Five unique shows to see at the Fringe

At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe you can be on stage '“ and you can also be the entire audience.

Friday, 12th August 2016, 1:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:47 pm
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And amid the hundreds, nay thousands, of listings, there are a raft of unique shows which defy categorising.

Some are challenging, some are site specific, and some are utterly compelling or simply downright entertaining; a few simply impossible to figure out too!

So here’s some of the more unusual offerings on the Fringe this year.

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1 Iraq & Out Loud, Bob’s Blundabus (Venue 212), 24 hours.

Be part of the huge army of folk committed to reading aloud the entire Chilcot Report, 24 hours a day until it’s done. Yup, every single one of the millions of words penned in the official inquiry.

There are half a dozen seats for the audience, but you can also book a slot and be part of the cast reading out a section round the clock. Sign up and you could share the platform with the likes of Omid Djalili, Ian Rankin and Reg D Hunter.

And you can say you’ve also performed at the Fringe!

You’ll find the Blundabus behind the museum on Chamber Street, next to the underpass that leads to Potterrow and the Gilded Balloon.

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2 Back Of The Bus, Assemble George Square Gardens (Venue 3) 4.30 & 6.15 p.m.

All board! Get on the bus that takes you through the streets of Auld Reekie while dancers propel themselves along the aisles and above your heads!

It’s a unique magical, mystery tour which was a sell-out hit in 2014.

3 Wrecked, George Square, The Car (Venue 3), Midday, 1.30, 3.00 4.30p.m.

A woman has crashed her car. She’s reached the end of the road in her life, and is trapped and trying to unravel the mess.

That’s where you step into the car as passengers - six seats to see this fascinating site-specirfic piece of theatre.

4 Comedians Cinema Club, Just The Tonic At The Tron (Venue 51), 3:40p.m.

Roll up and prepare to be part of this show in which assorted stand-ups recreate your favourite films on stage. A huge hit with the critics, it takes a completely different slant on some true cinematic classics. Film buffs may approach with with caution!

5 Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours, Grassmarket East (Venue 165), Times vary per day.

Turn up, put your headphones on and prepare to walk – or rather, dance – through the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh.

Only you hear the music, but when it comes to the choruses and you start singing, then magical things can happen.

Last year the 40-strong group of silent disco-divas burst into The Proclaimers’ 500 Miles, and the entire street simply joined in. A smashing moment on a sunny day!