EdFest.com announces programme for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019
- Katharine Gemmell
- 22 May 2019
Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly bring the likes of Eddie Izzard and Craig Ferguson to Edinburgh's stages
It might not be August yet, but the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is officially in motion with the launch of the Edfest.com 2019 programme. EdFest is a joint initiative between four of the Fringe's integral venues – Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly – that allows them all to work together to provide a world-class programme.
Celebrating 12 years of working together this year, they will collectively present 948 shows from 29 countries over the month of August. These acts will perform at 107 spaces, across 24 venues, in Edinburgh. Going from strength to strength each year, the grouping has shown a steady growth of nearly 15% from last year.
With hundreds of thousands of visitors descending upon the city to get a taste of the greatest arts festival in the world, the EdFest programme aims to entertain audiences and join the annual bid for awards and reviews. As ever, the programme combines the biggest names with fresh talent; the local and the international; across comedy, cabaret, circus, music, theatre and spoken word.
This year Assembly has bagged an impressive appearance from one of the generation's best stand-ups, Eddie Izzard. He will perform Expectations of Great Expectations, which consists of a work-in-progress reading and performance of the Charles Dickens classic. At Gilded Balloon, they've also set up another icon of the comedy scene with Craig Ferguson's first UK stand-up show in over 25 years. His Hobo Fabulous features brand new material for one night only at the Edinburgh Playhouse (Sun Aug 11).
Highlights of Pleasance's lineup include an explosion of extreme sports, music, dance and theatre from ISH Dance Collective: Elements of Freestyle, and Bryony Kimmings' I'm a Pheonix, Bitch that just finished a critically-acclaimed run in London and won an Offies Award. Finally, Underbelly is to bring Australia's immersive theatre company Erth with their Erth Dinosaur Show to introduce young people to performance art, and they also provide the Fringe debut of BBC Radio 4's Fags, Mags and Mags by Sanjeev Kohli – AKA Navid from Still Game.
Visit EdFest.com for more information on this year's programme, Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from Fri 2–Sun 26 Aug.