Out of site - Shows in unusual venues

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  • 28 July 2009

This article is from 2009.

Out of site - Shows in unusual venues

Hotels? Islands? Toilets?? Grid Iron isn’t the only company at this year’s Fringe to set their work in an eccentric venue

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

Join Basil, Sybil and their put-upon manservant Manuel for this outrageous twist on the concept of ‘dinner-theatre’. Three-course meal included. Whatever you do … don’t mention the war!
B’est Restaurant, 556 4448, 7–31 Aug (not 8, 15, 22, 29), 2.30pm & 9pm, £29 & £39.


Described by its creator, the comedian Mark Watson, as ‘a sort of comedy installation art piece’ the show takes place in a hotel a short walk from Assembly central.
Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 7–31 Aug (not 17), 4.15pm, £10.50–£13 (£9–£10.50). Previews until 6 Aug, £6.

The Bitter Belief of Cotrone the Magician

This epic re-working of Pirandello’s unfinished fairytale involves a boat ride to Cotrone’s mystery island, taking in the Route of the Countess and the City of the Giants.
Sweet in the Firth of Forth, 0870 241 0136, 8–16 Aug, 7.30pm, £25 (£20).

Power Plant – A Sound and Light Experience

A sublime journey through a series of absorbing installations in the Botanic Gardens’ glass houses.
Royal Botanic Gardens, 623 3030, 12–30 Aug (not 17, 18, 24), shows every ten mins 9.30pm–11.20pm, £10 (£8).

Three Sisters

Olya, Masha and Irina will now be found dreaming of Moscow from the comfort of a boat on the Union Canal. Take tea from a samovar as Chekhov’s drama unfolds.
Re-Union Canal Boats Ltd, Edinburgh Quay, 226 0000, 14–23 Aug, times vary, £7 (£5).

Waiting for Godot

Forget luvvies Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, the must-see version of Beckett’s absurdist classic is coming to a public loo near you, complete with a scattering of toilet-humour.
St James Centre Public Toilets, 226 0000, 25–31 Aug, 6.30pm, £5.

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

Trademark mix-ups from the Faulty Towers hotel staff served alongside a three course meal.

The Hotel

  • 5 stars

A comedy of sorts. Set in a building a short walk from Assembly Theatre, George Street. Directed by Mark Watson. 'The highest achiever the Fringe has seen this decade' (Times).

Power Plant - A Sound and Light Experience

  • 4 stars

Take a journey through a magical world as the Botanics' Glasshouses are transformed into a fascinating nocturnal trail of sound and light. Deep within the Garden, as dusk falls, old gramophones spin glittering sounds whilst clicking insects cast vast moving shadows. A Glasshouse shudders and haunting whistles rise and…

3 Sisters

Enjoy tea on the high seas with the '3 Sisters', on the voyage Chekhov never let them take. Join Metra Theatre on this insane aquatic misadventure!

Bitter Belief of Cotrone the Magician

  • 3 stars

Stunning, visionary reinvention of Pirandello, set in the most amazing location in Edinburgh. Cruise to Cotrone's Mystery Island in the Firth of Forth and be mesmerized by this post-surrealistic theatre fairytale... www.cotronemagician.blogspot.com

Still Waiting for Godot

Pupils of the City of London School, nod/nod first performed a version of Waiting for Godot last term...in their school toilets. After brilliant feedback nod/nod arranged to take their production to the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe. A licence was sought and granted from the Beckett Estate. After unexpected publicity in the…

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