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VENUE DETAILS

We list shows for 18 different venues in this year’s brochure. For more information, visit www.edcomfest.com ASSEMBLY

PLEASANCE

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Assembly Hall

Mound Place EH1 2LU | T. 0131 623 3030

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Assembly George Square

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Pleasance Dome

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Assembly Inverleith Allotments

George Square EH8 9LH | T. 0131 623 3030 West Gate, East Fettes Avenue EH4 1DN | T. 0131 623 3030

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THE EDGE FESTIVAL

60 Pleasance EH8 9TJ | T. 0131 556 6550 1 Bristo Square EH8 9AL | T. 0131 556 6550

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Gilded Balloon Teviot

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

Underbelly, Cowgate

(Entrances on Cowgate & Victoria Street) 56 Cowgate, EH1 1EG | T: 0844 545 8252

JUST THE TONIC

Udderbelly’s Pasture

(Incorporating E4 Udderbelly, E4 Cow Barn, The Dairy Room & The Wee Coo) Bristo Square, EH8 9AL | T: 0844 545 8252

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Niddry Street South, Cowgate EH1 1NS | T. 0131 556 5375

31 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ | T. 0131 221 2280

Cabaret Voltaire

36 Blair St, Edinburgh EH1 1QR | T. 0131 220 6176

The Bongo Club

37 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8BA | T. 0131 558 8844

Liquid Room

9C Victoria Street Edinburgh EH1 2HE | T. 0131 225 2564

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Sneaky Pete’s

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Corn Exchange

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Just the Tonic at The Caves

HMV Picture House

73 Cowgate Edinburgh EH1 1JW | T. 0131 225 1757 11 New Mart Rd, Edinburgh EH14 1RL | T. 0131 443 0404

The Queen’s Hall

85-89 Clerk Street Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9JG T. 0131 668 2019

Just the Tonic at The Tron

9 Hunter Square EH1 1QW | T. 0131 556 5375

Just the Tonic at The Store (formerly GRV) 37 Guthrie Street EH1 1JG | T. 0131 556 5375

USEFUL NUMBERS

CREDITS

The Fringe Box Office T. 0131 226 0000

National Rail Enquiries T. 0845 748 4950

© 2011 Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance, Underbelly, Just the Tonic and The Edge Festival.

Edinburgh International Festival T. 0131 473 2000

Edinburgh Airport T. 0870 040 0007

Project Manager Tim Groves and Chris Perkin

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

Cover Design John Bennie at Jet Black Creative Print Polestar Festival Portal Development Richard Jarmain

Tourist Board T. 0845 225 5121

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.

Terms and Conditions

Concession prices (where listed) are available to children under 16, students, registered unemployed, Young Scots/Stage Pass holders, Senior Citizens and those claiming disability allowance, 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 10pm for 15’s and under, 16-17 year olds are only admitted to the venue after 10pm with a valid ticket to a Gilded Balloon show.


HOW TO BOOK You can book any show in this brochure by visiting www.edcomfest.com ASSEMBLY

PLEASANCE

GILDED BALLOON

BY PHONE

BY PHONE

BY PHONE

0131 623 3030

0131 556 6550

0131 622 6552

Call the Assembly box office now between 10am and 6pm Monday to Saturday until 2nd August and between 9am and 11.30pm from 3rd to 29th August.

Call the Pleasance Box Office from 7th June to 3rd August 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday. From 3rd August 9am to 10pm (daily).

Call the Gilded Balloon Box Office from 7th June to 3rd August 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday. From 3rd August 9am to 10pm (daily).

ONLINE

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www.assemblyfestival.com

www.pleasance.co.uk

www.gildedballoon.co.uk

IN PERSON

IN PERSON

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Assembly George Square EH8 9LH

Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance EH8 9TJ

Teviot Row House, Bristo Square EH8 9AJ

Visit Pleasance’s main Box Office from 3rd August to 29th August 9am to Midnight (2nd and 3rd August 10am to 6pm).

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 3rd – 29th of August.

Visit Assembly’s main box at Assembly George Square from 22nd July to 29th August. This box office will be open from 10am until 10 minutes after the last performance’s start time.

Assembly Hall, Mound Place EH1 2LU This box office will be open 3rd - 29th August from 10am until 10 minutes after the last performance’s start time.

UNDERBELLY BY PHONE

0844 545 8252 Call the Underbelly Box Office Pre Fringe between 10am 8pm Daily. From 3rd August 10am - 11pm Daily.

ONLINE

www.underbelly.co.uk IN PERSON

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

Udderbelly’s Pasture E4 Udderbelly, E4 Cowbarn, The Dairy Room & The Wee Coo Bristo Square, EH8 9AL. From 3rd August 10am - 1am daily.

Pleasance Dome, 1 Bristo Square EH8 9AL

THE EDGE FESTIVAL

This Box Office will open from 3rd August to 29th August from 10am – 01.30am.

BY PHONE

SELF SERVICE BOX OFFICE Box Office is open from 3rd August 10am - Midnight.

08444 999 990

FAST TRACK TICKET BOOTH Opens 3rd August 10am - 10pm.

ONLINE

www.theedgefestival.com

JUST THE TONIC BY PHONE

0131 556 5375 ONLINE

www.justthetonic.com IN PERSON

Just the Tonic at The Caves, Niddry Street South, Cowgate EH1 1NS Entrance through the Rowantree Bar, on Cowgate. From 4th August, daily, (except 17th) 11.30am – 12.30am.

Just the Tonic at The Store (formerly GRV), 37 Guthrie Street EH1 1JG From 4th August, daily, (except 16th) 12 noon – 11.00pm.

IN PERSON

HMV Picture House, 31 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH1 2DJ Monday to Saturday 12-4pm. Closed Sundays.

Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 New Mart Rd, Edinburgh EH14 1RL Box Office is open from 10am until 11pm every day, Monday to Sunday. Their telephone number is 0131 443 0404.

Liquid Room, 9C Victoria Street Edinburgh EH1 2HE Box Office is generally open from 7pm or alternatively from doors opening if a gig or show starts earlier/later.

Cabaret Voltaire, 36 Blair St Edinburgh EH1 1QR Box Office Collection times are 7pm - 10pm on day of show.

The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9JG Box Office telephones operate from 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday. We are open for personal callers from 10am 5pm Monday to Saturday or until 15 minutes after the start of an evening performance.


Contents Venue information

ACCESS 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.

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible toilets are available at all venues. Wheelchair access is available at all venues with the exception of the following theatre spaces: s s s s s s s s s s

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Gilded Balloon

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Underbelly

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Just the Tonic

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The Edge Festival

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Fringe shows Theatre

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Dance, Physical Theatre & Exhibitions

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Induction Loops

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Shows at a glance All shows listed by time

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Signed Performances

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

SHOW INFORMATION LISTED FOR EACH ENTRY 2 FOR 1

Available for 8-9 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.

Index All shows listed by name

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STAFF LIST Artistic Director ...................................................................William Burdett-Coutts PA to Artistic Director .........................................................................Judith Murrell Programme Manager/Producer ..................................................Michael Harris Programme Manager/Producer (to May 2011) ............................Alex Rochford Assistant Programmer and Producer ...............................................Lauren Storr Best of the Fest Programmer ............................................................. Amy Shirlaw Managing Director ............................................................................. Guy Hornsby General Manager.............................................................................Margaret Moll Finance Manager .......................................................................Yalamba Koroma Assistant to the General Manager ..................................................Jen Courtney Head of Box Office ........................................................................Jamie Snelgrove Box Office Manager ...................................................................... Louise Acheson Brand and Sponsorship Manager .....................................................Lis Faulkner Companies Marketing Manager...................................................... Jayne Gross Social Media, Promotions and Web Manager .................................................................................Caitlin Lock Head of Press .......................................................................................Kelly Fogarty Press Consultant ......................................................................................... Liz Smith Pre-Festival & Venue Press ......................................Mel Brown & Impressive Pr Front of House Management .......................................................... Clare Walters

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VENUES .................................Main Hall ............................................... Rainy Hall ........................................... Baillie Room BAR ........................................Quad Bar

Welcome to Assembly 2011 and the brave new world of Assembly Festival. Last year was formidable in being our 30th anniversary of presenting work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It was also our last year in the Assembly Rooms as we knew it. This year the building will be closed during the festival. Thanks to the University of Edinburgh we turn a new page in the history of our organisation, moving the core of our operation to George Square, where we will create a new performance village around the east side of George Square Gardens. There will be three tents in our new Spiegelgarden, the Teatro Spiegeltent, the Dans Paleis and the Bosco, along with four indoor spaces in the surrounding buildings: George Square Theatre and in the David Hume building, ONE, TWO and THREE. Sitting beside this will be Mirazozo, a wonderful luminarium by the makers of visual magic, Architects of Air. Assembly wouldn’t be the same without our Club Bar, where people from the industry and the festival rub shoulders. To house this we are building a new underground concept bar – a complete change from the Georgian splendour of the Assembly Rooms as we move on from the old world to the new. Also this year we will continue our use of the Assembly Hall with the Main Hall itself as our premier performance space together with the Rainy Hall and Baillie Room. The programme we have put together for this year plays to Assembly’s core strengths of great theatre and comedy, whilst recognising the new world of cabaret and an endless array of performance genres, some of which haven’t been invented yet. We are delighted to welcome back Simon Callow performing a beautiful new play Tuesdays at Tescos and at the same time present two new plays – Midnight Your Time performed by Diana Quick and Dusk Rings a Bell, from Hightide, one of the most important young companies on the UK theatre

scene. Equally look out for Federer vs Murray, the wonderful Guy Masterson in Shylock, the Penny Dreadful and the fantastic Jus’ Like That – bringing Tommy Cooper back to the stage. The Comedy line up is stellar with the likes of Sarah Millican, Milton Jones, Andy Parsons, Dave Gorman, Al Murray, the wonderful Horne Section, the adorable Pajama Men and the ever challenging Jerry Sadowitz. Our music line up is led by Antonio Forcione, Korean Drums, Ali McGregor and the Magnets. Delightfully blending comedy and music don’t miss Baby Wants Candy with their improvised musicals. Circus and cabaret ranges from the volcanic force that is Circolombia to Lilli La Scala and Le Gateau Chocolat. Our Children and Families shows include Bagpuss, Big Howard Little Howard and Hairy Maclary.

Technical Director ............................................................................Ruari Cormack Assistant Technical Director ............................................................. Pete McCabe Technical Administrator ........................................................ Catherine Devereux Head of Sound ....................................................................................Mark Sawyer Head of Lighting ...........................................................................................Paul Lim Assistant Head of Sound ............................................................... Mike Summers Assistant Head of Lighting ............................................................Chris Saunders FOOD AND BEVERAGE Operations Manager .........................................................................Nik Whybrew Bar Manager ...................................................................................... Simon Donne ASSEMBLY GEORGE SQUARE Site Build Manager ...............................................................................Rab Randall Venue Managers ............................................ Bianca Houston and Cara Hume Site Manager .........................................................Dave Evans and Aidy Sanders ASSEMBLY HALL Production and Site Manager .............................................. Dominic Rozendaal Venue Manager ..............................................................................Lynsey Bowden 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 Scott, Gayle Harrison, Susan Pollard at Heineken; Rod Smith at Concept Group; Paul Williams at East Coast Rail; Claire Wilson at Highland Spring; Eddie McNaughton at Big Byte; John Cleere at Red Lemonade; Kath Mainland, Christabel Anderson, Barry Church-Woods, Neil Mackinnon at Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Faith Liddell and Amy Saunders at Festivals Edinburgh; Neil Wurmel, Conan Johnston and everyone at Heehaw; Karen Koren and Sharon Burgess; Anthony Alderson; Charlie Wood, Ed Bartlam and Tim Groves; Andrew Eaton, Jackie McGlone, Joyce McMillan and Paula Bushell at The Scotsman; Tony Davey, Ann Russell, Will Tatam, Jose Ferran and all at Red61. Lucy Henderson and Lynsey Macdonald at Heineken, Chris Ekers; Adrian Searle at Stage Electrics; Malcolm Innes at The Outsider; Guy Sissons at Grandstand Seating Structures; Flip Jansen; Rick Klessens; Edinburgh City Council – John McNeil, Claire Miller, Malcolm Kennedy and George Russell. Mark Bonner and Steve Lutley at Delta Sound, Alistair MacDonald, Alex Innes,Roger Spence, Susan Provan, Julia Holt, John Pinder, Alex Reedijk, Al Thomson, Mark Burlace, David Inns.

SPONSORS

Fans of dance and music and stunning visual performance have to see Rock the Ballet or Soy De Cuba. These are but a few shows from the amazing line-up of people that will be with us for the festival. This brochure has full details of our programme and you can find out all the latest news at our excellent website assemblyfestival.com. This year we will also be working with showcatcher.co.uk where you can get much more information about shows as well as provide feedback on what you have seen. Enjoy the coming pages and relish the fantasy of Edinburgh. William Burdett-Coutts, Artistic Director

“Out of this wood do not desire to go” Midsummer Nights Dream

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THANKS Assembly would also like to thank the University of Edinburgh especially: The Principal - Sir Timothy O’Shea. Festivals Office - Chris Barnes, Lorna Brain, Caroline Fraser and Ruth Fisher. Estates and Buildings Dept – including George Boag, Joe Brannigan, Graeme Ferguson, George Brydon and Susan Leven.


underbelly.co.uk 0844 545 8252

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a cownormous thank you to: All our supporters over the years. Special thanks to Judith Doherty. Chris Barnes, Lorna Brain, Caroline Fraser and Ruth Fisher at Edinburgh First. Professor Timothy O’Shea, George Boag, Rab Calder and all at University of Edinburgh. Steve Cardownie, Veronica Ross, James Doherty, Malcolm Kennedy, George Russell and all at City of Edinburgh Council. All at Lothian & Borders Fire Brigade. Bill Scott and all at Edinburgh Central Library. Kath Mainland and all at Festival Fringe Society. Graeme Arnott, Sean Doyle, Derek Marr and all Caledonian Heritable. Sarah Owen and all at Channel 4. Connor Hardy and all at Magners. Chris and Mike Haywood at Haywood & Company. Tony Davey, Ann Russell, Will Tatam, Jose Ferran and all at Red 61. Brian Cleary and all at Sigma Safety. Paul Roughton and all at Stage Electrics. Steve Ullathorne. Jane Healy and all at Red Letter Design. Tom Dearden and all at Wedge Digital. Chris Perkin. Richard Jarmain. Eddie MacNaughtan at Big Byte. Neill Wurmel and all at Hee Haw. Paula Bushell and all at Scotland on Sunday. Rebecca Austin. Jonathan Mills. Christopher Richardson. David Michel. William Burdett-Coutts, Margaret Moll and all at Assembly. Karen Koren (our surrogate mother), Sharon Burgess and all at Gilded Balloon. Anthony Alderson and all at Pleasance.

