Edinburgh Fringe Theatre 2012 for a fiver

Shows offering discounted previews at 2012 Edinburgh Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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This article is from 2012.

Edinburgh Fringe Theatre 2012 for a fiver

Miss Havisham’s Expectations

Desperate for a big dose of culture but short of the necessary funds? Kelly Apter, James Corlett and Suzanne Neilson pick a selection of Fringe theatre and dance previews, all showing at a venue near you at a price that’s nice

Anything But (A One Woman Play)

In the aftermath of her father’s death, altruistic Agnes awakens to the realisation that the foundations of her life are crumbling.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1–3 Aug, 2pm, £5.

The Better Half

Fromthegreyhouse company returns to the Fringe with this bittersweet look at relationships.
Greenside, 3-5 Aug, 8.50pm, £5 (£3.50).

Big Sean, Mikey and Me

Dark comedy told from out-of-work actor Ruaraidh’s London flat with the help of his imaginary pal Sean Connery.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1–3 Aug, 1.30pm, £5.

Bottleneck

Fizzing Liverpudlian coming-of-age drama that exhibits some of the best new writing in Britain.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1–3 Aug, 2pm, £5.

The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart

Family-friendly, award-winning puppet show from the Magpie Puppet Company.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1–3 Aug, 12.45pm, £5.

Camille Claudel

Claudel’s affair with sculptor Rodin resulted in two of the world’s most famous artworks. This play tells the captivating story.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-3 August, 1.30pm, £5.

Comedian Dies in the Middle of Joke

Comedian Joe Pooley literally dies on stage in this fun interactive play set in a dark 80s comedy club.
Pleasance Dome, 1–3 Aug, 2.30pm, £5.

Contains Spoilers

Mixing contemporary and breakdance, TrashDollys Dance Company explores the love story of an obsessive photographer and a troubled widow.
Zoo Southside, 3 & 4 Aug, 2.30pm, £6.

Death Boogie

A hip hop musical following blue collar worker Victor Spartan who feels the stirring of revolution.
Assembly Roxy, 2 & 3 Aug, 7.50pm, £5.

Dirty Great Love Story

She’s perfect. He’s a mistake. Yet life seems hell bent on match-making these two hapless romantics. A laugh out loud portrayal of shambling love.
Pleasance Dome, 1–3 Aug, 1.20pm, £5.

Donkey and a Parrot

Raconteur Sarah Hamilton shares an immersive tale that has been in her family for hundreds of years, with a voice that is a ‘marvel of sound effects’.
Gilded Balloon, 1–4 Aug, 2pm, £5.

Elephant Man

Joseph Merrick and his devoted nurse invite the audience for an evening of revelations with the opportunity to pose questions.
Institut francais d’Ecosse, 3 Aug, 8pm, £5.

Ellipsis

Join the Grace Sisters in their quest to find the man without a face in this mix of the absurd with poetry and Vaudeville laid on thick.
theSpace at Jury’s Inn, 3 & 4 Aug, 4.10pm, £5.

An Evening with Dementia

After a sell-out run in 2010, the award-winning play returns, promising a poignant yet humorous look at the illness.
theSpace on the Mile, 3 & 4 Aug, 4.05pm, £5.

Everything Else Happened

Situated somewhere between Woody Allen and Samuel Beckett, this new piece – based on the stories of Jonathan Safran Foer – mulls over the void between fact and what might have been.
Assembly Roxy, 2 & 3 Aug, 1pm, £5.

Excuse Me I’m Trying to Please You

Fiona Paul ingratiates herself with cabaret and side-splitting monologues in a bid to take the audience to pleasure level 10!
Zoo Southside, 3 & 4 Aug,3.20pm, £5.

Exit Stage Left

Theatre director Greg is in the throes of an artistic renaissance as he assembles a rabble of showbiz misfits for his comeback play.
Greenside, 3 & 4 Aug, 5.20pm, £3.

Flamenco Roots

Ricardo Garcia returns with another intoxicating flamenco show, featuring music, vocals and dance.
theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 3 & 4 Aug, 9.05pm, £5.

