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Six Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows in search of a transfer

Monica Dolan. Photo: Alan Harris
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The Edinburgh Fringe is over for another year. The streets are free of flyers. Normality has reasserted itself. Here are six of the shows we’d most like to have a life beyond the fringe that have yet to announce future plans to tour or transfer.

The B*easts

Monica Dolan’s debut solo show – which she both wrote and performed – also won her The Stage Edinburgh Award. It’s a provocative, precise piece about women’s bodies and the way they are viewed, destined to create debate and Dolan – star of W1A – is in complete control of her material.

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Marc Graham in All We Ever Wanted Was Everything review at the Welly Club, Hull. Photo: Sarah Beth
Marc Graham in All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. Photo: Sarah Beth

Hull theatre company Middle Child’s latest gig theatre show was a sell-out at the Roundabout, leading to the company performing two back-to-back shows on some nights. We called it “an exhilarating, sweaty, and eardrum-pounding show” in our four-star review and gave MC Marc Graham The Stage Edinburgh Award for his performance.

Lands

Sophie Steer and Leah Brotherhead in Lands. Photo: Meurig Marshall
Sophie Steer and Leah Brotherhead in Lands. Photo: Meurig Marshall

Antler’s “affecting and eloquent” two-hander can be read in many ways – a metaphor for mental illness, maybe also for addiction. It featured actor Sophie Steer bouncing on a min-trampoline for nearly a full hour – an impressive spectacle in itself.

The Shape of the Pain

Hannah McPake in The Shape of Pain at Summerhall, Edinburgh
Hannah McPake in The Shape of the Pain at Summerhall, Edinburgh

Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe’s Fringe First winning show with an original score by Melanie Wilson depicts the experience of living with chronic pain. Technically ambitious by fringe standards, it was a piece of “poetically resonant power”.

BlackCatfishMusketeer

Aoife Spratt in BlackCatfishMusketeer
Aoife Spratt in BlackCatfishMusketeer

Dublin theatre company Malaprop’s endearingly low-tech show took a wry look at the way digital technology has reshaped our romantic lives, the nature of intimacy and the way in which people communicate. It’s smart, serpentine writing performed with wit and charm.

Prom Kween

Cast of Prom Kween at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh. Photo: Max Lacome
Rebecca Humphries and Sam Swann in Prom Kween at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh. Photo: Max Lacome

Another winner of The Stage Edinburgh Award, Rebecca Humphries’ bubbly new musical about a non-binary student running for prom queen in a US high school. We described it as “sharp, satirical and bursting with heart.”

The Believers Are But Brothers will be at Home, Manchester, as part of the Orbit festival from October 9-12

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