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Ed Bartlam & Charlie Wood Operations Moonager Sarah Fleming Festival Producer Marina Dixon Production Moonagers David Watson & Kenny Easson Programmer Fiona McCurdy Underbelly Productions Producer Stephen Makin Head of Press Fraser Smith Head of Marketing Tim Groves

Bar & Catering Manager Office Administrator

Roddy Fisher Ollie Hester

Box Office Moonagers Tom Arr Jones & Andrew Ladd Underbelly Duty Moonagers

David Graham & Ed Lawlor

Bristo Sq Duty Moonagers Finance Associate Director

James Turner-Inman & Pikey Goodwill Sachin Grover Tom Page


welcome to another cow packed fringe festival

We’re delighted to be back with our best line-up of shows yet. We have two new spaces in Bristo Square this year, The Dairy Room and The Wee Coo. They’re showcasing the finest of up and coming comedy and theatre alongside our wonderful spaces in Underbelly. Take a risk and see something you’ve never heard of... there are bovine shaped gems to be found littered across our programme. We’re confident we’ve got something for everybody. You’ll find all of our shows in time order below. Have a wonderful festival! Ed and Charlie, Head Farmers

10.30am - 12noon

The Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Show P52 Stick Man Live on Stage! P52 Emergence P22 Street Dreams P24 The Star Child P23 Croft and Pearce - Funnier Than It Sounds P70

12noon - 1pm

The One Hour Plays P24 Show Me The World P24 The Historians P25 Matilda and The Tales She Told P26 The Durham Revue’s 33rd Annual Surprise Party! P71 You Once Said Yes P27 The Observatory P27 The Hamiltons: High Jinks with the Hamiltons! P71

1pm - 2pm

Laundry Boy P28 Drift P28 Mythbunking P73 Those Magnificent Men P30 Lunch With Quattro Formaggio P73 Steve Pretty’s Mixtape P74 The Girl With The Iron Claws P32 Catriona Knox: Packed Lunch P74 The Pretender P32

2pm - 3pm

Swamp Juice P34 Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo P35 Mad About The Boy P35 Jay Foreman: We’re Livings in the Future P76 Zeus’ Pamphlet P77 Go To Your God Like A Soldier P36 Meryl O’Rourke - Bad Mother… P77 The World Belongs to Everyone Apart From Us P37 Matt Forde: Dishonourable Member P77

3pm - 4pm

Worbey and Farrell: Well Strung! P78 David O’Doherty presents: Rory Sheridan’s Tales of The Antarctica P79 Of Sound Mind P39 Totally Tom P81 My Filthy Hunt P40

4pm - 5pm

IdeasTap is an online arts charity that funds and showcases people at the start of their careers. From 6 August they will be based in Udderbelly’s Pasture from 11am to 2pm daily for two weeks, dishing out advice and tips on finding cash for your next big idea. Check out ideastap.com. Follow them on Twitter @ideastap

8pm - 9pm

The Dog-Eared Collective: You’re Better Than This P82 Dream Pill P41 Ruby Wax: Losing It P84 Nathan Penlington: Uri and Me P84 Luke Wright’s Cynical Ballads P84 The Oxford Revue: But Seriously P84 Soweto Entsha P58 Young Pretender P42 Cabaret Whore: More! More! More! P87

Dana Alexander: New Arrival P109 Michael Winslow: The Man of 1000 Voices P109 Catie Wilkins: A Chip Off the Odd Block P109 The Zanniskinheads and the Quest for the Holy Balls P46 The Life Doctor P111 Sammy J: Potentially P114 Matt Kirshen: Wilde-eyed P115 Richard Herring : What is Love Anyway? P116 Tim Clare: How to Be a Leader P116

5pm - 6pm

9pm - 10pm

Like A Virgin P45 You Wouldn’t Know Him, He Lives in Texas P44 Battle of Britain: North vs South P88 Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame P42 Helmsman Pete: Postcards From The Edge... P42 Clare Plested: Vegas, Jesus and Me P89 Ahir Shah: Astrology P90 John Peel’s Shed by John Osborne P42 Bad Bread: TV Times P91

6pm - 7pm Lounge Room Confabulators P44 The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer P44 Sammy J and Randy: Ricketts Lane P93 Keith Farnan: Money, Money, Money P95 Paul McCaffrey: Saying Something Stupid P96 Free Run P44 Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones P35 Death Song P45 Joe Stilgoe - One Hour! P59 Laurence Clark - Health Hazard! P98 Cutting The Cord P46 Bluebeard: A Fairytale for Adults P46

7pm - 8pm You Wouldn’t Know Him, He Lives in Texas P44 Mark Nelson - Guilty Pleasure P103 Edward Aczel Doesn’t Exist P104 Craig Hill - Blown By a Fan…! P105 Chris Martin: No. Not That One P106 Paul Foot: Still Life P107 Carl Donnelly 3: Carl Donnelier! P108

Lounge Room Confabulators P44 Shlomo: Mouthtronica P66 Randy is Sober P120 Naz Osmanoglu: 1000% Awesome P120 Marcel Lucont Etc: A Chat Show P121 Dregs P120 Frisky & Mannish - Pop Centre Plus P123 Dry Ice P47 Auntie Netta and The Trouble With Asian Men P125 Doctor Brown: Becaves P126 Musical Comedy Awards Showcase P126

10pm - 11pm

Bob and Jim - Modern Urges P126 Barry and Stuart - Show and Tell: The Show P127 Papa CJ: One in a Billion P128 The Germans Are Coming P128 Drags Aloud P127 Jason John Whitehead: Letters from Mindy P128 Kai Humphries - Bare-Faced Cheek P130 Jeff Mirza’s Jihad: Heresy or Hearsay P131 The Hermitude Of Angus, Ecstatic P132 Tom Green: World Comedy Tour P133 The Midnight Beast P134 The Alternative Edinburgh Fringe Awards Presented By Time Out Live P133 Sean Hughes: For Two Nights Only P133

11pm - 12midnight

When Woman Wee P47 Best Of Scottish Comedian of the Year P135 The Forum P47 Wilfredo: Erecto! P136 Spank P138 Barry and Stuart: The Tell P137 The Late Show P139 Spanktacular P139


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Just the Tonic is at The Caves, The Tron and The Store (formerly GRV) Box Office at Just the Tonic at The Caves Following on from another amazingly successful year, Just the Tonic returns to Edinburgh with an expanded program of top class comedy shows. For all listings, tickets and to download a brochure:

www.justthetonic.com


productions believe in butter flawless intergalactic dream p49

shlomo mouthtronica p66

free run parkour | martial arts | acrobatics

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Your living room 6pm (7pm) & 9pm (10pm) 4 - 28 August


WELCOME TO THE EDGE FESTIVAL 2011 This year, we’re celebrating 12 years of dedicated popular music programming at the Fringe and we hope you can join us for the fun. Live music is flourishing worldwide so we’ve tried to bring you some of the best talent from across the globe.

The Edge Festival: A Brief History

We already have a genuine feast of acts confirmed for this year’s Edge Festival, but there’s more to be added to the bill so make sure you log onto our website over the next few months for all the latest gig news and updates.

The Edge Festival is brought to you by Scotland’s top major events company: DF Concerts and Events. DF Concerts and Events have been at the heart of Scotland’s live music and events industry for over twenty years, connecting with millions of people worldwide every year. Behind some of the most memorable gatherings to take place across Scotland’s vibrant entertainment spectrum, the company continues to push the boundaries within the live sector by delivering some of the most exhilarating events in the world.

Whether you’re a fan of rock, indie, hip-hop, country, dance or even a mixture of all of these with a little bit of something else thrown in for good measure, The Edge Festival is where you’ll find it. So... come and join us: www.theedgefestival.com. Have a great Fringe! Dave Corbet Promoter The Edge Festival

FOR FULL LINE UP AND DETAILS, LOG ON TO...

WWW.THEEDGEFESTIVAL.COM

Beginning life as T on the Fringe 12 years ago, The Edge Festival has hosted performances from the likes of Kanye West, Pixies, Snow Patrol, Foo Fighters, David Byrne, Kelis, Nancy Sinatra, Dizzee Rascal, Faith No More and Biffy Clyro, amongst many, many more. From outdoor performances at Princes Street Gardens and Meadowbank Stadium to intimate shows at Cabaret Voltaire and The Bongo Club, the festival offers something for everyone and all in the eclectic and fun spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe. The Edge Festival continues to push musical boundaries by bringing together the most exciting names in music to the truly international audience which comes to Edinburgh for the month of August.

Who’s behind The Edge Festival?

Live music dominates DF Concerts and Events day-to-day operation from gigs at the company’s award winning and world renowned 300 capacity music venue, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut to stadium and Greenfield shows as well as the 85,000 people who come together per day at one of Europe’s most successful music festivals: T in the Park. For more information: www.gigsinscotland.com

Club Nights If you fancy going out after a gig, we would recommend the following club nights: At Cabaret Voltaire: 12th - LuckyMe 4th Festival party with Hudson Mohawke, Rusty and Machine Drum live; 17th - HaHaHa live at Slap Bang; 20th - Julio Bashmore at Ultragroove; 26th - Tiga, Harvard Bass, Benoit and Sergio + Larry Tee at Sugarbeat; 27th - Jesse Rose at Karnival. And every Sunday Killer Kitsch will feature a Scottish artist, Jackmaster, Clouds, Ado, and Grum... At Liquid Room: 6th - Sasha @ Musika

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SEBADOH WILLY MASON ROD JONES AND THE BIRTHDAY SUIT

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UNDERBELLY

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PLEASANCE DOME | QUEENDOME

THE BIG BITE SIZE BREAKFAST White Room Theatre and Film

Gorge yourself on three varying feasts of international bite-size comedies, eccentricities - and the odd drama! Delicious ten-minute plays served up with coffee, croissants and strawberries and a warm welcome from the cast! Carol Tambor ‘Best of Edinburgh’ Award Shortlist, Guardian/Observer ‘Picks of the Fringe’, Scotsman Top 100 Shows, Brighton Festival Angel Award. www.bite-size.org | twitter: @bitesizeplays

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Assembly & Nutshell Theatre

Do flowers matter as much as vegetables? Join two sisters among the plants for a cuppa, a homemade scone and a major case of sibling rivalry. Edinburgh company Nutshell returns with a darkly funny physical comedy. This world premiere is performed on a real allotment, whatever the weather – so come prepared!

Emanuele Buganza and Carla Carucca

Four recipes, four little stories with a fireworks ending. Funny and elegant, a fine play of visual composition and decomposition. Macaronigirl dances while playing the circus game. A spaghetto in love cries because he misses his beautiful tomato sauce... Visual Show.

Aug 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 at 16:00, 17:00, 18:00 Aug 9-12, 16-19, 23-26 at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00

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BIDING TIME (A YEAR IN THE MAKING)

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VICTORIA AND ABDUL Lucid Arts

From the pen of acclaimed author, playwright and screenwriter Farroukh Dhondy, the story of the relationship between Queen Victoria and her indian servant and teacher Abdul Karim.

BiDiNG TiME (The Clock Works)

An international experiment to make music theatre in 2012. This installation launches the process and shares a story. There are many opportunities to take part. Visit the Pleasance Dome Box Office for instructions.

Rising from the status of a serving man, he became her most trusted companion despite being despised by the royal household.

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A complex and urgent devised play about the hidden world of human trafficking based on original interviews and encounters arranged by the Human Trafficking Foundation. This fast paced, highly visual, ensemble drama is directed by Complicite Associate Catherine Alexander.

Take a deep breath and dive into an exhilaratingly dark comic adventure as we plunge the depths of the human heart. Interconnected stories from everyday life blend with mythic tales, dreams and musings on gravity. With gumption in our shoes we attempt to find our place in the universe (somewhere between the bus stop and infinity).

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| DAILY FESTIVAL GUIDE - DAILY COVERAGE OF ALL THE FESTIVALS

11:25 (12:30)

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | BELOW

THE END Michael Pinchbeck

Michael and Ollie have never worked together before. Now they’ll never work together again. Michael has decided to make this show his swansong and Ollie is left to pick up the pieces. Inspired by the stage direction ‘Exit pursued by a bear’, The End asks why we perform and how we will know when to stop. British Council Showcase 2011. www.michaelpinchbeck.co.uk | facebook: mpinchbeck twitter: @mdpinchbeck

... elegantly structured, thought-provoking and coolly resonant...  EXEUNTMAGAZINE.COM Hugely entertaining GUARDIAN £9 (£8) W

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INVISIBLE SHOW II

Red Shift Theatre Company in association with Pleasance Jonathan Holloway

Without wireless headphones, you wouldn’t know INVISIBLE SHOW was happening in the crowd around you. With them, stories of love, infidelity, illness, laughter and tears play against a dreamlike soundscape. Crowd embedded live theatre - a celebration of frailty, a reassurance that we’re all rubbish at this thing called life. Please note: 3 shows per day (There is no 11:30 show on Sunday 21st) www.redshifttheatreco.co.uk

Red Shift: unsettling, spiky, deliciously entertaining GUARDIAN A terrific company… electrifying… provocative  SCOTSMAN £5.50

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | CABARET BAR

MASTERCLASS THE EDINBURGH SESSIONS Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass

Turbocharge your theatre career. Masterclass presents an outstanding, week-long run of inspirational, informal discussions with the most accomplished actors, directors, writers and producers in the business. Masterclass is THE place to find out what it takes to make a difference in Edinburgh and beyond. Full programme and free tickets for under 30s from our website. www.masterclass.org.uk | facebook: masterclasstrh twitter: @masterclasstrh

One of the very best things around SIR DAVID HARE £5

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UDDERBELLY’S PASTURE | THE DAIRY ROOM

THE STAR CHILD Tell Tale Theatre invite you to eschew the modern and return to a forgotten hinterland. Using physical story-telling, live music and dance in their critically acclaimed adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Star Child, our company return to tell you the story of a proud boy who learns the importance of kindness and love. www.telltaletheatrecompany.com

Not a move out of place. Must See! THE STAGE Remarkably compelling...never less than kinetic  BROADWAY BABY

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UNDERBELLY, COWGATE | BIG BELLY

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ALPHONSE BY WAJDI MOUAWAD

Street Dreams follows a bizarre day in the life of The Old Man. As he tries to go about his business, mischievous banana skins, aggressive plastic bags and a rubber glove with a nervous disposition are constantly pestering him. To what extremes will he have to go to find some peace and quiet?

One-man, 27 characters, and loads of popcorn! 2011 Oscar nominee Mouawad, Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary playwright, and multi-award-winning actor Alon Nashman, bring their hit Canadian production of the timeless story about one boy’s struggle not to let go of his imagination as he grows up.

www.littlecauliflower.co.uk | facebook: littlecauliflower

One of the Top 20 Shows in the history of the Toronto Fringe.  NOW MAGAZINE CANADA A Runaway Theatrical Success. 

Richard Jordan Productions Ltd | Theaturtle | in association with Pleasance

Little Cauliflower breathe life and humour into their clever puppets and effortlessly animate found objects. A beautiful show CATHY WESTBROOK (PANEK) £6 £8.50 (£7.50) W

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THE DIARIES OF ADAM AND EVE

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UNDERBELLY, COWGATE | BELLY LAUGH

THE MATEY INSTITUTE PRESENTS... THE ONE HOUR PLAYS

Dyad Productions

Relationships shouldn’t work, but somehow they do - so who did the groundwork? In this witty new adaptation of Mark Twain’s affectionate satire, the world’s first couple confront their many differences to find a way of living and loving together. A journey both familiar and funny to anyone who’s ever experienced a relationship. Tempted? Featuring Rebecca Vaughan (‘I, Elizabeth’, ‘Austen’s Women’). Director: Guy Masterson (‘Morecambe’). www.dyadproductions.com | facebook: Dyad Productions

Bereft of inspiration, we start our show with nothing – just a writer, three actors, a director, a seamstress and a technician. But what we lack in material we more than compensate for in derringdo! With your help our plays are conceived, devised, costumed, scripted and staged in one hour. Art Attack meets Anneka Rice with live playwriting, this is an exercise in frenetic creativity under unbelievable pressure… And we need you!

I can’t recommend this highly enough 

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PHILLIPA AND WILL ARE NOW IN A RELATIONSHIP

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PLEASANCE BYTES Pleasance

Pleasance’s very own “Actors’ Studio”. Leading actors from stage and screen discuss their lives and work, revealing what’s needed to become a great actor.

By Jonathan Brittain/Misshapen Theatre

A filthy, bittersweet romcom told entirely through a Facebook wall-towall. And it’s all true (sort of…). Oversexed and oversharing, the only thing Phillipa and Will love more than each other is declaring their love on Facebook. Think you know a cringeworthy couple? Think again. Warning: Contains excessive poking.

