Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: top 5 Free Fringe theatre shows
Featuring Death Shall Have No Dominion, Playback Impro and The Secret Life of Francis Bacon
This article is from 2014.
Increasingly, the Free Fringes have become a reminder of the alternative and experimental possibilities of Edinburgh in August. From new plays to investigative cabaret, the Free Fringes have begun to present theatre that ranges across genre and styles.
WWI meets Richard III as this Welsh company looks at how easily reputations can be destroyed on the battlefield. Divided into two parts, it follows the tale of Shakespeare’s delicious villain and a Welsh battalion accused of cowardice.
Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 557 0234, 1–23 Aug (not 19), 6.15pm.
Experience the thrill of having your story turned into theatre: the company takes tales and improvises a performance on the spot. Comic or tragic: it depends on the crowd. This show demands audience participation, but in a gentle and supportive atmosphere.
Laughing Horse @ The Jekyll and Hyde, 225 2022, 31 Jul–24 Aug (not 4, 11, 18), 12.30pm.
Another Welsh company, this time a solo show getting to grips with the dark twentieth-century artist. After a youthful indiscretion, Bacon finds himself banished to Berlin, and begins to develop the beliefs that will guide his painting.
Laughing Horse @ Ryries, 337 0550, 31 Jul–24 Aug (not 13), 12pm.
Fringe veterans, and absurdist vaudevillians The Creative Martyrs team up with Professor Richard Wiseman to seek out the truth behind Harry Price: ghost hunter, psychic investigator, conjurer and debunker.
Voodoo Rooms, 226 0000, 2–16 Aug, 5pm.
A priest finds that pleasure can overcome even the entreaties of his mother in a one-woman show that combines physical theatre, Sardinian folk song and an adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Grazia Deledda’s novel The Mother.
The Street, 226 0000, 2–23 Aug, 5.15pm.