The annual pilgrimage to Edinburgh’s cobbled streets has begun. Thousands of actors, companies, shows, comedians, singers, performance artists from all over the world are on planes and boats and trains heading to the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Fourthwall will be reviewing all month, so follow our Twitter feed @fourthwallmag and check the site regularly for reviews, round-ups and updates. In the meantime, here are our top ten tips of shows we want to see – in no particular order.
GARDENING FOR THE UNFULFILLED & ALIENATED. Undeb Theatre. Pleasance Courtyard Shed. 1st-25th August: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm
The true meaning of intimate story-telling – Brad Birch’s bittersweet play is performed to only two audience members at any one time. Discover the lengths a man will go to for a beautiful garden in this play about obsession, death and horticulture … obviously.
YOU ONCE SAID YES. Look Left Look Right. Underbelly, Cowgate.
An award winning interactive experience with YOU at the heart of it, You Once Said Yes explores the consequences of the decisions we make. Audience members are taken through the city and each face one-on-one encounters in order to, perhaps, learn something they didn’t already know about themselves.
GYM PARTY. Made in China. Summerhall.
Premiering at this year’s venue to be at, Summerhall, this interactive, fun show explores the terrifying, universal desire to win. Promising to be razor sharp and slightly dark, Gym Party might just unleash your competitive streak.
CIRCA: WUNDERKAMMER. Underbelly, Bristo Square.
31st July – 26th August, 5pm
Not in the mood for another play? Witness the human body bend, twist and contort like never before in this distinctly 21st century circus incorporating contemporary dance, performance art and virtuosic acrobatics – a cabaret like no other.
DARK VANILLA JUNGLE. Supporting Wall. Pleasance Courtyard.
31st July – 26th August, 3pm
Making many a 2013 top ten list is this highly anticipated Philip Ridley Edinburgh premier, exploring one girl’s desire to have a family and a home and the lengths she’ll go to to acquire them. Rated 14+ Why not have a listen to our interview with Philip Ridley on the Fourthwall Download?
SINCERELY, MR TOAD. Sell A Door and Greenwich Theatre. Pleasance Dome.
31st July – 26th August, 3.30pm
Is life ever the same after a stranger tries to puts a bullet in your head? This new musical at the Queen Dome reveals the inspiration behind fictional classic, The Wind in the Willows and stars Any Dream will Do runner up, Keith Jack.
STUART: A LIFE BACKWARDS. Hightide Festival Theatre and Sheffield Theatres. Underbelly.
31st July – 26th August, 3.30pm
Alexander Master’s autobiographical novel has been adapted for stage by the awesome Jack Thorne and it premieres at the new 200 seater Topside venue at the Underbelly. Enough said. GO.
NIRBHAYA. Riverside Studios and Poorna Jagannathan. Assembly Hall.
1st-26th August, 4pm
This devastating, powerful International new writing from playwright and director, Yael Farber exposes the depth and breadth of violence committed against women in India. Prepare for upsetting scenes. Rated 16+
FLEABAG. DryWhite. Underbelly, Cowgate.
1st-25th August, 9.25pm
If you weren’t fortunate enough to catch Phoebe Waller-Bridge in DryWhite’s Mydidae at the Trafalgar Studios, then get along to this – a one-women comedy about the fleabag who decides to be a new person and bite back. Rated 14+
LONDON ROAD, SEA POINT. KBT and Assembly Productions. Assembly Hall.
1st-26th August, 1.50pm
As part of the South Africa season, this funny, heartbreaking drama dissects the relationship between two unlikely friends, neighbours in a block of flats in Cape Town.
And don’t forget…
You can catch our very own Fourthwall editor, Josh Rochford in ROAD TO QATAR, produced by Aria Entertainment at C Too, St Colomba’s by the Castle. Coming from a successful Off-Broadway run, the UK premiere Road to Qatar tells the hysterical story of the adventures of two New York Jews commissioned to write a musical for the Emir of Qatar. Written by Stephen Cole & David Krane, Road to Qatar runs daily at 19.20.