Including JULIAN SANDS, (The Killing Fields and A Room with a View) and ART MALIK (A Passage to India and True Lies). www.pleasance.co.uk | twitter: @thepleasance facebook: pleasance-edinburgh, pleasance-islington

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SHOW ME THE WORLD

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SOMEWHERE BENEATH IT ALL, A SMALL FIRE BURNS STILL

Bridge Theatre Company

How do you know you exist unless you tell someone you are there? Young people feel the need to connect yet fewer and fewer are doing so. Nicola is working, Bill is staying put and Dan is alone. IdeasTap award winners The Bridge Theatre Company present this urgent new play by Simon Vinnicombe. It’s about this generation, told by the people living it now.

Gilded Balloon & Comedian’s Theatre Co | Festival Highlights

Kevin loves Daina. Phil loves Daina. Phil never said goodbye to either of them. This compelling absurdist monologue about seeking forgiveness in an unrelenting world is performed by Phil Nichol, winner of both The Stage and Edinburgh Comedy awards. A powerful and darkly funny new drama from the brilliant Royal Court young writer Dave Florez.

www.thebridgetheatrecompany.co.uk | twitter: @bridgetheatre14 facebook: The-Bridge-Theatre-Company

www.FestivalHighlights.com | facebook: festivalhighlights

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | DEBATING HALL

THREE SISTERS BY ANTON CHEKHOV

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WHO KILLED THE COUNSELOR? MLA

A dark comedy, about the death of a family counselor. A story told by 4 members of a dysfunctional family. Who is guilty? The flirty dad? The jealous mother? The hormonal teenagers?

Aurora | Western Connecticut State University | by Anton Chekhov

Three Sisters - Chekhov’s masterpiece, beautifully and intimately rendered by this award-winning company, back to the Fringe for tenth time. Bring lunch and experience this magnificent performance . A funny and heartbreaking journey into the lives of people you will never forget. Do not miss this show. Ten performances only! All ages will enjoy.

Written and directed by Joe Bor. www.joebor.co.uk | facebook: joebor | twitter: @josephbor

Terrific TIME OUT

www.wcsu.edu/theatrearts | www.gildedballoon.co.uk facebook: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139500839454735

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THE HISTORIANS Hot Ice Theatre

Stepping shell-suited out of the 1990s, Chucker and Mucker present their lives as a lens on the extraordinary history of the Northern milltown of Halifax. Unlikely and eloquent heroines, they belt breakneck over hill and down cul-de-sac, terrorising Woolworths, traumatizing pets and decimating dance floors. A funny, heart-wrenching tale of friendship between two teenagers and their town. Praise for previous work:

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THE ADVENTURES OF WOUND MAN AND SHIRLEY Chris Goode & Company

A delightful and touching story by Chris Goode about two unlikely friends and the adventures they share - Shirley, the weirdest kid at school, and Wound Man, an unconventional superhero with a vacancy for a teenage sidekick. www.chrisgoodeandcompany.co.uk

One of the most exciting talents working in Britain today. GUARDIAN

There is something so unguarded about this show you cant help but fall in love with it.  GUARDIAN £10 (£9)

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | THE TURRET

THE BALLAD OF THE UNBEATABLE HEARTS

MAGICIANS DO EXIST Nick Brice

Gilded Balloon

Comedy lies not in the actions of the comedian, but in the comedian’s ability to reveal the comic dimension of others’. Chris Cresswell’s latest show explores the comedy of Jacques Tati and the art of the clown in an interactive theatrical experience. Performed by Chris Cresswell, creator of the magical Voodoo Vaudeville legend, and friends from The Big Bite-Size Breakfast.

Internationally acclaimed playwright Richard Fry (Bully, Smiler, Homo Asbo) presents another blistering tour-de-verse about a group of young men who changed the world forever. Sticking true to Fry’s trademark style, this show will have you laughing out loud one minute and holding back tears the next.

“Cresswell is definitely a star.” Evening News www.bite-size.org | twitter: @bitesizeplays

‘Life is in their blood, pulsing through their veins, A happy smile to the outside world, a death wish on their brains.’

Absolutely hysterical, impeccable timing. 

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Foursight Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd and Jacksons Lane in association with Assembly

Tell Tale Theatre invites you into the world of Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales. Using live music, dance and physical theatre this critically acclaimed young company tell the story of Matilda who, with her penchant for lying, and her curious doll, causes mayhem in the home of her cruel and eccentric Aunt and Uncle. www.telltaletheatrecompany.com

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12:15 (13:35) “You should only say good of the dead. Joan Crawford is dead. Good.” Bette Davis. Now on her own death bed, Bette is forced by Hollywood hacks Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons to finally confront the ghost of her nemesis, Crawford herself. And of course, just because someone’s dead it doesn’t mean they’ve changed. This new darkly comedic play by Foursight Theatre (creators of Thatcher The Musical!) is a wry, feisty and irreverent look at two of Hollywood’s greatest icons and their equally famous feud. www.foursighttheatre.co.uk

She’s slept with every male start at MGM except Lassie! BETTE DAVIS Take away those pop eyes, the cigarette, those funny clipped words, and what have you got? JOAN CRAWFORD Sharp, imaginative, intelligent, and extremely funny company. BBC FRONT ROW £5 £12 (£11) W

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YOUR LAST BREATH Curious Directive

Trapped under thick ice after an extreme-skiing accident, Anna’s body slowly freezes. Follow the tracks into Nordic mountains, maps, myths, motherhood and a miracle of modern science. Multimedia, live score and explosive choreography piece together the human mystery - what happens in the suspension between life and death? curiousdirective.com | facebook: curiousdirective | twitter: @c_directive

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Esa Leskinen and Sami Keski-Vähälä. Ryhmäteatteri coordinated by Ace Production

A fast, furious and deeply acerbic and irresistibly funny satire in which banks and bankers get a real kicking! This is Gogol for today in a dazzling new comedy that has taken Scandinavia by storm. Catherine Grosvenor’s brilliant Scottish adaptation brings it right onto Edinburgh’s own doorstep. www.ryhmateatteri.fi

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Richard III: ruthlessly ambitious murderer or fine soldier and leader? A striking one-woman play using Shakespeare’s text, but through the eyes of a devoted servant. Tudor propaganda unravels to reveal a different Richard as Bess gossips about his rise to power; eye witness to the unfolding tragedy. www.alarumtheatre.co.uk | facebook: Nowisthewinter twitter: @alarumtheatre

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12:30 (13:15) A new tragic-comedy by Gerda Stevenson about war on several levels; man versus wife, nation against nation and Scotland versus…the Swiss master. From a claustrophobic flat in Scotland to the Swiss Alps via Afghanistan we follow Flo and Jimmy on a painful, and at times farcical journey, complete with war-paint. Featuring live music and an outstanding company of Scottish artists. www.assemblyfestival.com | facebook: assemblyfestival | twitter: @assemblyfest

Hilarious and heartbreaking THE HERALD A beautiful, uncompromising and genuinely moving play LIVE THEATRE Meaty stuff... Stevenson produces fine rallies and shows acute human insight SCOTSMAN

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WAITING FOR ALICE Jabberwocky Productions

The stage is littered with gleaming teacups. Sat around a table are figures in rusting top hats and cobwebbed jackets. Absurd, comic and sharp, this is an explosive piece of new writing from a critically acclaimed company recently emerged from Bristol University. Why is a raven like a writing-desk? Where and what is Alice? A dark secret lurks in the dregs of these cups. You are cordially invited to tea. www.jabberwockyproductions.wordpress.com facebook: Jabberwocky-Theatre-Productions

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It’s your story; you decide. This one on one interactive experience unfolds with you at the heart of it. Compelling and thrilling. Part theatrical experience, part real life, part city journey, keep saying yes and the experience might never stop. From a 5 star awarded, Fringe First winning company. Please note: 15 shows a day - start times between 12:30 – 14:50

Two paths cross in the desert. A father is killed and a soldier blamed.

www.lookleftlookright.com

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For the man who pulled the trigger, the choice is made clear: honour or shame.

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FIT FOR PURPOSE Pleasance | End Child Detention Now

Still hoping for a land of milk and honey in England’s green pastures - the mothers have stopped eating. They need to be heard. A poignant new play about asylum by Royal Court young writer Catherine O’Shea. Directed by Tanja Pagnuco.

Pleasance Theatre | Martin Miller | Simon Scullion

In a lonely radio studio, an actor grapples with the script of a classic ghost story. What happens when the script of the classic ghost story starts to grapple back? Written by Lynne Truss.

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THE GIRL WHO THOUGHT SHE WAS IRISH By Biddy O’Loughlin

Biddy’s dark sense of humour and Irishy sense of song tell the unrequited story of a girl who grew up in the middle of the desert, thinking she was Irish.

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The London Underground. Sweat and Stress. But real-life testimonies take us beneath the stereotype, deep into the silence of the carriages, where bodies brush against each other. dreams abound, and lives intersect in strange and surprising ways.

Lucinda eats men for breakfast - if they’re lucky; Sarah’s ready for commitment - and even married Mags is curious.

PartingShot

Written and performed by Rosalind Adler

A painfully joyous romp through the lives and loves of three apparently unconnected women, and interspersed with delicious extracts from real online profiles, LOL revels in the phenomenon of internet dating today.

From the skewed smile of the man across the aisle to the spectral sound of air moving through an empty station at one in the morning - find the mystery in the mundane...

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This show is bliss LIBBY PURVES A brilliant show, flawlessly written and performed - warm, witty, a treat. OXFORD INFO

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Herald Angel winners Fuel present the first performances of a new show in development by the internationally acclaimed Belarus Free Theatre in their first visit to the Fringe. Previous shows include Being Harold Pinter (“world-class theatre, built on the guts of raw experience” Daily Telegraph) and Discover Love (winner of a 2011 OBIE Award).

It’s Election Night, 1964, backstage at the Victoria Palace, London. The cast of The Black and White Minstrel Show is preparing for their evening show. Which of them will be invited to appear at The Royal Variety Performance? A wonderful, nostalgic comedy, written by a man who was there! www.fringemanagement.com | facebook: Black Slap twitter: @FringeMan2011

Truly passionate, truly political theater. NEW YORK TIMES The bravest theatre in the world. TIME OUT

Well-crafted and intriguing work of social history THE STAGE A visit backstage that’s well worth taking INDIELONDON.CO.UK £5 £10 (£8)

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In a city that hangs in mid air, too many souls are left behind, they wander without end. Performed by an international creative team who all call Shanghai home, SRT’s Drift parallels the performers’ experiences forging their way as foreigners in modern China. Caught in the speed of modernisation, culture and memories are contested. A tale of two cities that spans three generations. An alternate reality where language is no longer the biggest barrier. Drift, the discovery of self during an identity crisis: finding out not only who we are, but where we belong in a rapidly shrinking world.

Terry Orange was just your average agoraphobic loser but that was all about to change! From the creators of the multi-award winning HEROIN(e) FOR BREAKFAST comes a new comedy about childhood dreams, super heroes and sexually attractive hoovers!

Horizon Arts with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd

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The UKs hottest young theatre company BBC Quite astonishingly accomplished... It takes ones breath away  THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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Do you remember Enid Blyton’s Magical Faraway Tree? Well we don’t. Join Sleeping Trees in our attempt to re-create this well known children’s novel after fourteen years without reading it. Every saucepan, soldier and sardine is brought to life in this dark, fastpaced and possibly inaccurate adult comedy.

With its daily magazine and long-established Fringe First awards, the Scotsman’s Festival coverage is unrivalled. Now Scotland’s national newspaper is teaming up with Assembly for a weekly showcase of the best of the Festival, a lively line-up of comedy, theatre, cabaret and music by recipients of four and five star Scotsman reviews.

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Don’t forget about the annual Scotsman Fringe Awards which takes place the final week of the Fringe on Friday the 26th at 11am. For ticket details pick up a Scotsman from Saturday 6th of August or visit Assembly Box Office. First come first served, subject to availability.

A gifted trio of young actors SCOTSMAN They held the audience in their spell CHORTLE

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A Spare Tyre | Wellcome Trust co-production

Young Pleasance

In 1947, every Scottish schoolchild born in 1936 sat an intelligence test. Known as the Lothian Birth Cohort, over 1000 of them re-sat the test aged 70. The research revealed fascinating findings about intelligence and memory, but what are the human stories behind the data? This play examines the stories and adds human flesh to the skeleton of research. Celebrating the Wellcome Trust’s 75th anniversary www.wellcome.ac.uk

Honesty and an integrity that is so often missed in theatre NATE SENCE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HIGH TIDE FESTIVAL

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Young Pleasance celebrates 15 years on the Fringe with a dazzling ensemble version of Godber’s funny and provocative play. A “superbly multi- talented cast” (Scotsman) of 30 conjure teachers and pupils to captivate and delight. “The play is about harnessing creativity... [Young Pleasance] keep doing just that!” John Godber.

Nicholas Parsons: “Great” (The Scotsman.) A star of stage screen and radio he joins Suki Webster: “Hilarious” (The Guardian) actress/ improviser, in this superb Alan Bennett Play. Thirty Minutes of office gossip and fun.

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Nicholas Parsons & Suki Webster

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Two men are caught in a flat as a giant wave breaks. As biblical floods rage, they hide from the noise. An epic tale of domestic proportions from the company behind 2008’s Fringe First winning Paperweight.

Based on a true story, One Thousand Paper Cranes is a beautiful play about a girl who tries to save her own life by making 1,000 paper cranes. Suitable for everyone over eight.

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HOW STEEPLE SINDERBY WANDERERS WON THE FA CUP

Scamp Theatre

Written and performed by Silas Carson Directed by Caroline Devlin Acclaimed actor Silas Carson (Holby City, How Not To Live Your Life and Star Wars) takes you to Calcutta and back on a lyrical exploration into the nature of identity.A moving and often funny coming of age story of saris and sex.

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Could a humble village team really have taken on football’s finest and triumphed? Booker-nominated JL Carr’s hilarious ripping yarn is now a delightful new show from Fringe First winning director Paul Hodson and New Perspectives (Fringe Sell Out, Farm Boy 2010).

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THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN New Perspectives Theatre Company & Scamp Theatre

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Set in a bathroom, with off-the-wall characters and striking imagery, this fantastical adaptation recasts Odysseus as a modern war vet battling the monsters in his mind to get home to his wife Penny. www.graftedcede.com | www.theatretemoin.com

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CHOCKS AWAY! for the hilarious, heart-stopping story of Alcock and Brown and the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight. Thrill to the aerial antics of our unlikely heroes as they battle the elements in the race to conquer the skies. A classic tale of plucky British pioneers - entertaining, edge-of-the-seat stuff - talk about winging it! From critically-acclaimed writing duo Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon and the team behind Farm Boy (Official Fringe Sell-Out 2010) and Dolly (The Times’ Top Five Shows 2010). www.newperspectives.co.uk | facebook: newperspectivestheatrecompany | twitter: @NPtheatre

Wonderfully entertaining - has the makings of a West End hit  THE TIMES A comic tour-de-force - highly recommended BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE Full of laughter, pathos and ingenuity – has a real feelgood factor THE STAGE

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OEDIPUS BY STEVEN BERKOFF (AFTER SOPHOCLES) East Productions in association with Pleasance and Seabright Productions present the Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Production | Festival Highlights

Acclaimed new version of the enduring classic, brought to vivid, brutal life by master director Steven Berkoff and his ensemble of eleven actors. Berkoff makes a rare stage appearance as Creon. Simon Merrells, who was last seen at the Fringe in 2008’s acclaimed staging of On The Waterfront, leads the cast as Oedipus. This powerful retelling of the Oedipus story comes to the fringe’s largest stage direct from sell-out seasons in Liverpool and Nottingham, where it won critical acclaim from the national press. www.oedipus.org.uk | www.FestivalHighlights.com | facebook: FestivalHighlights | twitter: @festhighlights

Beware the Greeks bearing gifts, the old saying has it - on this occasion, you can welcome them with open arms.  WHATSONSTAGE.COM The bravest, most exciting and moving Greek tragedy in years. A homage to an ancient masterpiece, and shows that rewriting it in a harsh, edgy modern language can still make you feel the heat and passion of its power.  SUNDAY TIMES Right away, you know that this is going to be an utterly distinctive production. Berkoff captures the sense of entitlement that the powerful exude, the feeling that they can fix anything. GUARDIAN £10 £16 (£14) W

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THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

the village idiots

By David Hastings

Sell-out mask company, the village idiots, return with a brand new black comedy! Mayhem, malice and melancholy collide in this darkly comic tale of greed, deceit, nasty secrets and chilling retribution. Has the Undertaker lost the plot or has he just sold it? Sell-out 2006, 2007 & 2008. www.thevillageidiots.co.uk | facebook: villageids | twitter: @villageids

A farcical frenzy of masked theatre brilliance...  THREE WEEKS - EDINBURGH

Very good comic performers...their timing is flawless. SCOTSMAN

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | THE TURRET As the twentieth century dawns and the Wild West is tamed, there is only one frontier left - the sky. Two small-town bicycle repair men take their dreams of flight to the desolate sands of Kitty Hawk. In just four years of tireless experimentation and perserverance they will change the world forever. This intimate but epic adventure tells the inspiring story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, the two brothers who taught the world to fly.

