39 Unmissable Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

39 Unmissable Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Bring On The Edinburgh Fringe!

We’re jetting up to the Edinburgh Fringe next week, and we’ll be sharing with you the best quirky, offbeat, and downright amazing events at this years festival!

BUT FIRST! YES, IT’S OUR ONE-PAGE GUIDE TO THE HOTTEST HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME!

Check out the great shows we’ve picked out for you below, and we promise that if you tick off even a few of these, you’ll be a happy haggis.

Go on, knock yourselves out with fab fringe festivity! And don’t forget to check out our Edinburgh Fringe Reviews!

CABARET & CIRCUS

amy-g

Amy G: Entershamement
Jul 30-Aug 11, Aug 13-18, 20-25 | 11:00pm | £6-12 | Underbelly, Bristo Square

CABARET – Comic chanteuse Amy G belts out big song and dance numbers with the help of roller skates, a live chicken and a bucket full of joie de vivre!

★★★★★ Review
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christeene

Christeene: The Christeene Machine
Jul 31-Aug 9, Aug 11-16, 18-23 | 10:10pm | £6-12 | Underbelly, Cowgate

CABARET – Join the church of Christine – one foul-mouthed song after another, combining raw, pulse-pounding music with intimate moments of intense emotion.

★★★★ Review
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lclique

La Clique
Aug 2-24 | 10:00pm | £20 | The Famous Spiegeltent

CABARET – The offbeat, thumping heart of the fringe returns to The Famous Spiegeltent for another round of quirky, offbeat spectacle. Be prepared to be surprised!

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lrm

Lynn Ruth Miller: Not Dead Yet
Jul 30-Aug 11, Aug 13-25 | 6:05pm | £8.50-£10.50 | C Venues – C Nova

CABARET – Possibly the oldest comedienne on the fringe, proves that a potty mouth is not just for the young!

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hopesprings

Miss Hope Springs
Aug 6-8, 13-15 | 8:30pm | £10 | The Boards

CABARET – The definition of classy cabaret brings her piano bar chic to The Boards. Expect decadence, delightful original tunes, and a show-stopping voice to die for.

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tinaturner

Tina T’urner Tea Lady
Aug 1-3, 5-10, 12-17, 19-24 | 2:30pm | FREE | Cowgatehead

CABARET – Our pick of the fringe! If you see nothing else, see this – you’ll be wetting yourself with laughter, even if you’re not quite sure why. Goldeneye will never be the same again…

★★★★ Review
IT'S FREE!

circa

Circa: Beyond
Jul 30-Aug 5, Aug 7-11, 13-19, 21-25 | 7:00pm | £12-£18.50 | Underbelly, Bristo Square

CIRCUS – Sexy Aussie circus troupe Circa combine jaw-dropping stunts and tongue-in-cheek humour in this fast-paced big-top treat.

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eastend

EastEnd Cabaret: Sexual Tension
Jul 30-Aug 10, Aug 12-25 | 8:00pm | £7-£11.50 | Underbelly, Bristo Square

CABARET – To Do List favourites Victor Victoria and Bernadette Byrne return with another show packed full of risqué songs, cheeky repartee, and probably the odd Dangerwank…

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showoff

Show Off
Jul 30-Aug 10, Aug 12-18, 20-25 | 2:15pm | £6-£11 | Pleasance Courtyard

CABARET – Figs in Wigs reinvent the variety show with this satirical look at our digital lives in the world of social media.

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thatcher

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho
Jul 31-Aug 10, Aug 12-24 | 9:10pm | £12-£18.50 | Assembly George Square Gardens

CABARET – Maggie returns! Get ready for “a camp odyssey about gay rights, the 80s and disco” – and you might just learn something, too!

★★★★½ Review
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acupuncturist

Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist: Big O Finds Her Soul
Aug 1-11, 13-17, 19-24 | 2:40pm | £5-£10 | Just The Tonic at The Mash House

CABARET – Olivia Rhee stars in a world premier, one-woman show about herself: a Las Vegas acupuncturist by day, cabaret songstress by night!

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lipsinkers

The LipSinkers
Aug 9-16 | 10:00pm | FREE | The Annexe at The Liquid Rooms

CABARET – RVT residents The LipSinkers bring the noble art of lip-syncing bang up to date with a razor sharp edge.

IT'S FREE!

