Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2006 programme out now!

Thursday saw the release of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme 2006. It’s another record breaking year in terms of the number of acts and venues. I picked my programme up in the foyer of George St’s Assembly Rooms, but many outlets in Edinburgh (especially Fringe venues) will have stock of the Edinburgh fringe programme. Or you can just browse it online at the official Fringe website. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from the 6th of August 2006 until the 29th and tickets go on sale Monday 12th June - so be sure to book what are likely to be the more popular events early.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2006 programme (front cover)

A great way to enjoy the Edinburgh Fringe for less money, is with the two for one offer that runs on most of the performances on the 6th and 7th of August. Many shows also have a preview right at the start of the shows run, where the ticket price is significantly less. I just had a quick glance and picked out the following shows, but with the size of the programme it will take a fair while to pick everything of note out. And of course the best aspect of the Fringe is finding those shows that rise from obscurity to brilliance…here’s hoping for many like this!

  • Russell Brand - Shame at The Assembly Rooms. The ‘Big Brothers Big Mouth’ host, host of MTV’s 1 Leicester Square and if you believe the press another guy seeing Kate Moss brings this one hour stand up show to Edinburgh’s festival fringe. Not sure if I like his humour or not, but has potential nonetheless. 19th-26th August.
  • Jimmy Carr - Gag Reflex at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). Yes one of the big stars in comedy is back again to rake in the money - yet I still found his show last year at the EICC hugely entertaining. August 17-19 and 24-26.
  • Craig Hill - Kilty Pleasures at the Assembly Rooms. The camp Scottish star and his kilt bring this 1 hour stand-up show that promises laughs aplenty.
  • Jim Henson’s Puppet Improv - Adults Only at the Assembly Theatre. Renowned puppeteers from the Jim Henson Company providing adult humour? This could be very funny indeed… let’s hope.
  • One-Man Star Wars trilogy at the Underbelly’s Cow Barn, Bristo Square. One guy, Charlie Ross, pretending to be everything and anything from the Star Wars trilogy. Could be a hit or miss, but at least worth a trip to the preview on 3rd or 4th August I think.
  • Girl Blog From Iraq: Baghdad Burning at the Pleasance. Theatre/plays based on blogs make an appearance at the fringe this year and I guess this trend will continue its growth year after year. This is an account of a woman’s struggle in the Iraq war zone; expect emotion.

There are many, many more shows whether theatre, comedy or dance that I will look to visit and write up reviews for on The Edinburgh Blog. I’ll try and list a few more in the coming weeks, probably by category, but if you have any hot tips for this years Edinburgh festival fringe or would like to write reviews for The Edinburgh Blog during the festival please drop an e-mail to mailXtheedinburghblog.co.uk, where X is @.

The full T On The Fringe lineup has also been announced, and tickets put on sale. Kasabian, Starsailor and The Beautiful South are among those performing at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange; Belle & Sebastian, Simple Minds and Keane are in Princes Gardens, while the Liquid Rooms have a decent line-up too. Unfortunately I missed the sale of Kasabian tickets (9am on Friday) and they look to have sold out now. I guess eBay will suffice, with tickets for Kasabian having buy now prices of around £40, at the time of writing. Unless anyone out there has a couple spare…?

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