Edinburgh Fringe 2013

In 2013, we looked after six incredible, but very different, productions – all highly acclaimed, five-star knock outs.

WINNER – Fringe First 2013

WINNER – The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence, Best Solo Performer

Critically acclaimed DryWrite make their Edinburgh debut with the world premiere of a hilarious one-woman show written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. This is a rip-roaring account of Fleabag, a twenty-something female trying to find her place in the world with life, love and work. Fleabag is an anti-heroine, a refreshingly unique example of today’s modern woman. It’s like meeting a friend for an up-close and personal chat. This is comedy story-telling at its very best with all the unspoken nitty-gritty of real life.

WINNER – Fringe First 2013

From fast-rising writer Brad Birch (Soho Theatre, Royal Court) comes the world premiere of a bittersweet play about obsession, death and horticulture. Undeb Theatre, with exciting young director Hannah Bannister, present Gardening: For the Unfulfilled and Alienated an intimate storytelling experience for only two audience members at a time – a limited opportunity to witness something very powerful. A man struggling under the weight of the modern world finds a self-help book that inspires him to take up gardening. And he’s good at it. But there’s a dark and violent secret to his success. Step inside Owain’s garden shed to hear about the lengths he’ll go to create a beautiful garden.

Flipping the Bird, in association with Red Shift Theatre Company, presents Fringe First award-winning writer Jonathan Holloway’s Jekyll & Hyde – a melodrama for a modern audience. Fusing live music, black comedy and grotesque cabaret, this new twist on a classic tale is anarchic, riotous and sexy. The live original score by award-winning composer, Laurence Osborne (Barbican, English National Ballet), creates a dark and dirty atmosphere. Director Jessica Edwards and award-winning designer Joanna Scotcher collaborate to create an eerie and magical set which transports us from the world of St John’s living room to the living breathing underbelly of the city. Although Stevenson’s original action was set in London, there is also a strong analogy that the atmosphere is really that of Edinburgh. What better city in which to retell this electrifying tale!

Sex Lives of Others from Keely Winstone (Royal Court Writers’ Programme 2013) and award-winning director Hannah Eidinow (winner of 5 Fringe Firsts) is an eye-watering new comedy about what’s really going on next door. Home-alone Hilary and James are playing Mumford and Sons. Hungover Sonny (acclaimed stand-up Matt Green) is having his ears raped by Mumford and Sons while his horny girlfriend Kerry (Waterloo Road actress Jessica Baglow) isn’t bloody interested in Mumford and Sons – all she wants is a shag. But the noises coming from the neighbours aren’t quite what either couple thinks…

WINNER- the ImpattoTotale award (which enables the show to travel to Lamama, Spoleto)

Internationally acclaimed Belarus Free Theatre are bringing Trash Cuisine to the Fringe. Belarus is the last country in Europe not to have abandoned the death penalty. Theatre is the company’s only voice against the horrific dictatorship of Belarus yet this show is courageous and infused with life. Trash Cuisine is a hard-hitting new work that interweaves real-life testimonies with extracts from Shakespeare’s tragedies, live music and dance to challenge the rationale behind capital punishment’s continued use. Trash Cuisine is urgent theatre that pierces the imagination with moments of darkest humour.

Winner of the prestigious IdeasTap Underbelly Award, ANTLER Theatre present Where the White Stops. No-one’s been into the White before. Except Crab. Battling against icy blizzards, mythical beasts and her own imagination, Crab leaves the safety of her village to journey across a vast and desolate frozen landscape. She’s searching for something else. Where the White stops. Using polyphonic song and comic playful physical storytelling, ANTLER tells the great adventure of Crab, and her tragic obsession with the unknown. This is a story of modern parallels, of fulfilment and of always wanting to do more.