Over 300 shows from across the world, ranging from the best of theatre, comedy, physical theatre, through music, dance, cabaret and musicals, to spoken word, sketch, improv, children’s and circus. This is what theSpaceUK have in store for their 21st year at the Fringe in 2015. In order to celebrate the anniversary, they are launching three brand new additions to their venue portfolio. SpaceTriplex offers two performance spaces and a social hub over three floors. There are also two new theatres at theSpace on the Mile and theSpace @ Niddry St, plus a pop-up pub-on-wheels on the Royal Mile, next to theSpace @ Niddry St.
Among the highlights of this year’s programme is Buckle Up, an immersive theatrical experience where the audience is seated… where else but inside an aeroplane? It wends on a 50 minute trip with Budge-It Air, the last airliner one would ever wish to fly with, to enjoy the most fantastically awful service possible, provided by the Buckle Up Theatre cabin crew. Another dose of hilarious and swightly twisted humour comes with the returning NSDF award-winning show The Bastard Queen! by Naughty Corner. It is a post-apocalyptic black comedy, set in Britain, about the last five people on earth and their means of survival.
After last year’s performance of the award-winning one-woman show Smoking Ban at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Brighton Fringe Best Actress Kate Goodfellow and the RedBellyBlack Theatre Company are returning to Edinburgh with Tumbling After. A seductive story combining physical theatre and vocal play, it is about two couples that stumble in and tumble out of love in search of the contemporary meaning of “happy ever after”. Another Fringe veteran, Renny Krupinski (Fringe First winner 2010 for Bare) returns, along with 2014 Manchester Theatre Awards Best Fringe Performance winner and 2010 Dark Chat Best Actress nominee Kaitlin Howard as The Alphabet Girl. The embodiment of the uncompromising modern woman, she is looking for Mr Right, Mr Goodbar, Mr Wonderful in an enthralling, poetic, mysterious and shocking tour de force.
If you are looking for something exotic and exciting, check out African Traditional Acrobatics and Cultural (sic). The recipients of many awards in Europe, Asia and United Kingdom, Ghana’s Fanti Acrobats exhibit African traditional culture and acrobatics. You will see a contortionist carried in a pan (!), fire breathing, limbo, traditional dancing and drumming.
Resident heroes The Blueswater are returning to the Fringe with Blues! Roots of the Blues – a new show in search of the origins of the genre, featuring Toby Mottershead of acclaimed Edinburgh roots band The Black Diamond Express. In case you are in the mood for something completely different, pop in to SpaceTriplex and enjoy The Jäger Maestros Oompah Show. The Jäger Maestros are an authentic oompah band comprising eight of Manchester’s best bass players and a charming stand-up comedian as a frontman.
After a hugely successful year in the West End, the Next UK concert series, showcasing the best of UK‘s new musical theatre, ventures to Edinburgh for the first time. For seven nights only, The Edinburgh Concerts will offer an encounter with today’s hottest and most exciting musical theatre performers and writers.
This is just a small selection of the live performances that theSpaceUK has to offer as part of their Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 programme. Start filling in your August festival schedule, because theSpaceUK has a whole lot more original, creative and surprising shows to interest you – about 290 more, to be specific.