Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017
Some Recomendations

With over 2,000 shows on every day it is not possible to do much more than scratch the surface of the Edinburgh Fringe in 6 days. Still I did my best with 20 odd shows crammed in.

Inevitably, not all the shows were actually any good.

Some were absolute bobbins.

You will be pleased to known that only the good ones get a mention here.

I have ignored the power point presentation on masturbation that passed as a show, already forgotten the hour spent watching some self indulgent and not very good interpretative dance, that I will never get back and had the show about how it is impossible for an up and coming performance artist to get funding from the Arts Council, that was funded by the Arts Council, surgically removed from my brain cell.

Here are my thoughts on the good ones.

Borders ****
 A two hander that simply tells the story of how two people connect through the Syrian refugee crisis. One a photo journalist who has lost touch with the young man he was who wanted to change the world, the other a young Syrian woman caught up in the crisis who escapes by taking the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean.

Gilded Balloon, Teviot 16:30

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Britney in: John ***
 A lovely piece of fun, well performed by two young women revisiting their youthful and ultimately not entirely successful venture to make a ground breaking documentary at the age of 18.

Bedlam Theatre 18:30

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Bruce *****
 A unique 2 hander featuring a car sponge, two white gloves and a bucket full of talent. This piece of comic theatre is a must see and tells the charming, funny and ultimately daft story of our hero Bruce like you’ve never seen a story told before.

Underbelly, Cowgate 18:40

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Escape for Dummies ****
 Unspoken comedy does not often get much of an outing, largely because it is difficult to carry off. When it does work, however, it is a must. Escape for Dummies is just that. A very funny and entertaining piece of theatre that needs to be on your to see list.

Greenside @ Royal Terrace 18:30

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Fauna *****
 This can only be described as interpretative acrobatics. Using phenomenal and often unbelievable skills, the performers go through a series of ‘sketches’ exploring aspects of human existence to the gasps, laughter and spontaneous applause of the audience. The only standing ovation of my Edinburgh this year and well deserved.

Assembly, Roxy 13:30

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Improvabunga ***
 I am not usually taken to watching impro. Improvabunga are however worth checking out. They are lively inventive, not at all pretentious and genuinely funny.

theSpace on Niddry St 21:05

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Knock Knock *****
 Probably the best acting you will ever see on stage. Set in Israel this monologue deals with a mother’s love for her son and the son’s inevitable gravitation into his nation’s everlasting conflict.

C Primo 19:30

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Matt Abbott : Two Little Ducks *****
 Matt Abbott is an wonderful poet who explores the worlds of Brexit Britain, the jungle in Calais and his Wakefield home with wit, compassion and cutting insight.

Unverbelly, Cowgate 14:20

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Matthew Harrison : F*ck Me Like Dry Vegetable ***
 A stand up comedian who knows the basics of performance. Stick to what you know, engage the audience and leave them wanting more. Very funny and a really nice chap into the bargain.

Just The Tonic at the Caves 23:40

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Mental *****
 A one man show exploring his relationship with his mother who has bipolar. It uses plain language, extraordinary sound effects and music to explore his mother’s condition. The most moving show on the fringe.
I cried.

Assembly, Roxky 17:05

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Seanmhair *****
 If you want powerful, beautifully acted, expertly written theatre, that never drops quality or pace then this is for you. The best show I saw at Edinburgh this year.

Bedlam 16:55

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Starship Osiris ***
 Crazy, charming and very much off it’s rocker. This show is worth fitting in when all the heavy ones have taken their toll … if the lead actor hasn’t lost his voice by then that is.
Don’t sit on the front row.

Underbelly, Cowgate 17:20

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The Shape of Pain *****
 Somewhere between the excellent and very technical use of stage and lighting and the simple story telling approach, this gets you into the life of someone who lives with constant pain that has no cause. It is engaging, witty and at times beautiful.

Summerhall 19:30

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Twenty Something ****
 A two hander about a brother and sister revisiting their past lives during a family dinner that is not going too well. Excellent acting, lovely script. Well worth a look.

Greenside Infirmary Street 10:30

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