Top 5 shows about ageing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013
Including comedy from Viv Gee, music from Flip Webster and Maggie Bourgein and theatre from Paper Birds
This article is from 2013.
Viv Gee’s seventh stand up show sees her continue her pursuit of coming to terms with being a self-proclaimed 'middle-aged teenager'. Whether it’s constantly evolving technology, fuzzy felt or dealing with ageing itself, Viv is on hand to share her experiences and take the audience on a journey through her bewildered mind.
The Beehive Inn, 225 7171, 31 Jul–26 Aug (not Tue), 8.30pm, free (non-ticketed).
Donning their Burberry caps and tight ponytails, Flip Webster and Maggie Bourgein are a rare breed by all accounts. Telling their tale of being over 30–30XL, the duo cast their more mature perspective on the idea of being too old for sex or careers through sketches and songs.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 31 Jul–26 Aug (not Thu), 2.30pm, £9.50 (£8.50).
Some of the country’s best young acting talent tackle what goes on behind closed doors, with the tagline, 'At 14 you don’t need sickness or death for tragedy'. Deemed to be an emotional and comical rollercoaster, the group will explore bullying via social media, homosexuality and violence at home. With teenage angst at its core, it is set to be a thought provoking performance.
theSpace @ Surgeon's Hall, 510 2384, 20–24 Aug, 11.50am, £6.
Kevin Tomlinson brings his twist on Shakespeare’s idea of the seven stages of man with help from some masks, a clothes rail and his audience’s participation. Dealing with some difficult issues in his in search for 'the truth', Tomlinson travels from newborn, through fatherhood, going full circle while brimming with an infectious enthusiasm.
Just the Tonic, 556 5375 1–25 Aug (not 13), 3.00pm, £10 (previews £5).
Presenting their tenth anniversary show at the Fringe, the Paper Birds tell the intertwined stories of six women at different stages in their lives. Exploring what it means to age, On the One Hand is built on work with communities, dealing with growing ambitions, health issues that come with ageing and the journey that everyone takes from birth to death, both physically and mentally, from various perspectives.
Northern Stage at St. Stephen’s, 558 3047, 3–24 Aug (not Tue), 6.35pm, £14.00 (£11.00).