Edinburgh Fringe Theatre 2012 for a fiver
Shows offering discounted previews at 2012 Edinburgh Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2012.
Desperate for a big dose of culture but short of the necessary funds? Kelly Apter, James Corlett and Suzanne Neilson pick a selection of Fringe theatre and dance previews, all showing at a venue near you at a price that’s nice
In the aftermath of her father’s death, altruistic Agnes awakens to the realisation that the foundations of her life are crumbling.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1–3 Aug, 2pm, £5.
Fromthegreyhouse company returns to the Fringe with this bittersweet look at relationships.
Greenside, 3-5 Aug, 8.50pm, £5 (£3.50).
Dark comedy told from out-of-work actor Ruaraidh’s London flat with the help of his imaginary pal Sean Connery.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1–3 Aug, 1.30pm, £5.
Fizzing Liverpudlian coming-of-age drama that exhibits some of the best new writing in Britain.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1–3 Aug, 2pm, £5.
Family-friendly, award-winning puppet show from the Magpie Puppet Company.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1–3 Aug, 12.45pm, £5.
Claudel’s affair with sculptor Rodin resulted in two of the world’s most famous artworks. This play tells the captivating story.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-3 August, 1.30pm, £5.
Comedian Joe Pooley literally dies on stage in this fun interactive play set in a dark 80s comedy club.
Pleasance Dome, 1–3 Aug, 2.30pm, £5.
Mixing contemporary and breakdance, TrashDollys Dance Company explores the love story of an obsessive photographer and a troubled widow.
Zoo Southside, 3 & 4 Aug, 2.30pm, £6.
A hip hop musical following blue collar worker Victor Spartan who feels the stirring of revolution.
Assembly Roxy, 2 & 3 Aug, 7.50pm, £5.
She’s perfect. He’s a mistake. Yet life seems hell bent on match-making these two hapless romantics. A laugh out loud portrayal of shambling love.
Pleasance Dome, 1–3 Aug, 1.20pm, £5.
Raconteur Sarah Hamilton shares an immersive tale that has been in her family for hundreds of years, with a voice that is a ‘marvel of sound effects’.
Gilded Balloon, 1–4 Aug, 2pm, £5.
Joseph Merrick and his devoted nurse invite the audience for an evening of revelations with the opportunity to pose questions.
Institut francais d’Ecosse, 3 Aug, 8pm, £5.
Join the Grace Sisters in their quest to find the man without a face in this mix of the absurd with poetry and Vaudeville laid on thick.
theSpace at Jury’s Inn, 3 & 4 Aug, 4.10pm, £5.
After a sell-out run in 2010, the award-winning play returns, promising a poignant yet humorous look at the illness.
theSpace on the Mile, 3 & 4 Aug, 4.05pm, £5.
Situated somewhere between Woody Allen and Samuel Beckett, this new piece – based on the stories of Jonathan Safran Foer – mulls over the void between fact and what might have been.
Assembly Roxy, 2 & 3 Aug, 1pm, £5.
Fiona Paul ingratiates herself with cabaret and side-splitting monologues in a bid to take the audience to pleasure level 10!
Zoo Southside, 3 & 4 Aug,3.20pm, £5.
Theatre director Greg is in the throes of an artistic renaissance as he assembles a rabble of showbiz misfits for his comeback play.
Greenside, 3 & 4 Aug, 5.20pm, £3.
Ricardo Garcia returns with another intoxicating flamenco show, featuring music, vocals and dance.
theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 3 & 4 Aug, 9.05pm, £5.
Mime, music and physical theatre combine in Theatre Re’s tale of an elderly man stuck in the past.
Pleasance Dome, 1–3 Aug, 2.45pm, £5.
A whizz through the work of these musical giants, from pirates, to sailors, to gondoliers, all in the space of only one hour.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3 & 4 Aug, 4.30pm, £6.
Intricate puppetry and Shamanic music imbue a post-apocalyptic world in this enthralling tale of forgotten wishes.
Bedlam Theatre, 3 & 4 Aug, 5pm, £5.
A production developed with ex-servicemen prisoners, Glory Dazed is a darkly comic look at the impact of war upon returning soldiers.
Underbelly Cowgate, 3 & 4 Aug, 5pm, £6.
Twentysomething William’s life is in turmoil so it’s no surprise he turns to the music of the Smiths in this darkly funny play.
Zoo Southside, 3 & 4 Aug, 7.50pm, £5.
Two couples live in the same Budapest flat but 30 years apart. The play examines generational nuances while each couple learns more about their partner and themselves.
