Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: top 5 thought-provoking shows

Five theatre productions tackling sensitive issues, including far right politics and sex trafficking

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This article is from 2014.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: top 5 thought-provoking shows

Blood Orange

Blood Orange

A frank exploration of the alarming rise of the new far right in modern Scotland. When his father’s business fails, a young man blames local Asian market sellers, forcing him to violently confront issues of race, religion, faith and tolerance in today’s society.
Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, 1–24 Aug (not 11), 7.45pm, £14.50 (£9.50)

Land of Smiles

Erin Kamler’s musical pulls back the curtain on the harsh realities of the trafficking of women in Thailand and examines the tangled moral, social and political issues which surround it. Inspired by interviews with sex workers, NGO employees and grassroots activists.
Assembly George Square Studios, 623 3030, 1.35pm, 2–25 Aug (not 11, 18), £10–£12 (£9–£11). Previews 31 Jul–1 Aug, 1.35pm, £5.

Factor 9

Inverness’ Dogstar Theatre Company challenge the medical and political establishments with a tale of two haemophiliacs living with a potentially fatal disease, contracted through a contaminated prescription.
Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, 5–24 Aug (not 11), 1.55pm, £12–£13 (£8). Previews 1–4 Aug, 1.55pm, £8 (£6).

Jonny & The Baptists: The Satiric Verses

Fresh from their Stop UKIP Tour, which caused a media storm when party supporters called for their shows to be discontinued, Jonny & The Baptists combine disconcerting Usher-esque dulcet tones with themes such as censorship, revolution and the sorry state of post-recession Britain.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 2–24 Aug (not 11), 9.40pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10). Previews 30 Jul–1 Aug, 9.40pm, £6.

Chef

Sabrina Mahfouz’s new play uses expressive spoken word and poetry to tell the story of a woman who goes from haute cuisine chef to an inmate running a prison kitchen.
Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 2–24 Aug (not 11), 6.10pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 31 Jul–1 Aug, 6.10pm, £6.

This article is from 2014.

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