2011 Fringe for a Fiver - Theatre
This article is from 2011.
Not got a brass razoo to your name? Don’t let that spoil your Fringe fun as we present 50 shows you can see for a mere five of your Scottish pound coins
Alice in Wonderland and Other Adventures with Lewis Carroll
Richard Smithies brings to life the writer and his most memorable characters, in this fun and interactive production.
New Town Theatre, 4 & 5 Aug, 11.30am.
A musical comedy that looks into the realm of unemployment and rejection and the nightmares of the interview process.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3–5 Aug, 1.30pm.
Around the World In 80 Quid
Multiple award-winners Aindrias de Staic return with his upbeat play of a travelling fiddle player and his many adventures.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3-5 Aug, 10.45pm.
Auld Reekie Roller Girls Present: Live Roller Derby
Edinburgh’s first ever roller derby team get their skates on to compete against their Glasgow rivals.
Meadowbank Sports Centre, 6, 20 Aug, 2pm.
The Ballad of Unbeatable Hearts
Festival favourite Richard Fry returns with a piece exploring the phenomenon of depression amongst gay teens.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–5 Aug, 12.15pm.
Bane 1, 2 and 3
The third instalment of Joe Bone’s powerful one-man show is filled with classic noir and comedy. Be sure to catch all three instalments during the festival.
Pleasance Dome, 3–6 Aug, 5.20pm.
Bette and Joan – the Final Curtain
While Hollywood legend Bette Davis lies on her death bed she’s visited by the ghost of her co-star, and best enemy, Joan Crawford.
Assembly George Square, 4 & 5 Aug, 12.15pm.
While two English writers attempt to create a modern classic in a New York hotel room, their murderous protagonist appears to be on the rampage on the streets below.
Zoo Southside, 5 & 6 Aug, 6.30pm.
Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut
An offbeat, irreverent love letter to the iconic Bogart-starring film, which recently enjoyed a successful revival at Glasgow Tron Theatre.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3–6 Aug, 4.30pm.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl’s classic story of sugary goodness. Portobello Community Theatre returns to the Fringe after last year’s triumphant Little Shop Of Horrors.
Zoo, 5 & 6 Aug, noon.
An elderly woman recalls her upbringing and attempts to re-connect with the present. Winner of the 2010 Marriot Award for Best Drama Writing.
The Spaces @ Surgeons Hall, 4 & 5 Aug, 2.10pm.
Rubber-faced Festival favourites Village Idiots unleash a fresh new comedy of burial plots and potentially doomed romance.
Pleasance Dome, 3–5 Aug, 1.30pm.
Cry of the Mountain
Adelind Horan gets under the skin of 13 different characters and delves into the true stories of the American coal mining industry.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3–5 Aug, 2.15pm.
Spanish theatre company Enebro Teatro tackles the controversial world of bull-fighting. Is it a glorious form of art or just barbaric?
The Spaces @ Surgeons Hall, 5 & 6 Aug, 7.20pm.
Dusk Rings a Bell
Two old friends meet by accident and discover that their lives now are completely different to what they dreamt of 20 years ago.
Assembly George Square, 3–5 Aug, 2pm.
Set in an alternative 2011, the death of Thatcher causes Arthur Scargill to meet with one of the affected miners, leading them to re-evaluate an episode that changed Britain.
New Town Theatre, 4 & 5 Aug, 3.30pm.
Ed Reardon: A Writer’s Burden
Stage adaptation of Radio 4 comedy, Ed Reardon’s Week, which features the title character, played by Christopher Douglas, ranting about the government and his more successful counterparts.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3–5 Aug, 4pm.
En Route to the Enormous Room
This new play follows the poet EE Cummings and his companion, W Brown, as they volunteer as ambulance drivers in the Paris of World War I. With live jazz accompaniment.
The Jazz Bar, 5 Aug, 8.30pm.
A tale of the rivalry between two brothers, told through puppetry, drama and the poems of Robert Burns.
Greenside, 5–7 Aug, 12.40pm.
A comedy about three Greeks and the epic journey they take in attempting to participate in the ancient Olympics.
Zoo Roxy, 5 & 6 Aug, 12.30pm.
A couple celebrate their anniversary in a decaying castle in the Scottish Highlands with peculiar consequences.
The Playhouse at Hawke and Hunter Green Room, 3 & 4 Aug, 1.40pm.
An eccentric black comedy from Tim Primrose and Sam Siggs, writers of last year’s crowd pleaser, Chow Mein.
Hill Street Theatre, 5 & 6 Aug, 9.25pm.
How to Catch a Rabbit
From the team behind the award-nominated production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest comes a play focusing on the lives of gypsies based within present day south east London.
The Spaces on the Mile, 5 & 6 Aug, 12.20pm.
Peter Weiss’ hard-hitting play inspired by the most high-profile trial of Holocaust perpetrators. Performed by the acclaimed 3Bugs company.
Zoo Southside, 5 & 6 Aug, 9pm.