MINUTE AFTER MIDDAY 15th Oak Productions

It all went very quiet for a bit… It’s the 15th of August, 1998. It’s a Saturday on Lower Market Street. And it’s just gone 17 seconds past noon. In 43 seconds Lizzy, Conor and Mari’s lives will change forever. Making its Edinburgh debut, Minute After Midday is a haunting new play that looks back at the terror and tragedy of the day of the Omagh bombing.

The Wright Brothers reunites the winning team behind the hugely popular moon-landing epic One Small Step, which enthralled audiences in 20 countries across the globe. www.oxfordplayhouse.com | twitter: @OxfordPlayhouse

Its hard to imagine a play fuelled by a more profound and spellbinding sense of sheer wonder.  SCOTSMAN ON ONE SMALL STEP What a life-affirmingly brilliant piece of theatre this is.  TIME OUT ON ONE SMALL STEP

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Nominated for the Irish National Radio Drama Awards THE PJ OCONNOR AWARDS

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THE GIRL WITH THE IRON CLAWS

A wonderfully weird and whimsical show starring Eva Sampson. Welcome to AquaTown! Luton’s best (and only) aquarium. Meet Laura and her goldfish Toby and watch as she transforms the world around her. Books become buildings, staircases lead us to the stars and an old record collection spells out epic romance.

Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you’re in love with a bear. This is a story about a girl who dares to follow her longing. Fall in with The Wrong Crowd for their retelling of this powerful Nordic myth. Inventive theatre with puppets and music to delight, provoke and inspire.

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www.wrongcrowdtheatre.co.uk | facebook: thewrongcrowdtheatre twitter: @inthewrongcrowd

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It’s 2033: there’s a killer heatwave and in the Emergency Response Cell everything depends on the pathway you vote for. A provocative, multi-media immersion in a possible future where the UK is at stake. EMERGENCY cell (ticketed performance, 12+) STRATEGY cell (free installation) Please note there are 6 performances per day: Showtimes: 13:40, 14:50, 16:00, 17:10, 18:20, 19:30

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Produced by Ontroerend Goed, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd, The Drum Theatre Plymouth, and developed at the National Theatre Studio. photo Reinhout Hiel

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The Pretender will speak to anyone who has ever told a little white lie.

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When two respectable, thirty-something sisters and their best friend end up in jail one night there has to be a reason for it. But then Sofia’s job’s been axed, Julia’s sleeping with a patient and Emmi’s been mixing the booze and the anti-depressants. This is Almodóvar in thermal underwear as Myllyaho’s dark comedy lifts the lid on modern, urban womanhood.

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The night before his wedding a man wakes, wracked with guilt about the lies he’s told. The Pretender is a dark tale of the destructive power of lies and the search for absolution. Stylishly innovative theatre combining spectacular video projection, physical theatre and mesmerizingly dark animation with narrative, emotion and humour at its core.

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This is a really great idea… outstanding GUARDIAN fascinating and chilling STEVE WATERS, PLAYWRIGHT

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Metis Arts | Escalator East to Edinburgh

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Sell-out for the last

Produced by JUST THE TONIC

Hightide Festival Theatre

16 years!

This years hunt for talent brought up so much good stuff that we added another show. Now we bring you 12 of the best new comedians over three shows!

24 years ago, the future was going to be different. Mol was going to be happy; older and smarter and married with kids. Ray was going to be a heart surgeon. When they meet again, by chance - she divorced and childless; he a caretaker and gardener - they discover that their lives are even further from that future than they had thought.

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Just the Tonic at The Caves

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Tumult in the Clouds

When Wee Andy is stabbed, his friend from the housing scheme decides to join a gang. The terrible revenge he takes at random brings disaster on himself and the family of his victim. Inspired by ‘The Iliad’ and drawing on Glasgow’s so called “knife culture” Fleeto is a hard hitting contemporary Scottish re-invention of the Greek tragic form. Using appropriately strong language, it is by turns frightening and moving.

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Dates: 4th – 28th August Four different comedians in each show Early Show 6pm Middle Show 7.30pm Late Show 9pm

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See brochure listings for show line ups

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GRISLY TALES FROM TUMBLEWATER

Featuring trouserless bankers, talking dogs, flying taxis and a razor sharp parody of Scottish politics, Iain Heggie’s outrageous Fringe First winning comedy has been revived to coincide with the aftermath of the Scottish elections and stars Jonathan Watson (‘Only an Excuse?’) as Tommy. facebook: glasgow actors

Truly, and wonderfully, ridiculous. SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

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KING OF SCOTLAND

A wide-eyed orphan finds himself on the run in a monstrous town beset by spine-chilling stories and rain that never stops. Dickens meets ‘The Shockheaded Peter’ with laughs, frights and live music, from the co-writer of 2010’s award-winning ‘Hamlet! The Musical’. All ages 9+

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When yet another Hollywood celebrity walks off set, a desperate producer decides to cast a dog as his star. But which lucky pooch will take the lead?

Meet Ann Marie, the first sex change patient in Scotland, now a suicidal elderly lady of 6’3”, Norman, the top hat and tails wearing Nazi and Granny Bain, the confused sectarian who thinks the Queen is a Catholic. Hilarious show about Iain Heggie’s friends, neighbours and relatives, who are not invited. By the writer of Tobacco Merchant’s Lawyer (Eight four star reviews).

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SWAMP JUICE

Explosive new piece of highly physical theatre following three prisoners in their first months after release. Featuring Shane Shambhu (Ramanujan in Complicite’s ‘A Disappearing Number’) and Verity Hewlett (Queen Victoria in ‘Queen Victoria’s Men’, Channel 4). Developed with support from the South Hill Park Arts Centre and the Young Vic.

Punk snails, opera-singing mice and a man on a mission of revenge. Welcome to a swamp like no other. Using bits of rubbish, acclaimed Canadian puppeteer Jeff Achtem creates a shadow puppet adventure about life in a swamp, with a remarkable 3D finale. A new show from the creator of the award winning Sticks Stones Broken Bones (Best Newcomer & Spirit of the Fringe: Edinburgh 2010).

Bunk Puppets | Scamp Theatre

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RELEASE Icon Theatre

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SIMON CALLOW IN TUESDAYS AT TESCOS

Assembly | Written by Emmanuel Darley | Adapted by Sarah Vermande and Matthew Hurt | Directed by Simon Stokes

After enormous success in recent Edinburgh appearances with both Dickens and Shakespeare, Simon Callow returns with the British premier and first UK adaptation of the French sensation LE MARDI A MONOPRIX, a Moliere-nominated play about love, life and death amongst the shopping trolleys. Here is Callow as you have never seen him starring as Pauline, loving daughter, carer and transvestite. The play took Paris by storm. Simon Callow is a national treasure and one of Britains greatest actors with an incredible career that spans Four Weddings and Amadeus to innumerable stage incarnations, most recently with Dr Marigold and Mr Chops and Shakespeare The Man from Stratford. This promises to be a true Edinburgh event and one definitely not to be missed. www.assemblyfestival.com | facebook: assemblyfestival | twitter: @AssemblyFest

A devastatingly moving piece of theatre PARISCOPE A superb piece of theatre: beautiful, pure and simple LE FIGARO Beautiful and delicate FD (PARIS) Remarkably funny UN FAUTEUIL POUR L’ORCHESTRE

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WEE ANDY

SKITTLES

‘Wee Andy’ follows the boy wounded in ‘Fleeto’ into hospital, where his surgeon despairs of constantly stitching slashed faces from Glasgow’s estates. When the surgeon is unable to prevent further violence spilling onto the ward itself, the boy’s mother feels compelled to take a terrifying and tragic action. Told in a tough poetic style, ‘Wee Andy’ dramatically portrays the spiraling impact of violence on individuals and on the wider community.

A story about love. And sweets, which are more reliable. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, Skittles is the debut solo show from award-winning poet and critically acclaimed playwright Richard Marsh.

Rich... flexible... a new kind of verse drama. SCOTSMAN

WHATSONSTAGE.COM ON NICKED

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As tight and taut as a third recount  Excellent comedy... pure pleasure... comedy gold  SCOTSMAN (ON DAD’S MONEY)

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Penny Dreadful and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in association with Assembly

Simon Usher directs this World premiere of Nick Wards play adapted from the Heart of Darkness and Outpost of Progress by Joseph Conrad. A grotesquely dark comedy about slavery, opium addiction, cartography. madness and abandonment. Developed as a National Theatre Studio project, Splendid Isolation has never been publicly performed. Nick Ward is a three times Fringe First winner and Splendid Isolation marks his return to the Edinburgh Festival. www.the-playground.co.uk

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | HUT Frankenstein’s alive and he’s about to extract your wisdom teeth! Award-winning Penny Dreadful cordially invites you to enter the Etherdome - if you dare. Take your seats for this darkly funny and true tale of 1850s America, where carnival sideshows meet live bluegrass... and dentistry! Trust us, this won’t hurt a bit...

CRY OF THE MOUNTAIN One woman, 13 characters, and a banjo. Adelind Horan performs real stories from America’s coal fields. Verbatim. Coal Miners, Mining Executives, Mountaineers, Hillbillies and Protesters. See a show/save a mountain. Bluegrass music and cookies at every performance.

www.pennydreadfultheatre.com

PENNY DREADFUL: CRITICS CHOICE THE TIMES, TIME OUT, BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE, METRO, BROADWAY BABY, EDINBURGH GUIDE

Welcome to the world of Penny Dreadful in which Music Hall has not died and audience participation is a must!  BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE It’s winning entertainment  TIME OUT

www.wholetheatre.org/mountain | twitter: @wholetheatre facebook: Whole-Theatre

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UDDERBELLY’S PASTURE | E4 UDDERBELLY

PRIVATE PEACEFUL BY MICHAEL MORPURGO

MAD ABOUT THE BOY

Scamp Theatre

Iron Shoes in association with the National Theatre Studio and ScenePool

Boy. Dad. Man. A lyrical tussle of will and minds. A new play by Gbolahan Obisesan, winner of the Jerwood Award 2009. Directed by Ria Parry, winner of a Fringe First Award for ‘Crush’ in 2009. www.ironshoes.co.uk

An infectiously defiant spirit  TIME OUT (ON HOME BY OBISESAN)

Raw and remarkable  TIMES (ON PARRY’S PRODUCTION OF FEN)

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UDDERBELLY’S PASTURE | E4 UDDERBELLY Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaits the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back on his short but joyful past, growing up in rural Devon; his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life and the battles and injustices that brought him to the front line trenches. A welcome return for this sell-out show from the award winning team behind AESOP’S FABLES, THE MOZART QUESTION & STICK MAN - LIVE ON STAGE! Adapted and directed by Simon Reade from the book by Michael Morpurgo (WAR HORSE).

STICKS, STONES, BROKEN BONES 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.

www.scamptheatre.com

Don’t miss! 2 shows only of the 2010 debut award-winning show from Jeff Achtem.

The horrors of war and the joyfulness of life are bound up together in this magnificent show  SCOTSMAN Never before have I seen something so heart-wrenchingly truthful about the innocence lost in war. I beg you to take yourselves and your family to see it  EDINBURGHGUIDE.COM An infinitely touching, intensely acted account of a young First World War soldier’s final day  SUNDAY EXPRESS

Please note show times - 15th Aug - 14:20, 16th Aug - 18:30 www.bunkpuppets.com | www.scamptheatre.com

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DR APPLE’S LAST LECTURE

An immigrant substitute teacher in Montreal struggles for memory and truth when his unorthodox classroom methods draw him into explosive, unpredictable territory. Timely. Deeply moving. ‘Bashir Lazhar’ is an innovative staging of raw impulse and muted desire, penned by two of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights. Packed houses in Munich, Dresden, Innsbruck, Edmonton, Antwerp and Kiev!

A comedic and highly physical take on consciousness expansion and psychedelic history, featuring original music and dance. Observe as Dr. Apple’s neuroscience lecture is interrupted by an unexpected trip into a subconscious world of tricksters, shamans and dropouts. Be here now... but beware the cookies.

Ines Wurth presents

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Shades of Beckett and Dario Fo pervade this taut, inky black comedy… as elegant as it is subversive  METRO Highly assured, well performed…a penetrating look at police paranoia and state-led authoritarianism STAGE A savage satire on the paranoia engendered by the war on terror...very funny but also frightening BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE £5 £10 (£9)

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Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company

Award winning tale of a football mad boy from the backstreets of Zimbabwe returns to the Fringe. Multilayered African beats, powerful accapella vocals and wildly dynamic 20 strong company throwing heart and soul into a dizzyingly high-energy succession of jumping, jiving & acrobatic numbers.

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BASHIR LAZHAR Wishbone Theatre

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LETTING GO Harrodian

Love letters that burn, adulterous letters that stick and the last letter ever written. A madcap meditation on the art of letters, from love’s lyrical outpourings to a killing in Kandahar. Ingenious mix of text, movement and an envelope

:DELIRIUM:/Andrew Keatley

Afghanistan. Four soldiers barricade themselves inside a building. Monitoring insurgent activities outside, pressure to make a decision mounts. Andrew Keatley’s blistering new play fuses with :DELIRIUM:’s unique blend of charged physicality and music to explore the complex bonds between soldiers on the front line.

Their work is charming and sensitive: compassionate and nuanced  THE SKINNY

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FOUR FOR JERICHO

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THE SEXUAL AWAKENING OF PETER MAYO

Richard Fredman Menagerie Theatre Co.

Diving into the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, this physical comedy takes us on a manic journey through the West Bank desert, complete with high-decibel history lessons, house demolitions, police chases and a flying baby! A powerful and moving new play that dares to laugh at the absurdities and tragedies of today’s Promised Land.

By Jonathan Brittain | Misshapen Theatre

One-night stands with strangers are trickier than you might expect. Especially if you’re Peter Mayo, who learned about the birds and the bees from an episode of Thunderbirds… A dark and candid new comedy about internet dating, no strings attached sex, and all the strings that come with it.

www.menagerie.uk.com | facebook: 44J | twitter: @44J

An absolute must see... (on Syringa Tree)  THE STAGE

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Utterly thrilling... (on Stand By Your Van) 

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Box Clever | Michael Wicherek

Why Not Theatre | TheatreRUN

Experience an exhilarating urban ghost story of one young man’s journey he will never forget, from Box Clever (Dirty Kissing, Sixteen Up), following great success at the Brighton Dome and Leicester Curve.Directed by Iqbal Khan (Broken Glass, Tricycle), and featuring a tour-de-force performance by Lloyd Thomas (BBC Radio). Nominated for the Writers’ Guild Award 2010. www.boxclevertheatre.com | facebook: BoxCleverTheatre twitter: @CleverTheatre

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THE WORLD BELONGS TO EVERYONE APART FROM US

Fresh from its Dora Award winning sold out run in Toronto, SPENT is a fast paced, satirical commentary on the greed that caused the financial crisis. Conjuring the madness of the economic downturn, the comedic duo Jain and Paolozza spare no one, impersonating suicidal traders, the BBC world news and especially the CEO bastards that took your money! SPENT will make you think and laugh all the way to the bank.

