Underbelly reveals more of its ambitious Edinburgh Fringe 2018 lineup

Underbelly reveals more of its ambitious Edinburgh Fringe 2018 lineup

Shit-faced Showtime's Oliver with a Twist

Expect interesting stories about women, family fun, fresh comedy acts and dark cabaret

The festival magnates over at Underbelly have unveiled their most ambitious Edinburgh Fringe lineup yet, with 96 shows to take the stage across 21 venues in 2018.

Highlights from the theatre programme include three compelling stories about women, presented by emerging theatre companies that won the coveted Untapped Award. It's True, It's True, It's True by Breach Theatre revisits the rape of Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and its effects on her career, while Nouveau Riche's Queens of Sheba focuses on the rise of 'misogynoir' and the black women who valiantly demand equality from a racist and sexist society. They are joined by ThisEgg, whose play dressed. weaves the true tale of a girl who remakes her entire wardrobe from scratch after her sexual assault.

Underbelly's comedy offerings are similarly populated with new and exciting acts, with the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee Steen Raskopoulos treading the boards with his new show Stay, while Myq Kaplan makes his Fringe debut with All Killing Aside, a show about living a life of truth, kindness and not murdering people. Meanwhile, Alice Fraser imagines an Artificial Intelligence learning about our all-too human world of cultural hypocrisy and pornography through a comedy show in Ethos. Deborah Frances-White also returns to the Edinburgh with a specially recorded version of her hugely popular podcast The Guilty Feminist.

Underbelly Reveals its Edinburgh Fringe 2018 Lineup

Queen's of Sheeba
Underbelly's colourful family programme includes celebrated writer Julia Donaldson performing The Gruffalo, The Witch and The Warthog, featuring a star-studded lineup of Donaldson's classic characters. Speaking of classics, Paddington Bear's First Concert sees the ursine adventurer attend his first concert and getting into his usual mishaps, whilst Richmal Compton's unruly protagonist William Brown gets a fresh adaptation in Just William's Luck, Circus maestros Circa will also return to the purple tent with their first children's show Wolfgang!, a vivid journey into the musical genius of Mozart.

Cabaret is taken to some darkly-funny places in The Little Death Club, a variety showcase by Queen of Weimar punk kabarett Bernie Dieter and her gang of misfits and miscreants. Black comedy similarly steals the limelight in Underbelly's musical lineup, with Buried exploring the trials of modern love as a serial killer. History and the literary canon also get a revisionist spin as the much-misused wives of Henry VIII storm the stage with sisterhood anthems in SIX , and Dickens' beloved orphan boy gets a boozy do-over in Shit-faced Showtime's Oliver with a Twist.

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