Edinburgh Fringe Round-Up – More Shows Go On Sale

New Edinburgh Fringe Venue Announced with Shows From Daniel Sloss, Henning Wehn, Craig Hill & More

Ttickets for a further 114 Fringe shows will be available to book at edfringe.com from midday.

Tickets for more than 340 registered shows have now been launched, with more to come.

A representative selection of newly announced shows are listed below. For the full programme so far and further ticket information, visit edfringe.com.

 

Comedy

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There’s ‘chaos guaranteed’ from Fringe stalwart Jason Byrne, as tickets for performances at Edinburgh Corn Exchange and MultiStory go on sale.

Also at MultiStory, catch the much-loved Fred MacAulay and Friends, as well as the inaugural Fringe show from Glasgow-based writer, director and actor Paul Black. More MultiStory details here.

The Corn Exchange, meanwhile, is also home to Henning Wehn (pictured), Craig Hill, Mark Nelson and Daniel Sloss. More Corn Exchange details here.

NewsRevue is back at Pleasance Courtyard, ready to take on the awful reality of current events with its usual brand of irreverent and outrageous satire, while Could it be Magic is at Pleasance at EICC. In this, Paul Aitchison, best known as part of sketch act Mixed Doubles, returns with his unique blend of character comedy and mind-melting magic for 12 nights only.

Plus, there’s plenty of live comedy from Laughing Horse Free Festival this August. Acts include Will Mars, Nathan Cassidy, Rachel Thorn, Katharyn Henson and many more.

Theatre

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Sweet F.A is set in 1916, during which time women’s football was quickly growing in popularity. Performed in the open air on a specially built stage at Tynecastle Park, this play tells the story of an Edinburgh factory team, who fight for their right to play the beautiful game.

Pleasance at EICC has a wide programme of theatre this summer, including the award-winning solo show, Woke. Set against stunning gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart join the struggle for American civil rights. At the same venue is Apphia Campbell’s Black is the Color of My Voice. Direct from sell-out performances in London, Fringe First award winner Apphia’s solo show is inspired by the life of Nina Simone. At Pleasance Courtyard, Bacon is a solo piece from Pip Utton exploring the life of Francis Bacon, and his lifestyle full of alcohol, gambling and promiscuity.

At Scottish Storytelling Centre, Miss Lindsay’s Secret is an intimate tale of a Scottish seamstress which binds the gentle hills of Glenesk to Canada’s heady Klondike gold rush. It’s told using original live music, drama and features historical material from Glenesk Museum. At the same venue, it's West Lothian meets West Donegal, in Paddy the Cope. This piece follows shale miner Patrick Gallagher (John McColl) as he returns to his native sod to spread social revolution.

At Assembly George Square Gardens, Myra’s Story looks at the life of a middle-aged, homeless Dublin street drinker.

And at theSpace @ Symposium Hall, Radio 69 is an irreverent queer British comedy set in a radio station in the Scottish borders. It follows the normally mundane lives of the people who work there on an adventure that involves irony, betrayal, and Nicola Sturgeon's red blazer as everything falls apart around them.

ONLINE:  Conversations by Rob Ward is available at Pleasance Online, and sees Emmerson & Ward take a fresh look at the challenges the world presented to us Iast year, while exploring the battle lines drawn anew in the fight for civil rights and LGBTQ+ equality. Also on this platform is GOBBY: a biting and heartfelt one-woman odyssey about what it really means to be loud.

On Assembly Showcatcher, The Power of Silence is a play about family, growing up, missed opportunities and lost memories.

And Are You Boxed In, Mr Dennis? sees storyteller Dennis Elkins pose increasingly difficult questions about our relationship with our possessions. Available via [email protected].

 

ONLINE:

Scottish Falsetto Socks return with Eurovision Sock Contest and Minging Detectives, both performed over Zoom.

Music

IN PERSON: Shooglenifty are performing old favourites and songs from their five-star 2020 release, Acid Croft Vol 9, at MultiStory.

At Pleasance at EICC, MOJO is the latest sell-out show from singer-pianist, Jeremy Sassoon. From Gershwin to Winehouse, Bacharach to Dylan, it's a journey through some of the best-loved hits written by musicians of Jewish origin.

Plus, hear classical guitar from Jonathan Prag at St Columba's by the Castle, including Peter Maxwell Davies's Farewell to Stromness, a rousing Paco Peña flamenco and more.

ONLINE:

ROSL ARTS have an extensive classical programme at The Royal Scots Club Online – with everything from Bach to Brunch and Chopin After Lunch to Mozart in the Evening.

On Fringe Player, Edinburgh-based Venue 67 regulars Pitchblenders hit your living room with another smorgasbord of swing jazz, blues and Latin tunes.

Cabaret and Variety

IN PERSON: The Lady Boys of Bangkok are back with their Flight of Fantasy Tour, taking place at Theatre Big Top.

Making her headline Edinburgh Fringe debut at MultiStory, Alice Rabbit pulls together a lineup of Scottish local legends and Edinburgh icons of drag for a jam-packed hour of lip-syncing, live singing and legendary looks.

