Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world. With 47,497 performances last year and more this August spread across this beautiful city it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to see. I can’t say I’ve seen everything (surely no one can?), but here are my suggestions of great shows to catch before the 31st:
Anna Morris: It’s Got To Be Perfect
Anna Morris brings her YouTube viral sensation, the acerbic comic creation Georgina the Bride to this triumph of a show. With her increasingly heightened demands and expectations of her perfect day, this Bridezilla’s hilarious show has got to be perfect for hen dos, stag dos, those who are engaged, married, or anyone who has ever been to a wedding. Not to be missed.
The Voodoo Rooms, August 8 – 17, 19 – 30, 3.55pm FREE
An Audience With Jimmy Saville
Alastair McGowan delivers an incredible performance as Jimmy Saville, with not only an eerie mimic of the known TV personality, but a spot on portrayal of the emotions within this monster of a man. The subject matter is understandably uncomfortable at times, as well as frightfully enlightening – did you know Saville had been questioned as a possible suspect during the police hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper? A great, if unsettling, must see play.
This performance is suitable for those who are 16+.
Assembly George Square Theatre, August 11 – 22, 7.55pm £16.00
Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel
Confession time: I’ve seen Austentatious four times. And each time the quick-witted troupe deliver a side-splittingly funny performance, based on an audience suggested Jane Austen style title. Worth going back again and again, these guys never disappoint.
Underbelly George Square, August 6-17, 19-31, 1.15pm £12.50
Marny Godden: Flap ’em On The Gate
With her host of surreal characters Marny Godden’s Flap ’em On The Gate is an uproariously bonkers show that had me crying with laughter. A true clowning talent, Godden is one of those gifted performers who can make you laugh just by raising an eyebrow. If you like The Mighty Boosh you’ll love this.
Underbelly Cowgate, August 6-7, 19-30, 5.20pm £10.00
4×4 Ephemeral Architectures
Dance, physical theatre and circus
One of the joys of coming to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is seeing something you wouldn’t normally see. In an unexpected genre blend this show provides jugglers and ballet dancers performing together on stage. With instances of humour, and obvious athletic talent and skill, this show also provided a truly elegant moment of beauty that almost drove this cynical city dweller to tears. Almost. Worth a look.
Assembly George Square Theatre, August 5-11, 13-17, 19-24, 26-30, 5.30pm £16.00
Ed Fest Fast Tips
Layers and comfortable shoes. Edinburgh’s a hilly city, and you can end up walking a lot between shows. Much like the weather, the venues vary in temperature: some are hot, some are cold, some are wet! Dress accordingly.
How to navigate:
Download the free Edinburgh Festival Fringe App from Kotikan Ltd, which lists all the shows taking place. It allows you to search by shows, location, nearby shows, reviews etc, as well as book tickets and show venues on a map. A little lifesaver.
What to eat:
Deep friend Mars bars. You won’t regret it. Besides you’ll burn off all the calories climbing those Edinburgh hills.