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I Heart Peterborough PLEASANCE COURTYARD 5:35PM – 6:45PM, 1–27 AUG, NOT 7, 14, 21, £5 – £11
After his musical Mikey the Pikey and Fringe First-winning play Food, Edinburgh favourite Joel Horwood is back with this tale of a father and son performing a cabaret version of their rather desperate life story.
THE PEOPLE’S POLITICIAN
I, Tommy GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT, 3:15PM – 4:45PM, 3–27 AUG, NOT 13, £10 – £16
DON’T MISS IT
Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan’s jailing for perjury was a meaty enough story for Rab C Nesbitt creator Ian Pattison. Andy Coulson’s subsequent arrest over his evidence at Sheridan’s trial sparked some tweaking to bring this play bang up to date.
TRAVERSE THEATRE, TIMES VARY, 2–26 AUG, NOT 6, 13, 20, £12 – £19
This dysfunctional love story is the latest from new writing company nabokov, whose show Bunny won a Fringe First in 2010. A bright young cast, including Bunny’s Rosie Wyatt, and the backing of London’s Soho theatre make this a bankable ticket.
I PREDICT A RIOT
The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
Shopping Centre GILDED BALLOON AT THIRD DOOR 4:30PM – 5:30PM, 1–26 AUG, NOT 13, 20, £5 – £10
A man finds solace in a shopping centre – until a riot begins. Comic-turned-playwright Matthew Osborn follows up last year’s hit Cul-de-Sac with his second play, produced by the Comedians Theatre Company.
RAZE THE ROOF
Razing Eddie UNDERBELLY, COWGATE, 12:00PM – 1:10PM, 2–26 AUG, NOT 14, £6 – £10
Returning to Edinburgh, on the back of successive successful Fringe runs, Horizon Arts’ Razing Eddie is their latest explosive production. Eddie is a young tearaway who wants to turn his life around. Expect heart-break, violence and black humour in equal measure.
GILDED BALLOON TEVIOT, 2:15PM – 3:15PM, 1–27 AUG, NOT 14, £5 – £11
Mike Daisey has made more than a few waves in the US with this monologue about Apple’s methods of mass production. He’s handed the floor—and the controversy—to Grant O’Rourke for the show’s Edinburgh debut.
Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions NORTHERN STAGE AT ST STEPHEN’S 6:40PM – 8:00PM, 9–25 AUG, NOT 13, 21, £10 – £14
New York playwright Will Eno aims to get under your skin with this collection of five short plays delving into our innermost thoughts. The production comes to the Fringe following success in Newcastle last year.
The Letter of Last Resort & Good With People TRAVERSE THEATRE TIMES VARY, 4–26 AUG, NOT 6, 13, 20, £13 – £20
Two of Scotland’s premier playwrights, David Greig and David Harrower, muse on personal and political fallout in this quality double bill. Blythe Duff and Belinda Lang bring a touch of class to the cast.
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