Edinburgh Festival Fringe Programme out now

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Programme out now

Neil Hanna

Join the alliance of defiance in Edinburgh this August with all Fringe tickets now on sale

Sound the Fringe klaxon, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme is officially out. The 70th edition of the festival features more events than ever before, naturally, with 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows across a neat 300 venues this August. Last year we were instructed to 'defy the norm', while 2017 encourages us to 'join the alliance of defiance' at the largest platform for creative freedom in the world.

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said: 'This is a very special year for the Fringe as we celebrate 70 years of defying the norm, of championing artistic freedom and providing a platform for artists around the world to come and present their work in a truly unique environment that is inclusive, inspiring, and often life-affirming.'

The Fringe continues to welcome artists from across the globe, with 58 international countries represented, up 32% from 2016. In the year Canada celebrates its 150th birthday the Canada Hub @ King's Hall in association with Summerhall promises a programme of theatre and music from Canada, including the UK premiere of multi-award winning theatre piece Mouthpiece. Summerhall hosts the Arab Arts Focus Showcase, featuring eight performances by artists from Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Palestine and Morocco. The Taiwan Season features dance piece Together Alone, a male and female dance duet that explores intimacy and the dynamics of relationships. There is also India @ Edinburgh (part of the India @ UK 2017 Year of Culture), Korean Season, Made in Adelaide's showcase of 13 shows, including Ukulele Death Squad and NZ at Edinburgh 2017, which presents nine shows from New Zealand, including Break Up (We Need to Talk) where five performers create and destroy an entire relationship from scratch.

Closer to home the Made in Scotland programme offers 24 shows made and produced in Scotland. It includes; Stand By, a play about the challenges of serving in the modern day police force; theatre piece Letters to Morrissey by Gary McNair; and dance show Process Day, which combines cutting-edge choreography and club culture.

Themes highlighted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe include; activism, with Cardboard Citizens' Cathy, a piece inspired by Ken Loach's ground breaking film, Cathy Come Home, inviting audiences to join the debate on how society should be tackling social issues; the Syrian conflict, where Borders by Henry Naylor focuses on the journey of a young Syrian refugee, stranded on a boat that is sinking under the weight of her fellow passengers; global politics, including Trump shows Trumpageddon!, Trumpus Interruptus: The Impeachment of Donald J Trump and Kinsey Sicks: Things You Shouldn't Say, which takes a look at the Trump administration in four-part harmony and drag; disability & health, which includes disability rights activist and actress Liz Carr's Assisted Suicide the Musical and Jamie MacDonald offering his thoughts on humiliating products for the blind in Jamie MacDonald: Designated Driver; and fertility, where Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman scrutinises issues around fertility, body shame, ancient taboo and women's activism.

Tickets are on sale now for the Fringe programme, we've already picked out which shows we think will sell out fast so no excuses for dilly dallying.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 4–28 Aug

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