COMEDY

50Shades

50 Shades! The Musical
Jul 31 – Aug 12, Aug 14-25 | 10:30pm | £10-15 | Assembly Hall

COMEDY – If the recent trailer has left you gagging for more, this should tide you over… Tongue in cheek (not to mention other places) – check out There’s A Hole Inside Of Me for an idea of what to expect…

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billietapdancing

Billie Was Tap Dancing for the Seagulls
Aug 1-10, 12-18, 20-25 | 8:45pm | FREE | St John’s

COMEDY – Twisted character comedian Katie O’Brien presents a bizarre gallery of misfits, including cruise ship entertainer SuZanna GonZo.

★★★★ Review
IT'S FREE!

chelsea

Chelsea Manders: Don’t Tell My Dad
Jul 30-Aug 10, Aug 12-25 | 10:30pm | £5-9 | Assembly George Square Studios

COMEDY – Canadian Comedy Award winning Chelsea sings songs about cannibalism, polygamy, and talking dirty (in French).

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maninasuit

Frank Skinner: Man in a Suit
Aug 2-24 | 8:45pm | £17.50 | Assembly George Square Theatre

COMEDY – We caught the work in progress for this show at Soho Theatre a while back, and it didn’t seem to need much more work. Older? Yes. Wiser? Perhaps? Less rude… not a bit!

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ohboy

Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show
Aug 1-3, 5-10, 12-17, 19-24 | 2:30pm | FREE | Cowgatehead

COMEDY – Top improv troupe from Brighton, the Maydays, create an improvised episode of cult sci-fi series The Quantum Leap before your very eyes…

IT'S FREE!

queensofpop

Queens Of Pop: After Dark
Aug 11-15 | 11:00pm | £8 | Electric Circus

COMEDY – Brothers Jim & Ged Weir cut celebrities such as Cheryl Cole down to size with scorching musical parodies – fascinating, fearless and outrageously funny!

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hess

Adam Hess: Mustard
Jul 31-Aug 24 | 5:00pm | £5 | Heroes & The Hive

COMEDY – He’s pretty (funny). Silly, surreal, manic stand-up on acid with a Red Bull chaser. No need for laughing gas – don’t forget to breathe between the jokes!

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guiltandshame

Guilt & Shame: Going Straight
Jul 31 Aug 1-12, 14-24 | 9:30pm | £6-£10 | Underbelly, Cowgate

COMEDY – To Do List is on the poster! We loved their last two Ed Fringe shows, but can they lure our elusive fifth star out of cold storage this time around. We wouldn’t bet against these two cheeky chaps, whose shows are always part play, part sketch, part PARTY!

★★★★ Review
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pippaevans

Pippa Evans: Don’t Worry, I Don’t Know Who I Am Either
Aug 2-3, 5-10, 12-17, 19-24 | 1:45pm | FREE | Bannermans

COMEDY – The real face behind drunken country queen Loretta Maine, Pippa Evans  throws aside the silly voices and tries to discover who she really is…

IT'S FREE!

THEATRE & MUSICALS

alisonjackson

Alison Jackson: A Story in the Public Domain
Aug 21-24 | 3:40pm | £10-15 | Summerhall

OPERA – New opera devised by Alison Jackson, known for her satirical lookalike photographs. Celebs beware!

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cirque

Cirque Tsuki: Feast
Jul 30-Aug 11, Aug 13-25 | 12:45pm | £7.50-9.50 | C Venues – C Nova

THEATRE – Inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights, Feast is a heady mix of feasting, dancing and love potions – Scheherazade, kidnapped by a master magician, prolongs her life with tales of genii, princes, deserts and magic,,,

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decade

Decade
Aug 2-10, 12-17 | Times Vary | £8 | Paradise in The Vault

THEATRE – Ten short plays from a variety of leading playwrights, all set in the last ten years, Decade brings together the work of Mike Bartlett, Abi Morgan, Christopher Shinn, Beth Steel et al, in response to a defining event of our modern world: 9/11.

★★★ Review
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guineapigs

Guinea Pigs on Trial
Aug 2-3, 5, 7, 9-10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23 | 3:30pm | £5 | Summerhall

THEATRE – Sh!t Theatre delve into the murky world of pharmaceuticals through song, satire, spoken word and movement.”Is guinea-pigging a good cure for an empty bank account?”

