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Edinbugh Fringe 2017 show recommendations


After months of research I came up with some shows to see at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

What you’re about to read here is the list of shows I’ve already booked (and which I’ll be seeing soon). These shows are the ones which have been getting mega reviews or are highly anticipated. Some of them are shows which have been around a while which I have been desperate to see, or are new shows by artists whose work I have seen previously and loved.

That also means that some bloody brilliant shows are not on this list because I’ve already seen them. I’ve added some of these at the bottom of the list as an extra.

I’m particularly looking forward to Eggs Collective, three wonderful performers I’ve seen do stuff separately – but as a trio are at their strongest. This show was in Edinburgh for a short stint two years ago (if I remember rightly) and is soon to be shown live on the BBC.

And I missed A Machine They’re Secretly Building at The Lowry during its tour earlier this year. It looks like a fantastic piece of multi-platform theatre, exactly what I like.

If you’re going to book any of these shows – please double-check they are performing on the date you intend to see them, artists do have days off during the festival.

Bombastic Declaration of Love – Julie Cafmeyer 
Anatomy Lecture Theatre @ Summerhall

Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles on the Future
Summerhall Festival (Main Hall)

Heads Up
Summerhall Festival (Anatomy Lecture Theatre)

Eggs Collective: Get A Round
Summerhall Festival (Cairns Lecture Theatre)

Tony Law: Absurdity for the Common People
The Stand Comedy Club – Stand 1

A Machine they’re Secretly Building
Summerhall Festival (Red Lecture Theatre)

I Am Faransis W.
Summerhall Festival (Old Lab)

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead
Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Two

Jayde Adams is Jayded
Pleasance Courtyard – Beneath

Durational – no tickets:
Action Hero: Slap Talk
Codebase, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 9DZ
Durational 15:00 to 21:00

Roundabout @ Summerhall (Roundabout)

Underbelly George Square – Udderbelly
Unreserved Seats – FULL PRICE £14.00

Summerhall Festival (Old Lab)


FREE: Jordan Brookes: Body of Work
Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake
Any day, 18:15

Girl and a Gun (I wrote about this amazing show here)
Anatomy Lecture Theatre @ Summerhall

Katie and Pip by Tin Can People (I wrote about this show, which I photographed in development, here)
C Venues (Venue 34)
12:20 (Aug 20, 22, 24, 26, 28)

Louise Reay: Hard Mode
Stand  4 @ The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4

Pamela DeMenthe Presents: Sticky Digits
Just the Spare Room @ Just the Tonic at The Caves





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