The Gambler

Mime, music and physical theatre combine in Theatre Re’s tale of an elderly man stuck in the past.
Pleasance Dome, 1–3 Aug, 2.45pm, £5.

Gilbert and Sullivan in Brief(s)

A whizz through the work of these musical giants, from pirates, to sailors, to gondoliers, all in the space of only one hour.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3 & 4 Aug, 4.30pm, £6.

The Girl With No Heart

Intricate puppetry and Shamanic music imbue a post-apocalyptic world in this enthralling tale of forgotten wishes.
Bedlam Theatre, 3 & 4 Aug, 5pm, £5.

Glory Dazed

A production developed with ex-servicemen prisoners, Glory Dazed is a darkly comic look at the impact of war upon returning soldiers.
Underbelly Cowgate, 3 & 4 Aug, 5pm, £6.

Half a Person: My Life as Told by the Smiths

Twentysomething William’s life is in turmoil so it’s no surprise he turns to the music of the Smiths in this darkly funny play.
Zoo Southside, 3 & 4 Aug, 7.50pm, £5.

Hinge Presents: Ordinary Things

Two couples live in the same Budapest flat but 30 years apart. The play examines generational nuances while each couple learns more about their partner and themselves.
Hill Street Theatre, 2 & 3 Aug, 8.30pm, £5.

How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found

Accused of embezzlement and forced to go on the run, Charlie abandons everything but Sophie still won’t leave him alone. A fast-paced piece of modern theatre.
theSpace on the Mile, 3 & 4 Aug, 8.35pm, £6.50.

I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You

American/Palestinian Jennifer explores her eventual radicalism in this comic look at her journey to her parents homeland of Ramallah.
Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 2–5 Aug, 8.35pm, £5.

The Jhiva of Nietzsche

A captivating look at Nietzsche’s psyche that examines the conflict of reason and intuition through a series of multimedia.
theSpace at Surgeons Hall, 3 & 4 Aug, 12.05pm, £5.

Kemble’s Riot

In 1809 John Kemble attempts to restore the burnt down Covent Garden Theatre by hiking up ticket prices resulting in riots – here’s your chance to enact these wild demonstrations!
Pleasance Dome, 4pm, 1–3 Aug, £5.

Lingua Frank

A comic examination of Scottish independence and questions of national identity from inside an Edinburgh language school.
The Playhouse on The Fringe, 1 & 2 Aug, 4pm, £6.

Machines for Living

Lecoq-trained company Let Slip presents this humorous look at two architects who build a tower block, but fail to find the utopia they were looking for.
Zoo, 3 & 4 Aug, 3.30pm, £5.

Meat

Set around the dinner party of an exclusive dining club at one of the oldest universities in Britain. Expect scandal and dark humour.
Paradise in The Vault, 4 & 5 Aug, 6.40pm, £5.

Miss Havisham’s Expectations

In a year that celebrates the 200th Birthday of Charles Dickens, this new production places the spotlight firmly on the enigmatic Miss Haversham.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-3 Aug, 3pm, £6.

Nggrfg

A series of true stories surrounding race and sexualiy from Berend McKenzie, exploring how he learned to deal with persecution and the words that wounded him.
theSpace on the Mile, 3 & 4 Aug, 7.20pm, £6.

Not My Cup of Tea

Set in a commune in the summer of 1970, this play questions society’s need to dream and who wins when the system has been overridden.
theSpace on the Mile, 3 & 4 Aug, 3.05pm, £4.

One Hour Only

Preconceptions of sex in Britain are challenged in this voyeur’s insight into prostitute Marley’s first encounter with a young client.
Underbelly Cowgate, 2 & 3 Aug, 5.20pm, £6.

Our Soldier

The tragi-comic tale of a war correspondent named Macbeth and the violence and corruption he encounters.
Zoo, 3 & 4 Aug, 3pm, £5.

