Edinburgh sees the final weekend of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - 29th August 2009.

Shows We Want To See

There’s just so much happening at Edinburgh Fringe that it’s really hard to decide what you want to see and while obviously our own show, Substance, is going to be top of your list, we thought it’d be worthwhile sharing with you some of the shows that we’re particularly looking forward to this year!

C Venues

We’re in C Nova this year and as always we’re really excited about all the shows that C Venues have to offer this year and there are a few that have really caught our eye.

Romeo/Juliet
Here at Sunday’s Child we love physical theatre and young companies and New York’s Royal Family Productions’ show Romeo/Juliet has both of those things. It looks like it’s going to be a really fun show and we can’t wait to see it!

Where: C too; When: August 1st-26th (not 13th) at 14:30

 

Leagues of St. George
Set in 1976 in Dagenham with gay skinheads and a live punk band there’s just so much to love about this. These guys are also on straight after us every night so we’ll be sharing a dressing room with them and we’re really excited about that (although based on the photo we’re also a little scared).

Where: C Nova; When: July 31st – August 26th (not 13th) at 21:55

 

Angels in America, Part 1: Millenium Approaches
Angels in America is definitely one of the most important and iconic pieces of American theatre and we cannot wait to see  what Mermaids Theatre do with it. It’s also on the stage we were on last year so we’re looking forward to seeing what they do with a space that we know all too well! Whatever happens this is going to be two and a half hours of theatre on an epic scale.

Where: C aquila; When: August 11th-17th at 22:20

 

The Bunker Trilogy

Jethro Compton’s work at the Edinburgh Fringe over the years has been nothing short of mind-blowing. We were lucky enough last year to get the chance to see some of his work with Belt Up and a year later we’re still thinking about it. This year Compton is bringing a site specific re-imagining of three plays (Agamemnon, Macbeth and Morgana). We’ve caught a glimpse of the set and let us tell you this one will blow your mind!

Where: C Nova; When: July 31st – August 26th at various times

 

Beulah

Last year we managed to catch Beulah and it was one of the most magical experiences that we’ve had in a theatre. A beautiful story set to some amazing music. There’s just so much to love about this show that we can’t even begin to put it into words. If you go to one musical this Fringe make sure it’s this one.

Where: C; When: August 14th – 26th at 13:40

 

Other Places

With the whole of Edinburgh being turned into Fringe Central there’s lots of different venues. These are some of our tips for the other venues around the city!

The Trench
Les Enfants Terribles wowed Edinburgh with The Trench last year and were ever present on the Mile as well. We really wanted to catch the show last year but for a litany of reasons (very few of them any good) we accidentally missed seeing them. We can’t let that happen again this year so they’re on our list of things that we have to see!

Where: Pleasance Courtyard; When: July 31st – August 26th (not 12th) at 14:45

 

Dark Vanilla Jungle
Philip Ridley is something of a theatre icon and we’re super excited that he’s bringing a full length show to the Fringe this year. We’re sure it’s going to be amazing and he may even flyer on the Mile as well so we could even get a chance to grab a chat with him. This could well be one of the big hits of the year’s Fringe.

Where: Pleasance Courtyard; When: July 31st – August 26th (not 13th) at 15:00

 

Titus Andronicus: An All-female Production
We’ve been following the exploits of the Smooth Faced Gents online for a while now and it’d got us really excited for their all-female take on one of our favourite Shakespearean plays, Titus Andronicus. The show has already done a few nights and had amazing reviews so we’re certain that this is going to be one of the top Shakespeare shows on offer this year.

Where: Bedlam Theatre; When: August 2nd-24th at 19:30

 

Free Fringe

If you’re anything like us you’ll run out of money before you run out of time at the Fringe this year and if that happens you can always avail of the Free Fringe to make sure you’re still able to see some top notch shows!

Static
Static looks like a really interesting venture attempting to tell the story of how a generation grew up through a mix of storytelling and verbatim news reports. It’s on at the time that we’d normally set aside for having some dinner but we have a feeling that this’ll be worth skipping dinner for!

Where: The Fiddler’s Elbow; When: August 3rd-24th at 17:45

 

The Hawke Papers
Two of our cast members are doing another show during the Fringe (we don’t know how they can fit it all in) and this is it! It promises mystery, malice and intrigue and good old fashioned murder mysteries are always good by us and with the revelation that JK Rowling is into classic crime as well we’re sure you’re going to love this!

Where: Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet; When: August 5th-25th at 11:00

 

Free Footlights
The Cambridge Footlights have been coming to the Fringe for years, selling out year after year and producing some of the best talent around (John Cleese and Stephen Fry are just two of the many notable names that they can count as alumni). This year the Footlights are doing a show as part of the Free Fringe. A great chance to see some up-and-coming talent!

Where: The Dram House Upstairs; When: August 3rd-24th at 18:30

 

Comedy

After a hard day on the Mile flyering and at different theatre shows, Sunday’s Child always like to unwind with some great comedy and these are our tips for this year!

Shit-faced Shakespeare
The premise is simple. The results are hilarious. Basically a group of actors rehearse a Shakespeare play and then every night a different one of them drinks huge amounts of alcohol and tries to stumble their way through the play that once upon a time they knew so well. We saw this last year and it was just about the funniest thing we saw all Fringe and the critics agreed with us.

Where: C; When: July 31st-August 26th at 23:20

 

Foil, Arms and Hog – Late Night Irish sketch Comedy
We hung out a bit with these guys last year and as well as being great guys we loved their sketch show. We may not have learnt to tell which one was Foil, which one was Arms and which one was Hog but we’ll definitely try and do that this year. Definitely one of the best sketch comedy groups on the circuit at the moment.

Where: Underbelly, Cowgate; When: August 1st – 25th at 22:00

 

David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything
Okay so it might seem that we’re on a bit of an Irish kick with this comedy section (just wait until you read the Irish theatre section below) but you can’t leave David O’Doherty off a list of top comedy to see at the Fringe. David is one of the best comedians out there and we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him at a comedy showcase last year and we definitely want to see him again this year.

Where: Pleasance Courtyard; When: July 31st – August 26th (not 12th) at 19:20

 

Irish Theatre

With half of the Sunday’s Child team hailing from Ireland and with our now yearly tours to Ireland , we always have an eye on what’s happening in the Irish theatre scene and these shows from Irish companies are set to be fantastic.

Howie the Rookie
Landmark Productions’ Howie the Rookie has been wowing audiences across Ireland and the critics have been going crazy for it as have audiences with sold-out run after sold-out run. We haven’t managed to snag tickets while it was on in Ireland so we’ll definitely have to go this time! You’re definitely not going to want to miss this one.

Where: Assembly Hall; When: August 1st-25th at 12:40

 

Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend
Stephanie Preisner is an amazing writer and performer and this show will really knock your socks off. We got a chance to see this show when it ran in the Project Arts Centre the week after our own show and it was amazing. It’s also about addiction which ties in nicely with our show as well!

Where: Underbelly, Bristo Square; When: 31st July – August 26th (not 18th) at 12:30

 

Have I No Mouth
Brokentalkers are definitely one of Ireland’s most exciting theatre practitioners with a really unique style that’s just so captivating. After the success of their last show The Blue Boy which has toured all over Europe we definitely can’t wait for this one.

Where: Traverse Theatre; When: August 1st-25th (not 5th,12th or 19th) at various times

 

We’ll definitely be trying to get to as many shows as possible during the Fringe this year so let us know what you’re looking forward to via our twitter, @SundaysCTheatre and we’ll try and check it out!

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