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Taking place over three weeks every August, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet.
This year Conservatoire school graduates will be joining thousands of performers taking to stages all over the city to present shows for every taste. Check out where to see them below:
Assembly Roxy, Upstairs
Jul 31, Aug 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25, 2:45pm
Physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant, Knot is the internationally acclaimed circus and dance work by Nikki Rummer and National Centre for Circus Arts graduate Jean-Daniel Broussé. These talented performers use hand-to-hand circus skills to tell the tale of an impossible choice: how can we be honest with ourselves without hurting those we love?
The development of this show was supported by National Centre for Circus Arts through the Lab:time² programme, and created in collaboration with award-winning choreographer and London Contemporary Dance School alumnus Ben Duke.
Underbelly, Bristo Square – McEwan Hall
Jul 31, Aug 1–15, 1:00pm
Award-winning all-male company makes an explosive Edinburgh debut. Created collaboratively by the BalletBoyz company dancers, Them explores the individuality that resides within each dancer and the versatility of movement which BalletBoyz are renowned for. In Us, Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon examines human connections, culminating in the tender duet which premiered in 2017 to public acclaim. The company features graduates Bradley Waller, Edd Arnold, Benjamin Knapper (Rambert), and Liam Riddick (LCDS).
Summerhall – Main Hall
Jul 31 Aug 2-11, 13-25, 6:20pm
At school Nicole, Jade and Connor are just like everybody else. But when they get home, things are very different. Adapted from real-life testimonies, award-winning theatre company LUNG examine our failing care system, the impact of austerity and what happens when a child becomes the parent. The cast features BOVTS graduate Jessica Temple.
Assembly Rooms – Bijou
Aug 1-7, 9-18, 20-24, 11:10pm
The Feathers of Daedalus Circus conjure up a night of circus, music, improvisation and divination. Live audience tarot and clairvoyant readings guide our performers in this unpredictable tale, where all is possible, and everything unexpected. The show features National Centre for Circus Arts graduates Tessa Blackman, Josh Frazer and Holly Downey.
Assembly Rooms, Music Hall
Aug 1-6, 8-11, 13-18, 20-25, 3:00pm
Among the UK’s hottest circus companies, Barely Methodical Troupe are at the forefront of a new kind of physical performance, creating highly entertaining shows that mix the showstopping acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre. The company’s original show features the three founders and National Centre for Circus Arts graduates Charlie Wheeller, Louis Gift and Beren D’Amico.
Heroes @ Black Medicine – Basement
Aug 1-25, 00:00am
Join the ‘hilarious’ (BroadwayBaby.com) Lorna Rose Treen, the truly funny Belinda Anderson-Hunt, Dougie Baldwin (Netflix’s Disjointed) and many more for a blend of hilarity, mayhem and music, featuring recent BOVTS graduate Jonathan Oldfield.
Zoo Southside, Main House
Aug 2-6, 8-11, 13-17, 8:50pm
NSCD graduates Chess Dillon-Reams and Cristina MacKerron a.k.a The Hiccup Project bring their latest show, Lovely Girls to the Fringe. Lovely Girls delves into the contradictions and clichés of being a woman today, using a blend of dance, theatre and comedy to imagine a world where women can be whoever and whatever they want.
Dance Base, Studio 3
Aug 2-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25, 7:35pm
Phil Sanger studied the BA (Hons) at NSCD and later danced with postgraduate company VERVE before returning to the school as a lecturer. His solo show For Only an Hour is a queer manifesto told through dance, song, and spoken word, set to a medley of Angela Lansbury, Delia Smith and Bette Midler.
Dance Base, Studio 3
Aug 2-4, 6-11, 13-18, 4:00pm
Dance company Slanjayvah Danza was founded by NSCD alumna and current MA Dance & Creative Enterprise student Jen Wren. Their latest work 6 Feet, 3 Shoes combines dance, storytelling and foot-stomping rhythms to reimagine traditional arts and celebrate friendship across borders.
