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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008

presents

world theatre in Universal Arts Theatre and Hill Street Theatre www.universal-arts.co.uk


a cultural voyage from Mexico to Britain, Ireland, Spain, France, Poland and Ukraine and to the Far East – Taiwan and South Korea

Tickets From 9 June: 0131 226 0000* / www.edfringe.com From 1 Aug: tickets are also available from the venues by telephone or in person. Both venues are situated in the heart of Edinburgh New Town. Universal Arts Theatre, venue 7, Freemason’s Hall, 96 George Street, EH2 3DH 0131 220 0143* Hill Street Theatre, venue 41, 19 Hill Street EH2 3JP 0131 226 6522* * a telephone booking fee applies


Welcome to Universal Arts’ 2008 international festival programme – our nineteenth consecutive year presenting international productions in Hill Street Theatre – the oldest Festival Fringe venue, and the Universal Arts Theatre – probably the most beautiful venue in Edinburgh. They are just a two minute walk from each other. In the heart of the New Town, away from noisy bier gardens with theatres attached, away from the free-for-all chaos of High Street buskers and desperate stand-ups you can experience a high-class cultural journey across the world. Start your voyage with an introduction to the golden age of Mexican film music before crossing to Europe to sample theatre from Britain, Ireland, Spain, France, Poland and Ukraine and then leap over to the Far East to experience performing arts from Taiwan and South Korea. From serious drama to physical comedy, classical theatre to puppetry for adults, plus dance, musicals, cabaret and music, everyone will find something exciting, innovative and inspirational in our comfortable and friendly venues.

TOMEK BORKOWY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Between shows you can also enjoy relaxing in our venue cafés: Hill Street’s Hell Bar with the renowned barman and Polish Tartar Edward Dargiewicz and his infamous Krwawa Ma´nka (Polish Bloody Mary) and other devilish creations; at the Universal Arts Theatre, you’ll enjoy a wide range of food and drink from Centotre, one of the best Italian restaurants in Scotland. We are proud to work in partnership with governmental and civic agencies from Poland, Spain, Taiwan and Romania to bring you this outstanding international programme. We would like to thank the Polish Cultural Institute and particularly its outgoing director Pawel Potoroczyn, the Comunidad de Madrid, Department of Culture at Bucharest City Council, Kaohsiung Regional Government and Shu-te University and particularly Dr Chia-che Hsieh for their collaboration and recognition of the vital role that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe plays in promoting international culture. Universal Arts is one of only a few Scotland-based international performing arts promoters and festival venue programmers and managers. We are members of the Association of Independent Venue Producers.

Centotre is delighted to be providing a range of our authentic Italian coffees, our delicious home baking, refreshing soft drinks, light wines and Italian beers at the Universal Arts Theatre on George Street. We look forward to seeing you.

LAURA MACKENZIE STUART MANAGING DIRECTOR

If you would like a large type version of this programme please call 0131 478 0195


UNIVERSAL ARTS INFO Universal Arts management team Tomek Borkowy

Artistic Director

Laura Mackenzie Stuart

Managing Director

Chris Lord

Publicity & Press Manager (karpus projects)

Trish McGuinness

Associate Publicity & Press Manager (Podge Publicity)

Jonathan Bonfiglio

Universal Arts Client Liaison Manager

Rose Manley

Universal Arts Theatre Venue Manager

Anthony Newton

Universal Arts Theatre Technical Manager

Martyna Dargiewicz

Hill Street Theatre Venue Manager

Allan Gray

Hill Street Theatre Technical Manager

Anabel Hernandez

General Assistant

Universal Arts Theatre, venue 7, 96 George Street, EH2 3DH 0131 220 0143 Hill Street Theatre, venue 41, 19 Hill Street EH2 3JP 0131 226 6522 Parking There is metered parking on both George Street and Hill Street. Tickets are required 8.30am – 6.30pm Mon to Sat and time is limited to 2 hours. For longer term parking: NCP Car Park on Castle Terrace close to Traverse Theatre. Public Transport Both venues are easily reached by public transport as a large number of buses serve Frederick St, Castle St and Princes St. Journey, day and weekly tickets available. www.lothianbuses.com.

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Beyond Breaking Glass Hazel O’Connor, Ireland

To celebrate the show's 10th anniversary, Hazel and Cormac bring an updated script back to Edinburgh, featuring her classic songs Will You, Eighth Day and D-Days alongside new classics such as Rebecca and Driftwood.

