Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Monday cover photo

Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Monday

Lyn's Edinburgh Picks: Monday cover photo
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Lyn Gardner Edinburgh Festival
1 July 2019 · Follow on Stagedoor

With so much to see at Edinburgh each summer, it can be hard to know where to begin. Each day this week I'll be releasing ten picks that I think are worth a look.

There will be many great pieces of work that don't make these first five lists but I will be writing a daily blog from the festival itself once it begins so I hope to cover a great deal more!

So, in alphabetical order, here we go...

All of Me (Summerhall).
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-18, 20-25

Caroline Horton has already documented her experiences of anorexia in Mess, and now she returns to the subject of her own mental health in solo show, a cabaret about trying to live even when you sometimes want to die.

All Of Me by China Plate.

Are We Not Drawn Onward to a New Era (Zoo Southside).
Aug 2-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25

Fringe favourites and tricksters Ontroerend Goed offer a theatrical palindrome asking whether things are getting better or worse and if humanity is moving forward or back? Can we ever really change or are our actions irreversible?

Are We Not Drawn Onward to a New Era by Ontroerend Goed.

Art Heist (Underbelly)
Aug 1-13, 15-25

Poltergeist, the company who last year brought you the UFO show, Lights Over a Tesco Car Park, channel Ealing comedies to contemplate the art world in a narrative in which three thieves break into a gallery on the same night. Expect philosophy mixed in with the comedy capering.

Art Heist by Poltergeist.

Baby Reindeer (Roundabout at Summerhall)
Aug 1-13, 15-25

Paines Plough host Richard Gadd’s play—directed by Jon Brittain—based on the true story of what happened when he offered a stranger a cup of tea. The interaction that followed has long term ramifications, not all pleasant. Heads to the Bush after Edinburgh.

Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd.

Bible John (Pleasance Courtyard)
Jul 31 Aug 1-12, 14-26

True crime is big on the fringe this year. Female-led company Poor Michelle tackle the unsolved killings near Glasgow’s famed Barrowland Ballroom in the late 1960s. Because the killer liked to quote from the old testament he became known as Bible John. The company question our fascination with such cases in a look at violence and victimhood.

Bible John by Poor Michelle.

Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders (Summerhall)
Jul 31 Aug 1-11, 13-18, 20-25

The scandalous scale of homeless deaths in this country is explored by the ever-necessary Cardboard Citizens. Written by Adrian Jackson and performed by a cast who all have different experiences of homelessness, the show is inspired by the true stories of some of those who live—and have died—on the streets.

Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders.

Coma (Summerhall)
Jul 31 Aug 1-25

From the makers of the creepy Séance and the disconcerting Flight comes a new show using binaural headphones which takes place in a dark shipping container. There are rumoured to be beds. What is lurking in the dark recesses of your mind and do you dare find out?

Coma by Darkfield.

Conspiracy (Underbelly)
Aug 1-11, 13-25

Apparently, 60 percent of the population believe in at least one conspiracy theory. Fake news is everywhere. But Barrel Organ have your back thanks to their terrific grasp of post-modern narrative techniques. This should be a highly revealing show about the role conspiracies play in the modern world.

Conspiracy by Barrel Organ.

The Crucible (Edinburgh Playhouse)
Aug 3-5

Part of the Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Ballet celebrates its 50th anniversary with a dance version of Arthur Miller’s allegory about the 17th century Salem witch hunts. Where Miller’s original is wordy, ace choreographer Helen Pickett offers a pared back piece of narrative ballet that has a timeless quality as it reminds that shadows lurk everywhere.

The Crucible by Scottish ballet.

Daddy Drag (Summerhall)
Jul 31 Aug 2-11, 13-18, 20-25

The annual Autopsy Award has thrown up some great shows and this year’s winner is Scottish artist Leyla Josephine. Using drag, poetry and dad jokes, Josephine explores her relationship with her own dad, unconditional love and how we judge who is a good enough father.

Daddy Drag by Leyla Josephine.

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