Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 - sneak preview

This article is from 2011

Sneak preview of the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe

Liberace, Finnish a capella groups and iPad fairy tales just some of the coming attractions

Whether it’s origami genitalia, homosexual deities or political commentary on the Lockerbie bombing, Edinburgh’s Fringe seldom arrives with a whimper but rather a ruddy great roar. June sees the official launch of 2011’s line-up, but we thought we should whet your appetite now with some of the delights in store. From site-specific dramatics to late night cabaret via crazy comics and cutting edge drama, this year’s programme will have it covered.

Fringe virgins arrive in the guise of Opportunity Knocks champ Bobby Crush, who brings his show Liberace Live From Heaven; elsewhere, cabaret divas Lili La Scala will shimmy into town, while comedy favourites Sarah Millican and David O’Doherty bring their brand of acerbic wit to the party.

In music, Finland’s a cappella troupe Fork bring their eclectic tunes to town, while in faces oft telly, David Schaal (The Inbetweeners) is set to appear as part of a sketch group also and tread the boards as part of the theatre programme in Brotherly Love. We’re pretty darn excited about I Hope My Heart Goes First, the 5 star show from Glasgow’s acclaimed company of teenage deviser-performers Junction 25, so too Alma Mater, a filmic journey for one, where individual audience members enter a specially-constructed child’s bedroom to encounter a 21st century fairytale on an iPad.

Musical fans can opt for Toulouse Lautrec: The Musical, an original chamber musical written and performed by one of Japan’s biggest musical theatre stars, Jun Sawaki, about the raucously sordid life of one of the 20th century’s most recognisable artists. Also look out for the slew of site-specific works coming to a crazy location near you.

Browse the full Fringe listings and get all the info on the top shows at List.co.uk and edfringe.com from Thu 9 Jun.