Queue

It’s the old British institution with a twist as this relatively normal activity becomes a treatise on how chaos can arise from order.
Sweet Grassmarket, 2-4 Aug, 4.50pm, £5.

Re-Animator the Musical

Based on HP Lovecraft’s seminal work, Herbert West is a medical student who stumbles upon a lurid green serum that revives the dead in this camp horror.
Assembly George Square, 1-3 Aug, 10.40pm, £5.

Salome By Oscar Wilde

A classic of the literary canon is revitalised in this theatrical interpretation of Wilde’s tragedy.
Zoo Southside, 4 Aug, 2pm, £5.

Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes

Model and muse for Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud, the late Moraes gives a fascinating insight into her life as their subject. Bring your sketchbooks.
Whitespace, 1 & 2 Aug, 5.15pm, £5.

A Strange Wild Song

Rhum and Clay Theatre Company apply their Lecoq training to this tale of memory and imagination, seen through the eyes of a photographer. Featuring live music.
Bedlam Theatre, 3 & 4 Aug, 9pm, £6 (£5).

The Sun is Not for Us

Four works from China’s most famous playwright, Cao Yu, are compressed into one hour, exploring state oppression in all its gritty manifestations.
theSpace on North Bridge, 3 & 4 Aug, 4.10pm, £5.

Translunar Paradise

A success story from last year’s Fringe. After losing his wife, William escapes to a fantasy world of fond reminiscence when one day Rose joins him, offering herself to him one last time.
Pleasance Dome, 1–3 Aug, 5.25pm, £5.

Tumble Circus: This Is What We Do For A Living

A story of young love running off to join the circus, showcasing the real skill of a circus performer under all the razzamataz and exploring their relationships.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 2 & 3 Aug, 3.40pm, £6.

Uninvited

Absurdist theatre adapted from the novella by Tyneside poet and playwright Peter Mortimer. Fat Git invite you to into a flat full of pedants, idiots and persistently whistling terrorists.
Bedlam Theatre, 3 & 4 Aug, 2pm, £6.

What’s He Building in There?

A story of the love between a man and his chair. Disturbing, humorous and just plain weird and all accompanied by an original score.
Zoo, 3 & 4 Aug, 12pm, £5.

Wojtek The Bear

A soldier at Monte Cassino, Wojtek was more than just a bear. Told through the eyes of the man who knew him best, this tale of love and loyalty combines words, music, movement and storytelling.
Hill Street Theatre, 2 & 3 Aug, 4.30pm, £5.

This article is from 2012.

Exit Stage Left

Greg Thompson, quite simply, shines! Or rather, he did. Until tragedy struck. After many years in the shadows and desperate for the limelight once again, Greg is making a comeback directing his powerful new play, but at what cost? ‘Exit Stage Left is an ambitious and well-conceived work. Greg Thompson's behaviour becomes…

The Jhiva of Nietzsche

Combining live action and multimedia, the performance traces the life of German philosopher Frederic Nietzsche through the eyes of his Jhiva (soul). We see his mind (represented on a digital screen) and soul confront each other in a fascinating debate modelled on Nietzsche's real-life writings. As the two opposing…

The Girl With No Heart

  • 2 stars

Their city is made of paper, as are their hearts. The children seek to rebuild an ash-filled world by folding one paper brick at a time. A world where a child's heart holds the power for immeasurable good or unimaginable destruction. The show focuses on the fragility and frustration of children surrounded by a war…

The Sun is Not for Us

Denied the sun, enduring a life bereft of hope. Imprisoned in an eighteen-year arranged marriage, what happens when a Chinese woman falls in love with her stepson? Why does a girl leave university to become a courtesan? How can you reconcile primitive passions, sexual deprivation and a defiant courage for life? After…

Anything But (A One-Woman Play)

Agnes is always trying to help, but never herself. As she arranges the nibbles at her dad's funeral party, we find her wrestling with the big questions - life, love and the proper presentation of cheesy footballs. Starring Abi Tedder 'Effortless perfection' ★★★★★ (Varsity), Anything But won the prestigious Harry Porter…

