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What are the best new plays of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018?

Neil Bell and Eve Steele in The Political History of Smack and Crack at Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 now underway, our expert reviewing team pick their best new plays of the festival so far. Their selection will be updated throughout the festival as more shows are reviewed. 

Underground Railroad Game

Traverse Theatre, times vary

Fearless, ferocious, exposing and explosive theatre about race and the legacy of slavery in America

Underground Railroad Game review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘fearless and explosive’ [1]

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Roundabout @ Summerhall, 8.20pm

Hilarious and human high-school two-hander that’s just brilliant fun

The Political History of Smack and Crack

Roundabout @ Summerhall, 5.30pm

Rollickingly entertaining, deeply moving drama-cum-documentary about heroin use in Manchester

And Before I Forget I Love you, I Love You

Pleasance Courtyard, 14.00

Pip Utton’s beautifully constructed one-man show shedding light and love on the frailty of the human condition

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Jeelie Piece Cafe, 20.00

Set in a cafe, this is a beautifully human story about the impact of technology on grief 


Summerhall, 19.55

A meticulously crafted, beautifully written monologue by Chris Thorpe about nationhood and nationality

The Greatest Play in the History of the World

Traverse Theatre, times vary

Superb performance from Julie Hesmondhalgh in husband Ian Kershaw’s sci-fi love story

The Greatest Play in the History of the World… review at Traverse, Edinburgh – ‘superb’ [2]

One Life Stand

Roundabout at Summerhall, 21.45

A stylish, smartphone-saturated Odyssey from Hull-based gig-theatre makers Middle Child

One Life Stand review at Roundabout, Edinburgh – ‘boundary-breaking buzz’ [3]

After the Cuts

Summerhall, 12.00

A darkly funny dystopia about life after the dismantling of the NHS