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VENUE DETAILS

We list shows for 20 different venues in this year’s brochure. For more information, visit www.edcomfest.com PLEASANCE

ASSEMBLY 1

Assembly @ Assembly Hall

Mound Place EH1 2LU | T. 0131 623 3030

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Pleasance Courtyard

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Assembly @ George St

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Pleasance Dome

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Assembly @ Princes St Gardens

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Ghillie Dhu

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Assembly @ Vittoria

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The Royal Botanic Gardens

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Assembly @ AGA Showroom

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Thistle Street Bar

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Milnes Bar

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Pleasance at The Meadows

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Multrees Walk

Assembly Rooms, 54 George St EH2 2LR | T. 0131 623 3030 Princes St EH2 2HG | T. 0131 623 3030

113 Brunswick St, Leith Walk EH7 5HR | T. 0131 623 3030 51 Frederick St EH2 1LH | T. 0131 623 3030 35 Hanover St EH2 2PJ | T. 0131 623 3030

1 Bristo Square EH8 9AL | T. 0131 556 6550 2-6 Rutland Place EH1 2AD | T. 0131 556 6550 Entrances on Inverleith Row and Arboretum Place Fletcher building is near the glasshouses, 10 min walk from each entrance EH3 5LR | T. 0131 556 6550 | 0131 552 7171 39 Thistle Street EH2 1DY | T. 0131 556 6550 T. 0131 556 6550

EH1 3DQ | T. 0131 623 3030

UNDERBELLY

GILDED BALLOON 8

60 Pleasance EH8 9TJ | T. 0131 556 6550

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Teviot Row House, Bristo Sq EH8 9AJ | T. 0131 622 6552

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Underbelly, Cowgate

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Udderbelly’s Pasture

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Just The Tonic at the Caves

(Entrances on Cowgate & Victoria Street) 56 Cowgate, EH1 1EG | T: 0844 545 8252 (Incorporating E4 Udderbelly, E4 Cow Barn & Underbelly’s McEwan Hall) Bristo Square, EH8 9AL | T: 0844 545 8252 Niddry St South, Cowgate, EH1 1NS | T: 0844 545 8252

OTHER VENUES 18 19 20

Bongo Club

37 Holyrood Road EH8 8BA | T. 0131 557 2827

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT | T. 0131 622 6552

The Space @ Surgeons Hall

Nicolson Street EH8 9DW | T. 0845 508 8515

USEFUL NUMBERS

CREDITS

The Fringe Box Office T. 0131 226 0000

National Rail Enquiries T. 0845 748 4950

© 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly.

Edinburgh International Festival T. 0131 473 2000

Edinburgh Airport T. 0870 040 0007

Project Manager Tim Groves

Edinburgh Military Tattoo T. 0131 225 1188

Traveline (Buses) T. 0871 200 2233

Design Heehaw Digital | www.heehaw.co.uk

Edinburgh Book Festival T. 0845 373 5888

Central Radio Taxis T. 0131 229 2468

Tourist Board T. 0845 225 5121

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HOW TO BOOK

You can book any show in this brochure at any of the venues below or by visiting www.edcomfest.com PLEASANCE

ASSEMBLY BY PHONE

0131 623 3030

BY PHONE

Call the Assembly box office between 10am and 6pm Monday to Saturday from 10th June until 4th August and from 9am to 11.30pm from 5th to 30th August.

0131 556 6550 Call the Pleasance Box Office from 7th June 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday. From 5th August 9am to 10pm (daily).

ONLINE

www.assemblyfestival.com

ONLINE

www.pleasance.co.uk

IN PERSON

Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR

IN PERSON

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ Visit Pleasance’s main Box Office from 2nd August to 30th August 9am to Midnight (2nd and 3rd August 10am to 6pm).

Visit Assembly’s main box office at Assembly @ George Street between 10am and 5.30pm on 2nd and 3rd August. From 4th August to 30th August this box office will be open from 10am until 10 minutes after the last performance’s start time.

Pleasance Dome, 1 Bristo Square, EH8 9AL This Box Office will open from 4th August to 30th August from 10am – 01.30am. SELF SERVICE BOX OFFICE Box Office is open from 4th August 10am - Midnight. FAST TRACK TICKET BOOTH 10mins prior to show only, open until 10pm.

Assembly Hall, Mound Place, EH1 2LU This box office will be open 4th - 30th August from 10am to until 10 minutes after the last performance’s start time.

Assembly @ Princes Street Gardens This box office will be open 30th July – 30th August from 10am until 10 minutes after the last performance’s start time

GILDED BALLOON BY PHONE

0131 622 6552

UNDERBELLY BY PHONE

0844 545 8252 Call the Underbelly Box Office Pre Fringe between 10am - 8pm Daily. From 4th August 10am - 11pm Daily.

Call the Gilded Balloon Box Office from 10th June 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday. From 5th August 9am to 10pm (daily).

ONLINE

www.underbelly.co.uk

ONLINE

www.gildedballoon.co.uk

IN PERSON

Underbelly, Cowgate

IN PERSON

Teviot Row House, Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ

56 Cowgate, EH1 1EG (Entrances on Cowgate & Victoria Street) From 4th August 10am - 1am daily.

The Box Office will be open from the 3rd of August. Opening Hours: Noon to 5pm on the 3rd of August. 10am to 3am daily from 4th – 30th of August.

Udderbelly’s Pasture E4 Udderbelly, E4 Cowbarn & Underbelly’s McEwan Hall. Bristo Square, EH8 9AL. From 4th August 10am - 1am daily.

Just The Tonic @ the Caves Niddry Street South, Cowgate, EH1 1NS. From 5th August 10.30am - 1am daily.

GENERAL INFORMATION Booking Fees

Booking fees vary between venues and booking method. For more information on booking fees please call venue box office, check the website or ask before booking. There is a £1.00 handling charge per transaction for Underbelly’s book by text service.

Terms and Conditions

Concession prices (where listed) are available to children under 16, students, registered unemployed, Young Scots/Stage Pass holders, Senior Citizens and disabled persons, unless otherwise stated. Proof of status must be shown when purchasing tickets and collecting tickets. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. All credit card bookings must be collected at least 20 minutes before the performance start time. Venues will post tickets up to 19th July. It is not possible to admit latecomers to performances. The Venue Management reserves the right to alter the published programme and to refuse admission. All seats are unreserved. No admission after 9pm for under 14s and no admission after 10pm for under 18s at the Gilded Balloon Teviot.

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Contents ACCESS

Venue information

While a great deal of investment has been made in our facilities, our theatres are fitted almost solely for the Festival. We make adjustments to give reasonable access but we are aware that there are still some services we cannot provide, as well as areas where improvements still need to be made. We will continue to upgrade our facilities and would welcome your comments and advice. Much of this provision is new, so we advise you to arrive early, and to let us know you are coming.

Assembly

Wheelchair Access

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Gilded Balloon

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Pleasance

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Underbelly

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Wheelchair accessible toilets are available at all venues except Thistle Street Bar. Wheelchair access is available at all venues with the exception of the following theatre spaces: • • • • • • • •

Baillie Room – Assembly @ Assembly Hall The Drawing Room – Assembly @ George St Gilded Balloon Balcony Gilded Balloon Billiard Room Pleasance Attic Pleasance Campervan Pleasance Cellar Underbelly, Cowgate – Belly Dancer, Beer Belly Bar and Cow Cafe are fully accessible including accessible toilet. All other venues have steps and restrictions. Please call 0844 545 8252 to discuss specific requirements. Just The Tonic at the Caves – Just The Big Room is fully accessible including accessible toilet. All other venues have steps and restrictions. Please call 0207 255 6136 to discuss specific requirements.

Please inform the venue box office at the time of booking if you are a wheelchair user and we will assist you in every way possible. • • • •

Assembly Gilded Balloon Pleasance Underbelly

T. 0131 623 3030 T. 0131 622 6554 T. 0131 556 1513 T. 0844 545 8252

access@assemblyfestival.com boxoffice@gildedballoon.co.uk info@pleasance.co.uk boxoffice@underbelly.co.uk

Induction Loops Induction loops are available at the following venues. Please arrange in advance as headsets are subject to availability: • •

Pleasance Dome Pleasance Courtyard

Fringe shows Theatre

p19

Dance & Physical Theatre

p47

Children’s Shows

p50

Musicals & Operas

p54

Music

p58

Films & Exhibitions

p63

Edinburgh Comedy Festival p65 Shows at a glance All shows listed by time

p140

Index

Signed Performances For signed performances, please check individual show entry pages for details or check our websites for more information.

All shows listed by name

p144

SHOW INFORMATION LISTED FOR EACH ENTRY 2 FOR 1

Available for 9-10 August only

ELIGIBLE FOR A SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST AWARD

EUROPEAN PREMIERE UK PREMIERE

WORLD PREMIERE 00:00 ALL TIMES FOLLOW THE 24 HOUR CLOCK

Shows advertised as starting between midnight and 6am are listed against the previous day.

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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF FESTIVE SUCCESS Welcome to Assembly 2010, the 30th year that we have presented a programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It is a formidable achievement. Over this time more than four million people have seen some two thousand shows. Our success has been driven by the hard work of thousands of performers, the brilliant work they have created and your support of what we do. More than anything I have to thank the thousands of staff that have worked with us over the years to make Assembly a remarkable festival operation.

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Assembly Rooms Venues.....Music Hall (630 seats) ..................Ballroom (335 seats) ..................Edinburgh Suite (156 seats) ..................Supper Room (150 seats) ..................Wildman Room (122 seats) ..................Drawing Room (96 seats) Bars ..........Lane Bar, Under Balcony Bar, ..................Club Bar (members only)

This year we have set out to celebrate by building

performances to be found on the coming pages

line up includes the unique combination of Soweto

on the success of our two principle venues, the

– if in doubt “look to red“.

Gospel Choir and the Bala Brothers plus Camille

Assembly Rooms and the Assembly Hall, by adding

Highlights include the return of Simon Callow in

O’Sullivan, Meow Meow, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers

a third new venture Assembly @ Princes Street

“Shakespeare – the Man from Stratford”, the two

and Antonio Forcione. For cabaret and circus, Soap!

Gardens. Under the splendour of Edinburgh Castle

wonderful Scottish productions “Sunset Song” and

The Show, will amaze and Julien Cotterau is magical.

our festival garden bar will offer up an outdoor bar,

“ Silver Darlings” and a new version of “Up’n’Under”.

Indulge yourself with comedy variety at The Crack and

tasty bites, live music, free shows and a wonderful

On the comedy front we have some of the biggest

rounding off the evenings in the gardens, with the

Belgian Spiegeltent raised on high. The combination

and the best including Jason Byrne, Mark Watson,

legendry club night Guilty Pleasures, an unashamedly

of spaces will give us ten temporary theatres in which

Ardal O’Hanlan, Sean Lock, Fascinating Aida, Kevin

glorious all singing, all dancing celebration of pop

we have programmed a stunning combination of

Bridges and as ever Best of the Fest. For music, our

music. William Burdett-Coutts, Artistic Director

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STAFF LIST Artistic Director ................................................. William Burdett-Coutts PA to Artistic Director ....................................... Judith Murrell Programme Manager and Producer .................................................... Alex Rochford Programme Consultant .................................. Mary Shields Managing Director ......................................... Guy Hornsby General Manager............................................ Margaret Moll Finance Manager ............................................ Yalamba Koroma Administrator .................................................... Jen Courtney Office Manager ................................................ Sarah Murray Box Office Manager ....................................... Jamie Snelgrove Brand and Sponsorship Manager ............... Lynsey Macdonald Companies Marketing Manager.................. Jayne Gross Promotions Manager...................................... Amy Shirlaw Head of Press ................................................... Catherine Bromley Press Manager ............................................... Ian Cuthbert Press Manager ............................................... Kelly Fogarty Anniversary PR ................................................. Borkowski PR Press Consultant .............................................. Liz Smith Web Coordinator ............................................. Rob Earl Technical Director ............................................ Ruari Cormack Technical Administrator .................................. Catherine Devereux Head of Sound ................................................. Chris Ekers Head of Lighting ............................................... Paul Lim

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ASSEMBLY ROOMS Production and Site Manager ....................... Dave Evans Venue Managers ............................................. Claire Walters and Steve Gove ASSEMBLY HALL Production and Site Manager ....................... Pete McCabe Venue & Company Manager ........................ Veronica Barton ASSEMBLY GARDENS Production and Site Manager ....................... Rab Randall Assembly Board of Directors ......................... Iain MacDonald (Chair) ............................................................................. William Burdett-Coutts ............................................................................. Michael Dale ............................................................................. Sandy Ross ............................................................................. Mary Shields ............................................................................. Sarah Smith All of Assembly’s wonderful, hardworking and sleep deprived staff Doug Cook at Heineken; Graham Patullo and Gill Petrie at STV; Rod Smith at Concept Group; Angela Mckenzie at National Express; Claire Wilson at Highland Spring; Eddie McNaughton at Big Byte; Huw and Stuart at Snow Creative; Kath Mainland, Christabel Anderson, Barry Church-Woods, Neil Mackinnon at Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Faith Liddell and Amy Saunders at Festivals Edinburgh; Neil Wurmel, Espen Brunborg and everyone at Heehaw; Veronica Barton for coordinating the programme; Karen Koren and Sharon Burgess; Anthony Alderson and Tim Groves; Charlie Wood, Ed Bartlam and Dave Michel; Andrew Eaton, Jackie McGlone, Joyce McMillan and Paula Bushell at The Scotsman; Lucy Henderson at Heineken, Adrian Searle at Stage Electrics; Guy Sissons at Grandstand Seating Structures; Mark Bonner and Steve Lutley at Delta Sound, Alistair MacDonald, Alex Innes, Kim Acland, Roger Spence, Susan Provan, Christie Anthoney, Julia Holt, John Pinder, Alex Reedijk, Mariko Tsukaguchi, Al Thomson, Mark Burlace, David Inns, Chris Barnes and Caroline Fraser, Heather Ruck, Rebecca Austin and everyone who has helped us over the last 30 years.