Stuart Bowden’s invention is a simple story about a complicated world. Avian likes vodka and space exploration. His mission is to ease the world’s loneliness by rummaging around the galaxy, searching for a friendly planet to tow back to earth. Nominated for ‘Best Theatre Production’ and ‘Best Performer’ (Adelaide Fringe 2011), Winner of the ‘Underbelly Edinburgh Award’ for his sellout show The Lounge Room Confabulators.

www.spenttheshow.com | www.theatrewhynot.org

A wonderful combination of incisive satire and sharp physical comedy…Paolozza and Jain are impeccable!  NOW MAGAZINE These guys are like a two-headed comedy monster  THEATROMANIA.COM A breath of fresh air in the theatrical landscape of this city and everyone should have a chance to see them  CBC, OTTAWA

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IF THAT’S ALL THERE IS

“Because it’s ideas that turn these things and they can be unstoppable. This book, it feeds on fear, on the worst of people. I know I wrote it. I’m the prophet to the end of our world.”

A couple are teetering on the brink of marriage. As the happiest day of their lives approaches, panic begins to rise.

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The award-winning UK and international touring hit returns to Edinburgh for six shows only. www.inspectorsands.com

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Harry, a young English writer, arrives in a foreign country on the brink of civil war. He’s there to make a difference, but his actions have catastrophic consequences that will resonate for years to come.

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JULIAN SANDS IN A CELEBRATION OF HAROLD PINTER DIRECTED BY JOHN MALKOVICH Nick Brooke Theatre Ltd

With personal anecdotes and reflections drawn from their work together, Julian Sands combines Harold Pinter’s poems and political prose to create a very fresh and intimate insight into the Nobel laureate’s literary legacy. Directed by John Malkovich. www.nickbrooke.com

Julian Sands does wonders for Harold Pinter’s poetry by reading them as if they were plays … the result is a revelation DAVID HARE Courageous, moving, and very funny. A totally unexpected and delightful evening. ERIC IDLE Ravishingly romantic ANNETTE BENING £7.50 £12.50 (£11.50) W

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ZANZIBAR CATS BY HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS Roy Hutchins | Heathcote Williams

Multi-award winning playwright, Heathcote Williams’ extraordinary new poetry collection performed by two-time Perrier nominee, double Fringe First and Performer of the Year Award winner, Roy Hutchins. Acute observations on life, death, politics, society, people and places – asking big questions in short form. Global in reference and impact. With direction from the author, Roy’s incisive delivery takes us on a spectacular journey. www.zanzibarcats.co.uk

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TAKETH ME AWAY Marina Niel | Mady Niel

It’s the 90’s and Take That posters cover the walls of a small single bedroom. Taketh Me Away is a hilarious, yet heartbreaking story about Helen and her obsession with Jason Orange, three beautiful boys…and fat Gary. “You see they weren’t just a band to me.” www.girlnextdoortheatre.co.uk | twitter: @GNDtheatre

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Pleasance | RBM | Comedians’ Theatre Company

Based on a real event and inspired by recent student rioting and police clashes, Made From Scratch bring their first full-length play, Body Of Water. In a dilapidated mansion in central London, a group of squatters host a party to launch their anti-capitalist campaign: a raucous rave that will destroy the house and change their lives forever. This new play features live music, on-stage tweeting and intense physicality. www.madefromscratchtheatre.co.uk | twitter: @MFSTheatre facebook: Made-From-Scratch-Theatre-Company

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Matthew Osborn’s brilliant spin on Stepford Wives is an irresistibly twisted tale of ordinary men, women, and their dogs. An absurdly talented comic cast bring you spine-chilling, rib-tickling, curtain-twitching delights. Cul-de-Sac is a spanking new play from the Comedians’ Theatre Company’s Itch: A Scratch Event.

THE DUCKS

When Tim meets neighbour Nigel, he begins to suspect that all is not quite as safe as it seems in the Culde-Sac.

As UK youth unemployment reaches a million, a darkly comic look at the potential consequences of leaving two jobless men to their own devices. Plagued by miscommunication and fuelled by loss, loneliness and beer, a power struggle threatens to unravel their fragile connection with horrific consequences. From fast-rising young writer Michael McLean (Royal Court, Paines Plough, Liverpool Everyman) and SEArED, co-producer of last year’s sell-out hit ‘Pedestrian’ (***** Whatsonstage, **** Scotsman, **** Time Out, **** Three Weeks, **** Fest). 12+ rating for audiences.

THERE’S SOMETHING ROTTEN IN THE CUL-DE-SAC AND YOU KNOW IT. Written by Matthew Osborn; Directed by Maggie Inchley; Starring Alan Francis, Mike Hayley & Toby Longworth.

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Abstract science fiction set during the aftermath of an unknown catastrophic event. Life lingers, the refuse breaths.

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SHYLOCK BY GARETH ARMSTRONG

Translunar Paradise: a place where time stands still...

“Fringe Legend”, Guy Masterson, returns in Gareth Armstrong’s globally acclaimed work on Shakespeare’s infamous Jew. Villain... Victim... or is Shylock someone even more intriguing? The Conflicts and contradictions of his turbulent life are revealed in Gareth Armstrong’s dazzling, moving yet gloriously comedic performance that brings Shakespeare to life and magic to the stage!

Theatre Ad Infinitum

Assembly presents Guy Masterson – Theatre Tours International Ltd.

Winner of The Stage Award (2009), The Argus Angel Award (2011) and Total Theatre Award Nominee (2010), Theatre Ad infinitum invites you on a journey of life, death, and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go. www.theatreadinfinitum.co.uk | facebook: Theatre Ad Infinitum | twitter: @TheatreAdInf

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Horizon Arts with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd

Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds - Angela Browne Ltd

Following triumphant runs in Edinburgh, Chicago and Adelaide, My Filthy Hunt returns to provoke and arouse again! This emotive production follows four urban lives through the loss of a friend and then their minds! www.myfilthyhunt.com | www.horizon-arts.co.uk | facebook: myfilthyhunt twitter: @MyFilthyHunt

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ASSEMBLY GEORGE SQUARE | DANS PALEIS The nation’s favourite failed author looks back on a life of disappointment, divorce and Chilean merlot. Consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, Ed Reardon lives in a one-bedroom flat with his cat, raging against a modern world seemingly run by twelve year-old imbeciles. Inside a cloud of smouldering pipe smoke and resentment, Ed is forced to churn out books like Jane Seymour’s Household Hints and The Ladybird Book of Shoes while trying to live off the royalties from his 1982 episode of Tenko…

BEOWULF - A THOUSAND YEARS OF BAGGAGE Banana Bag & Bodice

a riotous, award-winning SongPlay that digs into the roots of the epic poem and harkens back to the raw and rowdy storytelling of Scandinavian mead halls. This high-energy cult favourite from NYC sets the Hero Myth to music, combining Weillian cabaret, 40’s jazz harmony, punk, electronica and Romantic Lieder, turning the stage into a cacophonous swirl.

Hilarious...clever...has the makings of a cult fave

Stars Christopher Douglas from BBC Radio 4’s award winning ‘Ed Reardon’s Week’. www.angelabrowneltd.co.uk | twitter: @angelabrowneltd

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THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS 1927

Like a gigantic graphic novel burst into life; 1927 invite you on a journey of startling originality. Seamlessly synchronizing live music, performance and stunning animation this is the multiple-award winning company’s twisted new tale! www.19-27.co.uk

A jaw-droppingly clever and gloriously subversive parable  GUARDIAN A mind-blowingly beautiful piece of theatre TIMEOUT £12 (£10)

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16:10 (17:20) Meet Tunde and Bola, 9 years old, from Nigeria. Two girls sex-trafficked to the UK share with you their child’s-eye view of the journey they have taken: the people they have encountered and their strange ways, the air hostess who smiles so hard, the ‘bossman’ who talks in his sleep and the objects they have collected along the way... Commissioned and produced by Clean Break, written by Rebecca Prichard and directed by Tessa Walker, Dream Pill was originally part of Charged at Soho Theatre, London. In a world of unspeakable wrongs, can purity persist and imagination survive? Please note that this show has an age advisory of 14+ years

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Written and performed by Chris Larner | Directed by Hannah Eidinow Festival Highlights

Last year, Chris Larner accompanied his terminally-ill ex-wife to Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic. He returned to England with an empty wheelchair and a story to tell. This moving, bittersweet show reflects on the circumstances, morality and humanity surrounding the journey.

www.charged.org.uk | www.cleanbreak.org.uk | facebook: cleanbreak | twitter: @Cleanbrk

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Analogue | Oldenburgisches Staatstheater | New Wolsey Theatre | Escalator East To Edinburgh

Neville Trellis, a rugby obsessed PE teacher. His identical twin, the greatest player on the planet! The time has come for Neville to regain some glory of his own! Starring Nicholas Osmond, Phys-Ed is a heartwarming comedy about triumph over adversity, and the true nature of sporting heroism.

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | PLEASANCE ONE Henry lives each day like the last. Exactly like the last. Each day, he tries to make sense of the world around him; who is the 80-year old man looking back in the mirror?

CASABLANCA: THE GIN JOINT CUT

In 1953, Henry Molaison underwent experimental brain surgery that left him unable to form new memories for the rest of his life. In 2009, Patient H.M.’s brain was dissected live on the internet in a groundbreaking procedure.

Tron Theatre

A lovingly disrespectful homage to one of the classic films of all time. Morag Fullarton’s fast-paced distillation of the Hollywood movie will have you raise a Bogart-style eyebrow, shed a Bergman-like tear and drown out the Nazis with a rousing chorus of the Marseillaise.

Analogue return to Edinburgh following ‘Beachy Head’ with an international co-production inspired by the remarkable story of the world’s most famous amnesic patient who has proved impossible to forget. www.analogueproductions.co.uk | facebook: analogue | twitter: @Analogue_

The bright new things of British Theatre. OBSERVER Vivid, filmic... intensely theatrical.  SCOTSMAN (ON BEACHY HEAD) Neuron-firing, emotionally hot-wired theatre from a visionary young company. 

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YOUNG PRETENDER

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The smash-hit Canadian production. Winner of Outstanding Production in Toronto, London, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Edmonton. At 36 author Franz Kafka, still living at home, a petty bureaucrat, a failed artist, and a timid Jewish son, wrote an extraordinary letter to his overbearing father. An indisputable hit ***** Ottawa Sun.

An expedition to the edge with Australia’s helmsman of ‘curio cabinet storytelling’, featuring startling vignettes and acclaimed boot-stomp music sure to set loose the ‘wild-man’ from the most sober of souls…

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Every Thursday at 3am, Judy talks to her daughter on a webcam. Judy calls from Islington; her daughter is in Palestine. A retired lawyer, Judy is casting around for ways to occupy herself: with a women’s peace league; with Mr and Mrs Prabhakar; with her daughter’s life.

In 2002, Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s radio show. His prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to. An ode to radio, those records and anyone who’s ever sought solace in wireless. Adapted from ‘Radio Head’ - Radio4’s Book Of The Week. TimeOut Winner.

Midnight Your Time is written, directed and produced by the team behind HighTide’s Stovepipe, recently named one of the Sunday Times’ Ten Best Theatre Productions of the Decade. Performed by Diana Quick, the iconic star of ITV’s Brideshead Revisited.

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Brooklyn street kid meets Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’ in this true-life tale about one man’s fight to escape his past. Uplifting, sometimes hilarious, sometimes harsh, this awardwinning autobiographical one-man show from New York is truly unforgettable.

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ROSE (STARRING KEIRA & ART MALIK)

JUS LIKE THAT!

Award-winning film and theatre star Art Malik (True Lies, The Jewel in the Crown, A Passage to India) makes his Edinburgh debut alongside daughter Keira Malik, returning to the stage for the first time since his appearance in the Royal Court’s Broadway transfer of ‘The Seagull’. From acclaimed writer Hywel John following celebrated debut ‘Pieces’, and directed by rising star Abbey Wright (Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein).

JUS LIKE THAT! brings Tommy Cooper back to life with all the familiar trademarks- the fez, the laugh and the magic. A hilarious tribute to one of the greatest comedians this country has ever seen.

Hywel John | Dirty Boots | MLJ | SEArED in association with Pleasance

Assembly by agreement with Mark Goucher Ltd.

A powerful new drama about one Middle-Eastern immigrant’s struggle raising his English born daughter. ‘Rose’ is a heartbreaking study of Englishness, heritage, grief, family and how the ghosts of the past can poison the present.

Clive Mantle – best known for his roles in Casualty, Holby City and The Vicar of Dibley, stars as the legendary comedian…all 6’4” of him! The closest you can get to seeing the late, great comedian live. www.assemblyfestival.com | www.juslikethat.co.uk | twitter: @AssemblyFest

www.rosetheplay.co.uk

I laughed to the bottom of my soul DAILY MIRROR An unashamed Tommy Cooper Celebration THE TIMES Miraculously Funny DAILY TELEGRAPH

Terrific... a contemporary fairytale whose psychological surety will leave you in pieces.  GUARDIAN (ON ‘PIECES’) Gets under your skin and stays there for days. Daring, frightening and deeply human. NYTHEATER.COM (ON ‘PIECES’)

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | PLEASANCE TWO

THIRSTY

Ines Wurth Presents | Ellen Snortland

The Paper Birds in association with The National Theatre Studio and The Junction

“Now That She’s Gone” is a hilarious, irreverent exploration of Ellen Snortland’s Viking-like personality, contrasted with her stoic Norwegian-American mother. Passionate, poignant and funny, the show is a memoir with sex, drugs, and Eleanor Roosevelt. A comic journey with song, progressive politics… even a chase scene! Men love it too. www.la2edinburgh.info | www.nowthatshesgone.com Makes you laugh and understand GLORIA STEINEM

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ASSEMBLY GEORGE SQUARE | DANS PALEIS Fringe First award winners The Paper Birds, return to The Pleasance for the world premiere of their new production, which is based on our Nation’s love affair with alcohol. Weaving together hundreds of your real stories and booze-based confessions, ‘Thirsty’ tells the story of one night, leaping from nightclubs to working men’s clubs, from the happy hours to the early hours. Fusing live music, verbatim text and stunning physical theatre, ‘Thirsty’ delves beyond statistics, facts and figures to the faces and voices of everyone who likes a drink; asking why, as a Nation, are we so thirsty?

THE BILLIE HOLIDAY STORY Nina Kristofferson

This show is a brilliant cocktail of songs and anecdotes of Billie Holiday’s life crystallized in the ironic haunting memories that plagued her. A timeless story of what drove her and finally killed her. Nina Kristofferson is a brilliant and emotional performer with a voice that is magnificently chilling and beautiful. Accompanied by the sensational Warren Wills on piano!

