The following events are your chance to see some of the top comedy moments in this year’s Fringe. And because they’re early, you get them for a nice price too. Booking information is at the end of the listings.
Fri 30 Jul-Sun 1 Aug
Shimmer Fringe First winner Linda McLean‘s new play follows two groups of people both stranded at a B&B near Loch Lomond due to extreme and rather unsettling weather conditions. Traverse Theatre. 7pm. £9. (£4.50).
Tue 3 Aug
When the Bulbul Stopped Singing When the West Bank city of Ramallah was invaded in 2002. Palestinian lawyer and activist Raja Shedadeh began a diary. His extraordinary testament of resistance and life under occupation has been adapted for the stage by Scottish playwright David Greig. 'I'raverse Theatre. 3pm. £9 (£4.50).
Wed 4 Aug
Anorak of Fire: The Life and Times of Gus Gascoigne - Trainspotter Tenth Anniversary of Fringe favourite Gus Gascoigne. the trainspotter who could light tires from the strength of his passion. I’Ieasanee Courtyard. noon. £5.
Shostakovich A touching portrayal of the ageing pianist Dmitri Shostakovich. who is visited by the ghost of one of his most talented students after he is killed at war. (.‘o2. noon. £7.50 (£6.50).
How To Act Around Cops Award winning writer Logan Brown brings a new play to the stage. creating an ever- expanding puzzle about truth. lies and subjectivity. Pleasanee ('ourtyanl. 12.50pm. £5.
No Man Rumble Playwright/performer Alasdair Satchell delves into the murky world of what it means to be a man. via monkey impressions. electronic music and physical performance. (‘o2. 1pm. £7.50 (£6.50).
When the Bulbul Stopped Singing See Tue 3. Traverse Theatre. 3pm. £15 (£9).
Bang Bang You’re Dead The Red Chair Players. who won critical acclaim in 2002 for The Lmnrie Project. return with their take on the Columbine massacre and the distinctly American tragedy. C. 2.50pm. £7.50 (£6.50).
Play Dead Experimental theatre company. the People Show. brings a flavour of the Wild West to the Edinburgh. A rootin'. tootin'. all singing. all dancing tale of hard living and even harder dying. Pod Deeo. 3.30pm, £5.
The Love That Dared Not Speak Its Name: ‘Ballet Rimbaud’ 8. ‘Possession’ Classically trained dancers perform to the various scores of Shostakovich's Jazz Suite and The Doors. C. 3.55pm. £8.50 (£7.50).
Men Award winning Australia playwright Brendan Cowell presents his
new tale of the sex lives. neuroses and excesses of three young men. I’Ieasanee Dome. 4.05pm. £5.
Diary of a Madman Nikolai Gogol‘s one-man show about a character so self-absorbed that he can only explain his views through his diary and cannot understand it when people disagree with his idiosyncratic version. C. 5.15pm. £8.50 (£7.50).
The Smallest Person Trestle Theatre Company combines masks. puppets and storytelling for this tale of medical ethics involving the interwoven histories of Caroline Crachami. a 19.5 inch tall girl living in Georgian England. and a seriously ill child who goes missing in 2004. Poll Deeo. 5.20pm. £5.
The Wau Wau Sisters A bawdy mix of vaudeville. circus act and striptease as the sexy sisters create a musical and physical extravaganza in the revered tradition of The Donkey Show. I’leasanee Courtyard. 5.40pm. £5.50.
Nine Days Crazy Based on the story of famous Shakespearean actor Will Kemp. who danced for nine days. this one-man show is an unconventional love story from double Fringe First winner Chris (ioode. I’Ieasanee Dome. 7pm. £5.
The Andy Warhol Syndrome Disgraccfully funny lady Jenny liclair returns with a new one-woman show. prodding and poking at the shoddy foundations of reality TV. asking what happened to dinner lady Carol Fletcher? Pod Deco, 7.10pm. £5.
And in the End A lavish production from multiple limmy Award-winner Alexander Marshall. delving into what went through John Lennon‘s mind moments after he was shot. (‘. 8pm. £9.50 (£8.50).
XXX Controversial Spanish group La Fttra dels Baus brings its sexually explicit adaptation of Marquis de Sade's Philosophy of the Boudoir to the Scottish stage. Pleasance Courtyard. 8pm. £15.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Velocet brings Robert Louis Stevenson‘s brutal novella to the stage in full theatrical and musical style. using a script that underscores the philosophical and scientific implications of the tale. C. 8.15pm. £8.50 (£7.50).
Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’ New York based Black Moon Theatre Company presents a highly physical and theatrical adaptation of Kalka‘s existential classic. ('. 9.10pm. £8.50 (£7.50).
lhu 5 Aug
You‘ve got to hand it to 150 Theatre Company. which re-cnacts the troubled history of heavy industry in Middlesbrough and manages to make it interesting. Cum, /()ant. £6.50
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llurtlc into the roller-skating mania of Brooklyn in the l950s where Jack. a rather na‘t've Catholic who also happens to be a skating demon. discovers that his passion and religion don't always mix. .S'Inr'rnoﬂ'(hu/erln'l/y. I /..t’()am. £4.
Anorak of Fire: The Life and Times of Gus Gascoigne - Trainspotter See Wed 4 Aug. l’leasanee Courtyard. noon. £5.
