Fringe Diary: Hot Edinburgh picks
By Harper Ray
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest ticket event in the world. With countless thousands of shows on offer it can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff.
So, to save you some shoe leather, we have hit the ground hard to bring you a selection of winners from the fringe this week.
• Why not save your strength and let others get physical with a visit to Little Soldiers (pictured). Set in an old circus tent this show explores the rivalry between two brothers using spellbinding physical theatre. Although a little hard to read at times, the piece is none the less stunning to watch and beautifully sculpted by dramturg Bernie C. Byrnes.
• If you like the physical storytelling, but want more narrative then head to Hag, the exciting new work by the creators of the much loved Girl With The Iron Claws. The company skilfully use puppetry, live action and music to tell the sinister tale of Baba Yaga, a child-eating witch! This piece is a little dark for children but good for families who can enjoy the wonder together.
• Want something to do without the kids? Then how about an strictly *adult* education with Ivy Paige and her show 'Head' Mistress? Camp, glamorous, moving and bawdy... well that could be a description of both the show and its showgirl host. This tongue in cheek one woman romp blends song and stand up with saucy charm.
• And if you like the laughter and lesson combo then head to Festival Of The Spoken Nerd - Full Frontal Nerdity. I had no idea what to expect from a show blending of science and comedy. What I got was cramp from laughing at joyous and irreverent experiments (including The Electric Pickle) will simultaneously bend your mind and split your sides.
• And if the festival diary hasn't already overwhelmed you with choices then what about a show that offers over 1,500 possible stories depending on how the audience pick? Modelled on the structure of a Choose Your Own Adventure book, Choose Your Own Documentary is a clever fusion of multi-media crafted from specially created documentary film footage. Packed with twists and turns every show is bound to be different from the last.
The Little Soldiers
Group: Theatre Re
Venue: Pleasance Dome
Duration: 50 minutes
Group: The Wrong Crowd
Venue: Underbelly, Cowgate
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Ivy Paige - 'Head' Mistress
Group: Lucinda Ryan Productions
Venue: Just the Tonic at The Caves
Duration: 1 hour
Festival Of The Spoken Nerd - Full Frontal Nerdity
Venue: Assembly George Square
Duration: 1 hour
Choose Your Own Documentary
Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes