Shows I’m looking forward to at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
I can’t believe the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival begins next week! I’ll be up there for a week 5-12 August, running around seeing as many shows as I can. I have a huge list of shows I am hoping to see but I wanted to let you know about a handful (well, 13) that I will not miss. These are my personal top picks (and descriptions of them from the edfringe.com website) that I am excited to see at this years festival.
What am I missing? What are your must-see shows for this year? Let me know!
Agatha Is Missing
Gilded Balloon, Teviot, 2.30pm
Sold-out show in 2018! Agatha Christie is missing, and ace detective, Miss Clarissa Marbles, still needs your help in solving the crime. Was it the cook, the husband, the secret admirer – or you? Everyone is a suspect in this fun-filled interactive murder mystery. If you have any skeletons in your closet, she’ll find out. And of course, don’t hesitate to inform on your neighbours. The audience votes on the best solution to this rollicking whodunit and a lovely prize will be awarded to the winner!
Pleasance Dome, 12.00pm
Remember when I got cancer and had a breakdown in Tesco’s? Then literally went mental and posted some songs on Twitter? When anxiety was at full capacity level, my mum bought me a ukulele and it has saved my life. I wrote some songs and randomly posted them online. Shit. Got. Real! Before I knew it there were millions of hits. I have no idea how it has all happened but people just seemed to relate to my random bedroom tales! This is a common story about common people. Directed by Kathy Burke.
An Evening Without Kate Bush
Voodoo Rooms, 4.40pm
The chaotic cabaret cult! Howl with the Hounds of Love and dance on the moors with Wuthering Heights. Kate’s not there, but you are. Over a career spanning five decades, Bush has always attracted loyal and devoted followers and this brand-new show celebrates their stories. Performer Sarah-Louise Young reunites with director Russell Lucas to explore the fans and music of one of the most influential voices in British pop culture. From the makers of Julie Madly Deeply… but completely different.
Christina Bianco: First Impressions
Assembly Checkpoint, 6.20pm
From The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, and ITV’s The Imitation Game, the girl with a thousand voices returns to the Fringe with a brand-new show. Through her uncanny impressions and musical mash-ups, this ‘comic firecracker with a pyrotechnic voice’ (Time Out) will celebrate the stars who’ve made lasting impressions on us all. ‘A tour de force!’ (New York Times). ‘It’s likely anyone observing this vocal obstacle course will spend many dazzled moments wondering how Bianco does it. Well, she does it with heart-stopping facility’ (Huffington Post). ‘She’s a star’ (Playbill).
Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical
Assembly George Square Gardens, 8.30pm
Enter the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fuelled by passion, the step-siblings bet on destroying an innocent girl. As they weave a web of secrets and temptation, they become entangled in the cruellest game of all: love. The cult movie you love laced with ’90s classics including Britney, Christina, *NSYNC and REM, all performed live. ‘Fun, sexy, seductive. It’s a great time!’ (Huffington Post). ‘Funny… nostalgia-fuelled. The choice lines and inspired soundtrack hits are all there… the best of the ’90s!’ (New York Times).
Flo & Joan: Before The Screaming Starts
Assembly George Square Gardens, 6.00pm
In January, musical comedy sisters Flo & Joan watched the Bros documentary and saw a glimpse into their future; a lot of dog portraits and male pattern baldness. Anyway, following a sell-out run in 2018, they have a new hour of their dark and waggish songs to parade about the place. Best Music and Variety Act 2018, Chortle Awards. Best Musical Act 2018, Leicester Comedy Festival. ‘Musical comedy hasn’t been in such safe hands for years’ (List). ***** (Sunday Post). ***** (ThreeWeeks). **** (Sunday Times). **** (Telegraph).
I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical
Underbelly, Bristro Square, 8.45pm
Boasting a West End Wilma Award, a Broadway World Award nomination and a raft of five-star reviews for its recent London run, this comedic musical revue reveals everything you could want to know about being a musical theatre performer… if only there were any who’d admit it. Covering the journey from wide-eyed drama student to brattish diva, or past-it chorus member, or bitter has-been (or never-was), this show lifts the lid on awful auditions, debilitating dance routines, mid-performance mishaps, and backstage backstabbing – plus those magical moments that make it all worthwhile.
