10 weird and wonderful things at the Edinburgh Fringe

Aug 22,2016

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

From theatre to cabaret, circus to dance and comedy to opera,the city comes alive every August with entertainers plying theirtrade in venues every bit as varied as their performances. Incelebration of the sheer wackiness of it all, we've compiled a listof 10 of the weirdest and most wonderful things at this year'sEdinburgh 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 ofthis thirty-minute show - in fact, one of only two performers inthis show - is a seven-month old baby, just doing what a baby doeswhen placed in a sensory room. The other performer? The baby'sgranny. A charming and really rather eccentric Fringeexperience.

AART

Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)

Aug 11-28

AART gives you the chance to get involved in an art workshoplike no other with New Zealand's self-styled favourite aartistMikey. A former Pick of the Fringe who has also appeared on Channel4 with Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer, Mikey delivers the laughs andensures 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 limitaccording to The Scotsman, Last Dream (on Earth)interweaves the story of Yuri Gagarin's first trip into space withthe tale of a mysterious traveller on a Moroccan beach years later.The twist? This show is performed in front of you while youexperience immersive stories, sounds and a driving live musicalscore 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 ofperformers found a bingo kit in the basement of an Exmouth church.The rest is history, and the result is an 18+ form of bingo unlikeany other that has since toured the world. Blending cabaret withgame 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 Targaryencamp, this hilarious musical parody of HBO's Game of Thrones issure to have you in stitches. With White Walkers and dragonsaplenty, it manages to squeeze in almost every death and saucymoment from across all 6 seasons so far. Keep your eyes peeled fora 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 aredelivered in the form of interpretive dance. Happily, however, wiryAustrian performer Alex Deutinger does his best to redress thebalance by delivering Barack Obama's 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Speech- while performing ballet. The result is a sharp, engaging andoften 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 simplyhad to bring the Udderbelly performance venue to your attention. Ahuge performance tent in the shape of an upside down purple cow,it's become something of an Edinburgh Fringe icon and seats 410people. You'll find it grazing in George Square Gardens with a herdof 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 findout, and potentially end up in Miranda Kane's stand-up show. Bycombining strangers' voicemail messages and texts (and ringing someof the more interesting callers to get them onstage), Kaneimprovises 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, physicalcomedy and circus performed, well, in the back of a bus. Space islimited as you can imagine, so dancers get up close and personal asthey weave through the seats and hang from the roof as the buswhizzes you through the streets of Edinburgh. Definitely a journeyto remember!

Wrecked

Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3)

Aug 11-15, 17-29

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

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

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