Photo: Tim Jarvis

Even if you've never heard of Hazel O'Connor, the show, the songs, the voice, the melody of Cormac De Barra's intuitive harp will touch your soul. Hazel's humorous and often poignant, autobiographical storytelling will captivate you just as it has done countless theatre audiences worldwide.

‘unique and unforgettable’ The Scotsman ##### ‘5-Star performance’ The Guardian ‘The show was the highlight of The Edinburgh Festival’ The Scotsman Dates

16, 17, 18 Aug

Times

16 – 17 Aug 00:15 (1hr 10mins) 18 Aug 19:30 (1hr 30mins)

Prices

Aug 16 – 17 £15 Aug 18 £17.50 5


FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS – ANTHONY FIELD ASSOCIATES & LONDON ARTISTS

Mexico of my Heart Elena Duran, Mexico An exciting musical production from world-renowned flautist Elena Duran, who was last seen in Edinburgh at the Usher Hall with Stephane Grappelli. Featuring songs of the three iconic tenors Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, and Javier Solis, which Elena introduces and plays alongside clips from the golden age of Mexican cinema. This is the premiere of the English language version of a show, which has had enormous success in Mexico. Elena will be accompanied on piano by Luis Zepeda (until 12 August) and Betty Woo (from 14 August). www.elenaduran.com ‘The pleasures of the performance came courtesy of Duran, whose clear, beautifully controlled tone and rhythmic responsiveness brought plenty of lustre to the proceedings. Enchanting’ San Francisco Chronicle

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Dates

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 Aug)

Times

11:30 (1hr 15mins)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 7, 11 – 12, 14, 18 – 21, 25 £12 (£10) Aug 8 – 10, 15 – 17, 22 – 24 £14 (£12)


Chess Dansmucisians Group, Taiwan Inspired by the heroic third century story The Farewell of Xiang Yu to Yu Ji, Chess is set in the troubled times of the Chin Dynasty. Xiang Yu and Liu Bang are rivals on the battlefield and rivals for the love of Yu Ji. When she chooses Xiang Yu, Liu Bang decides to exact a terrifying revenge. Combining traditional Taiwanese music and dance, this sumptuous, sensual production is given a contemporary twist with a chorus of Yu Ji’s maids who provide an English narration, reflecting on the tactical twists of the battles in love and war. Dates

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 Aug)

Times

13:15 (1hr)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 12, 14 – 25 £10 (£8) 7


Hutsul’s Year Kolomiya Regional Ukrainian Drama Theatre, Ukraine One of the oldest and most renowned theatres in Ukraine, presents a Cinderella-esque fable performed in a magic realist style. An allegory on the futility of wickedness, it tells the story of a widower with a young daughter who gets married again, to a woman who then makes their lives unbearable. This fable comes form the Hutsul ethnic group of the north Carpathian mountains on the borders of Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia. It celebrates the strength of humanity and the wisdom of stories that help people to live in harmony with nature and with God. 8

It is performed with all the colour and energy of Ukrainian and Slavic folkloric traditions and has won awards and delighted audiences internationally.

Dates

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 Aug)

Times

15:00 (1hr 15mins)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 8, 11 – 12, 14 – 15, 18 – 22, 25 £12 (£10) Aug 9 – 10, 16 – 17, 23 – 24 £14 (£12)


THE POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE AND UNIVERSAL ARTS PRESENT

Bite The Dust

Teatr Provisorium i Kompania Teatr, Poland Internationally renowned for their Fringe-First winning Ferdydurke, Poland’s Teatr Provisorium and Kompania Teatr, return with an adaptation of Tadeusz Rozewicz’s gripping WW2 drama about the heroics of Poland’s resistance army. Bite the Dust combines stark naturalism with touching sensitivity to masterfully evoke the horror and dehumanising effects of war. It portrays ordinary people who do not understand the senselessness of their actions. Now, at a time when civil conflicts are reported daily and freedomfighting is often portrayed as terrorism, this new production gives Bite the Dust a universal and contemporary relevance. ‘Thanks to this Lublin company we see Woyzeck resurrected on stage’ Roman Pawlowski, Gazeta Wyborcza Project supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in preparation for the Polish Season in the UK 2009-2010

