The Fringe simply wouldn't be the Fringe without shows in bizarre venues. Public toilets, garden sheds and even the front rooms of audience members' homes have all been pressed into service in the past as theatres for a few weeks in the summer. This year, we can add a double decker bus to the list of alternative venues, thanks to Funeral Replacement Service, a production by Ghostbus Tours in their first Fringe venture.EDINBURGH 2013 - Fringe Benefits August 5, 2013
Alan Bissett has been making a name for himself in recent years through novels, plays and insightful contributions to the Scottish independence debate, including his fantastic poem "Vote Britain". He tackles a different contentious issue at this year's festival - pornography. In a spoken word performance at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, he weaves together his own present thoughts with past experiences and the writings of radical feminist Andrea Dworkin to tell the story of how he came to a feminist viewpoint, the development of his thoughts on pornography and the complications that being a man bring to consideration of that topic.EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: I'M WITH THE BAND, Traverse Theatre, August 4 2013 August 5, 2013
'I'm With The Band' is a topical play with an interesting concept. It is a musical drama about successful indie rock band The Union, who comprise an English lead singer, a Welsh bassist, a Northern Irish drummer and a Scottish lead guitarist, the last of whom has decided he wants to leave the group. It's a cute metaphor for the independence referendum, written by Welshman Tim Price and featuring Gordon McIntyre's catchy score of original songs, all played live on stage by the performers.EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: KNIGHTMARE LIVE, Gilded Balloon Teviot, August 2 2013 August 3, 2013
Many people in their late twenties and thirties will remember the CITV cult classic Knightmare. Part game show, part fantasy adventure, it kept an adoring audience glued to their televisions every week to watch teams of children guiding a sightless dungeoneer around evil monsters and fiendish puzzles. The show went off the air in the mid-nineties, but lingered in the fond memories of a generation, and now lives on in this new show from Objective talent.EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: I NEED A DOCTOR:THE UNAUTHORISED WHOSICAL ADVENTURE, Pleasance Courtyard, August 2 2013 August 3, 2013
Doctor Who remains one of the UK's most popular television shows, with the BBC planning to broadcast a show during primetime this weekend just to announce the casting of the twelfth incumbent of the title role. So it's no surprise that the Time Lord has found himself the subject of a new musical, in the form of 'I Need A Doctor: The Unauthorised Whosical Adventure'.EDINBURGH 2013 - BWW Reviews: THREEWAY, Pleasance Courtyard, August 2 2013 August 3, 2013
XY is a show with an intriguing concept - it comprises several short plays, all written without specifying gender. It's a great idea, and one that makes you consider just how many writers will default to stereotypes when creating characters. Each performance of XY comprises four short plays, and the opening four provided an interesting mix.