Natasha Tripney’s Edinburgh Fringe picks

The Stage / Natasha Tripney

The Stage’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe team – Paul Vale, Stewart Pringle, Nick Awde, Gerald Berkowitz, Brian Cooper and myself – will be reviewing a huge array of shows over the next few weeks. In the meantime here are a few of the shows I’m looking forwards to seeing.

Don’t Wake the Damp – Pleasance Dome, 3.00pm

The new show from comedy horror troupe Kill the Beast, the company behind The Boy Who Kicked Pigs and He Had Hairy Hands, sees them swapping the trappings of the 1970s and lycanthropy for a 1980s inspired aesthetic and a plot inspired by sci-fi and gaming.

Mr Incredible – Underbelly, 4.40pm

Camilla Whitehill’s new play, Mr Incredible, explores the idea of power play and entitlement in matters of love. Whitehill is skilled at spinning something from potentially harrowing subject matter as she proved in her 2015 fringe hit, the “evocative and intelligent” Where Do Little Birds Go?

Heads Up – Summerhall, 7.05pm

Presented as part of the Show and Tell programme at Summerhall, Heads Up, the new piece by Scottish theatremaker Kieran Hurley, fuses music with storytelling to paint a picture of a city. Hurley’s an eloquent, intelligent performer and the show’s music has been created by Michael John McCarthy.

Infinity Pool – Bedlam, 4.35pm

Bea Roberts’ modern retelling of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary is set on a Plymouth industrial estate and employs overhead projectors and PowerPoint to tell the story of one woman’s frustration, obsession and restlessness.

Ghost Quartet – Summerhall, 9.00pm

Dave Malloy’s song cycle premiered in 2014 at New York’s Bushwick Starr and went on to be performed at the McKittrick Hotel, the home of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. A boozy, woozy chamber musical for a cast of four, it’s full of folk songs, fairytales and ghosts. It’s being performed in the Paines Plough’s Roundabout space.

Counting Sheep – Summerhall, 8.00pm

Part of the Aurora Nova programme, Counting Sheep is the work of Toronto-based Balkan gypsy-punks, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. It explores their experiences during the 2014 Ukrainian uprising and promises to be part-gig, part immersive performance. It sounds fairly full-on.

Rob Auton: The Sleep Show – Banshee Labyrinth, 4.00pm

Rob Auton is a bit of an oddity. He makes shows called The Yellow Show and The Sky Show. I saw The Face Show in 2014 and I’m still not sure what it was I saw. It had faces in it. I laughed quite a bit. I was occasionally confused, and kind of moved in places. I haven’t seen anything else quite like it, or him.