Fringe on a Shoestring

23 Aug

As the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011 approaches its grand finale, purse string (along with patience for flyers) may be wearing thin? I’ve been frugally fringing this last week and my top tips, like the shows I’m recommending are TOTALLY FREE!

Paul Dabek – Truant Trickster
6th-27th August 2011 (not 16th & 23rd), 8.25pm, The Voodoo Rooms

He won young magician of the year and makes the most amazing shadow puppets with his hands. He is a mathematical phenomena (he made fun of me for taking a photo of his calculations) and his trick performed in the style of a cruise ship magician is fabulously entertaining. More of a comedian then a magician, he’ll leave you wanting more…

Insider Tip: Arrive early, this is a sell out show! Also, bring ID, despite being 29 I was refused entry to the Voodoo Rooms, I used a mortgage letter to get in (no joke!). Lastly, do not stay in the venue for the following show.

Young Dawkins 3rd – What I Know About Women So Far: 
22nd-25th August, 3.15-4.15pm The Royal Oak

Poetry, music and a journey from a wonderful performer and poet. There’s also a sexy saxophone and base, mmm nice!

The World Press Photography Exhibition, The Scottish Parliament
24th – 27th August, 10am – 5.30pm

Visually stunning, heart wrenching photographs bring you face to face with hard-hitting truth from around the world.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Unbound
Every night from 9pm – 11pm, Spiegel Tent, Charlotte Square

Music, readings, giveaways, storytelling, song, performance and poetry in the cosy Spiegel Tent (ceiling pictured below). The venue is a cross between a circus tent and a wild west bar but with far more atmosphere than either (not that I’ve been to the wild west).

Expect quality and inspiration, I witnessed a wonderful poetic description of St Kilda from Robin Robertson on Sunday, I almost fell off my chair it was so wonderful. Plus there’s free Jura Whisky and slices of Pizza for £1.50. If you hate it, you can leave. Oh and the toilets actually have toilet roll in them and are clean. I’ve been to some shockers this festival, there’s a lot to be said for a lovely loo.

Atomic Canadian Wednesday: Folk-Hop
23 – 25 August 2:00pm, The Royal Oak ,
24 – 27 August, 7:50pm, The Rat Pack

Folk-hop is a mixture of folk, hip hop and poetry. Sounds weird but it’s wonderful. See a ukulele playing lumberjack and last year’s world poetry slam champion Ian Keteku, be prepared to click your fingers, shoot imaginary guns in the air and really enjoy yourself!

Conongate Pop Up Shop, Author Events, 20 QUEENSFERRY STREET
22 – 27th August: 5.30pm

Author events on every day at 5.50pm and there’s free cake too. The books are really cheap and you can visit the shop any time between 2pm and 6pm.

Last of the Ragged Talks,  Leith on the Fringe
25th, 26th & 28th August, 12.45 – 13.45pm

Away from the busyness of the fringe, Hidden Gem award winners Leith on the Fringe host lunchtime ‘Ragged talks’ every weekend. Topics include the Edinburgh Poaching, Music in India and more. With just three talks left, it’s worth a visit. I’m doing the last talk of the series, Banana me beautiful (that’s the name of the talk, not a new expression). I’ll be performing some poems (and a comedy horse song) from my new book (based on my fringe show) and sharing a bit about my journey. Hope to see you there!

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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Banana me beautiful, Events


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One response to “Fringe on a Shoestring

  1. hotshot bald cop

    August 30, 2011 at 12:35 am

    You my friend are a genius


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