A guide to Fifers at the Fringe 2013

The cast of Princees Pumpalot
The cast of Princees Pumpalot

With thousands of shows taking place during this year’s festival in Edinburgh, it’s difficult to decide which to go and see.

Attracting acts from across the world, among them are many from the Kingdom.

Sinatra: The Final Curtain

Sinatra: The Final Curtain

So to help you with your decision making, we’ve come up with a guide to some of the Fifers on the Fringe in 2013.

A Guitar and Viola

St Andrew’s and St George’s West, George Street

August 15 and 18

Carpe Diem Productions

Carpe Diem Productions

Fifers April Randall and Stephen Morrison are playing as a guitar and viola duo for the fourth year. They will perform a recital containing a colourful mixture of established and unique music in a melodic and sonorous combination, including the world premiere of ‘Duo for Viola and Guitar’ by Fife composer John Gourlay.

Bothwell’s Bride

Stockbridge Parish Church, nightly until Saturday

Fife-based Carpe Diem Productions performed some musical numbers in the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle for publicity. In this latest offering composer Peter D. Robinson takes audiences back to turbulent times in Scotland’s past. The story unfolds in the final months of the reign of Mary Queen of Scots and the drama that will change the fate of a nation is played out.

Caught in the Net

Youth Music Theatre Scotland

Edinburgh Academy, August 8-10

How safe are you online? This exciting new award-winning drama is based on the dangers of the internet. Who or what are you playing with? Dying 2B thin, identity theft, organised crime, virtual reality. Starring young theatre performers from across the Kingdom.

Daniel Sloss: Stand-Up

EICC, August 8-25 (not 21)

After a year of touring, television and the release of his debut DVD, the East Wemyss comic is back at the Fringe. He’s got a brand new stand up show with a whole lot of new material. He’s also doing extra, late night shows, on Friday and Saturday nights which are likely to be much ruder.

Diva Las Vegas

The Street, Picardy Place, every Friday and Sunday until September 1.

After performing stand-up comedy for the first time in Edinburgh last year, Ryan Matthewson returns with a brand new show. Ryan will divulge the details and secrets of what has been one hell of a year and reflect upon his recent adventures in Las Vegas.

Hamelin: The Last Child

Youth Music Theatre Scotland

Edinburgh Academy, August 6-10

A multimedia rock musical with live band and stage performers from Fife. Sharing the stories of lost children through the ages, the tale begins and ends in the town of Hamelin, where only one child remains...

Les Miserables: Schools Edition

Youth Music Theatre Scotland

Edinburgh Academy, August 12-13 and 16-17

Performed by the YMTS cast in Lochgelly previously, the young cast present their outstanding production of one of the world’s best loved musicals in Edinburgh.

Lights Out By Nine

The Tron Kirk, Royal Mile

August 10, 18 and 22

The popular soul band play three dates at the Tron, with each appearance approximately an hour long. Having celebrated their 25th anniversary last year, LOBN plan to do a different set at each of the Tron shows.

Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess

The Assembly Rooms, August 8-25 (not 12)

Based on the top selling children’s book, ‘Princess Pumpalot’, written by Leven’s Robin Mitchell this is an interactive family show. Fifers Donna Hazelton and Matt Robertson star. Characters you’ll meet include a nasty prince, a brainy ghost, a low-flying gnome and Geoffrey the giraffe.

Sinatra: The Final Curtain

Whitespace Gallery, Gayfield Square, August 9-24 (not 12 and 19)

Produced by Fife Kingdom Theatre Company and written by John Murray, starring international vocalist Moray Innes as the aging Sinatra, actress Sadie Paton as his wife Barbara and acclaimed vocalist from The Colombos, Alan Murrie, as the young Frank. A legend now poorly in hospital looks back on a lifetime of entertainment as he reflects on the triumphs and the heartaches. He sees his former self as a young crooner, slim and confident and hears the songs that touched a generation. He tells his young nurse of some very good years and reprises his greatest songs for one last time as he faces the final curtain.

The City Goes to Bed

Youth Music Theatre Scotland

Edinburgh Academy, August 14-15

Featuring an array of musical selections from the deepest corners of the musical repertoire, this performance will move and inspire. Showcasing some of Scotland’s most promising young talent from YMTS’ older members.

The Goddess of Walnuts

Paradise in The Vault, August 8-18 (not 12)

The Catherine’s Club, a group of students from St Andrews, perform this bittersweet comedy, written by student Tim Foley. Vivien and Vicky are so different, but have been doomed to repeat the same routine each night. However, the audience must no longer be passive voyeurs to both Vicky and Vivien’s plight and each night the audience will intrude on fate as they select which actor plays which role.

The Tempest in the Firth of Forth

Hopetoun Estate

August 8,9, 12-15

Hands in the Air, in association with Mermaids and the Demarco European Art Foundation present a promenade Shakespearean production on the shores of the Forth. Using live music Shakespeare’s comedy is brought to life in an apposite setting. The audience follow the narative around different areas of the Hopetoun beach, and are called upon to be a part of the story themselves.

Two is the Beginning of the End

Sweet Grassmarket, Apex International Hotel, August 19-25

Devised and directed by young Fife-based theatre company, Fishbowl, this is a whirlwind autobiographical adventure told through the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Fishbowl have formed a partnership with Adam Smith College for the production.

The play explores those first tentative steps you take into adulthood through a landscape of joy, apprehension and a 90s childhood montage.