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THE REVLON GIRL Assembly Roxy, 4–28 Aug, 1pm, £12–£13 (£11–£12). Preview 3 Aug, £10. Based on events following the Aberfan Disaster in 1966, The Revlon Girl tells the uplifting true story of a group of bereaved mothers who met weekly to talk, cry and laugh without feeling guilty.
STORYTELLER Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, 5–28 Aug, 1pm, £8–£9 (£6–£7). Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £6. In this intimate one-man show, award- winning storyteller Brice Stratford takes you on a blistering, unexpected, unpredictable tour of folk tales, myths and legends.
WHALEBONE Pleasance Courtyard, 5–27 Aug (not 15), 1pm, £7–£9 (£6–£8.50). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. Reimagining Lolita’s lesser-known sister, Nabokov’s Laura, Whalebone collides puppetry and physical theatre in a world where bodies are painted, tucked, tightened and taught. Irreverent feminist theatre, narrated by a talking vagina.
THE HERO WHO OVERSLEPT Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, 5–28 Aug (not 14, 21), 1.15pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. Here’s a heartfelt invitation to experience a never-before-seen mix of climate science, psychology and surrealist dance in which we attempt to remake ourselves just in time for a remaking of the world.
Powerful and emotional, music and magic realism collide in this darkly funny and moving production featuring Alex Walton.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 5–28 Aug (not 17–19), 2pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11). Preview 4 Aug, £6. From the creator of the hit show Black Is the Color of My Voice, comes a new story about the 20th-century African- American experience. See feature, page 25.
BRIGHT COLOURS ONLY Assembly Rooms, 5–26 Aug (not 14), 2.25pm, £14–£15 (£12–£13). Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £8. Pauline Goldsmith resurrects her legendary Irish wake. This theatrical send-off was a huge hit at the Fringe back when Pauline could squeeze into a size ten shroud. So, pull up a chair, grab a sandwich and enjoy a dram at this wickedly funny funeral. Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase.
HEAR ME RAW Underbelly George Square, 5–27 Aug (not 14), 2.40pm, £9–£10 (£8– £9). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6.50. One woman’s journey through the dirty world of clean living. A story about control, restriction and too much turmeric. From the team behind Mush and Me (Winner: IdeasTap Underbelly Award and Holden Street Theatre Awards). Written and performed by Daniella Isaacs.
LOVE, BOMBS AND APPLES TODD & GOD
Summerhall, 4–27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 1.30pm, £12 (£10). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £8. Set against the backdrop of worldwide political instability with the looming threat of civil unrest, award-winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak looks into the worlds of three different men with three individual struggles, a Palestinian actor, a Pakistani writer and a young man in Bradford.
LISTS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
Summerhall, 4–27 Aug (not 14, 21), 1.45pm, £12 (£10). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £8. A joyful and touching view of the world through other people’s eyes, Lists . . . is a show composed entirely of crowdsourced lists, with the profound and the ridiculous sitting playfully side by side. 2016 Live Lab bursary winner, co-commissioned by ARC.
FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK
BROADS Pleasance Courtyard, 5–28 Aug, 1.55pm, £9–£12 (£8–£11). Previews 2–4 Aug, £7. The tale of a young David Bowie obsessive on a thrilling journey in the footsteps of his obsession, leading him to discover some long-hidden truths.
Pleasance Dome, 5–28 Aug (not 15), 2.50pm, £11–£13 (£10–£12). Previews 2–4 Aug, £7. Fringe First- winner (Dirty Great Love Story) puts the mess into Messiah. Rebooting religion, God picks atheist Todd as her Chosen One. Now Todd’s doing good . . . badly. Comic drama about why we believe.
3PM CONFESSIONS OF A PERSONAL
TRAINER Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 4–26 Aug (not 13, 20), 3pm, £10 (£8). From New York City, Katie Kopajtic makes her international debut. A behind the scenes look at the luxury fitness world and the unconventional relationships that blossom within it.
JANE DOE Assembly George Square Studios, 5–28 Aug (not 14, 21), 3pm, £11–£12 (£9–£10) Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £9. Interwoven with frank and funny documentary footage with young people from the US, UK and Aotearoa, Jane Doe is a revelatory and carefully crafted discussion on consent, feminism and sexual empowerment. Part of NZatEdinburgh.com
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FOLLOW SUIT Pleasance Courtyard, 5–28 Aug (not 9, 14 & 15, 21), 12.45pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. A madcap frenzy of physical comedy with political bite. In this absurd office, avoiding the skeletons in the stationery cupboard is crucial. Silent Faces’ debut production gives a darkly comic take on the chaotic world of high finance.
WALLS ZOO, 4–12 Aug, 12.45pm, £5–£10 (£8). Set in Eastern Berlin (1989) and the Calais Jungle refugee camp (2016), and incorporating an array of physical ensemble movement, storytelling and live music, Walls offers a visual whirlwind that has a lasting message about humanity. Winner at the London Student Drama Festival (2017).
WHAT GOES ON IN FRONT OF CLOSED DOORS
Pleasance Courtyard, 5–28 Aug (not 14, 21), 12.45pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6. At just 19 years old, following the death of her mother, with deteriorating mental health, and no network of support, Molly finds herself homeless. From
the team behind the 2015 Edinburgh success, To She or Not to She.
1PM EGGSISTENTIALISM Summerhall, 4–27 Aug (not 9, 14, 22), 1pm, £10 (£8). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £6 (£5). Looking down the barrel of her final fertile years, one modern woman goes on a comical quest to uncover the ifs, hows and crucially the whys of reproducing her genes. Family, fertility experts, fortune tellers, philosophers, daytime radio and the dark recesses of the internet; all are consulted.
FOREIGN RADICAL CanadaHub @ King’s Hall in association with Summerhall, 4–27 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 1pm, £10 (£8). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £8. Thirty participants are invited into an intriguing theatrical game exploring security, profiling, privacy and freedom of expression in the age of cybersurveillance. Mobile throughout the performance, the participants collaborate, compete, investigate, debate and spy on each other.