Fifty Edinburgh Fringe shows for a fiver
This article is from 2010.
The economy may be in the stink-hole, but Julia Correia and Allan Radcliffe help stretch your pennies with this round-up of Fringe theatre shows for a fiver
Anatomy of Fantasy
Triple Fringe winners Do-Theatre explore human relationships through dance, movement drama and music.
Assembly Rooms, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 5.25pm, £5.
The Ballad of Backbone Joe
Dark comedy and rip-roaring music are to the fore in this gothic tale of murder and deceit in a small country town.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, 2.35pm, £5.
Physical theatre set in the world boxing that aims to challenge audience preconceptions about the most controversial of sports.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, 7.30pm, £5.
The new physical theatre show from Bear Trap follows the Violet fishing trawler and her crew as they fight against the overwhelming power of the elements.
Zoo Southside, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 3.15pm, £5.
Bright is the Ring of Words
Sparks fly when a wannabe comedian is forced to care for an opera diva has-been as part of a community order following a racist attack. Phew!
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, 5.25pm, £5.
A smart re-working of the live cabaret show that uses sensual dance and outstanding song choice to portray light comedy as well as profound emotions.
Pleasance @ Ghillie Dhu, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, 4.15pm, £5.
The Call of Cthulhu
An exploration of the untold darkness and terror that resides in the human mind. Based on HP Lovecraft’s classic tale.
Hill Street Theatre, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 1.30pm, £5.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Brecht’s classic is modernised through a blend of music, puppetry and physical movement.
The Zoo, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 6.30pm, £5.
Cirque de Legume
Madness, mayhem and carnage ensue when two imbeciles decide to stage ‘the greatest vegetable circus on Earth’.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 4 & Thu 5 Aug, 2.30pm, £5.
The City and Iris
The Lecoq-trained Glass-Eye theatre company employs physical storytelling to tell the story of a woman who has her eyes opened to the city around her by a strange optician.
Zoo Roxy, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 6.25pm, £5.
Inspired by Ibsen’s final, unfinished work, award-winning playwright Mike Elliston has produced an erotic and comedic account of the demise of Irish artist Pauric Fermoy.
The Spaces on the Mile, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 9.20pm, £5.
The realities of suburban life are challenged in this tale of seven squatters trying to make a home for themselves in an abandoned house.
The Zoo, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 4pm, £5.
Diary of a Sentimental Killer
A murderer considers the dim prospects of his retirement and finds a brilliant way to revive his career.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 4 & Thu 6 Aug, 2pm, £5.
Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?
An acclaimed cutting edge drama about the ups and downs of the mother-daughter relationship and the devastating consequences of peer pressure.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, 1.45pm, £5.
Two people in one room talk, argue and joke about politics, religion and trivia in this award-winning drama. But are they strangers or do they have a past?
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Fri 6 Aug, 12.30pm, £5.
Dusk on the River Nile
A physical theatre re-imagining of the Isis and Osiris myth in which a boatman takes you up the Nile and introduces you to the wrathful gods of Ancient Egypt.
Zoo Roxy, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 2.45pm, £5.
An Evening with Dementia
Emotional and humorous keyhole view into the world of a dementia sufferer.
The Spaces on the Mile, Fri 6–Sun 8 Aug, 4.05pm, £5.
Two couples struggle to deal with the knowledge that their child will be born disabled.
Pleasance Dome, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, 12.40pm, £5.
The Fly in the Fridge
A true story of a young girl’s journey into the hedonistic, rock’n’roll world of 1970s New York.
Sweet Grassmarket, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 6.20pm, £5.
For Your Entertainment
A black comedy about a terminally ill man trying to make sense of his fate, forbidden desires and the dubious help of a psychiatrist.
The Spaces on the Mile, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 11.10am, £5.
Girl Constantly F***ing Interrupted
An enthralling journey through the mind and many alter egos of the modern woman.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 4–Sun 8 Aug, noon, £5.
Gutted. A Revenger’s Musical
A tale of revenge, murder, love and idiots from the Comedians Theatre Company. It comes with a health warning: songs and comedians off the telly.
Assembly Rooms, Fri 6 Aug, 11.15, £5.
Hamlet, the End of Childhood
Naxos Theatre and Les tréteaux de la pleine lune re-imagine the Dane as a teenager facing the absence of his father.
The Zoo, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 3.10pm, £5.
Hit Me: The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury
Revival of this revealing portrait of the life and career of the Blockheads’ lead singer, featuring classic songs such as ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ and ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful.’
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, 3pm, £5.
The toughest guy on the estate has just come out and decided to go straight, taking down celebrity bad boys, bigots and men who wax in the process.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 4–Thu 6 Aug, 5.15pm, £5.
