Edinburgh Festival Fringe: our critics’ best shows
At the mid-point of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with more than 150 shows under its collective reviewing belt, we asked our critics to name just the two best shows they’ve seen at this year’s event. Here’s what they chose…
Goggles – Pleasance Courtyard
Dippy, eccentric, funny and with a message in there too, if Edinburgh was ever about discovering a gem where you least expect then Goggles is it.
Us/Them – Summerhall
A compelling blend of direct-to-audience narration and physicality allows us to see the trauma wrought by the adult world through innocent eyes.
Care Takers – C
An intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging production that seeks broader truths while navigating an ethically knotty plot.
The Trunk – Underbelly
A resonant story of rediscovering a lost past, told with engaging charm.
Expensive Shit – Traverse
A howl of rage at male cultures that are complicit and guilty in their abuse of women.
The Story of Mr B – Institute Francaise D’Ecosse
Children’s puppet theatre which addresses the big issues in life – just as any great theatre should, whatever age it is aimed at.
Daniel Oliver: Weird Seance – Forest Fringe
Daniel Oliver’s Weird Seance was a joyous disassembling of the live art scene, and Forest Fringe itself, right at the start of its 10th year anniversary season.
Cuncrete – Summerhall
An exhilaratingly bleak swansong for the grey, hard dreams of powerful men.
How to Win Against History – Assembly George Square
Says all manner of things about identity, privilege, legacy, art and the nature of biography, while never losing sight of when the next joke should land. A total pleasure.
Team Viking – Just the Tonic Community Project
James Rowland’s debut solo show is a moving story, beautifully told – a real fringe find.
Foiled – Ruby Rouge Hair Salon
Whether it’s the hair salon setting or simply the lotion fumes, Foiled is the perfect comedy, verging audaciously on farce.
Saturday Night Forever – Underbelly Med Quad
Roger Williams’ monologue is a genuine rollercoaster of human emotion. It’s difficult not to fall in love with Delme Thomas’ Lee