- The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s biggest arts festival. In 2009 almost 2,100 shows featuring comedy, theatre, dance, music and more will be performed in 265 venues across the city. And planning has already begun for 2010's festival which takes place from August 6th - 30th 2010.
Here, we’ve picked 10 highlights from this year's festival’s jam-packed schedule...
1. Shakespeare for Breakfast
A top-notch way to start any day at the Fringe, Shakespeare for Breakfast runs every morning of the festival from 10am. Along with performances of some of the bard’s most famous works, you’ll also be treated to free coffee and croissants. This is the 18th year that Shakespeare for Breakfast has been a part of the festival.
Location: C Theatre, Chambers Street
Dates: August 5th-31st
2. Another Heart-Breaking But Ultimately Life-Affirming Show About Death
Brainchild of stand-up comedian Sanderson Jones, AHBULASAD is a unique experience. The show starts with an hour of stand-up comedy and then continues in ‘The Afterlife’. This is entirely interactive and includes video missions, finding unscheduled performances and more. Points are awarded to the teams who take part, with prizes given out at the end.
Location: The GRV, 37 Guthrie Street
Dates: August 6th-16th & 18th-30th
3. Cabaret Whore
During this solo show, cabaret performer Sarah-Louise Young portrays three very different characters namely a talent show reject, a past-it French diva and a country and western adult movie star. A cutting edge show, it combines an intriguing mix of comedy and music.
Location: Espionage, 4 India Buildings, Victoria Street
Dates: August 6th-16th, 18th-23rd & 25th-30th
Presented by the Scottish Dance Theatre, Luxuria is an extravaganza of dance choreographed by Liv Lorent. Featuring stunning costumes and a lavish stage set-up, Luxuria was performed at the Fringe in 2005 to rave reviews and returns this year to wow audiences once again.
Location: Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street
Dates: August 18th-19th, 22nd-23rd &27th-28th
Presented by Glasgow-based company Reeling & Writhing, Funny is a dark comedy based on real reports of interrogations from all over the world. Written by Tim Nunn, this show is guaranteed to make you laugh while it makes you think.
Location: Assembly, 7 Holyrood Road
Dates: August 14th-17th & 19th-30th
6. The Wicker Man
Part of the Fringe’s ‘Made in Scotland’ programme, this show presents a stage version of the cult 70s movie ‘The Wicker Man’. Set on a remote Scottish island, it’s a tale of mystery and horror. This version has added songs too!
Location: Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance
Dates: August 8th-16th & 18th-31st
7. Richard Sandling’s Perfect Movie
This entertaining stand-up show is presented by Richard Sandling, MySpace Comedy’s film reviewer. Participating performers change daily, with a large number of world-class comics taking part. The show is all about movies and features scene re-enactments and much more.
Location: The Canon’s Gait, 232 Canongate
Dates: August 8th-18th & 20th-30th
8. The Accidental Dog Detective
A humorous take on film noir, this shadow puppet show is performed by Curl & the Burners. It tells the story of Harry, the accidental dog detective of the show’s title who is drawn into a shady world of mystery and danger by a poodle he can’t resist.
Location: The Argyle, 15-17 Argyle Place
Dates: August 16th-30th
9. Storytelling Cafe
Here you can listen to fables from Scotland and from all over the world, as told by numerous performers who take to the stage to spin their tales. If you have your own story to tell, you’ll be able to do so as audience participation is welcomed.
Location: Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Netherbrow, 43-45 High Street
Dates: August 11th-13th, 18th-20th & 25th-27th
10. Musika – Edinburgh Festival Closing Party
Helping to close the Fringe in style, Musika will see performances by Felix Da Housecat, The Japanese Popstars and many other acts. You can dance the night away at this electro-fest which is set to run from 11pm to 5am.
Location: HMV Picture House, 31 Lothian Road
Dates: Saturday, August 29th