A look at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008

Tickets for the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe went on sale today. You can purchase tickets through the edfringe.com website, by telephoning 0131 226 0000 or in person at the Fringe Box Office at 180 High Street, Edinburgh. Be sure you don’t miss the opportunity to purchase ‘2 for 1′ tickets for shows on the 3rd and 4th August.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008 programme cover

Many of the trusted names we have come to expect and be entertained by like Stephen K Amos, Reginald Hunter, Jimmy Carr, Daniel Kitson, Omid Djalili, Rhona Cameron, Phil Nichol, etc. etc. are all back at the Fringe. I was pleased to see the hilarious Tim Vine back this year at the Pleasance. Jerry Sadowitz is also back with ‘Comedian, Magician, Psychopath II’ , following on from part I last year which was excellent. More interestingly Jerry Sadowitz is also running a late night ‘The People versus Jerry Sadowitz’, which is sure to entertain and disgust in equal measure!

A few shows which look like early hits are:

  • ‘Vincent’ written by Mr Spock (Leonard Nimoy). This stars Jim Jarrett as Vincent Van Gogh.
  • Michael Barrymore playing Spike Milligan in the premiere of ‘Surviving Spike’

This year’s Festival Fringe is not without change. The four largest comedy venues (Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly) have created their own Edinburgh Comedy Festival within the Festival Fringe; I guess moves like this are inevitable. Unfortunately there is no mega event like Fuerzabruta last year, so the huge space outside Ocean Terminal will be empty this August. And The Edinburgh Blog has got used to big outdoor gigs in August, courtesy of T On The Fringe. With Tennents pulling the sponsorship this year there are no stadium events at Meadowbank, although ‘The Edge Festival’ will host gigs from Maximo Park, Scouting For Girls, Dizzee Rascal and Kate Nash at The Corn Exchange and The Liquid Room.

Thankfully we still get The Edinburgh Festivals’ Cavalcade on 5th August (2.30pm) and the free Fringe Sunday event on August 10th. The Edinburgh Blog will be providing further updates and reviews from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, so check back often.

Update: edfringe.com has not launched today due to computer problems. This is perhaps the biggest joke of all and very amateurish!

13 Responses to “A look at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008”

  1. Might want to check the ‘Vincent’ details. I think Jim is playing the VVG’s brother Theo Van Gogh…

  2. ‘Faeries’ is a fabulous musical showing from 31st July to 10th August. Definately worth seeing. Has had great reviews in previews to date. Good show to take the entire family to. Venue 37 at George Square Theatre. Everyone I know who has seen this has loved it.

  3. For a taste of the fringe without taking a hit in the wallet check out the “free festival”.

    Check out their Espionage Venue this year which is home to over 40 shows during this years fringe, ALL FREE!

  4. Hamish Sterling on July 12th, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Michael Barrymore at the opening of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Surviving Spike at the Assembly Music Hall George Street Edinburgh on the 31 July 2008. Might be a good one to see as Terry Lubbock father of Stuart Lubbock who was found at the entertainer’s home in 2001, plans to be at the opening of the Fringe Festival. Mr Lubbock has continued a campaign to fine the truth about his son Stuart’s tragic death. Stuart was found to have horrific internal injuries.

  5. Immense Productions is seeking the brightest creative talents in the UK to apply to audition for a series of innovative development workshops at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

    We are going to apply structured innovation techniques, tried and tested in the business world, to the development of creative content, working with diverse teams of talented, creative and free-thinking individuals. We’re interested in the cross-over between business brains and acting talent in the generation, funding and distribution of great new comedy ideas. If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit our website (www.immenseproductions.co.uk) and fill in the online application form. We don’t need CV’s as we’re looking for people with a special mixture of talents and if you’ve got them we don’t mind if you’re experienced or not. Similarly we don’t mind what you look like or whether you have a nice photograph.

    We will select a diverse group of interesting individuals to attend the recruitment auditions taking place in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 11-15th 2008 run by BBC broadcaster and Guardian columnist Guy Browning. A core team will be selected for the first idea generation workshop in Oxford in September which will develop media content using similar techniques to the commercial generation of new product and service ideas.

    Applicants should be free for one day between the 11th and 15th of August to take part in the Edinburgh auditions. If selected you need to be free from the 13th to the 17th of September 2008 for the Idea Generator in Oxford.

  6. Hey guys,

    I’ve made an interactive Google Map for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival - all the venues are featured (or will be soon) and users can add features that are missing. You can easily see where each venue is and it might help when planning where to stay / transport options etc. There’s a little box for each venue to get routing instructions too.

    http://www.beatsdesign.co.uk/fringe2008/ - I made this as I couldn’t find anything similar on the web and I make no money from it (no ads etc!). Take a look if it sounds useful Smile

    Phil - Beats! Design

  7. Whilst all mentioned so far sound great I’m surprised to see that you haven’t mentioned “Lucky You” @ Assembly Hall- the theatre adaptation of Carl Hiaasen’s bestselling novel premieres this summer and is one of the funniest plays at the Fringe! Check out the website for more details

  8. Some good recommendations in here. If you like scary, late-night, gothic stuff, then I’d recommend THE MARGINS over at Venue 45. It’s from the same group that scared the crap out of a lot of people with DARK NORTH two years ago. Should be good.

  9. The space outside Ocean Terminal won’t be completely empty this year, it will be home to the Mela (along with the Ocean Kitchen and the Vue Cinema at OT). This runs from the 25th to 31st of August, and looks very interesting.

  10. Can’t wait to see him.Thank god I’m lucky then most.
    He is a briliant entertainer and much loved by me.

  11. I can’t wait to see Michael at the fringe,a much loved entertainer,and person.
    God bless him and take care for now.
    Yes he knows who I am.

  12. If you haven’t seen Jonathan Hellyer as Livinia in Slutty Livin’ yet then get yourself over to The Pleasance Upstairs at 11pm. Standing ovations every night - should tell you all you need to know - it’s filthy, it’s funny and his impersonations are AMAZING!

  13. Jonathan Hellyer is indeed fantastic and desrves to sell out every night. What energy and talent!

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