Top Shows To See At The 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The other show at the Fringe from the wonderful Nel Crouch (who has directed our Romeo and Juliet), and the first show we’ve seen in Edinburgh this year. We can safely say it’s going to be a hit, and the music in particular will blow you away. Tickets here.
2. Pond Wife
A feminist re-telling of The Little Mermaid, all based on pop hits from the 1990’s. As 90’s kids ourselves with a penchant for great hairdos (shoutout to Teddy Lamb), we’ll be heading there as soon as we can. Tickets here.
3. A Boy Named Sue
We’ve never seen anything from this company before, but after meeting Bertie (the writer) last year, we can guarantee it’ll be interesting to say the least! Tickets Here.
4. Boris: World King
This show came around last year, and we’re wondering if any updates have been made (very!) recently due to the heavily-political summer we’ve had. Already a hit, and guaranteed to please! Tickets here.
5. Expensive Sh*t
We saw Adura’s previous show, Hela, at HIFA (Harare International Festival of the Arts) last year, and if that’s anything to go off then we’re sure this’ll be a great show. Tickets here.
6. Adler & Gibb
We caught Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree at the Traverse last year, but missed this one when it premiered at the Royal Court in London. As he usually plays with the traditions, constraints and expectations of theatre, we’re sure Adler & Gibb will be an incredibly eye-opening experience. Tickets here.
7. Two Man Show
We’ve seen all of Rash Dash’s shows over the past few years at the Fringe and beyond, and they’re always great. A beautiful marrying of physical theatre, spoken word and music, they’re an absolute treat to watch. Tickets here.
8. William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)
The latest show from the Reduced Shakespeare Company, creators of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), this’ll be a chance to see the company’s madcap humour at work. Tickets here.
9. White Rabbit Red Rabbit
An interesting show in that it has no permanent actors – each day, the play is performed by a new actor, reading the script for the first time. The Iranian writer, Nassim Soleimanpour, was unable to get a passport as he refused to do national service in Iran, and so his play travelled the world without him ever seeing it in person. Tickets here.
10. The Vaudevillains
We saw Les Enfants Terribles’ Ernest and the Pale Moon years ago at the Fringe, and have seen their shows take off across the country and the world – including an immersive version of Alice in Wonderland. This is one of their earlier shows, revived in celebration of the company’s 15th year. And it’s in the gorgeous Speigeltent in Assembly George Square, which is an experience in itself. Tickets here.
11. Verge of Strife
Sounds like a thinker, and looks very interesting. Tickets here.
12. Every Brilliant Thing
We saw this show a couple of years ago, and it’s just great. Heartwarming and brilliant. Tickets here.
We’ve never seen this one before, but have heard brilliant things after it has toured around the country since last year’s Fringe. Tickets here.
14. Ada/Ava by Manual Cinema
We’ve seen ads all over Edinburgh for this one, and we’re slightly won over by it. It is a ‘manual cinematic shadow puppet experience’ and looks like the front cover of a gothic horror novel. Definitely worth checking out. Tickets here.
15. Bucket List
This is the newest show from Theatre Ad Infinitum, who put together the wonderful Translunar Paradise a number of years ago. Always a company to watch out for. Tickets here.
An immersive version of Irvine Welsh’s novel. Sounds utterly terrifying, but exactly what the Fringe is all about. Tickets here.
17. World Without Us
We saw Ontroerend Goed’s Audience a few years ago, and it was the most unsettling thing we’d ever seen before. We’re expecting (but not necessarily hoping for) more of the same here. Tickets here.
18. Snakes and Giants
The Flanagan Collective put together a great all-female Romeo and Juliet at the York International Shakespeare Festival last year, and here they are with a very different-looking show which appears to be just as much of a sweeping epic. It begins in darkness and ends with a thumping strobe-filled soundtrack. Tickets here.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love all mashed together into a story. Sounds bizarre. Tickets here.
20. Faulty Towers the Dining Experience
Definitely one for the families and the parents, and you get a full three course meal too! Pretty much exactly what you see on the screen for Fawlty Towers, but only a third of the show is scripted – so who knows what could happen. We imagine it’s not the most peaceful meal you’ll have at the Festival. Tickets here.
21. Finding Joy
We’ve never seen a show by Vamos Theatre before, but have heard amazing things. We’ll be checking them out this year. Tickets here.
22. Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons
Again, not one that we’ve seen before, but have heard great things. And it’s in the Roundabout, which is a lovely venue! Tickets here.
The latest show from DugOut, who we’ve seen before with Inheritance Blues. Should be a winner. Tickets here.
24. The D-List
We have no idea whether this show will be good or not. But it has Sam from the Apprentice in it, so we thought we’d go along. Tickets here.
25. From the Mouths of the Gods
Another one from The Flanagan Collective that has definitely piqued our interest. One actor and one audience member perform alongside each other in a show about “freewill, determinism, maths and kissing”. Tickets Here.
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