Best of the Southside: Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO in August
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- 4 July 2018
Century Song / credit: Dahlia Katz
Highlights include Freeman, Riot Days and Century Song
The Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO (click link to jump to venue) join forces once again to highlight the best theatre, dance, music and more taking place across all three venues. From jaw-dropping circus to performances for the little ones, you can expect to find something to suit all tastes via this exciting collaboration. With so much to choose from all over Fringe, why not let the Southside venues be your guides?
After the sell-out success of Hotel Paradiso and a five star hit with Teatro Delusio, Germany's mask theatre masters return to the Fringe with their next brilliant, visual comedy Infinita, about our first and last steps in life. Played out in a succession of increasingly hilarious scenes, combining poignancy, astute observation and some superbly skilled slapstick. 'Pure Magic' (British Theatre Guide).
Pleasance Courtyard, 2–27 Aug (not 13), 1.30pm (1hr30), £9 Previews, £12–£15.50 (£11–£14.50)
Theatre Ad Infinitum
No Kids reveals the personal journey that real-life couple Nir Paldi and George Mann, embarked upon when they asked the question: as a gay couple, should we go out of our way to have children? Theatre Ad Infinitum return in this distinctly queer piece mixing gender-bending musical cabaret and verbatim theatre.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1–27 Aug (not 8, 13 or 21), 3.40pm (1hr20), £6.50 Previews, £10.50–£13.50 (£9–£12.50)
Strictly Arts Theatre & The Pleasance
Freeman is inspired by the first man in America to plead 'insanity' as his defence. Award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts expose the fundamental link between systemic racism and the decimation of the self. History is bound to repeat itself when the thumb is permanently bearing down on the loop button, so has anything really changed?
Pleasance Courtyard, 1–27 Aug (not 10), 5pm (1hr), £6 Previews, £8–£11 (£7–£10)
The world sucks sometimes. OK, a lot. But there's nothing we can do about it. Is there? This show says yes there is. Maybe. Propeller is a devised piece about power and the possibility of change, directed by double Fringe First winner Caitlin Skinner (Woke ★★★★★, Sanitise ★★★★★) and co-created by The Network Ensemble (Snowflake ★★★★).
Pleasance Courtyard, 1–27 Aug (not 13 or 21), 1pm (1hr), £6 Previews, £7–£9 (£6–£8.50)
With their specifically feminist retort to patriarchal power in Putin's Russia, Pussy Riot have become one of the most important voices of the last 10 years. Riot Days merges punk, electronica, theatre, documentary footage and protest.
Summerhall, 10–19 Aug, 7pm (3hr), £17.50
The creators of Fringe 2016 hit Meet Fred team up with clown supremos Spymonkey, to present The Flop, an anarchic, hilarious slice of stupidity, with live music and unfeasibly large wigs. Can a cast of total idiots save a show about a flop... from being one?
Summerhall, 3–26 Aug (not 13, 20), 4.55pm (1hr), £6 Previews, £12/£8
Love Song To Lavender Menace
James Ley in association with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Nostalgic bookseller Lewis and party-boy Glen are back in this hit gay romantic comedy set in 1980s Edinburgh. Love Song is a funny, celebratory play about the radical, lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop which began in the cloakroom of Scotland's first gay nightclub and became the beating heart of Edinburgh's LGBT+ community.
Summerhall, 1–26 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 12.55pm (1hr15), £7 Previews, £12/£10
Cock Cock ... Who's There?
Samira Elagoz in association with From Start to Finnish
Cock Cock... is an award-winning performance about violence and intimacy. Samira Elagoz takes us along on her personal research project across three continents. From online platforms to close encounters, she showcases gender relations in their brutal and wonderful ambivalence.
Summerhall, 3–26 Aug (not 8, 9, 20), 6.45pm (1hr5), £5 Previews, £10/£8
All These Things
Live Art Bistro
Live Art Bistro take over ZOO Southside, doing what they do best: presenting 12 hours of transgressive and experimental performance from 5pm to 5am for the brave and the curious. There will be nothing else at the Fringe like this event.
ZOO Southside, 15 Aug, 5pm (12hr), £20 (£17)
What The Moon Saw
2Faced Dance Company
A magical journey around the world. Join Jack in What The Moon Saw, an interactive tale of dance, circus and music. Bringing you dragons, boats, rooftops and surprises that will delight the whole family. 'A friendly show... beautifully weighted' (Independent).
ZOO Southside, 12–26 Aug (not 15), 11am (1hr), £7 Previews, £9 (£7; family £28)
Volcano (Canada), Richard Jordan Productions in association with CanadaHub
Volcano, 'Canada's explosive new writing company' (Independent) and Fringe First Award winners, creates a thrilling vocal work of visceral beauty exploring 100 years of black women's unspoken history told through music and animated art. 'Glorious!' ★★★★★ (TheReviewsHub.com).
ZOO Southside, 3–18 Aug (not 8, 15), 3pm (55m), £9 Previews, £12–£14 (£10–£12)
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Det Andre Teatret / The Other Theatre
Fresh from selling out the National Theatre in Oslo. Award-winning poet Fredrik Høyer tells his critically acclaimed story about life, marathon, ultra–runners...whilst on a treadmill! Beautiful, existential and exhaustingly funny.
ZOO Charteris, 3–26 Aug (not 7, 8, 13, 15, 20, 21, 22), 2.15pm (1hr), £10 (£9)
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Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Southside, Summerhall is a multi-arts venue with a varying programme of events that take place all year round, from exhibitions and workshops to gigs and club nights. With a range of spaces including the TechCube, a…
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