The Edinburgh Fringe brochure was released yesterday. It was a momentous occasion. The Gimp Owl (Just wait until you see the cover) looked majestic, and the over 3000 shows happening this August comprise the usual mix of the genuinely brilliant-sounding, and the so-bad-it-might-be-great. Luckily for us some of the acts in the programme will even be performing in London in the next few weeks as they get ready for the Fringe, so we put together a list of the ones we can’t wait to see.
We’ll declare our bias right now. Our very own Community Manager Nicola is bringing a show to Edinburgh. The Miserables is a parody of Les Miserables, which is set in an office where the employees hate their jobs. She has promised us it is not about us and we have decided to trust her. The Miserables can be seen at Just The Tonic at The Caves. Or, for those not travelling to Scotland, it’ll be at The Etcetera Theatre in Camden in July.
Shappi Khorsandi is a very well-established act and for very good reason – she’s brilliant. Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey will be at The Stand comedy club, and a lucky few can catch her preview at The Good Ship in Kilburn. This year’s show is billed as a love letter to her adopted land, and we definitely can’t wait to see it.
Max and Ivan lit up the Edinburgh Fringe last year with ‘The End’, which went on to successful runs at the Soho Theatre and elsewhere. Brilliant character comics, their show this year – Max & Ivan: Our Story – promises to introduce audiences to two never-before-seen characters: Themselves. Before they head up to the Pleasance, they’ll be previewing what they have so far the The Good Ship.
Ettieboo’s Cabaret Boonanza is a totally free show that offers a glimpse at the best, brightest and most beautiful acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. Variety shows are the perfect solution for those in a time crunch, and free ones are even better in our book. In London, Ettieboo can be found in a slightly more kid-friendly, but just as brilliant, cabaret show at The Aeronaut in Acton.
Ellie Taylor is TV regular, and all-around great comedian. She’ll be taking her latest show, Infidellity, to Just The Tonic at The Tron at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. In it, Ellie will get to grips with that pesky bit of marriage known as monogamy. In the lead-up to the Fringe, Ellie will be previewing her work-in-progress at – yep, you guessed it – The Good Ship in Kilburn.
Last year Tez Ilyas experienced something that turned his world upside down. This year, he’s back at the Edinburgh Fringe with a follow up to his smash hit 2015 show. Made in Britain will be at The Pleasance, and you canget a sneaky peek of it at – shocker – The Good Ship in Camden. Look, they just have some awesome stuff on there, guys.
So, what do you think? Will you be braving the potential for rain and the certainty of haggis (honestly, it’s delish)and heading up to Edinburgh this Summer? And if not, how about checking out a show in London so you can nod along once all the reviews start getting published. Either way, you can book your tickets here.