Fringesider #6: Shakespeare at the Edinburgh Fringe

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Fringesider #6: Shakespeare at the Edinburgh Festival

Essential Theatre's all female production of Julius Caesar gives Shakespeare a new spin

Our look at the best of the bard, plus some work in progress tips, music recommendations and a look at our latest reviews

Hello, and welcome back to this fifth edition of Fringesider, your digital pamphlet filled with tips, titbits and truths from the world's biggest arts festival. In this edition, we're paying tribute to the founding father of modern theatre, William Shakespeare. We'll also be drawing your attention to some extra shows, pointing you in the direction of our latest reviews and giving some live music recommendations for the week ahead.

The best of the bard

Shakespeare for Breakfast
Wake up with William. Shakespeare for Breakfast is now in its 26th year, delivering a snappy and sharp rendition of one of the bard's well known plays. This year it's the Scottish play, Macbeth, with free pastries, tea and coffee for those who make it out of bed.
C Venue 34, 10am, until 28 Aug

Julius Caesar
One of Shakespeare's best known tragedies, this production of Julius Caesar, brought to Edinburgh by Australia's Essential Theatre, sees six tenacious women take the lead.
theSpace on Niddry Street, 11.25am and 7.40pm, Until 26 Aug (not 20)

Shakespeare for Kids: Toil and Trouble
Unless your child is a genius, giving them the full works of William Shakespeare might prove a little challenging. The bard's work is full of wonderful stories and characters though, and Toil and Trouble brings Shakespeare's tales to life in a child-friendly, family-friendly show.
C South, 2pm, until 28 Aug.

Imagine Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's power-struggles rewritten as Shakespearean tragedy and you'd get MacBlair. A cheeky political satire that casts a wry eye over the political careers of New Labour's now maligned head honcho and his chancellor.
C Primo, 6.15pm, until 28 Aug (not 21)

Shakespeare in the Garden: The Tempest
The C South gardens are the setting for this alfresco theatre performance. You can bask in the sun and enjoy this tale of illusion and manipulation, one of Shakespeare's last plays. Of course in the quite likely event of inclement weather, the performance will shift indoors.
C South, 6.30pm, until 28 Aug.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Magnificent Bastard productions have a late night Shakespeare show like no other; every night one member of the cast gets boozed out of their mind. Hilarity ensures. This year they're performing their twist on the classic love tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
Underbelly George Square, 10.15pm, until 28 Aug

Off the beaten programme

Fringesider #6: Shakespeare at the Edinburgh Festival

Dylan Moran

Dylan Moran: Work in Progress (Grumbling)
Well then. The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed that Dylan Moran is doing three shows during the last weekend of the Fringe. The Black Books star and red wine enthusiast won the old Perrier back in 1996 for Dylan Moran is Indisposed and, 24 years of age at the time, he's still the youngest recipient of the main comedy prize in Edinburgh. More than 20 years on he's still one of the best in the business. Grab yourself a ticket while this is still our little secret.
Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), 6pm, Fri 25-27 Aug, £12.50

Fight in the Dog goes later
Having brought some terrific comedy shows up to Edinburgh this August, including Tom Ballard's Problematic, Jon Pointing's Act Natural and Steen Raskopoulos and Carlo Ritchie's improv group The Bear Pack, Fight in the Dog are hosting their second late night show at Summerhall's Roundabout venue tonight. The one hour show sees eight comedians perform quickfire sets, with the likes of Phoebe Walsh, Goose, Yuriko Kotani and Ivo Graham playing tonight. Tickets are a snip at £5.
Summerhall, 10.30pm, Mon 21 Aug, £5

Latest Reviews

Fringesider #6: Shakespeare at the Edinburgh Festival

Blak Whyte Gray (credit: Carl Fox)

Blak Whyte Gray ★★★★★
An electrifying, thrilling dance show from Blue Boy Entertainment. Kenrick 'H20' Sandy uses the nuances, moods and textures from various branches of hip hop and African dance and melts them into his own distinct movement style. Read the full review of Black Whyte Gray.
Run finished

Red Bastard: Lie With Me ★★★★☆
Eric Davies' unmistakable clown alter ego is back in Edinburgh, exploring the fibs that people tell when they're in love, or when they're chasing it. Less confrontational than in previous years, Lie With Me is still a challenging hour from Red Bastard, but a crowd-pleasing one nonetheless. Read the full review of Lie With Me.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug, 9.30pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Damien Power: Utopia – Now in 3D ★★★★☆
A 'incisive Fringe debut' from Damien Power, Utopia – Now in 3D is full of astute observations about modern society, as well as jokes that slay the shipping container he's performing in. Already a big deal in Australia, Power is making wlaves in Edinburgh this August. Read the full review of Utopia – Now in 3D.
Assembly George Square Theatre, until 27 Aug (not 21), 8.20pm, £11–£12 (£9–£10).

Rob Auton ★★★★☆
Rob Auton, a fan of committing to a theme at the best of the times, has been growing his hair and beard since last September in preparation for his latest outing. The Hair Show is another hour of hirsute funniness from the genre-bending comic. Read the full review of The Hair Show
Just the Tonic at The Caves, until 26 Aug (not 14), 3.55pm, £5 or Pay What You Want.

Live music

The final week of the Festival brings some fantastic gigs to Edinburgh. If you're not planning on leaving the house, then you really should be.

Andy Shauf
Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf makes a rare Scottish live appearance tonight at La Belle Angele. Playing tracks from last year's fantastic concept album The Party, the Saskatchewan resident's hook laden songs are immaculately arranged.
La Belle Angele, 21 Aug, 7pm, £12.50.

Blanck Mass
A thrilling bill sees the critically acclaimed experimental electronic artist Blanck Mass paired with Glasgow's formidable hardcore punks, Anxiety.
Summerhall, 22 Aug, 8pm, £14

Julie Byrne
Not Even Happiness is one of the best singer-songwriter albums of the year, and Julie Byrne brings tracks from that stunning record and beyond to the Festival.
Summerhall, 23 Aug, 8pm, £12

Pictish Trail
SAY Award public vote winner, Lost Map head honcho and all round entertainer comes to Edinburgh fresh from a main stage slot at Green Man festival. Support comes from hometown favourites Kid Canaveral.
Summerhall, 24 Aug, 8pm, £14