The Edinburgh Festival 2005 - Fringe Picks
guide and picks from the Theatre , Physical
Theatre (with a few dance previews too) & Childrens
Theatre Sections in the 2005 Fringe Programme.
The 2005 Fringe programme has productions listed under their
titles with the company's name underneath and a short description in
the main sections. There's a handy little bar of dates at the bottom
of each entry so you can see which day it's on.
Don't confine yourself to one section because whilst some will appear
under the section you would expect, some you may consider are musicals
and physical theatre productions are listed in the main theatre section
so check them all out. And there are an increasing number of comic plays
I've mainly gone for international work premiering and for Scottish
Productions at the Fringe and those with longer runs, check programme
for times and days they're not on. It's a selection, there's lots more
I could have recommended you go for.
Main Changes since Fringe Programme came out.
Scottish Theatre Gateway (Venue 7 ) - Whilst the
4 and The Pend Studio will be running during the Fringe the
who were going to appear at the Gateway's main Theatre have had
- Vanishing Point will perform Lost Ones at The
Grand from 17 - 28 Aug at 19:05. Theatre Cryptic will
Trojan Women at George Square Theatre 5 - 7 Aug
Aug 21:30. 8 Aug 12:20, 11 - 13 Aug 23:45 and 17 - 22 Aug
24- 28 Aug 22:45. Box office 0131 662 8740 or 0131 226 0000.
Babel will perform Macbeth at Assembly Hall
- 29 Aug at 12:45. Scottish Dance Theatre will perform
by Liv Lorent at Southside on 17-21 & 23-28
C o2 (or C Oxygen) (Venue 202) wil not be operating this
All its shows will be at C Electric at the same times as
in the Fringe programme.
The Picks Theatre
, Physical Theatre & Children
Also of interest Edinburgh International Festival Theatre Preview.
To Book fringe tickets go to The Fringe Web Site
from the main Theatre Section (dates include any preview dates)
The Traverse - is using
several venues as well as its year round base. Grid Iron's The Devil's
Larder based on Jim Crace's novel is at Traverse 4 at Debenhams,
there's contemporary dance in Chamber Made by Irish Coiseim
Dance Theatre at the Caledonian Hilton both in Princes St, Breathe
a theatrical installation at the Lyceum Studio and Peter Reder's
Guided Tour in the underground passageways of the McEwan Hall.
In Traverse's Cambridge St base are two World premiere Traverse Company
plays one, East Coast Chicken Supper, directed by Richard
Wilson and nine new plays from visiting companies, check out Snuff
by Davey Anderson - Arches Theatre, Playwright Mark Ravenhill
in his own play Product, John Tiffany directing a Mexican
play, All look like they will be hot and the different days different
times approach for many shows is retained so if you're in shows or at
work you should be able to get to see them.
Other picks from the main Theatre Section-
All In The Timing - Peepolykus (page 130, 5 - 29 August not
9 or 16) Assembly at George St. Five of NY writer David Ives funny one-acters
from one UKs best comic outfits. UK Premiere.
Bella And The Beautiful Knight - Silver Tongue Theatre (page
133, 3 - 28 August) Gilded Balloon Teviot.
A sister and brother are very close then Philip arrives for dinner.
From the company that brought IZ.
Breakfast At Audrey's - Clyde Unity Theatre and BandBazi (Page
135, 5 - 28 August not 8, 15 or 22) Gilded Balloon Teviot.
A working class Mum looks at the life of Audrey Hepburn, written by
John Binnie in an aeriel production.
Faust - Theatre Nowy, Assembly Theatre and Marshall Cordell (page
147, 5 - 29 August not 9 or 16) At Assembly at George St.
A chance to see one of Europe's outstanding companies in the outrageous
vision of their director Januszz Wisniewski. UK Premiere.
Flowers Of Red - Komedia/Boston Theatrics. (Page 148, 5 - 28
August not 9, 16 or 23) At Roman Eagle Lodge.
Two young women in Rafah, Gaza face each other. Both are politically
passionate, courageous and innocent . World Premiere.
The Frozen Deep - Ironduke (Page 148, 8 - 22 August not 15) At
It's 1845 and Franklin's expedition to find the North West passage is
failing. World Premiere.
The Jew Of Malta - Teatro Della Contraddizione
(Milian). (page 157, 6 - 28 August not 16) At Southside.
Christopher Marlowe's play recieves a strong physical performance.
Lilith - Act Provocateur International (page 159, 4 - 29 August)
At C electric (formerly Odeon).
A sexually explicit play about the woman who rejected Adam. World Premiere.
The Mermaid And The Hare - Frantic Redhead Productions. (Page
164, 12 - 27 August not 16 or 23) At St Patrick's Church.
A new promenade play about Mary Queen of Scots performed near Holyrood
Place. World Premiere.
Missing Persons - Four Tragedies And Roy Keane- Eleanor Lloyd / Critical
Mass .(page 165, 5 - 29 August not 15) At Assembly at George St.
Fine RSC actor Greg Hicks in five new Colin Teevan monologues about
being male now and as a Greek hero. World Premiere.
National Hero - Pleasance Theatre. (Page 167, 15 - 29 August)
At Pleasance Dome.
Timothy West and Nicola MacCauliffe star in this play about a bomb disposal
expert forced to choose between wife, lover and more. World Premiere.
Not A Word - Gomito Productions
(page 167, 15 - 20 August) also One Act of Madness - Gomito
Productions (page 169, 8 - 13 August) At Bedlam Theatre.
Two new plays from a company packed with young, special talent in one
a woman fears sound, the other explores idiocy of capital punishment.
