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Assembly Universal Arts, 96 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DH. Licensed pre-show bar and evening champagne bar in Mysterious Box office opens 2 August 2007. Advance bookings 0131 623 3030

Continuing 18 years of presenting award-winning UK and international theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Universal Arts are joining forces with Assembly for the first time this year. The building has two theatres; Majestic — an impressive 360 seater; and Mysterious — a more intimate 200 seater. From roll-your-sleeves-up children’s shows to serious drama to let-your-hairdown sophisticated night-time cabaret, this wonderful venue on George Street brings a new level of quality to the discerning Fringe goer. Quintessentially New Town.

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THE JOURNEY OF JEANNIE DEANS

Guy Masterson — Theatre Tours International in association with Pip Utton Theatre Company (UK)

Rowan Tree Theatre Company 300 years since the Act of Union between England and Scotland, this powerful new play by Judy Steel, adapted from Walter Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian, has remarkable contemporary resonance. Political and private issues collide dramatically in post-Union Edinburgh; as the city erupts into riots, can Jeannie save her sister from execution?

The Führer’s bunker, Berlin 1945, the air is thick with betrayal as Hitler awaits its inevitable collapse... He justifies his leadership to us, his loyal disciples — which has taken the world to the brink of catastrophe. We’re in the presence of an utterly compelling idealist being helplessly drawn in to his warped logic... Pip Utton delivers an acute anatomy of fascism; its ideological justifications, its poisoned utopias... This is live theatre at its best; powerful, challenging, divisive, illustrative, educational. Utterly provocative and totally necessary. A stunning lesson from history. ‘Terrifying, searing, transfixing.’ ★★★★★ The Scotsman ‘An extremely clever warning. Truly powerful theatre.’ ★★★★★ The Herald

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RICHARD BUCKET OVERFLOWS: AN AUDIENCE WITH CLIVE SWIFT

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James Copp in association with Indigo Entertainments Having finally escaped from Hyacinth, now is your chance to meet the actor behind Keeping Up Appearance’s long-suffering Richard Bucket. With a career lasting 60 years and ranging from the RSC to Dr. Who, Clive Swift is one of our best-loved actors. Expect bucketfuls of stories and humour — oh, and he sings!

In Gogol’s classic comedy, a penniless visitor to a small Russian town is mistaken by the Mayor and civic dignitaries as the government inspector from St Petersburg. This award-winning production from The Comedy Theatre of Bucharest features the famous Romanian comic actor George Mihaita as the Mayor and the rockstar Stefan Banica as Hlestakov, the traveler who raises free-loading to the level of a fine art. This production has played to full houses since it opened but reaches the international public for the first time in Edinburgh. Every age has its own best version of The Government Inspector. This one is ours. English subtitles. ‘Provoking.’ Theatre Today ‘Intelligent and entertaining theatre.’ ★★★★★ The Financial Paper ‘A brilliant black comedy.’ ★★★★★ Time Out Bucharest

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CONFLICT ZONE Conflict Zone Theatre

As an elderly lady Marlene Dietrich spends time with a young psychoanalyst reminiscing about episodes from her life. Famous as a celluloid femme-fatale on both sides of the Atlantic she also had deeply held private views on wartime politics, the interpretation of patriotism and the so-called ‘freedom’ of Hollywood. This musical drama is loosely based on her biography The Alphabet Of My Life and digs deep into her thoughts on her sensational image, sex and politics.

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Conflict Zone is a unique multi-cultural theatre group including director Michael Ronen, playwrights Joshua Sobal and Jetta Xharra and artistic mentor Kathryn Hunter, all of whom come from countries that are experiencing political or social unrest. Together with a cast of actors in exile, they will present stories from the world’s conflict zones which shed light on life in Britain, refugee experience and the rise of extremism. ‘A moral drama that pricks the ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST conscience and stirs the soul.’ The Telegraph P

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Home Truths A funny and touching journey of the life of Britain’s best loved broadcaster John Peel as he transforms from a well-spoken idealistic hippy into a down-toearth DJ — an ordinary bloke with an extraordinary love for music.

A rare chance to see Alan Bennett’s legendary 80s monologues. Conjure up five unforgettable characters, trapped behind a net curtained world, they combine bleak, wry comedy and outright tragedy. Talking Heads provides a rare and compassionate insight. ‘Impeccable... outstanding, savagely witty and poignant.’ ★★★★ The Scotsman ‘Sad little tales with slow-burning semantic arsenic... simple, but spellbinding.’ The Herald Featuring delusional actress Lesley in Her Big Chance, feisty old Doris in A Cream Cracker Under the Settee; disillusioned vicar’s wife Susan in A Bed Among the Lentils; devoted son Graham in A Chip in the Sugar and curtain twitching Irene in A Lady of Letters. See two monologues per day.