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Don’t forget to check out our brand new venue in West Princes Street Gardens at the Ross Bandstand which opens with the Edinburgh Jazz Festival on the 30th July. There’s an outdoor festival beer garden, tasty bites, live music, cinema, free shows and much more. See you there!

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BRAND NEW FREE ASSEMBLY IPHONE APP.

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All our shows are listed on the following pages – if in doubt, look to red! Show information, tickets, offers, video clips and our latest news can be found on our website and the Assembly Apple App.

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25 years of the Gilded Balloon

I can’t believe that it’s 25 years since I started presenting shows in a tiny studio theatre in the Cowgate. Since these heady early days – when it all seemed so much easier; the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Festivals in August have become the biggest Arts Festiva l in the World and therefore play a vital part in the performing arts industry. Sounds very grand – however, looking through this programme – you can see why! Nowhere would you find as much enterta inment and talent in one city in such a short space of time. Certainly it is no coincidence that so many performers launch their careers in Edinburgh and over these last 25 years I have seen more than most. At the beginning of the Gilded Balloon I presented Arnold Brown, Liz Lochhead and Roland Rivron and was completely hooked. The following year Late’n’Live was born – the late night show that became the place comics came to see other comics live or die at the hands of the audience. From then on the Gilded Balloon was on the map and its been a roller coaster ride ever since. Late’n’Live soon became an Edinburgh institution, led by comperes like Mark Lamarr, Boothby Graffoe, Frank Skinner, Ross Noble, Daniel Kitson and Russell Howar d. Many performers, who are now household names started out at the Gilded Balloon. The most memorable include Caroline Quentin, Meera Syall, Helen Lederer, Cathy Burke and Arnold Brown, Sean Hughes, Steve Coogan and John Thomson all winning the Perrier Award. Michael Redmond, Norman Lovett, who are both returning this year, were Gilded Balloo n regulars. Others include Jo Brand, Patrick Marber, Arthur Smith, Kevin Day, The Doug Anthon y Allstars, Alistair McGowan, Ardal O’Hanlon, Mark Steel, Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey, Phill Jupitus, Alan Davies, Simon Pegg, Rich Hall, Lee Evans, Jeff Green, Johnny Vegas, Dara O’Briain, Tim Minch in and Flight of the Conchords. These are only a few – there are oh so many more that have contrib uted to our history and have stories to tell, staff too, have learnt and worked with the Gilded Balloo n early in their careers and gone on to greater things. Hundreds of performers have captivated audiences at the Gilded Balloo n over the last 25 years and that is what creating the Gilded Balloon has all been about. We are always searching for the newest, most talented and the best in entertainment and will contin ue to do so as long as I am around and hopefully long after.

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“The Gilded Balloon is real Fringe the Gilded Balloon is a pioneer” The Scotsman

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Head of Lights Head of Sound Operations Manager Finance SYT YF? Producer Late’n’Live Co ordinator

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“The Real Spirit of the Fringe“ The Scotsman

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Bunny Kerry Gilbert Blackout Rule of Three The Durham Revue

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6pm - 7pm Markus Makevellian's International Order Comedy Bitch: Them Is Us Keith Farnan Mark Nelson Beardyman Brazil! Brazil! Toby Hadoke Pedestrian

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7pm - 8pm Kev Orkian Waiting for Apollo Celebrity Autobiography Danny Bhoy: By Royal Disappointment Edward Aczel Paul Foot Dommett & Lampaert

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Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year Frisky & Mannish: School Of Pop John Cooper Clarke Rich Fulcher When the Sex is Gone The Beta Males Picnic Guest Who Sound & Fury's "Private Dick" Silent Disco Spank! Spanktacular!

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8pm - 9pm Susan Calman Jimeoin Rob Rouse Allsopp and Henderson's The Jinglists Of Women and Horses I Have Known Henry Rollins One Man Lord of the Rings Carl Donnelly Frisky & Mannish: The College Years Musical Comedy Awards 2010 Showcase

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COLOURS Murungu Productions

Sex… Survival… Africa. A haunting and raunchy play about one woman’s survival in Africa. Featuring Marcella Sant’Anna and written by award winning writer Rory Kilalea. Winner of the Oxfam Suzie Smith Award www.assemblyfestival.com

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JACOB’S LADDER

THE BIG BITE-SIZE BREAKFAST

Does the end justify the means? Depends on the means, I guess... and the end. From exciting young playwright Emily Moir comes a twisted new play about just how far people will go to make friends.

A sumptuous smorgasbord of award winning theatrical delicacies! Drama, comedy, eccentricity. Three selections of new and favourite tenminute plays from around the world. Coffee, croissants, strawberries!! Top Five Carol Tambor Award, Scotsman Top 100: ‘A splendid showcase.’ (The Observer/Guardian). Now showing on Sky TV.

Pocketful Productions

White Room Theatre Ltd

A twisted comedy about religious politics, social position and sexual immorality.

Ticket includes Coffee, Croissants & Strawberries www.bite-size.org

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THE SCOTSMAN FRINGE AWARDS

STATIONARY EXCESS

Taking place in the final week of the Fringe, the Scotsman Fringe First Awards are among the most sought after awards at the festival. They are awarded to outstanding new writing premiered on the Fringe across dance, physical theatre and children’s theatre. Winners will be announced each week in the Scotsman Festival Daily Guide on Friday 13th, 20th, 27th August. Plus a FREE final awards show at Assembly on Friday 27th August to which you are invited.

Imprisoned on an exercise bicycle, one woman tells the story of an extraordinary man. Hurling the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions, this brutally honest tale exposes the pain, absurdity and hilarity of being alone.

Made in China

The Scotsman

‘Stationary Excess’ will scream out to anybody who has loved and lost. www.madeinchinaperformance.blogspot.com

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THE CHANGELING

RUNNING ON AIR

London. 2020. A man lies dying. His friend searches the streets to find a ‘word of the future’ to save him.

Join quirky and charming comedian Laura Mugridge in her vintage campervan and be one of five travellers on a funny, poignant journey from Lands End to Edinburgh, through life, love, domesticity and a performance in front of a giant kestrel. Sometimes it’s good to take the scenic route.

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Live music, film and puppetry transport you to another world. The Changeling is a surreal story of acceptance and the importance of companionship when all else is lost.

Tues, Weds and Thurs: 11:30 & 13:00

Don’t miss this unique piece of new writing showcasing London’s up and coming talent.

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DO WE LOOK LIKE REFUGEES?!

Roll Up Roll Up! Enter if you dare. Behold the fall of the Magnificent Dr Faustus. Step inside our Hall Of Mirrors, play sleight-of-hand with Greed, have a toffee apple with Gluttony but beware the temptation of Lust. An exciting and contemporary interpretation incorporating live music, burlesque dance, circus skills and physical theatre.

Do We Look Like Refugees?! is a verbatim play by Alecky Blythe created from interviews recorded in a refugee settlement in Georgia. As the temporary shelter becomes more permanent, stories of love and enterprise emerge. Poignant and surprisingly humorous. A workshop collaboration with the Rustaveli Theatre, Tbilisi and the National Theatre Studio. Subtitles.

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Beyond Borders Productions Ltd

...a wonderfully fresh, knowing and funny piece of work.

Raw energy  SCOTSMAN (ON LUTG’S 2008 THE REVENGER’S

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, FOR THE GIRLFRIEND ExPERIENCE (ALECKY BLYTHE, 2009)

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The Offshoots (in association with Lancaster Univeristy Theatre Group)

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SUNSET SONG

Assembly & Aberdeen Performing Arts

Sunset Song was voted Scotland’s Greatest Book in 2006 and is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish novels of all time. In this main stage production adapted by Alastair Cording from Lewis Grassic Gibbons’ novel and directed by Kenny Ireland we follow the life of Chris Guthrie from child to woman growing up on a small farm in the North of Scotland as events in the outside world affect her, the community and those she loves. Sunset Song gives an insight into life in rural Scotland in the first decades of the 20th century. Though written in the early half of the 20th century the characters and stories reflect wide-reaching issues that still concern us today: the affects of war, national identity and the impact of modern-ways on rural life. Cast: Duncan Anderson, Jimmy Chisholm, Hannah Donaldson, Jannette Foggo, Lesley Hart, Michael Mackenzie, Tom McGovern , Alan McHugh, Helen McKay, Cameron Mowatt, Heather Nimmo, Ronnie Simon. www.assemblyfestival.com

An assured production... vivacious performances... and a set of picture postcard landscapes THE LIST

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I, ELIZABETH

Canal Cafe Theatre | Bea Roberts

Elizabeth I – Queen at 25, the most educated woman of her Age, political phoenix, famously unmarried… but who was the woman beneath the crown? Using Elizabeth’s own letters, speeches and writings, I, Elizabeth explores her struggle to reconcile her womanhood with sovereignty.

Give yourself the perfect lunchtime treat with this poignant yet humorous monologue by rising talent Bea Roberts about a woman coming to terms with her loss. Performed by Stage Award Nominee/ Funny Women Finalist Genevieve Swallow re-united with awardwinning director and NewsRevue producer Emma Taylor.

Rebecca Vaughan (Austen’s Women) Director: Guy Masterson (Morecambe)

Winning, funny, yet ultimately moving. GUARDIAN (ON THE

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 Vaughan’s performance was unfaultable...

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MARION ALLEN’S NUMBER ONE HOBBY

Guy Masterson - Theatre Tours International in association with Dyad Productions (UK)

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“NEXT!”

Bell Shakespeare

Liberated Theatre

You know what dying feels like - don’t you? The job interview that goes tits-up, redundancy, divorce. “NExT!” One-woman’s tragicomic exposé of real-life auditions, as she follows her dream but discovers a lot of muck amongst the stardust. Laugh or die experience from writer/producer of sell-out ‘BABOOSHKA’, ‘MUTTON’, ‘5065 LIFT’. www.liberatedtheatre.com

BABOOSHKA - Don’t Miss! INDEPENDENT  JO CAULFIELD  JENNY ECLAIR 5065 LIFT - I love this lift!  KATE COPSTICK £5 £10 (£9) W

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Direct from Sydney Opera House - a really, really silly version of Shakespeare’s great big gory tragedy. Performed by six funny but tragic actors and a garden gnome. Includes a severed head that talks Shakespearean, witches, girl germs and weird Shakespearean things like soliloquies, sharp swords and other things beginning with S.

GIRL CONSTANTLY F***ING INTERRUPTED

Directed by Wayne Harrison (Producer, ‘Tap Dogs’) and loaded with gags aimed at children and adults alike, it’s an absolute treat for the whole family.

A moving modern day psychological therapy comedy.

Suitable for ages 7yrs + www.bellshakespeare.com.au

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A show with a multiple personality disorder taking you on a journey through the mind of a modern woman and her many alter egos. Expect to accept, get a piece of peace and get ready to discover discovery! celiapeachey.com

A real actress. MOTIV88 An enthralling performance, compellingly and engaging. URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE

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Attention fringe-goers, you’re invited to join the movement and change your lives forever! Explosive new play from the writer and creative team behind 2009 award-winning hit Heroin(e) for Breakfast. www.uberhategang.com

The tale of a football mad boy from the backstreets of Zimbabwe. Multi-layered African beats, powerful acapella vocals and a wildly dynamic 30-strong company throwing heart and soul into a dizzyingly high-energy succession of jumping, jiving, acrobatic numbers.

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Pants on Fire’s actor-musician extravaganza relocates Ovid’s epic stories of miraculous transformation to 1940‘s wartime Britain. Heroics, love, gods, monsters and the secrets of the universe revealed through gasmasks, gramophones, puppetry, film and original live music and song from an Andrews Sisters chorus. Dynamic, magically moving and darkly comic storytelling.

Noel Tovey is mesmerizing. Australia’s most distinguished indigenous performer delivers an astonishing production that is more than a story of survival, it’s a story of a man who through art, is transfigured. Tovey gives an outstanding performance that recalls the verbal embroidery of Barry Humphries. LBB is sophisticated, articulate, thoroughly absorbing and laced with incisive humour.

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SMILER Richard Fry

HighTide | Escalator East to Edinburgh

Amnesty Award nominee, Richard Fry (BULLY, Killing Me Softly) returns to the Gilded Balloon with a brilliant new play about drinkdriving, disability, best friends and Right Said Fred. myspace.com/richardfry

Nothing short of outstanding. EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS Richard Fry is mesmerising... a phenomenal performance. BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

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Fifteen years ago, Alice was an interrogator in Guantanamo. Because of the pills she took at the time, she can’t remember what she did. Fifteen years ago, Bashir was a prisoner there. Now, dying of liver failure, he visits her. Lidless, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s devastating first play, won the 2009 Yale Drama Series Award for Playwriting. A work of extraordinary intelligence and finely-balanced sensibility, it marries the implacable logic of a Greek tragedy with an all-too-modern setting. From the UK’s leading new writing theatre company. www.hightide.org.uk

Lidless is an extraordinary and original attempt to show the enduring strain on the victims of the U.S’s deployment of torture at Guantanamo DAVID HARE HighTide is an important and effective company for staging new works NICHOLAS HYTNER HighTide’s Stovepipe: one of ‘Ten Best Theatre Productions of the Decade’  THE SUNDAY TIMES

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WOLF Authentic Artist Collective/Kath Burlinson/Escalator East to Edinburgh

Let us prey. Theatre for the senses exploring mythology, psychology, ecology of wolf/human relationship. Sexy, unpredictable, magical journey in Edinburgh’s atmospheric Caves. Text by Iain Finlay Macleod (St Kilda, EIF09) with performers from David Glass Ensemble/Dreamthinkspeak/Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’. Composed by Kerry Andrew (BBC Radio3, ClassicFM). authenticartist.co.uk/wolf

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AT HOME WITH MRS MONEYPENNY IMWP and Eleanor Lloyd

The ultimate working mother and FT columnist comes to life with hysterical tales of banking, business and cost centres one, two and three along with some demonstration cooking. Home is the Aga Showrooms where a complimentary glass of champagne and snacks for all make this a unique Edinburgh experience. Second show on these days: Aug (16:30) 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 www.mrsmoneypenny.com

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Two men wait in a room with only each other and a banging door for company. They talk, bicker and joke about politics, religion, trivia and consequences. The banging of the door provides punctuation as we gradually realise they aren’t strangers; they have history. Somebody died… Winner of two Sir Michael Caine awards (best new writing, best actor).www .earnshawplays.co.uk

Link loves Fiddes like a brother - and Susie like a lover. Susie loves Link alright; Fiddes too, but not like any brother. And Fiddes? A story of friendship, loyalty, revenge, sex and drink, by the brilliant Scottish writer James Kennaway (‘Tunes of Glory’, ‘The Battle of Britain’). ‘James Kennaway was going for broke in this book.’ (Melvyn Bragg). ‘A blazing, rare and formidably great writer.’ (Edward Fox)

...skilful direction, a talented acting duo... ROBERT MEADOWS,

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PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS SHOW, THREE WOMEN BY SYLVIA PLATH

...conjures up many emotions, leaving you hanging off the edge of your seat THREEWEEKS ON UNFIT PRODUCTIONS’ ‘FIT PIECE’

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‘The audience loved every minute of it.’