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SPLENDID ISOLATION

THE ADVENTURES OF ALVIN SPUTNIK: DEEP SEA EXPLORER

by Nick Ward

Underbelly Productions in association with Perth Theatre Company and Weeping Spoon

Directed by Simon Usher A world premiere inspired by

The Heart of Darkness and Outpost of Progress by Joseph Conrad 3-29 August 2011 Queen Dome Pleasance 14.05 www.the-playground.co.uk

18:00 (19:00) & 21:00 (22:00) Alvin Sputnik must save the human race by journeying down through the mysterious depths of the deep blue sea to find a new place for us to live. A multi award-winning, one-man micro-epic puppet show that melds technology and multimedia into a touching story of enduring love and the end of the world. WINNER: Outstanding Solo Show (NewYork Fringe 2009), Best Production (Blue Room Theatre Perth 2009), Best Puppetry (Adelaide Fringe 2010).

Winner of the Underbelly Edinburgh Award (Adelaide Fringe 2011). Two strangely sociable strangers present a masterful mix of gothic and comic in your own home, to you and your guests. Theatre that comes to you. Total sell out hit Melbourne 2010 and Adelaide 2011.

A delectable morsel of pure theatrical magic NEW ZEALAND HERALD A Genuine all-ages work. Adults will respond to its melancholy and the depth of Watt’s vision. Children will find Alvin’s exploration of the underwater world both beguiling and delightful SYDNEY MORNING HERALD If Pixar had a theatrical division, one would think (and hope) they’d create something like this show NYTHEATRE.COM

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UDDERBELLY’S PASTURE | E4 UDDERBELLY

FREE RUN

SIRIS original theatre

Underbelly Productions and Southbank Centre present

The Swedish Sensation! An action driven,site specific, silent - under the skin - performance of Kroetz`play with Cecilia Nilsson as Miss Rasch. In the silence of her lonely room with a radio as sole companion, her evening has an unexpected outcome before our very eyes! Check www.pleasance.co.uk for show times. facebook: Request Programme | twitter: @rquestprogramme

In mute admiration of her extreme presence in this -trial of power- of a one woman play. H-BORGS DAGBLAD,B.G. Never has loneliness been so populated! EXPRESSEN,N.S. £5 £10 W

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UNDERBELLY, COWGATE | SITE SPECIFIC 29 million YouTube views, 15 Guinness World Records, 1 Electrifying Show.

YOU WOULDN’T KNOW HIM, HE LIVES IN TEXAS

For the first time the explosive action of free running, one of the world’s most exciting and dangerous extreme sports, is transformed into a live stage show.

Look Left Look Right

Incredible athletic performers take on jaw dropping parkour, stunts and martial arts close up... very close up! This unique show stars 3RUN, the UK’s number one free running team. Now you can see them live in the UK’s first ever free running stage show.

Welcome! Come to my party! Any minute now you’ll get to meet my boyfriend. Not here, of course. He’s in Texas. You’ll meet him on Skype! Linking US and UK actors and audiences live via Skype help decide if distance really does matter in this interactive, Skype-specific show. Let’s Connect.

Spectacular entertainment for all ages. Hold on tight! Watch the trailer now at www.freeruntheshow.com www.freeruntheshow.com | www.facebook.com/freeruntheshow | twitter: @freeruntheshow

www.lookleftlookright.com | twitter: #texasedinburgh FROM A 5 STAR, FRINGE FIRST WINNING COMPANY - ON PREVIOUS WORK:

Fun eye opening theatre that is an absolute must see!  METRO  TIMEOUT

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| THE BEST OF THE FESTIVAL EVERY WEEKEND

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LIBERACE: LIVE FROM HEAVEN

MEDEA

Feb 4th 1987- Liberace, Mr Showmanship, arrives at the pearly gates. Will Saint Peter and the angels let him in or damn him to hell? Tonight Liberace plays for his life...... His eternal life!!!

“A foreign wife does not look quite so fine beside the elder statesman, am I right?” Euripides’ classic drama of alienation and filicide, in a piecing modern adaptation by Orange Prize nominee Stella Duffy, starring Nadira Janikova (The British Ambassador’s Belly Dancer) and Richard Fry (Bully) directed by Sarah Chew (Missing Persons).

Norwell Lapley Productions LTD

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Fraser Cannon Productions and Critical Mass

Bobby Crush stars as Liberace in this hysterical High camp show with, of course, heavenly piano playing! www.liberacelivefromheaven.com | www.norwelllapley.com

www.frasercannon.com

Bobby Crush makes an irresistable Liberace THE SUNDAY

Stella Duffy’s flowing, poetic adaptation THE STAGE

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Lesley, 37, icon of the “have-it-all-ended-up-with-f*ck-all” generation is angry and looking for answers, and they won’t be found on the floor of Whisky Mist nightclub. What if, when you are ready to grow up, you’ve left it too late? Zoe Lewis takes a gut wrenching look at the thirtysomething dilemma: expect pop hits, artificial insemination and tears.

Critically acclaimed international company You Need Me return with the story of a Mexican immigrant on death row. Triple awardnominated storytelling with live music and a cast of Puerto Rican, Basque, Catalan and English actors. Commissioned by Corn Exchange, Newbury and ACE. In association with New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.

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0131 623 3030

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PLEASANCE

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UNDERBELLY, COWGATE | BIG BELLY

UNDERBELLY

0131 556 6550

18:45 (19:45)

LOVE SONGS FOR A TIMEWASTER

Being miles away from the place of your birth, can you ever feel truly at home? With live music and magical theatricality, Cutting the Cord is comedic and heart-warming physical theatre. Inspired by true stories, this one-woman show reveals Sachi, a young Japanese woman, and her sincere search for a sense of belonging.

Iain Heggie performs this unique combination of song, comedy and drama explores love from an adult point of view. We know nobody is perfect but how much imperfection should you put up with before you jump ship? Hilarious, touching and inspiring, this is a route map for how to fall out of love with a person and fall in love with life. A one man musical - with the writer and friends.

www.flyingeye.org.uk | facebook: Flying Eye

facebook: glasgow actors

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A sell-out at Brighton Festival - You are witnessing something special  LONDON FESTIVAL FRINGE

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Nicola Gunn In Association With Fringe Management

Pedal powered, riotous theatre. Milk Presents tell the story of a fairytale womaniser and his new prey in a playfully anarchic performance. Homespun contraptions whirr to the backdrop of handmade animation, whilst live cabaret music fills the space.

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CUTTING THE CORD

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Bryony Kimmings | Soho Theatre | Junction | Escalator East to Edinburgh

From the Total Theatre Award winning creator of Sex Idiot, comes a hilarious and moving new one-women show exploring the links between artists and alcohol. 2 parts song and dance routine, 1 part breakdown, the show follows the artist as she cracks open her own creative psyche with the help of scientists and a film maker. Created in states of intoxication during a seven-day experiment. Performed sober.

By Sandy Grierson with Lorne Campbell

Sex, Tango, Lies, Punching, Transubstantiation. The Great-Grandson of Arthur Cravan tells the finest story you never heard in the greatest way you’ll ever see. www.greyscale.org.uk | facebook: Greyscale | twitter: @greyscaletc

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www.slingshot-theatre.com | facebook: Slingshot.Theatre twitter: @Zanniskinhead

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With neither a brain cell nor common language between them, Peenut & Ribbòn, two obnoxious but loveable hooligans, search for the stolen Zanniskinhead grail: The Holy Balls. Commedia dell’Arte gets a 21st century face-lift in this unique comedy packed with slapstick, stand-up, storytelling and stupidity, not forgetting an atomic bomb. Loud, rude, joyous, irreverent, violent & triumphant: a must see in 2011.

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UNDERBELLY, COWGATE | BIG BELLY

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PLEASANCE DOME | KINGDOME

DRY ICE

THE TABLE

Strippers. Dealers. Dinner. Written & performed by prize-winning new playwright & poet Sabrina Mahfouz. Directed by multi-award winning actor and director David Schwimmer. Dry Ice is a daring, humourous, fully-clothed solo show that follows Nina (a stripper on the edge), plus 18 other eccentrically entertaining characters, through a roller-coaster hour like no other.

Deep meaningful ideas buried in light entertainment in the tragical story of a puppet trapped on a table. More depraved puppetry inspired by Beckett, the Bible and Ikea, in a brand new show from the master puppeteers behind previous Fringe sell out ‘Low Life’ and Anthony Minghella’s ‘Madam Butterfly’.

www.sabrinamahfouz.com | twitter: @sabrinamahfouz

Fiendishly clever... brilliantly inventive  GUARDIAN Puppet Wizardry NEW YORK TIMES Blind Summit’s puppetry is dazzling FINANCIAL TIMES

Sabrina Mahfouz | David Schwimmer | High Tide Genesis Lab

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | PLEASANCE BENEATH

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 QUID

Pleasance | Blonde Ambition | O’Connor Arts & Ents

Aindrais de Staic

A multi-award winning world music comedy theatre show from acclaimed Irish gypsy violinist Aindrias de Staic. The true story of an Irish fiddle player as he wanders across the globe with much trouble and strife till he finds sobriety (and jazz!). www.aindrias.com

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Great British Variety and dazzling International talent: a five star festival in itself! The show that led the cabaret revolution on the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010 is even bigger and better than before. Breathing new life into Great British Variety, Vive le Cabaret gathers A List performers from all around the world to create a dazzling spectacle that is bound to entertain and that never fails to please. With an unparalleled line-up of truly talented stars, including the cream of Pleasance comedy and variety, come and see why Vive le Cabaret was crowned Best Fringe Cabaret 2010 and continues to lead the way in 2011.

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Uncompromising, unapologetic, with genuine conversations included!

Winner of Edinburgh Spotlight Best Cabaret: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010 Endlessly entertaining SCOTSMAN The best in late night sexy and salubrious entertainment. THREE WEEKS

Daring, provocative comedy. Welcome to the unedited, uninhibited thoughts and behaviours that happen inside the female mind and public toilet.

‘Theraputic’ Woman ‘I will never be able to look at women the same’ Man www.dirtystop-out.com | twitter: @dirrtystopout facebook: Dirty-Stop-Out-Productions

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THE FORUM Shift. Star. Hug. An online suicide forum brings together the lost and lonely. Jed is a tortured teenager struggling to come out of the closet; Stu preys on vulnerable females desperate to score; Laina just wants to help her son. This is a darkly comic but touching drama about people struggling to connect in the real world. facebook: edinburghfestival.theforum | twitter: @theforum2011

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CIRCOLOMBIA - URBAN Assembly and Circolombia

Forget everything you know about circus. The dark street life of a Colombian city explodes into colour as a motley crew of exuberant young artists paint a freestyle portrait of their world, all set against a pounding reggaeton soundtrack. Raw, modern and full of attitude Urban combines awe-inspiring acrobatics and high voltage energy to reveal a city of joy and violence where dance and music are the safety valves of everyday life. Following sold out London shows the volcanic force of Circolombia arrives in Edinburgh, Urban is truly unforgettable Featuring the best performers from Circo Para Todos (Circus For All), Colombia’s national circus school, which takes disadvantaged young people and turns them into world-class performers. www.circolombia.com | www.assemblyfestival.com

Raw, aggressive and very, very sweaty...the antidote to all those circus acts of clean-cut, juggling and tumbling...his is not polite, and it is all the better for it.  GUARDIAN Their joy is completely infectious  METRO High Energy, High attitude...this is circus but it’s bad, sexy, dangerous  TOTAL THEATRE

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KOREAN DRUM - JOURNEY OF A SOUL

Bang Bang Circus

Kook Soo-Ho Didim Dance Company

Bang Bang Circus is a fun filled, highly skilled circus cabaret complete with aerial duo Collectif and then... handstand artist Zoe Jones, aerialist Auerelie Bernard, clown acrobatics from ‘Mattress Circus’ - fresh from the Young Stage International Circus Festival, hulahoop lady ‘Silvia Pavone’, Covent Garden star Carlos Martin and more. Open your mouths to let your heart leap out and prepare to be wide eyed as we take you on our topsy-turvy journey.

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Thrilling audiences in more than 30 countries with a vibrant reworking of traditional Korean dance steps to drum rhythms, the Didim Dance Company has achieved a worldwide reputation, performing to such as the Winter Universiade, the Donau Music festival, and the Russian Bolshoi Theatre. Choreographed by the nation’s most celebrated dancer Soo-Ho Kook, who updates his national cultural inheritance to spectacular effect in such events as the ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Olympics; 2002 Korean/ Japan World Cup; and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This performance excites all your senses with its colourful exuberance. www.kookdance.com

Korean Drum is magical and magnificent, a riot of movement, sound and colour, moving in its majestic beauty... DAILY NEWS Breathtaking spectacle...Staggering beauty... you are swept up in a swirling spectacle... sighs of delight from the audience... GOUDSE COURANT

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THE TEA DANCE

FLAWLESS: INTERGALACTIC DREAM

Pleasance | Fly Right

Underbelly Productions in association with World Dance Management

Get dancing the Fly Right way at their 8th annual Legendary Tea Dance! You’ll enjoy a Palm Court-inspired masterclass in an allnew revamped public location, where Gary and Susan will deliver their famous micro-dance lesson, in their inimitable style, to teach you some Foxtrot or Charleston basics. Then there’s time to enjoy some frightfully civilised cocktails and canapÊs followed by fun practising your newly-acquired dancing skills. Suitable for complete novices and those who profess to have two left feet, as well as more seasoned dancers. Strictly for Fun, though!! www.flyrightdanceco.com | facebook: flyrightdanceco twitter: @flyrightdance

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Following a record breaking 2010 festival debut, an 80 date national tour, and two London seasons, the UK’s hottest dance act are back with their most stunning show yet. The Forth One 2010 Best Fringe Performance Award Winners and stars of StreetDance 3D and Britain’s Got Talent return to take their breathless, explosive brand of street dance into space! An hour of intergalactic entertainment for all ages. Get ready for take off!

Assembly presents...

www.flawlessofficial.com | www.underbelly.co.uk | twitter: @flawlessUK

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RASTA THOMAS’ ROCK THE BALLET Assembly, Mel Howard and Collien Konzert

It’s ballet with attitude. Direct from New York and following on from sell out seasons in Australia, Germany and Austria comes Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet starring the Bad Boys of Dance. Rock the Ballet is a fusion of classic Ballet technique blended with the excitement of musical theatre, hip hop, ballet, tap, contemporary dance, gymnastics and more. Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet features a stellar soundtrack including some of the biggest hits from U2, Michael Jackson, Prince, Queen, Coldplay and Lenny Kravitz. Set against a backdrop of video projected scenery, the show is exciting, fun, fleshy, raunchy, powerful, and brilliantly entertaining. www.rocktheballet.com.au | www.assemblyfestival.com | twitter: @assemblyfest | facebook: assemblyfestival

This is the best of Baryschnikov, Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson brought together on stage ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT

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SOY DE CUBA Indigo Productions

Red Hot from Havana - a dazzling display of Cuban music and dance. Join a legendary ten piece Salsa band and fourteen exotic Cuban dancers on a passionate journey through this wild island of music. From the magic of the fifties the wild street parties of Havana today meet the masters of Mambo, swing with the Kings of Salsa then wind and grind in the Reggaeton Clubs as you surrender to the rythms of Cuba and discover the beating heart of Havana. Infectious, unbridled, feel good entertainment - the European premiere of the hottest high octane dance party on the planet. Get ready to Rumba! www.indigo-productions.fr

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STEVE ULLATHORNE’S ANNUAL PHOTO FEST

DAZZLE EXHIBITION Tony Dazzle

DAZZLE contemporary jewellery exhibition returns to Assembly, where it all started in 1983. 50 designers from all over Europe with 2-3,000 pieces all for sale.

Award winning photographer Steve Ullathorne’s 5th annual exhibition at the Gilded Balloon featuring live and studio photography of comedians, actors, singers and cabaret artists from the Fringe and the world beyond.

www.dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk | www.lovedazzle.com

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Assembly

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

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| DAILY FESTIVAL GUIDE - A FIVE STAR SUPPLEMENT EVERY DAY

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SINGALONG WITH MR BOOM

Assembly and Architects of Air

Bring your kids to the Gilded Balloon and singalong with Mr Boom. He’s a one man band who comes from the moon with cosmic songs and happy tunes. Audience participation; Action songs with choruses; tell a joke; sing a song. Mr Boom has been visiting Planet Earth for 25 years now. His imaginary space ship has landed at festivals as far around the globe as Tokyo, Vancouver, Adelaide and Stornoway. www.mrboom.co.uk

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | THE GREEN

An awe-inspiring monument to the beauty of colour and light. Bring the family as the multi-sensory space welcomes and inspires. Take your map, remove your shoes, pass the airlock and wander freely. No two visits are alike.