The Better Half

Moving in, moving out and moving on? Eight souls traverse the pitfalls and boundaries of honesty within relationships. Choosing to hide, defer and deny, they prefer to dismiss reality to entertain. Losing themselves within theatrical escapism, text, dance, visual comedy and physical blunders ensue in this bittersweet tale…

The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart

On the coldest night Edinburgh has ever seen, a frozen child is fitted with a cuckoo clock heart. But it's no fairytale for little Jack, his makeshift heart means he can never ever fall in love. Winners of the Les Enfants Terribles Award 2012, Magpie Puppet Co make their Edinburgh debut with Mathias Malzieu's bittersweet…

Comedian Dies in the Middle of Joke

  • 3 stars

November 1983, the closest the world has ever come to nuclear war. Comedian Joe 'Pops' Pooley is headlining his local comedy club and no one's laughing. August 2012: together, his murder is reconstructed. Can you die with some dignity? Devised by award-winning writer and performer Ross Sutherland. 'One of the most…

Contains Spoilers

An obsessed photographer and an unhinged widow - a twisted love story. TrashDollys, an untypical duo, weave a layered retelling of desire through an intriguing mix of image and dance. They reveal to us the nature of that exquisite void. A perfect combination of photos are gathered throughout 50 minutes of enthralling…

Big Sean, Mikey and Me

  • 3 stars

EDINBURGH actor Ruaraidh Murray returns home this Festival with his brand new one-man show, Big Sean, Mikey and Me. It’s the story of an out of work actor - Ruaraidh - who, with the help of his imaginary friend Big Sean Connery, tries to survive disastrous auditions and dates with girls. Also joining him in his…

Bottleneck

  • 4 stars

Steven Atkinson directs Luke Barnes' fizzing Liverpudlian coming-of-age drama. HighTide Festival Theatre is a new-writing powerhouse, championing this new generation of outstanding playwrights and producing their work with partners including the National Theatre, Old Vic, Soho Theatre, Headlong, to the West End, and…

Camille Claudel

A touching, humorous and captivating story of art and love. Paris, Belle époque, renowned sculptor Rodin takes a talented young girl under his wing, but Camille wants a name of her own. They start a passionate affair that gives birth to world-famous works of art but might cost them more than expected. From the makers of…

Death Boogie

  • 2 stars

A multimedia hip hop poetry musical that follows the fictional story of Victor Spartan, a blue collar worker who lives a comatose lifestyle by day and at night, hears the poetic sounds of revolution. A political romp with a Pee-Wee Herman meets Che Guevara type flare. Through a combination of music and comic book…

Dirty Great Love Story

Can a one-night stand last a lifetime? In her eyes, he’s a mistake. A mistake who keeps turning up at parties. In his eyes, she’s perfect. He’s short-sighted. These hopeful, hapless romantics shamble through bleary mornings after, merry Christmas parties and cider-soaked festivals – but can they get together? Or even get…

A Donkey and a Parrot

A family's survival. A donkey's pilgrimage. A parrot's flight. Sarah brings to life 16 characters to tell a story passed down in her family for over 300 years. It is an epic tale of escape, secret plots, swashbuckling adventure, dizzy first love, negotiations, potions and humanity. 'Jaw-dropping theatre … captivating from…

Ellipsis

Quoted as ‘exemplary to Absurdist theatre … a Fringe must’ by national examining boards, come experience the fun and frolics of the freshest young talent out there. Led by the glamorous 1940s singing group, the Grace Sisters, the show takes you on their perpetual search for the man without a face. Packed with Vaudeville…

Everything Else Happened

Inhabiting a world somewhere between Woody Allen and Samuel Beckett, this hilarious and heartbreaking new piece based on the stories of Jonathan Safran Foer is about the gap between what could have happened and what actually did.