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One moment will create, destroy or alter perspectives. Alcatraz explores the perforations and cracks in the walls of perception, as four characters invisibly influence and disturb one another without knowledge or intent. One man’s disability is another’s aspiration: ‘Every window on Alcatraz has a view of San Francisco.’

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Clint is a media icon disgraced for rigging his reality TV shows. He has one evening to turn this around and solve problems both professional and personal. Vanity, insanity and pastry combine in a world that’s anything but real. Fast paced 21st century farce from the writer of Poets’ Corner.

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Moving, hard hitting and funny! **** (What’s On Stage) Two young couples deal differently with the news that their child will be born disabled. There are choices to be made, secrets to share. Based on the authors own experiences. Premiered in Sweden and at Contact Theatre, Manchester, receiving rave reviews.

A brand new thriller with a sting in its tail. Twinwood Airfield, December 15 1999. The setting: a damp and dreary dressing room. As a Frank Sinatra tribute artist prepares for his final performance, a stranger enters dressed in U.S. Military uniform... However, something is wrong... a disturbing truth is about to be revealed. Licensed by CMG Brands, Hollywood, CA.

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Massive. Timely. Multiple award-winner Jack Klaff releases decades of pent-up fury in an attack on the theatre, our culture and the abuse of power. Direction: Colin Watkeys, collaborator with Claire Dowie and Ken Campbell. Gladly risking career suicide, Jack the Knife skewers, slashes, slices through to the heart of things.

The wild-girl woman awakens within her suit-clad veneer of straight lace. Tamara Lee astounds from the first seed of dissatisfaction through to the powerful spellbinding conclusion, baring every nuance, emotion, doubt and turmoil. A smash hit in Adelaide Australia, Sheila Duncan’s tour de force, directed by Michael Allen, is a gripping, satisfying banquet. www.theatretoursinternational.com

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Wonderland presents

The true story of Lewis Carroll and Isa Bowman, the actress who played Alice on stage A new play by Gyles

Brandreth and Susannah Pearse

Director: Iqbal Khan Designer: Ciaran Bagnall Musical arrangements: Jeremy Sams

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Ruth Rich, the Fringe’s infamous “sandwich generation” mother returns with an uproarious new show tackling badly behaved teenagers, a bewildered granny and surgically enhanced friend. Economies of truth are called for in order to keep up appearances. But where there are sex, lies and videotape the truth will out and what others have been hiding proves to be much more interesting.

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Bridget Jones meets Outnumbered in this funny and sharply written family comedy.  BBC RADIO

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Paris 1945. Christiane waits to be reunited with her English fiancé. A tender, comic portrayal of one woman’s experience of love and war from Best Solo Performance nominee (The Stage Awards 2009).

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Alicia’s an ‘actress’… crap agent, ‘profit’ shares, one line on Casualty. Her latest role... dog sitting. With an overactive imagination, and only the increasingly spooky and selectively incontinent pooch for company, Alicia sets about righting the wrongs.

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Tom asked Grace out when they were sitting on the Quay. She was fifteen, he a year older, and they were very happy together. But then she had to go away – something to do with her parents. So he waited for her on the Quay. And one day she came back. A love story.

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YOUR DREAM WEDDING Anything Bloody Goes

Single, married, straight, gay, female, male - everyone is welcome at Michael’s luxury bridal salon. A site specific shopping experience. Planning a wedding should be magical, whoever you are.

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BBC journalist Kate Peyton’s murder has catapulted her sister Rebecca into a bizarre new world. With alacrity, Rebecca’s onewoman show gallops through the curious corollaries of The Worst Of Times. Forever discussing death at dinner parties, Rebecca crashes through all social niceties, naming our fears and articulating the unspeakable.

It’s all about your dream wedding. Second show every performance day (15:00)

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DYLAN THOMAS: RETURN JOURNEY - BOB KINGDOM, ORIGINAL DIRECTION BY ANTHONY HOPKINS

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A soldier with combat stress, a lady blogger, a blind girl in mourning, a phantom hacker – they all meet in cyberspace where their fantasy lives are played out by their avatars. In a world where it is hard to tell the difference between what is real and what is virtual, it is easy to start losing your mind. Will you be able to hold onto your sanity?

Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in association with Assembly

One of Edinburgh’s most legendary shows returns to Assembly following sell-out seasons in New York and London. The electrifying presence of Thomas on his last great lecture tour, enroute to the White Horse Tavern, brought magically to life through Bob Kingdom’s spellbinding performance and Anthony Hopkins’ original direction.

Press play now. www.roundhouse.org.uk

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Famous theatre director Karlo has both wife, best friend and glittering career. One bad review later, however, and he’s a cuckolded has-been, burning for revenge. But life is infinitely more dangerous than theatre, so who gets the last laugh in this macabre comedy?

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New, intelligent, moving... Had me smiling for days afterwards ALAN AYCKBOURN ON HAL CHAMBERS’ PRODUCTION OF ‘JACKAJACK’

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Each audience chooses the way the story is told. New comedy. Sibling secrets, lies and songs set against the backdrop of football World Cups 1982-2010. We follow ‘The Vindaloo Brothers’-UK’s No1 England Footy Song Tribute Act, as they try to reconnect with family. One brother’s got a secret that will crush everybody. How one moment can shape a life.

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Welcome to number 54. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let us tell you a story. Or twelve. The joys of tenement living, the loneliness of city dwelling, love, a cat, television nap-time and taking a shower. We got it all. Over the course of a day, eight narrators, taking on a host of unusual roles and voices, will use various methods of storytelling to offer snapshots from inside of each flat. Fun, new writing that mixes the fanciful with the slightly ordinary in a heartfelt, humorous and eclectic way.

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Dogstar Theatre Company

Matthew Zajac’s story of his Polish father, a powerful, unforgettable exploration of identity, resonating with audiences worldwide. Fringe First, Stage Best Solo Performer (2008), CATS Best Actor (2009). With outstanding live violin, an exceptional theatre experience. Wonderful press and audience reaction on our website. www.dogstartheatre.co.uk

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Meena, Indian, heavily pregnant, touches down in Australia the day Elvis Presley dies. Both events, equally shocking, her vagina clenched against her overwhelming grief, she braces herself for the after-life in the New World. A rockin’ and rollickin’ tale of spice, soul and sunburn! Writer-performer Ansuya Nathan (“Feasting on Flesh” 2008) is directed by Guy Masterson, multiple Fringe First Awardee and director of last year’s hits, the Olivier Award winning “Morecambe” and “Austen’s Women”, and this year’s “I, Elizabeth”. www.theatretoursinternational.com

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STICKS, STONES, BROKEN BONES

Maison Foo

Bunk Puppets & Scamp Theatre

From Montreal, Jeff Achtem transforms bits of junk into surreal shadow puppets. Flying chickens, brain transplants and sneaky Ninjas! Come play in the dark. In each shadow puppet scene, the audience simultaneously watches the visual transformation of household junk, into shadow puppet cartoons. A feast for the imagination. www.bunkpuppets.com | www.scamptheatre.com

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DIARY OF A SENTIMENTAL KILLER Teatro Dei Borgia

Is there a more positive value than professionalism? A murderer is in crisis. His perspective is a boring and lonely retirement, but the killer, a great professional, will find a way to revive brilliantly.

Co-commissioned by Deda, supported by National Lottery through Arts Council England. maisonfoo.co.uk

Quite simply a stunning piece of theatre. DERBY EVENING TELEGRAPH Ingenious. LEICESTER MERCURY Surprise hit of the season...deeply poignant, highly original, extremely inventive and also very funny. SIMON HOLLINGWORTH LINCOLN DRILL HALL

By Luis Sepulveda, with Gianpiero Borgia.

this performance is a real tour de force, both nuanced and heartfelt  SCOTSMAN (ON INSIDE YERMA) a mesmerising experience STAGE (ON INSIDE YERMA) go and see this very special production  EDFRINGE.COM (ON INSIDE YERMA)

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Pleasance | Written by Tim Norton with original music & lyrics by Ned Bennett

Pleasance’s own ‘very remarkable company’ (BBC Scotland) return to Edinburgh with their epic 1950’s musical drama set to the sounds of Jazz, Jive and Beebop. As migrants from all over the globe begin a new life in London’s Soho, the wrong boy falls for the wrong girl. Please note that this show has different start times on different dates: 8-12 August: 15:15 (1hr 15mins) 13-21 August: 14:00 (1hr 15 mins) www.pleasance.co.uk

Breathtaking...who needs Broadway? SCOTSMAN Extraordinary...lavish...explosive BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE Exquisite and gorgeous SCOTSMAN The word extravaganza was invented for shows like this...the spectacle is breathless  FEST Enviously talented cast perform with unsurpassed mastery...they don’t put a foot wrong  EDINBURGH GUIDE £11 (£10) £11 (£10)

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THE TERRIBLE INFANTS Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company

After performing all over the world Les Enfants Terribles return with this multi award-winning show for one week only! Roald Dahl meets Tim Burton in this hugely theatrical, scary, funny, sad, silly, junk-filled, puppetry-packed, dark, delicious, musical, magical piece of performance. Suitable for big kids and small grown ups. www.lesenfantsterribles.co.uk

 Deliciously dark and very twisted.. Like giving your inner child an enormous sack of sweets. METRO Taking the spirit of Struwwelpeter, Edward Gorey and Roald Dahl screeching and laughing into the 21st century…Captivating.” STAGE  A beautifully realised slice of vaudevillian puppet theatre and crawls with characters that could have escaped from Lewis Carroll’s waste paper basket EVENING STANDARD

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RACHEL ROSE REID: I’M HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN

THE HUB Big Can Productions

Should we follow our dreams, or get on with things and live in the real world? Is everyone other than us just a bit mental? Find out in this hilarious comedy about five very different people thrown together doing a job they hate, hoping for something better.

Pleasance

And so are you. A new work from last year’s debut hit Rachel Rose Reid: ***** Three Weeks; *****Hairline; ****The List; **** Broadway Baby. Directed by Fringe First award winning Phillip Breen (‘The Stefan Golaszewski Plays’... and ‘Party’ by Tom Basden).

The laughs come thick and fast  LIST  HERALD Very funny THE STAGE

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“given (bagpipes) a rock ‘n’ roll edge which definitely earns them the Biffy seal of approval!” Biffy Clyro

10-15 August 18.30 • Tickets £15

“laugh-out-loud... has the compelling ring of truth” (Irish Theatre Magazine)

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“Soul star Omar endows the genre with street cred” Independent on Sunday on Been So Long Edinburgh 2009

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L oves ong 4 - 21 August at 5.20pm Running time 50 mins. Contains graphic language

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BUNNY

PRAISE FOR FOURPLAY, DIRECTED BY VIVIAN MUNN

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Directed by Vivian Munn. Dario Fo’s satire of bourgeois hypocrisy where the burglar turns out to be the virtuous one! A profusion of spouses and lovers, mistaken identity, thwarted passion and a web of marital intrigue... no one does farce better!

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A missing library book. Abandoned trousers. An existential detective story. Joshua Edelman directs Philip O’Sullivan in ‘a cosmic puzzle that makes the Da Vinci Code look like a game of hide-and-seek’ (Variety). Some of life’s biggest questions are asked (and answered) in Glen Berger’s funny, heartbreaking and life-affirming play.

A tour-de-force exploration of the NYC public school system by acclaimed actress and teaching artist Nilaja Sun. Meet the teachers, students, parents, janitors, and security guards who inhabit the schools and shape the future of America in this multiaward winning hit.

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Pure mayhem as two idiots put on the greatest vegetable circus on Earth! Marvel at the Veget-animal! Gape at the Magical Carrot! Fantasize over the Onion Strip Tease! In these acts and more the award-winning Cirque de Légume shows us how beautiful life can be if we only stop to play with it.

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Feisty 18 year-old Katie is thrust into a journey she’ll never forget after her boyfriend is attacked on the street. Exposing the complexities of multicultural inner-city life, internationally acclaimed new writing company nabokov return to the Fringe with this remarkable comingof-age tale by exhilarating writer Jack Thorne.

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NICKI HOBDAY CONQUERS SPACE Nicki knows how clever you are. That’s why she’s made this show for you. Especially. This is über-theatre for the connoisseur. This is a comedy show with real meaning, and danger, and punch. Nicki is aiming for the stars, and she doesn’t expect to miss...

David Benson directed by Hannah Eidinow - Festival Highlights

When 270 people were killed in Britain’s worst terrorist atrocity, grieving father Jim Swire found his faith in his own country’s justice system shattered. Since that fateful night in 1988, Swire has tirelessly campaigned for justice. The full shocking story is retold in this new play by a triple Fringe First award-winning team.

