Well it’s almost time for the biggest Arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe, to kick off this year. With almost 3000 shows to choose from, we have chosen a selection to get you started. Keep checking our site for updates and reviews for the rest of the month!
Titanic and Airplane collide in a fast-paced, hilarious disaster parody play. Follow the doomed passengers aboard the half built cruise liner on it’s maiden voyage to the Bermuda Triangle. The Award winning comedy team and YouTube hit makers, Box Step Productions, present a new live show with a talented multi-rolling cast.
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters 4 – 25 August 2013 10.45am (1hr)
Modern theatre classic about love and persecution in Nazi Germany
Max is gay and sent to Dachau concentration camp. He denies he is gay and gets the Jews’ yellow label instead of the pink triangle. In camp he falls in love with his fellow prisoner Horst, who wears his pink triangle with pride.
With one of the most thought-provoking endings in theatre history, the subject matter is highly charged and controversial. In its subtle characterisation and powerful analysis of human dignity under extreme duress, Bent is a truthful and shattering story of love enduring the persecution of homosexuals in 1934 Nazi Germany. An undeniably powerful post-war theatre classic, it transcends the boundaries of its ostensible theme.
Table9 Productions is a new theatre production company, created to support semi-professional and amateur musical theatre and drama productions in the South East of England.
Venue: C too, venue 4, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Dates: 11-17 Aug Time: 22:05(1hr30) Ticket prices: £9.50-£11.50 / concessions £7.50-£9.50 C venues box office: 0845 260 1234 / www.CtheFestival.com Fringe box office: 0131 226 0000 / www.edfringe.com
Bent by Martin Sherman
A Tranny Is Born
Mzz Kimberley takes to the stage during the Edinburgh festival, performing at the VooDoo rooms with her one woman show, ‘A Tranny is Born’. An evening of live singing with the UK’s favorite import from Detroit Michigan singing LIVE songs from her youth, from jazz, blues, gospel and show tunes. Also expect stories of growing up, hanging out at Motown and meeting Warhol before his passing. This powerful singer promises you a night filled with fun and laughter.
Listing Info: Showtime 6.45pm August 3rd – 25th 2013 No performance on 12th & 19th 19a West Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA 0131 556 7060 thevoodoorooms.com
The warm-hearted piece, which takes inspiration from a number of true stories, follows twentysomething Benji as he tries to revive his social and love lives following 12 months of wallowing in fear of the world’s preconceptions. Bogged down by worries of rejection, he realises the time has come to grab his anxiety by the balls and learn to get on with it.
Kitchener says of the project: “It felt to me like the vast majority of plays concerning HIV were about death and despair, and I wanted to break away from that. It’s a serious condition, of course, but it’s not a death sentence – I’ve been fortunate enough to speak with several HIV-Positive people of various ages in the UK, and this play is more about someone tackling society’s preconceptions and their own fears of rejection than it is about specific medical ins and outs. Working with some brilliant up-and-coming professional actors is a dream, and I look forward to giving audiences some entertaining, hopefully laugh-out-loud food for thought this summer.” follow on Twitter @WestAvenueTC
13-26 August 2013 (Not 19)
Paradise In The Kirkhouse, 2:00pm
The audience is invited to join in riotous singalongs, and a lucky few are selected as judges in the nightly contest. The only rule for Uke of Edinburgh competitors is that there must be a ukulele in their act. What the performers do with it is up to them. Tricity’s much-loved cabaret showcases the huge variety of music and comedy this small instrument inspires, and runs the gamut from beautiful sounds to outrageous humour, throwing in plenty of sassy burlesque and other surprises along the way.
Last year sword-swallower Heather Holliday played ukulele with a sword hilt (with the rest of the sword down her throat), tap-dancing penguin Josephine Shaker went head to head with burlesque drag queen Mr Mistress, and Fringe veteran Mervyn Stutter snatched the title with a filthy George Formby homage.
This year, ukulele cabaret royalty including Desmond O’Connor, Helen Arney, Ria Lina, and Lady Carol return to defend their titles, and new contestants like Liberty Hodes and Vicky Arlidge make their debut alongside returning favourites such as Dusty Limits, Mat Ricardo and Myra Dubois.
TRICITY VOGUE’S UKULELE CABARET – FREE
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170), The Ballroom,
38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD
1-18 August (not 12 August), 9-10pm
Entrance is free. Arrive 15 minutes before show-time, or book tickets at the Edinburgh Fringe box office +44 (0)131 226 0000
The Lady Boys Of Bangkok
Arriving to entertain Edinburgh like no one else can from Saturday 3rd August to Sunday 25th August 2013 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at The Studio Big Top, The Meadows, Melville Drive, Edinburgh, EH9 1JZ. After a glamorous evening spent with the Ladyboys of Bangkok, keep the party going all night at Espionage! Free entry, lavish decor and fablous drink prices await you at Edinburgh’s most stylish nightspot!
Dripping with diamante and sizzling on stage with new songs and side splitting comedy. From J-lo to Whitney, the stars and chart topping hits just keep on coming. Party like there’s no tomorrow under the exotic ambiance of the Sabai Pavilion with The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Europe’s number one cabaret sensation!!
You can expect the usual truly glamorous and funny cabaret antics, this time complete with even more flamboyant costumes, painstakingly immaculate make up and show stopping choreography. With an all new set list, the Lady Boys will be performing classic numbers from Saturday Night Fever to current hits from Cheryl Cole and even a bit of Gangnam Style, Glamorous Amorous is set to be the experience of a lifetime.
EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
Sponsored by Espionage
The Studio Big Top, The Meadows, Melville Drive, Edinburgh, EH9 1JZ.
Sat 3rd August – Sun 25th August 2013
Monday – Friday: 6.45pm & 9pm
(Additional show @ 4.30pm on Fri 23rd Aug)
Saturdays/Sundays: 4:30pm, 6.45pm & 9pm
Premium Tables – Adults £25, Concessions £22
Standard Tables – Adults £22, Concessions £20, Students £15
Side view £20 all seats (Students £10)
No Concessions Fri/Sat
Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th August – 2 4 1 all seats – no vouchers required
Box Office open on site from Wednesday 31st July 2013
9.30am – 9.30pm daily