Hour by hour recommendations for the best festival theatre.
Traverse plays A different running order each day (not Mon). but at
1 1am you're likely to see The Blue Orphan DC. by Canada's Catalyst. Shut Eye 0... by Philadelphia‘s Pig Iron company, Iron 00.. by Rona Munro or
Outlying Islands 0... by David Greig. Traverse. dates and times vary.
Project 9/1 1 0... One of the most affecting responses to the attack on the Twin Towers. this production is the true voice of seven young Americans. Assembly Rooms. until 26 Aug (not 20) 77am.
LAGS .00. Questions of power and rehabilitation are raised in this prison drama. Pleasance. until 26 Aug. 7 7. 75am.
John Byrne The playwright and artist talks about his autobiography. Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens, 24 Aug. 77.30am.
Horse Country COCO Highly- rated new American play by CJ Hopkins ab0ut contemporary life. Assembly Rooms. until 26 Aug. noon. Traverse plays A different running order each day (not Monl. but at noon you're likely to see The Drowned World 00.. by Paines Plough. Stitching .0... by Anthony Neilson, Weather 0.. by Canada's Volcano or Safety .0.
by Unlimited Theatre. Traverse, dates and times vary.
Oleanna 0... David Mamet has stoked a million dinner party conversations with this gripping drama about the battle of the sexes. Assembly Rooms. until 26 Aug, noon. Boababs Don’t Grow Here ODD. Clowning fun and pathos from Fresco Theatre Company. Gilded Balloon, until 26 Aug, 72.45pm.
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The Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett COO.
Accessible — and very funny — for all. but this spoof is a real treat for Beckett buffs. Assembly Rooms. until 26 Aug. 7 .25pm.
Filler Up C... On stage baking in this acclaimed one-woman show about acceptance in a skinny society. Assembly Rooms, until 26 Aug, 7.45pm.
Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth 0... Only on the Fringe would you discover Shakespeare's Scottish play being performed by inch-high plastic toys on a briefcase stage. Long live the Fringe! Gateway. until 25 Aug. 2.30pm and 4pm. Tuesdays and Sundays COCO Canadian play about the truth behind a young couple's romance. Pleasance Dome. until 26 Aug. 2.30pm. Jerry Springer: The Opera C... Is it theatre? Comedy? Opera? Who cares? Our cover- starring tribute to W‘s tackiest entertainment show is a rare combination of musical and comedic talent. Assembly Rooms, 26 Aug. 2.35pm.
3pm Frank Kermode The distinguished critic discusses the histOry of Othel/o's censorship. Book Festival. Charlotte Square Gardens, 26 Aug. 3pm. Goner O... The inspired Americana Absurdum troupe in a frantic black comedy about three doctors struggling to save the US president. Assembly Rooms. 26 Aug. 3. 75pm. The Dice House 0... Inspired by Luke Rhinehart's Dice Man novels. this is a pitch black comedy about how we choose to live Our lives. Pleasance Dome. until 26 Aug, 3.20pm. Hammerklavier COCO. Yasmina Reza is the toast of the West End thanks to Art and The Unexpected Man. Here her memoir is adapted for the stage. trailing rave reviews in its wake. Assembly Rooms, until 26 Aug. 3.30pm.
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Auntie and Me 0...
Jonathan Creek star Alan Davies makes his professional theatrical debut in this award-winning Canadian black comedy about a man tending to his supposedly dying aunt. Assembly Rooms. until 26 Aug. 4pm.
The Straight Man O... Evocation of the cut-throat world of show business set in the dying days of variety. R/easance. until 26 Aug. 4pm.
Harold Pinter Britain's leading playwright makes a rare appearance. the first since being diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens. 25 Aug, 4.30pm.
100 O... A beautiful exploration of memory performed by four people and nothing more than a set of bamboo sticks. Underbelly. until 25 Aug. 5pm.
True or Falsetto? COO. Ingenious and delightful play about the life of the castrati. R/easance. until 26 Aug, 5pm.
Happy with Half your Life 0... An anonymous Australian in London is at the centre of this engrossing performance by Vanessa O'Neill. Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug, 5.30pm.
Like Thunder Return of last year's Fringe First winning tragedy of claustrophobic Scandinavian life. Gilded Balloon Teviot. until 26 Aug. 5.30pm.
Caveman, Inc C... The multi- voiced Kerry Shale plays a host of characters in a stone age theme park in this satirical comedy. Pleasance. until 26 Aug, 6. 70pm. Hopeless Games Two chances to revisit the Fringe First-winning dance-theatre collaboration between Russia's Do and Germany's Fabrik from 1999. St Stephens. 25—26 Aug. 6. 75pm.
Willy Russell The Blood Brothers playwright in conversation. Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens. 24 Aug, 6.30pm.
Slaves of Starbucks D...
An apocalyptic vision of corporate America in a deadly dark satire. Hill Street Theatre. until 26 Aug, 7pm. lain Heggie The brilliant Scottish playwright in conversation. Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens, 23 Aug, 7pm.
The Blind A version of Maeterlinck's play produced as a video-art installation by Canada's Denis Marleau for the International Festival. Edinburgh Festival Theatre. 24, 26. 27. 29 & 30. 7pm and 9pm. Maria Stuart Vienna's Burgtheater performs Schiller's romantic tragedy for the International Festival. King '3 Theatre. 29 & 30 Aug. 7pm; 37 Aug, 6pm.
La Cuisine Snapshots of life in a modern domestic kitchen. performed by T0ulouse's Theatre Tattoo for the International Festival. Royal Lyceum. 28—37 Aug, 7.30pm. Born African Back after rave reviews last year. Zimbabwe‘s Over the Edge offers three views of its c0untry today. Augstine's, 23 and 25 Aug. 7.45pm.
Victory at the Dirt Palace O... The Riot Group. winner of a Fringe First in 1999. turns its uncompromising attention on TV. royalty and sex. Garage. until 26 Aug. 7.30pm.
Go Go: the Boy with the Magic Feet .0. Look out for members of one of the most talented world music groups in Theatrum Botanicum's latest outdoor feelgood spectacular. Royal Botanic Garden. until 30 Aug, 8pm.
The Bomb-itty of Errors
.0. Shakespeare re-invented for the rap generation. R/easance. until 26 Aug. 9.30pm.
The Mute who was Dreamed O... From Iran. Theatre Bazi creates a terrifying vision of a deaf- mute child and an oppressive carer. Theatre Workshop. until 24 Aug at 9.30pm; 25—26 Aug 6pm and 8pm.
La Divina Commedia 0.000 The celebrated Derevo returns from St Petersburg on top form with a shocking new big top show. Assembly Big Top, until 26 Aug. 70pm.
Deep Throat D... The seediness. tragedy and comedy of the 708 porn industry as typified by the life of Linda Lovelace.