EdFringe is back in full swing and the Binge Fringe team are here to uncover hidden gems at this year’s festival. We are a Non-Binary and Women-led publication, venturing out into the farthest corners of the Fringe This year we are here to promote unheard voices and platform new writing. Our ethos for this year is simple:
Elevate unheard voices,
Find unseen corners.
To that end, we want to introduce you to our review team for this year. We have five exquisite contributors with diverse backgrounds and broad interests. Now this doesn’t mean that we aren’t excited to see other shows – these are just the ones that have peaked our interest early on. Take a look and you’ll find kinship with one of them, and know whose reviews to look out for!
Jake Mace – ‘The Beatles Were a Boyband’ & ‘Nightlands’
“Alright, I couldn’t pick just one, but I get Editor’s privileges. I’m excited for these shows for very different reasons, if that helps justify it. I can’t wait to see The Beatles Were a Boyband at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, Big Yin, at 20:00 between August 6th and 13th.
F-Bomb Theatre delivered a gutpunch of a show with Afterparty at EdFringe 2021. They’re back and tackling the nascent and ever-present issue of Women’s safety, with a show no doubt dripping in verve and style.
As Scottish new writers and a Women-led company, they fit our ethos this year of elevating and platforming important voices. Last year’s show was potent and vivid, insensing and invoking a powerful call to action. Their work is poignant, present and most importantly, playful.”
“Nightlands by Dogstar Theatre caught my attention early on in the planning for this Fringe. Sitting at a unique intersection of my interests, Nightlands takes place in Post-Soviet Arctic Archipelago Svalbard, looking at disinformation in the dawning days of Putin’s regime.
A psychological thriller, I can’t wait to get stuck into one of my favourite topics from a distant corner of the world. Nightlands is taking place over at Summerhall – Old Lab at 20:45 between August 5th and 14th, part of a fabulous programme Summerhall have put together this Fringe.”
Our Social Media Manager. Lorne has a background as a musician and composer with an interest in sound design and storytelling through music and audio. They are deeply passionate about accessibility and artists taking strides to create inclusive and accessible theatre. Lorne has a love of gig theatre as well as stories that explore the nuances of gender, our relationships with identity, and our bodies, on stage.
Festivals: Prague Fringe (2023), EdFringe (2023)
Kat Burton – ‘Faith: The Gospel According to George Michael’
“My pre-emptive Pick of the Fringe is Faith: The Gospel According to George Michael. Having been raised by a disciple of the man himself, I came out singing the words to ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’. I have all ‘Faith’ in the cleansing power of Dr Reverend Jimmy Goodlove’s comedic conversion therapy.
I am certain that after watching this, my fellow sinners and I will finally make our hair brush wielding, shower singing, George Michael-fantasising mothers proud. Faith is performing at Greenside @ Nicolson Square between August 15th and 20th at 19:55.”
Moy is a recent History and Film graduate living in Dundee. She is interested in the changing narrative within the heritage and creative industries and wants to find out how she can contribute more to it while constantly learning and listening to other voices and experiences around her. Moy’s current drink of choice has to be an Aperol Spritz, and once she has had one too many her passion for trying to articulate frustrations against social prejudices come to fruition.
Festivals: Dundee Fringe (2023)
Georgia Stone – ‘Up Her Sleeve’
“After a sneaky preview of Up Her Sleeve, I am even more excited to see this show. Esme Michaela is young, unapologetic and relatable, managing themes from such a revealing time in most young women’s lives. Ovarian disorders, questions of gender, sex, and feminism, all wrapped up in dark humour and honest exploration of self, sound pretty epic to me. Maybe Esme might make us all feel a little better about the awkward, uncertain, messy time in our lives when we wish someone had been so straight forward with us. And who doesn’t love some complementary chocolate?
Up Her Sleeve is taking place at Greenside at Riddles Court, between August 5th and 27th (not 7th, 14th & 21st) at various times.”
Ingrid Freeman – ‘AfroPolitiCool’
“My pick is Eunice Olumide’s stand up; AfroPolitiCool. I’m looking forward to hearing about the funny side of Eunice’s work in modelling, acting and in the public eye. Eunice’s show promises a humorous examination of the bizarre and extreme personalities in politics and life.
AfroPolitiCool runs from 4th – 21st of August at 20:35 in The Stand’s New Town Theatre.”
Sarah Kher-Bek – ‘Stop Trying to Be Fantastic
“Stop Trying To Be Fantastic, an anti self-help show… That might actually help. Starting from a curious relationship with a magpie – covering bravery, saviour complex, self acceptance and everything that makes our species unique. I am intrigued and excited to hear all the wonderful ways we show our human, and anxious to see how an unexpected bird fits into all this?
Up Her Sleeve is taking place at Summerhall between August 5th and 28th, except on the 15th and 22nd, at 17:00 daily.”
Qiankai is Binge Fringe’s resident event photographer, showing up to all kinds of exciting and interesting things happening at Fringe Festivals around the world to capture moments of human connection and bursting creative joy. Originally from China, he now lives in Dundee. His favourite drink is some kind of obscure Belgian Witbier that you’ve probably never heard of.
Festivals: Edinburgh Fringe (2022), Dundee Fringe (2023)