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SPECIAL Fecund Theatre True love, consenting adults, violent sex. An explosive and challenging love story exploring S&M sex. Adults Only. Fecund are back!

The play is based on the memoirs of the world’s greatest dancer, written only months before his total psychological deterioration. This lavish production by Poland’s leading repertory theatre exposes the complexity of the great artist’s professional and emotional world. The story reveals Nijinsky’s artistic passion, which helped him break the rules of classical dance and fight with the psychosis that affected more than half his life. Mental destruction prematurely ended a fantastic career at the peak of its brilliance, recognition and fame.

‘Fecund Theatre must be seen.’ The Guardian

Stunning, passionate and touching performance in English by Poland’s top young ´ actor, Kamil Mackowiak, who is also a trained professional dancer.

‘A theatrical head-butt.’ The Independent

Winner of the First Prize at the 2007 St. Petersburg International Festival. Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in association with Universal Arts. ‘Superhuman effort equal to Nijinsky’s genius and madness.’ Kaleidoscope

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Chicos Mambo The return of the most sensational cabaret show of the Festival. An exotic mèlange of music hall, burlesque, chanson, drag and jazz. ‘Unlike any other night in Edinburgh... Prepare to be stunned.’ The Scotsman

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In the great tradition of transformation cabaret, the Chicos Mambo examine in fine detail the human traits and failings of that shown on stage. Sketched with biting affection, dance remains the star: with a novel take on Swan Lake, contemporary ‘tics’ get eaten away at and both Ballroom and Ice Dance are parodied in a jubilatory manner. Some pumped up gymnasts, a frenzied Esther Williams, and even the Little Mermaid are held up for closer inspection. So there you have it, a deliciously good natured show aimed at all those fed up with the over-intellectualisation of dance and its inherent disputes. ‘Chicos Mambo are to music-hall follies what Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is to theatre, a comical illusion.’ Figaroscope ‘Dancing geniuses, irreverent performers and the master of all styles.’ Danser ‘The show drags us into priceless fun... go discover them!’ Pariscope fringe for a

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AUSTRALIA The Hayley Clare Quintet presented by Assembly and Marshall Cordell

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Seamlessly weaving through jazz, folk, gospel and soul, Hayley Clare’s criticallyacclaimed tribute takes you on an intimate journey through the life and music of the late Eva Cassidy. ‘Songbird’ presents a unique opportunity to enjoy the music of an extraordinary artist who sold over 8 million albums, and continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

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Award-winning puppet and animation company, Indefinite Articles, invite you to a world of fabulous forms, amazing animals and morphing monsters — a play for the senses where the audience invent the story and experience the clay. Made with and for 3-6 year olds. ‘An out-of-the-ordinary theatrical experience.’ The Guardian

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CRAIG HILL — MAKIN’ A BIG SONG & DANCE!

Good Sense of Humour

CHiLL PRODUCTIONS & MZA in association with ASSEMBLY A brand new show where the weirdest books in the world battle it out. Now contains tap dancing.

Craig’s brand new show about his love affair with music. Sold out 2004/2005/2006! ‘Irresistible campery... He has the rare ability to make any audience feel like part of an intimate gathering... Magical.’ The List

British Comedy Award nominee 2006

‘Funny, charming and charismatic.’ Metro

Observer Award-Winner for Innovation

‘He’s a warm and wonderful traditional showbiz star and a master of audience interaction. He blew the roof off the full theatre... Wonderfully smooth improvisation interspersed with fast gags.’ Chortle.co.uk

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‘An enormous talent’ The Times ‘Riotously funny… He is that rare thing, a naturally funny comedian.’ The Independent ‘Craig Hill live is a revelation... The patron saint of camp comedy’ The Scotsman

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Old College Quad, venue 192 Box-offices 0131 662 8740 On-line www.assemblyfestival.com / www.edfringe.com PRESENTS BIURO PODROZY’S

Macbeth:

Who is that Binari the spirit of the beat Bloodied Man? DULSORI PRESENTS

Dulsori's passionate, colourful and interactive performance showcases the exceptional heritage and spirited origins of traditional Korean culture. “It’s a gripping performance of delicious percussion, crashing drums and rabble rousing vocals” Guardian. Join Dulsori for interactive workshops in percussion, song and dance. All equipment provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Aug 11,18-19, 25-26 14:00 (1hr) £7.00(£5.00) Preview Aug 3, 4 19:00 (1hr 10mins) £5.00 Aug 5-27 19:00 (1hr 10mins) £11.00(£8.00) European premiere

Known world-wide for their stunning Carmen Funebre, Fringe First winners Biuro Podrozy return with a visually captivating interpretation of Macbeth. Using their trade-mark stilts, fire and music this production is a powerhouse of energy and menace. Aug 5-27 (not 16, 17) 22:00 (1hr 15mins) £11.00(£8.00)

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Tomek Borkowy Laura Mackenzie Stuart Allan Gray Martyna Dargiewicz

‘A venue dedicated to quality’ Daily Telegraph ‘A cut above average’ The Scotsman Since 1990 when Tomek Borkowy first programmed and managed Hill Street Theatre, the venue has gained a well-earned reputation for excellence in UK and international drama. Magically created from an historic Masonic Lodge in the heart of Georgian Edinburgh, Hill Street joins forces with Assembly for the first time.

