Fife’s Fringe benefits...

Rab Noakes is among those playing at the Fringe.  Pic by Walter Neilson.
Rab Noakes is among those playing at the Fringe. Pic by Walter Neilson.

Every August Edinburgh is transferred into a thriving hub of arts performers when the Fringe rolls into the city for the month.

It’s a time when anything could happen in the capital and thousands of leaflets promoting all sorts of shows - including comedy, theatre and music - are distributed to one and all.

And talented Fifers are among those who travel to the city to showcase their skills at the festival each year - and this year is no different.

There’s an abundance of Fifers involved again in 2014 and here the Press takes a look at just some of them.

When it comes to looking at the thick programme for the Fringe, you’ll find Fifers in all the different sections and they are of all ages and offering something for everyone.

Among this year’s performers are some well known names from the Kingdom, including East Neuk musician King Creosote and folk singer songwriter Rab Noakes.

Creosote, aka Kenny Anderson, has just completed a soundtrack for filmmaker Virginia Heath, which is set to premiere around the Commonwealth Games, while his new album ‘From Scotland With Love’ is due for release this month.

He plays The Queen’s Hall on August 15.

Acclaimed songwriter and performer, Rab, plays a solo ‘Up Close’ date at the Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s on August 10.

In terms of comedy, Daniel Sloss - who has been described as half man, half X-Box - returns to the Fringe.

The comedian from East Wemyss is performing his new show ‘Really?!’ at the EICC from Jul 31-Aug 23 and he’s also doing six extra late night shows.

On the music programme, Kirkcaldy musician and leader of Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra, Richard Michael will be performing in two different shows.

The first, Richard Michael - The History of Jazz Piano takes place at artSpace@St Marks from August 7-9 when the fingers of Richard Michael bring to life the notes of the greatest jazz pianists.

He also performs with his musical family Hilary, Paul and Joanna Duncan on jazz swing, baroque, fiddle and blues on August 21-23.

The Bowhill Players blend their music and poetry from their Joe Corrie Project and album for two nights of music at the Acoustic Music Centre on August 5 and 9.

Dunfermline based choir, Kingdom Singers, perform their Festival Concert, featuring a mix of modern and classical tracks, at St Cuthbert’s Church on August 16.

Sangsters and Barbara Dickson are among those taking involved in ‘Far Far From Ypres’ at the Queen’s Hall on August 17. The production, which features World War One songs, poems and stories with Scottish perspectives, proved a huge hit at Celtic Connections earlier this year. Others involved in the project include Dick Gaughan, Iain Anderson and Siobhan Miller.

Theatre performances from Fife are also plentiful.

The young team from Youth Music Theatre Scotland, who are based at the Arts Hub in The Postings shopping centre in Kirkcaldy, will be using the Edinburgh Academy as their hub for the festival. This year they are staging three different shows at the Fringe.

The YMTS Young Artist Recitals: From Baroque to Broadway allows audiences to experience the best young Scottish talent in training performing their favourite vocal and instrumental work from, as the title suggests, Baroque to Broadway. Performances take place on August 9-10 and 16-17.

In association with Fife College, ‘Shout! The Mod Musical’ sees the music, fashion and freedom of the 60s brought to life through arrangements of chart topping hits, as a group of groovy girls learn about life by flipping through the pages of a popular girls’ magazine. (August 6-10).

And the company will perform their take on the Romeo and Juliet tale, set in New York, West Side Story from August 13-17.

‘Sinatra: Final Curtain’ by Kingdom Theatre Company returns to the Fringe this year following a sell-out run last year.

Written by Press columnist John Murray, we meet Frank, now poorly in hospital as he tells the young nurse of some very good years and reprises his greatest songs as he faces the final curtain.

It runs at theSpace@Surgeons Hall from August 1-23 (except Sundays).

For the young family members, ‘Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess’ returns.

The show, which runs at the New Town Theatre, is based on Leven author Robin Mitchell’s books. It runs from July 31- August 24.

‘Thief’ by LR Stageworks, which will be staged at Hill Street Solo Theatre, stars Dunfermline actor Matt Robertson in the role of Sailor.

Scotland’s dynamic professional company, Opera Bohemia, which features Fife performers, are celebrating five years at the Fringe with performances of their original production, La Boheme.

They will be at St Andrew’s and St George’s West on August 4, 5 and 9.

Kirkcaldy’s Benita Baugh and her Jazzmen take over the same venue on August 17.

The following week she joins Walter Ireland for some nostalgic moments.

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