Myriad

August 28, 2009

myriad.jpgThe Zoo
7-31 Aug, 2.45pm

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Collisions Dance delver a graceful show accompanied with ambient electro and upbeat pop songs. Myriad isn’t the boldest dance act in Edinburgh this August, but it still serves as a peaceful escape from Fringe madness. Read more

North/South Divide

August 28, 2009

northsouth.jpgBeehive Inn
8-29 Aug, 12.15pm

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It’s a valiant comic who opts to entertain people for free at midday, without any of the knock-on benefits of an evening slot. At the Beehive Inn, Dave Gibson and Charlie Talbot (the latter also appearing, later in the day, in Blow Up – The Credit Crunch Musical) are offering a comic exploration of the North/South divide in just such a manner. Read more

Bussmann’s Holiday: The Worst Date Ever

August 28, 2009

janebussmann.jpgAssembly @ George Street
24-30 Aug, 4.50pm

When celebrity journalist Jane Bussmann decided to swap Hollywood for Uganda, her motives were mixed. On the one hand, she confesses in the course of this charming one-woman confessional, she wanted to make a difference as a ‘serious’ foreign journalist; on the other, she wanted an excuse to get close to hunky peace campaigner John Prendergast. Read more

The Great British Soap Opera

August 28, 2009

The cast of The Great British Soap OperaMusical Theatre @ George Square
6-30 Aug, 3.45pm

Preferring to look at the offscreen drama, new muscial The Great British Soap Opera charts the fortunes of the actors and crew of fictional soap Victoria Square, as the TV show goes from bust to broke. With lively performances from the cast, the show manages to remain entertaining throughout, and capitalises on Take Note Theatre’s success last year with Jet Set Go!. Read more

Love Letters Straight from Your Heart

August 28, 2009

loveletters1.jpgMcEwan Hall
25-30 Aug, 3.30pm

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Rarely is a piece of performance as unobtrusively beguiling, or as cathartic as Uninvited Guests’ heart-wrenching Love Letters Straight from Your Heart. Read more

Janis

August 28, 2009

janis.jpgGilded Balloon Teviot
5-31 Aug, 5.30pm

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“You don’t know me!” yelps Nicola Haydn near the end of her one-woman show about the iconic singer, Janis Joplin. If the play is anything to go by, then this statement will remain a truism, as Haydn’s misguided piece of cursory biography lacks the dramatic structure, the detail, or even, the marvellous music that helped propel Joplin into her position as one of the most iconic rock ‘n toll figures of all time. Read more

Blow Up – The Credit Crunch Musical

August 28, 2009

blowupj.jpgThe GRV
6-28 Aug, 4.20pm

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In order to make a mark on the Edinburgh Fringe – especially the £5 Fringe – it’s often useful to come up with an appealingly zany and bizarre idea that showcases some genuine new talent. Ideas don’t come much zanier than explaining the credit crunch by means of a five-piece oompah band, comprising a trombone, two trumpets, a French horn, a tuba, and a full set of lederhosen. Read more

Stalag Happy

August 27, 2009

stalaghappy.jpgUnderbelly
6-30 Aug, 1.40pm

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Written and performed by Edward Elks and Dan Frost, Stalag Happy is billed as “a true and moving wartime story of Sir Terry Frost and Adrian Heath, two of the most important British artists of their generation, portrayed on stage for the first time ever”. True and moving it may indeed be, but it lacks one essential ingredient: drama. Read more

Brocante Sonore – The Mechanicians

August 27, 2009

brocante.jpgC Central
16-31 Aug, 7.30pm

Brocante Sonore have had one big idea – to make music from everyday things. Artistic director Jean-Francois Hoel creates a deceptively chaotic set and releases nine French musicians into it for an hour of musical mayhem using chairs, bricks and bottles as instruments. Read more

Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

August 27, 2009

faultytowers.jpgB’est Restaurant
7-31 Aug, times vary

The audience-as-dinner guests phenomenon is nothing new, but this affectionate tribute to one of the greatest ever sit-coms is on a more ambitious scale than most.

An audience of roughly 40 gather in the alleyway beside Edinburgh’s B’Est restaurant; waiters smoke and bins are taken out, no-one really knows what to expect. Read more

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