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SIMON CALLOW IN SHAKESPEARE - THE MAN FROM STRATFORD

Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group, Assembly Theatre with Marshall Cordell and Act Productions

Rediscover Shakespeare with one of Britain’s best-loved actors. Simon Callow celebrates the real man behind the legend, bringing to life both the Bard himself and his unforgettable characters in this new and definitive stage production. Following the worldwide success of The Mystery of Charles Dickens (West End/Broadway) and hot on the heels of his sell-out hit Dr Marigold & Mr Chops, Callow joins forces with Jonathan Bate (pre-eminent Shakespeare biographer) and director Tom Cairns (All About My Mother - Old Vic, NT’s Aristocrats) to fill the stage with Shakespeare’s real and imagined worlds. A warm, classy and jovial production not to be missed. www.assemblyfestival.com

 Callow fills the auditorium with his energy and enthusiasm. This is theatre in its purest and most noble form. SUNDAY TELEGRAPH ON DR MARIGOLD & MR CHOPS This new Complete Works from the RSC is a glorious edition of one of the world’s most important books. All human life is here - and every home should have one. DAME JUDI DENCH, PRAISE FOR JONATHAN BATE

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THE SILVER DARLINGS Assembly & Aberdeen Performing Arts

The Silver Darlings written in 1941 is an epic tale of land and sea – a story of love lost and found again. When a community is forced from the land to the coast they struggle to find a new living from the sea along the North Coast of Scotland. Catrine’s new husband Tormad is taken from her and press-ganged into a life at sea: she has to continue without knowing if he is alive or dead. The relationships between Catrine, her new love Roddie, and her son Finn are at the heart of this adaptation by Peter Arnott of Neil Gunn’s celebrated novel. Directed by Kenny Ireland. Cast: Duncan Anderson, Jimmy Chisholm, Hannah Donaldson, Jannette Foggo, Lesley Hart, Michael Mackenzie, Tom McGovern, Alan McHugh, Helen McKay, Cameron Mowatt, Heather Nimmo, Ronnie Simon. www.assemblyfestival.com

...a tremendously successful piece of popular theatre... full of passion SCOTSMAN ...a touching portrait of the survival of the spirit GUARDIAN This is Scottish Theatre with a compassionate heart and an articulate voice THE SKINNY A confident and memorable piece of theatre THE STAGE £10 £18 (£16) W

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ANIMAL FARM

A whisky-soaked tale of murder and deceit in a small country town, packed with rollicking live music, visual trickery and dark comic stylings from junkyard theatre trio and masters of Australian gothic The Suitcase Royale!

Now in its 17th year, for ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY, in celebration of Assembly’s 30th anniversary, Guy Masterson rekindles his extraordinary solo rendition of George Orwell’s barnyard classic. One Man, a farmful of animals, and one of the greatest political allegories of all time. How it’s done has to be seen to be believed. Utterly brilliant! Simply unmissable!

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Can reliving a moment in our teens make us see what’s important now?... Three men, three women - all one time school friends, reunite for a joyous, poignant trip that asks ‘Did we get where we wanted to go? Have we stayed on the highway? And can we still remember the lyrics?’

Shakespeare has a powerful resonance in the life of a woman seeking intimacy and her place in the world. The voices of Hamlet, Ophelia, Lear, Juliet ... become Ms. Hamill’s own in this deeply personal autobiography. The New York Times has called Hamill a performer of “dignity and grace”.

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BLACKOUT

Now in its 18th year, for ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY, in celebration of Assembly’s 30th anniversary, Guy Masterson returns with his globally acclaimed multi-award winning rendition of Dylan Thomas’ timeless masterpiece, bringing its magical world of Llarregub fantastically to life in an astonishing solo performance.

Inspired by the stories of a young offender from Glasgow, Blackout is a 45-minute smack in the face.

ThickSkin

Guy Masterson - Theatre Tours International

Directed by Neil Bettles (Creative Associate, Frantic Assembly). ThickSkin debuts at Edinburgh Fringe 2010 with a cast of emerging Scottish talent. From a company producing heart-stopping visual theatre, Blackout is a mix of striking physicality and Anderson’s hardhitting text.

www.theatretoursinternational.com

 One of the most inventive, remarkable performances of the decade! TIMES  Impeccable, dextrous, precise! Tremendous sensitivity and panache! GUARDIAN

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Big Wow, two-time Stage Best Ensemble Award nominees, return to Underbelly with a brand new show about the trials and pitfalls of friendship. Creators of previous fringe hits, ‘Insomnobabble’ and ‘Dark Grumblings’, this is another fine example of full-throttle, high energy comic storytelling. Tell your friends.

Pip Utton is one of the Fringe’s most successful solo performers. His plays ‘Adolf’, ‘Bacon’ and ‘Chaplin’ tour the world and have been translated into 7 languages. Pip uses Victor Hugo’s classic tale of Beauty and the Beast as inspiration, telling the story through the eye of hunchback Quasimodo; reflecting today’s preoccupation with beauty and image.

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HIT ME! THE LIFE AND RHYMES OF IAN DURY

Terry Saunders

Festival Highlights - Gilded Balloon Productions | Written and directed by Jeff Merrifield

Using animation and storytelling, a tale of perfect couples that never quite reach their perfection. Adapted from Saunders’ muchloved YouTube animation series. Chortle Innovation Award Winner. Writer and star of Radio 4’s Dad Designs and BBC Online’s Missed Connections. www.terrysaunders.co.uk

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | ABOVE

OTHERS

This warts-and-all portrait of the Blockheads’ lead singer explores the highs and lows of Ian Dury’s extraordinary career and inspirational life story. Featuring many of his best songs performed live, including ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ and ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’.

Multi award-winning female collective premiere their visual, political exploration of women as Other and ‘Other’ women. Based on an exchange of letters/ emails with an Iranian artist, prisoner and a celebrity. Through live music, movement, verbatim text and audience input ‘Others’ attempts to give voice to three absent women.

Publicly, Ian Dury was a cheeky chappie and purveyor of saucy lyrics. Privately, he was a flawed maestro wrestling with demons and disability. This brilliant drama sees him reunited with his tour manager and friend Fred ‘Spider’ Rowe, blending amazing music with powerful scenes exploring Dury’s incredible triumph over adversity.

The Paper Birds

Returning to the Fringe after a sell-out 2008 premiere and an acclaimed West End season. 16+ www.HitMeTour.com | www.FestivalHighlights.com

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BRIGHT IS THE RING OF WORDS

THE MEETING

Not sex, drugs and rock and roll - but sex, booze and opera. An aging, fallen diva confronts a young, hopeful comedian forced into caring for him by a community service order following a racist attack. Sparks fly when the embittered wannabe meets the charismatic has-been. Directed by Julian Garner.

2009 NSDF Best Emerging Artists, Fiddy West Productions return with Reuben Johnson’s, The Meeting. Before Jake can be released from prison he has to face his biggest challenge yet... The Meeting. Tense and touching this is a story about how one incident can change so many lives forever.

barebawds.co.uk

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Bare Bawds - Jeffrey Mayhew

 A wondrous stage creation - for ‘Cyril’ SCOTSMAN  Mayhew is a natural performer, effortlessly engaging. - ‘Swift’ EDINBURGH GUIDE £5 £9 (£7) W

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10 boys. 2 girls. 1 tent. Set in Salford, Manchester a group of lads are ready to have the night of their lives, until a new arrival changes everything. Winners of the “NSDF Emerging Artists Award 2009,” Fiddy West Productions return to mark their Territory for 2010.

Meet Dave, a man in a pub who wants to tell you the truth, no matter what the fall-out. Performed in Milnes Bar on Hanover Street, DC Moore’s darkly comic story puts you up close with a young man eager to share his story over a pint. Royal & Derngate, Northampton presents its critically acclaimed production.

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PLEASANCE DOME | KINGDOME

EMMA THOMPSON PRESENTS: FAIR TRADE

Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent by Arrangement with Chaplins Theatre Productions

At seventeen Derek Hodges was a Snooker World champion; forty years later he arrives at the World Championships washed up, broke, a shadow of his former self. Clive Russell gives the performance of a lifetime as the player with everything to live for, nothing to lose and everything to prove.

Every Pro will recognise something of himself in Touching the Blue WILLIE THORNE, BBC & SKY SPORT COMMENTATOR Great Entertainment JOHN VIRGO, 1979 UK CHAMPION, BBC SPORT VOICE OF SNOOKER

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“One of the best scripts I’ve seen in years; I’m extremely proud to be involved in this production” - Academy award winner Emma Thompson. Two verbatim-inspired accounts of sex trafficking are told through drama, comedy, live music and physical theatre. Directed by Lotte Wakeham. shatterbox.co.uk

An insightful, thought provoking play, most definitely worth a watch.  TOTALLYTHEATRE. COM

A talented cast, decent set and great live music - features not always evident in fringe theatre. COMMUNITY CARE

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FIRING BLANKS

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MISCONCEPTION Jeremy Meadow

Having a baby is complicated. It’s even tougher when you need another man’s sperm. Richard finds an unlikely therapist in the form of Kate, a quiet but fierce-witted teenage girl, alone on a park bench. A truly touching and often funny new play by Tom Spencer, with live music. From makers of ‘Be My Eyes’ (2009).

A new comedy of moral confusion by Bill Dare, Sony and British Comedy Award winner. Two old friends and one woman who needs to conceive... tonight. A sharp contemporary satire, exploring love, sex, friendship and the rights and responsibilities of twenty-first century parenthood.

www.finechisel.co.uk

The dialogue crackles and fizzes in compelling fashion.

Excellent, really very funny SCOTSMAN (ON ‘BE MY EYES’) A poignant depiction of the journeys we face in life

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Guy Masterson - Theatre Tours International in association with Crow’s Theatre (CAN) and Brian Robertson

Charting the raw, but beautiful interior life of a misfit adolescent, Claudia suffers the triple afflictions of puberty, unpopularity and her parent’s divorce. Using four astonishingly expressive masks, writer/ performer Kristen Thomson casts a spell of rare, bewitching power. Triumphantly packing houses and receiving standing ovations, it’s an award-winning Canadian gem. Directed by Chris Abraham. www.theatretoursinternational.com | www.crowstheatre.com

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SINGIN’ I’M NO A BILLY, HE’S A TIM

THE CAGE

What happens when you lock up a Celtic fan with a Rangers fan on the day of the Old Firm match? Fireworks, that’s what! Celtic-mad Tim and Rangers-daft Billy find themselves banged up in the same police cell.

Dugald Bruce-Lockhart (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 39 Steps, Deep Blue Sea) leads the cast in the world premiere of this powerful psychological thriller about betrayal and revenge that is both unnerving and touching. Betrayed by his wife to be and his best man, Jack seeks retribution with the perfect present in a masterstroke of manipulation. Directed by Richard Baron.

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BBL Productions in association with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Can Harry, the ever watchful turnkey, keep them apart?

One of the most gripping shows in current Scottish theatre. THE HERALD First Class! SUNDAY MAIL A genuine must see BIG ISSUE Consistently funny and highly authentic SCOTSMAN

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UDDERBELLY’S PASTURE | E4 COW BARN

JACOBITE COUNTRY Fringe First Winner Henry Adam’s scintillating comedy from the edge of Europe and sanity. Burned out TV comic Haggis Mcsporran returns to the Highlands looking for his mojo. Craiturface, Granny, the Loch Ness Monster and MI5 might help... With live music. Straight after Dogstar’s international hit The Tailor of Inverness.

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Tread? The guy gave me the horror, no question. MARLON BRANDO Buy, beg or steal a ticket... the acting was superb. TIMES £5 £9 (£7.50)

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Jack Treadwell’s last stand against dumbing down. After a blistering world tour the acting guru reveals secrets of his performance techniques, and other secrets. No one is safe: Hollywood stars, celebrities, politicians - nor is Tread.

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JOE POWER - THE MAN WHO SEES DEAD PEOPLE

KEEPERS

Joe Power is the new exciting UK Liverpool Medium taking the psychic world by storm.

200 years ago, far off the Welsh coast, one man faced an ordeal so diabolical that it would go down in maritime legend, changing the way that lighthouses were run forever.

Come and see his live one hour psychic show, where Joe will reveal your secrets and speak with the dead. His scouse humour will make you laugh, and his startlingly accurate information will prove there is life after death.

Using original live music and little more than a ladder and a trapdoor, The Plasticine Men conjure up the confines of the infamous Smalls Lighthouse and the stormy companionship of its two keepers.

As seen on Channel 4’s Derren Brown investigates. Come and make your own mind up.

Based on an extraordinary true story, an enchanting tale of the sudden loss of life and drawn out loss of sanity unfolds between the flashes of the lamp that the ill fated pair must tend each and every night.

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Startlingly Accurate... his accuracy has left me speechless DAILY ExPRESS Amazing predictions PEOPLE Joe Power, the UK’s next John Edwards 790 KABC LA

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THE FRAGILITY OF X Coal

A new play, directed by John Wright (co-founder of Told By An Idiot).

Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in association with Assembly

A woman and her autistic teenage son go on an extraordinary journey. Unblinkingly unsentimental, funny, alarming, provocative... and strangely life affirming. Made by Coal in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre and 3-sixty.

The Fringe First Award-Winning production returns to Assembly. Having spellbound audiences worldwide, Bob Kingdom reprises his critically acclaimed performance as the brilliant, adorable, wicked, and infamous writer of ‘In Cold Blood’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.

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A darkly comic new drama by one of the UK’s most exciting new writing talents. www.reclaimltd.com | www.budtheplay.com

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Chris Dobrowolski & Mehrdad Seyf discuss football. revolution, swimming, chess, love and subbuteo with match footage and stills from their family histories.

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WHY MEN CHEAT

REAL BABIES DON’T CRY

The Hit Comedy from Ireland! Ever cheated? Ever been cheated on? Ever wondered why men can’t keep it at home? Over 250 men and women were interviewed to find out Why Men Cheat.

Sally, a widow buys a ‘new-born baby’, a life-like doll, from Jeanette, a ‘new-born’ artist. But Sally’s obsession with her ‘baby’ threatens to destroy her relationships. A bizarre comedy verging on tragedy from the celebrated writer Stewart Permutt, cast includes Janet Prince.

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Joseph Winogradoff

Get inside the minds of a lot of unfaithful men… Why Men Cheat.

