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STIRLING FRINGE As the Edinburgh Fringe closes, Stirling’s own festival gets underway

Now in its third year, Scotland’s ‘other Fringe Festival’ offers a mix of comedy, music, theatre and storytelling. Taking place from 18–26 September, the city that sleeps will spring to life during Stirling Fringe with entertainment for all ages and all tastes.

From the comedy circuit there’s Custard Cream-loving Ray Bradshaw, who Frankie Boyle has described as ‘funnier than a falcon’ (we think that’s a compliment). There’s also a chance to see Street Fighter on the big screen with a twist, as comics Billy Kirkwood (pictured) and Joe Heenan are around to provide laugh-out-loud commentary. For the kids, there’s regal storytelling by

Robert the Bruce and his wife Queen Elizabeth as they come to life in full costume, while the Crime and Punishment tour is a goer for all ages the charismatic (yet undeniably sinister) guide will take you down the city’s streets, engrossing onlookers with old tales of the bad and the punished. There’ll also be an abundance of music to dance to, from Scottish hip hop by Stanley Odd to South African folk songs from Simply Soweto Encha.

Unsure how to round off the festivities in style? Bridge of Allan’s Beer, Cider & Sausage Festival on 25 September is bound to have some of, if not all, the answers. (Tina Koenig) Various venues, Stirling, Fri 18–Sat 26 Sep.

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