Gadzooks! Recommendations from Weeks 1-2 of the Edinburgh Fringe

Hello! It’s me, Verity, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. I am tired but jubilant, like a small child eating a huge slice of cake.

You may know that I am keeping up my appalling habit of seeing between five and seven shows a day by writing reviews over here. It’s been a great opportunity to have my Twitter Ego artificially inflated.

The ‘Any recommendations?’ question is a difficult one because the answer is invariably ‘Well, it depends what you like’, which is why incidentally I tend to feel very close surprisingly quickly to people who give me good ones. So:

If you want to see stand up comedy done exceptionally well, look no further than Felicity Ward (Pleasance Courtyard) or Mae Martin (Laughing Horse @ City Café, free).

If you want to cry while simultaneously being reminded that maybe life is worth it despite everything, beg, borrow or steal a ticket for Every Brilliant Thing (Roundabout at the Summerhall), or see Lungs (Roundabout at the Summerhall) instead.

If you like Desert Island Discs and character comedy, see Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby (Pleasance Courtyard). If you like Disney songs and character comedy, see All Our Friends Are Dead (Just the Tonic @ The Caves, free).

If you fancy something cerebral, head to An Oak Tree (Traverse Theatre).

If you want to think about the limits of language or have any doubts about the beauty of sign language in theatre, see the incredible Can I Start Again Please? (Summerhall). If you only have time to see one show this year, let it be this one.

If you like listening to bearded Australian men sing about mortality, go and see Wilting In Reverse by Stuart Bowden (Underbelly Cowgate) and Wil Greenway: For the Ground that Grew Me (Underbelly Med Quad). If you’re not sure whether you do, give them both a try.

If you’ve had enough of pretentious theatre types, see The Frida Kahlo of Penge West (C nova) to let off some steam.

If you watched Jurassic Park the Stephen Spielberg film as a child, see Jurassic Park (Assembly Roxy). Don’t ask how they do the dinosaurs, just go.

If you’ve ever felt anxious about being, Melody (Clerk Bar, free) is a fiercely honest piece of spoken word poetry which utterly floored me.

If you’re ready and willing to take risks with comedy, immediately head to The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society (The Hive, free), which encourages a different crop of comedians to try out anything except the standard stand up format every Sunday-Thursday. There’s a list of permitted heckles

If you’ve ever been a fourteen year old or know one, see one-woman show Brute (Underbelly Cowgate).

I hope this is of some help to the baffled masses staring overwhelmed into the sea of shows displayed on the Fringe App.


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