Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Our top tips

Following the sell-out success of last year’s smash hit Captain Amazing, you will be able to catch not one, but two Live Theatre productions at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Captain Amazing, a funny and poignant one man show which thrusts us into the life of Britain’s only part-time superhero, returns to the Festival for five performances only and will be joined by Live Theatre’s latest production Good Timin’, a funny, inventive and life affirming one man show about one man’s journey to find another man. Both productions will be held at Northern Stage’s venue King’s Hall. To find out more and book tickets please visit the website or call the box office on (0131) 447 6630.

While we are up at the Fringe we’ll be seeing lots of shows and giving you some top tips. Here are some of our recommendations…

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour

Programmed as part of Live Theatre’s 40th birthday celebrations in 2013. Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour turns his isolation to his own advantage with a play that requires no director, no set and a different actor for every performance, who’s never read the script or seen the show. It’s a unique and engaging piece of writing with a strong social message. Assembly George Square Studios, 2.40pm

Fat Alice by Alison Carr

Presented as part of Traverse Theatre’s Breakfast Plays Alison Carr has been writing for Live Theatre for a number of years and won our 40th birthday bursary award for her new piece The Soaking of Vera Shrimp. Traverse Theatre, 15 & 22 August, 9am.

What the Fudge by Micky Cochrane

Graduate of Live Theatre’s Stand-Up Comedy Course, Mickey Cochrane presents his Edinburgh Fringe show. Spotlites at The Merchant’s Hall. Disclaimer: There is no fudge involved in this performance.

Silk Road by Alex Oates

Although this show clashes with Good Timin’ (see them both!) we’d recommend getting yourself a ticket to the first Edinburgh Fringe show funded by Bitcoins. Superbly acted by James Baxter, who was in Jump! at Live Theatre in 2009, the script has some great twists and turns plus everyone likes a lovely granny! Assembly George Square Studios, 1.25pm

Symphony by Nick Payne, Ella Hickson and Tom Wells

Our friends at nabakov and Soho Theatre present a hilarious and eclectic mix of stories told through raucous live music and spoken word. Featuring the writing of Olivier award nominated Nick Payne who recently wrote the critically acclaimed Incognito (a co-production between Live Theatre, nabakov & HighTide Festival Theatre in association with The North Wall). Assembly George Square Gardens, 5pm

Punky & Perky featuring Lauren Pattison

Youth Theatre member and Stand-Up Comedy Course graduate Lauren Pattison (and semi-finalist in So You Think You’re Funny) heads to the Fringe for her first show Punky & Perky with fellow comedian Tom Appleton. While we’ve not had a chance to pop into her gig as yet, we’ve been enjoying Lauren’s comedy shows since she signed up to the Stand-Up course when she was just 15! “Definitely one to watch” Funny Women. Free Fringe – Opium Back Room, 4.15pm

Lord of the Dance Settee by Richard Herring

Live Theatre favourite Richard Herring presents his new show about daftness, being uncool and bouncing joyously on the sofa. Richard previewed the show at Live Theatre a couple of weeks ago and received some great comments from audience members including “We have seen Richard Herring lots and never disappointed. Tonight was no different, very funny.” Assembly George Square Theatre, 10.45pm

Keep an eye out for more recommendations on this blog. Hope you have fun at the Fringe!

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