Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre highlights for a fiver

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


A lone alien survivor undergoes a series of mutations in this study of evolution and humanity by Dudendance Theatre. The Arches @ St Stephen's, Sun 9 & Mon 10 Aug, 5.30pm, £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.


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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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