The Americans Are Coming

None of my other theater festival travels have ever compared to Edinburgh in August. By scale alone EdFringe dwarfs most other events. But even more than size, the fact that you could see children’s theater, performance, comedy, and circus all under the same festival umbrella speaks to its unusual nature. The January festivals in New

What to See at the Edinburgh Festivals 2016

Cadging lifts, begging spots on sofas, scouring Gumtree, getting scalped by Virgin Trains: the annual struggle to get to Edinburgh’s festivals is upon us. But just before we all embark on a month-long theatre adventure, here’s a handy collection of some things that Exeunt’s writers are excited about seeing. A few returning favourites, a few

30 reasons you need to go to the Edinburgh Festival this year

This venue has arguably grown to become the Fringe’s most exciting theatre hub. Highlights this year include Blank (6.30pm) by acclaimed Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, which will feature performers encouraging audience members to fill in gaps in the script; Macbain (3-14 Aug, 8.55pm), which will mash up the stories of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth with

Three to See 2016: Shows With Parental Involvement

Bricking It | Underbelly Cowgate | 4-28 Aug (pictured) A show in which an actual father and daughter actually swap jobs sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Pat is a 73 year old builder, his daughter Joanna is a 29 year old writer and performer, and for the sake of creating a piece of theatre, he’s going

Edinburgh Festival Guide: Accessible Venues

Venues helping to make the festival more inclusive, with accessible spaces and programmes featuring signed, captioned, relaxed or audio described performances Charlotte Square The Edinburgh International Book Festival has a fully accessible site for wheelchair users with level access or ramped access into all venues. The Book Festival schedules some British Sign Language (BSL) performances

Three to See 2016: Musicians Gone Theatrical

Wind Resistance | Rehearsal Studio, The Lyceum Theatre | 5-29 Aug There are a few musicians at this year’s Festival who have broadened their performances to something that fits into the theatre programme, and we find that quite intriguing. In this International Festival presentation, award-winning Edinburgh singer songwriter Karine Polwart combines story and song to

Crouches back in Edinburgh to engage in the family business

WHEN Tim Crouch brought his show The Author to the Traverse Theatre in 2010 as part of that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, his dissection of the right to be offensive onstage provoked several walk-outs. While this was in part a conscious provocation for such a reaction, the fact that Crouch’s then teenage daughter Nel was

From Judy Garland to Evel Knievel: 15 Sure-Fire Edinburgh Festival Hits

Edinburgh is not cheap, and an awful lot of shows that look promising in the programme turn out to be duds. But the shows listed below have all been seen either by me or a member of the Guardian reviewing team, and they get our vote as being worth your time and money. Thread a

Edinburgh 2016: The 12 most promising shows at this year's Fringe and International Festivals

It’s the world’s biggest arts event – and this year the Edinburgh Fringe festival is host to 3,269 shows over the month of August. To that you can also add the Edinburgh International Festival, with a strong programme this year of music, dance and theatre, and spin-offs like the free, always-interesting Forest Fringe (11-20 August;

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 10 key venues

Whether you’re looking to see a show are not, these venues are at the heart of what makes the Fringe such a lively and widely admired celebration of culture This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe will take place across 294 venues, which will host more than 50,000 shows between them. Now in its 69th year, the

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: The 12 most promising shows at this year's festival

It’s the world’s biggest arts event – and this year, the Edinburgh Fringe festival is host to 3,269 shows over the month of August. To that you can also add the Edinburgh International Festival, with a strong programme this year of music, dance and theatre, and spin-offs like the free, always-interesting Forest Fringe (11-20 August; programme as-yet

You’re So Physical! Ed Fringe 2016 Round-up – Physical Theatre, Circus & Cabaret Highlights

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 is fast approaching, and the very first thing to say is that the Total Theatre Awards are happening once again, hurrah! Established in 1997, the Awards have blazed a trail of recognition for independent artists and companies creating innovative, artist-led theatre and performance. If you have a show in the Fringe you’d

Extreme measures: acts that have gone to crazy lengths for their art

They say great art often comes from great pain. The pain may vary: a sliced-off ear, a broken heart, living in squalor, 24 hours without a reliable Wi-fi connection, but the basic notion is the same. Sometimes, the artist must suffer before they hit the jackpot and come up with that groundbreaking work of genius.

Fringe at Summerhall Preview

Unlike many of the city’s other venues, Summerhall seems to undergo a less all-encompassing change in August. It’s not that it doesn’t put on a host of challenging, thoughtful and imaginative productions – it’s just that it does the same thing the other 11 months of the year. The only difference is the sheer volume – nearly

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Meet Fred

BWW speaks to Fred the puppet about his upcoming starring role in “Meet Fred” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. What can you tell us about your show Meet Fred? Well, I can tell you what it says on the flyer, it’s about a puppet that just wants to be a regular guy. Now I thought

Edinburgh festival 2016: comedy shows that should deliver

Robert Newman There aren’t many shows on the fringe that I’ve seen already – it’s not that kind of festival. Of those I have, I can cheerfully recommend Legally Brown by one half of the Aussie duo Fear of a Brown Planet, Nazeem Hussain. It’s a sardonic but good-natured account of being non-white in modern Australia.

Edinburgh festival 2016: what to see and where to go

If you were to stick a pin in the Summerhall programme you would be almost certain to come up with a show that would surprise and delight in equal measure. Check out the curated programmes from Paines Plough and Northern Stage. The former includes the return of Every Brilliant Thing, alongside Luke Norris’s new comedy about

Edinburgh Fringe: Five shows to see at Summerhall

Our resident agony aunt and somewhat cynical theatre critic picks her five must-see shows from this year’s Summerhall Fringe programme As general manager Sam Gough joked to a bar full of journalists, PRs and performers,Summerhall’s 2016 programme is one without a theme, but full of things that they like. The venue’s fifth Fringe programme is as

Trident debate to take centre stage at Edinburgh Fringe

The debate over whether Britain’s nuclear weapons should be based in Scotland is set to take centre stage at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A new play exploring the arguments for and against the Trident missile system will be based on interviews from those “at the front line” of the deeply divisive issue. inRead invented

Tim Crouch revival and Roundabout return lead Summerhall fringe season

A revival of Tim Crouch’s play Adler and Gibb leads the Edinburgh Festival Fringe season at cross-arts centre Summerhall. Nearly 1,700 performances of 120 separate shows will be staged at the venue in August, with the return of Paines Plough’s portable Roundabout theatre as well as fringe programmes by Northern Stage and Big in Belgium.