As some of you may know, Edinburgh Spotlight was born from a mutual love of the Fringe.
So you’ll understand if we’re a little bit excited to finally have our copies of 2011′s programme in one trembling hand: with a highlighter pen, copious amounts of tea & coffee and some Kendal Mint Cake within easy reach of the other.
Although we’ve still to go through the programme with a fine toothed comb, you will find some of our initial picks from our first glances through.
I’ll be covering comedy, dance and children’s shows mainly, but do love to ‘find’ great plays as the Fringe progresses.
For children, I recommend Stick Man, Live on Stage at the Underbelly. Audience members are transported to world of puppetry, songs and music based on the popular novel. Hairy Maclary at the Assembly George Square Theatre sees the popular books’ characters come to life. Baby Loves Disco is on at Electric Circus and is the coolest disco at the Fringe for children and parents. The Man Who Planted Trees from the excellent Puppet State Theatre is a fabulous show for those aged 7+.
Some huge comedy names coming this year and you can’t go wrong with Sarah Millican at Assembly Hall – she’s one funny Geordie lady. This year also sees Lee Evans returning to the Edinburgh Fringe at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Jason Byrne and Ed Byrne (no relation) are Irish comedians who always deliver. Both on at the excellent Venue 150. Another Irish funnyman David O’Doherty returns with his miniature keyboard to the Pleasance.
But don’t forget the lesser-known names who are often equally as funny. My top picks are Welsh comedian, Elis James at the Pleasance and one of my favourite shows of the entire 2010 Fringe was The Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek who return with an all new show of comedy sketches.
Two must-see gala shows for comedy fans:
Waverley Care Comedy Gala. Only a handful of tickets left for this charity gala, with proceeds going to Waverley Care.
The staff from Faulty Towers return to B’est Restaurant for an interesting dining and comedy experience. This event is always a sell-out, so don’t delay in buying your ticket.
Those that are in a brave mood may want to see Puppetry of the Penis: 3D (Over 18s only).
Some one off shows and events worth a look are:
The Auld Reekie Roller Girls and their live roller derby. This Arthur’s Seat belongs to Lionel Richie are back for their one-off gig at the top of Arthur’s Seat! (free).
There’s certainly an excellent programme to choose from and if you’re an Edinburgh local who’s not tied in with dates, be sure to make the most of the preview show prices and the 2 for1’s offered on the 8th and 9th August.
Keith’s Theatre and Cabaret picks will be added shortly……he’s still engrossed in his programme.