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Les Misérables School Edition

Les Misérables School Edition

Trying to do a hallowed musical such as Les Miserables at the Fringe is a bit of a rigged game. Audiences easily become accustomed to short shows at the expense of productions requiring a longer attention span, such as a multi-hour musical. Furthermore, the reduced time and the lack of a big budget often means that shows lose the necessary epic feel that makes them work... 

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Dear Home Office :Still Pending
Dear Home Office :Still Pending

Amidst the large amount of political theatre at the Fringe, Dear Home Office: Still Pending sticks out... 

The Ballad of Paragon Station
The Ballad of Paragon Station

Theatre is always at its most powerful when you feel truly transported into someone else’s reality... 

Borders by Henry Naylor
Borders by Henry Naylor

Henry Naylor’s new play Borders reminds us not to close ourselves off from the plight of Syrian refugees, though it has fizzled out of our daily news... 

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Gilded Balloon launches New Town festival hub at Rose Theatre

Gilded Balloon launches New Town festival hub at Rose Theatre

Karen and Katy Koren are thrilled to announce that Gilded Balloon will expand into the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, as they embark upon an exciting new partnership with the Rose Theatre. This Fringe, Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre will open its doors to present an eclectic programme of over 40 productions, from acclaimed musical theatre, through drama, comedy and cabaret, to Edinburgh’s very own panto kings and Scottish-American star of screen, stage, and radio – Craig Ferguson. 

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Luisa Omielan: Politics for Bitches

Luisa Omielan: Politics for Bitches

Fresh from filming her BBC Three series of the same name, comedy phenomenon Luisa Omielan (What Would Beyonce Do?! and Am I Right Ladies?!) is back with her third stand-up instalment. In her own words, 'I believe it is my right to have an opinion on something I know absolutely nothing about!' Welcome to Politics for Bitches... 

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Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human
Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Room 101 (BBC One) and regularly heard on BBC Radio 4's News Quiz, Just a Minute, The Now Show and plenty more... 

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories V
Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories V

The legendary late-night, vampire-flavoured torch-wielding storytelling ghoststravaganza returns for a fifth year! Run while you can!! Join Edinburgh’s favourite spooky comedian Will Seaward – 'terrifyingly charismatic' (Fest), 'part Brian Blessed, part Oscar Wilde, part crazed Victorian music hall MC' (Telegraph) – at the stroke of midnight for another fiendish new hour of extremely silly ghostly tales... 

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights

Former PM and cabaret superstar Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is back... and this time she's hosting a club night! There'll be non-stop 80s hits from a non-stop 80s witch as the Iron Lady drops more beats than Theresa May has dropped manifesto pledges...