10 weird and wonderful things at the Edinburgh Fringe

Aug 22,2016

Weird. Wonderful. And downright quirky. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has it all by the bucket-load. Since it began in 1947, the Fringe has grown to become the world's largest arts festival. Last year saw 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues across Scotland's capital.

From theatre to cabaret, circus to dance and comedy to opera, the city comes alive every August with entertainers plying their trade in venues every bit as varied as their performances. In celebration of the sheer wackiness of it all, we've compiled a list of 10 of the weirdest and most wonderful things at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

Come Look at the Baby

Just the Tonic at the Community Project (Venue 27)

Aug 11-14, 16-21, 23-28

Performers just get younger and younger these days. The star of this thirty-minute show - in fact, one of only two performers in this show - is a seven-month old baby, just doing what a baby does when placed in a sensory room. The other performer? The baby's granny. A charming and really rather eccentric Fringe experience.

AART

Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)

Aug 11-28

AART gives you the chance to get involved in an art workshop like no other with New Zealand's self-styled favourite aartist Mikey. A former Pick of the Fringe who has also appeared on Channel 4 with Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer, Mikey delivers the laughs and ensures you go home with your fingers smelling of plasticine.

Last Dream (on Earth)

Assembly Hall (Venue 35)

Aug 11-14, 16-21, 23-28

Full of an intense sense of humanity stretched to its limit according to The Scotsman, Last Dream (on Earth) interweaves the story of Yuri Gagarin's first trip into space with the tale of a mysterious traveller on a Moroccan beach years later. The twist? This show is performed in front of you while you experience immersive stories, sounds and a driving live musical score through headphones.

Rebel Bingo

Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3)

Aug 11-14, 17-21, 24-28

Rebel Bingo began by accident one night when a group of performers found a bingo kit in the basement of an Exmouth church. The rest is history, and the result is an 18+ form of bingo unlike any other that has since toured the world. Blending cabaret with game play, it promises to be intense, emotional and totally fresh - and all performed in a Spiegeltent.

Thrones! The Musical!

Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17)

Aug 11-29

Whether you put yourself in the Stark, Lannister or Targaryen camp, this hilarious musical parody of HBO's Game of Thrones is sure to have you in stitches. With White Walkers and dragons aplenty, it manages to squeeze in almost every death and saucy moment from across all 6 seasons so far. Keep your eyes peeled for a special appearance from George RR Martin himself…

Your Majesties

Dance Base (Venue 22)

Aug 11-14

It's a fact that not nearly enough presidential lectures are delivered in the form of interpretive dance. Happily, however, wiry Austrian performer Alex Deutinger does his best to redress the balance by delivering Barack Obama's 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Speech - while performing ballet. The result is a sharp, engaging and often funny satire about peace, war and hope.

The Udderbelly

George Square Gardens (Venue 300)

Throughout the Fringe

Rather than select one individual performance here, we simply had to bring the Udderbelly performance venue to your attention. A huge performance tent in the shape of an upside down purple cow, it's become something of an Edinburgh Fringe icon and seats 410 people. You'll find it grazing in George Square Gardens with a herd of outdoor bars and food stalls to enjoy.

07800 834030

Sneaky Pete's (Venue 437)

Aug 11-21, 23-27

What's in a number? By dialling 07800 834030 you get to find out, and potentially end up in Miranda Kane's stand-up show. By combining strangers' voicemail messages and texts (and ringing some of the more interesting callers to get them onstage), Kane improvises her show from scratch. Phone if you dare.

Back of the Bus

Departing from Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3)

Aug 11-14, 16-21, 23-28

Back of the Bus is a magical mystery tour of dance, physical comedy and circus performed, well, in the back of a bus. Space is limited as you can imagine, so dancers get up close and personal as they weave through the seats and hang from the roof as the bus whizzes you through the streets of Edinburgh. Definitely a journey to remember!

Wrecked

Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3)

Aug 11-15, 17-29

With a performance space even more confined than the one mentioned above, Wrecked is limited to an audience of 6 'passengers' in a crashed car. Here they encounter Sam, a girl on the run who has just stolen and crashed a car in which she finds herself trapped. With seemingly no way out, Sam's thoughts and an exploration of her past are the key to her survival.

If you're flying in for the Fringe Festival and looking for a Glasgow Airport hotel, then the Millennium Hotel Glasgow is a great choice. Located just over an hour outside Edinburgh, it gives you chance to both enjoy the Fringe and explore Scotland in comfort.

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