Shows inspired by key women in history at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Shows based on Jane Fonda, Joan of Arc, Margaret Thatcher, Bette Davis, Janis Joplin and Zelda Fitzgerald

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This article is from 2014.

Shows inspired by key women in history at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho

The Trial of Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda is one of the most controversial anti-war activists in American history. On 18 June 1988, in a little-known event, Fonda confronted a room of hostile Vietnam veterans in Waterbury, Connecticut, who were boycotting the filming of her movie Stanley & Iris, co-starring Robert De Niro. The true story of what Fonda actually did and how her actions helped end the Vietnam War has never been told before.
The Trial of Jane Fonda, Assembly Rooms, George Street, 0844 693 3008, 1–24 Aug (not 11), 4.05pm, £16 (£13). Previews 30 & 31 Jul, £10.

Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho

You’d think there might have been a section of the Fringe programme solely dedicated to the Iron Lady by now. But until then, the true blues can go purple with fury at Matt Tedford’s interpretation of Lady Mags as a drag diva: ‘where there is disco, may we bring harmonies’ and so on.
Assembly George Square Gardens, George Square, 0131 623 3030, 2–24 Aug (not 11), 9.10pm, £10–£13 (£9–£12). Previews 31 Jul & 1 Aug, £8 (£7).

St Joan

Written by Julia Pascal, three women play Joan of Arc in different historical times to ask ‘what would the Maid of Orleans do?’ A slow-burner? Probably.

Bedlam Theatre, Bristo Place, 0131 629 0430, 2–24 Aug (not 12), 4.30pm, £8 (£6.50).

Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies

There’s one thing we know for sure about Bette Davis: she had Bette Davis eyes. In this one-woman extravaganza, Jessica Sherr takes us to the night before the 1939 Oscar ceremony with our heroine unknowingly about to lose out on the Best Actress gong to Vivien Leigh.
Assembly Rooms, George Street, 0844 693 3008, 1–24 Aug (not 11), 2.45pm, £10 (£9). Preview 31 Jul, £9 (£8).

Zelda: The Last Flapper

William Luce’s 1980s play about the wife of F Scott Fitzgerald, who had her own creative talents, gets the adaptive treatment from the
Women’s Theatre Association IF. Hill Street Solo Theatre, Hill Street, 0131 226 6522, 2–24 Aug (not 12), 3pm, £10. Previews 31 Jul & 1 Aug, £7.

Janis Joplin: Full Tilt

One of the 1960s’ true firebrands is unleashed with an energetic performance from Angela Darcy in this NTS ‘rock-drama’ which stormed it in Glasgow last year.
Assembly Checkpoint, Bristo Place, 0131 623 3030, 2–24 Aug (not 12, 19), 8.50pm, £12–£13.50. Previews 31 Jul & 1 Aug, £10.

This article is from 2014.

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