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lippy

Lippy
Aug 6-9, 12-17, 19-24 | Times Vary | £19 | Traverse

THEATRE – This is not the story of four women who, fourteen years ago, decided die. It is instead a story about why we tell stories when faced with tragedy.

★★★★½ Review
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lookingforpaul

Looking for Paul – Wunderbaum
Aug 14-23 | 10:30pm | £12.50 | Summerhall

THEATRE – The story of Inez van Dam vs. Kabouter Buttplug. To be honest, this had the weirdest description we’ve ever seen in an Ed Fringe programme. So it sounds right up our street!

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mental

Mental
Aug 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 | 6:30pm | £10 | Pleasance Pop-Up: The Bedroom

THEATRE – Autobiographical show in a secret location, telling the story of Glaswegian artist-activist the vacuum cleaner, a constant struggle against the bureaucracy of every day life.

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kimnoble

Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone
Aug 19-24 | 11:15pm | £13-£19 | Traverse

THEATRE – Performance, comedy and film combine in this journey through tower blocks, supermarkets and Facebook in an attempt to get to know people. People like you.

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neargone

Near Gone
Aug 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 | 12:30pm | £7-£10 | Summerhall

THEATRE – Bilingual (English and Bulgarian) and with lashings of gypsy-inspired music, Near Gone is a powerful celebration of what it is to live. (To be honest, we’re not really sure what this is all about, but they had us at Bulgarian…)

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noguts

No Guts, No Heart, No Glory
Aug 18-25 | Times Vary | £12 | Sandy’s Boxing Gym

THEATRE – Set in a boxing ring, this site specific play is based on interviews with female Muslim boxers – expect the raw intensity of a boxing club, with an awesome electro sound score, epic visual design and cinematic lighting. Expect the unexpected.

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sirens

Sirens
Aug 12-17, 19-24 | 8:30pm | £8-£12.50 | Summerhall

THEATRE – We always try to catch the latest Ontroerend Goed show at the Fringe, as it’s sure to push the envelope in one way or another. Always thought-provoking, often beautiful, never forgettable.

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addams

The Addams Family
Aug 1-10, 12-17, 19-25 | 11:00am | £10-£13 | Assembly Hall

MUSICAL – The UK debut of the Broadway smash musical comedy hits Edinburgh courtesy of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. A suitably macabre, joyful and wicked rendering of an old favourite, sure to have you humming for the rest of your stay in Edinburgh.

★★★½ Review
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godthatcomes

The God That Comes
Aug 13-17, 19-24 | 6:10pm | £12 | Summerhall

THEATRE – Hawksley Workman stars in a rock’n’roll  cabaret celebration of the god of wine and ecstasy, Bacchus. Intimate AND chaotic – a perfect combination!

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wuthering

Wuthering Heights
Aug 10-14, 16-17, 19-24 | 10:00pm | £12.50 | Summerhall

THEATRE – A talented, all-male ensemble explore Emily Bronte’s classic story of Cathy, Heathcliffe and all that moping about on moors. Thankfully, the music of Kate Bush and a dance or two should brighten this up no end.

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burgervan

Burger Van
Aug 1-25 | 5:30pm | FREE | Phones 4U

THEATRE – Ever dreamt of working in a burger van? No. Well, imagine working in a burger van and wishing you were somewhere, anywhere, else. Live music and meat puppets (MEAT PUPPETS!) combine in this “multi-sausage exploration of life”.

IT'S FREE!

pioneer

Pioneer
Aug 1-25 | 1:00pm | £7-£12 | Zoo Southside

THEATRE – Fringe First winners curious directive return with a story from the near-future: the first human mission to another planet.

★★★½ Review
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backstage

Backstage in Biscuit Land
Aug 1-3, 5-10, 12-16 | 1:55pm | £6-£11 | Pleasance Courtyard

THEATRE – Tourettes Hero Jess Thom unleashes unto the world her unique perspective on life. She’s neurologically incapable of staying on script, so this could go absolutely anywhere – and that’s the joy of it.

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forestfringe

Forest Fringe
Aug 6-17 | 11am-11pm | Out of the Blue Drill Hall

THEATRE – Make the effort to leave the Old Town and head towards Leith, and you will find Forest Fringe – home to an eclectic programme of innovative theatre, live art and interactive experiences.

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Stuart Wilson

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.