The Gambler

Enthralling visual tale combining movement, live music and new writing. The Gambler is the story of Edgar, an old man trapped in his past. As he confronts his addiction, he wonders if his decisions were truly his own. Each spin of the wheel recalls the promise of a life he could have had. He gambles to remember, he…

Elephant Man

After his first Fringe experience in Two Johnnies Live Upstairs in 2011 ★★★★ (Scotsman), Benoit Hattet returns to the Institut français as Joseph C Merrick, the famous British monster better known as Elephant Man. In this intimate and interactive show, you are invited to the creature’s room and welcomed by his nurse…

Excuse Me, I’m Trying to Please You

‘Fiona Paul has written a fantastic, one-woman, monologue performing, spoof song-singing masterpiece. Pure pleasure' ★★★★★ (LargeManchester.com). A new show inspired by the late, great Joyce Grenfell. Fiona, the ultimate people pleaser, presents this insightful, entertaining, original theatrical feast. The character…

Flamenco Roots

Flamenco in its most essential, evocative form. Travelling globally, Ricardo Garcia's company share their five star music and rhythms with passion, grace and fire! In Africa, India or the Americas, the deep soul of Spain merges and flourishes as it travels, with surprising and unique results! Join us at our prime time…

Gilbert and Sullivan in Brief(s)

A pompous tenor. An ambitious but ditsy soprano. A voluptuous mezzo. A veteran baritone. Can these four zany characters get through every Gilbert and Sullivan operetta in 70 minutes without killing each other? This madcap race through all 14 operettas is direct from New York, featuring the original US cast. Get ready for…

Glory Dazed

'I’ve seen people whose whole lives are about tryin’ to put food in their gobs and tryin’ not to get blown up… How d’yer go from that to watchin’ X Factor with a plate of Chinese on yer knee?' Ray’s been fucked up since Afghanistan but tonight at the pub, he’s going to win his ex-wife back. A darkly comic and acerbic…

Hinge Presents: Ordinary Things

A play about discovery, and the multiple meanings different contexts and generations can place on the same set of items and situations. Set in the same Budapest apartment, the play centres on two couples, separated by 30 years, who discover as much about themselves as each other. As part of Hinge at Hill Street, a new…

Machines for Living

  • 3 stars

Reclaim the heavens! Cities in the sky! Concrete solutions!' Two architects move into the tower block they have designed - engineered to encourage kinship and social harmony. Can their marriage survive as the building degenerates and the blame falls on them? How will they fare cuddling up to cockroaches and coming up with…

Miss Havisham's Expectations

  • 3 stars

Mixing fact and fiction Linda Marlowe brings one of Dickens' most famous creations to life.

One Hour Only

An ‘upmarket’ brothel. It’s Forensic Biology student Marley’s first night, and AJ – 21, good-looking and intelligent – is her unexpected first client. But an hour of power play, debate and desire prove you don’t always get what you pay for. Cutting, honest, and poetic, One Hour Only examines the hope of youth and the…

Our Soldier

Questions are being asked and answers demanded. Navigating a bizarre world of soldiers, surgeons and premonitions was never going to be easy! Bravery is rewarded, friendships are made and promptly smashed and how far should we go to achieve our destiny? Join us as we tell the sceptical world an impossible story. A war…

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

Accused of embezzlement and forced to go on the run, Charlie abandons everything, even his name - but Sophie still won't leave him alone. Sophie is his coroner. Winner of the 2006 John Whiting Award for New Writing, How to Disappear is a fast-paced and exciting piece of modern theatre, performed by an acclaimed student…

I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You

Jennifer Jajeh / Gryphon Venues. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by the bad news out of the Middle East. That’s exactly how Jennifer feels. And to make matters worse, Jennifer is Palestinian. Well, Palestinian American. Or more precisely, a single, Christian, Palestinian American woman returning to her parents…

Kemble's Riot

  • 3 stars

Winner, Best Theatre, Brighton Festival 2011. Ever been to a riot? In a theatre? In 1809 Covent Garden was rebuilt after a fire. The actor/manager, John Kemble raised the ticket prices… and the audience rioted for 66 nights. You, the public, exercise your awesome power in Adrian Bunting's inflammatory period play for…

Lingua Frank

  • 2 stars

In an Edinburgh International language school a Scottish fanatic paints nude pictures of Alex Salmond. Meanwhile, English teacher Lingua Frank is reeling from losing his true love Felicity, who hates him, to the annoying new American teacher, Chest Armstrong. Plus two very foreign students have just arrived at the school.

