The Forecast: Sarah’s Picks

This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is set to be the largest yet, with 3,193 shows playing in almost 300 venues. With so much choice, where do you start? Never fear! In this series, the Fringebiscuit team dives headlong into the gargantuan Edfringe guide to find the most exciting shows on offer…

Rifling through the massive Edinburgh Festival Fringe guide has got me rather excited. Here are five of the shows on my very long wish list of things to watch this August:

Lucy Ayrton: The Splitting of the Mermaid, Underbelly. Spoken word meets a mermaid and they land in post-industrial Hull. Lucy’s dark feminist retelling of Anderson’s fairy tale sounds arresting.

This is Brasil – the Show, Pleasance Courtyard. Capoeira, football, acrobatics, samba – a colourful, rhythmic, jaw-dropping journey to Brasil without even leaving my seat. Yes please!

The Art of Falling Apart, Pleasance Courtyard. “Extremely funny and a little bit profound”, like life’s best moments. I’m interested to discover what Callum finds when he walks out on life.

Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete History of Comedy (abridged). Tackling the whole world of comedy in 1.15 hours? If anyone can do it, these 3 can. Promises wit, creativity and lots of laughter. I’m in.

Land of Smiles, Assembly. A musical about sex trafficking that ‘promises to change everything you think you know’. New, provoking and, perhaps, necessary viewing.

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