Hill Street Theatre, 2 & 3 Aug, 8.30pm, £5.
Accused of embezzlement and forced to go on the run, Charlie abandons everything but Sophie still won’t leave him alone. A fast-paced piece of modern theatre.
theSpace on the Mile, 3 & 4 Aug, 8.35pm, £6.50.
American/Palestinian Jennifer explores her eventual radicalism in this comic look at her journey to her parents homeland of Ramallah.
Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 2–5 Aug, 8.35pm, £5.
A captivating look at Nietzsche’s psyche that examines the conflict of reason and intuition through a series of multimedia.
theSpace at Surgeons Hall, 3 & 4 Aug, 12.05pm, £5.
In 1809 John Kemble attempts to restore the burnt down Covent Garden Theatre by hiking up ticket prices resulting in riots – here’s your chance to enact these wild demonstrations!
Pleasance Dome, 4pm, 1–3 Aug, £5.
A comic examination of Scottish independence and questions of national identity from inside an Edinburgh language school.
The Playhouse on The Fringe, 1 & 2 Aug, 4pm, £6.
Lecoq-trained company Let Slip presents this humorous look at two architects who build a tower block, but fail to find the utopia they were looking for.
Zoo, 3 & 4 Aug, 3.30pm, £5.
Set around the dinner party of an exclusive dining club at one of the oldest universities in Britain. Expect scandal and dark humour.
Paradise in The Vault, 4 & 5 Aug, 6.40pm, £5.
In a year that celebrates the 200th Birthday of Charles Dickens, this new production places the spotlight firmly on the enigmatic Miss Haversham.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-3 Aug, 3pm, £6.
A series of true stories surrounding race and sexualiy from Berend McKenzie, exploring how he learned to deal with persecution and the words that wounded him.
theSpace on the Mile, 3 & 4 Aug, 7.20pm, £6.
Set in a commune in the summer of 1970, this play questions society’s need to dream and who wins when the system has been overridden.
theSpace on the Mile, 3 & 4 Aug, 3.05pm, £4.
Preconceptions of sex in Britain are challenged in this voyeur’s insight into prostitute Marley’s first encounter with a young client.
Underbelly Cowgate, 2 & 3 Aug, 5.20pm, £6.
The tragi-comic tale of a war correspondent named Macbeth and the violence and corruption he encounters.
Zoo, 3 & 4 Aug, 3pm, £5.
It’s the old British institution with a twist as this relatively normal activity becomes a treatise on how chaos can arise from order.
Sweet Grassmarket, 2-4 Aug, 4.50pm, £5.
Based on HP Lovecraft’s seminal work, Herbert West is a medical student who stumbles upon a lurid green serum that revives the dead in this camp horror.
Assembly George Square, 1-3 Aug, 10.40pm, £5.
A classic of the literary canon is revitalised in this theatrical interpretation of Wilde’s tragedy.
Zoo Southside, 4 Aug, 2pm, £5.
Model and muse for Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud, the late Moraes gives a fascinating insight into her life as their subject. Bring your sketchbooks.
Whitespace, 1 & 2 Aug, 5.15pm, £5.
Rhum and Clay Theatre Company apply their Lecoq training to this tale of memory and imagination, seen through the eyes of a photographer. Featuring live music.
Bedlam Theatre, 3 & 4 Aug, 9pm, £6 (£5).
Four works from China’s most famous playwright, Cao Yu, are compressed into one hour, exploring state oppression in all its gritty manifestations.
theSpace on North Bridge, 3 & 4 Aug, 4.10pm, £5.
A success story from last year’s Fringe. After losing his wife, William escapes to a fantasy world of fond reminiscence when one day Rose joins him, offering herself to him one last time.
Pleasance Dome, 1–3 Aug, 5.25pm, £5.
A story of young love running off to join the circus, showcasing the real skill of a circus performer under all the razzamataz and exploring their relationships.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 2 & 3 Aug, 3.40pm, £6.
Absurdist theatre adapted from the novella by Tyneside poet and playwright Peter Mortimer. Fat Git invite you to into a flat full of pedants, idiots and persistently whistling terrorists.
Bedlam Theatre, 3 & 4 Aug, 2pm, £6.
A story of the love between a man and his chair. Disturbing, humorous and just plain weird and all accompanied by an original score.
Zoo, 3 & 4 Aug, 12pm, £5.
A soldier at Monte Cassino, Wojtek was more than just a bear. Told through the eyes of the man who knew him best, this tale of love and loyalty combines words, music, movement and storytelling.
Hill Street Theatre, 2 & 3 Aug, 4.30pm, £5.