Dates

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 Aug)

Times

17:00 (1hr 30 mins)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 7, 11 – 12, 14, 18 – 21, 25 £12 (£9) Aug 8 – 10, 15 – 17, 22 – 24 £14 (£11)

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Todos Los Gatos Son Pardos Arrieritos, Spain A striking series of six contemporary flamenco pieces by six choreographers and six dancers fires the imagination with stories of night in the city – a Mediterranean night of heat and smoke, of dreams and deep passions, of loneliness and insinuated bodies, a night where ‘all cats are black’. Since 1996 the company’s combination of flamenco and contemporary movement has made them one of the most respected and loved dance companies in Europe. In 2007 they won two prestigious “Max” awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Olivier Awards) for best choreography and best dance performance of the year. ‘The way they distil with such simplicity both reality and emotional states is extraordinary’ El Mundo

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Dates

1 – 12 Aug

Times

19:15 (1hr)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 8, 11 – 12 £12 (£8) Aug 9 – 10 £14 (£10)


PaGAGnini Yllana, Spain A joyous and often riotous show combining Yllana's famous slapstick humour with Ara Mailikian's virtuoso musicianship, PaGAGnini pokes fun at the quirky world of orchestras. The dictatorial Maestro has to find a way to control a morose cellist, rebellious violinist and the love-sick antics of a hapless newcomer. Turning his back for seconds, the inner rock-star in his charges is raucously unleashed. Yet with lightening speed they demurely revert to rehearsal mode on his return, the Maestro none the wiser. The result is a fast-paced romp through a mixture of the world's best-loved music from classical and country to rock and pop. Wordless, ageless, great fun! ‘A standing ovation at every show!’ Lanetro.com Dates

13 – 25 Aug (not 18 Aug)

Times

19:05 (1hr 10mins)

Prices

Aug 13 – 15, 19 – 22, 25 £12 (£8) Aug 16 – 17, 23 – 24 £14 (£10) 11


Méli Mélo II Chicos Mambo, France The four funny Frenchmen are back by popular demand for an unmissable second round of fun! After its UK debut and overwhelming critical success at last year’s Festival with 4 and 5-Star ratings across the board, Méli-Mélo is heading back to Edinburgh. In a fun hour of entertainment, the Chicos Mambo bring you dance in all its forms. With irony and a touch of irreverence, Méli Mélo (a much used term in French cuisine denoting an assortment of ingredients or dishes) dives into this colourful world – along the way paying homage to Parisian cabaret, a new take on Swan Lake, a tip of the hat to Fred and Ginger and a swish of the sari to Bollywood!

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Dates

1-25 Aug (not 11, 18 Aug)

Times

20:45 (1hr)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 7, 12 – 14, 19 – 21, 25 £12 (£10) Aug 8 –10, 15 – 17, 22 – 24 £13 (£11)


Junk Band Story…Uh?! POP Theatrical Group, Korea A spellbinding comedy band performance, in a very unconventional way. A lack of obvious talent but a love of performing unites our band but when a competition is announced they decide they must enter, talent or not. But with no money and no instruments what are they to do? Junk Band does not give up; instead they find that one man’s rubbish is another’s gold and that they each do have a particular talent that makes their band unique.

Enjoy the Festival and Junk Band’s Fantastic Live music and show! The craziest thing you can do this Fringe, is miss this masterpiece!

Dates

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 Aug)

Times

22:30 (1hr)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 7, 10 – 12, 14, 17 – 21, 24 – 25 £12 (£10) Aug 8 – 9, 15 – 16, 22 – 23 £14 (£11)

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EXHIBITIONS Universal Arts Theatre

Ithaca, Mexico

The Dos Equis Series is an international series of collective exhibitions, which feature emerging and exciting new talent from Mexico’s visual arts scene. The cultural scene in Mexico’s urban spaces – and in Mexico City specifically – is unique, offering an affordable and stirring environment in which contemporary artists can live and work.

