Edinburgh Fringe Shows to see 2017

Assembly launch their special brochure with partner venues today (5th JUNE) and it looks lovely, then the #EdFringe programme comes out on the 7th JUNE. So in celebration of all the great shows that’ll be up in Edinburgh this year here is what we’ll be watching while we are there…

Tid will be watching…

I first saw The Letter Room at The Pleasance in London as part of an awards performance night. They are an awesome bunch of actor musicians whose shows fizz with song. This is theatre that feels like a gig – powerful, live, intimate – all the things you want from a theatrical encounter. They remind me little of Peter R. Reynolds (an awesome theatre musician). This show is a celebration of resilience, strength and staying on your feet. “Packed with live music and wall-to-wall dancing, No Miracles Here is an anthem to feeling alive and keeping the faith.” I think Kane & Kim will love it too.

This is a stunning show that will break your heart and warm your soul at the same time. I’m a terrible theatre goer, I expect far too much, and am often overly critical (sometimes that’s the cost of being a theatremaker) but there is not a moment of this show I would change. It’s full of immense skill, precision, and subtlety, all wrapped up in a moving narrative about love and loss. Remember the first 10 minutes of the pixar movie ‘UP‘ well it’s like watching a live version of that but with more pathos. Seriously get your tickets now as it will sell out.
I’ve been reading the blogs from the writer/performer and from the director of Scribble, and it’s made me want to watch the show even more. It’s a piece of new writing about mental health and supernovas from Andy Edwards, directed by Amy Gilmartin, I noticed it because it won the inaugural Assembly Roxy Theatre (ART) Award. Developed under Playwright’s Studio Scotland Mentoring Programme, with support from the Tom McGrath Writer’s Trust, Scribble was selected for a rehearsed reading at the Traverse Theatre’s 2016 Hothouse season for emerging Scottish talent. The more art starts to tackle the subject of mental health the better, and this looks like a personal piece that will do just that.
FOR ROBIN WILLIAMS: A Benefit Gig in Aid of Mind and SAMH
I grew up watching Robin Williams, and the reports about his long term struggles with bipolar which contributed to his death are not only sad but troubling. The fact that such a complex and difficult condition can be a lifetime struggle is something our show covers too. There seems to be a fascinating creativity and brilliance that comes with the challenges of a bipolar experience, that’s certainly the case with Kim too. This show has a whole host of big names including Nish Kumar, and is raising money for two important mental health charities: Mind and SAMH. (we’ll also be raising money for 4 charities during our run including local Edinburgh charity Health in Mind).

Alice will be watching…

The Wardrobe Ensemble have been going for 6 years, and consistently make high quality ensemble theatre, they never cease to amaze me with their inventiveness, storytelling, and great characterisation. Education Education Education will be no exception. A work-in-progress was first previewed earlier this year as part of Bristol Ferment, which made everyone very excited about the final show. It is a co-production with the Royal and Derngate. For families & younger audiences, catch their show ‘The Star Seekers’ on at the pleasance dome at 10:40. Better watch these guys now before they get dead famous and take over the world!

I’m very excited to see these guys again, as they were one of my highlights last year. They are high-action comedic storytellers and an incredible trio of actors. After two years of sell out runs at the Fringe, they are back,but this time with a new show, in space! They are just three guys from East 15, who managed to become the talk of the town. There’s been no escaping them at theatres and theatre festivals this year, with runs at the Soho, Adelaide Festival, Pulse festival and many more. It can’t have been easy to maintain the abs, laughs and ad-libs for all this time, but they make it look it easy and continue to make audiences have the most fun they might ever have at the theatre.
POLL FUNCTION | @hailtothepeople
I saw this show in Bristol last year. It’s a two hander about a couple of mates driving about their old bristolian childhood haunts. The fast paced story keeps your attention from start to finish. The acting is incredibly impressive, it’s great to see a show about two characters you seldom see on the stage. Hail to the people are a new company, and they deserve big attention.
This show is a celebration of our universal anxieties. Created by idiot child, a company who create playful and peculiar work about how it is to be alive, they always put the audience at the centre of their work. What if the plane falls out of the sky? is the company’s 6th show. I saw it in May and it’s uniquely charming, heart-warming and a little bit worrying all at the same time.