The Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival based right here in Scotland’s capital, is finally over after a crazy month of comedy, music, dance, theatre, spoken word and so much more. For me, August was organized chaos, living with 3 performers, becoming my boyfriend’s unofficial roadie, and jumping from show to show, but I have compiled a list of my very best moments of the festival, so in no particular order, here we go!
Leyla Josephine: Hopeless
Celebrated spoken word artist and unapologetic Glaswegian gal Leyla Josephine starred in her first ever solo Fringe show ‘Hopeless’, a reflection on how we keep ourselves going despite the endless onslaught of bad news in the media. Follow Leyla @LeylaJosephine1
The Loud Poets, an alternative Edinburgh poetry performance group, return for another #IAmLoud show for the festival, showcasing incredible spoken word acts that challenge perceptions of the medium alongside a live band and original film. Follow them over at @LoudPoets
Acéléré by Circolombia
One of the most incredible physical performances I’ve ever seen and nothing like a traditional circus, Circolombia is an insanely talented gymnastic circus troupe from Colombia performing gobsmacking displays of strength and flexibility alongside two amazingly soulful Latina singers and dancers. Follow Circolombia on twitter at @circolombia
Gillian Cosgriff: To the Moon and Back
Austrailian comedienne Gillian Cosgriff presented a solo Fringe show featuring her whimsical original songs and hilarious anecdotes, themed around her irrational fears of both marriage, and outer space. Follow Gillian at @gilliancosgriff
Shitfaced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Shitfaced theatre group have a unique, drunken way of performing various beloved tales, usually Shakespeare, but this year they return with The Wizard of Oz. I was lucky enough to attend the night where the very camp tin man was heavily under the influence, helped in part by my own audience participation. 10/10 would drink again. Follow them over at @ShitFacedShow
Men with Coconuts
Men With Coconuts are an award-winning improvisational comedy troupe based in Edinburgh. This year they presented an improv show that is genuinely rolling-on-the-floor hilarious even for people like me that genuinely shy far away from improv. Follow the guys at @menwithcoconuts
Jack Hinks: BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals
Shoot me guys, I had to put the other half on here. He’s been performing in various bands and groups throughout the festival, but my favourite has definitely been his set at the incredible BBC stage. You can stay up to date on all of Jack’s gigs throughout the year at http://www.jackhinks.co.uk, and follow his twitter @JackHinksMusic
A Brief History of Disco
A Brief History of Disco, accompanied by Edinburgh seven-piece band Sploco, lets you step back in time and experience the rise and fall of disco, through the music and stories of 1970s New York City – the era that changed the course of musical history forever.
Not a show exactly, but definitely deserves a special mention! The lovely lot at Festival Village, a huge new venue on top of Waverly Mall with bars, street food and live music, invited me down for the #FestivalVillageBlogMeet last week, for champagne and halloumi fries. What more could a girl ask for? FInd out more at https://www.facebook.com/FestVillage/
What do you think of my selection? DId you see any great shows at this year’s Fringe fest? Let me know in the comments!
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx