If you don’t mind crowds of people, getting bashed by the odd selfie stick and moving at a speed of an elderly tortoise (in the Old Town at least) then it’s definitely worth battling the Royal Mile to get a taste of what’s on this Festival season. It is virtually impossible to walk down the Royal Mile without being handed a flyer for the best comedy, performance or show – it’s actually a great way of discovering a show you might not have been aware was on. The Edinburgh Fringe has a great website but with so much on it can be a little overwhelming to navigate. Even the app returns hundreds of results!
Although I’ve been to the Fringe before, this is the first year that I’ve been based in Edinburgh and I’ve been enjoying seeing as much of it as I can. I really wanted to make the most of this opportunity and so consequently August has been a somewhat expensive month (!) – I do feel however, that it’s been entirely worth it to see some hilarious acts that have made me full on belly-laugh and more generally, to soak up the festival atmosphere.
If you’re looking for more Fringe recommendations or simply want to avoid the chaotic buzz of the Royal Mile, then have a read below of my top recommendations this 2018 Fringe season.
If you see any show at the Edinburgh Fringe, this is the one I would recommend the most. It features a cast of professional Shakespearian actors and a randomly selected drunk performer every night. Absolute hilarity ensues- there’s a fair bit of swearing, forgotten lines, terrible singing and word muddling. Just a brilliant concept that will have you laughing from the beginning to the end.
In a similar vein to the above, a team of professional actors, one of whom is drunk, put on a production of Oliver Twist. It is a cockney knees-up musical extravaganza, with songs from an array of different musicals. It’s an adaption of this classic play like you’ve never seen before! Hugely entertaining and worth every penny.
Ross Smith makes his debut at the Edinburgh Fringe by drawing on his own experiences of when he received a Facebook message from a stranger, with an even stranger invitation. With razor-sharp wit, he delivers a tale of his extraordinary adventure. A naturally funny comedian whose act will make you both reflect and chuckle throughout.
This award-winning improv group are back and are as brilliant as ever. They put on an hour of fun, laugh-out-loud improvised comedy sketches, ending with a showstopping finale – an entirely improvised musical based on audience suggestions! Completed unscripted, this is one of the funniest acts around.
There are no words to depict how incredibly talented this group of acapella singers are. High energy, fun, power-house vocals and brilliant, sharp choreography this is one of the most feel good shows you will see at the Edinburgh Fringe. I cannot recommend this show enough- I was completely blown away by their talent. Aca-mazing. Go buy tickets whilst you can!
This performance will definitely not be for everyone. I thought it was worth a mention however, as it’s unlike any other Fringe show I have seen. It’s presented by Darkfield, the creators of 2017 Edinburgh Fringe hit Séance and takes place in a shipping container in absolute darkness and lasts for 30 minutes. It will get your heart-racing within moments as you take-off and are taken to your final destination. Unusual and unforgettable, this is a good option if you’re looking for something different. (If you are claustrophobic or a nervous flyer than this is possibly not the show for you but otherwise go check it out!)
Have you seen any of the above shows at the Fringe? What would be your top recommendations? Let me know in the comments- I’d love to hear from you!