Camels, clowns and intercourse training: what to see at Edinburgh fringe 2021

In-person reveals

Intercourse Schooling Xplorers (S.E.X.)

What did they miss out in your intercourse ed at college? Mamoru Iriguchi fills within the blanks by taking you on a time-travelling, comedian odyssey by way of gender and sexuality. The zoologist turned theatre-maker, who starred in fringe favorite Eaten in 2018, performs the present with Afton Moran.


Frances Poet’s performs embody the acclaimed Fibres, in regards to the results of asbestosis on a Glaswegian household. Her new drama additionally seems at love and loss, this time set in Edinburgh, and is the primary present to reopen the cavernous, important fringe stage Traverse 1 for the reason that pandemic hit. Directed by Gareth Nicholls (Ulster American).

Drawings of Dromedaries (and Different Creatures)

Get the hump with bespectacled, string-picking poet John Hegley as he performs in Summerhall’s Secret Courtyard. The witty wordsmith has written odes to animals for years; he presents a collection of outdated and new ones celebrating camels, cats, puffins and extra.

Julia Taudevin, centre, with Nerea Bello and Mairi Morrison from Transfer. {Photograph}: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Pictures


The Traverse and Slung Low be part of forces with Catastrophe Plan, a brand new firm led by Julia Taudevin and Kieran “Beats” Hurley, to current Taudevin’s bracing open-air manufacturing about communal therapeutic by which an all-female forged make Edinburgh’s Silverknowes seashore their stage. A part of the Made in Scotland showcase.

Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre

The self-declared “instigators of outside celebrations and singers of the elegant and the lethal”, beforehand celebrated at Edinburgh’s annual Manipulate competition of visible theatre, return to Summerhall with extra bewitching and weird puppetry and music.

Andrew Maxwell: Actuality

You’ll have to attend till virtually the very finish of the competition for Andrew Maxwell’s one-night-only gig, however the perceptive Irish comedian is price ready for. The Ex on the Seaside narrator performs the Corn Trade, whose different comedy nights embody Craig Hill, Daniel Sloss, Mark Nelson and Henning Wehn.

On-line reveals

Fringe of Color Movies

In 2016, Jessica Brough went to the perimeter and located it tough to search out work by black performers. In 2018, Brough created a spreadsheet of reveals by artists of color. That grew to a ticket scheme and, final yr, a web-based movie fest. It returns for 2021 with 23 movies together with three new commissions by Mae Diansangu, Thulani Rachia and Paix (Gillian Katungi).


When Gary McNair joked that he could be doing a “Shedinburgh” present from his backyard throughout lockdown final yr, Fleabag producer Francesca Moody ran with the concept and the pair placed on a web-based competition of theatre, comedy and music – broadcast dwell from sheds. This yr, they’re again with one other shed-ule of performances.


This hypnotic 45-minute efficiency, directed and choreographed by Mele Broomes, “subverts hypersexualised notions of African and Caribbean dance”, foregrounds friendship and love, and options costumes by Glaswegian designer Zephyr Liddell. Introduced by Summerhall.


It wouldn’t be the Edinburgh fringe with out an acrobatic, multi-language present about customer support carried out by two Finnish clowns. Inga and Kristiina serve up a 45-minute comedy about receptionists terrified of shoppers.

As British As a Watermelon

Zimbabwean author Mandla Rae’s movie was seen earlier this yr as a part of Queer Contact competition. Now, this “messy sensory expertise” about asylum and immigration will get one other airing. “I’m somewhat bit psychic,” says Rae. “And I’ve risen from the useless …”

My Left Nut’s Michael Patrick. {Photograph}: Paul McErlane/The Guardian

My Left Nut

One other probability to see the award-winning, autobiographical 2018 present recounting why actor Michael Patrick earned the nickname “large dick Mick” at college. (Reply: a vastly swollen left testicle, which finally required surgical procedure.) Co-written with Oisín Kearney, it’s a raucous but tender exploration of guilt, grief and masculinity.

We’ll Meet in Moscow

A monologue about hope and resistance written in response to the Moscow courts’ 100-year-long ban on homosexual delight celebrations, which made headlines in 2012. It’s written by Natalie McGrath, who can be writer-in-residence at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum as a part of a “queering the museum” initiative.

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