Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre highlights for a fiver

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This article is from 2009.

Fringe theatre highlights for a fiver

Short of cash but trying to squeeze in as much festival action as physically possible? Fear not! Our inflation-busting guide presents fifty preview shows for a mere five of your Scottish bank notes

Almost Like A Virgin

Madonna impersonator, Evelyne Brink, reveals all about a life dedicated to mimicking her Madgesty.
Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 7.50pm, £5.

Almost 10

Award-winning Tangram Theatre return to the Fringe with the UK premiere of this production on the trials of being a child determined to reach 10.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 12.55pm, £5.

Appel/Ring Cycle

Company Decalage and Shamita Ray unite for the Scottish Premiere of this double bill.
Dance Base, Wed 5 Aug, 5pm, £5.

Baba Yaga Bony Legs

3BUGS Fringe Theatre perform this family friendly tale of a greedy witch and a kind girl, in the dark, for a show that appeals to all ages and senses.
Sweet ECA, Thu 6 Aug, 2.45pm, £5.

Baby

The terror and excitement of impending parenthood is explored in this Tony Award-nominated revival by the Cambridge University Players and BATS.
Musical Theatre @ George Square, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 7.30pm, £5.

Barbershopera II

The country’s oddest barbershop quartet of three guys and a girl are back with the tale of a Catalan matador who moves to … Norfolk.
Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 10.45pm, £5.

Barflies

After a three-year absence from the Fringe, Grid Iron returns with a new production, based on the stories of Charles Bukowski, set in their favourite pub.
Traverse@ The Barony, Fri 7 Aug, 3pm, £5.

Birthing the Crone. The Crone Chronicles

Lisa Wilson guides us through the funny side of the mid-life crisis and the menopause in her one-woman show.
The Spaces, Fri 7 & Sat 8 Aug, 7pm, £5.

Bully

Writer/performer, Richard Fry, brings his acclaimed monologue of a difficult childhood, recounted with anger and poetry back to the Fringe after its success in 2008.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 12.45pm, £5.

Catch

From the company that brought you Skolka comes the other side of the Russian Mail Order Bride industry, as the grooms reveal why they bought their wives.
The Zoo, Wed 7 & Thu 8 Aug, 4.15pm, £5.


Chanel and the Smelly World of Market Street

A beautiful female rat and a blind musician sniff through the fragrant aromas of life on one of Venice’s messiest streets in this musical comedy.
Sweet ECA, Thu 6 Aug, 9.05pm, £5.


David Leddy’s ‘Susurrus’

Leddy’s ‘headphone audio-drama’ comes to the Botanics, where the audience follows a map and listens to Susurrus, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Assembly @ Royal Botanic Gardens, Tue 4 & Wed 5 Aug, 10am–5pm, £5.

The Devoured

Badac Theatre Company presents the story of an anonymous man on the day of his liberation from the death camp at Auschwitz.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 1.45pm, £5.

Durang/Durang by Christopher Durang

Acclaimed American playwright and actor, Christopher Durang, presents an hour of his outrageous sketches providing a welcome distraction from … everything really.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 5.15pm, £5.

Early Long Island Iced Tea

Peter Straker headlines in this new musical revue written by Mel Smith, that also features cameos.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 2.30pm, £5.

Elvis Still My Heart

Pretty Good Girl Dance Theatre presents a different love story as the lives of three friends are changed by the songs of the King.
Pleasance Dome, Thu 6–Fri 7 Aug, 5.30pm, £5.

Ernest and the Pale Moon

From the team that brought you The Terrible Infants comes a tale of dark obsession and murder in a production specially developed for the Fringe.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 2.20pm, £5.

The Event

Two former Fringe First-winners reunite in this comic exploration into what lies beneath the written word.
Assembly Rooms, Thu 6 & Fri 7 Aug, 1.10pm, £5.

First Class

International Dance Company, Half-Wit Theater, tells the story of a man on a voyage of rediscovery in an unimaginable place.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 2.30pm, £5.

Forgotten Things

Red Ladder celebrates its 40th anniversary with this darkly comic play about a dysfunctional family struggling to cope with their grandmother’s senility and teenage sons’ suicidal thoughts, using puppetry and surrealism.
Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Sat 8 Aug, 1.50pm, £5.

Francis, The Holy Jester

Legendary satirist Dario Fo, directs this one-man show about Italy’s most famous saint, featuring a host of memorable characters brought to life by long-time collaborator, Mario Pirovano.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 3pm, £5.

Funny

Acclaimed Scottish theatre company Reeling and Writhing delves into the complexities of humour and the perils of laughter in this production.
Assembly @ 7 Holyrood Road, Thu 6 & Fri 7 Aug, 6pm, £5.

God. A Comedy by Woody Allen

UCLU Runaground revives Allen’s 1975 one act comedy about two characters struggling to find a suitable ending for the play they’re stuck in.
Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Fri 7, 12.35pm, £5.

Graceless

Petticoats Rip present five women’s stories in their first devised piece investigating the ways women attempt to better themselves.
Assembly Hall, Thu 6 & Fri 7 Aug, 2.10, £5.

Hangover

Danny can’t remember what happened last night, but he has an imaginary friend that does, and wants to remind him.
The Zoo, Fri 7 & Sat 8 Aug, 4.10pm, £5.

