Fringe frenzy begins in Edinburgh

Ian Hanmore in The Tour Guide

August 04, 2011

The 54th Edinburgh Fringe Festival has officially begun and a number of Curtis Brown clients will be performing in high-profile productions. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.

Ian Hanmore stars in The Tour Guide, a one-man show written by James Graham that takes place on a real-life Lothian Bus tour driving around the Scottish capital. What starts out as a standard sightseeing drive slowly unravels as the Tour Guide’s personal history invades that of the city itself. Departs from Market Street, until 28th August (not 15th or 22nd), 18.15 and 20.15

Stephen McCole and Leo Wringer star in The Wheel, Zinnie Harris’s new play, which is presented at the Fringe by the National Theatre of Scotland, focuses on an epic journey through a world torn apart by war and conflict. Traverse Theatre, until 28th August (not 15th or 22nd), times vary

Also at the Traverse, David Charles is working with the National Theatre Wales and Told By An Idiot, who are reviving their acclaimed 2010 show The Dark Philosophers as part of the British Council showcase. Traverse Theatre, until 28th August (not 15th or 22nd), times vary

Jamie Michie plays Man in Mad About the Boy, presented by Fringe First winning company Iron Shoes. A three-hander from Jerwood Award winner Gbolahan Obisesan, directed by Levershulme bursary winner Ria Parry. Underbelly, until 29th August (not 16th), 14.20

Leon Williams performs a one-man adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, which relives the life of a young private as he gears up to face the firing squad at dawn in the First World War. Udderbelly Pasture, until 29th August (not 15th), 14.20

Harry Kershaw returns to the Fringe with his improve-comedy troupe The Scat Pack, who improvise a feature length movie afresh in Lights! Camera! Improvise! C Venues, until 29th August (not 16th), 19.15

Finally, Jamie Bradley performs his one-man devised piece Elegy directed by fellow Complicite member Douglas Rintoul. Whitespace, until 28th August, 20.30