LIFESAVER BY MARCELO BALZARETTI

The participating artists are: Armando Miguelez Daniela Edburg Naim Rahal Marcelo Balzaretti Daniel Navarro Israel Mora David Sefami Florencia Guillen Antonio O'Connell

ITACATE BY NAIM RAHAL

CAPTION

curated by Beatriz Canfield series producer: Jon Bonfiglio creative director: Katri Walker www.dosequisseries.com BY HUGH WALKER

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BY HUGH WALKER

Universal Arts Theatre

From Angkor to Angkar, Cambodia Photography by Hugh Walker Angkor is the complex of extraordinary buildings and sites in the centre of Cambodia. It was constructed over hundreds of years. Angkar was the name given by its leader, Pol Pot, to the Khmer Rouge, which devastated the country between 1975 and 1979. With photographic image and text, this exhibition expresses the impact of a journey across these extremes. Hill Street Theatre

Cyanotypes of Flowers Alexander Hamilton www.alexanderhamilton.co.uk For additional information please call: 07800 574 651


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WORLD PREMIERE

Aesop the Storyteller

One day I’ll go to Compostela

Leon Conrad, UK

Marie Celine Lachaud, France

A fellow called Aesop in a big market square Used to spin clever stories right out of thin air … They tell of adventure, of hope and despair, Of talking trees, rabbits, the fox in his lair. They're retold for your pleasure at Hill Street this year ...

What drives a French woman to switch from hiking in the South of France to following an elderly Englishman on a pilgrimage? He is old enough to be her father… but isn't. He says he loves her, which makes her feet hurt. "Foot problems are all in the head" he scoffs. When she learns he was formerly a judge, she has sleepless nights. An amusing tale, full of unexpected and touching revelations.

Leon Conrad combines storytelling with performance poetry to tell Aesop's life story alongside some of his best-known fables. Stories of slavery and freedom; of the triumph of wrong against right and right against wrong. Suitable for age 6+ www.myspace.com/leonthepoet Dates Times Prices

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1 – 24 Aug (not 6, 13, 20 Aug) 12.25 (1hr 5mins) Previews Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 5, 7 – 8, 11 – 12, 14 – 15, 18 – 19, 21 – 22 £8.50 (£8) (£27.50 F*) Aug 9 – 10,16 – 17, 23 – 24 £9 (£8.50) (£30 F*) *F: family ticket – 4 people (min 2 children)

www.mariecelinelachaud.fr ‘A biting, ironic narration, a poetic and funny character’ Charlie-Hebdo Dates

1 – 25 Aug

Times

14:00 (1hr 10mins)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3, 9 – 10, 16 – 17, 23 – 24 £10 (£8) (£7 U*) Aug 4 – 8, 11 – 15, 18 – 22, 25 £9 (£7) (£6 U*) *extra £1 discount for unemployed


JURY'S SPECIAL AWARD FOR ORIGINALITY AND CREATIVITY MEUNARODNI FESTIVAL POZORIŠTA ZA DECU, SUBOTICA, SERBIA 2007

THE POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE AND UNIVERSAL ARTS PRESENT

...etcetera... Teatr K3, Poland An emotional and vivid story-without-words about the frailty of life, loneliness and unfulfilled dreams. Using superb puppet animation techniques, three actresses – like the mythological Fates – weave the threads of human existence: they give life, and they twist it; they graciously hand out awards, just to take them away. The show portrays the fate of man using hauntingly simple images and captivating, dynamic music.

Noel Coward’s Red Peppers Be-Jou Productions, UK From his popular Tonight at 8.30 series of plays, this is Noel Coward's homage to British variety and music hall. Mr and Mrs Pepper are a corny, comic song and dance act, struggling to keep their dignity and reputation whilst touring down-at-heel British provincial theatres before the war. Coward's hilarious vignette reveals life in front of and behind the curtain is no bed of roses. Backstage in-fighting and feuding threatens their all-to-important standing on the bill!

‘Sophisticated Polish puppet theatre at its best from a third generation puppet virtuoso’ Rzeczpospolita

Dates

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 Aug)

Project supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in preparation for the Polish Season in the UK 2009-2010

Times

14:40 (50mins)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 8, 11 – 12, 14 – 15, 18, 22, 25 £10 (£8) Aug 9 – 10, 16 – 17, 23 – 24 £11 (£9)

Dates

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 Aug)

Times

13:10 (50mins)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 8, 11 – 12, 14 – 15, 18 – 22, 25 £10 (£8) Aug 9 – 10, 16 – 17, 23 – 24 £12 (£10)

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photo: S. Brancastle

Another Kind Of Silence FullCircle Productions, UK A story of love, the ocean, politics and birdsong. Liz Rothschild plays Rachel Carson, writer and ecologist, who came into sharp conflict with vested commercial and government interests in 1960’s America. A new play about a public and private passion for life. Shocking, beautiful, resonant. ‘Well written, sharply intelligent, topical, tight and engrossing throughout’ Matt Holland, Director, Swindon Literature Festival

photo courtesy of Stanley Freeman Jr, design by Andy Spiller

Directed by Sue Mayo, original soundscape by Joseph Young.