ZOO Playground, Playground 2
Aug 2–17, 4:30pm
Recently named one of the Guardian’s Best Emerging Theatre Companies, Trip Hazards presents Progress: a playful and painful exploration of how friendship survives when we win and when we lose. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School MA Directing graduate Nikhil Vyas features in the cast.
Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, The Lafayette
Aug 3-6, 8-11, 13-18, 20-24, 5:00pm
Bursting onto the scene with passion, emotion and talent, Los Angeles’ Short Round Productions presents Filament. Amazing circus skills collide with a story inspired by your favourite 80s teen movies. The show features National Centre for Circus Arts graduate Tom Ball.
McSorley’s Irish Bar – McSorley’s Stage
Aug 5-9, 12-16, 19-23
A play, a pie and a pint all included in your ticket price! Contemporary interactive play and great craic, featuring recent BOVTS graduate Jonathan Oldfield.
Assembly George Square Studios – Two
Aug 7–17, 11:00am
A glorious celebration of the work of the world’s greatest playwright. Expect silly sketches, toe-tapping songs and dastardly duels as Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student company Take Thou That present children’s show The Ruff Guide to Shakespeare.
Dance Base, Studio 3
Aug 9-10, 1:15pm
NSCD alumna Phoebe Douthwaite features as one of several emerging artists in Heads Up, Dance Base’s iconic and eclectic showcase. Experience a unique programme of fresh works reflecting the diversity and excitement the festival has to offer.
Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, The Beauty
Aug 13-18, 20-24, 12:10pm
Thrillingly spectacular circus skills, physical comedy, clowning, theatrical storytelling and slapstick combine in this follow up to international hit The Hogwallops from good old fashioned contemporary circus company Lost in Translation Circus. The show features National Centre for Circus Arts graduates Massimiliano Rossetti (cast member and Company Director), Matthew Green and Roisin Morris.
ZOO Southside – Main House
Aug 13-25, 7:00pm
Featuring three performers on an aerial platform as precarious as our perceptions – a single action changes everything, but everything is not always what it seems. The show features National Centre for Circus Arts graduates Matthew Smith, Gemma Palomar, and Pablo Meneu. Development for the show was supported by National Centre for Circus Arts through the Lab:time and Lab:time² programmes.
Greenside @ Nicolson Square – Lime Studio
Aug 19–24, 11:30am
2019 Rambert School graduate Kennedy Junior Muntanga premieres two works with his own company Kennedy Muntanga Dance Theatre: Sonder, a work about the human desire for connection in order to exist, and Genesis, is a reflection on humanity and our unpredictable future.
ZOO Southside – Main House
Aug 19–24, 9:00pm
Scottish Dance Theatre’s Ritualia shakes tradition to its core in this bold re-imagining of Nijinska’s 1920s ballet, Les Noces. An ensemble of other-beings vogue through a wedding ceremony, donning queer wigs in a visual feast of wearable art and lush lighting set to Stravinsky’s original modernist score. The company features graduates Harry Clark, Luigi Nardone (Rambert), James Southward (NSCD) and Apprentices Jessie Roberts-Smith, Giorgia Pirozzi, Molly Danter and Reece Calver (LCDS).
Dance Base – Studio 1
Aug 20–25, 2:00pm
Multi award-winning dance company James Wilton Dance present The Storm, a whirlwind of lightning-fast athleticism where acrobatics, break-dancing, martial arts and contact work fuse to form dance that will blow audiences away. Artistic Director James Wilton is a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School and the company features dancers Sarah Jane Taylor, Sean Monroe (LCDS) and Jacob Lang (Rambert).
Dance Base – Studio 3
Aug 21–25, 12:45pm
With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy, this duet reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well, they lived at least. Both Solene Weinachter and Ben Duke, artistic director of Lost Dog, trained at London Contemporary Dance School.
Dance Base, Studio 1
Aug 21–25, 12:30pm
Amy Bell is a UK based dance artist whose work embraces performing, making, writing, teaching, and curation. Amy read English at Cambridge University and trained at London Contemporary Dance School. Her current critically acclaimed solo show, The Forecast, takes a poetic and ironic look at the cloud-like shiftings of gender and sexual identity.