The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s biggest arts festival and is celebrating its 64th anniversary in 2010. Running from August 6th-30th, this year’s Fringe will feature over 2,450 shows including comedy, theatre, dance, music and more which will be performed at a huge selection of venues across the city.
Here, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan looks at 10 of the highlights from the festival’s jam-packed schedule...
1. West End Glee Club & Singalong Glee Club
The high school musical show Glee has been one of the TV sensations of the last year which is reflected in a couple of Glee-ful shows taking place during Edinburgh Fringe. There’s the West End Glee Club, a new musical featuring hits from some of the biggest West End shows of all time including Les Miserables, Wicked and We Will Rock You. Audience participation is welcomed during The Singalong Glee Club, created and performed by David Benson and Stewart Nicholls. A selection of show tunes and plenty of other songs will be performed during the show and the lyrics will be provided, giving you no excuse not to sing along!
Location: West End Glee Club: Zoo Roxy, Roxburgh Place; The Singalong Glee Club: Gilded Balloon Tevoit, Bristo Square.
Tickets: West End Glee Club: £10.00-£12.00; The Singalong Glee Club: £5.00-£11.00.
Dates: West End Glee Club: August 6th-30th (except August 16th); The Singalong Glee Club: August 4th-30th (except August 18th).
2. Shakespeare for Breakfast
Starting every morning of the festival at 10am, Shakespeare for Breakfast is a great way to start any day at Fringe. This is the 19th year Shakespeare for Breakfast will appear as part of the festival, continuing their tradition of unique performances of many of the Bard’s most famous works. Better still, you’ll also be treated to free coffee and croissants!
Location: C Theatre, Chambers Street.
Dates: August 4th-30th.
3. The Girl in the Yellow Dress
A joint production from Scotland’s Citizen’s Theatre, Newcastle’s Live Theatre and South Africa’s Market Theatre, The Girl in the Yellow Dress is an intriguing play set in Paris. Exploring the relationship between a white teacher and her black pupil, this drama stars both South African and British actors.
Location: Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, off Lothian Road.
Dates: August 5th-8th, 11th-15th, 17th-22nd & 24th-29th.
4. Let’s Just Have Some Fun (and Learn Something For Once)
This comedic lecture features Jonny Sweet, the winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer Award Winner 2009. Dealing with the story of the ill-fated HMS Nottingham, the show looks set to be both original and hilarious.
Location: Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance.
Dates: august 6th-8th, 11th-15th, 17th-30th.
Brought to you by the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, The Improverts are back appearing at Edinburgh Fringe for another year of improvised comedy games. Performances here come in the form of a variety of different improvised sketches, all leading from audience suggestions.
Location: Bedlam Theatre, 11b Bristo Place.
Dates: August 6th-7th, 9th-14th, 16th-21st & 23rd-28th.
6. Aaaand now for something completely improvised
Fans of comedy will love this unusual comedy show set to take place at The Counting House throughout the festival. Another free event, this is a comedy show with a difference as the material you’ll hear from the stage is all based on suggestions from the audience.
Location: Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street.
Dates: August 6th-30th.
7. The Terrible Tales of the Midnight Chorus
Puppetry, live music and a selection of scary stories come together in The Terrible Tales of the Midnight Chorus. Staged by The River People, some of the stories featured in the show include ‘The Vanishing Boy’, ‘The Ordinaries’ and ‘Old Man Willow’.
Location: Bedlam Theatre, 11b Bristo Place.
Dates: August 8th-20th.
8. Sex Lives of Super Heroes
Coming to you from the American High School Theatre Festival Group, Sex Lives of Super Heroes is an intriguing comedic play. The story revolves a lonely man who goes around giving lectures on the sex lives on a variety of comic book heroes.
Location: Church Hill Theatre, 33 Morningside Road.
Dates: August 9th-12th.
9. Storytelling Café
Hosted by Scottish Storytellers, this event brings together a collection of talented storytellers who spin entertaining tales from Scotland and all over the world. During the event you can just sit and listen to the fables but if you feel like getting involved you can, by stepping up and telling a story of your own.
Location: Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Netherbrow, 43-45 High Street
Dates: August 11th-12th, 18th-19th & 25th-26th.
10. A Spectacularly Awesome High-Tech Game of Interactive Inventiveness
One of the many free events taking place throughout Fringe, A Spectacularly Awesome High-Tech Game of Interactive Inventiveness does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. From photo and video challenges to mobile phone missions, this high-tech scavenger hunt promises a good time. So, if you want your shot at being a high-tech Sherlock Holmes, just head to Espionage and bring your smartphone with you.
Location: Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings, Victoria Street.
Dates: August 17th-22nd.