Top five European theatre productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Featuring works from Belarus Free Theatre, Akhmeteli Theatre and Centro Dramático Nacional

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This article is from 2013.

Top five European theatre productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Trash Cuisine / Photo (c) Simon Annand

Bad Boy Eddie

Written by Anna Krogerus, this Finnish production is translated into English for a Scottish cast, taking in the story of a young boy’s struggle to find his place both in the world and within his own family. From his point-of-view, we uncover a painful life of solitude. C aquila, Johnston Terrace, 0845 260 1234, 1–26 Aug (not 13), 2.05pm, £10.50–£12.50 (£6.50–£10.50).

Trash Cuisine

Belarus Free Theatre’s first show entirely in English is, unsurprisingly, banned back home for its attack on human rights violations under the rule of Alexander Lukashenko. Partly taking the form of a grotesque cookery show, it takes in state atrocities committed in Britain and the US. Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, 0131 556 6550, 19–26 Aug, 3.30pm, £12–£15 (£10–£13).

Wonders of Magic

Georgian group Akhmeteli Theatre was founded back in 1981 and arrive on the Edinburgh Fringe with a 90-minute play taken from the writings of early 20th century Japanese author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, best known for Rashomon. The Merchants’ Hall, Hanover Street, 0131 220 5911, 13–16 Aug, 7.40pm, £12 (£10).

Higgs

Since the mid 1990s, Dutch ‘explorer extraordinaire’ Jan van der Berg has been making films and plays about crucial developments and discoveries in the world of science, and here he analyses the hunt for ‘the God particle’ AKA ‘the Holy Grail of physics’. For believers and non-believers alike. Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, 2–17 Aug (not 5, 12), 8.20pm, £10 (£8).

The Surrender

Spain’s Centro Dramático Nacional tell the true story of Toni Bentley, a ballerina initiated by a complete stranger into ultimate sexual submission and the joy she finally finds flirting with social conventions. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Bristo Square, 0131 622 6552, 3–26 Aug, 1.30pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £6.

THE SURRENDER- La rendición (subtitulado) from Isabelle Stoffel on Vimeo.

This article is from 2013.

Bad Boy Eddie

Kajaani Town Theatre in association with Ace-Production (Finland). An encouraging story of invisible child's struggle to find his place in his family and the in the world. A touching look at human failings such as loneliness and alcoholism. Black humour and realistic descriptions seen from a child's point of view.

Higgs

  • 3 stars

Higgs is a lecture performance, by Jan van den Berg, about the many years’ hunt for the Higgs particle. A theatrical voyage of discovery with exclusive background stories, unique film footage, live music and live discussions with experts. 'The best kind of thinking: … juggling with facts and fiction.' 'Theatre for…

The Surrender

  • 4 stars

Spanish National Theatre (Centro Dramático Nacional), Traspasada and Jim Haynes. Direct from a sold-out run at the National Theatre of Spain comes Toni Bentley's notorious, hilarious, erotic memoir and international bestseller. 'An extraordinary book by a woman with an ax, and an ass, to grind' (Barry Humphries)…

Wonders of Magic

Akhmeteli State Dramatic Theater. I would like to travel beyond time and space to look through kindness and evil, says the young Japanese writer to the Indian philosopher and magician. With his help, the Japanese writer begins travelling through different stories. At the end of this travelling, the writer, like other…

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