THE INCREDIBLE BOOK EATING BOY

Aug 3 – 14: Shows begin every half hour 10:00 – 20:30

Henry loved books, but not like you and i like books...he loved to EAT books. This exciting theatre adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ awardwinning children’s book by Bootworks follows the story of a boy with a voracious appetite for books. A five-minute adaptation using live performance, puppetry and playful back projection.

Aug 15 – 29: Shows begin every half hour 9:30 – 19:30 Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. www.assemblyfestival.com

Company: Bootworks Theatre | Author: Oliver Jeffers

A unique 5-minute theatre experience for one child and an accompanying parent or guardian. Performed 30 times per day at 6 minute intervals. 4+ years.

A labyrinth of colour...the Fringe’s inflatable wonderland THE ADVERTISER ADELAIDE Welcome to the house of fun ADELAIDE FRINGE Amazing to the max CITY SOUTH, BRISBANE

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THE TIM BAT TRICK SHOW A fast, funny and exciting show for children of all ages. Perrier award winning gentleman juggler Tim performs quirky comedy and skillful trickery with aplomb. Audience participation and hilarity guaranteed! www.timbat.co.uk

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10:45 (11:45) Clap your hands and stamp your feet! Following a totally Sold-Out run at the Fringe 2010, Hairy Maclary and his friends are springing off the page and onto the stage once again this summer. Featuring some new stories, a whole new look and characters like Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum - Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse - Bottomley Potts, covered in spots and Scarface Claw – the toughest tomcat in town! www.nonsenseroom.co.uk | facebook: Nonsenseroom Productions | twitter: @Nroomproduction

...Hairy Maclary was fab, my nearly 3 year old practically levitated in excitement... MUMS.NET This is old-school children’s theatre in all the right ways...  THE LIST …a vibrant, fun filled show that cleverly brings Lynley Dodds’ much-loved childrens books to life. PRIMARY TIMES

GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | DINING ROOM

BUBBLEWRAP & BOXES Asking for Trouble

Asking for Trouble presents their award winning, delightful, highenergy family show. This little story about how to live bravely in a big world is told using acrobatics, clowning and a whole lot of cardboard boxes. Winners of both the 2009 and 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival “Best Family” Show award. www.askingfortrouble.com.au

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UDDERBELLY’S PASTURE | E4 UDDERBELLY

STICK MAN LIVE ON STAGE! Scamp Theatre & Watford Palace Theatre

Curtis Brown

Dr Brown is lost. He needs to find his way back to town before the sun goes down. He’ll spin-around, slip on the ground, and make the funniest sound until your frown turns upside down. The harder he tries the more mistakes he makes. Physical comedy and clowning at its best from a world-renowned performer.

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | WEE ROOM ‘Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their Stick children three’. Based upon the book by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creates of ‘The Gruffalo’, 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 and 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!

IAN BILLINGS: DUMBS UP! A chuckle filled hour of kids stand-up comedy with international kids comic, IAN BILLINGS and special guest poet/cartoonist CHRIS WHITE. Warning: may contain giggles, chuckles, guffaws and the occasional boff! No hamsters allowed.

www.scamptheatre.com | www.juliadonaldson.co.uk

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Company -Lyngo Theatre and The Lyric Hammersmith

Starring Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies and Carlo Rossi from Italian TV. Help Mr Green against Mr White who moves into his house and covers everything in snow! Make a giant snowman, have a super snowball fight and bring back the Spring in this highly interactive smash-hit London production.

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Back for the 3rd year, award winning Monkey Music is running 2 age specific workshops for babies and preschool children. There will be action songs, games and all kinds of fun with percussion instruments. Come and join in the fun with Monkey!

Galopin In Association With Fringe Management

Everyone knows the story of The Ugly Duckling. A baby duck grew into a beautiful swan. Lesser known, is the other story, of a baby swan who grew into a... well, a duck. A bitter duck. A comic and touching tale of two tails finding their place by the pond.. and ruffling a few feathers along the way!

10.30am - 11.15am show: 6 mths – 2 years 11.30am – 12.15pm show: 2 years – 5 years

www.fringemanagement.com | twitter: @FringeMan2011 facebook: The Chronicles of Bitter & Twisted

www.monkeymusic.co.uk

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| PAGES OF REVIEWS EVERY WEEK OF THE FESTIVAL

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MR BENN: THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF AN ORDINARY MAN Tall Stories

Tall Stories (creators of the smash hit shows “The Gruffalo” and “Room on the Broom”) are proud to present a brand new production, to celebrate 40 years of David McKee’s much-loved TV character. The genial Mr Benn springs to life on stage in this magical, musical show for everyone aged 4 and up. One day, out of the blue, ordinary Mr Benn receives an extraordinary invitation - to a fancy dress party. He stumbles across a strange little shop where, as if by magic, the shopkeeper appears and helps him choose a costume. But Mr Benn’s life changes for ever when he goes into the dressing room. Inside is a magic door that leads him into incredible adventures, full of dragons, princesses, mermaids and sea monsters... Will Mr Benn ever go back to his ordinary life? www.tallstories.org.uk

This lovingly staged adaptation delights a whole new generation of youngsters  THE HERALD

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BAGPUSS

Gilded Balloon

Assembly | Soho Theatre | Birmingham Stage Company

Circus, silliness and dance collide in this mischievous show that lets kids be the judge of who’s got talent. Your sharp shootin’ host Fez, joins with star bear judge Simon Growl and a range of highflying Australian bandits to turn the reality TV talent quest format upside down. Fresh, raw and savvy, this kids variety show is a riot. www.gildedballoon.co.uk

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PLEASANCE COURTYARD | THE GREEN “Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss, old fat furry cat-puss...”

THE JUST SO STORIES

The world’s favourite cloth cat, Bagpuss, takes to the stage for the very first time in this magical production featuring your best-loved stories, songs and Havish McTavish! Come with us into Emily’s shop to meet the mice on their mice organ, Gabriel the toad, Madeleine the rag doll and Professor Yaffle! They’re all waiting to meet you in the shop where lost and broken possessions are hoping to be found! The perfect treat for children and nostalgic parents alike!

Using everyday objects found in an attic, four of Rudyard Kipling’s best-beloved stories are discovered and brought to life. Let your little ones snuggle down into our sea of duvets and cuddly animals to find out why the moon pulls the tides (rather than a crab who is taller than the smoke of three volcanoes), and the reason why the elephant’s nose is so long.

Please note - there is a second show on the 25th - 28th at 10:30am. www.sohotheatre.com | www.assemblyfestival.com

It is hard to know who is the most thrilled: the children or the parents  TIME OUT My children were mesmerised GUARDIAN Bagpuss rocks THE INDEPENDENT

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ROALD DAHL’S REVOLTING RHYMES

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www.tuckedin.org.uk | twitter: @tuckedinp facebook: Tucked-In-Productions

Tucked In are blessed with a fresh new vision THE STAGE Intoxicating... I was as bewitched as was my four year old

A truly entertaining way to spend an hour for Roald Dahl fanatics of any age. EDFESTMAG.CO.UK

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Tim and his cat, Light, must journey on a magical train to save the mysterious girl in the red dress. Playful physical storytelling, original folk/electronic music and memorable puppets combine to tell a beautiful story of friendship that will warm the hearts of young and old alike. Go Tim!

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After their hugely successful 2009 and 2010 national tours of The Little Mermaid and Alice in Wonderland, Uncontained Arts return with another exhilarating interpretation of more much-loved children’s stories. All your favourite Grimm characters...Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Tom Thumb, a handful of princesses, a whirlwind of witches and one weally, weally wicked wolf...are all brought to life in this energetic, colourful, laugh-a-minute show, with music, surprises, a touch of magic and lots of fun for all the family!

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BRILLIANT BOOKS FOR KIDS

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It’s story time! A selection of fun quirky picture books that children and their adults will enjoy equally, chosen by Tall Stories co-director Toby Mitchell - and exhaustively tested on his own son. You know when you’re happy reading out a particular picture book for the umpteenth time? That’s the kind of book that features in this simple storytelling show. Are you sitting comfortably...?

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Join Dr Marty Jopson, the One Show’s resident scientist, on an historical tour of explosive and implosive inventions. Sit back and relax as, with the aid of a plethora of peculiar contraptions crafted with his own fair hands, he places himself in great personal danger for your amusement and entertainment. Marvel at the weighty power of the vacuum sphere, cower before lethally expansive steam and quite frankly, hide from the mighty carrot cannon. There will be mess, lots of bangs and, oh yes, there will be explosions. Not recommended for those of a nervous disposition.

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Uncontained Arts

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Tucked In Productions

The Roald Dahl Museum’s delumptious storytellers return for an interactive performance of Roald Dahl’s wildest and most outrageous stories from ‘Revolting Rhymes’ with their own twizzfiggling twist. Come prepared to be dahlighted!

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JOHN HEGLEY FAMILY WORD SHIP

James’s brand new stand up show for children over 6 and their parents. Learn how to make parsnips interesting, how to look a chicken in both eyes at the same time and why owls don’t like Easter. (Contents may vary and the actual show may not involve any of the above).

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www.thejamescampbell.com | imwpuk.com

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| DAILY FESTIVAL GUIDE - MORE REVIEWS THAN ANY OTHER NEWSPAPER

16:00 (17:10)

Children’s

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POTTED POTTER: THE UNAUTHORISED HARRY EXPERIENCE - A PARODY BY DAN AND JEFF Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner directed by Richard Hurst | Festival Highlights

All seven Harry Potter books in seventy minutes! Watch CBBC’s Dan and Jeff take on the ultimate challenge, with the help of endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props, and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. This fantastically funny show features all your favourite characters, a special appearance from a very frightening fire-breathing dragon, and even a game of Quidditch involving the audience! This brilliant show was first seen in 2006, and returns to Edinburgh for a limited run as part of its fifth birthday tour. A must-see for Potter addicts, and a great introduction to the series for anyone who’s ever wondered what all the fuss is about. Dan and Jeff are best known for their TV appearances on CBBC and Blue Peter. They were nominated earlier this year for the prestigious Best Entertainment Olivier Award for their follow-up show Potted Panto. www.PottedPotter.com | FestivalHighlights.com | twitter: @pottedpotter

A fabulously funny parody, with serious Jeff taking the Ernie Wise role and silly Dan as a latterday Eric Morecambe.  DAILY TELEGRAPH Sublimely potty... terrific family entertainment... a winner in every way.  GUARDIAN A hilarious show enjoyable for adults and children alike.  EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS £8 £10 (£9) W

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THE ADVENTURERS CLUB - THE GREAT ARCTIC CAPER Tim FitzHigham and Tiernan Douieb | Pleasance

Adventurers! Think cold snap’s a card game? Think polar bears look cuddly? Giggle at Arctic wind? Then join Tim FitzHigham and Tiernan Douieb in their haphazard journey to the coldest place on Earth! Classic tales of great explorers, jokes, trepidation, and silly hats. www.fitzhigham.com | www.tiernandouieb.co.uk

Tiernan Douieb had delighted giggles running round the room TELEGRAPH REVIEW OF TIERNAN AT COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS

Inspirational TIME OUT (ABOUT TIM FITZHIGHAM) Gut-bustingly funny SCOTSMAN (ABOUT TIM FITZHIGHAM)

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Children’s, FROM 13:30 Musicals & Operas

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GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT | DEBATING HALL

THE PRODIGALS Inspire

Wanted: Audience for job-hunting comedy musical. Responsibilities: Following our hero Joe, hurled by redundancy into the agony of CVs and applications, waiting rooms and interviews, rejections and humiliations, in his quest for his dream job. Or any job. And, maybe. . . true love? Skills: Loud laughter and applause. Bring your CV for extra fun. www.jamesmichalos.com

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PLEASANCE DOME | QUEENDOME By Joe Harmston & Ray Goudie

FRESHER THE MUSICAL

Book by Sally Torode | Music and Lyrics by Mark Aspinall

This new musical is a feast for the senses!

‘Best New Musical 2010’ award winner. A shamelessly truthful musical comedy about university Freshers’ Week. With “outrageous humour” and a “toe-tappingly catchy score” this story of five freshers is a must see for students past, present and future!

With kilts swirling from the stirring regimental scenes and bodies jumping to the latest pulsating UK sounds, The Prodigals offers high-energy choreography, stunning songs and a roller-coaster story of modern life. One son leads a high-risk life of excess and success with his band, while the other seeks security within his fathers Scottish regiment.

www.fresherthemusical.co.uk | www.pauldenproductions.com facebook: fresherthemusical | twitter: @freshermusical

Like any Father, Colonel Luke Gibson must watch his sons make their own choices but when one life goes disastrously wrong what will the consequences be for him, his sons and the regiment?

The audience lapped every second up!  BROADWAYWORLD.COM

www.theprodigalsmusical.com | www.inspiretrust.org.uk | facebook: theprodigals | twitter: @theprodigals

A real Fringe hit!  THE SCOTSMAN Excellent  EDINBURGH GUIDE

Starring Lucie Jones (X Factor, Les Mis)

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| THE FESTIVAL UP CLOSE

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THUNDERING HERD

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FLANDERS AND SWANN

Farleigh School

Jeremy Meadow and Pleasance in association with PBJ Management

Little people playing big people’s music: a massive hit on The Mound last year and championed by Richard Demarco. Don’t miss hearing these highly talented youngsters on their return visit to the Edinburgh Fringe. Playing hits from the Golden Age of Swing by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, alongside more recent standards, these exciting musicians will be sure to have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles.

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ASSEMBLY GEORGE SQUARE | DANS PALEIS Multi-award-winning comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4 ‘Showstopper!’ star Duncan Walsh Atkins are back with a brand new fresh selection of the songs and silliness of Flanders and Swann. It’s 55 years since those great masters first took to stage together - come and celebrate – join the mayhem and mirth - with the classics (Mud Mud Glorious Mud; Gnu; Gasman) and songs previously unheard in Edinburgh before - as the world’s leading exponents of F&S pay tribute to the greatest heroes of musical comedy in history.

THE JIVE ACES “SUNSHINE TOUR” Alex Douglas

The UK’s top Jive & Swing band brings the “Sunshine” to Edinburgh! Songs by Louis Prima, Bobby Darin, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong & Louis Jordan, alongside superb originals and their Youtube hit video, “Bring Me Sunshine”!

www.flandersandswann.info

They’ve performed at countless major events in 30 countries, headlining at The Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury, Montreux Jazz, etc. Recent TV appearances include “Louis Spence’s Showbusiness” and “Come Dine With Me Royal Wedding Special”.