Tirso Theatre Company & Footprint Project in association with Jon Bonfiglio, Mexico Art, Passion, Obsession: an explosive portrait of the woman who gave birth to herself, an intimate journey in the life of Latin America’s greatest female painter. Sharp, witty and bursting with colour, this multi award-winning play brings powerful theatre in its UK premiere. www.footprintproject.org A play by Humberto Robles, performed by Gael Le Cornec, directed by Luis Benkard, produced by Jon Bonfiglio

Dates

1 – 24 Aug (not 11, 18 Aug)

Times

15:40 (1hr 15mins)

Dates

1 – 25 August (not 6, 13, 20 Aug)

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3, 9 – 10, 16 – 17, 23 – 24 £10 (£8) Aug 4 – 8, 12 – 15, 19 – 22 £9 (£7)

Times

18.55 (55mins)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3, 8 – 10, 15 – 17, 22 – 24 £10 (£8) Aug 4 – 5, 7, 11 – 12, 14, 18 – 19, 21, 25 £9 (£7)

Prices

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Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida


Now Is The Hour Crossroads Theatre, UK Now Is The Hour is an epic true story. In September 1942, the troopship Laconia was struck by a German torpedo in mid-Atlantic. For the dwindling band of survivors, twenty-eight excruciating days marooned in a lifeboat would take their toll – their lives poised between the bitter elements and the persistence of hope. New work, written by 5-Star Edinburgh author David Walter Hall, directed by Tom Cornford, “seething with fresh ideas, talent and interpretative brilliance", Time Out on The Faerie Queen, 2007) and featuring Catherine Cusack.

Chekhov’s Clown GIAT Company Bucharest, Romania Adapted from Chekhov’s Swan Song. The show has ended, the audience gone. The theatre prompter finds an old actor who got drunk and fell asleep. Their encounter leads to late-night philosophising. Swinging between comedy and tragedy and deftly turning from parody to caricature, Horatiu Malaele (Government Inspector / 2007 Fringe) delivers a brilliant performance. His character gives an illustrated history on the Art of Acting, re-living the roles that made him famous. In the end, however, is he a great actor or a sad clown?

Dates

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 and 20 Aug)

Dates

Times

16:05 (1hr 10mins)

Times

17:50 (1hr 10mins)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 12, 14 – 19, 21 – 25 £11 (£9)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 7, 11 – 12, 14, 18 – 21, 25 £10 (£8) Aug 8 – 10, 15 – 17, 22 – 24 £12 (£10)

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 Aug)

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One of Poland’s most innovative theatre companies presents two shows from its internationally acclaimed, award-winning repertoire. Their work combines pared down texts with strong physicality and an expressive visual style.

Broken Nails Wiczy Theatre, Poland In this mesmerising study of femininity and the power of stardom, Marlene Dietrich is played by a puppet operated by her fictional young girl servant apprentice, carer and lover. In her heyday, Dietrich had been a symbol of the ideal woman and an object of desire; now she is older and disillusioned about physical beauty.

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Dates

1 – 24 Aug (not 10 Aug)

Times

17:35 (50mins)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 7, 11 – 14, 17 – 21, 24 £10 (£8) Aug 8 – 9, 15 – 16, 22 – 23 £12 (£10)

€migrants Re-located from the stage to a camper-van, just 11 spectators at a time can experience the cramped and tense life of Polish €uro émigrés; their hopes, dreams and desires mixed with their struggles, their greed and vodka. Rocket @ Demarco Roxy Art House (venue 115) 2 Roxburgh Place Dates: 11 – 17 Aug Times: 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 19.00 Tickets: 0871 750 0077 www.rocketvenues.com


THE POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE AND UNIVERSAL ARTS PRESENT

