The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has long been THE most talked about, and visited, cultural phenomenon in the UK. This is one event that really lives up to all the hype. No matter how imaginative you are, you still would not be able to comprehend the sheer mind-boggling array of acts and shows this festival will have on offer. But being one of the most popular events, means finding somewhere to stay can be an issue; especially with the festival starting this Friday(August 2). The good news is, there are still some fantastic last minute deals to be had on Edinburgh Festival hotels. You just need to know where to look! But first things first, here are some of our picks for what to see at the festival.
The Wrong’s Hag: Underbelly on Cowgate, 1 – 26 August
Watch out! Baba Yaga is a child-eating witch-hag, infamous in Slavic folklore, who ‘only eats the ones that deserve to be eaten. Acclaimed theatre company The Wrong Crowd fuses puppetry, live action, music and dark humour in this visually stunning fairy-tale for grown-ups. Promises to be spell-binding – and pretty spooky.
Baconface – It’s All Bacon! - The Stand Comedy Club II – 6 – 23 August
If my comedy hero Stewart Lee says this Canadian stand-up is good, you better believe this will be one of the hottest tickets in town. Making his UK debut, perfoming in a Mexican wrestling mask wrapped in bacon, expect the unexpected and a good dose of controversy from this cult 1980s comedian.
theatre O and Young Vic: The Secret Agent, Traverse Theatre, 6-25 August
Secret terror cells, political conspiracy, police bungling, state-sponsored bomb plots… This is London, 1896. Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s classic novel, The Secret Agent is theatre O’s heartbreaking and hilarious chronicle of passion, betrayal and terrorism. It’s one of four co-productions from London powerhouse Young Vic Theatre so promises to be top notch.
Sarah-Louise Young and Michael Roulston – Festival Highlights – Julie Madly Deeply - Gilded Balloon Teviot – 2 – 26th August
This off-beat cabaret is a candid tribute to the one and only Dame Julie Andrews. Starring cult-favourite and Fascinating Aida star Sarah-Louise Young, this promises to be an affectionate look at one of the legends of musicals. The famous Edinburgh hills are sure to be alive to the sound of music during these performances.
Chris Thorpe and Hannah Jane Walker: I Wish I Was Lonely: Forest Fringe, 16-25 August (FREE)
WHAT? Audience members are required to leave their mobile phones ON in the theatre for once? Chris Thorpe and Hannah Jane Walker make ‘theatre experiments’ rather than plays (their last hit show was the “colourfully” titled ‘The Oh F__k Moment). In this much-anticipated follow-up, they work in calls and texts received by the audience alongside stories, poems and conversation to explore our ‘always available’ culture. Don’t forget your phone/smartphone/tablet/laptop/carrier pigeon…
We Flew Big: Something There That’s Missing – theSpace, Jury’s Inn, Edinburgh – 2 – 24 August
This coming-of-age comedy blending multimedia, puppetry and music, features an all-Chinese cast and promises to take you on a magical adventure.
To book tickets visit the official Edinburgh Festival Fringe website. These are just some of our suggestions, you can also find a host of reviews and more about all the shows at the festival at the website.
So…. where to stay:
Visit our Edinburgh hotels page and grab yourself some great deals on 4* hotels, starting from £82 per night in the heart of the city. There is good availability for the run of the festival, which is from August 2 to 26th. We also have a cracking Top Secret deal, a 5-star luxury city centre hotel, perfect for unwinding from the festival frenzy from £229. So what are you waiting for?