The 12 most eye-catching show names at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival
What better way to choose what to see than by picking the names we like most, Grand National style?
Every year the Edinburgh Fringe Festival programme slides into our mailbox and thuds onto the doormat with the promise of another August full of theatre in Scotland's capital. And every year we exclaim: 'how on earth do we pick what to see?', before combing through, like we're picking our favourite horse and selecting the most eye-catching show names. Here's our top 12 for 2018!
Hamilton fans assemble! This musical spin-off of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop mega hit tells the story of Peggy Schuyler, juggling her family life and political aspirations, all whilst the American Revolution rages on.
Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Forest Theatre, 3 to 18 August, 6.25pm
If you come to this one expecting a Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece about the birth of modern-day America then you're going to be bitterly disappointed. Hamilton (Lewis) is a new musical about England's most successful Formula One driver and former Pussycat Doll lover.
Assembly George Square Studios, One, 1 to 7, 9 to 14, 16 to 21, 23 to 26 August, 9.30pm
Banging and Screwing
This show is about exactly what you think it's about. No, not that, you dirty old so-and-so. This two-man satirical musical comedy promises to 'explore the nuts and bolts of modern day men' through storytelling, humour and music. So lads, get ready for a drilling.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Theatre 2, 3 to 4, 6 to 11, 13 to 18 August, 8.05pm
Dr Google Will See You Now!
Ever Googled symptoms of a dicky tummy only to be met on Facebook an hour later by adverts for Imodium? Mhairi Aitken, a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, delves into the world of your private information and how it is used by organisations from Tesco to Twitter.
The Stand's New Town Theatre, Studio, 6 August, 1.30pm
B*tches in the Ford KA
Apparently, Bitches in the Ford KA, includes a 'series of disasters involving cheap vodka and a MacDonald's Fillet-O-Fish'. Need we say more?
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Theatre 1, 13 to 18, 20 to 25 August, 9.25pm
Most of you reading this will have had to say a big f*ck you to cancer at some point in your lives, here Heather Keller does that through a humorous, inspiring and uplifting story of conquering breast cancer. Winner of the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Encore Producer's Award – who knew Hollywood had a Fringe?
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Balcony, 1 to 12, 14 to 27 August, 1.30pm
How to Drink Wine Like a W*nker
Where do people go to learn to drink wine the 'correct' way since Vinopolis closed in London? Here we follow one woman's accidental journey over 12 months from shallow wine novice to 'full-blown wine w*nker'.
ZOO Southside, Cabaret Bar, 11 to 14, 16 to 27 August, 8.00pm
The Importance of Being Earnest as Performed By Three F*cking Queens and a Duck
The UK seems to have gone Wilde mad this year and that doesn't stop at the Fringe. Australia's premier LGBT theatre company promises to present the 'campest, tackiest show you'll see this year', so we'll leave room for just one more, and only because we want to see how the duck plays Lady Bracknell, or should that be Lady Quacknell?
theSpace on the Mile, Space 3, 3 to 4, 6 to 11, 13 to 18, 20 to 25 August, 9.30pm
Lights Over Tesco Car Park
Having often dived into the local Express for a pre-show meal-deal, we're used to the sight of lights over Tesco car park, but this new 'docu-comedy for the post-truth age' – from emerging company Poltergeist Theatre – promises a lot more bang for our buck than a prawn mayo and Wotsits.
Pleasance Dome - JackDome, 1 to 14, 16 to 21, 23 to 27 August, 10.50am
Not Yet Suffragette
In the centenary year of women's right to vote, we're throwing our support fully behind this production, a 'potent mix of feminist theatre and stand-up comedy'. We're not entirely sure what it entails but the show blurb talks about Kim K and Nigel Farage, which is good enough for us.
Underbelly, Bristo Square, The Dairy Room, 1 to 12, 14 to 27 August, 2.45pm
That B*stard Brecht
Three words uttered by every drama student ever. And also the title of this latest piece by Aussie company Nuworks, which asks: 'Bertolt Brecht: genius or charlatan?' It's set in Berlin: sin city during the vibrant decade of the Weimar Republic when Brecht and Kurt Weill were the enfants terrible on the cultural scene and features 15 new songs and choreography. Chookas!
Paradise in Augustines, Sanctuary, 13 to 18, 20 to 25 August, times vary
Where the Hell is Bernard?
We don't know, stop asking us.
Assembly George Square Studios, Five, 1 to 12, 14 to 19, 21 to 27 August, 4.10pm