Edinburgh Fringe

The biggest arts festival in the world.

Queer Faith and theMany: Radical Faeries, Leith Depot, Review

A show which, by its own definition, resists classification into any one category!

theMany – a “genderqueer blue collection of creatures in one body” – gently explores the kaleidoscope of emotions associated with the meaning of identity through the medium of song, and gentle interactive narration. With a distinctive bass Belgian voice, and a rich sonorous tone, theMany sings all of the songs acapella, and without text.

Coma, Summerhall, Review

Submitted by Erin Roche on Wed, 14 Aug '19 6.28pm

You wander 'round the outside of Summerhall and see a sight that grows more intriguing each Fringe: Darkfield’s ominous shipping container. You wonder, “What sensorial horrors lie within this small and dark enclosure?”

Previously taking audiences into delicious disorientation with past instalments Seance and Flight, this year’s immersive, chilling spectacle is Coma.

How To Be Brave, Roundabout@Summerhall, Review

Submitted by Jon Cross on Wed, 14 Aug '19 2.34pm

Today of all days, Katie must find the strength to be brave. But when her mother burns the toast she is making for Little One’s breakfast, the thick smoke triggers a flight response in Katie, which sends her hurtling out into the streets of the town she he has known all her life. The familiar landmarks of Newport conjure up memories of the times she had felt brave before, and of the time she completely froze with abject fear. Ghosts from the past are raised and exorcised.

Alice and the Little Prince, Pleasance, Review

Two characters, separated by time and space meet for the first time in the world-wide premiere of Alice and the Little Prince. Both beloved personas, each belonging to extraordinary tales which capture the imagination of children and represent deep, meaningful reflections of society, friendship and happiness for adults. It’s surprising that this premise isn’t performed more often as it works so well.

Moby Dick, Assembly Rooms, Review

“There she blows!”, about a mile or so ahead – it’s Moby Dick.

Enter the frenetic, hunt for the great white whale.  Captain Ahab is set for vengeance, promising to chase the creature over all the sides of the Earth and round perdition’s flames before he gives up. On this first day of the chase Moby Dick ascends from the deep to wreck his boat, leaving the crew to be rescued.  It may not be an auspicious start.

(Ab)solution, Greenside@Infirmary Street, Review

Submitted by Jon Cross on Wed, 14 Aug '19 11.42am

“Bless me, father, for I have sinned.”

A young woman sits in a confessional box. She is pregnant and in desperate need of guidance. The priest asks whether the father knows about the baby. She replies that the situation is complicated.

Such is the starting point for a story told in a series of flashbacks, with a nod to Kurasawa’s Rashomon - where the same events are remembered differently by four witnesses. Three brothers take their turn in the confessional as the story unfolds.

Alice Hawkins - Suffragette (2019), The Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Review

There are several suffragette-based productions this year: Peter Barratt, the great-grandson of Alice Hawkins, a woman who was an actively involved suffragette, presents this particular show. Inspired by tales of Alice and the discovery of a wealth of items from her suffragette experiences, Barratt presents an interesting talk, interspersed by performance pieces from Ruth Pownall as Hawkins.