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Some of the best comedy in the Some of our top tips for theatre in the Fringe’s first week, in a handy Fringe’s first week. Written by: chronological guide Brian Donaldson
10AM 9AM THE RED SHOES AVALON Paradise in The Vault, 5–27 Aug King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 6– (not 13, 20), 9.50am, £8 (£5). A Sat 10 Jun, edtheatres.com/kings young amnesiac who looks like Mathew Bourne’s highly acclaimed Natalie Wood washes up near the new dance production, based on town of Avalon, California, and meets the classic 1948 film. See our 5 star an angry recluse who claims to be review, page ??. King Arthur, exiled to recover from a mortal wound. MILONGA Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Tue 13 & Wed 14 Jun, edtheatres.com/ 10AM festival Celebrated choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui presents a piece THE SECOND COPY: 2045 Summerhall, 4–27 Aug (not 7, 14, inspired by the late-night milonga 21), 10.15am, £12 (£10). Previews 2 scene in the intimate bars of Buenos & 3 Aug, £8. From out of the future, Aires. See preview, page ??. dissolving himself in fiction, the character of Youness Atbane creates SURGE Merchant City, Glasgow, Fri 28– a fictional archive about Moroccan Sun 30 Jul, surge.scot A festival art production from the millennium to dedicated to physical performance, 2015 and frees facts from their trap in incorporating outdoor, site-specific present-day logic. events for all ages and indoor showcases of performance art. ACTION AT A DISTANCE ZOO Southside, 6–22 Aug (not 10, Workshops and masterclasses are 17), 10.10am, £10 (£8). Previews also provided for those wanting to 4 & 5 Aug, £6. In a small Nevada develop their talents. town, out-of-work plumber Chris stumbles across Josh, a charity BARD IN THE BOTANICS Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, Wed worker exposing the truth behind 21–Sat 29 Jul, bardinthebotanics. US drone strikes in Syria and Iraq. co.uk Botanics’ fresh take on Her fascination with his world and
Shakespeare featuring female determination to win his approval sends her down a path towards performers. With performances of desperation, obsession and the Taming of the Shrew?, Timon of Athens darkest of ethical dilemmas. and Queen Lear. BIG BITE-SIZE FLAMENCO DEL FUEGO La Bodega Tapas Bar, Sat 3 Jun, BREAKFAST SHOW labodegaglasgow.com An evening of Pleasance Dome, 5–28 Aug (not 15, 22), 10.30am, £11.50–£12.50 Andalucian passion with performances (£11–£12). Previews 2–4 Aug, £8.50. from international flamenco guitarist Andrew Robinson, singer Danielo Three funny, thought-provoking Olivera and the rhythmic footwork and menus of bite-size plays, with expressive choreography of El Fuego fresh coffee, tea, croissants and de la Noche. strawberries thrown in.
11AM 11AM HE RED SHOES BONE WARS Laughing Horse @ The Counting King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 6– House, 3–13 Aug, 11am, free. Sat 10 Jun, edtheatres.com/kings America, 1863. Two great scientists Mathew Bourne’s highly acclaimed discover dinosaurs, go mad and new dance production, based on destroy each other. 150 years later, the classic 1948 film. See our 5 star they’re back for a final reckoning. review, page ??. Witness history’s greatest feud (excluding that time Emily Davison MILONGA Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Tue tried to punch a horse). A new comic 13 & Wed 14 Jun, edtheatres.com/ play from Keiron Nicholson and festival Celebrated choreographer Nicholas Cooke. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui presents a piece inspired by the late-night milonga LOOKING FOR JOHN Assembly Hall, 5–24 Aug (not 15), scene in the intimate bars of Buenos 11am, £10–£12. Previews 3 & 4 Aires. See preview, page ??. Aug, £6. Written and performed by Tony Timberlake. Just hours after his SURGE Merchant City, Glasgow, Fri 28– Olympic gold victory, skater John Sun 30 Jul, surge.scot A festival Curry was outed by the tabloids, but his iconic Olympic routine and the dedicated to physical performance, life that followed changed one young incorporating outdoor, site-specific
events for all ages and indoor boy’s life forever. A heartfelt and comic story of one man’s obsession showcases of performance art. with a forgotten hero and his journey Workshops and masterclasses are to get him celebrated again. also provided for those wanting to develop their talents. NOON BARD IN THE BOTANICS Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, Wed THE CHESS PLAYER C primo, 2–28 Aug, noon, £8.50– 21–Sat 29 Jul, bardinthebotanics. £10.50 (£6.50–£8.50). Imprisoned in co.uk Botanics’ fresh take on solitary confinement by the Nazis, a Shakespeare featuring female stolen book of chess games allows a performers. With performances of prisoner to cling to sanity, dividing his Taming of the Shrew?, Timon of Athens mind into two feuding chess masters. and Queen Lear. After his escape, he challenges the greatest chess player in the world to FLAMENCO DEL FUEGO La Bodega Tapas Bar, Sat 3 Jun, a match. Richard McElvain returns labodegaglasgow.com An evening of to the Fringe with a world premiere based on Stefan Zweig’s classic Andalucian passion with performances short story. from international flamenco guitarist Andrew Robinson, singer Danielo Olivera and the rhythmic footwork and THE NATURE OF FORGETTING Pleasance Courtyard, 5–27 Aug expressive choreography of El Fuego (not 14), noon, £10.50–£12.50 de la Noche. (£9.50–£11.50). Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £6. Part of British Council THE LIONS OF LISBON Celtic Park, Tue 6 & Wed 7 Jun, Edinburgh Showcase 2017 and celticfc.net Ian Auld and Willy Maley’s following a sell-out run at the 2017 London International Mime Festival, play about a group of Celtic supporters Theatre Re presents a powerful, who head to Lisbon in 1967 for the explosive and joyous piece about European Cup. what is left when memory is gone. MODERN BALLET GRADUATION BROTHERS PERFORMANCE Underbelly Med Quad, 5–28 Aug Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, (not 16), 12.10pm, £9–10 (£8–£9). Thu 8–Sat 10 Jun, rcs.ac.uk Previews 2–4 Aug, £6.50. 203 Showcase from final year students on tackle understanding and coping the Conservatoire’s BA Modern Ballet with mental health issues. Told Programme, run in conjunction with
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Scottish Ballet. See preview, page ??. through the lives of five university housemates, the show starts as a rip-roaring comedy before the CASABLANCA Òran Mór, Fri 7–Sun 23 Jul, oran- students’ insecurities, anxieties and mor.co.uk Gavin Mitchell stars in this depression become all too apparent, leading to a preventable tragedy. adaptation of the classic film. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES COW Underbelly Cowgate, 5–27 Aug King’s Theatre, Tue 25–Sat 29 Jul, (not 16), 12.10pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9). atgtickets.com/venues/kings- Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £6.50. A theatre Bill Kenwright’s production tragicomedy with music, set in rural sees Eastenders’ star John Partridge Devon, about a girl, a cow and the take on the role of Albin alongside ways we ask for help. From Jessica Broadway actor Adrian Zmed as Barker-Wren and Lucy Wray, director Georges in this witty musical number of They Built It. No One Came. about drag artists and family values, in which the characters are forced to cover up their vibrant lifestyle. GAZING AT A DISTANT STAR Assembly George Square Studios, 5–28 Aug (not 14), 12.15pm, £9–£10 PROJECT Y (£8–£9). Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £6. In Platform, Sat 29 Jul, tramway.org Siân Rowland’s play about those who YDance, Scotland’s national youth go missing and those who are left dance organisation, presents four behind, three lives intersect as people new contemporary dance works struggle to cope with loss, to reach from choreographers Alan Greig, out and find the light beyond. Hagi Yakira, Steven Martin and Theo Clinkard. PHOOLS Bedlam Theatre, 4–12 Aug, PAISLEY INTERNATIONAL 12.30pm, £10 (£8). The invigorating TANGO FESTIVAL Thomas Coats Memorial Church, and inventive Babolin were winners of Fri 25–Sun 27 Aug, coatsmemorial. the 2015 Fringe Review Outstanding org.uk Tango dance festival held Theatre Award. Expect silliness, some songs and more than a over three days, with workshops, smattering of saga. performances and parties.
LA BOHEME OYSTER BOY Assembly George Square Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Thu 1– 5–28 Aug (not 17 & 18), 12.40pm, Sat 10 Jun, eif.co.uk Puccini’s tale of £9–£10 (£8–£9). Previews 3 & 4 young Bohemians in love.Also touring, Aug, £5. It’s the 1950s and chorus see list.co.uk/theatre for details. girls are doowopping, everyone is jiving and Italian ice cream seller GLORY ON EARTH Jim and young Alice fall in love Royal Lyceum Theatre, Thu 1–Sat while strolling along the beach in a 10 Jun, David Greig directs Linda whirlwind romance. Inspired by a Tim Maclean’s story which re-imagines Burton short story. the historic meetings between Mary Queen of Scots and John Knox. THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS SHACKLETON Northern Stage at Summerhall, Traverse Theatre, Wed 7–Sat 9 Jun, 7–26 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 12.45pm, traverse.co.uk Blue Raincoat Theatre £12 (£10). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £10. present the story of Shackleton and his voyage on the Endurance. Also Tron The old world orders are collapsing: Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 14–Sat 17 Jun, from the postcolonial nation states tron.co.uk of the Middle East, to the EU and the American election. Amid Douglas Community & Library this, a generation of young men Centre, Thu 1 Jun, dundeecity. find themselves with a crisis of gov.uk/communitycentres/ masculinity that leads them into an douglascentre Arturo Ui is a witty online world of fantasy, violence and and savage parable of the rise of Hitler reality. – recast by Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster’s takeover of the FROM DUST Gilded Balloon Teviot, 5–28 city’s greengrocery trade. Aug (not 14), 12.45pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. Gaelic folklore collides with the 21st century in an adventure told through light and shadow. A fable about new beginnings, lost love and howling into the big beyond. The company behind 2016 sell-out Every Wild Beast.