Just Some Of The Incredible Shows At Edinburgh Fringe 2016…

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood
 
Dickens’ classic of heroism, espionage and revenge is thrillingly reimagined by multi-award-winning writer-director Jonathan Holloway. The show makes its European premiere direct from an acclaimed Hong Kong season. This powerful ensemble production relocates the story in the present day, shunning cosy Dickensian theatricality in favour of a world of shadows and fakery. Six actors in a sea of empty chairs and discarded shoes recall ‘the disappeared’. Here, there are no wigs, no period frippery and very few of Dickens’ original words. Dickens’ well-thumbed classic is hurled into the arena of duplicitous hotel room fixers and secret assignations that reverberate through a lifetime. The show is created and presented with the UK’s legendary Red Shift Theatre Productions. Pleasance Courtyard (Beyond) from 3rd August at 14:00. THEATRE

BLUSH
 
BLUSH, written by Charlotte Josephine and presented by Snuff Box Theatre, the team behind the sell-out, multi-award winning Bitch Boxer, tells five candid stories about revenge porn and all its many victims. BLUSH is a slap in the face and a call to arms. This angry, honest and heartfelt piece seeks to encourage and broaden examination of how the scarcity culture in modern society is fuelling our shame, encouraging the destructive belief systems that we are not enough. BLUSH is a fast-paced two-hander that explores where our desire to shame others comes from, the unwritten laws of gender-related responsibility and how the shame we feel at not measuring up spills out sideways into acts of violence. Underbelly Cowgate (Big Belly) from 4th August at 18:00. THEATRE

Happy Dave
 
Happy Dave questions what youth culture today really means and the ethos of Generation Y. David Blessed spent the 90s DJ-ing in fields during the rave era, dropping beats for thousands of young revelers. But now, aged 45, he’s working a dead-end job in an advertising firm selling things he hates. However, old habits die hard and soon Dave leads a group of disenchanted young millennials back into the fray. In 1992, nearly 50,000 people gathered for an illegal rave at Castlemorton that lasted a week. Two years later, the new Criminal Justice Act brought that entire movement to a close. Out of the ashes came the ‘millennials’ – a generation characterised by its uncertainty. Pleasance Courtyard (Beneath) from 3rd August at 16:15. THEATRE

Katie Brennan’s Quarter Life Crisis
 
Are you crippled by student debt? Working an unpaid internship? Trying to find Prince Charming on Tinder and spending the majority of your time watching Netflix? Welcome to the life of a modern day twentysomething! Join actress and blogger Katie Brennan for a new show, packed with music, comedy and cabaret all about living that Quarter-Life Crisis. From facebook to flatshares, weddings to woeful bank accounts, career conundrums to chronically crap sex, come and raise a big glass of gin to all those twentysomethings struggling to find their place in the world. Underbelly George Square (The Wee Coo) from 3rd August at 22:50. COMEDY

NewsRevue 2016
 
Guinness World Record-breaking, Fringe First-winning, Perrier finalist, news-based song and sketch show NewsRevue is back. Although NewsRevue is a Fringe stalwart its content changes all the time, reflecting the very latest world events; the Edinburgh show is a highlight of this year’s news so expect the very best of British satire. From Trump’s Tweets to the EU Tango, politicians and celebrities alike come under fire in a turbo-charged barrage of bladder-threateningly funny songs and sketches brimming with punchlines. The longest-running live comedy show in the world is flawlessly delivered by four outstanding performers and an on-stage Musical Director at lightning speed. NewsRevue’s exceptional writing, superlative performances and original takes on current affairs have made it a Fringe must-see. Pleasance Courtyard (Beyond) from 3rd August at 18:30. COMEDY

Swansong
 
Have you heard the one about the birth at a funeral? Or the one with the monkey? How about the one about the end of the world? Three men are in a pedalo. They’ve survived the apocalypse. Now they’re going to save humanity. After highly-acclaimed hit shows Fade, Inheritance Blues and The Sunset Five, Fringe favourites DugOut Theatre return to examine how lies become stories and stories become legend. With DugOut’s usual blend of toe-tapping live music, laugh-out-loud comedy and consummate storytelling, Swansong is guaranteed to be a real adventure. DugOut’s use of sound to create different worlds filled with colourful characters, transports audiences on a captivating journey. Pleasance Courtyard (Above) from 3rd August at 17:00. THEATRE

The Marked
 
After the 5 star sell-out success of The Fantasist Theatre Témoin returns using mask, puppetry and physical theatre to navigate a haunting, mystical world inspired by real-life stories of homelessness. At its heart, The Marked is a story about the link between trauma in childhood and homelessness in adulthood, exploring the vivid internal landscapes that we create and discover through pain and healing. Since 2010, homelessness has increased nationwide by 55%, with an unprecedented 100% increase in rough sleepers in London. With ongoing cuts to services, this trend is expected to continue. Theatre Témoin feel that it is vital that the most vulnerable in our communities have a voice on stage. Pleasance Dome (King Dome) from 5th August at 13:30. THEATRE/PUPPETRY

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