A martini-swilling 1930s couple cross-examine their elaborate marriage over the perfect cocktail – with surprising consequences.
Assembly Rooms, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 5.25pm, £5.
Jonathan Storey’s tale of a man’s journey on the weirder side of life, creatively told through the use of a spectacular model theatre.
Zoo Roxy, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 3.55pm, £5.
Jack the Knife
Jack Klaff launches an attack on theatre, culture, abuses of power and possibly his career in this latest work.
Assembly Rooms, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 12.45pm, £5.
Joe Power – The Man Who Sees Dead People
The Liverpudlian clairvoyant uses his unique gift to prove that there is life after death.
Assembly Hall, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 4pm, £5.
Anna Reynolds’ touching true story of a woman on trial for the murder of her baby to save him from his abusive father.
Assembly Rooms, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 1pm, £5.
Julien Cottereau: Imagine-toi
The Cirque du Soleil clown dazzles with his acclaimed performance of acrobatic mime and amazing sound effects.
Assembly @ Princes St Gardens, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 4.15pm, £5.
A laugh out loud comedy about a dysfunctional married couple receiving counselling from a puppet.
Hill Street Theatre, Thu 5–Sat 7 Aug, 5.45pm, £5.
Like Little Girls in a Sweet Shop
A feel-good piece of verbatim theatre that follows 50 years of firsts in the lives of four mothers, performed by their daughters.
The Spaces on the Mile, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 2.10pm, £5.
Little Black B**tard
The incredible story of a man who is transfigured through the power of art, told by one of Australia’s most distinguished indigenous performers, Noel Tovey.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, noon, £5.
Lockerbie: Unfinished Business
After Britain’s worst terrorist atrocity victim’s father Jim Swire’s faith in his country’s legal system has been devastated. Swire’s battle for justice is retold here by an award-winning team, including performer Dave Benson.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, 2.30pm, £5.
The Lonesome Foxtrot
A couple struggles to find the balance between a shared love and a life less travelled in this drama.
New Town Theatre, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 8.30pm, £5.
Brand new relationship drama from the director of last year’s sell-out Ophelia (Drowning).
The Spaces on the Mile, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 8.05pm, £5.
Mary and William
A mesmerising biographical piece written and performed by Mary MacDonald Hamill in which Shakespeare’s words are made relevant to each member of the audience.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 4 & Thu Aug, 2.45pm, £5.
Chilling new play from Louise Welsh, award-winning author of The Cutting Room.
Pleasance Dome, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, 5.20pm, £5.
Mussolini – A One-Man Political Farce
Violent comedy based around the life of the Italian dictator, by award-winning playwright Ross Gurney-Randall.
Hill Street Theatre, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 3.15pm, £5.
Now is the Winter
Loyal Bess’s world unravels as her beloved Richard’s ambition threatens their relationship meaning she no longer know who to believe.
The Vault, Sat 7 & Sun 8 Aug, 6.45pm, £5.
When Harry Holland wakes up in a police cell with no recollection of why he is there or what he has done, the events that follow lead to a murderous revelation.
Sweet Grassmarket, Thu 5 Aug, 5.15pm, £5.
The Piano Project
A mix of music and physical theatre tells the story of Andreas Grassl, dubbed ‘the piano man’ by the British Press.
The Bongo Club, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 4pm, £5.
Real Babies Don’t Cry
A strange friendship blossoms when Sally buys a ‘newborn baby’, a life-like doll, from new artist Jeanette in this bizarre tragicomedy.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, 5.15pm, £5.
Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister
Rebecca Peyton explores death and everything we fear and cannot say in her mesmerising one-woman show.
Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 4–Fri 6 Aug, 1pm, £5.
Take a step into Hannah’s world in this achingly funny performance, which lifts the lid on the liberating, scheming and shocking world of the strip club.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 4 & Thu 5 Aug, 4.15pm, £5.
A sensory exploration of the mythical and psychological wolf/human relationship.
Just the Tonic at the Caves, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 12.15pm, £5.
The revealing story of the love affair between Lewis Carroll and Isa Bowman who played Carroll’s greatest creation, Alice, on stage.
Assembly Rooms, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 13.45pm, £5.
Why Men Cheat
Over 250 men and women were interviewed to find the answer to one of life’s greatest mysteries for this comedy hit from Ireland.
Assembly Rooms, Thu 5 & Fri 6 Aug, 5.15pm, £5.
The tale of a football-mad boy from Zimbabwe told through euphoric African dance and dynamic drum beats.
Assembly Rooms, Fri 6 Aug, noon, £5.