Underbelly Bristro Square, 12.00pm
In 30 years, the cultural change in courtship has been enormous. Today, overwhelmed by technology, are we losing sight of what human connection truly is…? Based entirely on real-life experiences, this hilarious, romping, multimedia exposé of modern dating scrutinises the deeper, brutal side of love and life, challenging our preconceptions of women and dating, sex and autonomy. From dreadful dates to exciting encounters, Tinder swiping, sexting, dick pics, pressuring parents and supportive friends… why is Polly so desperate…? What lies behind her relentless campaign…? And what might any of us do when our world falls apart?
theSpace on North Bridge, 9.20pm
Electrifying synths, beats and casual choreography generate Stuart Saint’s resplendent testimonial gig, where Misfit and Warrior collide. His autobiographical story of HIV and cancer manifest a domino effect of destruction, leaving survivor-in-crisis Stuart rescuing his mortality. As writer/director his radical productions at Leicester Square Theatre and Stockwell Playhouse garnered critical praise for Princess, De Profundis, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, and The World Goes Round. ‘Immaculate direction’ (Stage). ‘A Force to be reckoned with’ (MusicalTheatreReview.com). Saint, influenced by Fosse, presents an evocative, queer gig inspired by Soft Cell, Fischerspooner, Depeche Mode and Bowie.
Myra Dubois: Dead Funny
Underbelly Bristro Square, 3.55pm
Myra is dead; long live Myra! Realising she stands to miss out on the most attention she’ll ever receive, the ‘acid-tongued and funny to the bone’ (Time Out) Myra brings forward her funeral to make sure people get it right! An irreverently sardonic and ‘incredibly quick-witted’ **** (Scotsman) side-eye at death, dying and the theatrics of grief. Get ready R.I.Pee your pants! As seen on The John Bishop Show and Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. ‘Trust us, you’re going to want to spend your Fringe with Myra DuBois’ **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).
Sooz Kempner: Mega Drive
Globe Bar, 1.00pm
Following 2018’s Super Sonic 90s Kid, award-winning comedian Sooz Kempner is back with a brand-new hour, Mega Drive: a show about the video games that defined our youth and the ambition they helped create. Sega, childhood, songs – this is for anyone who remembers the 90s and had big dreams as a kid. ‘Show-stopping’ (CNN). ‘Fantastically funny’ **** (Chortle.co.uk). ‘An absolute joy’ **** (Fest). ‘Delightfully shambolic’ **** (FunnyWomen.com). ‘Very snazzy trainers’ **** (TheReviewsHub.com). Top Shows of the Fringe 2018 (Comedy Central). Highly Recommended 2018 (Comedy.co.uk).
The Shark Is Broken
Assembly George Square, 11.00am
‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat.’ Jaws, Martha’s Vineyard 1974: three iconic actors, Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss, are tortuously confined together on the Orca while filming, enduring endless delays, studio politics, foul weather and a constantly broken mechanical shark called Bruce. Conversation deteriorates into actor insecurities, competing egos, petty rivalry and excess alcohol consumption. Written by Joseph Nixon and Ian Shaw (Robert Shaw’s son) inspired by his father’s diaries, this hilarious world premiere offers startling insights into the backstage Hollywood truths behind one of the greatest blockbusters of all time. Director: Guy Masterson.
Tina T’urner Tea Lady and Freaks!
Frankenstein Pub, 2.30pm
Wonderfully weird characters collide as award-winning cabaret comedian Tracey Collins returns with her new show Tina T’urner Tea Lady and Freaks! Fantasy, obsession and loss come to the fore in this celebration of showbiz and the surreal. Featuring a Tina Turner-obsessed tea lady, Audrey Heartburn in the real world, struggling songwriter Ed Cheerup and more. 2019 New Act of the Year finalist, previously Best Newcomer, London Cabaret Awards, Musical Comedy Awards finalist. ‘We’ve got a Caroline Aherne on our hands, or a Calf-era Coogan’ ***** (TheWeeReview.com). ‘A satisfying, side-splitting combination’ ***** (TheGayUK.com).
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