It goes so fast and also so slow! The depressing nature of last week's recs has been made up for in spades in this delightful week:
1. Attrape Moi, Assembly Hall, 17:30 - If you, like me, think that circus should be fun, and that hyping up the audience shouldn't be necessary, and that circus weirdos should be friends, WATCH THIS CIRCUS that is by and about friends who are just having fun and make no effort to convince you to clap except by their BOSS CIRCUS SKILLS. Fast paced, wall-to-wall awesome, and with a bunch of acts that you don't usually see at the Fringe. Don't miss it. (It is the same show as in 2016 if you saw that, but also, see it again, why wouldn't you, joy is fun)
2. Stick By Me, Dance Base, 12:30 - Yes, it is for children. Yes, it is incredibly delightful. Yes, I did giggle through the whole thing. A man explores the confines of the stage with his popsicle/ lolly stick friend. It's cute af. He uses up like, a whole roll's worth of tape just for fun. The kids in the audience like to give running commentary on the action. It's great.
3. YUMMY, Assembly Roxy, 21:40 - Admittedly this is the only drag show I've seen thus far but it had it all - it was funny, awesome, weird as hell. A cast of seven Australian queens doing their thing for an hour. What more can you ask for?
4. WHITE, Pleasance Courtyard, 11:30 - Okay so this one breaks theme a little but it is a really well done and important solo show about being mixed race in Britain, and all the ways in which that is and isn't it's own thing. It's not the most polished thing I've seen but it really builds on itself well and the music/ looping that's central to the production was really really good, as well as the lyrics/script. Highly recommended.
I can't believe there's only a week left... start packing in those things you meant to see, kids!
I'm Alex, a theatre-maker based in Chicago with outposts in the Bay Area and Edinburgh, Scotland.