Astute wit, genius...great! GUARDIAN A muddy marvelous evening EVENING STANDARD Such energy and relish INDEPENDENT

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OUT OF THE BLUE Out of the Blue

Samba Sene & Diwan

Exuberant Afrobeat /Mbalax fusion with touches of ska and rock; original songs with impassioned vocals, infectious guitar licks and irresistible dancebeats. World party music with a Senegalese soul. www.myspace.com/sambasene | www.reverbnation.com/sambasene

Grooving… African party central THE HERALD Vibrant rainbow of colourful beats and rhythms… uplifting and life-affirming  EDINBURGHSPOTLIGHT.COM See them live if you can  THE LIST £10 (£8)

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Oxford’s all-male vocal sensation and starts of Britain’s Got Talent return to Edinburgh for their seventh year! Astounding audiences across the globe, an afternoon with Out of the Blue is integral to any Fringe experience. Serving an unbeatable cocktail of hot harmonies and outrageous choreography, prepare to be blown away by their electrifying energy, irrepressible enthusiasm and vibrant vocals. These fifteen sharpsuited undergraduates provide a musical experience like no other - and always leave a lasting impression. Their enjoyment is contagious, their musicality infectious. Hold on to your seats- this is a cappella like you’ve never heard it before! www.ootb.org.uk | facebook: ootboxford | twitter: @ootboxford

The hippest, most foot-tappingly unnerdy thing in the world  EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE

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SOWETO ENTSHA STUNNING VOICES FROM SOUTH AFRICA

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LILI LA SCALA: SONGS TO MAKE YOU SMILE

Indigo Productions

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Management

In these uncertain times, we all need a little something to make us smile. With vintage pin-up looks and the voice of a nightingale, Lili la Scala wants to do just that with joyous songs of yesteryear. www.gagreflex.co.uk | twitter: @lili_la_scala

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The new true sound of Soweto. A true miracle of the township. The Stars of 2011 World Cup Opening Ceremony on tour for the first time out of Africa. Four boys with voices of Gold. A unique style of dynamic vocal performance that blows all other acapella groups out of the water. Great music, inspirational harmonies, fabulous dance from the beating heart of Soweto. A thrilling hour of music and dance expressing the spirit of Africa through the power and majesty of the human voice. Unique.Irresistible. Unmissable.

Richard Shelton in association with Fringe Management

1959. The ‘Mad Men’ era. Against the backdrop of the Kennedy election and Sinatra’s tortured relationship with Ava Gardner, we hear his iconic songs including ‘Fly Me to the Moon,’ All the Way’, and ‘My Funny Valentine.’ Starring Richard Shelton, nominated for Best Actor as Sinatra in ‘Rat Pack Confidential’ in London’s West End.

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A cappella stars The Magnets are a must see act on the British music scene thanks to a series of electrifying festival appearances and starring roles on Comic Relief and the T-Mobile ‘Welcome Home’ advert. Literally a ‘six-man sound machine’ they make incredible music with just their mouths alone, delivered via a multiplicity of musical styles and vocal stunts, cool moves, engaging humour and plenty of audience participation, but absolutely no musical instruments. Highlights of this brand new display of razor-sharp harmony singing and jaw-dropping beatboxing include songs by Sister Sledge, Rihanna and The White Stripes, and another show-stopping mega-medley. The Magnets, simply great music, simply with the mouth. www.themagnets.com | facebook: themagnets | twitter: @themagnets www.assemblyfestival.com | facebook: assemblyfestival | twitter: @assemblyfest

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| DAILY FESTIVAL GUIDE - FOR THE SHOWS YOU SHOULD SEE

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The Show That Reinvents A Cappella! World class singing, groundbreaking sounds, comic talent, extravagant fashion but no instruments. Think champagne shower and a million dollar lottery win. That’s Fork! No more no less… Their blockbusting show Pink Noise by FORK has been playing for sold out houses in Scandinavia and is now taking on the rest of the world. And the world is not enough! When the royally confident, humorous and ironic personalities of Fork enter the stage with their groundbreaking sound and comic talent, they redefine showbiz as we know it. This is a must see show!

One of the world’s finest singer-pianists, Joe is also one sixth of the hit show The Horne Section, which caused a stir at last year’s Festival .This year Joe steps out to make his Edinburgh Fringe debut. Based around the piano, One Hour! is a ridiculously entertaining mix of songs, stories, world record attempts, surprise guests and improvised musicals that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief and realising why one New York critic noted he had “more talent than you can shake a walking stick at”. Sure to be the hottest of hot tickets.

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Andy McKee – an instrumentalist with dazzling technique on the acoustic guitar is an artist on a meteoric rise in the live event performance marketplace. This is his first ever Edinburgh appearance and we’re excited to welcome him to The Edge Festival. www.theedgefestival.com | facebook: The Edge Festival twitter: @theedgefestival

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Ben Howard has supported everyone from Xavier Rudd to Angus and Julia Stone and is currently putting the finishing touches to his debut album. A singer songwriter and surfer from Devon, Ben has been featured in The Guardian’s new band of the day column and promises to enthral his audience. www.theedgefestival.com | facebook: The Edge Festival twitter: @theedgefestival

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Best Coast’s noisy lo-fi sound give a nod to contemporaneous acts like Hot Lava,the Vivian Girls, and Brilliant Colors. Best Coast had become something of a sensation by the time 2009 came to a close; the band enjoyed attention from the media and Make You Mine made its way onto year-end lists. Their profile continued to rise in 2010 with the release of “When I’m with You”.

Big Deal are Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe, an American boy and British girl who bring together electric fuzz and acoustic sheen, ambitious songs riddled with ambivalent lyrics of adult compromise and teen angst, creating a tender, razor sharp noise. This will be an electric live show.

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Exciting new singer, songwriter Brigitte Aphrodite inhabits that ground between singer and comedienne, coming across like a machine that spliced Victoria Wood with Beth Ditto. She has been compared to Kate Nash and is definitely one to watch for 2011.

When Cage The Elephant released their self-titled debut album in 2009, they were heralded as saviours of slacker funk-punk thanks to their hit “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.” The title turned out to be more prescient than they’d bargained for: the band has been battling adversity of many stripes. But the struggles never pushed singer Matt Shultz, guitarist Brad Shultz, bassist Daniel Tichenor, guitarist Lincoln Parish, and drummer Jared Champion off track — they only strengthened the group’s bond.

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The Cave Singers rose like a phonenix of Pretty Girls Make Graves after the band’s disbandment in 2007. On August 18th 2009, The Cave Singers released their second album ‘Welcome Joy’, featuring guest appearances from Amber and Ashley Webber from Lightning Dust. The band released their third LP, No Witch, on February 22, 2011. www.theedgefestival.com | facebook: The Edge Festival twitter: @theedgefestival

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THE EDGE FESTIVAL | SNEAKY PETE’S Elliot Gleave, better known by his stage name Example, is an English singer and rapper signed to Data Records. His name arose due to his initials being e.g. Gleave made his breakthrough in 2010, when he released his second album, Won’t Go Quietly which spawned the singles “Watch the Sun Come Up”, “Won’t Go Quietly”, “Last Ones Standing” and “Kickstarts” - all of which peaked within the top 40 in the UK, the latter peaking at number 3, serving as the rapper’s most successful single to date. He is also known for performing the Nando’s Skank with Ed Sheeran on his tour.

CONQUERING ANIMAL SOUND THE EDGE FESTIVAL

Conquering Animal Sound is a Glasgow-based two piece, who make loops, flowing sounds and abstract electrical noises. Anneke (loops/voices/harp) and James (loops/guitars/beats) met at University, where they bonded over a shared appreciation of Wu Tang Clan, Coco Rosie and Stephan Bodzin.

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| PAGES OF REVIEWS EVERY WEEK OF THE FESTIVAL

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A stylish update on ‘80s synth pop, Filthy Dukes first took shape in 2005 when club promoters Olly Dixon and Tim Lawton started DJing while supporting acts at their London club night. Eventually interests turned to making their own records and the two began releasing remixes, including songs by the Rakes, Bloc Party, and Heloise & the Savoir Faire.

Guillemots are a BRIT Award nominated much respected rock band formed in November 2004 by Fyfe Dangerfield. Their first album, Through the Windowpane, was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize and their second album, Red, reached Number 9 in the UK Albums Chart. The band finished their third record Walk the River released on April 18, 2011.

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2010 was a massive year for actress and singer/songwriter Heather Peace. Placed in the Top 40 of the Independent on Sunday’s annual Pink List, she made the decision to throw on her Gretsch guitar and set out on an acoustic solo tour across the UK. Acoustic taster album “This Is Me” has now sold thousands of copies through Heather’s website.

Scottish songwriter and folk musician Jackie Leven will perform a collection of songs from his varied back catalogue, influenced by his vast life experiences. His material is influenced by nights in bars spent with fisherman and forester friends and an evening with Jackie promises to be a magical affair.

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Joan As Policewoman’s impressive resume includes live performances and studio work with Lou Reed, Sheryl Crow, Elton John and Scissor Sisters, amongst many more. She is a stunning live artist and began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders. Joan has released three albums as a singer songwriter, the 2006 Real Life, the 2008 To Survive and the 2011 The Deep Field.

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James Blake is a British electronic composer from London and is considered a pioneer of the post-dubstep movement. On 6 January 2011, Blake was announced as runner-up in BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll. His self-titled debut album was released in the UK on 7 February 2011 and peaked at Number 9 on the UK album chart.

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Mona are an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The band rose to fame when they appeared as part of the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll; which was revealed on 5 December 2010. They were also crowned with the Brand New for 2011 title at the MTV Awards.

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Luke Haines is an English musician, songwriter and author, who has recorded music under various names and with a mix of bands, including The Auteurs and Black Box Recorder.With 15 studio albums under his belt, Luke has a plethora of material to draw on for his Edge show.

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Welcome the return of singer Skye Edwards to the Morcheeba fold, whose reunion with Paul and Ross Godfrey on the band’s new album Blood Like Lemonade restores the inimitable laidback charm that made them the mainstay of many a chill-out session. www.theedgefestival.com | facebook: The Edge Festival twitter: @theedgefestival

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THE EDGE FESTIVAL | LIQUID ROOM An indie rock band formed in Cincinnati, The National have gone on to become one of the most talked about acts of the last few years and their Edge appearance will be one of the most anticipated gigs of the festival. Latest album ‘High Violet’ hit Number 5 in the UK album chart as well as being certified Gold early after release.

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Newton Faulkner is a double-platinum selling artist. His highly acclaimed first album, ‘Hand Built by Robots’, was released in 2007 and peaked at #1 in the UK charts, as well as reaching two times platinum sales. He will be performing two very intimate club shows this year at The Edge.

The band’s lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger, a baritone. The rest of the band is composed of two pairs of brothers: Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf. Padma Newsome, from sister band Clogs, often contributes strings, keyboards, and other arrangements and instrumental flourishes.

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ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER Oneohtrix Point Never is the recording name of Brooklyn-based experimental musician Daniel Lopatin,whose album Returnal was released by Editions Mego in June 2010. Lopatin’s music is composed and performed primarily on vintage synthesizers, and has been described as “drone or ambient music”, “gentle eddies of sound”and “like a cracked mirror refracting the sounds of the past”.

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Rod Jones is the guitarist and backing vocalist for Scottish indie rockers, Idlewild. Jones is an energetic live performer, and his guitar playing has been described as “gritty yet melodic”. Jones has recorded an album with singer, Inara George, called George is Jones and despite the project currently being on hiatus, four songs can be heard on the duo’s MySpace. www.theedgefestival.com | facebook: The Edge Festival twitter: @theedgefestival

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Sebadoh was the quintessential lo-fi band of the ‘90s. Formed by singer/songwriter Lou Barlow while he was the bassist for Dinosaur Jr., it was a virtual catalog of ‘80s alternative rock and ‘90s indie rock. Upon being kicked out of Dinosaur in 1989, Barlow turned his attention toward Sebadoh, with drummer/songwriter Eric Gaffney. Eventually adding drummer/songwriter Jason Loewenstein, the trio became an indie rock sensation. www.theedgefestival.com | facebook: The Edge Festival twitter: @theedgefestival

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The Japanese trio Shonen Knife have made major fans out of altrock’s elite (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross, among others) and built a solid, worldwide cult following with their Ramones meets The Beatles brand of sticky sweet punk-pop. www.theedgefestival.com | facebook: The Edge Festival twitter: @theedgefestival

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The Twilight Singers are an American rock band. The group was initially formed as a side project of The Afghan Whigs leader Greg Dulli in 1997. After the Whigs disbanded, Dulli used The Twilight Singers as an artistic vehicle, and has released five studio albums backed by international tours. www.theedgefestival.com | facebook: The Edge Festival twitter: @theedgefestival

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Panic! at the Disco are an American rock duo, formed in Las Vegas in 2004. Since its conception, the band’s line-up has included Brendon Urie (lead vocals, guitar, piano), and Spencer Smith (drums). The band has been described by critics as a variety of genres, most commonly pop punk, alternative rock, and baroque pop.

TIM BOOTH

Shortly after graduating from High School, the band recorded and released their debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out which was bolstered by the lead single “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies”. The album was certified double platinum and met with much success. Latest album Vices & Virtues was released on March 22, 2011.

Tim Booth has been involved in the British music industry since the early 80’s gaining recognition as lead singer of the Manchester band James. Throughout their career James have had 17 top thirty singles and sold over 12 million records worldwide. 2011 sees Tim releasing his third solo album, once more working with Lee ‘Muddy’ Baker and KK.

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WIZ KHALIFA + RIZZLE KICKS

Indie rockers The Vaccines formed in London in 2010. The band consists of Justin Young (vocals, who previously worked under the name Jay Jay Pistolet, playing indie folk), Árni Hjörvar (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar, younger brother of Tom from The Horrors) and Pete Robertson (drums).

Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper based in Pennsylvania. He released his debut album,Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His eurodance-influenced single, ”Say Yeah”, received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008.

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The band’s debut album, What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? reached number 4 in the UK album charts upon its release in March this year. Placed third in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll and nominated for an MTV Award, the band have drawn comparisons to The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Ramones. They describe their influences as “’50s rock ‘n’ roll, ‘60s garage and girl groups, ‘70s punk, ‘80s American hardcore, C86 and good pop music”. One to watch!

Khalifa parted with Warner Bros. and released his second album, Deal or No Deal, in November 2009. He signed with Atlantic Records in 2010 and is well-known for his debut single on the label, ”Black and Yellow”, which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. His major label debut album, Rolling Papers, was released on March 29, 2011.

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WILLY MASON

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Performing a special intimate show in Cabaret Voltaire is American singer-songwriter, Willy Mason. Mason’s popularity rose after Sean Foley, associate of musician Conor Oberst, discovered his music on a local Martha’s Vineyard Radio broadcast. Oberst swiftly signed Mason to his record label and the rest, they say, is history. Willy will be playing his first Scottish show in four years. www.theedgefestival.com | facebook: The Edge Festival twitter: @theedgefestival

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ADMIRAL FALLOW

Cast emerged from the Britpop movement of the mid-1990s and signed to Polydor Records. Their debut album All Change became the highest selling album for the label and further commercial success continued with the albums Mother Nature Calls (1997) and Magic Hour (1999)

Admiral Fallow are a stunning group born in 2007 and gathered round the precocious talent of the young foot-stamping, faintly maniacal singer/song-writer Louis Abbott. Citing influences including Tom Waits, Elbow, Low, Midlake, King Creosote, and Springsteen, Admiral Fallow adds clarinet, flute, double bass and four jaw-dropping voices to the usual indie line-up to smash through their joyous, heart-filled, orchestral-tinged and beautifully well crafted songs.

The band reformed in 2010 and All Change has become a multi platinum seller. Noel Gallagher of Oasis has described watching the band live as being like a “religious experience” and they were labelled “The Who of the 90’s”. For a trip down Britpop’s memory lane, catch them live.

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Following a season at Sydney Festival, Orkestra del Sol bring their witty and stylish Top Trumps show to Edinburgh. Bombastic brass and joyous musical arrangements are garnished with tall tales, roguish characters and plenty of anarchic humour. Show times: 8th,15th, 22nd at 19:15. 10th, 17th at 21:00. www.orkestradelsol.co.uk | twitter: @orkestradelsol facebook: Orkestra-del-So

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ASSEMBLY GEORGE SQUARE | BOSCO Jimmy Eat World is an American alternative rock band from Arizona. The band originally formed with a punk rock sound, first releasing a demo tape in 1993, followed by their first EP in 1994, titled One, Two, Three, Four. They have gained a reput