in the Fringe they can give you good tips,
but remember they may hate what you love.