Icarus 2.0

A lonely geneticist grows a son in a jar and dreams of teaching him to fly in this twisted reworking of the legend by Fringe First-winners, Camden People’s Theatre.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 3.25pm, £5.

In Bed with Poets

Julie Mullen presents a night of erotic poetry for vegans and vegetarians, featuring celebrity guests and double entendres.
Assembly Hall, Thu 6–Sat 8 Aug, 7.35pm, £5.


The Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid

2headed pigeon presents a new satire of American family values, featuring a singing abortion and live music.
Just the Tonic @ The Caves, Thu 6–Sat 8 Aug, 10.40pm, £5.

Kataklo Athletic Dance Theatre’s ‘Love Machines’

The world premiere of KADT’s tribute to Leonardo da Vinci’s lifelong study of the body and machines.
Assembly Rooms, Thu 6–Sat 8 Aug, 5.05pm, £5.


The Island

Athol Fugard’s award-winning play, inspired by a true story, brings the reality of incarceration during apartheid to Edinburgh.
The Spaces on the Mile, Fri 7 & Sat 8 Aug, 8.15pm, £5.

Killing Me Softly

Richard Fry and Lizzie Roper unite for this new drama about when the darker side of love meets karaoke.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 2.45pm, £5.

King of the Gypsies

Three Colours Ltd debuts this piece of new writing from the gypsy community about labels.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 3.15pm, £5.


Little Johnny’s Big Gay Musical

Random Accomplice makes a welcome return with this musical extravaganza celebrating one man’s three turbulent decades on the planet.
Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 10pm, £5.

Matinee

Matinee ensemble presents a theatrical tribute to Hollywood, featuring Superman, King Kong, Freddy Kruger et al in a mix of battles and love stories.
Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 12pm, £5.

Matthew Sharp in … Johnny’s Midnight Goggles

Johnny’s been kidnapped, but finds a pair of goggles that open a portal to another world, and so begins a race against time to get home before midnight.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5 Aug, 2.35pm, £5.

Myriad

Collusions Dance presents the world premiere of its latest show, which blends movement and narrative in search of escapism and exhilaration.
The Zoo, Fri 7 & Sat 8 Aug, 1.45pm, £5.

My Name is Sue

Come into Sue’s lounge for an hour and marvel at her comedic musical visions of the future.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 9.45pm, £5.

My Queer Valentine

Performer Rick Lau goes on an extravagant cabaret voyage in order to find his ultimate gay-friendly haven.
Universal Arts, Thu 6 & Fri 7 Aug, 8pm, £5.

Ophelia (Drowning)

A reworking of Deborah Levy’s Pushing the Prince into Denmark, performed in a swimming pool.
Sweet Grassmarket Swimming Pool, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 9.30pm, £5.

Pan Pa’ Tim

When Tim, a part-time musician gets an office job, he discovers that everything he touches turns to music in this Caribbean musical sensation.
New Town Theatre, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 4.15pm, £5.

Plagiarismo!

Artist Richard DeDomenici presents a series of case studies about plagiarism in the modern media in this new comic show.
New Town Theatre, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 7pm, £5.

The Rap Guide to Evolution

Baba Brinkman, the creator of the Rap Canterbury Tales presents Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in his own hip hop style.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 2.45 pm, £5.

Shut up, play!

Acclaimed Japanese troupe, The Original Tempo, returns to Edinburgh with this new, colourful and truly unique, physical piece.
Sweet ECA, Thu 6 Aug, 3pm, £5.

The Simplicity of Grasping Air

Lindsay John brings together the body with technology in his new Butoh solo, that combines movement and projected imagery.
Dance Base, Wed 5 Aug, 4pm, £5.

Stand By Your Van

Inspired by ‘touch the truck’ competitions in the USA, this new play questions the popularity of endurance contests.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 5–Fri 7 Aug, 7.40pm, £5.

Tales of the Apocalypse

Airealism brings its acclaimed ‘twisted cabaret’ to Edinburgh, featuring a host of performers on trapeze, and silks in this decadent visual feast.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Aug, 11.30pm, £5.

Ups and Downs and Whoopsie Daisies

Robbie Synge and Julie Cleves combine their contrasting talents of martial arts and drama to create a duet in an intimate setting.
Zoo Southside, Sun 16 Aug, 12.15pm, £5.

Words of Honour

Acclaimed actor, Mario Gambino reveals the secrets of the Cosa Nostra, through the true stories of its bosses.
Assembly Hall, Thu 6 & Fri 7 Aug, 4.10pm, £5.

Year of the Horse

Tam Dean Burn pays homage to the late author and illustrator, Harry Horse, in this monologue.
Assembly Rooms, Thu 6 & Fri 7 Aug, 6.05pm, £5.

This article is from 2009.

Comments

1. badbertha3 Aug 2009, 3:52pm Report

I'm pretty sure it's not very legal to display images of paper currency without either being cropped or having the word specimen written on them - I would change this graphic sharpish if I was you..

cheers

B

2. Phil1Edinburgh9 Aug 2009, 10:18am Report

badbertha, edinburgh
Talk about pedantic!

Anyway thanks for the list I saw a few of them - how about publishing another list of shows worth seeing for less than £10?

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