Best of the Rest
Highlights of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2009.
Back on the Fringe for the first time since her surprise 2005 Perrier victory with one-woman sketch show Kopfraper’s Syndrome, Solon returns with Rabbit Faced Story Soup, more ‘silly voices and messing around’.
Assembly Rooms, George Street, 0131 623 3030, 9–30 Aug, 5.05pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11). Previews 6–8 Aug, £5.
The Red Room
David Hughes and Al Seed collaborate to create a contemporary interpretation of The Masque of the Red Death. Weaving together dance traditions and extreme physical theatre, The Red Room aims to be a distorted reflection of our culture.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 0131 228 1404, 9–16 Aug (not 10), various times, £16–£18 (£5–£12). Preview 8 Aug, 9pm, £11 (£5).
Iceland’s electronica experimentalists return with a hush. The band will be platforming tunes from their upcoming release, Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know. Ditties with titles such as ‘The Smell of Today Is Sweet Like Breastmilk in the Wind’ and ‘Blow Your Nose’.
Studio 24, Calton Road, 0131 558 3758, 15 Aug, 7pm, £15.
From some of Britain’s brightest young comic talent comes a play about ‘wanting to change the world but having no idea how and little idea why’. Tom Basden has written the thing and stars in it alongside Tim Key, Anna Crilly, Jonny Sweet and Katy Wix.
Assembly Rooms, George Street, 0131 623 3030, 7–31 Aug, 2.25pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11). Preview 6 Aug, £5.
The team behind Fringe favourites Americana Absurdum, screwmachine / eyecandy and Fatboy create the tale of a man alone onstage attempting the ultimate magic trick: can he disappear while remaining in full sight?
Assembly Rooms, George Street, 0131 623 3030, 8–31 Aug (not 18), 1.10pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews 6&7 Aug, £5.
A highly infectious dance show from some of America’s top teen tappers with a concept dreamed up by husband and wife team, choreographer Lisa Hopkins and composer Philip Stern.
New Town Theatre, George Street, 0844 477 1000, 7–30 Aug (not 17), 5.45pm, £11–£12 (£9–£10), family ticket £35–£39. Previews 5&6 Aug, £7.50.
Mike Skinner recently took The Streets to the fields when he made a crop circle out of his face near Glastonbury, using remote-controlled tractors and some strimmers. He’s also still making and performing music and will be an undoubted highlight of The Edge.
Picture House, Lothian Road, 0844 499 9990, 15 Aug, 7.30pm, £17.50.