And at Assembly George Square Gardens, Best of Burlesque returns with a new all-star extravaganza, featuring strip tease, cabaret and variety.

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus

IN PERSON:

Burnt Out is a meditation on climate change being performed at Assembly Roxy. It takes audiences through Australia's fiery history, with original music by Paul Michael Henry and lighting from David Bowes.

ONLINE: Out of Order is on Assembly Showcatcher. Ten gloved and masked characters meet in a not-so-distant future, where theatres are empty and physical contact is prohibited.

Musicals and Opera

Captivate Theatre's sell-out show Sunshine on Leith returns to the Fringe, with a run at MultiStory. A jubilant and moving musical written by Stephen Greenhorn and featuring songs of the Proclaimers.

 1920s pantomime farce Aria Goes Missing is at Stockbridge Church. Taking place at a weekend country house party, all the guests have something to hide. As secrets are exposed, the aristocratic hostess becomes increasingly unhinged.

And elsewhere, cult horror-comedy-rock musical Little Shop of Horrors is happening on an outdoor stage at George Watson’s College.

Online: In Color Inside the Lines at [email protected], a palm-reading drag queen tells Jenny she’ll never find love, sending her mind reeling back to high school and a matchmaking scheme that went horribly wrong.

On Fringe Player, La Nela De Socartes is an uplifting musical tragedy on love, opportunity and change. Adapted from classic Spanish literature and conceived virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic for a modern theatre-going audience.

Spoken Word

IN PERSON: Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson are performing just three special shows at MultiStory, newly created for 2021, to celebrate the return of the Fringe.

Showcasing a range of top spoken word talent  – from the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets are back at Scottish Storytelling Centre.

And at the same venue, The Golden Fly is an epic tale of a shape-shifting goddess in search of her truth, while the Wolves Within invites audiences to delve deep into the psyche of wolves with Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh and Scottish musician Neil Sutcliffe.

Children’s Shows

IN PERSON: Is This a Dagger? sees Andy Cannon return to Scottish Storytelling Centre to tell Shakespeare’s classic, taking audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again.

Bicycle Boy at MultiStory is an outdoor, bicycle-powered, eco-musical. Plus, Funbox are back with a sparkling new show for families.

At Pleasance at EICC, First Piano on the Moon sees half-man half-piano, Will Pickvance combine storytelling and musical madness in this rollercoaster show about Mozart, music and the moon.

Exhibitions and Events

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The West End Fair is back in the Grounds of St John’s, with marquees and open-air stalls featuring work from 80+ artists, designers and makers.

In [email protected]see and buy work from 53 contemporary jewellers working in a variety of materials and a range of prices.

Fantastic Creatures of Edinburgh and Where to Find Them! Is an immersive treasure hunt around the city, where participants can learn the myths behind the faerie folk and the story of Scotland's national animal - the unicorn.

How this year’s Fringe will work: online, in-person and on-demand shows

This year’s Fringe will look a little different. In 2021, audiences will be able to access a wide range of amazing Fringe shows through socially distanced in-person events, scheduled online performances and on-demand digital shows. Tickets and information for all kinds of registered Fringe shows -live, online, paid and free -can be found at edfringe.com.

In-person shows: Registered live, in-person performances taking place at various outdoor and indoor venues must comply with City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government covid-related regulations.

At time of writing, one metre social distancing will be in place (having come into effect from 19 July), masks should be worn indoors and regular hand washing and clear ventilation is strongly advised. Many Fringe venues are operating outdoors in 2021.

The Scottish Government has advised that regulations could lift on 09 August (though this is contingent on covid levels and the continued vaccination roll out in Scotland and is subject to review).

The Fringe Society will be updating audiences and artists regularly on what changing restrictions mean for in-person performances at the Fringe.

Online shows: There will be two kinds of online events available this year: scheduled and on demand.

With scheduled shows, audiences can buy tickets as they would to a traditional in-person event. Shows will have a dedicated start and end time and are treated as an ‘appointment to view’ event.

For on-demand shows, audiences can buy tickets to watch at their leisure.

Some online shows will have a viewing window (where the content will be available to watch for a set amount of time). Detailed information about how each individual online event is viewed is clearly available at the point of booking.

Fringe Player and other online platforms: Audiences can view Fringe shows via the brand-new Fringe Player. Available via edfringe.com, this bespoke digital platform offers audiences an exciting new way to engage with Fringe content.

The player will be accessible to audiences from 06 Aug, with captioning built in. Both on-demand and scheduled online shows are available on this platform.

Where other platforms (such as Zoom, YouTube and Vimeo) are being used to host online work, information on how to access these is clearly provided at the point of purchase.

Online shows will be available to watch from August but can be pre-booked from today.

Tickets and programme: This year and in keeping with reducing contact during in-person interactions, all events will be e-ticketed and shows  will be listed online, as there won’t be a printed programme this year. Audiences will be able to attend shows without using paper tickets. More information on ticketing can be found on edfringe.com.

More information here.

 

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