5 of the Best of the Fest

Each week of the festival we have 5 recommendations for the very best of the Edinburgh Festivals- and a ticket giveaway. This week we have 2x free tickets for 5 Artists in Search of a Country at the Assembly Rooms plus 2x free tickets for Hirsch at the Pleasance – plus 2x tickets for Devil in the Deck.

Just email us your name, email and twitter details and we’ll put you in the draw to win the tickets.


We’ve had at least three articles in national newspapers (Guardian, Independent and the Scotsman) bemoaning the fact of so few shows at the festival discussing the independence referendum – all of which ignored this stand-out event discussing Scotland’s historic choice next year.

With Elaine C Smith, MC Dave Hook from Stanley Odd, spoken word genius Jenny Lindsay, the incomparable Jim Sutherland and playwright David Greig – come along for a cultural questioning of all things independent!

Assembly Rooms, George Street, Monday 12 August 2.30 pm. £10.00 BOOK HERE.


Orphaned by war, Hungarian refugee Hirsch finds a new home in the world of theatre, where fierce talent and uncompromising drive propel him to great heights but challenge his existence. Alon Nashman’s gut-wrenching and emotionally charged tour de force performance brings Hirsch to life.

The Pleasance 2.15 – more details here. £10.00 9 – 25 August


The Kid from the Kingdom explains all:

“This is our biggest headline show to date, so we’re going to pull out all the stops. We’re delighted to have indie legends ballboy and the band of talented young gentlemen that are Campfires in Winter as our special guests for the evening. And last, but certainly by no means least, following David’s appearance at their EP Launch last week, the Cairn String Quartet will be joining us for a section of our own set to make the night extra special for you.”

Liquid Rooms (£8, doors 7pm, 16+) Buy your tickets here.


The miraculous David Peace – author of The Damned Utd, and the haunting 1974 reads from his latest novel Red or Dead a tribute to Bill Shankly. Red or Dead is a ‘revolutionary novel about a revolutionary man’. Peace says:

I have written about corruption, I’ve written about crime, I’ve written about bad men and I’ve written about the demons. But now I’ve had enough of the bad men and the demons. Now I want to write about a good man. And a saint. A Red Saint. Bill Shankly was not just a great football manager. Bill Shankly was one of the greatest men who ever lived.
Safe to say he’s a fan.

Friday 16 August 2013 at 1.00pm, at Word Power Books – Edinburgh Book Fringe More here.

Devil-in-the-Deck-595-280DEVIL IN THE DECK

Magic, music, and theatre collide in Edinburgh’s most romantic adventure. Cursed by a gypsy fortune-teller, Devil in the Deck follows the story of con-man Jack Swindle as he travels the world in search of love, magic, adventure and a cure to the curse.

The Pleasance – 16.10 £7-9.00 daily 8-25 August. More details here.

A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else!

Ever feel like the Fringe has lost it’s edge? Go back to the 70s with this very funny show that feels fringier than you could possibly need. New York’s legendary Adrienne Truscott puts the zest back in the fest.

Adrienne Truscott, one-half of the infamous Wau Wau Sisters, dressed only from the waist up and ankles down, undoes and does in the rules and rhetoric about rape, comedy and the awkward laughs in between...”

FREE entry, Pay-What-You-Want on exit OR buy ticket in advance to guarantee entry. Contains nudity, adult themes & strong language

Venue: Heroes at Bob’s Bookshop from 8-26 August More details here.

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  1. Iain Hill says:

    This all seems to be the Fringe. What about music in the real Festival?

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