Best of the Rest

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 13 July 2009

This article is from 2009.

Laura Solon

Laura Solon

Highlights of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Laura Solon

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 Event

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.

Tap Kids

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.

The Streets

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.


High energy tap show about a group of teenagers during their last months at school.

Red Room

Fusing multiple dance traditions with extreme physical theatre, David Hughes, 'one of the most gifted contemporary dancers around' (Guardian), and Al Seed (Fringe First and Herald Angel Award winner) adapt Poe's 'Masque of the Red Death'.

Laura Solon: Rabbit Faced Story Soup

  • 3 stars

Perrier Award winner and star of BBC Radio 4's 'Talking and Not Talking' returns with brand new character comedy. 'Terrifyingly good' (Guardian). 'Gobsmacking originality' (Evening Standard). 'Extraordinary' (Telegraph). 'Painfully funny' - ***** (Metro).


  • 4 stars

By Tom Basden. A new comic play about wanting to change the world but having no idea how and little idea why. With Tom Basden, Anna Crilly, Tim Key, Jonny Sweet and Katy Wix.


  • 4 stars

Five-time Fringe First winner John Clancy ('Americana Absurdum', 'Fatboy') and Stage Best Actor David Calvitto ('Horse Country') reunite in this comic journey beyond the fourth wall into the dangerous, slippery territory that lies just beneath the written word.

The Streets

Mike Skinner continues to wow audiences with his astonishing lyrical abilities. Famed for his debut album 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' his precise emotional narrative of life in the UK has become the new cornerstone of English rap.

Tap Kids

  • 4 stars

Upbeat, passionate, energetic - the dance world's equivalent of 'High School Musical'. Eight phenomenal tap dancers tell the story of high school senior year. Drama at the dance, mischief in detention, romance and graduation.


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