Here is a little round-up of the shows we’ve reviewed during their London previews, and given 4 or 5 stars to. Here are the shows that you simply cannot miss at the Edinburgh Fringe this August.
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World
‘I will listen to “Deeds Not Words” on repeat until further notice’Jill Johnson, Lost in Theatreland
The Fringe premiere of new kickass-pirational pop musical from one of the producers of hit SIX, that celebrates the lives of Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhurst and many more. Join our inquisitive heroine Jade as she breaks away from her class to take a peek at the not yet open Gallery of Greatness in the local museum where she meets some of history’s incredible wonder women. Celebrated dramatist Chris Bush and No 1 hit songwriter Miranda Cooper (Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue) adapt suffragette descendent Kate Pankhurst’s award-winning picture book. Read Jill’s 5* review here!
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
Dates: 4th – 29th August (not 10th, 17th & 24th)
Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch
‘Unfortunate begs the question.. is Ursula a villain at all? Or is she a feminist icon?’Amy Rye, Lost in Theatreland
Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon. From multi award-winning Fat Rascal Theatre and fresh from sell-out runs around the UK comes this critically acclaimed hit parody musical. Unfortunate splashes into Edinburgh with a 70-minute festival version – and things are gonna get wet. Join everyone’s favourite Disney Diva, Ursula, as she gives her take on what really happened all those years ago under the sea. With an original hot pop soundtrack and trademark filthy humour, the legendary queer queen is ready to spill, in this tell-all tale of sex, sorcery and suckers. Read Amy’s 5* review here!
Venue: Underbelly, George Square
Dates: 4th – 28th August
‘The intensity from start to finish holds strong and keeps the audience entirely gripped throughout’Jack Carpenter, Lost in Theatreland
How can a soldier be trained to be a cold-blooded killing machine while clinging on to the threads of humanity? A Dantesque descent into the conundrums, contradictions and hypocrisies of war through the eyes of a convicted war criminal. Based on real events, this taut psychological thriller seeks justice from the collision of morality and empathy. European Premiere from multi-award winning House Of Cards writer Bill Cain, directed by Olivier winner Guy Masterson (Morecambe, The Shark Is Broken), starring Joshua Collins, Samara Neely Cohen, Daniel Bowerbank, and Fringe favourite, Stage Award and multiple Fringe First winner, David Calvitto. Read Jack’s 5* review here!
Venue: Assembly George Square Studios
Dates: 4th – 29th August (not 15th)
‘Hysterical, passionate, a joy to watch’Jill Johnson, Lost in Theatreland
The Queens of Cups draw upon their years teaching, in OffFest nominee Bad Teacher. Evie, our titular teacher, takes you with her as she battles through the school day, confronting audiences with eye-opening truths about gender politics, mental health, and the outrageous expectations that our current educational system sets for students and teachers alike. Read Jill’s 5* review here!
Venue: Underbelly, Bristo Square
Dates: 4th – 29th August
Black is the Color of My Voice
‘Odumosu really does ‘Put A Spell on You’ with a simply spellbinding and compelling performance in Black is the Color of My Voice.’Amy Rye, Lost in Theatreland
Direct from sell-out shows, an extensive UK tour and London season, Fringe First award winner Apphia Campbell returns in her stunning solo show inspired by the life of Nina Simone. Read Amy’s 4* review in here!
Venue: Pleasance at EICC
Dates: 4th – 20th August (not the 10th or 17th)
‘A heart-warming, family-friendly wholesome puppeteer show.’Jill Johnson, Lost in Theatreland
A factory above. A factory below. Two separate worlds existing side by side, until someone crosses the barrier… MJ is a human who is sick of moving boxes around all day like a robot. Pins is a robot who’s only heard of humans in stories. When they meet in the space between their worlds, they form a friendship that blurs the boundaries between human and machine. A Pixar movie brought to life on stage using physical theatre and puppetry, Foundations is a whimsical production that tackles what it means to be human in an age of technology. Read Jill’s 4* review here!
Venue: Underbelly, Cowgate
Dates: 4th – 21st August
Briefs: Bite Club
‘Dylan Rodriguez’s aerial acrobatics thoroughly amazed and left the audience desperate to see what else was in store.’Jack Carpenter, Lost in Theatreland
Australia’s award-winning cult-cabaret mischief-makers, circus stars and heart-stopping hooligans Briefs Factory, join forces with much celebrated songbird Sahara Beck. An event sautéed in a hedonistic haze of music, circus, drag, burlesque, theatre and comedy. Described as one of Australia’s most arresting performers, Sahara Beck’s soaring vocals will blast female pride power into the ferociously fierce displays of talent from the Briefs boys you know and love. Their slick tomfoolery and heart-stopping hooliganism will be bathed in suave synth, heady hooks and swelling strings, all set to a glorious pop pulse. Read Jack’s 4* review here!
Venue: Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows
Dates: 5th – 27th August (not 15th or 22nd)
‘Impromptu Shakespeare is engaging, comical and fun!’Rachel Agyekum, Lost in Theatreland
Sad that Shakespeare hasn’t written anything new for over 400 years? Well, hold onto your doublets, ruffs and trunk hose. The Bard is back! With story and verse improvised in the moment, enjoy a riotous new Shakespeare play every time – performed by Impromptu Shakespeare’s whip smart cast. Packed with priceless wit, lyrical smarts, romance, and a dash of double-crossing, this leading ensemble do the Bard proud with a brand new one-act hit every time, inspired by audience suggestions. Read Rachel’s 4* review here!
Venue: Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose
Dates: 14th – 28th August
Time: Varies check website
Love in the Time of Lockdown
‘Lockdown was an out-of-the-ordinary yet shared experience that we all faced. This play does well to highlight the weird, wonderful and tough reality during those times.’Rachel Agyekum, Lost in Theatreland
Last year’s hit show is back with a new variant which will once again have you laughing, crying and talking about how lockdown was for you, for your neighbour and for your friends. From harrowing to hilarious! Love never stops, not even during lockdown, but it gets so much harder. These characters are lonely or lack a moment of privacy. Some are brave and some resigned, they’ve run away or stayed put and some experience hallucinations – or do they? The sell-out success of last year’s Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe! Read Rachel’s 4* review here!
Venue: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall
Dates: 22nd – 27th August
‘Don’t miss this bloody hilarious show!’Jill Johnson, Lost in Theatreland
Have you ever wondered how people in the past dealt with their periods? If Queen Victoria coasted* through her cramps? What if period dramas really were about… periods? Comedy, cabaret and tap collide in this hilarious one-woman show, teaching the history you never learnt at school. Armed with glitter, blood, some history books and an arsenal of embarrassing stories, Heather’s on a mission to push through the menstrual taboo and change the way we think about bleeding. Audiences are invited to embrace themselves fully, let loose and have a “bloody” good time! *Obviously she didn’t. It was 1837. Read Jill’s 4* review here!
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
Dates: 4th – 21st August (not 10th of 15th)
‘McPherson gives a magnetic and charismatic performance’Victoria Rose & Brandon Boruch, Lost in Theatreland
Following his sold-out, five-star debut show, The Man, Patrick McPherson makes his anticipated return with Colossal. ‘What’s the best part of a story?’ A one-man comedy play about love stories, and how we tell them. Combining sketch comedy, gig theatre and spoken word, Colossal is an hour of dynamic theatre which navigates the maze of modern relationships, from the first date to the last text, from falling headfirst to falling apart. Read Victoria and Brandon’s 4* review here!
Venue: Underbelly, Cowgate
Dates: 4th – 28th August (not the 15th)
What shows are you planning to see at the Edinburgh Fringe this year?