Assembly announces 76 more shows on sale for Edinburgh Fringe
- Alex Johnston
- 20 April 2018
This article is from 2018
Highlights include new comedy from Jason Byrne and Kate Berlant, circus antics from Quebec's The 7 Fingers and theatre from NTS/Birds of Paradise
Assembly, one of the busiest operators of the Fringe, has added 76 more shows to its August programme, including some of the biggest names in comedy as well as theatre productions from the National Theatre of Scotland and Birds of Paradise; cabaret from Fringe Wives Club; drag queen Gingzilla; circus shows from The 7 Fingers Troupe; and much more.
In comedy, the headliners include new shows from Jason Byrne (You Can Come In, But Don't Start Anything); Andrew Maxwell (Shake A Leg); US improvisational comedian Kate Berlant (Communikate); and other new material from John Hegley, Jess Robinson, David O'Doherty, Simon Evans and James Hancox.
In theatre, one of the highlights is the National Theatre of Scotland / Birds of Paradise co—production of Robert Softley-Gale's My Left/Right Foot, a show about an amateur dramatics group which learns that it needs to represent a wider cross-section of society. The group decides to create and stage a musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie My Left Foot, based on the book by disabled author Christy Brown—but then runs into difficulties when it can't get the rights, has no script, and can't find any disabled actors.
Elsewhere, two sci-fi doctors face off, with Doctor Who's Sylvester McCoy and Star Trek: Voyager's holographic doctor Robert Picardo joining Richard Oliver as an English, an Irishman and a Scotsman in Dan Freeman's absurdist play A Joke. Other exciting offerings include Joanne Harstone's That Daring Australian Girl, which tells the story of suffragette Muriel Matters, who once flew around London in a dirigible dropping leaflets for women's suffrage; Alison Skilbeck's Are There More of You?, which explores the stories of four women who share a postcode; as well as comedies by Kate Kennedy and Harry Blake.
In circus, Montréal-based artist collective The 7 Fingers bring two shows, Reversible and Sisters, the latter featuring the music of the late and much-missed singer-songwriter Lhasa de Sela and created by and featuring her sisters Ayin de Sela and Miriam de Sela; Casting Off, a hilarious show featuring three generations of women who met at Circus Oz; and Attrape Moi by Flip Fabrique.
For kids, there's puppetry and music in The Dragon and the Whales; the world premiere of The Greatest Goat of All Time; a tale of snot and nose-picking in Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze, and drag pop princesses The Denim Juniors, celebrating the power of being yourself.
As Assembly's Artistic Director William Burdett-Coutts says, 'Our programme is packed with new talent, returning favourites and some truly incredible shows, that demonstrate the real breadth of world-class performance that comes to Edinburgh every August.'
Assembly Festival, various venues, Wed 1—Mon 27 Aug.