The F-Word’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe preview

// 28 July 2016

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img071The Edinburgh Festival Fringe starts in just under a week. The F-Word will be there with our reviewing team of Rosy Candlin, Rachel Cunningham, Flora Herberich, Lauren Hossack, Lissy Lovett and Megan Stodel, bringing you as much feminist-related comedy and theatre news as we can.

In the meantime, here are some of the shows and performers that The F-Word has previously reviewed, which might give you some ideas for acts to see if you’re visiting the Fringe this year. (Please note, not all shows are playing all dates, so do check the listings too.)

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel (Comedy) 5 – 21 August, 13:30, Underbelly, George Square. The F-Word wrote about Austentatious in 2013.

Bridget Christie: Mortal (Comedy) 5 – 29 August, 11:00, The Stand Comedy Club. We’ve reviewed Christie’s shows A Bic for Her (twice) and A Book For Her as well as her book.

Desiree Burch: This is Evolution (Comedy) 6 – 29 August, 21:30, Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus. We reviewed Burch in Tar Baby in Edinburgh in 2015.

Jayde Adams: 31 (Comedy) 6 – 28 August, 22:30, Voodoo Rooms. We reviewed an early preview of this show back in April.

Juliette Burton: Decision Time (Comedy) 3 – 28 August, 16:30 at Gilded Balloon Teviot. We wrote about one of Burton’s previous shows, When I Grow Up in 2015.

Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress (Comedy) 4 – 13 August, 16:05, The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6. We reviewed Ryan’s show Kathbum both at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and later on tour.

Kitten Killers: Stallions (Comedy) 3 – 29 August, 21:30, Underbelly, George Square. We reviewed the Kitten Killers in a previous show earlier this year.

Letters to Windsor House (Theatre) 3 – 28 August, 13:35, Summerhall. We reviewed Sh!t Theatre’s show Women’s Hour at Edinburgh in 2015.

Mae Martin: Work in Progress (Comedy) 4 – 28 August, 21:15, Laughing Horse @ City Cafe. We wrote about Martin in Slumber Party back in 2013.

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans (Comedy) 3 – 28 August, 18:50, Pleasance Dome. We wrote about Parris in 2013.

Savage (Comedy) 21 – 28 August, 12:30, Laughing Horse @ City Cafe. We reviewed this show last year.

Shazia Mirza (Comedy) 4 – 13 August, 18:15, The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6. We reviewed Mirza last year at Edinburgh.

Sofie Hagen: Shimmer Shatter (Comedy) 6 – 28 August, 19:50, Liquid Room Annexe. We reviewed Hagen’s Foster’s Best Newcomer Award-winning show, Bubblewrap in Brighton at the end of last year.

Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm (Comedy) 3 – 28 August, 18:20, Pleasance Courtyard. We wrote about Calman in Edinburgh in 2013.

Two Man Show (Theatre) 6 – 27 August, 20:15, Northern Stage at Summerhall. We’ve reviewed RashDash twice before: The Ugly Sisters in 2013 and Oh I can’t be bothered in 2014.

Zoë Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning (Comedy) 4 – 28 August, 18:50. We reviewed Coombs Marr’s show Dave at Edinburgh last year.

Are you going up to the Fringe? Let us know if you’ve got any tips for great feminist comedy and theatre in the comments.

The photograph is © Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. It shows three people standing on a windswept beach, all looking to the right of the photo and holding a copy of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Programme so it can be seen by the camera. They are wearing grey t-shirts and each one has an elaborate face decoration on the right hand side of their face. The woman in front has multicoloured polka dots across her cheek, forehead and hair. The woman in the middle has bird feathers around her right eye. The man at the back has three small spikes stuck to his right cheek and a piece of blue cloth across his right eye. The Fringe programme itself has a pink cover with the word “fringe” in white and a photograph of an owl in a full leather and spikes outfit on the front.

Comments From You

Feminist Parent // Posted 1 August 2016 at 10:23 am

I saw Nadia Kamil at the Stand Comedy club the year before last. Welsh-Iraqi feminist comedian. Fantastic. Her off-beat humour was infectious. I’d never heard of Intersectionality and Mary Wollstonecraft until I went to her show. Not sure if she’s at the Fringe this year…

izzykerr1012 // Posted 1 August 2016 at 11:52 am

If you’re at the Edinburgh Fringe this year check out The Interference by Pepperdine Theatre Company. They will be raising funds for Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre and the play is great – so it’s win/win.

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