Friday, 8 August 2014

Shows I think you should see at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe happens every year in August, and it's an excellent opportunity to see a range of different performances, including theatre, music, circus, comedy and spoken word. Depending on your budget, there are plenty of paying ticketed performances but also many free ticketed and non-ticketed shows too (usually with a collection at the end where you are encouraged to give a donation based on your budget and how much you enjoyed it). There are so many things on every year that it can be really difficult to decide what to go and see, so these are some of the shows and performers that I've seen and think are worth watching.

First of all, I highly recommend that if you're coming to Edinburgh in August this year, you check out the Edinburgh Vegan Meetup website, as we're organising a bunch of trips to go and see vegan performers at this year's Fringe. We're a friendly and inclusive bunch, so even if you're not vegan you're totally welcome to come join us for a fun group visit to go and see some shows.

If you only go and see one performance at the Fringe this year, please make it Mark Thomas. His show Cuckooed is a non-fiction comedic theatrical piece about his own friendship with a CAAT employee and activist who turned out to be a corporate spy selling information about Thomas and others to arms company BAE Systems. Hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time, I can't recommend 'Cuckooed' highly enough. The Edfringe website lists the show as sold out, but apparently you can still buy tickets from the venue box office (Traverse Theatre).

I thoroughly enjoyed Susan Calman's show Lady Like. It's a brilliant show which includes content about LGBTQIA themes, self-image, mental health and more. I found the show to be slightly rambling but very witty and interesting.

I went to see Andrew O'Neill's History of Heavy Metal with the Edinburgh Vegan Meetup last weekend and it was awesome! I'm not hugely into heavy metal myself but it was very interesting, very funny and well presented. We're also going to see his free show, 'Mindspiders' tomorrow (9 August 2014), so if you'd like to come with us, you can find meeting details here.

I have been to a few other shows, but these are the ones which I've thought were the best out of those I've seen so far. Have you been to any good shows at the Edinburgh Fringe this year? If so, please do share them in the comments section below.

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