...played brilliantly by Janet Prince 

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…the must see show of the Dublin Fringe Festival SUNDAY

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10 DATES WITH MAD MARY A ROMANTIC COMEDY (SORT OF)

Written & directed by Ché Walker | Music by Omar Lyefook | English Touring Theatre

by Yasmine Akram Calipo Theatre Company

I wanna be your man from now til I’m put in the ground… Oscar lives in the fast lane. He pays for sex and drugs but something’s missing. Brooding over what might have been, he is forced to reflect on his reckless lifestyle and is taken by surprise, finding love where he could never have expected… Featuring his own music and lyrics, this unmissable one-man show is performed by soul legend Omar founder of nu-classic British Soul, who again joins forces with award-winning writer/director, Ché Walker following their triumphant collaboration last year on the soul/funk musical Been So Long (Young Vic London, Latitude & Edinburgh Festivals).

Mary McArdle is the toughest fighter in town, a title that earned her the moniker ‘Mad’ Mary when she was 15. Now she’s 25, and just out of prison. Back home, everything has changed: all the old gang have grown up, and the only thing Mary has to look forward to is being bridesmaid at her best friend’s wedding. But even this comes at a price - she has to find a date for the big day, and finding a date in a town where everyone knows your name is not gonna be easy. www.calipo.ie | www.twitter.com/calipotheatre

Contains graphic language. Recommended for ages 16+ ett.org.uk

Laugh out loud funny...an accomplished piece of work. IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE Sets the serially abused monologue back on it’s feet for one last stagger through the underbelly of Irish urban life. THE IRISH INDEPENDENT

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MY HAMLET WITH LINDA MARLOWE

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Watford Palace Theatre | NFA | Fingers Theatre Tbilisi | Escalator East to Edinburgh

Pleasance

Inside everyone there is a Hamlet. They just need a stage... Bravura solo artist Linda Marlowe, Shakespeare’s greatest text, and six brilliant puppeteers from Georgia (Fingers Theatre). Hamlet as you’ve never seen him before. www.lindamarlowemyhamlet.com

Breathtakingly versatile... A veritable tour de force SCOTSMAN ON LINDA MARLOWE IN BERKOFF’S WOMEN

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IMPERIAL FIZZ

A deadly battle of wills plays out in this chilling tale of abduction, sexuality, power, and obsession. Barry has convinced himself that holding Cora as his victim is a legitimate act, an expression of love, a necessary protection. But is Cora as weak as she seems, or does she have her own agenda?

Cocktails, witty banter, and pointed barbs. An elegant couple jigger and joust their way to the ultimate nightcap. Surreal, intoxicating comedy from Fringe First winner Brian Parks. Starring Olivier Award nominated Issy van Randwyck and ‘Stage’ Best Actor and Adelaide Fringe 2010 Best Theatre Performer winner David Calvitto.

Double Fringe First winner Hannah Eidinow directs Louise Welsh’s chilling, new play. Cast includes Emily Taaffe, lead in Royal National Theatre’s ‘Nation’.

Absurdum International in Association with Paula Frits & Wordmonger

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UP ‘N’ UNDER Hull Truck Theatre Company

John Godber directs the 25th Anniversary production of his Olivier Award-winning comedy. Actress and TV personality Abi Titmuss, fresh from a critically-acclaimed performance as Lady Macbeth, stars as a gym instructor attempting to kick an unruly bunch of amateur Rugby League misfits into touch in just eight short weeks. When Rugby League obsessive Arthur Hoyle bets his savings on the team from the Wheatsheaf Arms, a squad with a less than impressive reputation for losing every single match they have ever played, nothing short of a miracle can help. Arthur has to turn the unwilling team into the best squad north of the Humber as they prepare to face their arch rivals, the Cobbler’s Arms. But help is at hand in the form of a gym instructor who may just have what it takes to prepare the boys for the match of their lives…

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PRIMADOONA

FIRST LOVE

Doon MacKichan | Gilded Balloon

by Samuel Beckett | Gare St Lazare Players Ireland

Internationally acclaimed Irish actor Conor Lovett in one of Samuel Beckett’s early novellas where a young man falls reluctantly in love with a prostitute. Lovett and director Judy Hegarty Lovett have toured to over 65 cities in 24 countries worldwide with 10 Beckett prose pieces. In Ireland the company are something of a national treasure although they maintain their edginess with a thrillingly raw performance style that highlights Beckett’s humour, humanity and integrity. If you weren’t a Beckett lover already you will be. Culture Ireland Showcase of Irish Theatre. gslp.ie

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TONY TANNER’S CHARLATAN

In this powerful one-woman show, award-winning comedienne and actress Doon MacKichan takes you on a hilariously brave and physical journey into the depths of three dark, painful and miraculous years and what it meant to survive.

A lush, sexy and painful revealing of the life of the world’s greatest impresario, Sergei Diaghilev. Revel in an orgy of life, loves, and personal/professional loss voiced by the master himself. During this centenary of Ballets Russes storming Paris, embrace colorful yarns of life backstage, presenting and loving superlative artists.

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SST Productions

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quite simply, the funniest woman around THE EVENING STANDARD comedy genius TIME OUT Oustanding timing GUARDIAN

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REVERIE

HOMO ASBO

The latest in a string of sell-out 5-star shows from the awardwinning writer and multi-award-winning company. This enchanting new play follows James on a bold journey to harness the power of his dreams and live forever. A funny, poetic, bittersweet tale of love, perfection and flying too close to the sun.

The hardest man on the estate has just come out and has decided to go straight. Armed with only his guitar and ghetto blaster, he rewrites gay history and assassinates celebrity bad boys, bigots and men who wax.

threescompany.co.uk

Fry has a captivating talent. EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS Stunningly good...it looks like Fry will be sticking around.

Three’s Company | Tom Crawshaw

Richard Fry

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Crawshaw is the master of his materials... his next play will be watched with interest. SPECTATOR Any who suggest that innovation is waning at this year’s festival, should be silenced by this. SCOTSMAN (ON AUDITORIUM) £5 £8 (£6.50) W

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THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY

DJUPID (THE DEEP)

With the Global War on Terror raging, Agent Syme has infiltrated the International Terrorist Council to bring it down from the inside.

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Trapped in a maze of deadly plots and double identities, can he tell friend from fiend, let alone Good from Evil?

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Mashing political thriller with breakneck farce, THE JAM’s 21stcentury riff on Chesterton’s 1908 detective tale targets the terrorist in all of us.

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PETER STRAKER: I’M STILL HERE Pleasance | Peter Straker | Mel Smith

EDINBURGH’S HOTTEST MUSICAL

5.15pm UNDERBELLY’S MCEWAN HALL

Mel Smith writes and directs Peter Straker in this cabaret performance that celebrates his 40 years in show business. Songs include hits from Peter’s first show “Hair”, classics from Stephen Sondheim, Freddie Mercury and material from his hit show about Jacques Brel, with anecdotes of his experiences along the way. pleasance.co.uk

Peter Straker is a unique artist, blessed with an extraordinary and beautiful singing voice. His Jacques Brel with Mel Smith directing was a corker, expect more mellifluous marvels in their latest cabaret collaboration.  MICHAEL COVENEY His voice is soft, clear and complex, with an astonishing range  SCOTSMAN

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‘A unique, must-see performer’ Evening Standard

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MARKUS MAKAVELLIAN’S INTERNATIONAL ORDER proudExposure | Conflux | MadeInScotland

Join New York performance artist Markus Makavellian for this year’s poetry show: a gender-bending comedic glitter encrusted perspective on the modern psyche... This mad-cap romp, featuring tales of displaced lovers, Lady Gaga haters, perils of the office poo, aspirations of fatherhood and feeling the weight of the world... will brighten, bemuse and astound. www.proudExposure.com | www.myspace.com/orderofmarkusmakavellian

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MIRANDA Tara & Lucid Arts

A monologue for a Dancer and 2 musicians. Miranda, a Bollywood wannabe, joins a British theatre troupe in Goa to re-enact the illusions of ‘The Tempest’ and discovers that illusion is not confined to the stage. Indian & contemporary dance, music and voice combine to evoke the story of sex, desire and revenge in the heat of Goa. Written by Farrukh Dhondy. Directed by Jatinder Verma.

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PEDESTRIAN

Bristol Old Vic | Theatre Bristol | SEArED

Brilliant new solo show from Tom Wainwright. Finely-tuned storytelling. Breathtaking animation. A cinematic fishbowl. An epic journey from a neverending pedestrianised shopping precinct to the gates of heaven and back... pursued by a giant fish. A perversely comic razor-sharp satire about attempting to suppress ‘The Fear’; about apathy; about wanting to change the world. And doing nothing. www.pedestriantheplay.co.uk

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WAITING FOR APOLLO

Washing Line Productions | Freely adapted from Euripides’ Orestes

Acclaimed physical theatre company ‘Washing Line’ fuse Euripides’ verse and surreal humour to create an immersive cabaret of racing tongues and egos. Electra is Joan Collins in this unmissible clash of Gods and pop culture. An electric performance which remixes Greek Tragedy and 80s glamour; the poetic and the vomitile. www.washinglineproductions.org.uk

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Circle of Eleven & Assembly wih Marshall Cordell

Trapeze, slapstick, dance, stunning aerial acrobatics and awe-inspiring water antics abound in this refreshingly fun, bubbly, exhilirating and exciting show. Sound interesting? Come along, bring the family or friends and be refreshed by our foamy family of stunning performers. SOAP! The Show is the all singing, all dancing arena of aquatic amazement! Dazzling, daring and dangerous, you will be amazed by the agility of Soap’s eight acrobats as they perform inspired and stunning routines in, on and around multiple bath tubs! Come along and bathe with our soapy s(t)uds and s(t)uddettes. Bath time will never be the same again!! www.assemblyfestival.com

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Frantic Assembly: 14 years of producing superb physical theatre GUARDIAN The National Theatre of Scotland has emerged as an iconic 21st-century institution, born of the times we live in SCOTSMAN

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DANNY BHOY - BY ROYAL DISAPPOINTMENT Phil McIntyre Entertainments by arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management

Danny returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with a brand new standup show for his Scottish fans. Since his last festival Danny has continued to delight audiences around the world with his unique and personal brand of storytelling. He is one of the most perceptive and travelled comedians working in the world today. Early booking highly recommended. www.dannybhoy.com

Bhoy remains in a class of his own HERALD One of the most sparkling wits in the world MONTREAL GAZETTE He creates a remarkable intimacy with his audience. A must-see AGE, AUSTRALIA

This show is not part of the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.

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Badac Theatre Company | Escalator East to Edinburgh | Pleasance | Ghazi Hussein

Jeremy Meadow in association with Danielle Tarento

Site-specific examination detailing the true story of the brutal torture and imprisonment of poet Ghazi Hussein, and the governments who attempted to crush both his spirit and his artistic freedom. An intense, moving and violent retelling of human suffering, highlighting the persecution suffered by artists across the world. badactheatre.com

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PLEASANCE DOME | 10DOME “I must confess, there’s an emptiness, each night the music ends... Underneath the mess, and beneath the dress, I’m best when I pretend...”

BANE 2

Whitebone Productions

Join Tony Award winner and West End and Broadway star of Les Misérables and Chicago, Frances Ruffelle, on an exciting musical journey as she explores and reveals the true ‘Frankie Ruff’... Old standards like you’ve never heard them before and new songs you’ll wanna hear again. Cheeky, sexy, hauntingly beautiful; Edinburgh’s hottest and most glamorous new venue plays host to one of our best-loved and most unique performers and her ritzy live band.

Bruce Bane returns to the stage in the sequel to last years sell out show ‘Bane’. A hired hand working on the streets one-man plays all the characters in this hilarious film noir parody with a live music soundtrack. ‘Bane’ won a FringeReview Outstanding Theatre award and was nominated by the Stage for Best-Solo-Performance at last years Fringe.

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Sexy, visceral and vulnerable STAGE A funky, spunky evening that is playful and teasing, an unpredictable delight

 One man shows rarely come better than this. This ceaselessly engaging and extraordinary episode will leave you anticipating the next instalment of Bane

MARK SHENTON, SUNDAY ExPRESS

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OF WOMEN AND HORSES I HAVE KNOWN

Goldoni’s classic comedy, live music, fine dining: La Locandiera transforms Edinburgh’s favourite Italian restaurant into an eighteenth century Florentine Inn. Wonderland’s sparkling period production has repeatedly toured Ireland to packed houses and popular acclaim. Includes a delicious lunch or dinner, accompanied by love, laughter and Neapolitan song.

Slip of Steel

A woman addicted to speed, crosswords and gin who bred the greatest racehorse of the 20th century. The only woman ever nominated as Private Eye’s ‘Shit of the week’.

Lunch (13:30) Aug 7-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29

How does someone become a story? An anecdote?

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An international company unpack this very English, very true story of violence, extravagance, humour and horseplay.

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Pleasance | Desmond O’Connor | Blond Ambition

A contemporary British tragicomedy which explores the miraculous powers of good wine, bad jokes and road trips as four friends embark on a sordid pilgrimage to Lourdes – a journey in which they can all smoke, drink and laugh themselves better. Part story, part drag show and part stand-up, Bryony Lavery’s funny tragedy is an intimate depiction of four people’s search for a cure for cancer via a holy place and home again.

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UNDERBELLY, COWGATE | BIG BELLY

Vaudeville, comedy and cabaret reign supreme in a late night feast of first rate fun. Edinburgh’s newest, most enchanting fringe venue provides the decadent setting for an evening of glittering delights, featuring A-list names from the world of international entertainment.

QUALITY CONTROL

Lovingly curated by Blond Ambition Events and hosted by Desmond O’Connor, Vive le Cabaret gives a well loved artform a new, explosive lease of life. Magic and music, circus and spectacle. A stunning show with thrilling new guests every night of the festival.

How in control of ourselves are we? How much easier is it to let someone else worry for us? In this big, busy bankrupt world, how easy is it, really, to just get on with it all? Especially when a 7ft talking crayon is trying to cut off your fingers... Scottish collective proudExposure presents a new poetic black-comedy... beguiling, bewildering and highly sexually charged.

pleasance.co.uk

The best in late night sexy and salubrious entertainment. THREE WEEKS Endlessly entertaining  SCOTSMAN

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Written and Directed by Drew Taylor. www.proudExposure.com

...reminiscent of a David Lynch film... ROYAL COURT THEATRE  SCOTSMAN (ON SUB-OPERA) £6 £6.50

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THE VAUDEVILLAINS Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company

The multi-award winning Les Enfants Terribles take over the Pleasance Dome for one night only with their brand new macabre musical extravaganza, The Vaudevillains. You’re invited to The Empire music hall for a night you’ll never forget. Charlie the owner is dead – but whodunnit? After the show, the doors of ‘The Empire’ remain open and the band will play on as the party continues into the night... Entrance to the party is included in the ticket price, or can also be purchased separately. www.lesenfantsterribles.co.uk

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ERNEST AND THE PALE MOON

Dishing out advice on stock buying, deal-making and sleeping with assistants, this bisexual TV host takes on the tanking economy. What begins as a send-up of financial gurus and selfimportant bankers becomes a searing exploration of finance and the state of America today.

After 2009’s sell out run and 2010’s national tour, ‘Ernest’ returns to the festival for two nights only!

Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company

Multi award-winning Les Enfants Terribles, in association with Pins and Needles Productions, present Oliver Lansley’s noir horror, which blends live music, inventive design and physical storytelling into a thrilling and terrifying experience.

www.RighteousMoney.tv

Prepare to be ROCKED! HUFFINGTON POST Crowley is a witty writer and a sexy performer.

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 Fresh as a new wound METRO  A gloriously gothic production TELEGRAPH

NEW YORK BLADE

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MOOD SWING: A MANHATTAN CABARET

Pleasance | Rachel Rose Reid

Pleasance | Michael Zegarski

Anchors away! Join Rachel Rose Reid and guests for late night taletelling and story-reading aboard the deck of the Ark. Much loved authors, festival stars and newcomers share their favourite tales before the distribution of the midnight rum rations. May contains sea shanties. www.twitter.com/crowsnesttweets

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GUTTED A REVENGER’S MUSICAL Assembly & Marshall Cordell by Arrangement with Ward & White

Michael is a graduate of the Juilliard School and was a member of the Juilliard Opera Center for two years. He is the winner of numerous awards including the Carson Silver Medal in the Savannah Music Festival American Traditions Vocal Competition. pleasance.co.uk | www.michaelzegarski.com

Delicately articulate yet commanding NEW YORK TIMES Blessed with a terrific voice VARIETY Wildly funny CLASSICS TODAY

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Alluring and darkly comical cabaret that explores the erotic life of a hermaphrodite living a dual existence as stripper Charlie and boxer Alastair. Winner Best Newcomer and Best Cabaret, Melbourne Fringe 2009. Winner Bank SA Support Act Award, Adelaide Fringe 2010. Hilarious. Sleazy. Savage. Cabaret.

One of the most confronting, absorbing, original, very funny, very wicked, very clever, sexual 70 minutes you are ever likely to spend anywhere!  ADELAIDE THEATRE

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Theatre Ad Infinitum | Amy Nostbakken and Nir Paldi

Derevo

Stage Award Winners (2009). ‘Best of Fringe’ (Observer 2008). Lecoq-trained company presents the poignant tale of a search for identity that becomes a descent into madness. Inspired by the lives and works of Virginia Woolf, Silvia Plath and Anne Sexton, one woman sings to life this poetic waltz with death. theatreadinfinitum.co.uk

Theatre ad Infinitum have moved to the front of the pack GUARDIAN

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PLEASANCE DOME | 10DOME If God and the Devil were playing chess, Harlequin would be the chessboard

ODYSSEY

Following the success of the ‘heavy metal’ La Divina Commedia, the shimmering Islands In The Stream and the epic Ketzal, the legendary dance-dada-mime-butoh-theatre-clowning troupe from St. Petersburg springs its latest surprise on the Fringe…..the Harlekin!

A devised adaptation by George Mann and Nir Paldi

Winner: Stage Best Solo Performer Award (2009). Best of Fringe (Observer 2008). Lecoq-trained company reinvent the timeless Greek myth. One man’s epic quest to reunite with his family and seek his bloody revenge. Passionate, highly physical, and poignant storytelling brings this breathtaking adventure to life.

Under ‘occupation’ on the customs form I had put ‘Harlequin’. The policeman asked me what it meant. I answered, “this has been my role in theatre for many years”. “You should write ‘Actor’ ”, said he. I apologised. He smiled.

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Theatre Ad Infinitum have moved to the front of the pack.

Derevo is absolutely stunning. It’s the best of the best... SCOTSMAN Bravo, Derevo, for reminding us that it’s better to be heart-broken than heartless... HERALD In a five-star galaxy, they’ve gifted Edinburgh audience with a six star SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

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FLAWLESS - CHASE THE DREAM...

CABARET CHORDELIA: MAKING A SONG AND DANCE

The stars of Britain’s Got Talent 2009 make their Edinburgh debut! This inspirational dance act have become an international phenomenon with stunning street dance and jaw dropping moves. They’ve been crowned World Dance Champions, International Dance Champions and star in the feature film StreetDance 3D.

A highly charged and witty reinterpretation of the live cabaret form, full of corsets and intimate sensuality. The elegance of dance with a superb song selection sung by baritone Damian Thantrey... sumptuous, classy and mischievous, Cabaret Chordelia takes you through places of comedic lightness to the darkly profound.

Flawless have worked with some of the biggest names in the business including Madonna, Beyonce, Leona Lewis, Westlife, Victoria Beckham, Sugababes, Lemar, Estelle and Jamelia.

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Company Chordelia

Underbelly Productions

Bar open

Don’t miss this breathtaking, dizzying, gravity defying hour of incredible entertainment for all, from one of the UK’s hottest dance acts.

www.chordelia.co.uk

witty, good fun and full of charm  Company Chordelia / Cinderella, Pilot Error TIMES sung beautifully by the excellent baritone Damian Thantrey: Company Chordelia / Les Amoureux SUNDAY HERALD

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ANATOMY OF FANTASY

World Class Family Entertainment. Julien Cottereau, the star clown of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Saltimbanco’, brings his acclaimed solo show to Edinburgh following a sell out seven-month run in Paris and a successful season at the Sydney Opera House. A virtuoso clown and mime artist who has been likened to Harpo Marx, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Julien Cottereau has created a show for audiences of all ages. ‘Imagine-toi’ draws us into a Universe populated with incongruous and astonishing characters that we experience through Cottereau’s acrobatic elasticity and gift for sound effects.

Triple ‘Fringe First’ winners, Do-Theatre, are back at last!! In Anatomy of Fantasy (UK premiere) unforgettable, effortlessly expressive dance touches our emotions and thoughts: human subconsciousness shifts into breath-taking physicality and the virtual molecules of pulsating life join in a mesmerising Fantasy that takes in the cycle of life and human relationships from birth to death, while the red thread of knitting opens up new channels of human communication. Balancing on the edge of reality, nerve-tingling body drama and the ephemeral magic of dance, music, delusions and dreams unfold as a wind light sensation brushes our skin.

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He speaks the language of joy, reminding us all of the child we left behind. Winner Best Newcomer Moliere Awards 2007 (National Theatre Awards of France) www.assemblyfestival.com

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BRAZIL! BRAZIL!

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Underbelly Productions | World Stage Productions | DWH (Developing World Health)

Following their success with sell-out, hit show ‘Something Blue’, Lecoqtrained Jammy Voo return with their beautiful and darkly comic take on the world. Puppetry, physical storytelling and a live score reveal the mystery of a diver’s disappearance that ripples through four women’s lives… www.jammyvoo.com | www.mobiusindustries.com

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PLEASANCE DOME | PALM COURT

Carnival! Football! Samba!

TEA DANCE

South American circus, football fever and sizzling samba combine in this spectacular global phenomenon – direct from London’s Southbank.

Get dancing the Fly Right way at their 7th annual Legendary Tea Dance!

Witness capoeira – the rare and beautiful Brazilian fusion of dance and martial arts, as its masters leap, flip and spin at breathtaking speed. Feel the carnival beats and be swept away on this incredible journey to the pulsating heart of Brazilian passion. Unstoppable rhythm, indescribable feats of acrobatics and a breathless display of football magic from the world champions of the beautiful game.

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After a brief Palm Court-inspired PUBLIC masterclass, learning some Foxtrot or Charleston basics, enjoy cocktails and have fun practising your newly-acquired dancing skills. Strictly for Fun!!

Accompanied by the stunning singers, dancers and musicians of Rhythm Carnival, Brazil’s hottest samba band. A World Cup summer party for all! Ole! Ole! Ole!

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UNDERBELLY

PLEASANCE

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0844 545 8252

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CHARLIE AND LOLA’S BEST BESTEST PLAY Watershed Productions present the BBC Worldwide and Polka Theatre production Based on the characters created by Lauren Child, adapted by Jonathan Lloyd

Everyone’s favourite brother and sister are coming to Scotland for the first time with their extremely everso wonderful stage show! A magical mix of puppets, live action and music, adapted from some of the freshest and funniest episodes of the hit BBC TV series. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS ONLY A SINGLE SHOW ON THE 4th AT 11:30 (12:25) www.charlieandlola.com | www.watershedtheatre.com

It’s a gentle little show, pitched just right for its target audience! An ideal early theatre experience. GUARDIAN Funny, subtle and charming. PRIMARY TIMES I thoroughly enjoyed the creative yet faithful translation of the books for the stage. More importantly, do did my three year old. 4 stars. TIME OUT Charlie and Lola ™ and © Lauren Child 2005. Charlie and Lola is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide Ltd. BBC Worldwide logo ™ & © BBC 1996.

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FAIRY FAIL

MONKEY MUSIC

Goldilocks the most popular girl in all of Fairyfail is missing! Join Brownilocks - Goldilocks’ less popular little sister - as she travels through Fairyfail looking for her and discovering that no one quite lives up to their reputation. Cheeky and high-energy. For children 4-11 and their families.

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Monkey Music

tumbleweed.org.au

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Excellent...kids and adults alike love this show! TALKFRINGE.

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Children’s

| DAILY FESTIVAL GUIDE - FOR THE SHOWS YOU SHOULD SEE

11:00 (11:55)

PLEASANCE COURTYARD | PLEASANCE BENEATH

SILLY BILLY BUM BREATH STRIKES BACK

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PENGUIN

Polly Dunbar | Long Nose Puppets

Long Nose Puppets are proud to present their spectacular new show Penguin, adapted from the award winning book by Polly Dunbar. Follow the twists and turns of this wonderful tale, in which a silent Penguin turns marvelously eloquent and a little boy finally gets his heart’s desire.

Black Can Productions

Laura Black and Feri Tezcan return to the Pleasance with their sellout kids’ comedy favourite. The girls have gone back to prison to find their eponymous imaginary friend and get him to be good. Silly Billy Bum Breath be good? No chance! Hilarious characters & sketches.

longnosepuppets.com

The most entertaining children’s show on the fringe  THE STAGE Had parents and children hooting with laughter 

Restore your faith in all that is good about being alive with Long Nose Puppets’ Penguin. ARGUS

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FARM BOY MICHAEL MORPURGO

A fun filled, energetic musical adventure that invites you to join in the action when Baloo and Mowgli meet again several years after Mowgli left the jungle. Together they recall Mowgli’s exiting escapades growing up in the jungle with all the other animals. A concert style show full of surprises and great interactive fun.

This compelling sequel to the award-winning War Horse, the funny, touching story of four generations on a family farm, and the extraordinary history behind the old Fordson tractor tucked away at the back of the barn, is now brought to life in a magical new production.

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PRINCE OF CRINGE

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Management presents

All is not well in the land of Cringe. An evil wizard has taken over and turned the Prince into a frog, and that’s the easy bit to deal with. Flying axes, walking on raw eggs and a trick with balloons that will leave you speechless…or gagging, The Prince of Cringe promises to entertain young and old alike. Can you walk on raw eggs? Would you lower your face on a Rat trap? Would you hammer a nail four inches into your head? Why would you when you can see someone else do it!! gagreflex.co.uk

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JUST THE TONIC AT THE CAVES | JUST THE WEE ONE

SEYMOUR MACE’S DAFTERNOON SHOW Just the Tonic

Are you an idiot? Do you like being stupid? Got a friend made of wood? If you answered yes, then come to The Dafternoon Show, join in the fun and win fabulous prizes! Grown ups - half price! www.justthetonic.com

More variety than a whole week of CBBC CHORTLE A wonderfully childish event THE STAGE

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Children’s

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UNDERBELLY

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UDDERBELLY’S PASTURE | E4 UDDERBELLY

STICK MAN LIVE ON STAGE!

PHIL KAY’S GIMMEYOURLEFTSHOE

Scamp Theatre | Watford Palace Theatre | Escalator East to Edinburgh

Phil Kay

All kids give Phil their Left shoe then come up with a fun skit to win it back from all the super props that are lying around-Come dive into this marvelous Show of Shoe-Shows within a Show..left is right to give;be left with the right. There are two different shows! Each is around 30 minutes long. philkay.co.uk

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PLEASANCE DOME | QUEENDOME ‘Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their Stick children three...’ Julia Donaldson’s fabulous book brought vividly to life by a trio of top actors. The world is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him. A swan builds a nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the Family Tree? Packed full of puppetry, catchy songs, live music and funky moves, it’s more fun than you can shake a stick at! From the award-winning team behind PRIVATE PEACEFUL, AESOP’S FABLES & THE MOZART QUESTION.

TALL STORRIE & WEE GODLEY Ashley Storrie and Janey Godley

Scots mother and daughter team Janey Godley and Ashley Storrie have games, storytelling, funny improv and music for kids who are encouraged to bring their own favourite instrument and join our house band. An hour where the show is never the same twice parents can also have a laugh.

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Ashley Storrie - “had stand-up fans rolling in the aisles” TIMES

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Tall Stories

Uncontained Arts

Alice’s adventures begin as she abandons her grassy bank one blissful summer’s afternoon to follow a white rabbit underground, where she meets all kinds of strange and wonderful characters. Expect the unexpected in this delightful and imaginative version of Alice, using a magical mix of music, a burst of energy and an explosion of colour to bring to life the original story of Alice’s extraordinary adventures.

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13:30 (14:20) & 16:30 (17:20) Stella loves the stars. But one night her brother Ryan looks through their telescope and sees a cow jumping over the moon. Something is wrong in the night sky...

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN | THE FLETCHER BUILDING

THE SONGBIRD Giant

When Ryan disappears into the stars, will Stella be able to find him and bring him back home?

