As residents of Edinburgh will know, every August our city is taken over by the Edinburgh Fringe festival where performers from around the world descend on the Scottish capital to showcase their talents.
From comedy to interpretative dance, pantomimes to educational tours, it is one of the most eclectic festivals out there with something for everyone. Finding your something however, can be a difficult task as there are literally thousands of performances to scour through every day of the month. We have therefore decided to compile a small list of handpicked events that we think may be of interest to you.
Game of thrones
Arguably the most talked about show on television, Game of Thrones has inspired a number of parodies and perhaps one of the most popular is Thrones! the Musical. Not to be missed (and not for the faint of heart) this show makes its return to Edinburgh again this year with a fresh take on all things Westeros.
If that isn’t enough to scratch that Game of Thrones itch as we wait “patiently” for the eighth and final season, why not go and see the improv show – Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones. With each and every performance being completely different as the crowd dictates the story, this is a show that can be enjoyed multiple times for as little as £5.
If you prefer your Lothbrok to your Lannister then maybe Walk the Oars, a Viking storytelling, poetry and music performance is more your speed. Focusing on the Vikings arrival to Scotland and the myths and legends of the Norse Gods, this experience is perfect for anyone looking to learn more about the warriors who inspired the hit TV show.
Fans of Outlander are also being catered for this year with an Outlander and Jacobite Tour which will take you on a journey through the city (and time) as you visit locations featured in Outlander and learn more about the history of the Jacobite’s. This experience offers 2 for 1 discount for the first couple of performances so act fast if you’re looking for a bargain.
If you are looking for something a bit more child friendly the Edinburgh Fringe Festival delivers in spades and often for free! For a storytelling experience with monsters and magic, Absolute Legends is an interactive kids comedy show in which you are taken on a fantasy adventure inspired by classic role- playing games.
If superheroes are more their style, why not go to Andrew Roper’s Superheroes for Kids 3? A comedy show for the whole family featuring all kinds of superhero fun and audience participation, with costumes actively encouraged, this free show is sure to keep the kids entertained and put a smile on the parents’ faces too.
Those looking for a more traditional theatre performance can go to King Arthur – The Panto and experience the classic tale in a new and interactive way.
If you are visting Edinburgh from further afield why not try Scotland in 60 minutes? With a deep dive into the real Scotland, broadcaster Mark Stephen and singer-songwriter Gill Bowman explore some of our country’s myths, hidden gems and iconic songs.
Of course, if you attend the Fringe this year, make sure to drop by and say hello as we are located on the Grassmarket (102 West Bow) which is close to the majority of the venues used in the festival.