Baldanders Kompania Doomsday, Poland Performed in English by man and a puppet, Baldanders is inspired by the fantastical worlds of Luis Borges, Edgar Alan Poe, and Topor. It portrays the relationship between the master of a freakshow and his caged victim. They are surrounded by a hollow world in which people are trapped in self-delusion, attracted by flashy rubbish and instant gratification. It’s a world that prevents the completion of anything meaningful. Baldanders is a thoroughly original reflection on our own existence and the eternal question of life and identity. Project supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in preparation for the Polish Season in the UK 2009-2010

Dates

3 – 25 Aug (not 6, 13, 20 Aug)

Times

19:50 (50mins)

Prices

Aug 3 – 4 £5 Aug 5, 7, 10 – 12, 14, 17 – 19, 21, 24 – 25 £10 (£8) Aug 8 – 9, 15 – 16, 22 – 23 £11 (£9)

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A Real Humane Person Who Cares And All That Rested Theatre Company, UK in association with BW Interiors Three British writers visit Central Asia in search of some local colour, local food and local customs. Instead of attending a stuffy party at the British embassy, they attend an execution. The next morning the consular canapés sit uneaten whilst three hung-over civil servants deal with the onset of a crisis – three missing British citizens. JMK award-winner Jamie Harper directs Adam Brace’s uncompromising and hilarious play about savagery and how we need it. www.restedtheatre.com Over 14s only Dates Times

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Prices

Up The Republic! Contrarian Theatrical Productions, UK A farce by Max McGuinness about fireworks, fascism and leather pants. Georges Duclos is the corrupt communist mayor of a blighted Parisian suburb, who talks in rhyming couplets and sparks mayhem when he bans an Islamic fashion show. While bonking the police chief and Nicolas Sarkozy, his fascist ex-wife plots her political ascent. 'Cleverly catches the jittery context and atmosphere that encircle the City of Light and challenge the Enlightenment itself.' Christopher Hitchens Dates

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 Aug)

Times

21:30 (1hr)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3, 8 – 10, 15 – 17, 22 – 24 £11 (£9) Aug 4 – 7, 11 – 12, 14, 18 – 21, 25 £10 (£8)

1-25 Aug (not 13 Aug) 20:15 (50mins) Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 7, 10 – 12, 14, 17 – 21, 24 – 25 £9 (£7) Aug 8 – 9, 15 – 16, 22 – 23 £10 (£8)


photo: Gijs Haak

Mime For Laughs!

Fool Koller

Mono-Mime Comedy Theatre, Poland Mime artist Ireneusz Krosny is renowned for distinctive, high calibre ‘comedy without words’; he has made audiences laugh till they cry across the world. He portrays the absurd in everyday situations in a universal ‘language’ that everybody can understand. Mime for Laughs features a host of human characters but he may also become a fly, a dog or a rooster. From his very first gesture, Krosny’s superb precision and unbelievable facial contortions bring his comic personae to life with a power akin to the funniest cartoon character. www.krosny.eu ‘Fresh, funny and irresistible’ The Chicago Reader giving Krosny ‘The Critic's Choice Award’ Dates

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 Aug)

Times

21:20 (1hr)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 8, 11 – 12, 14 – 15, 18 – 21, 25 £9 (£7) Aug 9 – 10, 16 – 17, 23 – 24 £11 (£9)

Eric Koller, Netherlands Fool Koller offers a hilariously cartoonesque take on comedy by one of the quirkiest comedians in the universe. Eric Koller's celebrated rubber body contortionist antics and dry sense of humour guarantee a vigorous show full of dazzling visual jokes and physical tricks that need no words. Koller has won many awards in his native Holland with this witty and dynamic performance that is reminiscent of the Umbilical Brothers. Fool Koller is a great laugh and the must see comedy of the moment Don't miss it! www.erickoller.nl Dates

1 – 25 Aug (not 13 Aug)

Times

22:45 (1hr)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 7, 11 – 12, 14, 18 – 21, 25 £9 (£7) Aug 8 – 10, 15 – 17, 22 – 24 £10 (£8)

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Striking Gold El Dorado Cabaret, UK/USA Sophisticated late-night entertainment with the delightful Morgan Carberry, who sings cabaret classics – from California to Broadway to the golden decadence of 1930’s Europe. With songs from Garland, Sinatra, Piaf, Dietrich, and more, Striking Gold brings a dash of glamour to the late-night festival scene, offering audiences a unique and classy way to round off their festival day. A star in the making, singer and instrumentalist Morgan Carberry returns to the Fringe for the first time since 2005, when she made quite an impact: ‘Carberry gives a finely observed character performance’ ThreeWeeks ‘Carberry stands out, as knowing just how far to go over the top’ Edinburgh Guide sponsored by