PS Come along to ‘Tall Stories’ New Show’ at Pleasance Courtyard on 7 and 8 August at 4pm to help us decide what our next show will be!

Live music, sound poetry and sensory theatre tells the tale of an exotic bird captured by a ruthless logger who is captivated by her song. A subtle story with an emotional punch. For everybody 8 years and over. Off-site at the Botanics. Allow time for travel from ticket collection point.

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N.B. No 13:30 performances on the 19th, 23rd or 25th.

Inspired by nursery rhymes and the Big Bang, this is a sparkling new adventure from Tall Stories, the company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom’.

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Children’s

| DAILY FESTIVAL GUIDE - PAGES OF REVIEWS EVERY DAY

14:30 (15:25)

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THE LIST OPERATORS FOR KIDS Dirty Work Comedy

Nominated Best Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2010. A cool show for anyone aged 5-500 million (dinosaurs allowed). GUARANTEED NOT EDUCATIONAL and More Fun Than A Wii! This show is 1. Rude 2. Gross 3. Funny 3a. Funny Looking 4. Silly 5. Downtownwrongtown 6. Awesome. PS We just bought a new fart machine! www.dirtywork.net.au

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JAMES CAMPBELL’S COMEDY & SONGS 4 KIDS IMWP

James’s brand new stand-up comedy show is now mixed with funny songs about life, sausages and how superheroes go to the toilet. Some artists go to the desert to write songs. James went to Essex - the nice part (with windows). Accompanied by a piano teacher he found in a forest this show is like none other more than it is like the last one. www.thejamescampbell.com

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POTTED PANTO

CBBC’s Dan and Jeff - Festival Highlights

CBBC’s Dan and Jeff present their most extravagant show yet, now in amazing 3D! The creators of Potted Potter and Potted Pirates cram all the classic pantomimes into just 70 minutes. Why wait until Christmas and see one pantomime, when you could see seven come along at once this August? With only a glass slipper and some magic beans, the dastardly double act dash from Aladdin to Dick Whittington while trying to work out how two of them can play all seven dwarves. The best show on the Fringe. Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is! It’s unmissable fun whether you’re six or 106. www.PottedPanto.com | www.FestivalHighlights.com

Fabulously funny… a classic double act, with serious Jeff taking the Ernie Wise role and silly Dan as a latterday Eric Morecambe. DAILY TELEGRAPH Blissfully funny... terrific family entertainment. A winner in every way. GUARDIAN Joyous, very lovable and gloriously irreverent. TIME OUT, CRITICS’ CHOICE £5 £9 (£8) W

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Musicals & Operas

Children’s

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | NIGHTCLUB

PATRICK MONAHAN STORIES & TALES FOR KIDS, WHO CAN RUN FASTER THAN SNAILS Phil McIntyre Entertainments | Vivienne Smith Management

Following sell-out dates at The Royal Albert Hall this award-winning Irish/ Iranian/Teeside comedian returns with a hilarious, new family show. Stand up, stories including ‘The Amazing Aventures of Towel Man’ and ‘Sinbad The Fat Cat’ and dancing! “Instantly Loveable, wonderfully unique” Metro Magazine. As seen on Sorcerer’s Apprentice CBBC and Paul O’Grady Show CH4. www.patrickmonahan.co.uk

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JOHN HEGLEY: ANIMAL ALPHABOAT John Hegley

Aunt Heaps, Bees Needs..a chance to make certain bird sounds and gestures. And to answer questions about the difference between dogs and sheds. For children and adults. Photo credit: John H Hutchinson www.johnhegley.co.uk

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CLOSEST TO THE MOON By Richard Taylor, Directed by Philip Howard

Why would anyone undertake something as foolhardy as climbing Everest? Premiere of an exciting new work in progress about ambition, achievement, real and metaphorical mountains, and what it takes to reach the top. www.rsamd.ac.uk/oneacademy

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IN TOUCH By Dougal Irvine

Is the internet running or ruining our lives? Intriguing exciting new work in progress exploring love, sex and death in real and virtual worlds. If we can be in touch with everybody are we losing touch with ourselves? www.rsamd.ac.uk/oneacademy

A dazzling display of performing talent and singing prowess FEST MAGAZINE ON ONE ACADEMY PRODUCTIONS, 2009

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I LOVE YOU BECAUSE

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TERRY & JACKIE MRS BARRY CRYER & MRS EDMUND HOCKRIDGE

Out of the Bubble

This ‘Friends’ meets ‘Pride and Prejudice’ musical comedy follows four young New Yorkers as they explore the difficulties of dating and falling in love. Described as “full of wit, zest and fun” this OffBroadway rom-com updates a traditional love story for a modern audience. If you Loved ‘You’re Perfect, Now Change’, you’ll Love this… Because.

Gilded Balloon

The Taylor-Maids’, stars of 1950’s cabaret and musicals are back! From ‘The Pajama Game’ to ‘Wonderful Town’ and ‘The Billy Cotton Band Show’.

outofthebubble.co.uk

Recalling life as a double act with songs, anecdotes and laughter.

A slick, witty, moving and beautifully directed piece. A remarkable group of talented young people - perfect!

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JUMP

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Management presents

TANK Productions

Are the roses blooming in Picardy? Will we gather lilacs? Did that nightingale sing in Berkeley Square? You’ll know, ‘cause you were there… Be entranced by Lili la Scala as she sings for you, ‘War Notes’. An emotive combination of the most recognisable songs from wartime and the touching letters sent by modern day soldiers who have been killed in combat. After street-performing all over the world, Lili decided it was time to indulge her passion for vintage song, and so ‘War Notes’ was born. gagreflex.co.uk

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JUST THE TONIC AT THE CAVES | JUST THE BIG ROOM Ever wish you could change the past? Ever long to go back and undo all the awful things you did? Ever wonder what could have been if only you’d.... and what the hell happened to the girls and the money and the drugs and the fame? In a world obsessed with ‘living the dream’ can our poor bewildered hero discover what really matters in life? A hilarious new musical about sex, lies, dreams of love - and hoping it’s not too late!

OBAMA MIA!

Carron, Fitzpatrick, Quinn & Smyth

Prepare to laugh and cry at the Comedy Musical of this summer in a tongue-in-cheek look at what really happened the few days before an election that captivated a planet.

2for1 offer only available on 9th & 10th Suitable for ages 14+

Already a hit in Dublin, come catch this original, unique and a hilarious experience! You’ll be singing these songs for days.

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 Terrific! HAMPSTEAD & HIGHGATE ExPRESS, LONDON. Funny and touching - a rollicking delight! ExTRA! ExTRA! A very witty show. MUSICAL STAGES

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Scottish premiere of the radical, explosive and powerful multi award-winning indie-rock musical inspired by Wedekind’s banned masterpiece; says the unsayable about sex, religion, freedom and growing up.

Backhands, Big bands and bonking at Wafthead Tennis Club in a musical satire with heart (and balls) featuring a toe-tapping live score. Young love battles provincial prejudice when a new arrival threatens the ladies’ regime of groundstrokes and gossip. From the team behind 2008 hit ‘Kiddy-Fiddler on the Roof’.

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UDDERBELLY’S PASTURE | UNDERBELLY’S MCEWAN HALL

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE

Underbelly and Theatre Royal Stratford East in association with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.

The first major revival of the smash hit West End and Broadway musical Five Guys Named Moe. Sizzling with dance, comedy and the irresistible music of jazz legend Louis Jordan, this 20th anniversary production stars the show’s original creator Clarke Peters. The musical originally won an Olivier Award before going on to run for over 400 performances on Broadway. Clarke Peters is a West End superstar with performances including the title role in Trevor Nunn’s production of the Gershwin classic Porgy and Bess and Billy Flynn in Chicago. Most recently Clarke has appeared as Lester Freamon in the phenomenally successful HBO TV series The Wire. The score of this award-winning show includes ‘Early In The Morning’, ‘Choo, Choo, Ch’Boogie’, ‘Saturday Night Fish Fry’ and of course ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ and features dazzling choreography and unforgettable comic performances. Come join the party! Directed by Paulette Randall | Choreographed by Paul J Medford PRAISE FOR THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Clarke Peters’ show based on Louis Jordan Hits like Choo Choo Ch’Boogie is cute, clever and utterly exhilarating SUNDAY ExPRESS Winner of Lawrence Olivier Award for BEST ENTERTAINMENT, 1991 £10 £15 (£14) W

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REEL TO REAL: THE MOVIES MUSICAL Huairou Management Company | Broadway Asia International

This spectacular show marries clips from Warner and MGM movie musicals with live performers singing the greatest songs of Broadway. The latest in multimedia technology seamlessly integrates classic Hollywood film footage with an original and fun story. Two siblings compete for their family fortune by taking on an epic quest devised by their father to decide who should inherit his movie empire. Racing against time in this challenge of brother against sister, our wannabe millionaires dash around the globe from glamorous New York to sumptuous China, traveling to exotic locations in glorious musical numbers. This epic show is performed by a brilliant American cast, who come to Edinburgh hot on the heels of an acclaimed world premiere season in Beijing. Featuring vibrant Broadway hits such as ‘Singin’ In The Rain’, ‘New York, New York’, ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’, ‘Luck Be A Lady’ and ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, together with iconic Hollywood footage from ‘Casablanca’, ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’. www.ReelToReal.co.uk | www.FestivalHighlights.com

An eye-popping spectacle! BEIJING YOUTH DAILY NEWS An exhilarating blend of the best of Broadway and Hollywood. BEIJING MORNING PAPER Multimedia effects form a spectacular backdrop to the unfolding drama. CHINA DAILY Takes audiences on an exciting and innovative journey through classic films. BEIJING DAILY £9 £13.50 (£12.50) W

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THE SINGALONG GLEE CLUB

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SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL

David Benson & Stewart Nicholls - Festival Highlights

Showstopper Productions | Festival Highlights

Riotous celebration packed with show-tunes, pub songs and surprise specialities. Lyrics provided; requests welcome; singing optional! Your hosts: Fringe First winner David Benson and his nimble-fingered pianist Stewart Nicholls. www.GleeClubLive.com | www.FestivalHighlights.com

Benson has struck gold again, and delivers to perfection. TELEGRAPH

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A brand new musical is created from scratch at each performance of this Spirit of the Fringe Award-winning production. Audience suggestions help to create a show on the spot, as the all-singing, all-dancing cast improvise with unpredictable and hilarious results. Packed with drama, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies, Showstopper! returns to Edinburgh following two sold-out Fringe runs, an acclaimed international tour, and a BBC Radio Four broadcast. 15:00 matinee shows on 10th, 17th, & 24th www.ShowstopperMusical.com | www.FestivalHighlights.com

Not only is each performance achingly funny, it’s a genuinely new musical every time. Worth seeing again and again  TIME OUT CRITICS’ CHOICE Astonishing. Has everything you could want from a blockbuster musical. It just happens to be made up on the spot. METRO £6 £11 (£10) W

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LOVELACE: A ROCK MUSICAL

Roz Bernstein Productions | William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Multi-Award winning LOVELACE: A ROCK MUSICAL takes a deeper look into the life of porn legend Linda Lovelace. We watch her evolution from a naïve teenager to pornography’s first international superstar, whose infamous performance in the movie ‘Deep Throat’ sparked the Sexual Revolution in the early 1970’s. But there is much more to the story than meets the eye. Having just completed a six month sold out run in Los Angeles, California, the critically acclaimed LOVELACE: A ROCK MUSICAL has come to conquer The Fringe Festival with its original cast. Leading the pack, Katrina Lenk delivers a stunning performance as Linda Lovelace that should not be missed. This sung-through piece takes you to the highest highs and lowest lows of Linda’s journey with its non-stop, high-energy rock and roll and haunting melodies written by Anna Waronker (That Dog) and Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go’s) with original concept and lyrics by Jeffery Leonard Bowman. www.Lovelacearockmusical.com

The most original musical since ‘Spring Awakening’ LA TIMES - CRITIC’S CHOICE Heartbreaking, first rate star turn by Katrina Lenk VARIETY We are undeniably watching something original, at once refined and electrifying LA TIMES

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Underbelly Productions | Be-Dom | Bill Silva Entertainment

Le Nez Productions | Nick Rogers

Two boys. Two girls. Four ukuleles. From Elvis to Elgar, Greensleeves to Gaga. A microtastic hour of dizzying entertainment from the freshest act in Edinburgh. A medley of madness from the band that dares to be small. Prepare to get uked! www.theukesarecoming.com

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Portugal’s percussion-mad sextuplet make their Fringe debut with a dynamic show that combines the best of music, comedy and theatre elements. Using alternative instruments such as barrels, trash, bottles as well as the audience, Be-Dom have created a performance guaranteed to thrill, uplift and make you shake your booty. Part Rock Concert, part Vaudeville, part wise-cracking humour, it’s an absolute party inside a giant purple cow! www.be-dom.com | www.myspace.com/bedomworld

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | CABARET BAR

FLANDERS AND SWANN: AGNOTHER GNEW AFTERGNOON

MERRILL GRANT: A TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX GG Productions & Green Room Presents

Infinite Number of Monkeys Ltd and Pleasance in association with Jeremy Meadow

New York sensation, and 1930s Idol Audience Favourite, Merrill Grant presents an homage to Shirley Temple and Hollywood’s leading ladies, including Alice Faye, Phyllis Brooks, Rochelle Hudson and more. Direct from performances in Lincoln & Kennedy Centers and Off-Broadway, celebrated too is the irrepressible and iconic Julie Andrews. Musical Director and pianist Paul Trueblood accompanies Merrill on stage in the opulent surroundings of the Pleasance at Ghillie Dhu. An afternoon of elegant and ebullient cabaret. merrillgrant.com | greenroompresents.com

Come and enjoy multi-award winning comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4 musical maestro Duncan Walsh-Atkins, back with aGNother, different selection of the classics, in their famed afterGNoon of mud, mirth and Madeira. Will the Hippo turn up? Join the mayhem and find out. www.flandersandswann.info

Astute wit and genius...great! GUARDIAN A muddy, marvellous evening. EVENING STANDARD

A multi-talented performer as a singer, storyteller and dancer BROADWAY AFTER DARK Grant is deftly and delightfully amusing. Makes one want to see and hear more of her WILLIAM WOLF. PRESIDENT, DRAMA DESK AWARDS

A sparkling new talent in the world of cabaret CABARET SCENES

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| DAILY FESTIVAL GUIDE - A FIVE STAR SUPPLEMENT EVERY DAY

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UDDERBELLY’S PASTURE | E4 UDDERBELLY

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Underbelly Productions | The Magnets

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Celebrating Assembly’s 30th anniversary, the internationally acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir have long been regulars at the Edinburgh Fringe since exploding onto the world music stage. Soweto Gospel Choir will perform an unforgettable repertoire filled with rich harmonies, vibrant dance and African drumming. Perfect for the whole family! www.sowetogospelchoir.com

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SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR & THE BALA BROTHERS Andrew Kay & David Vigo

This brand new show is a journey through time - back to the songs of iconic performers such as Blondie and Kraftwerk, and forward to today with hits by current stars including Lady Ga Ga and Florence And The Machine. www.themagnets.com

Singing straight from the gods EVENING NEWS, EDINBURGH Hats off all round... The Magnets breathe fresh air into a cappella... the world is indeed their oyster LIST Taking a cappella performance to a whole new level HERALD

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ASSEMBLY @ PRINCES ST GARDENS A unique and unforgettable musical collaboration between Soweto Gospel Choir and South Africa’s multi award-winning Bala Brothers.

