The Edinburgh Fringe, Preview:
It’s that time of year again for Edinburgh when the biggest collection of Arts Festivals arrives into town, with the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Arts Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo all getting into full Swing. As is a traditional to give our little team the chance to enjoy the festivals, we hand over to our friends at SGFringe.com, who will provide all the reviews, news and coverage.
We at Scotsgay Arts will still be out there with our reviewers writing for SGFringe and our social media will still be in action throughout the month ahead. To keep you all going here is a little preview of some local talent bringing their productions to the Fringe!
Captivate Theatre at the Fringe!
Captivate have become fringe stalwarts, having progressed from the out of town Broughton Theatre, to the unique spegieltent in St Andrews Square to moving to their current home of the Rose Theatre as part of the Gilded Balloon family.
Growing year on year with a mixture of old shows, new shows and self-written shows, the company brings a company of 100’s of children, adult actors, crew and production team to the heart of the fringe and in 2018 the company is presenting an Octology of shows, Starting with 13 the Musical, Annie The Musical, Brave MacBeth, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables, Rabbie, Rent and Whistle down the wind. Truly this company has something for everyone who loves a musical and all productions come complete with live bands! Truly not to be missed!
Elsewhere in the fringe, the international Smash hit “I Ran with the Gang” returns to Le Monde for its 5th Anniversary and for the first time following the passing of Bay City Roller Legend Alan Longmuir, it promises to be an emotional and fitting tribute to man who was always a plumber from Edinburgh who lived he most incredible of dreams.
Le Monde also have a varied programme with cabaret, and a double bill from local writer Robin Mitchell with “May I have the Bill Please” and the Acclaimed children’s Show “Princess Pumpalot and the quest for the purple super farting bean” also taking to the stage above George Street.
The historic Hill Street Theatre which is nestle away on Hill Street Lane in the heart of the new town has a brand new operator this year and refreshed programme from its resident company “Edinburgh Little Theatre” who will offer several productions from Late Night Cabaret to Gin Nights. One stand out is the Fringe Premier of Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo’s acclaimed pop opera “Bare” taking to the stage.
The Hill Street Theatre will also host visiting companies with Liam Rudden’s emotional and dark tale known as “Thief” performing nightly. For those looking for some audience Participation why not don your fishnet and heels and pay a visit to “A Virgin’s Guide to Rocky Horror” a camp fun hour is assured.
Finally, in what must be the bravest new adventure, “Tenacious D – The Musical of Destiny makes its world premier on the Fringe from an exciting new local company, and the Space on Niddry Street will be hosting this epic comedy musical!
Our picks are just a drop in the ocean, with 3000 plus productions on offer the fringe gets ever larger and brings the magic and power of live performance to all those who are willing to open there minds and leap into the Unknown.
What ever you choose to see during the festivals do keep an eye on SGFringe.com and the social media on twitter with @SGFringe and @Scotsgayarts as we explore the plethora of choices.
Have a wonderful festival season and we shall you see all again for our regular reviews, news and previews in September.