1 – 25 (not 5, 12, 19 Aug)

Times

23:15 (1hr)

Prices

Aug 1 – 2 £5 Aug 3 – 4, 6 – 7, 10 – 11, 13 – 14, 17 – 18, 20 – 21, 24 – 25 £9 (£7) Aug 8 – 9, 15 – 16, 22 – 23 £10 (£8)

Nicola Bald Photography

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From 1 August tickets are also available directly from the venues: Hill Street Theatre: 0131 226 6522* Universal Arts Theatre: 0131 220 0143*

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Our staff are willing to help patrons with mobility difficulties. If you have particular requirements and would like to arrange assistance in advance, please call Universal Arts Theatre: 0131 220 0143 or Hill Street Theatre: 0131 226 6522 or our admin office: 0131 478 0195.

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Hill Street Theatre, venue 41, 19 Hill Street EH2 3JP Hill Street is parallel to George Street, and is an extension of Thistle Street, located in the block between Frederick Street and Castle Street. Both venues are ideally placed between the International Book Festival and the Assembly Rooms.

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Where we are: Universal Arts Theatre, venue 7, Freemason’s Hall, 96 George Street, EH2 3DH George Street is the summit of the New Town and Universal Arts Theatre is located in the block between Frederick Street and Castle Street.

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Booking Info

From 9 June: 0131 226 0000* / www.edfringe.com

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SHOW TITLE

COMPANY

STARTS

ENDS

DATES

NO PERF

Universal Arts Theatre Mexico of My Heart Chess Hutsul’s Year Bite The Dust Todos Los Gatos PaGAGnini Meli Melo II Beyond Breaking Glass

Elena Duran Dansmusicians Group Kolomiya Theatre Teatr Provisorium I Kompania Teatr Arrieritos Yllana Chicos Mambo Hazel O’Connor Pop Theatrical Group

12.45 14.15 16.15 18.30 20.15 20.15 21.45 01.25 21.00 23.30

1-25 Aug 1-25 Aug 1-25 Aug 1-25 Aug 1-12 Aug 13-25 Aug 1-25 Aug 16 & 17 Aug 18 Aug 1-25 Aug

13 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug

Junk Band Story…Uh?

11.30 13.15 15.00 17.00 19.15 19.05 20.45 00.15 19.30 22.30

13 Aug

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Hill Street Theatre …etcetera… Noel Coward’s Red Peppers Now is the Hour Chekhov’s Clown Baldanders Mime for Laughs! Fool Koller

Teatr K3 Be-Jou Productions Crossroads Theatre GIAT Company Bucharest Kompania Doomsday Mono-mime Comedy Theatre Eric Koller

13.10 14.40 16.05 17.50 19.50 21.20 22.45

14.00 15.30 17.15 19.00 20.40 22.20 23.45

1-25 Aug 1-25 Aug 1-25 Aug 1-25 Aug 3-25 Aug 1-25 Aug 1-25 Aug

13 Aug 13 Aug 13 & 20 Aug 13 Aug 6, 13 & 20 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug

17 17 19 19 21 23 23

Hill Street Studio Aesop the Storyteller One Day I’ll go to Compostela Another Kind of Silence Broken Nails Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida A Real Humane Person Who Cares & All That Up The Republic! Striking Gold

Leon Conrad Marie-Celine Lachaud Full Circle Productions Wiczy Theatre Tirso Theatre Company & Footprint Project Rested Theatre Company Contrarian Theatrical Productions El Dorado Cabaret

12.25 14.00 15.40 17.35 18.55 20.15 21.30 23.15

13.30 15.10 16.55 18.25 19.50 21.05 22.30 00.15

1-24 Aug 1-25 Aug 1-24 Aug 1-24 Aug 1-25 Aug 1-25 Aug 1-25 Aug 1-25 Aug

6, 13,& 20 Aug

16 16 18 20 18 22 22 24

18 Aug 11 & 18 Aug

11 & 18 Aug 10 Aug 6, 13 & 20 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 5, 12 & 19 Aug

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