Here’s Your Definitive Guide to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018

I reckon Dante or Die & Chris Goode’s User Not Found looks promising, it explores what happens to our digital identities after we die.

There is always plenty of wonderful new writing to consume at Traverse Theatre. Don’t miss Headlong’s new show, Meek, by Penelope Skinner. The Lowry’s production of Toast – based on the life and autobiography of food critic Nigel Slater – looks enjoyable.

Summerhall’s Big in Belgium season always offers something unusual and exciting; I’m looking forward to European Citizen Popsong a witty pop-opera that takes the audience on a musical trip through Europe & Nele Needs A Holiday: The Musical; a fun piece about a girl called Nele desperate for fame.

I’ll be heading to Zoo Venues to catch The Sensemaker & Drop the Gogo by Woman?s Move; two short pieces of physical theatre, a funny but poignant double bill that looks at modern life.

Elsewhere, The Pleasance is firing on all cylinders. The Backpack Ensemble are ones to watch – having won The Sunday Times Playwriting Award earlier this year – The Search for a Black-Browed Albatross is at King Dome. I really like the look of A Clown Show About Rain  at 10 Dome. If you like outdoor work, get along to Pleasance at EICC, The Square to catch the unmissable Teatr Biuro Podorozy’s double bill: SILENCE & Carmen Funebre.

I’ll be going to You Only Live Forever – a new comedy-play by Viscera Theatre about the reality of living for eternity at Assembly Square, Studios Four. I can vouch for and have seen the very funny Skin A Cat at Assembly Rooms. The highly political Gratiano is at Assembly Rooms too for 5 performances only. Comedy musical Prom Kween is in the Piccolo Tent and tells the story of the first non-binary young person to win the high school title of Prom Queen.

Look out for largest American circus in the world making its European debut at the Fringe with UniverSoul Circus: Hip Hop under the Big Top a dance-slash-hip hop-slash- circus piece that captures the energy of urban communities at Underbelly Circus Hub.

Combining original music, dance and live sewing, ThisEgg is at Underbelly, Cowgate with new show dressed. Breach theatre are back with courtroom drama, It’s True, It’s True, It’s True. Elsewhere, Queens of Sheba is a beady-eye exploration of four black women who are turned away from a night club for ‘being too black’ (inspired by the Dstrkt incident of 2015) and features an all-black creative team. Amazing. Both are at Underbelly Iron Belly.

Edinburgh International Festival

There’s a kind of reverse snobbery to the Edinburgh International Festival. Some of the most exuberant, unusual and enticing performances that I’ve seen have been part of the EIF programme.

Anyway, the free opening event will celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People and will reflect on the centenary of the end of the First World War. Five Telegrams is a collaboration between Anna Meredith and 59 Productions and will feature projections beamed onto the face of the Usher Hall. I really like the look of Peter Brook’s company Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord’s La Maladie de la Mort, directed by Katie Mitchell. The Prisoner is Brook’s new work that questions justice, guilt and retribution. You’d be a moron to miss David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s love-letter to Edinburgh, Midsummer a chamber musical with a glorious beating heart.

There you have it, that’s the end of my definitive Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 guide. I hope you have found some use in this guide to what the fringe has on offer.

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TICKET LINKS

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

USER NOT FOUND

MEEK

TOAST

EUROPEAN CITIZEN POPSONG

NELE NEEDS A HOLIDAY

THE SENSEMAKER AND DROP THE GOGO

THE SEARCH FOR BLACK BROWED ALBATROSS

A CLOWN SHOW ABOUT RAIN

dressed

SILENCE

CARMEN

YOU ONLY LIVE FOREVER

SKIN A CAT

PROM KWEEN

UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS

IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE

QUEENS OF SHEBA

Edinburgh international Festival

FIVE TELEGRAMS

LA MALADIE

THE PRISONER

MIDSUMMER