2 excellent veggie coffee houses (8:: booze at Stockbridge) also an interesting shop
on the Grassmarket.
Helios Fountain at The Theatre Workshop 34 Hamilton Place, 0131-225 8802 Open Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm Open late on show nights.
Helios Fountain 7 Grassmarket, 0131-229 7884 Open Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm Sun 12pm - 4pm
FESTIVAL 8pm— I 0pm
‘THE NEW PLAY BY WH'ITE FIA‘BBIT COWBOY? DRODUCT’IONS
AND DECQDEDLY FUNKY”
BPM . 1 1-28 AUGUST (NOT SUNDAYS) CITY-2 (VENUE 1 50)
THE ClTY CAFE. 1 9 BLAIR STREET (OFF THE ROYAL MILE, NEXT TO THE TRON)
ALI. snows: 25/24
TICKETS: O1 31 229 5800 FYI-RINGS OFFICE: 01 31 228 81 38
COMEDY PREVIEW Smiley In Confessions Of A Catholic Buddhist
Honesty is a quality not usually associated with standoups. But tall tales and mother—in-laws appear to be passe, as this year sees a growing number of comedians trading one- Iiners for a more theatrical show.
A case in point is Smiley, who’s going for a faithful autobiographical approach.
’Of course the show Will be funny, but there's also bits of sadness and anger. l’ve proved I can do straight stand—up, and it's time for a change,’ claims the Irishman.
While one could be forgiven for fearing this new-found vulnerability might dilute the humour, let’s not forget this is the dad whose Fringe act two years ago included a high-octane ode to club-culture.
As the title suggests, along With musings on fatherhood and the great British class diVide, religion comes in for a bashing, as Smiley ponders his strict Catholic schooling at the mercy of ’sadistic, sexually-repressed nutters’. Hail Marys a-go-go. (Claire Prentice) I Smiley /n Confessions Of A Catholic Buddhist (Fringe) Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 2 757, 8—30 Aug (not 70, 77, 24) 9pm, [7 ([6).
Losing his religion: Smiley in Confessions of a Catholic Buddhist
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Sean Lock's true or false
So. You think you know Edinburgh? Well Fringe vet Sean Lock has a wee test up his sleeve for all you Festival bunnies. If you don’t know the answers, ask in
your nearest pub. Then again don’t
bother: Go to Sean’s show and ask him what’s true and whats false. 1) Edinburgh has a lot of bridges but no rivers. They tried to attract liquid to the city by offering better fluid amenities than their neighbours. A plan to poach the Clyde, was a story . . . I heard . . . very early. . . one morning. . . in a bar. . . True or false?
2) Salt 'n' sauce. Don’t get it on your skin, it burns! True or false?
3) Edinburgh has the world record for nylon house coats; more per capita than any city on earth. True or false? 4) During the Festival, Edinburgh fills up with comic geniuses. Everyday there are up to 80 geniuses plying their trade, a magical time for the human race. True or false?
5) There's a punk rocker's football
a A“ 2;" ’ ‘ ‘
Sean Lock wears had 705 clothes: true or false?
tournament on the Meadows, where mohicans get slagged off for not heading
the ball. True or false?
6) Edinburgh is a festival of opinions with too many incompetent and inexperienced journalists allowed to flex their muscles in front of the cowering
art world. True or false?
7) Heavy is fermented beer curry. True or false? 8) Edinburgh is supernova of creative energy. True or false? (Sean Lock)
I Sean Lock (Fringe) Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, 8—30 Aug (not 72, 26) 9.25pm, £8. 50/f8 (USO/f7). Preview show 7 Aug, £4.
THEATRE PREVIEW The Trial
Richard Coope, director of K486's production of The Trial describes this verSion of Steven Berkoff's Kafka adaptation as 'an exercise in gate fever'
The company, which had success With the production in February at Manchester’s Stephen Joseph Studio, Will be coming to the Fringe after workshops V/llll prison and institutional inmates. The guards,'
Coope explains, 'come from a slapstit I:
routine developed by two inmates of
Alice in Wonderland meets club culture of the 90’s
Venue 28, Greylriors Kirk House, 86 Condlemaker Row
I l - 30 August (not l7, 24) 8.45-9.35pm £5/£4 concs
The narrative demonstrates how Kafka's Joseph K, a man arrested and tried for an unspecified crime of which he has no knowledge, feels guilty by accusation and finally accuses himself
The cast of this bleak eXistential tragi- comedy includes Joshua Cole, formerly of the National Youth Theatre, and Calluin Arnott, a member of the British National Gymnastics squad. An eveniiici of extreriie plivsic't'il theatre is IlI ‘)i()lt” foi audiences 'Steve Ciainer,‘ I The Trial (Fringe) K 436, St John's li'a/l (Venue I26) 225 5 705, Aug 630 (not 14, 28,) 9pm, [5 50 ([450)
a ghost carnival. . . a bemusement park . . .
Marcos Theater - Aug. 8-30 - 23:00