Meat

  • 3 stars

‘Undeniably disturbing … Undeniably brilliant’ (Stand). The Catherine’s Club is a male-only club at the heart of one of the oldest universities in Britain. But when its president is implicated in a major scandal, an ambitious fellow seizes his chance to take control. Six men make or break their university careers over a…

Nggrfg

  • 2 stars

Nggrfg is a gripping, true, sometimes funny story, about homophobia and racism. In a series of stories based on his life, actor/writer Berend McKenzie presents his one-man show Nggrfg about Buddy, a boy growing up both black (n gger) and gay (fag), who is the target of taunts and marginalization. Buddy fluctuates between…

Queue

West Horizons Co. Queue - we all have to do it. Join this one to discover how order can lead to disorder in a supposedly rational system… segments or juice? Dynamic new play. Various styles and situations. Cast includes BA Acting graduates. Ages 12+.

Salome By Oscar Wilde

What would you risk to fulfil a sexual desire? Your marriage, your job, your health? An electrifying story about individuals caught in a struggle of lust and power, which leads to their downfall. This contemporary, theatrical interpretation of Oscar Wilde's tragedy about power and sexual desire explores the rhythmic…

A Strange Wild Song

Rhum and Clay present a darkly humorous tale of a man looking for meaning by way of a roll of film he was left when his grandfather died.

Tumble Circus: This Is What We Do For a Living

Adelaide 2012 Best Circus winners’ Edinburgh debut. No fanfare or sequins, just extraordinary skill from two acrobats on a lifelong adventure. 'Very impressive' ★★★★ (Adelaide Advertiser). 'Ingenious' (Sunday Times, Australia). All ages. Underbelly Productions and Tumble Circus.

Uninvited

  • 2 stars

A stranger is sitting in your house, whistling. He’s drinking the tea, he’s doing the washing up and he’s got his eyes on the egg whisk. Outside? A cul-de-sac full of gym-attending, pub-drinking, socially-able show offs. Inside? Wallpaper that won’t stop talking, and him … and then of course there’s her, and salvation in…

Not My Cup of Tea

BG Productions Presents Not My Cup of Tea as a part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe You are invited on a nostalgic journey back to the psychedelic summer of 1970; a time when flares were in fashion, Bob Dylan ruled and people believed they could change the world. After a sell out run in London at the Tristan Bates…

Re-Animator The Musical

  • 2 stars

Based on the cult classic, H. P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator, this horror comedy and winner of Musical of the Year (LA Weekly) is helmed by Stuart Gordon (who directed the film) and features George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) and a Splash Zone for those who enjoy a little splatter! Re-Animator The Musical tells the bizarre story…

Still Life: An Audience With Henrietta Moraes

  • 3 stars

Written and portrayed by Sue MacLaine, White Space Gallery hosts model-in-residence Henrietta Moraes; the uncrowned Queen of 1950's Soho. Hers was an itinerant and rackety life, sustained by tolerant friends, oiled by alcohol and fuelled by an astonishing variety of drugs. Her Guardian obituary, in 1999, gave her…

Translunar Paradise

Theatre Ad Infinitum. Experience a journey of life, death, and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose performs one last act of love - to help him let go. Using a live…

What's He Building in There?

A wonderfully absurd dark comedy about a carpenter's affair … with a chair. A Lynchian nightmare, accompanied by an original live, instrumental score. Winning play of STaG’s New Works Festival in Glasgow, 2012. STaG 2011 - ★★★★ (Scotsman). ★★★★ (Herald). ★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). Ages 12+. STaG.

Wojtek the Bear

The extraordinary story of the loveable Polish soldier bear who fought at Monte Cassino and died in Edinburgh Zoo.

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