ANTONIO FORCIONE’S GREATEST (ALMOST) HITS Assembly by Arrangement with Antonio Forcione

The internationally acclaimed choir have been regulars in Edinburgh since exploding onto the world music stage in 2003. They return to introduce South Africa’s new singing sensation, the extraordinary Bala Brothers. The Bala Brothers are renowned for their unique ability to infuse opera sounds with those of popular African music. The evening promises to be a kaleidoscope of rich harmonies and African soul. www.sowetogospelchoir.com

Truly inspirational... SUNDAY HEARLD Spectacular NEW YORK TIMES A truly otherworldly sound that literally takes the breath away ...dazzling. EDINBURGH REVIEW

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Italian-born Guitar virtuoso Antonio Forcione is a long established Fringe favourite. His unique blend of absolute genius, comic timing, warmth and charm will have audiences on the edge of their seats in awe and on their feet with applause.

MARIA TECCE: STRAPLESS

7 shows only - don’t miss your chance to see Antonio performing a selection of his own work!

A smouldering night of song steeped in raw sensuality, elegance, and Spanish spice from international diva Maria Tecce. Musical influences from Eartha Kitt to Nina Simone meet sizzling Argentinian tango, served up with Tecce’s fiery, passionate style combining seductive vocals with the beguiling command of a leading actress.

Ines Wurth Presents (USA/Ireland)

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     One of Europe’s best kept secrets – unmissable! SCOTSMAN Few acoustic guitarists can match Antonio Forcione for sheer instrumental virtuosity but fewer still come close to him as a composer. JAZZWISE A performer of world class status ... Forcione boldly goes where no guitarist has gone before and the results are quite spectacular ... miss him at your peril. STAGE Forcione plays unstringed parts of the guitar other players can’t hope to reach.

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Sheer class... Haunting. LIST A total striptease without removing so much as a shoe OBSERVER

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ASSEMBLY @ PRINCES ST GARDENS

RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS

PLEASANCE

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UNDERBELLY

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UDDERBELLY’S PASTURE | E4 UDDERBELLY

BEARDYMAN UNSHAVED

Assembly by Arrangement with Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Unlike anything else you will see this year, UK Beatbox Champion and all-round vocal genius Beardyman will take you on a journey through his larynx, improvising his way out of reality with only the audience as a guide. Live and unplanned, with live visuals by fellow weirdo, Mr Hopkinson. www.beardyman.co.uk

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JUST THE TONIC AT THE CAVES | JUST THE WEE ONE

Red Hot Chilli Pipers have fast become a global phenomenon, rocking far flung shores from Milngavie to Milwaukee and everywhere in between. A fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems. Get set for a massive helping of jock’n’roll!

THE NOT QUITE QUARTET

Since they won first prize on UK primetime TV talent show, ‘When Will I Be Famous’, Red Hot Chilli Pipers haven’t stopped for a breath, other than to inflate their bagpipes!

The NQQ crowbar great music, percussive guitar, improvisation, and hilarious stand-up into every energetic show. Age 14+.

www.redhotchillipipers.co.uk

thenotquitequartet.com

Bag Rocks!... great live performers with passion and enthusiasm - great ambassadors for Scotland. I’m a fan! THE DUKE OF ARGYLL Awesome! Phenomenal! Wicked! When all the superlatives have been shouted out, I can only say that there is nothing on this planet to compare with a live performance by The Red Hot Chilli Pipers! PIPES IN THE VALLEY CELTIC FESTIVAL, CONNECTICUT One of these great festival nights you’ll never forget. HEBRIDEAN CELTIC FESTIVAL

… wit, intelligence, music… very funny. RICHARD O’BRIEN … better than getting a b***j** off two girls at the same time BEARDYMAN … better than that! ROBIN INCE

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Sensational - A performer of volcanic ebullience and good humour NEW YORK TIMES

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Barb Jungr - The Men I Love - ‘A British Piaf’ - award winning, top song stylist, singer and performer, with great repertoire by Springsteen, Dylan, Cohen and more from her new album. Championing ‘The New American Songbook’, critics say - ‘takes your breath away’, ‘sensational’, ‘a superlative interpreter of the great song-books’”.

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Trained at the world famous Drakensburg Choir School for Boys, the extraordinary Bala Brothers, captivate through their soaring harmonies and unique ability to infuse Opera sounds with those of Popular African Music.

…stunning, seldom does one find such grace and energy combined in one voice MELBOURNE HERALD SUN

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Don’t miss this superb hour of operatic highs and velvety lows from one of Australia’s most versatile singers.

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THE BALA BROTHERS

Ali McGregor (La Clique, Variety-Nite) returns with her debut solo show. Backed by a trio of the finest musicians, Ali sings classic jazz ballads and sassy blues made famous by Billie, Ella and Britney.

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| PAGES OF REVIEWS EVERY WEEK OF THE FESTIVAL

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | SPORTSMANS

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MEOW - FELINE INTIMATE

NOT THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND

Kay & McLean Productions in association with Meow Meow Revolution

A Londoner, a New Yorker and a Glaswegian tell their stories... The Incredible String Band were one of the most unusual groups of the 60s and 70s – the first to play ‘world music’. They split in 1974 at the height of their fame after sold-out European and American tours headlining some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Former band members Malcolm le Maistre, Stan Schnier and Graham Forbes will be playing together again and telling hilarious and fascinating stories gathered over 40 years, from gigging in bar bands to working alongside Led Zepellin, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Muddy Waters, Rolling Stones and many others. 3 NIGHTS ONLY! £9.50 (£10.50) W

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PATTI PLINKO & THE BOY ALL IS UNRAVELLING

Spectacular crowd-surfing queen of song and star of LA CLIQUE, international kamikaze-cabaret phenomenon MEOW MEOW ‘drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century’ (Time Out NY), wowing sell-out audiences worldwide from David Bowie and Pina Bausch, to London’s Soho Theatre and Sydney Opera House.

Following a sold out run at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, Patti Plinko returns with All Is Unravelling.

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She is SENSATIONAL TIMES Deconstructed cabaret at its hilarious best TIME OUT, CRITICS’ CHOICE A cabaret diva of the highest order TIME OUT, CRITICS’ CHOICE

www.pattiplinkoandherboy.com | www.paullucasproductions

 Patti might be a wisp of a thing, but she sings like a hell cat, all purrs, growls and deranged. A dreamy, dark, bourbon-soaked show full of fire and attitude, Patti Plinko is an unmissable chanteuse. TIME OUT NY No-one could fail to be seduced by the hiss and purr of Plinko’s voice ARGUS

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CAMILLE O’SULLIVAN: CHAMELEON

Selling out Edinburgh 04-09, she’s stunned audiences with 5-star performances including Sydney Opera House, her West End run, La Clique, Royal Albert Hall and show-stealing appearance on Later with Jools.

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Like a big shot of good Bourbon, these guys have great taste, a strong kick and plenty of Southern heat. You can’t help twitchin’ MAMA TOKUS, SOUL-JAZZ-BLUES FLOOZY The Denbone Walkers rocked the joint from the off, making an electric atmosphere and a fine honkin’ sound THE B-BAR, PLYMOUTH [Denny Ilett is] unreservedly recommended to those who like their music intelligent, soulful, rooted and delivered with class. DR J, VIA AMAZON

A major star  SCOTSMAN Ravishing... superb performer  GUARDIAN Exceptional voice  TIME OUT Hypnotic  INDEPENDENT

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | PLEASANCE TWO

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ALAN CUMMING I BOUGHT A BLUE CAR TODAY

‘A truly extraordinary atmosphere, dark gypsy cabaret shimmering with menace, gorgeously beautiful, tender and delicate – although the sweetness is almost always followed by some outrageously funny or horrible twist. I urge you to seek out a ticket for this glorious show’ (The Scotsman). www.boundandgaggedcomedy.com | www.thetigerlillies.com

Olivier and Tony Award winning Scottish star of stage and screen, Alan Cumming unleashes his favourite tunes, belting out celebrated hits alongside little known gems, whilst captivating his audience with poignant anecdotes from his colourful and fantastic past. A musical journey peppered with material by Frank Sinatra, Dory Previn, Kander & Ebb, Cyndi Lauper and many more. Joined on stage by Musical Director, Emmy award-winning Lance Horne.

The execution is impeccable throughout. Phenomenal.

www.assemblyfestival.com

Assembly by Arrangement with Untitled Entertainment & CAA

Guaranteed laughter, and a little wisdom too TIME OUT

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THE TIGER LILLIES LIVE IN CONCERT

Bound & Gagged Comedy by arrangement with Tim Whitehead | The Tiger Lillies

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GUILTY PLEASURES

DENISE BLACK’S LOOSE SCREW

The biggest club and party night of Edinburgh 2010.

Famed as Queer as Folk’s Hazel and Coronation Street’s temptress hairdresser, Denise lures Gryphon guitar genius Graeme Taylor to host a midnight party. Sexy humour and heart pumping pop, folk and rock.

Denise Black

Assembly & Sean Rowley Organisation

Guilty Pleasures is an unashamedly glorious all-singing, all-dancing celebration of pop music. Illicit loves of Hall and Oates, Dolly Parton or Toto are no longer shamefully hidden away. We have set these records free. Anyone can play them, but our cast of djs, performers extraordinaire and resident priest rejoice in them to unbridled dizzy heights of euphoric glee. Join us. www.assemblyfestival.com | www.guiltypleasures.co.uk

The Superclub bible has been torn up…Guilty Pleasures is a putative global phenomenon GUARDIAN

Fabulous new songs. Eclectic covers (Blondie, Rufus Wainwright, Kirsty MacColl). A lifetime’s devotion to stage and screen. Tarantino Chic! directed by Hannah Chissick “Wonderful actress, divine singer” (Guardian) SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED DAILY, NEW YORK STYLE CABARET AND LATE LATE BAR!! www.deniseblack.co.uk | www.myspace.com/deniseblacksloosescrew

It’s infectious and theatrical and rousing and makes you want to dance yourself silly

Vibrant, kooky and funny CLASSICAL SOURCE Exquisite taut explosions of guitar MOJO Husband stealing bitch DEIDRE BARLOW

DAILY TELEGRAPH

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Take 1,000 people, some headphones, 2 DJs… and silence. A club experience like no other. Two DJ’s play totally different sets. Switch your headphones’s frequency to tune in. Plus live, interactive visuals, disco, rave and lounge all in. Over 200,000 people across Europe have danced to their weird and wonderful tunes. You will not experience any other night like this in Edinburgh.

NYC’s coolest hangout and longest running open stage comes to Edinburgh for the first time. Birthplace of Beck, Moldy Peaches, Regina Spektor and hundreds more. Think Letterman meets American Idol. Catch some late night fringe performances from names you know and some you don’t… yet. Jokes, songs and late night nonsense guaranteed.

Back in Edinburgh for its 4th year and returning to the magnificent McEwan Hall for 11 nights only.

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THE BURLY CEILIDH CLUB The Burly Ceilidh Club offers a modern twist on a traditional Ceilidh.

A documentary on Comedy Store Player and Edinburgh veteran who retired from performing in 2007 because of MS. Interviews with Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Greg Proops, Mike McShane and Eddie Izzard. Director Seeta Indrani. Proceeds donated to www.msrc.co.uk

Friday 13th of August Wild Geese Friday 20th August Mental Notes Friday 27th August Wild Geese

jimsweeney.co.uk | mashmosh.co.uk

www.ghillie-dhu.co.uk

I heart Jim PHIL JUPITUS The Best Improviser ever! COLIN MOCHRI

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Friday 6th of August Sandy Brechin Band

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GHILLIE GIGS Ghillie Dhu

Every saturday throughout the Fringe, Ghillie Dhu offers up Ghillie Gigs, with traditional favourites, up-beat classics and a bit of rock ‘n’ roll. Saturday 7th of August Replay Saturday 14th of August Replay Saturday 21st August Pure Saturday 28th August Dead Man’s Shoes www.ghillie-dhu.co.uk

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STEvE UllATHORnE – PERfORmERS AND PERFORMANCES PART TWO Award winning photographer Steve Ullathorne’s 4th solo exhibition at the Gilded Balloon featuring live and studio photography of comedians, actors, singers and cabaret artists from the Fringe and beyond. Steve’s photographs have appeared on over 350 posters in Edinburgh, London, New York and around the UK and in magazines and newspapers worldwide from Vanity Fair to The Guardian via Hello... www.SteveUllathorne.com

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ZIMBABWE SCULPTURE Vhukutiwa Gallery

Vhukutiwa Gallery returns for its eighth exhibition of small scale sculpture, presenting a haunting range of work, all with a remarkable tactile quality evoking a world part natural, part spiritorientated, from some of the finest sculptors in the world. www.assemblyfestival.com

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