Food-related theatre and comedy shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019
- Brian Donaldson
- 11 July 2019
This article is from 2019
Find out which Fringe shows are going to whet your appetite, with the likes of Jessie Ware, George Egg and more
Sometimes as an audience member it can be hard to concentrate on what's happening on the stage in front of you due to a rumbly tummy. Maybe you missed that crucial snackette because you were running late for a show or your appetite has suddenly reappeared after being hungover for two solid days. Or maybe you're foolishly attempting some sort of August diet. Whatever your problem, there are a number of theatre and comedy shows which contain actual food on stage in front of you. Enter these at your peril …
George Egg has made a name for himself by somehow whipping up a storm in the most unusual of places and with very unlikely utensils. Previously he's shown us how to concoct a three-course meal in a hotel room with the most basic ingredients, a trouser press and iron, while his last show had him making dinner with power tools from his shed. In Movable Feast (Assembly George Square Gardens, 1–25 Aug), he demonstrates how you can create cuisine on the road (literally) by cooking with an engine and (metaphorically) putting the jam into traffic jam.
Michelle Pearson has two scran-based shows on the go as she sings for your supper in Comfort Food Cabaret (Imagination Workshop, 4–13 Aug) while Just Desserts (Underbelly, Cowgate, 1–11 Aug) has her providing pudding to a rock-pop soundtrack. Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware serves up two live helpings of her podcast Table Manners (Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, 2 & 3 Aug) while Dan vs Food (Pleasance Courtyard, 14 Aug) has a simple premise. In this event in aid of hunger-battling charity FareShare, a chap called Dan attempts to eat his way through an hour-long show while some comics share his stage. Among those who might put him off before he completes his task are Nick Helm, Ivo Graham, Olga Koch, Bec Hill and Spencer Jones.
In A Migrant's Son (Imagination Workshop, 14–26 Aug), Michaela Burger hands out a traditional Greek feast while regaling you with her family's history which is filled with hardship and tragedy but softened by ingenuity and triumph. Burgerz (Traverse Theatre, 1–25 Aug) by performance artist Travis Alabanza comes with a warning that 'real meat is used on stage' as we hear torrid tales of transphobic violence.
Back to the less serious stuff with Fawlty Towers Live Themed Dinner Show (Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel, 2–26 Aug) paying homage to the classic Torquay hotel-based sitcom where everything that can go wrong does while Dickens for Dinner (C viva, 31 Jul–26 Aug) lays on some soup for fans of the Great Expectations author. And if you like soup, all the better.
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