Theatre to stimulate the senses

This article is from 2008.



Far Up! Far Out! Far More!

As ever, this year’s Fringe features a number of shows designed to stimulate the senses as well as the intellect. Allan Radcliffe offers his pick of visceral thrills coming your way


This interactive club event returns audiences to the spirit of 1930s Berlin with its electrifying fusion of circus and cabaret, all administered by a ten-foot Fraulein.
Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 2–24 Aug (not 11), 11.30pm, £9–£10.50 (£8–£9.50). Previews 31 Jul & 1 Aug, £6.

Jim Rose Circus

Jim Rose’s caravan of human oddities returns to the Fringe with its most extreme show to date. Expect masochistic deeds aplenty from Bebe, the Torture King, Mr Lifto and the gang.
Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, 1–25 Aug, 11.45pm, £12.50–£18. Preview 31 Jul, £10.

Sideshow: the Weirdest Show on Earth

More edgy, late night cabaret, featuring a cast of freaks, outcasts and attention seekers, hosted by DJ Margaret the Gimp and the Bloody Ringmaster.
Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 2–24 Aug, 12.15am, £10–£12.50 (£9–£11.50). Previews, 31 Jul & 1 Aug, £6.


The award-winning Teatr Novogo Fronta brings its spectacular apocalyptic vision to bear on the hallowed cloisters of Edinburgh University.
Old College Quad, 662 8740, 5–25 Aug, 10pm, £10 (£8).

Footsbarn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Footsbarn arrives at the Fringe for the first time, pitching its Big Top on Calton Hill and delighting audiences of all ages with its colourful mix of music, masks and physical theatre.
Footsbarn’s Big Top at Calton Hill, 623 3030, 3–25 Aug (not 12, 19), £15–£20 (£10–£12). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £10 (£5).

The Tiger Lillies’ 7 Deadly Sins

The Olivier Award-winning trio cross over to the dark side with their deliciously deviant, filthy punk cabaret.
The Spiegel Garden, 667 8940, 8–28 Aug, 9.45pm, £15–£17 (£13–£14) Preview 7 Aug, £13.

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