Three to See

Grab a last chance to entertain the kids

Vlad headWe now reach the penultimate weekend of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.  As the Scottish schools have now returned, these are the last chances for Scottish teachers and parents to spend an entire day at the festival.

If you are one of them, take some time out (weather permitting) to eat or drink in one of the many al-fresco bars the city has on offer in August. 

Undoubtedly the best of these is St Andrew Square Garden, an oasis of bucolic charm in the city, and also on a tram stop.  This weekend’s guide is a suggestion as to how to plan a day’s entertainment from afternoon to late night, with sufficient gaps in between to allow for some outdoor re-fuelling.

There can be few better days on the Fringe than taking in these shows.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting Hose   2.45 pm

This is a remarkable show.  New Zealander James Nikise, one of the best improvisers on the planet, presents a puppet-based version of Tarntino’s masterpiece Pulp Fiction.  I saw this show at Perth’s Fringe World in Australia and have never laughed so much.  Quite simply, this is one of the most innovative shows on this year’s Fringe.  Also, it takes place at The Counting House, next to The Pear Tree, one of Edinburgh’s largest all-year beer gardens,

Laughing Horse @ Free Sisters, Three Sisters, Cowgate 5pm

I recommended this show last week but make no apologies for doing so again.  She guested on my Pick Of The Fringe show at the weekend and her humour is sublime. This forty minute show is the perfect way to start off an evening at The Fringe. Jenny has a warm, engaging personality and a natural wit.  Yet beneath her air of sweet innocence lurks some very dark and edgy material.  Definitely a star of the future, were there to be any justice in showbiz.
Also the Three Sisters has a sizeable outdoor courtyard.

Just The Tonic at The Tron, Hunter Square   10.20 pm

One of the most respected acts on the comedy circuit, Mick Ferry is another past winner of the Comedians’ Comedian award.  This effortlessly funny and eminently likable, Mancunian is also a personal favourite of mine, and someone who I can never tire of watching. A barn-storming appearance on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow has so far not led to further TV work, which is the public’s loss as he deserves to have a much higher public profile.  If you only see one show at this year’s Fringe, make it Mick Ferry.

Vladimir McTavish’s one-person show “Scotland, 45 Events That Shaped A Nation” is at The Stand Comedy Club 5, at 6.15 pm from Friday 7th to Sunday 30th August

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