Fuse A glimpse into the future where humans are virtually extinct because of genetically-modilicd virus. leaving the rats and roaches light it out for power. 77'(ll'(’l‘$(’ 'I'heatre. noon. £8 (£4.50). Shostakovich Sec W ‘d 4 Aug. ('o2. noon. £7.50 (£6.50).
Now to Act Around Cops See Wed 4 Aug. I’leasanee Courtyard. 12.50pm. £5.
Mo Man Rumble See Wed 4 Aug. (' o2. l/nn. £7.50 (£6.50).
The Dumb Waiter (‘yelops present llarold l’intcr's tense and darkly comic tale of two assassins awaiting in a basement their next instructions from dumb waiter. I’m/ Deeo. 2.25pm. £5. Tempting Providence The true story of Nurse .V’lyra Bennett who moved from Britain to Newfoundland in Canada in the early 20th century to help out in rural communities. ()ver 50 years she performed every medical procedure frotn operations to tooth
extractions in the most basic conditions.
'I'rat'erse 'I’heatre. 2.30pm. £8 (£4.50). Bill Hicks: Slight Return The return of a dead comedian'.’ This new play revives the life and antics of revered funny man Bill Hicks. I’leasanee Courtyard. 2.45pm. £5. Bang Bang You’re Dead See Wed 4 Attg. C. 2.50pm. £7.50 (£6.50).
Gone A new political allegory. based on Antigone. and by up and coming playwright (ilyn Cannon. who brings Sophocles into the modern era with a tale of spin doctors. TV and the contemporary obsession with security. I’leasanee Courtyard. .i/nn. £5.
Thom Pain (Based On Nothing) A one-man show by up and coming playwright Will lino. which presents 'l’hom Pain. a man standing on the edge of modern society. holding court with his audience. I’leasanee ('ourtyarrl. .t’pm. £5. Play Dead See Wed 4 Aug. l’ot/ Deer). 3.30pm. £5.
The Love That Dared Not Speak Its Name: ‘Ballet Rimbaud’ & ‘Possession’ See Wed 4 Atlg. C. 3.55pm. £8.50 (£7.50).
Men See Wed 4 Aug. I’leasanee Dome. 4.05pm. £5.
Diary of a Madman See Wed 4 Aug. C. 5.15pm. £8.50 (£7.50).
The Smallest Person See Wed 4 Aug. I’or/ I)eeo. 5.20pm. £5.
Jeffrey Archer’s Prison Diary - Hell The first. qttite possibly of many. stage adaptations depicting Jeffrey Archer’s spectacular transition from Conservative Party mascot to Belmarsh resident. Suturing/f (t’rulerhe/ly. 5.30pm. £5.
The Wau Wau Sisters See Wed 4 Aug. I’leasanee Courtyard. 5.40pm. £5.50.
Bima and Bramati Norway ‘s l)et Apnc 'l'eater sets off on a comic journey with two amputees in a hospital ward. who aim to travel where they‘ve never been before. 'I‘mt'erse Theatre. 7pm. £8 (£4.50).
Nine Days Crazy See Wed 4 Attg. I’leasam‘e Dome. 7pm. £5.
Tango Apocalypso A magical love story set in the gently swaying world of railway porters as they witness encounters across crowded carriages and the obsessive love of a doomed heroine. 'I'rat'erse Theatre. 7pm. £9 (£4.50).
The Andy Warhol Syndrome See Wed 4 Aug. I’rn/ Deeo. 7.10pm. £5. The Pull of Negative Gravity A moving piece of political theatre by Jonathon Lichtenstein. exploring the impact of war on a North American farmer‘s boy. who returns home injured after military service in lraq and has to readjust to his old life. 'I'rat'erse Theatre. 7.30pm. £8 (£4.50).
And in the End Sec Wed 4 Aug. C. 8pm. £9.50 (£8.50).
XXX See Wed 4 Aug. l’leasance Courtyard. 8pm. £15.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde See Wed 4 Aug. ('. 8.15pm. £8.50 (£7.50).
9pm Phaedra’s Love By Sarah Kane
Fail Better Productions returns to the Fringe with a powerful reworking of the Phaedra myth. with all the lust. love and betrayal that it brings. Smirnoff ('Itr/er/n'l/y. 9pm. £4.
Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’ See Wed 4 Aug. (1 9. /()/)HI. £8.50 (£7.50).
A Mobile Thriller An intense experience as an audience of three travel through the city at dusk in a chauffcur-drivcn sports car accompanied by a man at breaking point. with the narrative unfolding through a series of phone conversations. Italian playwright Renato (iabrielli’s comic thriller is bound to be one of the big stories of the Fringe. even though hardly anyone will actually get a ticket to see it. 77'(lt'(’l'.\'(' 'Iheutre. 9.30pm. £15 t£4.50--£9).
Sisters, Such Devoted Sisters Dive into (ilasgow's gay underworld in the company of drag queen Bernice llindley. her messed up friends and a young mart. bored and experimenting as he tries to lind his way in this crazy secret city. ’l'raverse Theatre. Hip/n. £8 (£4.50).
Ubu Disco Interpretation of Alfred Jarry's absttrdist tale of disco beats. dodgy dancing and wedding hell as l)J ‘King’ 1.7th takes control of the decks. .S'nrirno/fIfnr/erhel/y. //.55/nn. £5.
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