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DYLAN THOMAS: RETURN JOURNEY — BOB KINGDOM

THE TRUMAN CAPOTE TALK SHOW

Original direction by Anthony Hopkins Richard Jordan Productions Ltd

Written and performed by Bob Kingdom Richard Jordan Productions Ltd The original and Fringe-First Award-Winning Production Back at the Festival for One Last Time! Bob Kingdom returns to Edinburgh with his criticallyacclaimed portrayal as the brilliant, adorable, wicked, and infamous writer of In Cold Blood and Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

The electrifying presence of Thomas on his last great lecture tour, enroute to the White Horse Tavern, brought magically to life in this critically acclaimed production with Bob Kingdom’s spellbinding performance and Anthony Hopkins’ original direction. ‘A thrilling lyrical journey.’ The Guardian

“Terrific script, tight, funny and poignant” The Guardian

Exploring what happens when a couple’s love, bound by commitment and loyalty, turns unrequited. By juxtaposing the habitual life of the external body with the soul’s constant struggle to preserve its counterpart, the true cruelty and savageness of love is exposed. fringe for a

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BLOOD CONFESSION

SWEET UFO

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Invisible Theatre and Paul Lucas Productions Susan Claassen stars as Hollywood’s most legendary and Oscar-winning costume designer in a tale of humour, ambition and glamour. A behind-thescenes feast of delectable movie lore and sinfully delicious stories.

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In a deserted police station, a secret emerges from the past. In this no-holds-barred Hitchcockian thriller, a routine inquiry turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Harrowing and controversial. Written by Nick Awde. Directed by Jon Bonfiglio.

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SUPER PATRIOTS AND MORONS PREGNANT WITH EMOTION

Icarus Theatre Collective

At the comedy’s opening we find a mild-mannered, scatty scholar teaching his bright-eyed bonne-élève student 1+1=2. When the innocent pupil begins to displease the tutor, the pedagogue turns on her, becoming a bullying tyrant, a ferocious animal bent on her destruction. Written by Eugène Ionesco, translated by Donald Watson. fringe for a

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Played in rep these two plays portray aspects of contemporary political life in Zimbabwe.

Super Patriots and Morons: Political satire banned in Zimbabwe for hitting too close to the bone, but successfully re-surfacing overseas much to the chagrin of the government. Pregnant with Emotion: An emotional story of a woman pregnant for 13 months whose baby refuses to be born until the country’s socio-political-economic problems are solved. fringe for a

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CA$H IN CHRIST

POTATO — A SHOW THAT WILL SAVE THE WORLD

Penny Dreadful in association with Scamp Theatre

Wisepart, Jews & Communists

Potato Theatre

A gothic tale inspired by the life of 18th century celebrity Mary Robinson, high-flying courtesan and acclaimed poet, shunned by respectable society. It’s League of Gentlemen does Liaisons Dangereuses — ripped corsets, surreal gothic characters, saucy song and dance numbers.

By Van Badham and Jonny Berliner. Bob and Fanny Comfort sing the fun into fundamentalism in this satirical celebration of Britain’s new megachurch televangelists. Remember: PRAISE PAYS! ‘The most incendiary politics on the Fringe.’ Independent ‘So much bite it needs a muzzle.’ Time Out

‘It works a treat!’ The Times

Fringe First-winning company

not suitable for children

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A cheeky, comic cabaret of the bizarre and surreal: Hitler does the housework, Al-Qaeda launch their 2007 publicity campaign, and the Queen discovers fresh marital problems... A storming European tour behind them, this eccentric troupe FOR of eight nationalities now disembark in Edinburgh for sixty minutes of ELIGIBLE THE SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST fast and furious mayhem! I

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COMEDY

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JIMMY TINGLE FOR PRESIDENT

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Comedian and 60 Minutes commentator Jimmy Tingle takes on the status quo of American politics with fresh, irreverent and insightful wit as he tosses his hat into the democratic frenzy of the 2008 American Presidential campaign.

Three clowns attempt to fulfill the wish of a sick little girl to see snow for the first time. Problem is, they haven’t seen snow either! What can they do? Using fun, bubbles, magic and audience participation, they unlock the secret of how to make snow.

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13.40 (14.40)

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