Just Good Friends
Physical theatre show telling the bittersweet story of a man who hopes his companion Filomena will one day return his unrequited love.
Hill Street Theatre, 5–7 Aug, 4pm.
Kafka and Son
Underpaid and confined to the family home, Franz Kafka constructs the famous 50-page letter to his extremely domineering father.
Assembly George Square, 3–5 Aug, 5.05pm.
The Last Days Of Gilda
Gilda is confined to the kitchen during the Rio de Janeiro heatwaves, resulting in her creating meals that make the men in the area fall in love with her.
New Town Theatre, 4 & 5 Aug, 2.50pm.
Lights, Camera, Walkies
A new play by BBC Sitcom competition finalist, Tom Glover. When the leading lady walks off the film set, what better way to replace her than with a trained canine.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–5 Aug, 2pm.
Livewire Theatre’s Frankenstein
Livewire’s re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s horror masterpiece for a future world.
The Spaces @ Surgeons Hall, 5 Aug, 8.50pm.
Mary Blandy’s Gallows Tree
Performer Lita Doolan tells the story of Mary’s accidental poisoning of her father and her long wait for either the hangman’s rope or absolution.
Sweet Grassmarket, 4 Aug, 11am.
Mind Reading For Breakfast
Start the day with a cup of coffee, a hearty breakfast and a spot of psychoanalysis from illusionist and physiologist Rob Bailey.
Sweet Grassmarket, 4 & 5 Aug, 11.30pm.
No Holes and the Bard
One-man cabaret theatre show performed by Australian singer-songwriter Josef Salvat and co-written with playwright Meg O’Connell. A stirring mix of the sublime and the silly.
Zoo Southside, 5 & 6 Aug, 7.40pm.
One Night Stan
Another chance to see this acclaimed play in which Stan Laurel, waiting backstage for his absent stage partner Ollie, reminisces about their career together.
Assembly George Square, 3–5 Aug, 3.45pm.
Penny Dreadful’s Etherdome
Mick Barnfather directs the award-winning Penny Dreadful’s disaster comedy set in 1850s America where science rubs shoulders with fairground sideshows.
Assembly George Square, 3–5 Aug, 2.10pm.
Edinburgh University Theatre Company presents this new drama about a relationship that is put under strain when a couple relive their memories through a series of photographs.
Bedlam Theatre, 7 Aug, 12.30pm.
An inspirational theatre, dance and musical journey through the healing processes following the recent political upheaval in Zimbabwe.
New Town Theatre, 4 & 5 Aug, 1.10pm.
Rules for Drowning
New writing from Firefly, which depicts the search for survivors drowning under a tonne of paper following the financial crisis.
Hill Street Theatre, 5–7 Aug, 12.15pm.
In a world where anything and everything we do is monitored, a loyal servant to the system suddenly finds himself trying to escape it.
Zoo, 5 & 6 Aug, 4.15pm.
Two-man comedy show about the hardship faced by two financial executives who have lost everything in the stock market crash.
Pleasance Dome, 3–5 Aug, 2.55pm.
The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart
Attending a conference in the Borders, the title character stumbles across the Devil. Another chance to see the acclaimed show from the National Theatre Of Scotland.
Traverse @ Ghillie Dhu, 2 & 3 Aug, 3pm.
A revival of John Godber’s much-loved classroom-set comedy by the superbly talented Young Pleasance company.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4 & 5 Aug, 1pm.
The new show from the acclaimed Paper Birds company probes Scotland’s relationship with the bottle.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3–5 Aug, 5.45pm.
Inspired by true events, this modern day tragedy gives an insight into the seedy goings-on within an East London drugs empire.
Zoo Roxy, 5 & 6 Aug, 8.15pm.
Time for the Good Looking Boy
Box Clever’s new production, written by Michael Wicherek, is an urban ghost story focusing on the final journey of a seemingly ordinary young man.
Pleasance Dome, 4 & 5 Aug, 2.50pm.
Uncle Tom: Deconstructed
A piece of drama that explores the link between blackface minstrels and today’s racist stereotypes.
The Space @ Venue 45, 9–13 Aug (not 12), times vary.
A couple of newly reborn vampires struggle to come to terms with their immortality in this new piece from Wavelength Theatre Company.
The Spaces @ Surgeons Hall, 5 & 6 Aug, 7.30pm.
Arthur Conan Doyle meets Napoleon in this amusing two-man show, which recalls the famous battle from the point of view of a French brigadier and a cockney corporal.
New Town Theatre, 4 & 5 Aug, 4.30pm.
The Wright Brothers
Epic account of the pioneering flights of Wilbur and Orville Wright, by the Oxford Playhouse.
Pleasance Courtyard, 5 Aug, 1.30pm.
You Will Be Rare
High-concept show from Jamie Moakes, which finds the performer and his Ram-Man action hero from the He-Man series battling together against the world.
Zoo, 5 & 6 Aug, 8.10pm.
The new poetry collection by internationally renowned writer Heathcote Williams is performed by Fringe veteran Roy Hutchins.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3 & 4 Aug, 3pm.