Pricked - Ripple in assoc with Drum Theatre, Plymouth. (Page
173, 6 - 21 August not 16) At Assembly at George St.
A woman finds out about revenge, risk and out of control retrovirus.
Scaramouche Jones - Painted Face Productions.(Page 177, 15 -
27 August not 21) At Bedlam Theatre.
The dark, hilarious tale of a clown.
Terrorist! The Musical - Bad Penny Theatre. (Page 185, 4 - 28 August)
At The Underbelly.
Seven unemployed terrorists set out to become entertainers, then they
find their new fame is threatened. World Premiere.
Tragedian - Prodigal Theatre Company. (Page 186, various dates
depending which part between 5 - 28 August) At Southside.
The story of Edmund Kean's career is given theatrical life by O'Loughlin's
considerable talent. Tragedian 3 - World Premiere..
UBU - Theatre Modo. (Page 187, 6 - 28 August not 8, 15 or 22)
At Baby Belly, The Caves.
Very physical and excessive performance of Jarry's strong satire gives
it a a rich flavour with excellent specially composed music.
Witacky Idiota - FMC Productions. (Page 190, 15 - 20 August)
At Rocket at Demarco Roxy Art House.
An extraordinary physical play about the surrealist Witkiewicz inspired
by his vision.
The Picks Theatre , Physical Theatre And Dance & Children
(And few dance ones.)
Firstly I highly recommend all the shows at Aurora Nova @ St Stephens - during the
Fringe it's the vibrant heart of International Physical Theatre . Prime
international companies like rainpan 43, Rotozaza, Jo Stromgren Kompani,
Comuna Baires and Fare Anima, Fabrik Potsdam, Gecko, Do Theatre and
Darren Johnston. For lots of dance check out Dance
Other physical theatre picks
Danceforms Presents 'The 29th International Choreographers' Showcase.(Page
68, 16 - 20 August) At Rocket at Demarco Roxy Art House. World premiere.
The Drowner- Lost Dog .(page 69, 5 - 19 August) At Roman Eagle
A bathroom story from an award winning company. World premiere.
I'll Sell The House In Which I Can Live No More - Teatr KTO. (Page
70, 10 - 29 August) At Theatre Workshop.
Performed with out a single word from an outstanding Polish theatre
company inspired by the life and death of Czech writer Hrabal. UK Premiere.
Scottish Dance Theatre - (page 72, 17- 28 August not 22) At Southside.
Ten talented dancers will perform the much loved and critically acclaimed
Luxuria by Liv Lorent on August at 11.30am (running time 33 minutes).
Stitched - Rough Cut Theatre. (page 72, 4 - 28 August NB
even dates only) At The Underbelly.
A new work from a company who use physical theatre dynamically. World
Tumbuka Dance Company - Zimbabwe (page 73, 5 - 29 August not
15) At Assembly at St George's West.
When you need something to lift your spirits see Africa's foremost dance
Also check out other shows at The Garage - Garage
Shows are listed in either Theatre or Dance and Physical Theatre in
the programme. And also check out the "straight" Theatre Section
picks above there's more physical theatre there.
The Picks Theatre , Physical Theatre And Dance & Children
I've picked shows that are premiering here.
And What Do We Do When We Get There? - Peter Lyalls.(Page 8, 3 -
29 August not 16 ) At Pleasance Dome.
Stand-up and poetry from a man who knows how to entertain all. For 7+.
A Birthday Party Adventure with Hans Christian Andersen And His Fairytale
Friends - Frantic Redhead Productions.(Page 8, 5 - 15 August) At
Danish Cultural Institute.
An outdoor party turns in an adventure through Andersen and his tales.
For 2 - 8.
Flip To The Funny Side - The Stand Comedy Club II. (Page 10,
5 - 28 August not 15) At The Stand Comedy Club II.
When a wizard intervened Hugo had to take things seriously and his Dad
has to rescue him by Blueboat's Mark Pencak. Over 4+.
Hansel And Gretel - Kipper TIE. (Page 11, 4 - 29 August) At C
A hew show from the company who brought the excellent "The mole
Who Knew It Was None Of His Business. For 6+.
Heaven Eyes - Pop-up. (Page 11, 5 - 29 August not 17) At Pleasance
Dramatisation by David (Skelling) Almond of his lovely tale about love
and sadness. World Premiere. For 8+.
James Campbell's Onomatopoeia Society - Fat Cat Productions.
(Page 11, 4 - 28 August not 16) At Gilded Balloon Teviot.
A silly play about silly worlds what more could you ask for from the
master of stand-up even children laugh at. 6+.
Phillip Pullam's 'I Was A Rat'- Collapsible Theatre Company. (Page
12, 14 - 29 August) At C.
The story of an ex-rat, someone who works at a fair and a princess.
World Premiere.For 7+.
The Shelter - en masse theatre.(Page 14, 4 - 28 August not 16
or 23) At The Underbelly.
Set in WW2 when the bombs fall dare you enter the shelter in this site
specific play. World Premiere. 9+.
The Snow Dragon - Tall Stories (Page 14, 4 - 29 August not 14)
A new play about Billy the Goat who's wondering if the Snow Dragon will
deliver him a present at New Year. 3+.
The Yarnbards - The Yarnbards (Page 15, 6 - 29 August not 22)
At Pleasance Dome.
Storytellers create new tales for each audiences suggestions. 7+.
There are lots more goodies in the programme - be adventurous!
The Picks Theatre , Physical Theatre And Dance & Childrens
To Book tickets and check times go to The Fringe Web Site
© Thelma Good July 2005 - Published on EdinburghGuide.com